How Are We This Close?

I’m sitting in a corner desk on the second floor of the Simpson Library attempting to not get distracted so I can work on my script. I can’t stop thinking about time. How fast this first month has gone by. How long it is until the end of the semester. It blows my mind how time can move so fast yet simultaneously so slow.

Mid-Terms. Mid-Terms are nest week (time, slow down!). I’ve been mentally preparing myself for different classes and their different exams. BTS will be interesting. I’ve thought of my questions but couldn’t figure out how to submit it.
1. How can language shape the way we think?
2. Should we have restrictions online? Why or why not?

I’m excited to get through this semester. I’m hopeful for the future. I’m just trying to figure out what it’ll look like.



It’s amazing what we take for granted. Things in our daily lives that we don’t even take the time to think about. Like these words as I type them and you read them. The Grass Mud Horse has opened my eyes to the restrictions in China. And it has also made me thankful for my freedom of speech. Although Americans on the internet use satire to speak their minds online in a humorous way but the netizens NEED to use satire to speak their minds about what’s happening in their government. It makes you think.

For my project former, I am 100% doing a podcast. Thanks to some amazing guidance, I’m excited to use the recording booth in the basement in the ITC. And with the DKC in my utility belt, I’ll be able to edit my podcast perfectly.

One article I’m planning on using is Factors involved in associations between Facebook use and college adjustment: Social competence, perceived usefulness, and use patterns. This is my CRAAP assessment on it:

C- It was published 1985

R-Spot on. It’s exactly about my topic

A-Both authors are professors with great backgrounds

A-I haven’t spotted any obvious errors. Once I get the full text, I can look further into it

P-It was published in an academic journal and is accredited

Can We Save the Grass-Mud Horse?

I never thought that internet satire could mean so much. Most satire I’ve seen has been for a laugh. That’s probably because the internet is free of government control in America. The internet satire in China holds so much power regarding news and speaking out against the government. It allows netizens to speak freely without fear of the government taking it down or banning it. For them, it is their freedom of speech.

The internet satire that’s created words and phrases such as “Grass-Mud Horse” and “River Crabs” have almost started a new language. This language can persuade or influence the way a person can think. For us, it’s just something to laugh at. We don’t think much into it. For netizens, they almost automatically think of this as them being able to speak freely.

In my Intro to Anthro class this semester, we are talking about language and the Whorf Hypothesis. My professor showed us at cartoon satire that was extremely effective in getting it’s point across, yet i didn’t think of satire making it that way.  It demonstrates what different cultures view as indecent and repressing. burka and bikini

What this week’s readings and videos leave me with is this question: What do American’s use satire online for besides entertainment?

How’s It Going, Girl?

After this week’s class discussions, I’ve been more aware about gender on social media. Two readings that really stuck out to me were A Rape in Cyber Space and Game of Fear. These two reads really demonstrated the differences of men and women online and how they’re treated. Week four also opened my eyes to the freedom a person can have online. Specifically with posting someone else’s private information like in Game of Fear.

Our in class activity was fun and a great introduction to a different way to present information in class. My groups infographic was on how people portray them selves on Instagram vs. in Greek Life in college. What we came up with was pretty interesting. Here it is:

Now about my research topic. I’ve narrowed it down to How Social Media Affects the Transition into College Life. After doing more research and confiding in Martha, I’ve decided to stick to this topic and to present the information in the form of a podcast. I’ve found some scholarly research about my specific topic, but I’ve also found some on a more general basis. I plan to dig deeper in this research and add in some interviews from people around campus. I’m excited to see how this project ends up. Here’s a link to some of my sources thus far:

What’s Your Twee-Q?

“Who run the world?” -Beyoncè

I’d hate to correct the queen, but if we’re referencing the twitter world I’d have to say males. Twee-Q has utterly shocked me. Almost everyone I tested had a strong male Twee-Q score; with mine being the second lowest. I expected my score to be low but not a 2.4. As a female that retweets a lot of tweets from an account called, Because I’m A Guy, I still don’t think of these tweets in a sense of a gender. It’s something to think about.

