Everywhere I turned, there was Facebook. I never realized how much it took over my life.. It was my homepage on my laptop, the app was on my phone, and I even got email notifications sent to my phone! It was extremely hard to get over the initial step of not using Facebook. It was kind of like a culture shock, because without it, I did not know what to do while I was bored at work. I actually had to do work! Holy cow! It was such a change of mind without Facebook.
Not being able to go on Facebook caused me to focus more time on my homework and other things that I needed to do. I was able to also sleep alot more without spending all of that extra time on Facebook. It was very eye opening to go a week without logging on. I feel like I really no longer need Facebook. In reality, the only reason I used it was for the sharing of pictures and all. There’s never anything that I have to post or need to message someone about. I could either call or text those people. Facebook, I really see as pointless now. I am not going to say that I will not go back on, but it will definitely be a lot less. It felt great to actually get homework done without being up until three o’clock in the morning. I even got assignments done ahead of time. That is something that I have not done in a very long time.
With my hectic schedule, 40 hours of work per week, six classes, and teaching a colorguard, it felt like I could finally take a deep breath. I didn’t feel rushed for the first time in weeks. Who knows, maybe one day I will get rid of Facebook for good, but then where will ally my pictures go? Maybe I’ll find a new website to do that in the near future. I only really used Facebook for “stalking.” It was just a way to procrastinate. I will try my absolute best to stay off of Facebook for the remainder of the semester. I want to see how much less stressful it makes thing. Instead of stopping at just this week, I am going to continue.
Let’s hope things go well! I hope I don’t go insane! 🙂
“Filter Bubbles” are everywhere. Everywhere from Facebook to Google to Yahoo News to Netflix. If two people were to do the same exact search on Google, very different things would come up. This is because it now depends on who you are, where you are, what browser you are using. Many things affect what would come up for your search. Facebook, the more you click on someone’s links or view their profile, the more they will show up, but those who you don’t click on as often, will not show up.
Eli Pariser makes an excellent point in the video Beware Online Filters. The people running the internet should not have the say in what gets filtered out. Those using the internet should be the ones in charge of what is seen and what is not. They should not be running our lives. We should take control of our own lives and be the ones to choose what is important to us.
What is important to me may not be important to the next person, so in a way the people controlling the internet were trying to do something good, but why is it up to them to decide what each person is to see? What makes them so important? It’s not even just on the internet. For example Netflix does the same thing. Depending on what was recently watched, influences what shows up in the search engine. I want to see all the movies available. Not just the ones having to do with what was recently watched.
LET US BE IN CHARGE OF WHAT GETS FILTERED! I would like to get others opinion. Maybe I’m wrong. Who knows? Let’s see what others think!
A standpoint. Your standpoint. My standpoint. Well, before I get into my standpoint, I will briefly describe what a standpoint is. A standpoint is a place from which to critically view the world around us. Sandra Harding and Julia Wood claim that the social groups within which we are located powerfully shape what we experience and know as well as how we understand and communicate with ourselves, others, and the world. Our standpoint affects our worldview. So what makes me who I am today?
Growing up in Barrington, NJ, in a white, middle class neighborhood is only one piece of the puzzle that I call me. Being female is a piece of my puzzle. Catholicism is also a piece of my puzzle. My parents raised me to be who I am today so they are another piece of my puzzle. The people who surrounded me were also a big piece of my puzzle. Creating a standpoint is like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle. They all together are pieces of a whole. All of these things made me who I am today. These plus so many more!
Starting off, when I was growing up and going to elementary and middle school, the town I live in was mostly white. There were very few different races in my neighborhood and the schools that I went to. So from a racial view, I was new to the whole thing. Being young, I didn’t really know much about other races or cultures. I wish that I had more experience then so that I would have been able to transfer it over my high school days. In high school, it was almost half and half since there were three towns that went to one high school: Barrington, Haddon Heights, and Lawnside. And as everyone knew, Lawnside was majority African American. Going in to high school with different races was new for me. It took me some time to get used to it, but I feel as though I adjusted well. I wasn’t someone who treated anyone differently because of their color. I like to think of myself as someone who treated everyone with the same amount of respect. It was the amount of respect that I wanted others to give me. My mother always told me to treat others the way that I would want to be treated. That was something that stuck with me and will always stick with me.
I felt that being a white individual had its ups. I never felt bad for being white. I did sometimes feel bad for the African Americans, because in my school, and probably everywhere, there were stereotypes that they did not work hard at all, and all they knew how to do was wear their pants below their butts and curse. Yes, there were some who did that, but also some white individuals did that as well. I did not like how they didn’t discriminate against the white individuals. There were many African Americans who tried just as hard as me in school and they deserve the respect that I was given. Those who tried hard and succeeded, or maybe did not succeed, should not be grouped with those of the same race who were making their race look bad. In my opinion, everyone is their own individual. What you do shapes the way you should be noticed and respected. It should not be based off of the color of your skin.
In school, I also felt that as a female I had it a little easier than the males. It seemed to me that the males were always left behind. Females mostly were the ones who tried harder and got more attention from the teachers. The teachers held high expectations for the females and it felt like the males, if they did not meet those same expectations, were left out. The teachers would not work with them as much to make them better. I’m not really sure why this was so, but it seemed to be a trend even through high school. It didn’t happen as much in high school, but it did and I never really understood why it happened. That is one of the reasons I never complained about being a female in school.
