Topic 6? Farewell UOSM2008

Coming from an Economics degree Living and Working on the Web was certainly different from my other modules. Being primarily online and being given creative control I have been able to successfully learn and research new topics completely out of my comfort zone. This has enabled me to develop not only my digital skills but also widen my understanding of the digital world. UOSM2008 is definitely one of few modules at university that has enabled me to look beyond scope of solely my degree and discover new topics and materials that were previously unknown to me.

Prior to the module I was asked to complete a self-assessment that rated my digital literacy against a set criteria, this is presented below.

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Having had a LinkedIn account for over a year I have found myself only really utilising it as of late. Although primarily due to internship applications and graduate jobs having been able to learn how develop a stronger and more professional profile I have found it to be immensely beneficial. Topic 3 showed how the working environment has adapted to the presence of digital profiles and showed their importance in the current working climate. I have found that by instituting changes to my profile, which at the time seemed negligible, has led to my network gradually growing to over 200 connections. Additionally receiving messages from recruiters and other like-minded individuals in my chosen field.

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At time where news is constantly being circulated learning how to identify source material of articles has enabled me to successfully decipher between actual news, click bait and opinion pieces. Having not used twitter in my social life, I have primarily found it a useful professional tool for live news and gaining insight into role models of mine.

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The topic of multiple identities has continued to resonate with me, online identities is such a crucial portion of the web. Observing Justine Sacco’s case a cautionary tale, online identities are just as important as our real-life identities if not more given their reach. Upon learning, how recruiters and prospective jobs often scan through social media profiles in an effort to look for possibly damaging information I have privatised the majority of my social media platforms whilst meticulously being aware of content that has been shared.

This module has been beneficial in regard to the wide skill set that I have learnt and developed upon as a result of studying the module. I have found a new appreciation for blogs and additionally self-created media. Through developing info-graphics and moving presentations I have learnt that raw data and words are not necessarily the best method of delivering information.  I feel I initially underestimated the module however due to valuable skills set that I have acquired, that are not only beneficial considering I am due to enter the working environment but has also given me the confidence to produce a blog recording my travels over summer.

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Topic 4: Schooling Social Media Ethics Self Reflection

Initially, I mainly discussed the ethical and moral issues regarding social media within the educational system, through earlier years of schooling. I primarily observed how social media has changed and influenced the educational system.

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(Best Master’s In Education, 2013)

Originally, I looked at how schools can better educate students on how they should navigate social media to prevent possible scandals or future issues upon reflection and due to recent events, I feel that social media companies should take a more aggressive stance on how they intervene upon people’s posts/ actions to reduce the presence of damaging content.

Looking at a story that only happened a few days ago wherein which a man live streamed the killing of his daughter through Facebook.

 

Although not directly linked to the topic at hand this type of content on Facebook means that many people of all different age groups are exposed to graphic content. Furthermore, the reason I address this area is because although people have the right to free speech Facebook is a private company with the ability to prevent content like this from circulating across their platform. (M.Dunn, 2011)

Similarly looking at cyber bullying although Facebook is not solely responsible to prevent cyber bullying removing complete anonymity from their platform may reduce the possible effects of cyber bully as people cannot hide behind a false identity. Thus, better protecting younger users throughout the internet.

(Common Sense Media, 2013)

Through a combination of reduced anonymity and increased teaching regarding the dangers and misappropriation of social media to young people I believe to an extent we reduce the number of ethical issues across social media. As I have stated in my previous posts allowing complete anonymity for people means they detach their online identities from their real-world identities. However, given the current technological landscape, we have seen in past how an online identity can severely damage someone identity/ reputation. We have seen this many times such as issues with Justine Sacco (J.Ronson. 2015) and Scott Bartosiewicz. (AP. 2011)

In conclusion, there a multitude of ethical issues and dilemmas that cannot be addressed with a one size fits all approach. Many issues must be handled differently through a variety of methods and must be acknowledged and address by both educators and those that run social media platforms.

 

Reference:

(Best Master’s In Education, 2013) – http://www.avatargeneration.com/2013/07/the-use-of-social-media-in-school/

(M.Dunn. 2011) – http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/can-anything-be-done-to-stop-violence-and-crimes-being-broadcast-on-facebook-live/news-story/417fc489f64afb2d196fdb2c204cfbc3

(J.Ronson. 2015) – https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html?module=ArrowsNav&contentCollection=Magazine&action=keypress®ion=FixedLeft&pgtype=article&_r=2

(AP. 2011) – http://www.nbcnews.com/id/42132041/ns/business-autos/t/man-fired-over-obscene-chrysler-tweet-sorry/#.WQY8UlKZPVE

 

ADDENDUM – COMMENT MADE ON OTHER BLOGS:

David’s Blog: https://davidaldermansite.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/topic-4-ethical-issues-for-business-social-media-use/comment-page-1/#comment-29

Mary’s Blog: https://maryschofield.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/topic-4-the-ethical-issue-that-is-online-privacy-in-business/comment-page-1/#comment-31