Venice recounts the hours spent that she would get ready for her first days of high-school. Reflecting on her encounters, her interactions, and the ways that her days would end.
Now, within the present, sitting on her mattress inside of her bedroom, she gazes at the envelope labeled from Yale University. This was the ticket to her future; it was now or never. She anxiously settles her stare onto a painting that was given her as a graduation gift; a picture she had taken of a rose turned photograph. “This is everything. This is everything that I’ve waited for. If I don’t open it now... I will never know,” she murmurs to herself.
Before opening the letter, she inhales a deep breath, exhaling an adequate amount of air. She gazes at the table across the room, a chair tucked beneath it. “Here we go,” she says, beginning to rip it open.
1. An explanation of how the Internet has changed communication. Make sure to use at least one specific example.
Internet has changed communication in various ways. Not only does news, information, messages, and content travel more swiftly, but we, as a society, can access those formats during any given time despite its current relevancy. For example, anyone is able to obtain a particular piece of a conversation involving others about a turn of events that has occurred during the past, even if it no longer is pertinent to an individual or the people involved. This can be a negative or positive aspect, but it elaborates on the ways in which communication has become effortless.
2. Define Immediacy, Permanence and Lack of Control as they pertain to the Internet and explain how Immediacy, Permanence and Lack of Control affect both our offline and our online identities and lives. Include at least one example for each.
Immediacy, Permanence and Lack of Control pertain to the Internet in many ways. Permanence is when you post content and it stays as a piece of Internet history, Lack of Control is the loss of control with the content you post and where it gets taken/shown, and Immediacy is the short period of time taken for others to find and share your opinion online. These concepts affect both of our offline and online identities because your online identity can become your offline identity. It is easy to search for an individual by their social media account or online profile. With this information, access is easily retrieved and lives can be changed. Both positively and negatively.
3. What are two ways that you can actively manage and protect your identity and your reputation online? (one of each)
Two ways that you can actively manage and protect your identity and your reputation online are:
Be sure to post respectable content and photos of yourself or other things.
Place your account on a private setting provided by the website to protect the photos or photos of others that you post.
Advocate for the proper causes and keep personal opinions to yourself.
Be mindful of those who review or visit your account page.
4. Answer the question: “Does the Internet have rules?” Use at least one specific example.
5. Define cyberbullying in your own words.
Cyberbullying is a form of online harassment in which a single individual or more interacts with one person in a negative manner with the intention of hurting them, verbally abusing them, and starting quarrels to a boundless extent.
6. Describe at least 2 kinds of cyberbullying and why they are considered cyberbullying.
Two kinds of specific bullying that can be defined as cyberbullying are Shaming and Outing. These kinds of bullying are considered as cyberbullying because Shaming involves the intention of posting content that has no correlation to it itself, but is only to hurt the sentiment of a certain person or group of people. Outing is considered a particular sort of cyberbullying because it involves posting the private information of another for anyone to see without the approval/consent of that individual. Both of these kinds of cyberbullying are considered underneath Pennsylvania law.
7. Provide advice for: victims, bullies and bystanders of cyberbullying.
Advice for victims of cyberbullying:
You are important and no matter what someone says behind a keyboard, you are more than their hurtful words. If you are continuing to struggle with problems involving trolls/cyberbullies, enlist the help of a trusted adult to proceed with steps to take more action.
Advice for bystanders of cyberbullying:
Please do not interact with the aforementioned cyberbully. Asking for help from others, including close friends, is a better alternative than becoming a victim of the cyberbully and their actions. But, do not take this lightly. Not interacting does not translate as not being of aid.
Advice for bullies of cyberbullying:
Bullying others has no significance within the online world. If you are a bully, please stop immediately. Speaking to others harshly and harassing them is not only unkind, but it can prompt damaging behavior and thoughts. If there is an issue that you are suffering from as well, do not take this out on others. Seek help and solve whatever quandaries you possess.
8. Your Top 5 tips for using the Internet.
Be mindful of what you are posting and where you post it.
Treat others online as you would like/want to be treated.
If issues occur and continue to ensue, inform someone that you trust (an adult, teacher, parent) to get assistance.
Present yourself respectfully on public profiles in case an employer reviews your account. If you’d like a side account to be more casual/open-minded on, then that is acceptable as well.
- Have fun responsibly.
October 27th, 2016
Actress, Writer, and Social Media Activist, Rowan Blanchard, has introduced a brand new, optimistic, strong-willed perspective on social interactions to a generation of adolescence that may impact our future usage and meaning of our online accounts, profiles, posts, and the content that we allow to be viewed by others by explaining the imperative nature of the ‘f’ word: Feminism.
Blanchard explains the effects of her confident choices and decisions on social media in the article, as well as how they have affected her, her friends/family, and the billions of young girls who admire her. She is active on almost every social media platform, including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. But, she is acknowledged most for her official Instagram profile that obtains a whopping 4.6 million followers and 1,555 posts (as of November 1st, 2016.) However, she is not only well-recognized for the photos that comprise of her “feed” or “layout” on the application, but for the promising message that she is able to share consistently about the importance of Feminism and equality for the female gender. “I think it’s important for girls to recognize feminist issues because it directly affects them,” She told Entertainment Weekly at Instagram’s #MyStory initiative event. “It’s a difficult thing to speak out, but belonging to a sisterhood makes me feel like I have the power to speak my voice.”
Immediacy, Permanence, and Lack of Control play massive roles in Blanchard’s life. Immediacy, for example, is used as the most common attribute to her posts and commentary that she shares. The time that it takes for her followers and a great number of others to view her content is little to none, but as time gradually passes, the Permanence of the posts begin to spread. Prior examples of Permanence are placed in articles about Blanchard. Screenshots of the content that she posts can be used for public viewing or ideal samples of her outstanding commentary about the relevance of Feminism. Lack of Control is a final component to Blanchard’s social life. Although the feedback being given to her is positive for a larger part of time, there are negative responses. The adverse part of interaction with social media is that there is no way to control the opinion of others, regardless of the intention behind them. But, despite that, Blanchard handles pessimism quite well. In a past article, Rowan was chastised for not smiling in some of her Instagram photos. “I don't think people realize how rude and hurtful it can be to just see comments where people say ‘Are you depressed?’ I post on my Instagram what I like. If I want to smile, I will! Nothing more than that. I wish people would stop reading into things.” Explained the star via Twitter. From her graceful and mature behavior online and offline, Blanchard is a more than adequate representation of mindful social media usage for all ages and genders.
To summarize, social media can have an encouraging effect opposed to the ample majority of negative stories that are told and spread across the Internet, and can also be a tool for advocating critical and significant information. Rowan Blanchard continues her reign as a well-known social media figure in the public eye, and her actions go on to extend the message of Feminism and online etiquette to people of all ages, especially young girls. My advice to those who are using social media are to take Rowan Blanchard’s technique when using their online profiles. Approach the situation positively, consider things mindfully, and think about what you post before you post it to have a safe, healthy, and fun experience on the Internet.