WOW! Has another year of university already gone by? I feel like I’ve blinked and my final year has just disappeared before my eyes. It’s crazy to think in a few short months I will be walking up to the podium to receive my Bachelor of French Studies and then off to Teacher’s Education in August at Charles Sturt University!
To wrap up my final blog for COMM 2F00, I’m going to do a recap of each module and what I learned from it… (Here we go!)
Module 1: Introduction
During this module, we were required to set up our blogs (like this one) and explore/signup for different social media accounts. Never having done a blog before, I was a little unsure of the task and wasn’t quite sure where too start. Once I figured out the presentation of my blog (it only took my 3 weeks… hahaha), the writing came naturally!
Module 2: Social Media: I blog therefore I am
After establishing our place in the virtual world, we were asked to reflect on it, explaining how much personal information we actually divulge on social media networks. After this module, I actually went through all of my frequently used social media and adjusted all of the privacy settings. It is so easy to forget how easily accessible one becomes once connected to the internet. I have nothing to hide, but I feel as though not everyone needs to know every detail of my social life.
Module 3: The Information Age and the Knowledge Economy
Ooooo! My favourite module component – Pinterest. During this lesson, we used Pinterest to define what exactly in meant to live in the “information age” and figure how to navigate its sometimes complicated waters. I can personally say I have had about 6 people specifically follow my “Being Human in the Information Age” Board. I find it interesting how other people from around the world can relate to my Board about this topic which includes Pin about how I perceive the age of information.
Module 4: Networks & Mobilities
How attached are you to your cellphone? I constantly asked myself this question while writing these blogs. This module made me so aware of how often I have my iPhone in hand and am searching the web or updating my Facebook. I physically stopped carrying it around when I would be at home or my boyfriend’s because I came to realize just hoy much it distracted me from real human interaction.
Module 5: Film & TV: the Struggle to be Seen
During this week I was able to connect with my fellow Downton Abbey addicts via GetGlue. I love being able to share in the joy and sorrow of what Season 4 had to bring within the first few episodes…
Module 6: Music: an Industry Disrupted
This module discussed the limitations of copyright in the music industry. I voiced my opinion about that subject, go check it out if you’re interested. It’s too long winded to summarize here… I also got favourited by Noah Guthrie. I love his music. #WIN #IScreamedIWasSOHappy
Module 7: New Journalism, New Publics?
I enjoyed the opportunity this module presented to be a journalist. I loved being able to gather information about something that I’m passionate about and share it with the online community.
Module 8: Audiences, Transmedia, and Networked Culture
In my opinion, this module forced us to review what we’ve gathered from this course and how we’ve applied it to our daily use of social media. It’s interesting to see how I’m developed virtual since I started this course.
All of the tools and information I have learned about New Media Literacy has better prepared me to use it and adapt it into my future use. I now market myself differently in the eyes of the social virtual society. This allows me to show the online community who I am using different mediums such as Pinterest, GetGlue, Storify, etc, and communicate with others I might not have met if I hadn’t expressed who I was in my social media. Even though I am able to connect with an entirely new base of followers and friends because of social media, it still doesn’t beat face-to-face, “reading the behavioural and social cues” type of interactions that I get to know how to do to survive social (and in person).
I love social media and being connected to this hugely accessible online world, but I can’t tell you how glad I will be to get away from it for a while after exams are done. My essay writing days are almost done for the year.
Thank you so much for taking the time to follow me as I learn about the virtual “ME” these past few months. I have learned a lot and will continue to practice these tools in the future.
Signing off for the last time!