My Digital Diary: The beautiful struggle of Digital Communications — April 29, 2016

My Digital Diary: The beautiful struggle of Digital Communications

Digital Literacy

“We are in the throes of transition where every publication has to think of their digital strategy” -Bill Gates

Bill Gates’ quote compliments Glynda Hull’s  article, “At Last: Youth Culture and Digital Media: New Literacies for New Times.” Hull argues that is in imperative that we, as users, are literate in different modes of media and digital communications. Digital literacy, like any other type of literacy is important to facilitate innovation and change.

I believe the ability to use various formats to obtain or understand new information via computer, tablet, or mobile device cultivates digital literacy. I also believe that digital literacy aligns with being familiar with technological devices and being able to apply that Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 9.38.09 PM“how to” knowledge to the fast moving nature of the digital sphere.

To apply this argument to my own experience, I’ve learned how to concisely but thoughtfully write in different forums like: my personal blog, website, and infographics. My learning extended behind textual writing by writing for podcasts and videos.

My Journey

I had no idea I would learn so much in just one semester of Digital Communication. My project topic seemed like a distant idea but it has grown to a full scale demonstration of what I want to say, how I wish to say it, and who I am as digital writer:

My Blog:

This blog allowed me to sculpt a notion that I constantly thought about. Here is what I am proud to say I have learned:

  • proficiency in photoshop
  • concision in digital writing
  • appreciating digital aesthetics
  • understanding the importance of SEO (search engine optimization), categories and tags and captions
  • proficiency in storytelling through image slideshows. (Flickr)

My personal video

My video opened even more possibilities to my topic about social media literacy. And I gained assets I will definitely use in the future:

  • learned interview etiquette
  • experience with photo editing (iMovie and Adobe Premiere)
  • experience with capturing footage and appropriate b-roll

 

My website

I now have a website that contains my portfolio of my creative work, my resume, and a personal page that can describe who I am to future employers.

  • self branding
  • proficiency in web design
  • self advocacy
  • Created a digital resume

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My journey… is not over!

We are all failures- at least the best of us are” -J.M Barrie.

The number one lesson I learned from digital communications is: trial and error, trial and error, trial and succeed. I learned that everything is a learning experience if you allow it to be. I learned that collaboration is an inevitable task in life, and faith in yourself is necessary to work with your own skills and others. These lessons, I believe, will push me forward in my academic years and my eventual career.

But I also became proficient in some pretty impressive software and programs:

  • Audacity
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • iMovie
  • Flickr
  • WordPress
  • Wix website design

The first day of class, I was a shy freshman among sophisticated sophomores and juniors; I was intimated by the rigor of the class and my colleagues. But I grew confident in my abilites  day by day and found that I am not only capable of taking this course, but I enjoy all the things I found most daunting. If I can apply the same mindset to every undertaking, I think I found the key to my own success.

 

 

 

 

Cyberchase: How the job field has gone digital — April 24, 2016

Cyberchase: How the job field has gone digital

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Do you have a free time? Do you need money? Do you have a computer? Do you have internet access? Then you may be the perfect candidate to work one of the 100,000 online jobs available world wide.

Sounds a little too good to be true…

Although it may sound a bit too good to be true, online jobs are becoming more common in the career sphere. According to the article, The digital economy: Jobs of the Future, online jobs like: classifying the products in an online store’s catalogue, transcribing hand written documents, or even signing up as a faux fan of a certain brand on Facebook to boost visibility in search results, all are paying jobs. Allyou.com ranked the 14 best online jobs that really pay you.

What about the traditional jobs?

So will traditional jobs come to slow extinction? If jobs are becoming available in the comfort of our living rooms what of the jobs that built the economy?  Forbes issued an article of 21 careers heading for distinction. According to Forbes: farming, ranching, and agricultural management are number 1 on the endangered career list. As well as Food service managers, Postal services clerks/carrie

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Forbes projected only 1,106,400 farmers will be employed in 2020.

rs, and electronic equipment assemblers After reflecting on the Jobs of the Future article I had to wonder what the job market will look like when I am searching for my career.

 

 

The Age of Digital Inequality — April 3, 2016

The Age of Digital Inequality

Is Digital Inequality a real thing?

Short answer: Yesdigitaldivide-2

Longer answer: Digital inequality is defined as internet users skills, self perception, and usage. Like race, gender and class inequalities it effects the lives of many. Digital inequality coupled with pre-existing social issues can create a larger disparity among populations.

