Archive for the ‘O M G! I lost my Identity!’ Category

“Dr Himanshu Tyagi, a psychiatrist at West London Mental Health Trust, said that people born after 1990, who were just five-years-old or younger when the use of Internet became mainstream in 1995, have grown up in a world dominated by online social networks such as Facebook and MySpace.” It is said later on in the article on http://www.medicalnewstoday.com (called ‘Facebook Generation’ Faces Identity Crisis), that these children tend to act more impulsively, erratically and that the risk of suicide is increased.

Dr. Tyagi goes on to explain that not only are these children at risk for social disorders, but they are also at risk for losing the real meaning of interpersonal relationships which we as people use to build our identities. This is done through feedback on how much we disclose about ourselves and how we act around people in real life, with the internet we have a screen as a barrier and can put on facades which could lead to alterations in our personalities, (and by could I mean usually leads to alterations in our personalities). Dr. Tyagi goes on to say “A session in front of the computer was also likely to create ‘an altered perception, a dream-like state, an unnatural blending of their mind with the other person – something that rarely happens in real life. The new generation raised alongside internet is attaching an entirely different meaning to friendship and relations, something we are largely failing to notice’.”

With all this negativity, it is hard to see how the internet and these websites could even be looked at in a positive way, ruining kids’ identities and being tied to suicide? Redefining friendship? Perhaps parents should step in and introduce some old fashioned communication skills into their children’s lives.

– Gillian Holloway


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Social networking sites have been increasingly their popularity everyday! According to Leyla Bilge, Thorsten Strufe, Davide Balzarotti, and Engin Kirda from Eurocom state that “Well-known sites such as Facebook have been reporting growth rates as high as 3% per week”.Many social networking sites have millions of registered users who use these sites to share photographs, contact long-lost friends, establish new business contacts and to keep in touch.

Since technology is always increasing, how easy it would be for a potential attacker to launch identity theft attacks against a number of popular social networking sites in order to gain access to a large volume of personal user information.

According to Bilge, Strufe, Balzarotti, and Kirda there are two types of attacks that occur in identity thefton Facebook.The first type of attack is the automated identity theft of existing user profiles and sending of friend requests to the contacts of the cloned victim. The hope, from the attacker’s point of view, is that the contacted users simply trust and accept the friend request. By establishing a friendship relationship with the contacts of a victim, the attacker is able to access the sensitive personal information provided by them.

The second, more advanced type of attack they show is that it is more effective and feasible to launch an automated, cross-site profile cloning attack. In this attack, attackers are able to automatically create a forged profile in a network where the victim is not registered yet and contact the victim’s friends who are registered on both networks. Bilge, Strufe, Balzarotti, and Kirda’s experimental results with real users show that the automated attacks they present are effective in identity theft.

People today are so open with sharing their personal information and even with adding strangers onto their profile page. There needs to be a point where people need to realize everything should not be put online. The more you share with the world, the easier it is for an attacker to to take over your identity. So as a mother would say ” Be Careful out there! The world is indeed a scary place and I don’t want to see you get hurt”.

– Lyara Brine

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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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