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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.