Some other scores that made my head lean to the side and eyes squint is my BOYfriend’s score of a 4.6. How is his score better than mine? He is constantly making anti-feminist jokes (emphasis on jokes. We all know who wears the pants in the relationship.) I expected his score to fall even lower than mine. Lohanthony’s (a gay pride activist youtube celebrity) score was understandably higher than mine and my boyfriend’s at a 6.6 but still male oriented. My best friend came in right in front of him as a 6.8 which, again, is understandable because she classifies herself as a huge feminist. Lastly and most intriguing is my favorite singer, Andrew McMahon with a score of 1.2.

I can see how the most influential people in my life and on my Twitter feed can affect my score, but I also have never thought of the origin of tweets i decide to retweet. It’s a mindless, one-tap, routine i’ve grown used to. I’m excited to dive into this this week.


What Am I Doing?

This weeks readings were harsh. Long, complicated, and advanced. But the discussions in class helped clear it up a little. I learned that by creating and preforming through an avatar, one can leave behind their own race and gender if they please. They can also pursue and try out other races and genders by embracing different stereotypes. Wether or not this is offensive depends on how you look at it. If someone is being disrespectful and racist then, yes, it is offensive and should not be aloud. But if someone is being respectful and minding their own business then it shouldn’t be a big deal and they should be left alone. When a user logs on to something, they know what they might possibly see. If you don’t want to see it; leave.

As for what I’m doing……… I’m a little lost. I’m nervous about the idea of picking one project idea and sticking to it.  My OFFICIAL topic is “How the Affects of Social Media Affect Social Interactions in Real Life”. And my project format is going to be a podcast. Wish my luck.

Bicen, Huseyin. “Determining the Effects of Technological Tool Use Habits on Social Lives.” Computers in Human Behavior 48 (2015): 457. Web. 14 Sept. 2015.


How Much Does It Really Matter?

“If it’s possible—I understand that for some it might be impossible—to look beyond the racist discourse embedded within this performance, the raids, particularly the WOW raids, remind us of the importance of blackness and race more generally to these spaces.” – Tanner Higgin

Using race as a marker of identity online can be as easy as a statement or as complicated as how people perceive the way you act to reflect our race. Trolling online helps this process along slightly. But what some people view as racist, someone else can view as funny. As I was reading through this weeks readings, I stopped and thought to myself, “Yeah, this is all happening online, but are we making mountains out of molehills?” And yes this might be me being blind from certain implications of trolling, but I feel as if we are glorifying internet trolls and there “racist” tendencies. I don’t place the word racist in quotes because trolls aren’t racist. I do it because how serious is it actually?

Most trolling I see on the internet is simply for fun or jokes. Yes, these jokes can be slightly offensive sometimes but welcome to the world. I see much worse displays of racism driving down the road. So my question this week is simply, are we being overly sensitive to racist trolling online and are we giving it too much attention? Also, when does trolling cross the line of being harmless to racist or sexist?

What Was I Thinking?

This week has thoroughly changed my perspective on the internet or the web or sites? Whatever it is that we spend countless hours on. By being online, we’re almost signing a contract unknowingly to release anything we decide to post, view, or click. Some of the readings and topics we discussed in class made me more aware of what we’re really doing online and what I should do while on. It made me grateful of what I have because I don’t think I could operate without being online as much as I am. And not be limited or restricted and have the freedom to do as I want is something I would have never thought about before.

Creating an identity is much easier, in my opinion, is much easier with the use of the internet. But my friends and I tried figuring out what it would be like if we were in 1805 by looking at Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. This is what we came up with.

Profiles that exist after death, Gamer identities compared to usual social media identities, How many does anonymity help and how many does it hurt