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.