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Digital Footprint, Privacy, and Beyond

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 I felt like this was a great topic for a blog post. You see the thing about a digital footprint is is that it’s very much a product of how much technology has grown, and how it may have grown a little too much too fast. Digital footprints are essentially us leaving a trace of ourselves in social media. Whether it be a post on instagram, or on Facebook that doesn’t include our 10 second or more stories that will disappear at the end of the day. But even then those aren’t completely gone. Anyone can snap a screenshot, or record any of our stories and instagram doesn’t notify you unlike snapchat. 

And this leads in to the effect this has on our privacy. Because actually even our very presence on certain sites leaves a digital footprint. Everytime we’re looking at something online such as shopping websites are storing our searches in the cache/cookies. That’s why when we go to other websites we see ads for other things we’ve previously looked at. Not to mention it was reported that some of our private messages are turned over to compaines like Facebook, Netflix and Spotify. So actually just being on the internet these days is enough to encroach on our privacy more than we would even think. We’re leaving digital footprints all over the place when we don’t even realize, just by just being on the internet! This article explains this very important concept in consumer data privacy and it’s great. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/07/09/what-is-consumer-data-privacy-and-where-is-it-headed/#7febdbf61bc1

Mass Communication

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What is mass communication many world ask. Mass communication is the exchange of information on a large scale to a wide range of people.  Many of us today know social engine tools such as Facebook, Instagram and etc as examples for that but that hasn’t always been the case.  Before social media more people was watching the news and reading newspapers. Nowadays a lot of information is transferred faster via computer and internet. Example: someone can tweet out that a hurricane is going on in Florida and within 10 minutes over millions of people would have been notified.

Mass communication has evolved over the years from newspapers to telegraphs to telephones and now to television and computers. This evolutions has helped many and it will continue to grow and spread information at a faster and more effecient pace. But at the same time it takes to spread real news is as fast as it is to spread fake news as well. Example: a few years ago someone tweeted out the death of Jackie chan. Within 20 mins over 5 million people thought Jackie chan was dead and started sending out condolences posts. It was then Jackie Chan who tweeted back he was alive and well. 

Many people keep in touch using social media and that has helped communication socially.  More friends but that has also lead to more severe things , like social bullying which has caused a lot of suicidal cases over the years. In totality many can make the case for the evolution of mass media to be very helpful while some may point to the latter and say it does more harm. For me, I feel it meets right in the middle. I’m grateful for how everything has changed and I am looking forward to seeing what’s next for us. 

Social Media “The culture of sharing digital footprint, privacy and beyond.

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In today’s society we have a culture of sharing, and through sharing we leave trace when we use modern technology to keep us alert or to link us up with friend and family that are far away. Digital footprint is  a trace we leave behind,using Facebook, Whats app, Instagram, or any form of online features. Social Media can be both positive and negative because it allows us to stay in communication and also leave trails of what we had done. For example in the olden day back in High school  because technology wasn’t  that prevalent we where not that expose to technology hence our means of communication with family and friends was through  the use of telegram, letters and the good old call box. Life was nice then but it became nicer when technology changed and started to make life more easier for us. Even though life as become easier for us  it is now more dangerous as everything is now traceable and we can never be to careful as whatever we do can cause  us harm if not properly erased. 

What Does Your Style Communicate?

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    New York City is easily identified as one of the worlds greatest fashion capitals. The fashion industry is a huge business in New York City as some of the top designers and respected fashion moguls reside here. We have some of the best fashion institutes and celebrity stylist. This is why NYC has earned its right as FASHION CAPITAL!

My personal interest in fashion came from being over weight with very limited designers to shop from. Over the years that has changed drastically. Designers from all over are making clothing in all styles and sizes for the Plus Size community. IM SO EXCITED ABOUT THAT! Over time I’ve learned to master the art of style and fashion. As I got older with more time and money to spend on clothing,I’ve become more intrigued with how clothing affects the way we perceive one another. This idea came from growing up in a urban community. Most people would judge you based on your appearance, what designers you wore, how you styled/accessorized it and how consistent you were with all the up to date fashions. if you were fortunate enough to keep up with those trends you were classified “better” than the rest. Your street credibility would sky rocket, and you were Extremely popular!

