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From Zero to Hero: Living and Working on the Web

On commencing the module Living and Working on the Web, I had never written a public blog before, but now, 15 weeks down the line, I have a fully functioning, Google-able blog, in which I have been able to consider and discuss a range of subjects. Following one of my most successful blog posts, “Have you heard of me, and if not why not?”, I decided to use the same format to present my discoveries and hopes for the future. Continue reading →

Open access, but only if it benefits me.

Out of all the topics covered so far, “open access” appeared to have the most diverse range of issues covered, from problems in the music industry, to gaming websites, to scientific journals. When considering the music industry I managed to squeeze in an unnecessary cake metaphor to reply to Nabeel’s post, which underlined the contrast with which people view content depending on whether it is in digital form or a hard copy. Continue reading →

Access Denied.

With my dissertation project underway, I am constantly having to look up and research scientific to further my knowledge of the topic. I think that one of the biggest issues that students face in this area is of not having access to certain papers or journals. Trawling the net for useful information becomes much harder when access is denied, and is not beneficial for either the student or the author of the article. Continue reading →

Just one comment leading to one million.

I initially struggled to think of a way in which to approach the topic of social media ethics. I therefore decided to start with a news story I’d heard on the radio and see where that would take me. It lead me to think about freedom of speech and how it must be a key issue within social media. When reading Freya’s blog I saw how her argument was partly a counter to mine on how businesses should use social media appropriately. Continue reading →

Topic 3 Reflection

I went into this week’s topic looking to do something a bit different, as I am becoming bored of writing and reading the same old blog posts. Luckily I had very positive feedback on the structure, with Freya, Calum and Nabeel commenting that they found the step-by-step guide user friendly and interesting. Calum also gave me some useful feedback as he pointed out the missing stage of actually interacting with employers, rather than hoping they will seek you out (unlikely). Continue reading →

Have you heard of me, and if not why not?

As the digital world is expanding, the way in which employers search for new recruits is changing. As a student on the cusp of joining the professional world, I am keen to develop my own professional identity in order to give myself the best chance of success. So, for purely selfish reasons, I have decided to put together a step-by-step guide on how to create your own authentic, online professional identity. Continue reading →

Reflection on Online Identities

Topic 2 looked into both the benefits and disadvantages of having more than one online identity and the prevalence of this issue in our modern society. In my own research I found Mark Zuckerberg’s comment to be key, in that he feels that people should not have more than one identity or risk lacking integrity, an argument followed in many other blogs. Having one identity can create an authentic online presence which may bridge the gap between your online and offline self. Continue reading →

Who am I online? Online identities.

Online identity is a term I have often heard discussed but put little thought into what it means for me and the way in which I use the internet. Warburton explains that the concept of digital identity is very broad and covers all kinds of information about ourselves which we put out onto the web, whether it is wittingly or unwittingly. Many people may not realise that everything we do online can be tracked and monitored and adds to this overall picture of who we appear to be. Continue reading →

Topic 1. Digital Visitors and Residents

Explain the concept of digital “visitors” and “residents” drawing upon your reading and your own online experiences to date in support of the points that you make The concept of digital visitors and residents differentiates between the ways in which people use the web. Digital visitors use the web primarily as a tool, in order to acquire information or perform some other kind of specific task. Continue reading →