The Post at the end of the Semester

Throughout the semester, I think the ideas that have resonated most with me relate to the influence of people on the internet and the internet on people. That could sum up the entire course so perhaps it could be more accurate to say that the potential dangers in the interactions between humans and technology that have caught my attention. I am, at least when it comes to the distribution and use of power in our world, easily frightened. The real consumer delves a little into the way these things currently stand and intersect with the technology we use daily. Reading back over it now feels more important than when it was written because the data retention laws it discusses have now come into affect. I’ve chosen this post because of its renewed relevance but also because it considers the position of the individual in the online world of social media and the realisation that the place I thought I held was perhaps entirely wrong. Me, Myself and I According to my Internet History could be a follow up, realising the reality of what my computer could tell someone about me. In A Web-Built Person I consider not what the internet can tell us about people but on what it could one day make people. The people, information and attitudes we have the options of surrounding ourselves with right now- could they one day be used to manufacture personalities? The future is an uncertainty, that’s for sure, and in Death of The Author I argue for the future of the career I hope to go into, that the changing relationship between creator and consumer does not necessarily spell the end of the creator but the evolution of our role. Finally I look at what I consider the best possible use of networking and the capabilities of the online world in An Experiment in Networking- The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen. Each of the posts I’ve selected here examines the position of people within the constantly evolving online world and reflect both my fear of the changing landscape and my curiosity about any potential limits in the way it can be manipulated.

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About frenzysista

Hannah has often been informed that she is intelligent and has the potential to achieve great things. She generally agrees that the potential could be there but is also a terrible procrastinator and lazy to boot. She currently resides in Victoria and lavishes about 38% of her attention on studying the mystical thing that is the creative arts. The other 62% of her time is divided unevenly between celebrating her fandoms online, sleeping, learning how not to talk to people and saving the world. Oh, and writing. Definitely that thing. In other words, you're reading the thoughts of one highly opinionated, entirely sleep deprived fangirl-y adult
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