Reflections of the Pecha Kucha.

The Pecha Kucha slide project sounded interesting.  A slide presentation without filler and with a time restraint, sounds neat.  Then as I was preparing for it, I realized how much I ad lib in my speeches.  Being an actor in theater since I was 14, made me very quick on the fly and really helps with public speaking.  This assignment I thought would be a lot harder since there was a time restraint.

The theme of anonymity wasn’t too complicated but being able to set up my topics without sounding like a tool was kind of hard.  I feel that I did a decent job.  I did get to use my ad lib skills when the slide didn’t change at the right time for me which made me feel comfortable.


IWA pic2

I put this picture in my Pecha Kucha since I thought it would add some humor. I just think the kid looks excited and happy; I wanted to end with a picture that would make people laugh.



Brianne’s Reflection on Anonymity

A Walk Through A Slide:

The fourth slide in my section of this group’s Pecha Kucha presentation was a crying frowny face. During the slide in question, I discussed how some people use their anonymity in very negative ways. Some use it to harass and torment others. In this part of my narrative, I referenced the case we read about in which a character on LambdaMOO named Mr. Bungle trapped female users into a virtual room and forced their avatars to have sex with his avatar. While this was all virtual, it had very real effects on the victims. Just because it was a “cyber-rape” doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taken as seriously as a rape case in the real world.

4This is the thing many fail to see about anonymity online. While you may think that since it’s online, no one gets hurt, you’re sorely mistaken. When someone is constantly harassed and tormented on the internet, it has serious repercussions on their mind. These cases of harassment lead to self-harm, even suicide, in those who are being harassed. Just because the harassment takes place in the virtual world doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect the real world.

I chose the crying frowny face or this part of my narrative because although it is simple, it represents the feelings of those who are being constantly tormented on the internet. It doesn’t come anywhere close to what they’re really feeling inside, but it’s a good representation of my purposes. The effects of negative uses of anonymity online are forever. They can cause permanent damage, such as self-harm, psychological damage, and even suicide. Just because you CAN say something to someone online doesn’t always mean you SHOULD say it.

What I learned about my topic:

Before starting this assignment, I viewed anonymity online as a strictly negative thing. I am a user of the blog site Tumblr where anonymous comments are usually negative and biting. I have disabled anonymous comments on my tumblr because of the amount of anonymous harassment that occurs. I assumed this was the same with all sites as being anonymous online provides a weird power that can get to many people’s heads. They use it to say whatever they want to say, and what they want to say is usually mean and rude.

Then, I was assigned this blog project on anonymity. I figured I’d be writing a ton of blogs about the suicides that occur from the anonymous harassment that runs rampant throughout the online community, but I was wrong. In this assignment, I learned that there are many different aspects to anonymity. Some people use their anonymity for good, despite the myriad of people who use it for negativity and harassment. Anonymity removes and obvious bias that may be present when writing non-anonymously. This allows users to write their opinions without anyone immediately writing them off because of any obvious bias (such as gender, age, ethnicity, etc). This is a very wonderful tool on the internet, and I feel as though it’s underused.

Overall I learned that while anonymity is used for negativity a lot of the time, it does have some very positive outcomes. Some people on Tumblr will use their anonymity to counteract the negative anonymous comments that come through. Anonymity makes it so it doesn’t matter who the positive comment is coming from, it just matters that someone says it. Though the negativity of anonymity is heavily present throughout the web, it does have its positive outcomes that I feel should outweigh the negative ones.

Catch Me If You Can!

If you’ve ever been anonymously harassed on the internet, you may be wondering how these people can be caught without us knowing who they are? Well, I’m here to tell you there’s definitely a way!

Kashmir Hill, of the Forbes staff, has created an article with the steps to catching your anonymous harassers, in response to a man in Ireland being constantly harassed on every internet platform imaginable. This person found out a way to bait their harassers and trap them, and was able to identify them.27

Hill writes the following steps for finding your anons-

“1. Your troll-trap is a blog. If you don’t have one already, you’ll need to set one up.

2. You’ll want to be able to keep track of the IP addresses of visitors to your blog. Programs like AWStats or Webalizer will keep visitor logs for you that will reveal where your readers are coming from. Alternatively, you can hope your troll comments on your blog. If they do, their IP address will be captured and sent to you along with the comment. Yes, readers of the Not-So Private Parts, I see your IP addresses when you leave your (usually delightful) remarks here.

3. Lure your troll to your blog. Traynor did so by including links to the blog on Facebook and on Twitter. If you’re very audacious, you could email your troll directly with the link. (Keep your fingers crossed that your troll is not using an IP masker.)

4. Once you’ve captured the IP address, whether from a blog comment or from visitor logs, it’s time to see where it originates from. You can do that onIPTracker. ”It will show you the user’s Internet Provider, a fairly exact location, the map coordinates and a satellite view of their location,” writesBopp. The Google stock advice comment spam above, for example,  appears to originate from an office building in Islamabad, Pakistan, a block away, coincidentally, from Kashmir Highway.

