Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: Chapter 1 Notes

Summary

This chapter had many main ideas, but there were three main ideas that really stuck out. They talked a lot about the modes of self-representation. These three modes are quantitative, written, and visual. An example of quantitative would be an activity tracker, an example of written would be status updates on Facebook or blogging, and an example of visual is posting selfies on Instagram. In the text, the author referred to todays technology as a convex mirror. The convex mirror distorts the image of our life. The ways things are today with technology are a lot different than the way they used to be. Many years ago, people had a hard time finding access to pen and paper. Today, there are many ways of communication, some of which include status updates on Facebook, sending a Snapchat to whoever you need to talk to, or even just picking up the phone and dialing their number. Everyone has access to the internet somehow, and they are able to communicate with anyway they see fit. This gives everyone the ability to share whatever they want, whenever they want. Communication has been reshaped extremely over the last couple decades, and I’m sure there are many changes to come.

Key Terms & Main Idea

Convex Mirror: A curved mirror in which the reflective surface bulges towards the light source.

Self-Representation: A movement to encourage people to represent their own interests.

Lurker: People who watch and read a profile, but do not participate in conversation. (Term found on Page 13)

Selfie: A photograph that someone has taken of themselves, usually with a smart phone, and shared via media.

Micro-Celebrity: Self-crafted, average person, who gets a taste of fame with an audience outside of their friends and acquaintances.

There are many different types of self-representation that have been around since the beginning of time, but that advancements in technology have changed our perspectives of ourselves and others. Technology distorts our vision of who we really are.

Making Connections

If you ask people how things have changed over the last few decades, some will say mannerisms have changed, some will say school systems have changed, but many would say that technology has changed. Some say it is good change, and some say it is a bd change. Technology has impacted our lives greatly, allowing us to communicate with people from across the world, keep in touch with old friends easier, and it has even impacted students greatly. But, it has also had a terrible impact on us. Bullying has become more common in many variations, sex trafficking is on the rise, and the way children feel and think has changed drastically. Technology is portrayed in a very negative way, and I believe that this article does a great job explaining self-representation and the impact it has on social media and the positive side of technology advancement. On page 13, it talks about how images are the primary content of many social media sites, such as Instagram and Snapchat. Markham stated that “to recognize our own existence in any meaningful way, we must be responded to.” This is especially true in todays society. Younger generations jump to conclusions that unless they are noticed in the world, they don’t matter, but if they would step back and look at how important they really are, their perspective would change.

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