Profile Piece

I interviewed Kristin Saksa for this assignment. She used to work with me at Cafe Napoli, so I got to know her pretty well. She was always trying to make people laugh while working, so I knew she was a funny person. One day when she requested to follow me on Twitter, I saw her personality shine through her tweets. While waitressing together she would tell me funny or odd things that happened during work or at her tables and we would laugh. Once that I saw that she tweeted about these experiences- I was intrigued. I had to find out more. So here it is…

1. Is twitter your number one choice of a social media platform? Why or why not

I would say yes, purely because its super entertaining to me. My sense of humor makes me think that even the dumbest tweets are hilarious. It’s also the platform I am most active on; I don’t post on instagram super often and Facebook has gone completely downhill (since it was poppin back in 8th grade).

2. When you tweet, do you hope for a response?

Not all the time. If I think of a tweet that I think is super good or extremely funny, then yeah I want people to like it or retweet it or respond to it in some way, but I don’t send out every single tweet hoping that it gets a ton of likes and interactions.

3. I notice that you tweet a lot about your interactions at work. Why do you choose to tweet these experiences?

Work takes up a huge percentage of my time, and a fair portion of my interactions with the general public take place at work. A lot of the interactions or conversations that I have while I’m there just seem so bizarre to me – like the things some people say and do just blow my mind; you’re in public what are you doing, can you actually hear what you’re saying? And I don’t want to be the only one who knows about these comments or situations, I want to let people know about the sorts of things that I come across from day to day.

4. Most of your tweets are meant to be funny, do you intend to make people laugh?

I like making people laugh, it makes me feel good, like I am a part of something bigger. Plus the way I word certain things is more often than not meant to make it funnier. My twitter helped me get funniest employee 2 years in a row, so that counts for something right?

5. Why do you tweet? Do you want people to notice you on social media or do you tweet just to tweet?

I don’t think I tweet just to tweet. I’m not a big fan of super emotional tweeting, like when people just go on and on about pointless things like “I’m so upset someone text me” or “omg I’m so annoyed.” Cool? Who cares? As I said before, I see twitter as entertainment, so I’m on it to laugh and to try and make others laugh. If people notice me because of it, then thats cool, but if not I’ll still continue to tweet regardless.

6. When you experience something at work, do you think “I’m gonna tweet that tonight,” or do you just think of your tweets at the end of the night or whenever you decide to go on twitter? 

Sometimes, depending on the situation, I do think “this is gonna make a great tweet.” I’ve actually had moments where I tell other people about something that just happened to me at work and they ask if I’m going to tweet about it, or if its worth a tweet, cause they get it. Sometimes I completely forget until I get home, or even days later. I do take time to think over my wording though – sometimes its hard to summarize a situation and make it funny while staying within twitter’s annoying character limit.

 

I was very pleased with Kristin’s responses. I think she has a good attitude towards using social media and that it makes her happy, which is a good way to use it.

Social Action

Being a young woman, who of course wants to purse a career in the future, I worry about the gender wage gap. The wage gap is the average difference of pay between a man and a woman. Basically, when women get paid less than men although they are equal in quality. Since I have been in college, this is something that has been brought up many times in classes and by students. Also, I enjoy writing reported papers on issues like this, including maternity leave.
These are the reasons I decided to post about this, and to post it on Facebook.

I see Facebook as a platform for discussion. I can write as much as I want and people can reply without worrying about a certain amount of characters. This topic of discussion deserves to be talked about, at any length. I also know that I have a good amount of “friends” on Facebook that, I think, would be interested in seeing this topic brought to light.

 

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Although I posted this pretty late, I got 2 likes and 1 share. I expected to receive more feedback on this, but I think I may once more time passes.  I think this is something people should talk about because it is such a huge issue today. This is talked about all over the country, but shouldn’t we do something small, like help our state, so that we can get the ball rolling? and maybe, eventually, the country will end the gender wage gap.

Ronson, boyd

Robson and boyd have one definite thing in common- their books about social media. This is very broad, so the topics I narrowed down are public shaming and being private vs. public. These topics are intertwined together with ideas, facts, and experiences by the authors, although they go about them very differently.

Painting a picture is an easy way to intrigue the reader, and this is exactly what Ronson does. Instead of him just explaining what had happened when he met someone, he adds in so much detail that you can picture Ronson sitting there across from the person. He even quotes conversations that he wasn’t even in, giving the reader all the information needed to understand a story- which is extremely important.

Ranson’s view of social media is through public shaming. This is done through Twitter, Facebook, etc., and it gives people easy access to publicly shame someone, however, it is the people doing the shaming and not the social media. I think many people do and say things online that they would never do or say in person, and social media gives them that opportunity to say mean things on the internet or even ruin someone’s life.

boyd mentions the difference between private vs. public. boyd’s writing is similar and different from Ronsons. She does interview many people, which is her “go to” way of backing up her ideas, but she doesn’t paint a picture as well as Ronson does.

She focuses more on teens and their use in social media. When she mentions the difference between private vs. public, which goes along with Ronson’s views, she mentions Facebook. boyd says that if you’re on social media your “public by default.” This is true, because anyone can see what you post. “Teens often inadvertently play into another common rhetorical crutch- the notion that privacy is necessarily only for those who have something to hide.” (pg. 63)

These topics between Ronson and boyd go hand-in-hand. You should know what you are posting online, and you should understand the difference between what is to be private or public. Some things posted on social media are too private for viewers, or too private for the person posting them, but they don’t see it that way. And in some cases, people have been publicly shamed because of this.