5. Now you may know where your troll lives, and if it’s someone you know in real life, you may already know who it is. Alternately, you can try searching the address online and see if it turns up anyone who seems likely to be the culprit. “Plug the location into Google Streetview and it will give you the actual address,” writes Bopp. “You can then put the address into Google to find out more details.” ”

Now, this method clearly isn’t perfect. What would you do in the event your troll decides not to bite? What if your troll uses a public computer?

Despite these drawbacks, this method is definitely something to keep in mind in the event of an anon harassing you. People who use their anonymity for evil instead of good definitely deserve to be brought to justice.

Alli’s Pecha Kucha Reflection

Online anonymity was my group’s topic for our Pecha Kucha presentation. A Pecha Kucha is a Japanese presentation style that involves no words on the screen. Instead there are pictures shown for twenty seconds. The presenter is responsible to speak for the duration of the twenty seconds that the picture is shown on the screen. Many people may think this sounds like a breeze. I did too, until I tried it.



A Walk Through A Slide

The third slide of my Pecha Kucha was about social media websites and online anonymity. My picture is a computer with a web of people surrounding it. This represents how everyone is always connected when they are on social media sites. Many times people do forget that people do not always tell the truth on these sites. I chose this image because I wanted to remind my classmates that we are all connected but sometimes people claim to be someone they are not. Just because Sally friend requested you on Facebook doesn’t mean the person who is sitting behind the screen is actually Sally. For all we know it could be Bill and Bill could be a 50-year-old man.

For my text reference for this slide, I decided to mention about the Cordell children and how they got a million Facebook “likes” in seven hours for a puppy. This situation baffles me. I know for a face that I would never be that lucky! There is no way that the Cordell children know a million people. This is where the anonymity comes in. We see a picture on Facebook that someone has shared. That someone could have shared it from someone who could have shared it from someone else. The scary thing is that we may not know any of these someone’s, but somehow, the picture ended up in our news feed.

This slide is a crucial part of online anonymity because it is where the actual act of being anonymous online comes into play. There are many other aspects in life where we get to be anonymous, but I would have to say that being anonymous online is the most used in today’s world.

If I had the chance to redo this slide, I might focus on the dangers of online anonymity rather than just a overview of it. I feel like everyone knows what online anonymity is, but many people may not know the dangers or even how to avoid anonymous situations when they are online.



What I Learned About My Blog Topic

Over the last couple of weeks, I have learned a lot about online anonymity. Before this research, I only knew of the show ”Catfish” which is on MTV. The show is about people who fall in love online. The host goes and finds these people and brings them to meet their lovers for the first time. I would say that 95% of the online lovers are not actually who they portray to be online. Their profiles, the people who these people have fallen in love with, are someone completely different. Personally, I think that making a fake account on any social media site is a LOT of hard work and dedication. I do not have the time to keep up with that nor do I even want to do something like that. Having some background knowledge really intrigued me to learn more about being anonymous online. So many people live a double life that it is almost scary to think about.

The Web 2.0 readings have widened my knowledge greatly on many topics in today’s technological world. For example, Gee’s article, “What Video Gamers Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy” introduces a term “gaming literacy” which blows my mind. I would have never thought that you could actually learn, and learn correctly, from a video game. I have heard people say that they know how to fly a plane because of video games, but I never thought they were serious. Thinking about it now, they would at least have a sense of what to do over someone like me, who does not even know how to use a controller to control an airplane, yet alone fly one.

There were many articles online about online anonymity. By searching through them, I learned that being anonymous online causes many debates. Many people do not think being able to be anonymous online should be allowed while others are for it.  The Wall Street Journal has a very informative article called “The Debate over Online Anonymity”. This article goes in depth on how anonymity can help and/or hurt everything from science experiments to people’s lives.

Overall, I have learned a lot about my topic through readings and research. I was interested in online anonymity in the beginning and even now that my required research is complete, I still find myself wanting to know more. I have some unanswered questions like why someone would want to make up a fake profile that I would like to try and be answered.

Social Number

Imagine having a social media website where your identity remains completely anonymous, unless, of course, you share it? An up and coming social network called Social Number gives its users a number by which they are identified by. There is no name, no handle, and no thumbnail photo of yourself, just a number.This forces users to be completely anonymous when interacting with others. The mission of this website is to have people talk about everything and anything to each other, not knowing a thing about them; they’re complete strangers.

In January this past year, CNN did an article on the website named The social network where no one knows your name.This article takes its time to thoroughly explain the website and how it works. To sign up, you need to enter your “social number”, which has a ten character limit to the spaces available per number. You also need to enter a valid email address and your date of birth. The requirements for this website are fairly normal. Once you log into your account, the home page comes up. This is where users have posted discussions. These discussion reminded me of tweets. Some can be questions for others to answer, some can be feelings. The possibilities are endless. When you see a discussion that intrigues you, you click on that discussion and input your two cents.


Though my initial reactions to this website as that it was very creepy, after researching it a bit and reading up on it, it just reminds me of an anonymous version of Twitter and Facebook combined. For the people who want to stay completely anonymous, this is the social networking site for them!