Being catholic was not a huge influence on me as a person. I know that this is terrible to say, but this was not a major part of my life. Yes, I went through all the years of CCD, made my confirmation, but I really did not focus on this too much. Going through CCD, I felt like I was being made to go. Back then I never really wanted to go, but I am glad that I did. Even though today I do not go to church like I am supposed, I do not shun the beliefs I have about God. I should make time to go to church, but scheduling just never works out. It is not a big part of who I am, but it is still a part. When I need guidance, I always have someone to turn to and I know I will get answers.
My parents, family, and the people who surround me are the biggest part of who I am today. My parents raised me to be an all-around good citizen, and I feel like that was accomplished. They taught me to be responsible, to be kind to others, and so much more. I do my best every day to utilize what they taught me. Some days are harder than others, but overall I feel as though I am doing a fantastic job. My brother and sister also helped shape who I am today. Without them, I don’t really think I would be the same. We always argue and fight, but I still love them. It’s just who we are and I’m okay with that. I always say that I would jump in front of a bullet for them, and I hope that they would do the same for me.
Nine years can really do something to a person. That’s why the members of the Haddon Heights High Voltage colorguard changed my life. Without colorguard, I feel as though I would be socially awkward and have nothing to do. They made me believe in me and conquer my fears. I thank God every day that he gave me the opportunity to be part of such an awesome organization. Words cannot even describe how much different my life would be without it. But like we always say, “colorguard, to those who understand, no explanation necessary, and for those who don’t, no explanation possible.” Again, all the people in my life truly made me who I am today.
My standpoint, like all others, is genuine. I don’t make up lies to make my life seem better. My life is the way it is. I would not change anything. The present is what makes the future and without the past we would not have a present. So things happen that affect the way we live today. Family and friends were a major part of who I am and still are today. The way that they changed me and helped me to grow helps me to see the world in a whole new perspective. I will always put others before myself. Everyone around me has done the same, so I feel as though I must live up to that. It is a great thing to live by. By helping others, will help me become an even better person.
The world today seems to be much different than even ten years ago, so I can see that things will always be changing. I must keep up and continue to change myself. Nothing ever has to be set in stone. Things can vary and even change back. Until I find the perfect me, I will continue to reach for perfect. I know perfect is a term not used very often, but I do not need to be perfect in others’ eyes, only in my own. This puzzle we call ourselves, will never be complete. Things change constantly, so who knows even what our puzzle will look like tomorrow. Be constantly on your toes and good things will happen!
Twitter. Facebook. These have been growing year after year. I have had a Facebook for a few years now, but Twitter is so brand new to me that I just learned how to post a tweet. Who knew that they could be so different, but in some ways be so similar?
I use Facebook everyday. I do not necessarily post anything everyday, but I do “stalk” to see what others are doing. I feel as though it is a way to keep track of your friends without having to talk to them everyday. For me, I have friends that I haven’t talked to in a while, but every now and then it is good to catch up. I like that Facebook has the feature to decline or accept a friend. It’s a little bit more private than Twitter I believe.
On Twitter it is a little bit easier to find those professionals in your field. On Facebook, I feel like multiple names come up a lot more often. Twitter is not just about what you are doing ove the weekend. I think that it could be used as a more professional setting (like we are learning in class).
For Twitter, you can only say what you want to say in 140 characters or less, which is great! People can’t go on and on about what they’re doing. (I’m going to brush my teeth right now, then I’m going to brush my hair, then.. blah blah blah!) On Twitter, it is short and sweet. You have a point and you get to it. I don’t like that you can’t see pictures on Twitter. That was my favorite part of Facebook, but who knows maybe you can and I just don’t know how. I have quite a lot to learn about Twitter.
Being new to Twitter, I do not know much about, and only doing my FIRST EVER TWEET a little while ago, I can’t say much about it. I do know that I really think I am going to like it more than Facebook, but who knows! A lot can change once I actually figure out how to use Twitter like a pro!
There are many pros and cons to Facebook and Twitter, so who really knows which one is better.
As am elementary education major, I know what is expected of me. I must be the best that I can possibly be in every way shape and form. I know now that I will need to have eyes in the back of my head! Kids will take the best of you if you are not prepared. A prepared and organized teacher is one to be. Be ready for anything that can happen. Don’t always expect the worse, but don’t always expect the best either. Things do go wrong and you need to be able to think on your feet. These kids are waiting for you to mess up so that they can rag on you. Make a mistake, but fix it in a milli-second. Don’t even give them the opportunity to notice that you messed up. As little kids, they are watching your every move.
I love every chance that I get to interact with children. I babysit, throw birthday parties at work, I teach a colorguard. If I had the chance, I would do it 24/7! (Maybe I won’t be saying that in a few years…) But for now, that is where I see myself. I take any opportunity to learn from someone. I ask questions when I’m confused, I also offer help if I feel I could beneficial. I want to be an all-around good person. So i’m here to help if anyone needs it!