Video vs. Text

Growing up I always made videos with my friends. I would stay up for hours editing clips and making sure the sound was just right. Then, I would say that I was pretty good at making videos. Now, I’m a little rusty but still remember the main concepts. I still enjoy making videos, although I do not do it very often.

Videos can show so much more to a reader. You can see how a person is acting and hear what they are saying. This can make the reader, or watcher, interpret what is said in the video much differently than if it was just written on text. This can make a huge difference in what you think the meaning is. You can also hear the tone of the text, which is just as important. You can also see how someone is acting. All of these concepts can make a video easier to understand rather than reading written text.

Video can be made in a variety of ways. When watching “How to Properly Watch a Movie at Home,” it is like you are watching a movie. There are different scenes, voice overs, comedy, and expressions. It goes from scene to scene, showing the watcher how to do something, and explains it perfectly.

“Birthday Girl” is a type of timeline video. It starts in the present, but shows you back in time though multiple years. It also has an “interview” of Elyssa talking to someone else, so the watcher can interpret two person’s instead of one.

“Unity” is kind of like a slideshow of still pictures with voice over. It shows pictures that represents what she is saying to give it meaning. This video is informative and powerful by seeing multiple pictures.

Each of these three examples show different ways to make a video. This is the beauty of video. You can make way in any way you like, but in text, there is only one way to write. Video can be so much easier to understand, and its fun to watch. Of course videos can be boring as well. If there is nothing to watch or if there is a monotone voice, the video will drag on. Text can be boring too or it can be great to read and be just as informative. It all depends on the reader, but I will always prefer video.

Teens and their privacy

danah boyd talked to many different teens. She said teens rather be out hanging out with their friends rather than sitting on their computer. It’s that teens spend their countless hours on social media when they can’t be with their friends, not because they rather spend their time starring at a screen. They would rather connect off-screen, but parents don’t see it this way.

“Although many adults believe that they have the right to consume any teen content that is functionally accessible, many teens disagree.” (pg. 58)

Not only parents, but adults in general, feel the need to see what kids are posting on social media. An example of this is when boyd interviewed a fifteen year old student. The student was annoyed that her teachers would go on her Facebook page to see what she was doing. The student made it clear that she would never go on her teachers Facebook page, so why would they go on hers? She felt it was a violation of her privacy, and it is.

Teens need their own privacy. When their parents were young, they were free to go out at night and be home before dark. They had a lot of their own privacy. The difference is that it wasn’t online. Now, they tell their kids they can’t go out and be home before dark because of how dangerous it is to go out, so then their kids go on social media. And when they do, their parents want to see whatever they are posting, giving them no privacy at all.

“Yet, for the teens that I interviewed, privacy isn’t necessarily something that they have; rather it is something they are actively and continuously trying to achieve in spite of structural or social barriers that make it difficult to do so.” (pg 60)

Teens want their on space to be themselves, and nowadays that is online. I believe it is important for parents to let their children have their on space. It is important for their kids to learn for themselves and grow. If a parent is keeping them from being acting as a teenager or getting on them for little things they do online, they won’t learn themselves what they believe to be wrong or right.

I do believe that there is a time that parents need to check in on their kids. I think it is important to know what kind of people their kids are friends with and if they are being safe online. This video is a mom saying how she wants her kid to have privacy, but there is also a time to “snoop.”

It seems that there is this constant curiosity from adults to see what kids are posting online these days. But why? To keep talking about how teens are “out of control” or “addicted to social media”? Maybe adults give teens a hard time because they didn’t grow up with technology, so they see it in a different perspective.

However, I think adults need to give teens a break. It is not our fault we grew up with technology.

 

Is Google God or Satan?

 

“Without its search engine, and the other engines that have been built on its model, the Internet would have long ago become a Tower of Digital Babel.” (156)

 

Google has become our major search engine. We can look anything up, whenever we like, wherever we are. If we need an answer to a question, or a problem, Google is there. If you want to know why you’re having certain symptoms, Google is there. If you don’t know what to get your mom for her birthday, Google is there. It seems that Google is there for literally anything you may need, and at any time. From credible websites, to random people commenting on Yahoo, to Wikipedia, their search engine will bring you to thousands of websites that relate to what you are typing in that search box. Is this a problem? Or is this good to have?

 

“Google is, quite literally, in the business of distraction.” (157) This is how Carr sees Google. He may be right, but I believe this applies to a certain extent. When it comes to learning or reading books, Google is a distraction. It is a distraction when you should be learning a certain way. For example, Carr mentions reading books online. Carr says when we read online, “we read faster than ever.” And I believe this to be true. When reading online, “we’re no longer guided toward a deep, personally constructed understanding of the text’s connotations.” When he said this, it reminded me of when I read poetry every week for a class I took. For me, to truly understand the poem, I had to decode the text. I needed to understand every word and how they related to each other. I had to run my fingers under each line of the poem. I had to circle or underline words that were strong in the poem. This is why reading from a book, and not online, was better for me. I learned by physically holding the book and reading it. However, this is where the greatness of  Google came in.

 

When reading a poem, or any type of text, if I don’t understand a word, I Google it. This broadened my knowledge of words I had never known before. This helped me understand the poems. It is just like a dictionary, but better. I can look up the words easier and faster. I don’t have to flip the pages of a dictionary to find word after word. I could find what multiple words meant in minutes, and understood the poems faster. Although Google allowed me to do this, it does not mean I forgot what the word had I meant. I applied it to my reading.

 

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Carr says Google is neither God nor Satan, but I think it is both. Google can be good or bad, depending how you use it. You can let Google erase your ability to learn, or let it strengthen it.

 

It’s up to you.