Mini Assignment: Create a Gif
Here is a gif I created to encourage myself stay consistent in my self-care challenge as I enter the exam period.
Here is a gif I created to encourage myself stay consistent in my self-care challenge as I enter the exam period.
Why I Had My Comment Section Turned Off Before
Previously I decided to turn off the comment section on my website. The main reason was that I was not too fond of the design of the comment section in WordPress. However, it is also partially because I was scared that someone would not like one of my posts and leave a scathing comment on it at some point. As Margaret Atwood says
“You can’t exist as a writer for very long without learning that something you write is going to upset someone, sometime, somewhere.” Also, people can be extraordinarily aggressive and mean with their comments, and I do not have very thick skin.
Online Disinhibition Effect
Konnikova (2013) discusses how one of the reasons for that is that people don’t think their comments will be traced back to them or have any real repercussions on their life. As she states, “One of the most common critiques of online comments cites a disconnect between the commenter’s identity and what he is saying,” which is called the “online disinhibition effect” (Konnikova, 2013). She also says that “research has found that ‘a full fifty-three per cent of anonymous commenters were uncivil, as opposed to twenty-nine per cent of registered, non-anonymous commenters'” (Konnikova, 2013).
However, I still see tons of uncivil comments on posts where the commentator uses their real name, especially on Facebook. I think many people still post hateful things even with their real names displayed because they believe nobody will take the time to do something like find their work and send an email to their bosses. I will also admit that I have never gone to the extent of emailing someone’s boss over a comment they made. However, I have seen some people get fired from their jobs or lose scholarships, so I still think that is a risky bet to make.
For example by simply doing a quick search in Youtube for ‘people getting fired from job because of facebook comments’ you will get tons of results like the video below
Positives of Allowing Comments
Konnikova (2013) also makes the case that allowing people to post comments anonymously is good because people can be more likely to dive deeper into a subject matter and be more vulnerable about their experiences. She also states that banning comments altogether might not be a good idea because people can go to Twitter and Facebook and insult you there instead. Gardener et al. (2016) also argues that comments can be very valuable in some case because they can “allow readers to respond to an article instantly, asking questions, pointing out errors, giving new leads.”
My Opinion Going Forward
Therefore after completing all these weeks’ readings and hearing multiple perspectives, I guess I will turn on the comments for my posts and create community guidelines. Since my website is not very popular right now, I do not think that anyone, at least not a lot of people will leave mean comments on my website. Additionally as Konnikova (2013) says it can be good for building community and I can’t think of any famous blogger or content creator that gain a following with their comments completely turn off. However, as a whole, this debate is a bigger issue than any moderation policy can fix. I think lots of people in society are angry and broken, and they sometimes take their anger out on others in comments sections. Therefore I think that we as a society need to advocate for free accessible mental healthcare as well as teach children how to let their anger out in a healthier way.
Atwood, M. (2022, April 1). Your Feelings Are No Excuse. The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2022/04/margaret-atwood-hitchens-prize-speech/629443/
The Psychology of Online Comments. The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/the-psychology-of-online-comments
Gardiner, B., Mansfield, M., Anderson, I., Holder, J., Louter, D., and Ulmanu, M. (2016).The Dark Side of Guardian Comments. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/12/the-dark-side-of-guardian-comments
This week I began monetizing my site by downloading Google Ads. However, I ultimately decided I didn’t want to monetize my site for personal reasons.
I also finally installed Google Analytics but encountered many problems before getting it to work.
Process Prompt: Data helps inform and educate. But at what cost? What is your personal feeling about data trails? Do you try to minimize your footprint or have you thrown in the towel?
General Data Tracking
Pod Academy (2016) discusses how we are constantly being tracked by the different apps and technology we use. They state, ” Most applications we use require our location information. We willingly tag ourselves in specific locations through social media platforms, and freely use contactless cards and debit cards, which give retailers, banks and various other organisations information about our daily movements. We are constantly monitored on CCTV, and everything we research online is data being collected or stored.” I conducted a bit of research and found this fascinating site that shows you where all the public surveillance cameras are located in major Canadian cities. If you are interested, you can check it out here: These Maps Show All Secret Surveillance Cameras That Are Spying On Canadians – MTL Blog
Your location is not the only information companies take from you. As Pod Academy (2016) states, “all our buying and spending patterns are also being observed and recorded.” However, I am personally less concerned about organizations knowing my consumer preferences than I am about them knowing my location or biological data (fingerprint, facial scan etc) because all these companies can do with that information is suggest products that I might be interested in. They can’t force me to do anything.
On the other hand, I am more concerned about companies knowing my location and biological data. I remember learning that Google partially owned the DNA testing company 23andMe in the SFU course CMNS 240: The Political Economy of Communication. Though I have never done any of those genetic testing kits, this still is concerning for others who have. As Seife (2013) says, “One could easily imagine how insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms might be interested in getting their hands on your genetic information, the better to sell you products (or deny them to you).” However, I have used face ID on my iPhone and have used filters on social media apps, so it’s pretty safe to say multiple companies have scans of my face. My iPhone additionally has my fingerprint from using touch ID. In conclusion, I am fairly concerned about how much these companies know about me. However, at this point, I think that any attempt to minimize my data trail would be useless.
