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Social Networking: Is it really private?

In the article of Social Network Sites: Public, Private, or What?, at the very least it portrays the reality of our current way of communicating and the way we represent ourselves through the scope of social technology. Our generation relays heavily on the realm of social networking. More than a half billion people use these social network sites to post vast amounts of information about themselves every day. Although we have people who are in favor and who have embrace this emerging technology other people like parents are still, only worried each day, some feel that this technology has only strongly corrupt and destroy today’s youth while others only wait patiently until this whole phenomenon dies down. Boyd states, “Today’s teenagers are being socialised into a society complicated by shifts in the public and private.” I think we all pretty much have become familiar with this option. For example, in Facebook, we are able to choose and block from certain people viewing our posts, pictures, notes, or status. This tactic has enable us to have some power in the area of our privacy. We are no longer held back from making our information private and not sharing it with everyone and although this could favor us in many ways it could also jeopardize us in the long run. According to Boyd, he states, “What you say sticks around. This is great for asynchronous communication, but it also means that what you said at 15 is still accessible when you are 30 and have purportedly outgrown your childish ways.” The fact that information is reachable with a click of a button can sometimes harm people in job interviews. This is why careful thought must be put into everything that we shared online. Take for instance, in Facebook, even though you might have a trusted circle of friends who are viewing your material, you still have those whom you have blocked. Who is to say that 1 friend out of the “trusted” circle of friends won’t bring up that photo album in a conversation to that other friend that you have blocked and who is to say that by having your profile visible, that other people won’t copy and paste your photographs or information. Let’s face it if you are on the web, every thing you say and do will always be accessible no matter how many privacy rules they are behind to “protect” your information, one way or another someone is behind that monitor watching your every move. Or how else do you think the media gets track of celebrity private photos and information?

-Astrid Sarmiento

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Zines, Blogs, Wikis, and Social Networking Websites

A zine is a unique self-published booklet or magazine that enables the author to freely express any of their ideas and thoughts through text or images. A zine in those days was basically creative writings published by freelancers. A zine can be designed in any type of format. The author is entitled to create their zine in any way that they might want to by using layouts and templates. The ultimate idea and goal behind the publishing of a zine was to share common interests with those people who were able to connect to what the author had to share. The role of a zine also encourage creativity and self-expression. By publishing a zine people will be able to receive mail, make new friends, and be able to educate and possibly change the opinions of others. After reading much about the history and the origins of how zines first started, I began to later see the similarities of the type of zine we might used today in our generation.

In our world of today, one might say that our type of zine is our personal blogs and websites.  Today, technology has enable our generation more than ever to express ourselves through the means of personal blogs and social networking websites. Within these social networking websites and blogs, people are able to define oneself. Unlike a zine, where people were forced to stick by what they had already expressed through print, today we have the ability to edit or delete our posts whenever we so called desire. The same could be done in Wiki posts where many people come together and are able to contribute their ideas. This website also enables people to edit, revise, and change what they or others have typed. Through Wiki posts people are also able to research information and educate themselves just as a Zine intended to educate and inform it’s readers. So as you can see, technology has become so vital in our society that it has taken over the role and characteristics of a zine. Although zines are not so popular anymore, they’re consider a break-through and a cultural landscape of what started the growth of our communicational media.

-Astrid Sarmiento