Examples of Digital Inequality.

Digital inequality includes inequality between individuals, households, businesses, and geographic areas at different socioeconomic and other deomgraphic levels in terms of access to, use of, or knowledge of information and communication.

Digital Inequality can manifest in different ways:

  • Technical means: Lack of access to bandwidth, computing power, etc
  • Autonomy: Users’ independence in using technology. So, at home or work, during set hours or at leisure, in monitored or unmonitored settings.
  • Skill: Ability to search, download information, or otherwise locate resources online
  • Social support: Access to experienced users within one’s own community.
  • Purpose: User’s ability to leverage technology to improve economic gain, social capital, consumption or entertainment. 3005591006_8b62706d43

Why does this matter?

Social inequality stems from this variation in use because users’ degree of tech savviness mirrors real-life racial and socioeconomic inequities.”

 

Ethics Matter. — February 28, 2016

Ethics Matter.

Ethical Reporting “He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction from himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me” –Thomas Jefferson

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Brian Carroll’s book, Writing and Editing for Digital Media, explores writing effectively and ethically in digital spaces.

Malpractice in journalism: defamation and libel

Libel has 3 ingredients: the questionable material must be printed or published (written) erroneous or false, and defamatory.

Libel law: reputation has been damaged and that it can be repaired through monetary damages. Carroll, 281)

3 types of defamation

libel per se, occurs with accusations that are obviously defamatory.

Libel by interpretation: concerns something published that is or could be libelous depending upon at least one of a number if competing interpretation.

Libel per quod: concerns something that has been published that becomes defamatory when readers add something commonly known that does not appear in the story.

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  •                   Copyright owners have a right to granting, limiting, or prohibiting:
  •                   Reproductions
  •                   Derivative works (like video game version or website, or online encyclopedia)
  •                   Public distribution
  •                   Public performance
  •                   Public display
  •                   Public digital performance of a sound recording

And in case you were wondering what it does not cover:

  •                   Trivial materials
  •                   Ideas (remember, it protects only their expression)
  •                   Utilitarian goods (like a toilet or more specifically, how the toilet works)
  •                   Book or movie titles and names;
  •                   Lists of ingredients’
  •                   Standard calendars and rules;
  •                   Method, systems, procedures, math principles, formulae, equations, and the periodic chart of elements
  •                   Anything that does not offer its origin to the author (non-original works).

Brian Carrol describes in detail the ramifications of libel, the logistics of copyrighting and the basic intellectual property law as it relates to digital content.

Social Media and Advocacy — February 25, 2016

Social Media and Advocacy

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Healthy alternatives are all around us.

You just have to find them. There is always an alternative to comparing your physical features to someone on the internet. Social media is a never ending forum where people around the world can  interact and exchange information and ideas. The book, Cyberprotest: New Media, Citizens and Social Movementssums it up nicely by stating, “we see how the internet helps promote what are called alternative or counter-public spheres that can offer a new, empowering sense of what it means to be a citizen.”

The internet has the power to begin movements and sway the hearts and minds of many. Let’s embrace it.

Lose yourself in advocacy.

Social media movements have created a forum for activism, especially in the youth. These movements grabbed the attention of people with empathy and a will to help. Movements like:

  • Black Lives Matter,:  the viral social movement that is, “working for a world where black_lives_matterBlack lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise”
  • #BringBackOurGirls, a campaign that began after 476 schoolgirls were kidnapped from Government Secondary School, Chibok by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria. 57 escaped but 219 are still missing.
  • #YesAllWomen a twitter hashtag and social media campaign in which users share examples or stories of misogyny and violence against women.
  • #ALSIceBucketChallenge: a social media movement that involved  dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.
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    movements went viral. And they moved people to get up, get out, and advocate.

So engage, add value, be authentic. Use the beauty of technology and cyber interaction to rock the world.

 

 

Don’t forget about perspective. — February 17, 2016

Don’t forget about perspective.

Different Perspective

Framing is a process in which a reality is perceived  in such a way that certain aspects of the reality are stressed, while others are de-emphasized, leading to a particular definition of understanding of the social world.

This has been coined by experts as framing theory. Social media is all about framing. It is the snippet of a reality that can be viewed, retweeted, liked and printed. These “frames” are what we see and analyze and make our judgments.