According to a study at Howard University, studies show 75% of people you meet perceive you based on your appearances; which includes your choice of clothing, body language and footwear. Are you one of those people? Most times we do without even noticing. For example,  have you even seen a guy in suit and tie and automatically classified him as successful? Nonverbal studies has explored the connection between clothing and communication. Clothing has many functions, we’ve spent our entire lives making these connections.  We connect uniforms to school or work and many of our parents made us wear church clothes on Sunday. Gowns to a wedding or ball and the list goes on. Here’s a video that shows us how people perceive us based on what we wear.

https://youtu.be/FTs4tN24Y14

Social Media

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Social media has had a positive impact on our modern day society. It has given us the ability to have a voice on a big platform that millions of people can have access to. Many today have used this platform to make a positive impact on our society, according to page 262 of the text book “Forty-four percent of 18-29 year olds like or promote political material on social media. Thirty-four percent use social media to encourage their friends to vote” (pg 262, chapter 12). This is an example of not only adults, but teenagers as well getting involved in topics that are extremely important for them to open up to and later on be able to use their voices to make a difference in our society. This is one of the many examples of how social media positively affects us today.

Although social media has helped many people, it has as well had a way of negatively impacting others. No one is forced to show their true identity through social media making things as cyber bullying, cat fishing and abduction easy to happen. Many people hide behind a screen for their own wrong reasons which is why it is important to know what to have on your social media. Personal information is never a good idea to have on your social media because it can give millions of strangers access to your personal life. Restrictions can help these dangerous problems have a lower chance of happening in your social media life. Use social media safely and use it to make a positive impact in your community!

What is Media Literacy?

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Media Literacy is a device used to interpret critical assessments and productively utilized media. Teenagers and young adults in this generation used media to its fullest peek. Different media text include internet, television, video games, smart phone, tablets, radio. Throughout the usage of these media related tools many jobs opportunities are implemented in society, as a result of media usage. Children going to school in todays day and age are told that it is important to stay up to date with the worlds current events. By us as whole giving attention to these events we give the worlds media literate.

The article speaks about “parental involvement” in media literate relative issues and this is an important point being that the children of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Media shapes our world and if the younger kids are feeding themselves the wrong message society as we know it can collapse fundamentally. Media is a good thing when used for the right reasons such as to spread knowledge about things like cures for diseases, weather changes, criminal activities and more. Media shapes how us as people identify ourselves in society. Yes, at the moment media does not positively portray good messages because it has our women using surgeries to beauty themselves and has our men overdosing on toxic supplements to keep their bodies in shape.

For certain groups like LGBTQ, the bullied and people who feel low self esteem media can really ruin their lives. t\This is why it would be of there interest to edify themselves using media literacy to understand that they are better than what they see and hear about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIaRw5R6Da4

 

 

Mass Communication

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What is Mass Communication?

The Definition of Mass Communication is “the process whereby media organizations produce and transmit messages to large publics and the process by which those messages are sought, used, understood, and influenced by audience”.

Mass Communication is the public transfer of messages through media or technology driven channels to a large group of people from an entity, involving some type of advertising for the user.  “The sender often is a person in some large media organization, the messages are public, and the audience tends to be large and varied” (Berger 121). ( https://courses.lumenlearning.com/suny-introductiontocommunication/chapter/defining-mass-communication/)

Culture,Communication, and Mass Media

Mass media are significant transmitters of cultural messages and play an influential role in shaping culture, yet the process is complex. There is great variety in what messages are accepted by different consumers, how they are interpreted, and how they ultimately are employed (or not). Further, cultures that include contradictory messages are more likely to inadvertently promote deviant paths to culturally valued goals. ( Julie B, West , The Role of Mass Media in the Transmission of Culture)

Here’s a video of a more detailed example of Mass Communication:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7bVp3xfCkg

 

Mass Communication

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The Big Bang Theory show is a great example of mass communication. In the seventh season, the series got 20.4 million viewers per episode. 

