• Process Posts

    Civil Conversations

    Today’s lecture was very eye opening. Just from the mere introduction and background story that Suzanne gave on David Weissman, I was beyond interested. It is not common to hear a republican switch their views, especially openly on social media, so, I was interested to see what he had to say. More specifically, I was interested to see how he bounced back from the abuse he received across platforms. Generally, “to the person targeted, it can feel like the perpetrator is everywhere: at home, in the office, on the bus, in the street” (Gardiner, Mansfield, Anderson, Holder, Louter & Ulmanu, 2016, para 27). The biggest takeaway from Weissman’s story is that…

  • Process Posts

    Biases, and Digital Literacy

    Process Post #8 This week, I have decided to explore the ideas of biases and digital literacy that were talked about in week 7. What stood out to me the most from lecture that inclined me to look and reflect deeper was the slide about “Three Particularly Impactful Biases” (Norman, 2021). I was also intrigued about confirmation bias, specifically MySide Bias, as something sparked within me when I heard Suzanne read out the question “Do you see in yourself what you so easily see in others?”.  With that said, I had a look at this article to find out a little more about what this bias entailed. Essentially, “Myside bias occurs when…

  • Essays

    Does the Internet Create a Democratic Space?

    Being that social media is a “medium easily accessible for both the source as well as the receiver”, citizens not only have the ability to create but also consume media freely; “connecting, networking and voicing out opinions” (Govindarajan & Ravindar, 2016, p. 4). That being said, Jha and Kodila-Tedik (2019) suggest that “the liberation technology, such as the internet, mobile phones, and social media, ha[ve] the potential to positively influence democratic outcomes” (p. 271). However, upon research, reflection, and experience, it has come to my realization that in coming to this implication, there are also concerns to look into. Although “it is true that social media is a platform to voice ones’ opinion…

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