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!)

What should we talk about in this class?

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Good question! I would like to explore how people talk differently in various contexts. We all change our tone and way of speaking given the environment we are placed in. News anchors are trying to relate (target) a young audience by talking in code. I never thought I would hear “lol”, “wtf” or “lmao” from the news. This approach didn’t seem to relate at all- it kind of sounded like one of your parents trying to be hip and “with the times” when clearly they aren’t.

Social Semiotics

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Social semiotics is a branch of the field of semiotics which investigates human signifying practices in specific social and cultural circumstances, and which tries to explain meaning-making as a social practice.

Social semiotics is thus the study of the social dimensions of meaning, and of the power of human processes of signification and interpretation (known as semiosis) in shaping individuals and societies.”

How I learn best..

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When learning about a new topic I learn most efficiently through visuals and being hands on. For example, if I’m learning how to do a fish tail braid, I have to look at how it’s done through pictures/video followed by going through the steps myself and creating a braid. I also like peace and quiet when I’m studying in order not to be distracted.