Article Reflection

The article “Application of Dervin’s Sense-Making Methodology to media reception situations” by CarrieLynn D Reinhard and Brenda Dervin outlines the debate of the application of virtual spaces. More specifically, virtual worlds. When analyzing these virtual worlds, they do not limit their research to the study of the senses or rather the users. Instead, they make sense of the way everything communicates with each other. How the senses interact with the game or space. They performed various studies which focused on different senses (visual and audio), as well as different spaces (film and console video games). What they found in most of their studies is that the users would create meaning for themselves. Whether it be a gaming world, such as “City of Heroes” or more of a social world, such as “Second Life”. Even though a virtual world would always lack some specifics that of reality. Users would always make the connections themselves in order to proceed with the study (Reinhard and Dervin, 2012).

In relation to class, the presentations of simulation and virtual worlds tie in perfectly with this article. The presentation of simulation was a great transition of the class discussion to hybrid spaces. Simulation and virtual worlds really do go hand in hand. Simulating the senses of the human body is what new media is all about. While these senses are not real, they become a new reality when combined with a virtual space. As if Earth is not big enough for the seven billion of us, we have created countless other virtual worlds which we live, play, and conquer as one. As mentioned in my previous post, it baffles me how some are making a living using the functionality of some virtual spaces. Such as the couple in Second Life who make a living renting out virtual condos, on a virtual island. All of which, is simply information which is stored on servers and exist nowhere in reality. It’s amazing how far humanity has gone, from, well, human experience. The typical human life fifty years ago was straight, linear. You must get an education, get a job, marry, have kids, rinse and repeat. That was simply limited to planet Earth. With many virtual worlds, that linear progression of life may not be the norm in another fifty years. We may have other ‘worlds’ to live on, and I’m not talking about Mars or the Moon.

 

Sources:

Reinhard, CarrieLynn D and Dervin, Brenda. Application of Dervin’s Sense-Making Methodology to media reception situations. Convergence, ISSN 1354-8565, 02/2012, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp. 27 – 48.

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Exercise 6: Article Synthesis

My synthesis:

With the exponential growth of internet activity, the issues of online identities may be one of the most heated topics in today’s society. Coming at this topic from different point of views, the ethics of online identities affect all users online. The article “Online identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important?” by Aleks Krotoski on The Guardian’s website details the controversial debate between anonymous and identifiable online profiles. Whereas the article from The Economist, “Businesses, not just governments, have a role to play in helping web users prove their identities” furthers the notion of having governments control online identifications. Finally, with both sides of the online identity covered, The Washington Post’s article by Joyce E. A. Russell, “Career Coach: Know your online identity” reviews how to maintain said online profile.

When it comes to The Guardian’s debate on online identities, it seems to be well fought out. There are many cases which can be used to strengthen both sides. It really comes down to the individual user. Having an authentic online profile can relate the person from the online world to the offline world. Which may grant said person jobs and other experiences. That being said, if something can be traced back to their name which may compromise their integrity, that would ruin their reputation online. That is where anonymity comes into play. Allowing users to create, share, and edit with the online community allows them to make faults without being personally blamed. Unfortunately, the internet is very commercialized and having a flow of anonymous users does not generate as much revenue as does a sea of identifiable and traceable users. In relation to authentic online identities, governments could have the solution with proper online IDs. This would lower fraud, and boost the economy online. One minor detail, most users trust their banks for personal information and not their government. Having a government deal with online identities would give it structure and security. Perhaps having an agreement between website owners and the government can be achieved. We should not forget that the internet is global and government policies and agendas vary depending on the nation and culture.

In short, with all this talk of having an online presence, The Washington Post article details several measures which can be taken to improve one’s online identity. The first thing anyone should do before proceeding is to accept the fact that we all have online identities by now. Whether or not we have a Facebook account, almost every institution creates profiles for it’s users or customers. What should always be considered when developing an online identity is to serve the purpose of the identity. For example remaining professional online, or not mixing up private information with professional. The bottom line is to simply be in control with your online identity. Make sure you know what is being said about yourself, and more importantly, what you are saying about yourself.

Jesse Maxwell Perez’s comments:

You are good with using the evidence from the text to back up your points. You are convincing with your words and make outline the articles clearly.
Only thing I would say in your conclusion:
What should always be considered when developing an online identity is to serve the purpose of the identity. For example remaining professional online, or not mixing up private information with professional.
I get what you are trying to say but maybe phrase it to be one sentence.

Rewrite:

In short, with all this talk of having an online presence, The Washington Post article details several measures which can be taken to improve one’s online identity. The first thing anyone should do before proceeding is to accept the fact that we all have online identities by now. Whether or not we have a Facebook account, almost every institution creates profiles for it’s users or customers. What should always be considered when developing an online identity is to serve the purpose of the identity. The bottom line is to simply be in control with your online identity. Make sure you know what is being said about yourself, and more importantly, what you are saying about yourself.

 

Sources:

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-04-17/business/35231468_1_online-identity-web-site-facebook-account

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/apr/19/online-identity-authenticity-anonymity

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21571447-businesses-not-just-governments-have-role-play-helping-web-users-prove-their