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In the beginning…

The first few entries I wrote don’t really connect to this blog material-wise. They do connect with the topic of our project, though. To tie the blog entries from the beginning into our current theme, I have racked my brain to come up with something that the majority of these entries have in common with the first few stray ones. I have come to the conclusion that they are a part of my identity.

If popculture does indeed create scripts, (as explained by Dr. Strangelove), then the examples of Andy Warhol’s art and role in this area, Terry Richardson’s photography and Gossip Girl all contribute to mine. I must like these things for a reason and according points made in different lectures, I therefore must project these interests to the people around me whether or not I consciously know it.

I guess what I’m getting at is, we even display our identities when we don’t even realize it. Through a neat project (such as this) and social networking sites down to the way we dress and act in reality. Aspects of our identities come out everywhere, even where we least expect it to.

– Gillian Holloway

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Pierre Bordeau explained that each person has different tastes and that these tastes offer distinction between the classes. This is probably true through legitimacy, and the categorizing of different forms of media. Now-a-days, though, it is hard to differentiate between the different classes and categories of media. Now, higher classes listen to artists like Michael Jackson (which considered for the lower classes) and lower classes are doing things outside of the norm like listening to Bach. Things are getting all moved around and mixed up because every type of media is now more accessible. We, as an audience, are now consuming media across cultural lines.

Popular culture in the past was something considered to be low culture and based on the study of a largely passive audience. Now, the audiences is a big part of production of this culture as the power of the amateur creative audience is taking over. We now demand what we want through how we act, what we watch, the way we portray ourslves and the identities we create on the internet. Who we follow on twitter, who we’re fans of on facebook, the list of our interests, the celebrities we draw inspiration from in our youtube videos, all let the producers know what we want. This participation in production is becoming more acknowledged and accepted as well as the new norm. It is also the reason our identities are changing so greatly, though.

Twins? No, the done up one is just who I am on the internet.

In present times it seems that the class of different forms of media have little to do with self-representation. Yes, we are labeled based on our interests, but each of the urban stereotypes of today are seemingly unrelated to class. You can see a rich hipster just as easily as you can see a poorer one. A poor hockey-jock playing on the team with a rich one. Class doesn’t matter, anymore, it’s based solely on personal-shared interests.

-Gillian Holloway

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In today’s society, culture has created an image of perfection in mankind. Men and Women have to be in perfect physical condition, have no imperfections and to look young forever.  Technology has made this idealism very unrealistic and even harder to achieve in reality. The invention of the Internet sparked many social networks in the past decades which was inevitable. Humans are such social creatures, it is obvious that communicating through the internet would occur.  In recent years, social networks have exploded and there are hundreds of sites that promote connecting with others online. Social networks have even replaced the traditional way of meeting new people. Facebook is a perfect example of how social networking has helped thousands meet new people and promote their individualism online. The question I am asking is do we really show our true selves on Facebook? I believe we only show half of who we really are to a public online community.

 Joseph B.  Walthier,Brandon Van Der Heide, Sang-Yeon Kim, David Westerman, and Stephanie Tom Tong are authors to a study that researched “how other individuals’ contributions to one’s own online profile affect observers’ impressions and evaluations of the profile maker”.  In this study they believe that we post wall comments, pictures and status updates to show off our “attractive self”. Many people hide their birth year or their birthdate all together in order to appear older or younger depending. You don’t usually see a person keeping photos tag of them looking horrid. Many people will often report the picture or just remove the tag so their profile isn’t affiliated with it anymore. These authors also show that Facebook provides the primary basis for impressions. ” approminately 80% of one college’s Facebook-using sample in the United States indicated that total strangers on their own campus view their Facebook profiles and nearly 40% believe total strangers from other universities view their profiles as well”.  This is why people believe they have to look and appear their best at all times. Everyone knows that every person “creeps” other people’s profiles at the time; it is what Facebook is used for.

People do this because of Attraction. Attraction is why we communicate with others in the first place for men and women. Men and Women want to have many friends on Facebook and want to be liked. This is how Facebook can become superficial, just like how our modern culture has. Women feel the need to always have a sexy and attractive picture as their display or to look like their super popular and fun. While men need to look very manly,hot and again popular and fun. It is very rare to see someone putting a display photo of themself looking at their worst. This will not attract people to be their friend, instead may make them run away. People also don’t post things on friends wall unless they WANT other people to see what they wrote. People choose what they want others to see and what to be kept hidden. They also have control to remove any unwanted comments on their profile too. We censor our identities on Facebook and any other social networks we are a part of.

So next time you see a person`s Facebook profile, ask yourself : Is this a realistic version of that person? Or is this one of their many faces on display?

– Lyara Brine

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