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This smiling woman at something. We don’t know what or who
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But with the rest of picture, this woman is smiling with a loved one. This picture displays a new story.

 

 

The photos above demonstrate two different shots of a photo. Social media can work in similar ways. The full photo is not always fully exposed. Details of reality can never completely shown online.

Is framing the Good, the Bad, or the Ugly of Social Media?

Amanda Swartz, a licensed psychologist at the TCU Counseling Center stated “social media has done a lot in our culture, as far as affecting access to visual stimuli. People are on Facebook or Instagram and they’re constantly comparing themselves to other people.” But social media has its upsides, procon.org states that  “social media can help improve life satisfaction, stroke recovery, memory retention, and overall well-being by providing users with a large social group.”

So what?

If we know that framing theory is an actual phenomenon, then we know that the aspects of reality portrayed in the frame are NOT the full picture. With this in mind, it adds perspective and how social media users analyze what we view, how we use it, and how it affects us.

 

 

Heart, Mind, and Audio — February 8, 2016

Heart, Mind, and Audio

Aim for the heart and mind.

“Audio works when it touches our hearts, tickles our imagination, and intrigues our minds.”

The laughter of a child, the heavy breathing of frightened man, the echo of thunder, or the sound of screeching car tires add dimension to any narrative. Audio has a foundational value in a storytelling. It can add emotion, familiarity, humor and drama. The story becomes more than just a still photo, or a written account. The essay, “Story of Sound” accentuates the important role audio has in storytelling and interviews.

Audio is intimate.

“Story of Sound” describes audio as an intimate exploration. You must get close. Get close to those you interview, get close to the surrounding noises and everything that makes up your environment.

It’s not enough to tell, audio must express. Watch the video below and analyze the various audio that creates the tone of the dramatic scene.

Although there is an absence of music the scene has a heavy tone that is authentic, intimately personal.

Express your own and other’s stories with a personal tone. Make the most mundane actions a story. Transform: “I walked into the mall. I had to get a dress for formal immediately,” to “I haphazardly dashed into the mall entrance in a desperate attempt to find a dress for my sorority formal.”

Audio and interview

“Story of Sound” provide advice for good audio journalism

Tips:

  • Listen carefully to your subject.
  • Get to the heart of what you want to talk about.
  • Paint picture with sounds and words.
  • Observe with all senses.
  • Allow silence to be reflection.
  • Allow ambient noise to sculpt the atmosphere of the interview.
  •  Authenticity is key.

 

Social media is NOT real — February 3, 2016

Social media is NOT real

            “Social media creates an environment where disordered thoughts and behaviours really thrive.” -Claire Mysko

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 9.26.55 PMMy previous blog detailed my struggle with comparing myself to others, especially through social media. But this blog entry concentrates on other young women who have a similar struggle and the poor effects comparative thinking has had on them.

Essena O’Neill’s Story

“If you find yourself looking at “Instagram girls” and wishing your life was theirs, you need to realise you only see what they want.” – Essena O’Neill

Essena O’ Neill caught the media’s eye, but not from her notorious good looks as an Australian model, but for her public announcement to “quit Instagram”. O’Neill exposes the false notion of beauty that social media has crafted. In an MTV article, she admits her unhealthy habits to maintain an “inspiring body”. O’Neill would “set extremely unhealthy goals for herself — all because of the fitness models on Instagram and elsewhere that she aspired to look like.”

Her Instagram is now completely different than it used to be. Her page barely has any pictures of herself, but of scenic photos and inspirational quotes. The pictures of herself that seem just like the “typical” Instagram model pics have captions that display the fakeness of it all.

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O’Neill’s photo on Instagram with a caption that exposes the falseness of the photo.

O’Niell’s caption taking from Instagram (To the left): “Nothing is candid about this…I felt the strong desire to pose with my thighs just apart #thighgap boobs pushed up #vsdoublepaddingtop and face away because obviously my body is my most likeable asset.”

 

A recent study conducted by Florida State University found that a group of women, who were asked to browse Facebook for 20 minutes, experienced greater body dissatisfaction than those who spent 20 minutes researching rainforest cats online.

 

Women like us

This phenomenon isn’t just for those in the public eye; it applies to young women like me. I conducted a survey to study other women’s experiences. I asked three of my close friends to pass out at least 3 surveys to 3 of their friends who also attend Furman University. These women are between the ages of 18-21.