Seife, C. (2013). 23and Me Is Terrfying, but Not for the Reasons the Reasons the FDA Thinks. Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/23andme-is-terrifying-but-not-for-the-reasons-the-fda-thinks/
Pod Academy (2016, May 3). Digital breadcrumbs: The Data trail We Leave Behind Us. Pod Academy. http://podacademy.org/podcasts/digital-breadcrumbs-our-data-trail/
MacDonald, T. (2018, Sept 18). These Maps Show All Secret Surveillance Cameras that Are Spying on Canadians. MTL Blog. https://www.mtlblog.com/these-maps-show-all-the-public-surveillance-cameras-in-every-city-in-canada
A big question I asked going into this course was what is publication, and the best answer I got was from the little short videos in our reading where Matthew said “Publication is the creation and/or shaping of a public is such a central idea for artists and writers” where for me entering this class I’ve been able throughout the weeks of this course been able to put my vision of my own blog out in the world for others that have the same liking of films as much as i do and help then give feedback on films they are interested in. today I will be talking about my journey in making my own film blog and how it’s been for me through all these weeks.
With entering the first week I was nervous and didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself into as I have never made my own website before and didn’t know what to expect. But when we were aloud to make it on whatever we wanted I already had a great idea that I’m very passionate about which was movies, because even on my spare time I watch movie reviews all the time cause I love to see what different peoples opinions are on movies I’ve seen and have not seen and see if I even connect with their opinions. So when I was making my website I wanted to have that same feeling I get from watching YouTube videos of other review sites so I wanted to try and make my audience have that same feeling. A good quote I found from our readings was “I’m going for a feeling of wonderment, a connection across time” and from that quote that’s how I wanted to make my audience feel from just visiting my site and reading my reviews on the movies I’ve been watching.
When it came to my design of my website I made it very masculine and didn’t know how to make it stand out more with my website in general, where to me still my website doesn’t have the cool widgets that make it stand out more from the others but my website is just ordinary but for me that makes it stands out are what I do to my post and how I write them for my audience. Where from the readings to make a good design to my website it says “It is not sufficient for a good design to be rational and logical, great, intuitive design are those that allow us directly, and correctly, to see what we can do with a thing” where for me I wanted to make my post stand out and make it very easy to just navigate my website to see everything to get the most out of it, and with the final week upon me I think I have reached that point.
With each post I am adding to my website I’m hoping it is making my audience feel the same way that I feel about the movies I’ve seen and if it hasn’t made some comments on those posts to give me feedback on what they think as well. I wanted to make my site somewhat a reddit page where people can come and laugh about funny things or even give off some rants about some films and how they disliked them or loved them. Also with using google analytics it has showed me what my audience likes the most about my site in where there visit the most or what kind of post they are looking at the most, so with this knowledge it has helped me redesign most of all my post to fit that so i can get even more people to come in and explore my website
Looking back on my site from the beginning to how it is now it really blows my mind away, where from me posting some really boring posts and not having any pictures on my site to help make it stand out and catch the eyes of my audience. To now with my post for me sounding really good and having a lot more pictures with a lot of tune up to make my site even easier to navigate it makes me feel as if what I’m putting out to the world is getting known now by my intended audience that I am posting for.
With my goals of my online self with these final week ahead of me I’m going to do my best to try and still be active on this site for my little amount of audience I have cause down the road this audience might get even bigger and if that happens will just blow my mind away that people are actually enjoying my movie reviews. This class has taught me a lot of publication and how to get my voice heard and now has got me very intrigued into taking more publication classes to continue my journey on my website.
Matthew Stadler. 2010. “What is Publication?” Talk from the Richard Hugo House’s writer’s conference, Seattle, WA. May 21, 2010. http://vimeo.com/14888791
Victor Kaptelinin. “Affordances.” The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction. https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/book/the-encyclopedia-of-human-computer-interaction-2nd-ed/affordances
Basu, Tanya. September, 5 2020. “Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet” MIT Technology Review.
with trying to come up with some guidelines for my website the best ones I though of would be to send me movies or anything like that to me so I could review and leave comments on my post of how I could do better in them or what to add. But most important be respectful on my website with no hate comments or bullying. I feel like these guidelines are pretty basic but is the best for what my website is and can rally hep my audience engage with me better and with other audience members. I would implement this by making my contact page more advanced with easier ways to just email me or easier ways to put comments on my post to be more like a reddit page basically.
within this eek I’ve been trying to figure out what type of outside media i should be adding to my website. I’ve been trying to figure out what would fir best for my movie reviews and the one I’ve been thinking is to bring in Red Letter Media vid into my site more. they are a site on YouTube that do almost the same thing i do but make a video while doing the reviews and make it very funny and talk about every part of the movie they are reviewing. I think they would be a great part of my website as there content can fit mine really well and my audience would appreciate some of there videos on movies haven’t reviewed yet
With adding my google analytics plugin to my site it has helped a lot with how to design my website as I’ve seen how to create it for my audience I have of film junkies to see what attracts the most of them to it. with the analytics it helped show me what time of the day was most popular for my site and with that knowledge it helped with what time to post at so my readers can get the most recent post right when they open my site. also with the knowledge of of analytics it helped show me what my readers are looking at the most on my website so with that I tried to organize my site to fit there needs so every page will be like the one that’s the most popular. google analytics has helped my site a lot with organizing it better and make it easier to navigate for my readers and even me.
with reading my 3rd peer review my classmate did on me I realized that I still suck at grammar as I’ve been going through now most of all my post and doing my best to fix them all up. as I realized I still had a lot of mistakes but at least they are small ones and not so big and I can fix them up pretty easily so my audience that I have can read my post much easier.
Also with my contact page as I’m now trying to just start over it to have an area where my audience can just submit there own information there instead of just having my email where I could get spam and try to stop that quick. these peer reviews have helped a lot with my site so I can get some outside advise for what to fix or what to add to my site as just hearing that’s it good from me as I see now is not good enough