Mass communication is the process in which a person or a group of persons send information through mass media to a large and varied audience at the same time. And in this medium is include newspaper, magazine, book publishing, as well as radio, television, film and internet.  Feedback for mass communication is usually slow and indirect in comparison to interpersonal communication.

The study of mass communication is  the approach on how the information of mass communication, persuade, or affect the behavior, attitude, emotion or opinion of the people that receive the information.  The process of mass communication has four components, Sender, Message, Medium and receiver.  The process is complete when the receiver gets the message.  The way we receive the messages have changed indeed, from pictures on walls of caves, to messages sent to millions of people at the same time.

I found many videos about mass communication but, I attach two. one is short if you don’t have time to watch and one long, if you have time and want more details.

 

 

 

Should we actively incorporate emojis into everyday use, supplementing the written word?

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Emojis have been a new addition to everyday communication that seems to fit in naturally. Emoji’s are, essentially, little pictographs and as the saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words.” An emoji can communicate emotion, symbols, and direct meaning in one shot. This isn’t something that needs to be taught, it’s just something that people seem to get. It’s different from the word, which means it can’t do everything words can do, but it also can convey meaning where words fail. I don’t think this is fad for children, we should see this as an opportunity to improve upon what we have and make something better. Let’s actively incorporate emojis in everyday use to supplement the written word.

The first response to emojis from many people has been to relate these pictograms to the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt. Egyptian hieroglyphics are proof that a language without characters representative of sounds is possible. Imagine each word is comprise of letters that represent the order in which you make a certain sound with you mouth. A picture however, conveys an entire idea all at once. I think the Egyptians would have benefited from a written language to add details, that are clear and hardly subjective. The Egyptian language has been decoded, but I’m sure there are subtleties that will never be known, just like there are subtleties within each emoji that people just understand as a given.

The Ancient Greeks were another culture that knew the power of communication and interestingly developed visual communication to improve their oral communication. Many ideas came relating to rhetoric came out of Ancient Greece-even the term rhetoric. In public speeches the Ancient Greeks used a mnemonic device we refer to as a memory palace. This was technique of translating speeches into visual cues and placing these visual cues inside a ‘palace’ or place they could mentally explore-the same way you can probably mentally explore each room in your house from memory. The reason this technique works is because visual information can be translated faster and stays in the mind for longer.

If visual memory is such an efficient and memorable way to communicate information we should seriously think about taking the written language to the next level. It’s happening relatively unconsciously, so if consciously approached this opportunity can be properly exploited. The intertwining of nonverbal and verbal can better represent a face to face interaction. In person the face and body language communicate as much, if not more, as the spoken word. Then, tonality and many other factors come into play when communicating meaning on multiple fronts. Notice how much faster you can consume the same information from a movie than from a book. A movie conveys so much information at once that it you couldn’t possibly commit everything to word. In a book there are lines committed to describing body language and scenery-things that are just expressed simultaneously in a movie. To just give an idea of the possible, a system of emojis can be used to express the visual information that takes forever to express verbally.

Some of the fun is the lack of rules. It allows for an ever changing way to express oneself. Like figurative language, there is no one way to imply an idea to someone. A person may vary in degrees of directness to avoid or show disregard for being rude. The lack of direct structure is part of the fun, allowing for a wide range of ideas to be communicated. However there is structure, we know of literary devices like repetition, sarcasm, and metaphor. We study these these ideas and even though there is an unbelievable amount of room for variation, there is still structure. Let’s study communication through emojis and learn to see where they shine, what there uses are, and how we can effectively use them in a more formal sense.

Pictograms, like emojis are an interesting path for human communication that is developing right now in our life times. We should recognize this and take on the responsibility of developing this form of communication in a way that will best serve our needs in a practical and spiritual sense. This is a concept that has been applied in successful societies before us, and it seems to just be falling into our culture somewhat unconsciously. It will be interesting to see how this develops whether it remains a organic or guided.

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