What I Benefited from Last Semester?

The English language has found its way into the Arab world. Today many Arabs include English phrases and words in their daily conversations. Such phrases have become part of the communicated Arabic language. Now speaking is one thing, but being properly comprehended by others is another. I have spoken English for as long as I can remember, but I have always needed to back up my important ideas with Arabic, since it was hard for me to make myself clear using English expressions and phrases. In this past semester I have learned more about different ways of making myself crystal clear when explaining a certain point of view in English. In other words, I believe that this last semester have aided me in learning how to explain myself in the simplest and clearest way possible.  It is not just about the use of the words, but also the way I present my topic in my writings as well as my oral presentations. I think that such a skill will have a great benefit in my future classes and my future career. In every job, an employee is required to present his ideas properly in front of the manager or supervisor, without proper presentation and writing skills; many bright ideas might not be considered. This is a weakness that would deny any employee from various promotions and benefits. Many intelligent individuals have failed to achieve things in their lives, because they were unable to deliver the needed message to their audience. Moreover, I have learned about the proper ways of research and data collection. When presenting an idea it should always be backed up by evidence, and without proper research skills an individual would not be able to collect the data needed in order to persuade his audience. Therefore, I believe that in this last semester I have developed my research and presentation skills, which I need in order to easily reach out for my audience in the future.

Me in Reality Vs in the Virtual World

When considering the topic: my identity on social media, the first thought that comes to mind is that there is no difference between my identity in the real world and that on social media. Social media is believed to be a mere tool of communication and therefore would have nothing to do with creating new identities. However, when taking a step back and going through my Instagram profile, it seems that my account only describes a part of me which in turn might present my identity differently to others who check my page.

I mainly use Instagram; I was never interested in all other media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. On Instagram I post pictures that I would like to share with people that follow me with little comments below. Almost every picture that I have uploaded goes back to a happy moment that I shared with friends or family. None of the shared moments goes back to a sad event that happened in my life such as the death of my aunt which I love so much and has happened earlier this year. Therefore, when looking at my account you see a young female who seems to know how to enjoy every second of her life. In other words, it looks like I am a careless young girl who only appreciates good times and fun in life. Although this is not the case I’ve been through some hard times in life like everyone else, but I never got the feeling that it is acceptable to share such moments on Instagram. This is due to the fact that everyone I follow does not seem to use this tool except to share pleasurable moments. Even when people are obliged to share unfortunate events like the recent death of the famous Lebanese singer Melhem Barakat, they seem to comment and share good memories about him and his glory, and not by uploading black pictures, with RIP comments.

It seems that my Instagram account is not only based on my preference, but also that of my followers which have aided in creating this image of a fun girl. Like every other social media tool the Instagram have increased the range of people that an individual is affected by from 20 maximum to 200 (Knibbs, 2013). True in the real world you might choose not to share sad events with those around you, but the look on your face can always uncover the true feelings that you are encountering at the moment, however online with the use of emoji and online language one can easily comment with happy, smiley emoji and LOL abbreviations to make it sound that nothing is wrong. In other words, online communication has helped in disconnecting people rather them getting them together since, it has helped in creating tools that aid in faking one’s own feelings. Although, the emoji world is evolving where new detailed emoji are being added to the platforms in order to help in describing one’s self better (Stark & Crawford, 2014), but it all depends on how people tend to use the,

It is safe to conclude that my use of Instagram is limited to the way that the people I have as friends use it. In other words, it is shaped by a certain logic that is based on the offers of the tool and those who I share my pictures with. Instagram at first only allowed users to post pictures and comments without having the ability to chat or post full albums. In other words, one had to speak his mind with that one picture that he shares. So when asked to summarize yourself or your life in one picture would you chose a sad one or a happy one? I guess this is the main factor that shaped how people use Instagram including me. This is evident since, the case differs on Facebook where people tend to post albums of pictures about any sad or happy event.  It all goes back to the way that the tool allows its users to present themselves. It is all based on the discourse given by the tool (Schultze, 2015).

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References:

Knibbs, K. (2013). Kthxbai! How Internet-speak is changing the way we talk IRL (in real

life). Digital Trends: Retrieved From: http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/how-the-internet-is-changing-the-way-we-talk/.

 

 

Sark, L. & Crawford, K. (2014). The Conservatism of Emoji. The New Inquiry. Retrieved

from http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/the-conservatism-of-emoji/

Schultze, U. (2015). How Social Media Shapes Identity. Retrieved from

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSpyZor-Byk

 

 

The Integration of Social Media in our Lives

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Internet is becoming an important factor which people can’t live without. People are creating new language used on social media. I personally believe that such language is deteriorating our original language and identity. Most of the people nowadays use the words such as LOL ,YOLO ,CYA …which present a long words, expressions or even sentences. This words are becoming commonly used and some are being added to dictionaries. Although these abbreviations are making conversations easier, they are affecting the basics of the languages.

In addition to these words, there is the emojis which influence our identities. Emojis where initially created to express feelings and attitudes.People uses emojis in internet conversations to give life to the messages.However, due to the immense use internet and emojis, I think people might lose the ability to express these feeling and attitudes if the conversations where done face to face.

Actually, both internet language and emojis are damaging gradually one’s identity. People feel comfort by using these things without taking into consideration the drastic effects on their personalities.

Pseudonym:A Solution for Cyber conflicts

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  • I think faking a identity on social media is turning to be ethical for preserving one's privacy. Stalkers nowadays are threatening others by collecting personal information and some times impersonate them which is a type of identity theft...
  • Also,it seems that fake identities is being  relied on more than real ones because it's a way that let human talk freely without taking into consideration others' judge.
  • So, I believe that identity tourism is ethical for internet users to a level where they don't cause a harm for other people.

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Paying for Social Interaction!

  • It’s funny how nowadays social interaction,which is  a human tra-it, is difficult among people. I’ve read in text “Loneliness Will be the Next Great Money Spinner” by Emily White, that people are paying money in order to have walks and talks with others due to their loneliness. Internet and social media played an important role in deteriorating human’s communication skills.

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  • It sounds strange when i first listen ” pay for a walk”, yet i und-erstood that with time paying for dates and talks is going to be more common and thanks to internet that is working indirectly on the demise of human characteristic which distinguish him from all other living thing…