Month: October 2015

What’s Hidden: A World of Technology and Opportunity

In a world saturated by technology, society has never been so connected. Advancements and new technologic platforms have given individuals an array of opportunities to express themselves and grow, allowing them to live both in the real world and the hidden online and virtual realms of the digital one. Elizabeth Ellis, 19, is just one of the three billion Internet users who surf the Internet each day and can’t imagine life without it. Through establishing herself on the social media site Tumblr, Elizabeth has been able to connect with other users from all around the world, partaking in events and activism campaigns which would have been impossible to join had she not had access to the Internet. Elizabeth believes “the internet is kind of this hidden realm. We all know it is there, but I don’t think we truly understand the extent of its abilities and potentials.” Elizabeth explains how the Internet has opened up the opportunity for individuals to join a new type of community; a community which may be considered hidden from that …

We Are All In This Together: A Reflection

I have now been a blogger for a year and a half, though I can truly say that it wasn’t until this semester that I truly began to understand what it means to hold the title of ‘blogger’. I feel like our tutors have taken us under their wings to refine our skills and now we are being set free into the blogging world. Thank you master. I will try to make you proud. In all honesty though, I never truly realised the intricacies in the art of blogging. My blog layouts have always been simplistic. I love the colour white (I know, how boring) but to me, the colour white has always been so elegant and classic, elements which I hope will be evident in my future career. I also loved the professional layout of the premium blog that I purchased (I was a WordPress snob and succumb to the pressure to buy a theme, but I have no regrets). I was able to incorporate so many more widgets and customize my site more freely. …

Smile! You’ve Just Been Spotted!

Technologies have in most recent years successfully invaded and integrated themselves into contemporary social spaces. Audiences are constantly consuming information from laptops, mobiles and tablets and as it would appear would much rather converse to our friends in the screens, than the real and living people who surround us, which arises the question, are we anti-social or social? As technologically savvy as we have become, are we possibly redefining the traditional social and public space as ‘people make places, more than places make people’. I for one know that I always have my phone on me, even though I may be in a social space. If I am on the train heading into university, I will be texting my friends arranging where to meet and possibly even scrolling through my Instagram, uploading photos taken as the day goes on. However I am also often using the app snapchat, where I am able to send quick snapshots of photos I have taken accompanied with text and whilst the majority of the time, these snaps may be …