“We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it” -Erik Qualman


Difference Between Public and Private Space

A public space is a social space that is generally open and accessible to people. Roads, public squares, parks and beaches are typically considered public space. Government buildings which are open to the public, such as public libraries are public space. Although not considered public space, privately owned buildings or property visible from sidewalks and public thoroughfares may affect the public visual landscape, for example, by outdoor advertising.


Private space is the region surrounding a person which they regard as psychologically theirs. Most people value their personal space and feel discomfort, anger, or anxiety when their personal space is encroached.Permitting a person to enter personal space and entering somebody else’s personal space are indicators of perception of the relationship between the people. There is an intimate zone reserved for lovers, children and close family members. There is another zone used for conversations with friends, to chat with associates, and in group discussions; a further zone is reserved for strangers, newly formed groups, and new acquaintances; and a fourth zone is used for speeches, lectures, and theater; essentially, public distance is that range reserved for larger audiences.


Side note~ Every minute, 24 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube.

Jacqui Taylor posted a picture that was also on my facebook news feed this past week. It read: “Swimming pools are filled with people. Some you know. Some you don’t. And every once in a while you see something that maybe you shouldn’t. That’s why swimming pools are a little like Facebook.”

I also agree with the post.. It got my attention when I saw it and instantly I thought of gross pool incidents the post could have been referring to. Then I began to think of the meaning behind the metaphor. Strangers share a common ground with one another and it seems instinctively, we are used to this form of sharing within different aspects of our lives. For instance, it isn’t uncommon to see a picture of my high school teacher’s baby on facebook- something that would never be shown in a classroom setting. It seems, given the right platform, people are willing to share/do personal things that wouldn’t normally be shared. Essentially, people in a pool are all bathing in the same water yet it isn’t seen in that light at all. The way people act differently in different situations is amusing to see.


Side note~ Babies in Egypt have been named Facebook

Connotation- An idea or feeling that a word invokes for a person in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
Denotation- The literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests.

What is your relationship to social media?

Personally, I am not a facebook “junky” but I do find I frequently visit my wall to procrastinate. I’ll check it periodically throughout the day. Maybe I’m in denial of how much I use it- it would be interesting to see the average amount of times I actually go on facebook per day. Aside from being a visual timeline and a record of one’s life, facebook is a useful tool to connect with all types of people. You can connect with someone across the world if you’d like and that holds a certain power in itself. Furthermore, I would not likely use another form of communication to contact an old classmate or someone I barely know. Facebook to me is an informal platform that can be used loosely on my terms. I always keep in mind never to post or say anything I can’t take back though.. so in a way I’m contradicting my last thought. I don’t have a relationship to any other social media compared to facebook and my standard yahoo email account. Other social media I use but very rarely include LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr.

Side note~ 69% of parents are “friends” with their children on social media.

RSA Animate – The Power of Networks

[In this new RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex modern world. Taken from a lecture given by Manuel Lima as part of the RSA’s free public events programme. Listen to the full talk: http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2011/the-power-of-networks…%5D

When watched in class, this video made so many connections that it was a bit hard to follow- the main reason being that the drawing was distracting and the man talking left no time for “processing” all of the information given. All in all I appreciated what was being said and it compelled me to want to learn more.

The tree has proven to be a symbol in religion and a knowledge classification system. As our knowledge changes so to does the symbol of the tree and how it is viewed. Has a new way of thinking embarked on the human species? In the past, the tree of life has been used as a model for the human desire for order, symmetry, hierarchy, simplicity, balance and unity. This video tests our need for a model of a tree and explains how it has moved to the web of life- connections between all living matter. In a rhizomatic modern world, knowledge is highly interconnected given the platforms of social media and the internet.

Side note~ If Wikipedia were made into a book, it would be 2.25 million pages long. (And would take you over 123 years to read!)