Each woman said that Instagram was one of their main social media outlets and more than half listed Snapchat as one of their main outlets. When I asked if they follow celebrities all said yes. Common celebrities where Kardashians sisters, Selena Gomez, and famous models. More than half said they followed them out of admiration and admitted that each account had some sort of social influence on them.

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Striving for physical perfection only leads to dissatisfaction and despair

Then the survey changed gears to ask about stalking other women they know. All admitted to stalking another women’s Instagram accounts with the intention of seeing their lifestyles and how it compares to their own.

This shows that it is common, it is depressing, and it should stop.

Essensa O’Neill’s new Instagram account is dedicated to express the message: SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT REAL.

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“I wanna be her” — January 27, 2016

“I wanna be her”

 

Theory and reality.

Theory: A famous sociologist by the name of Irving Goffman coined the idea that “every individual engages in producing mental schemas or frames that enable them to efficiently identify and interpret information” In other words, people have a tendency to create representative frames of other people to ensure their own understanding.

Reality:

“Ugh, I want to be her.” I say as I flash my phone to my friend to show her a picture of a girl I met over the summer. The picture Jessica posted on Instagram has her splayed out on the sand at Daytona Beach without a care in the world. Her long locks laid naturally over her sun-kissed shoulders and she had a wide smile. Her picture received 560 likes. I just kept looking at the picture, trying to find some flaw that would make me feel slightly better.  I felt less than and envious merely by one Instagram photo. Looking back at the particular situation I see that I was overreacting. But that still doesn’t change the way I felt about myself at that moment.

But the more I was on Instagram and Snapchat the more I found myself comparing my life to someone else’s. Snapchat would depress me because I would see my friends laughing and having a good time while I was at home watching Netflix in bed. I started checking Kylie Jenner’s Instagram where she looked unrealistically gorgeous.

Kylie Jenner, are you even real?

 

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Kylie Jenner’s notable “selfie”

Kylie Jenner’s Instagram is praised in the social media sphere. Her pictures gain millions of likes from followers all over the world. I appreciate Kylie’s beauty but seeing her photos every time I open my Instagram has an effect on how I felt about my own image. Are my lips full enough? Are my hips curvy enough yet skinny enough to have a thigh gap?” This is a specific example of my comparison thinking.

 

Is it just me?

Articles show that I’m not the only person who felt this way. An article on San Antonio Express News questions Instagram and other social media outlet’s effects on young girls and their body image. Sociologists have studied about electronic communication and how it shapes a persona that is different from a face to face encounter. These persona’s act as symbol of the person instead of an authentic representation of who they are. Thus, people can seem different and an improved version of themselves online. In reflection to the articles, I thought about how I shouldn’t take every picture I see online at 100% face value, and always remember that they are humans too.

So maybe those Instagram aren’t as flawless as they appear?

 

About Page —

About Page

It’s all about me

My na1656331_10200145488715487_4579919829665033911_nme is Imani-Grace King. I’m from Greenville, South Carolina and I attend Furman University, which is a whopping 3 mins away from my house. Safe to say, I never miss my dog. I dabble in Political Science and Communication Studies and I hope to declare those as a double major next semester. I am also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. Random tidbits about me:

  • I love sloths inordinately.
  • Chipotle is my go to place to eat (Idc about E.coli).
  • I enjoy Furman’s Dining Hall more than any other student.
  • I take Netflix binge watching to another level.
  • My dog, Roxy, deserves her own TV series.
  • Shonda Rimes is my idol.
  • I hyperventilate out of excitement when I see freshly baked bacon.

Find me on social media!

  • Instagram: manikingg
  • Twitter: imanigraceking

About My Blog

On more than one occasion, while I am scrolling down my Instagram feed, I catch myself doubting my face, body and at really insecure times- my overall life. In today’s society, it is easy to witness someone else’s life through social media.  Social media taps into our natural drive to compare ourselves to others for self-evaluation purposes this is called social comparison theory. This theory can reaffirm comparative mindsets while using social media outlets, like Instagram or Snapchat.

The goal of my blog is to encourage social media literacy because it is a facet of our everyday life. Realzing that it is a natural tendency to compare ourselves to others can help ensure positive self image.

Put the phone down. You are beautiful.

 

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