In the article The Face of Facebookers,by Zywica and Donowski, they are trying to determine which one of the hypothesis is correct. They discuss how one uses facebook to become popular. Well I believe that it is not that way and that facebook is a way to communicate with others. One may use facebook to meet others but they mostly use it for connecting with those friends as well as maintaining those relationships that they have with others. I disagree that one uses facebook to become popular and either immitate one’s popularity in life or portray themselves as popular only online. Zywica and Donowski do have a point when they discuss the uses over different ages for yes one’s identity is still changing over time and one may be going through them, but I feel as though facebook is a place to just be yourself and not hace to worry about what others think of you because what they think does not matter. If one changes their mind about being that persons friend then they can just delete them. I also feel as though it is not to get popularity because one chooses who one’s friends are going to be so that only emphasises that “Facebook is mostly used to maintain or reinforce existing online relationships”(8, Zywica and Donowski). I do question whether some people are posed on facebook or create multiples to see how one’s fake profile may be viewed but then that is just an expirement and not who one wants to become. Facebook is used to talk and view those around you when they are not near you, used to keep in touch with others and it is not used to become more popular within that realm because that does not do anything for real life. Who one is online may not change how one is viewed in life.


writing Process

The writing process can really suck. I have never been a good writer and this is not a easy subject for me. This time a tried it a different way I reread everything that i was going to write about, did the squares that they  taught us in elementary and then did a rough draft, which i havent done in the longest time, and this final draft i am feeling more comfortable with. But i am also yelling at myself for waiting so long and not letting me type when i had all my ideas but what can i do now i needed to work. But on the other hand it was good that i waited for it let my ideas develop fully and i am feeling more confident in myself. I hate to write so i usually free write and then just turn that in but this time i tried to do it more sturcutured and i feel that it turned out much better than any others before. I am going to continue to use this new process until i can find something that is better suited towards the way that i write and fits my schedule a lil better.

alter ego

In this article “Identity in the Information” by Venessa Dennen. Dennen is trying to make how one makes a digital identity easier by taking it step by step and seeing how each diffferent aspect can change the way that one is viewed. It is better to use a real name rather than a fake one, so that when others go to ones blog it makes others less weary of you and what you are writting about. One’s about me page should include what one wants it to include but it should also have information that is useful to others who are looking at your blog and so that they will know if one’s blog is what they are looking for. If one is trying to stay anonymous than one voice and writing style should be slightly different than in real life so that you do not risk others finding out who one is. One needs to be careful how they construct themselves in the blogging community because there is a sense of trust with bloggers. So when blogging becareful what you say and how you name yourself you never know if you will be found or who may be reading.


Further, bloggers perform these identities in a manner

that is consistent over time.

Blogging and face-to-face identities

Question: If using a “pseudonyms” is not the best idea and one does not want to use their real name what is the best solution for this and how do you make sure that your real identity will not be exposed?

Exploring Identity

In the blog Exploring Identity in the Virtual World, she observes that though one can have more freedom in the virtual world because one does not have to deal with social norms or parental expectations, it is still dagerous. She advocates that it is dangerous because of the Anonymity that comes with it and how others may not know if that one is truly being oneself or falsifing. I support that fact and how it may be dangerous with how one presents one self to others on the virtual world because then others are unsure if they are being truthful and may be putting themselves or one self in a dangerous position in either meeting with the unknown or becoming that virtual identity who one/they may not be. The virtual world allows one a release from the real world but it is also dangerous and needs to be carefully thought about.

Quote: Adrian (2008) has referred to virtual worlds as “domains of liquid identity” because you never really know “who” the individual is and the virtual identities can be quickly “self-defined rather than pre-ordained” (Adrian, 2008, p. 367).

Question: Does she mean that one must be conscience of what they are doing in the virtual world and making sure one is safe and that the virtural world does not become or distorort that real world?

Hijacked by Noam Cohen


In the article, Dealing With an Identity Hijacked on the Online HIghway, by Noam Cohen is saying that though the internet lacks human qualities such as discretion. It is not the internet that is putting them onto the search engines, it is people. One cannot blame the internet for coming up with a result when it just goes throug an algorithm, but one believes that can because it is the internet that came up with the result. Cohen is also saying that one must be aware of what goes on the internet because once it is there it can effect one and how others will see that one and will “Hijack their Identity” as the article suggest. One must operate the internet with the discretion that the internet search engine do not obtain.

Quote: To say that Google is losing something by neglecting the human touch isn’t to mean that the algorithm isn’t reflecting humanity — after all, a motivated person created the page that tops the results for “Santorum.”

Question: Is it that not only is it hard for one to maintain one’s identity online but then one must also factor in that others can change one’s identity to make it even more difficult?