When I initially started comparing “Here Comes Everybody,” by Clay Shirky, and “A Networked Self,” by Zizi Papacharissi, I found the task quite challenging. Though the primary reason for this difficulty was not the material contained in each, rather the style with which each was composed. The first book I tackled, was by far the easier of the two, “Here Comes Everybody” read much like a regular prose publication. Clay Shirky filled his book with intriguing anecdotes that underscored the concepts of each chapter. He first details how much influence social media can have when used effectively, and goes on to detail why it has the power it does. Eventually, showing the readers that the complex relationships, speed of communication, and ease of use allow large groups to organize effectively. This in turn allows, anybody with access to create and produce their own content with no need for the previously high cost barriers to entry. Social media’s removal of these barriers, allowed the public to voice their own ideas and create communities with like-minded individual.

When I began reading “A Networked Self,” it was an entirely different experience. The concepts were the same, yet delved into greater detail. Zizi Papacharissi, collaborated with over 30 different doctoral professors and academic professionals, to compile an in depth analysis of social networking sites on, social behavior, organizational practices, and civic engagement. While it was a little bit of a shock from one book to the next, after I began to read more, I realized it held much more information and did a much greater job at explaining social media’s influence on society at large. On top of the additional detail, it was also organized more efficiently.

Having finished reviewing the two books, I must say that I was amazed at how much the books correlated to one another. “A Networked Self,” if it did not directly support the ideas put forth in “Here Comes Everybody,” it expanded them in another direction. I have a feeling I will be reading through Papacharissi’s book a few more times, even though academic reads tend to be boring, the ideas are very interesting and I know I could find something new on a second or third read through.

It’s unfortunate that schools are resorting to these tactics to deter students from posting negative comments about their institution. Depending on their state children don’t have many of the rights associated with adult citizens. Regardless, even if that is the case these school districts are teaching students to fear free speech later in life. I remember the rules from my high school that they were only allowed to punish students  for misdemeanors or any actions only if it was on school grounds.


Lately, social networking and privacy has been a very controversial topic in the media. The big question is, “How far is too far?” “Should businesses and schools have the right to check employee or student’s social networking sites?” etc. Businesses and schools have started to ask for the right to…

You did a great job of simplifying, what gamification is. Rather more simply what the great attraction for games in general is, the interaction. Many of the great video games of today are award winning because they allow individuals to participate in what is now a cinematic experience. That interaction is important in many daily interactions. Voluntary interaction with political, legal, and educational institutions makes people feel  empowered and in turn makes their opinions count.


This article gives a brief definition of what gamification is and how it can help companies to improve loyalty. Loyalty is imperative to the success of any company. Loyalty means that customers are happy and will in turn bring you business. If I’m happy I will return as a customer, how…


Have you ever came across an annoying person who has posted a comment that almost incites an online riot? I mean statements that are clearly intended to offend and piss people off like the one I found on Yahoo answers. Here is an example below:


Who else hates fat people?

Who else hates…

I just read your post and wanted to throw in my two cents as well. We do need to do something about cyber bullying and such however even if trolls post annoying things they are still protected under their 1st amendment rights. I may not agree with what they have to say but they have every right to say it, even if it is immature.

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Taken with instagram

Teen tweeting, is a bit of a concern if you are looking at privacy issues, considering that a lot of twitter is set up to be intentionally more public than facebook.  While, their parents may be more present on facebook the privacy settings can allow for more complete privacy. Though Im not sure about companies viewing tweets from teens in a negative light when it comes time to apply for jobs, however it may affect future school applications.


I don’t blame Teens turning to Twitter because like you said a lot more adults are joining Facebook. I also agree with Facebook having a more personal profile that people sometimes just want to be nosy and look at what is going in your life. Me personally, I see myself using Twitter more for the same reasons that these Teenagers are. It’s a more lay back scene and I am able to just talk to people and vice versa versus people looking at all my business. 


Twitter has commonly had a higher age group of users until recently. In an article written by Stephanie Schwab, Rise of the Twitter Teenager, she shows us that there is a new age group among the Twittersphere. Teens. The young kids are turning to Twitter at an even earlier age to follow…

This is an alarming find, a lot of the perceptions people have regarding sex, and personal image stems from mass media spreading images of the ideal body type. The change from mass media to social media spreading this message means that the warped perceptions that presently exist could very well be exacerbated to a point that controlling those ideas becomes nearly impossible.


This idea of perfection has been going on for decades in advertising via magazines, television and other forms of mass media. I absolutely agree with your notion that this idea of being skinny and being “perfect” is harming young girls and their perception of reality. We all know that these skinny models really don’t look the way they are portrayed. They are photo shopped and manipulated to what they consider to be perfect. 

As far as Pinterest goes, I think that getting the word out and letting young girls understand and know what the reality of being perfect is, is probably the best way to go. Unfortunately we cannot always control what is being posted on the internet but making sure our loved ones and their loved ones know what the truth is probably is going to be our best bet. 


This Time Magazine article was extremely interesting, and something I have never really thought about. All over the internet we are always seeing images of girls. Whether they are in clothes, swimsuit, naked, or just parts of them we are always being thrown images to our face. Most recently…

Social Media Cause Fatigue

Since social activism hit the spot light early last year with the Egyptian and Libyan protests, movements have been appearing on nearly a bi monthly basis. We started with the Occupy Wall street movement that took several months to start turning heads and drawing public and political attention on a worldwide scale. By using social media, like Facebook, Twitter, and live reporting through sites like Ustream allowed for instantaneous transmission of any new information as it arose. The political follow up to the protests were interesting, if not intentional with the declaration of occupational protesters as minor level terrorism, and then the proposal of the indefinite military detention act months following. Regardless of the political fall out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, it opened to door for additional movements to follow the same or similar template.

Nearing the end of the Occupy Wall Street protest the Senate and House of representatives introduced the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act that would effectively censor the Internet world wide, barring access to websites hosted outside the United States. The combination of laws would also create massive financial stress on the websites that were blocked by removing all financial support to them. The follow up to these laws was the Blackout that occurred on January 18th, 2012, drawing support from over one hundred thousand websites and millions of people. The bills had touted protecting the privacy and economy of U.S. citizens from the harm of piracy, yet proposed little language to protect people from censorship or false accusations. In the end the Blackout movement successfully stalled the ratification of the two laws.

Lesser known privacy and anti piracy laws that have been proposed and met with opposition are ACTA, that plans to block the imports of counterfeit, or knock of products of major goods. Another was PCIP, which looked to obtain a copy of all Internet users history to look for potential criminal activity under the guise of protecting children. Now we have CISPA or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, that wants Internet and service providers to spy on their users, share information between them selves, and then upon request provide that information to the Federal Government when requested.

After having so many political and social movements occur one after another right after the year civil interest on social issues begins to wane. This Cause Fatigue starts to have negative effects on otherwise important issues. Listening to what these new social movements are fighting against it’s clear that the issues brought up and address are still important there’re still issues that should be addressed by society political figures. However this isn’t fair for most of occupying and other such protest as public interest dwindles to near zero in recent months. Cause fatigue has really begun to set in for a lot of socially and politically active individuals, hoping that issues are addressed more often than they are at current.

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Taken with instagram

I think the researches bring up some valid concerns, however I think they may have run across some false correlations. When I was growing up I was presented with the same negative trends of the digital medium I was enamored with, video games. The problems they came across a more common than most would like to admit. The release of the iPhone prompted similar studies. I think it stems from a desire of older generations looking to find a reason why the younger generations are so rebellious, even though they had the same thing happen. First it was music in the 60’s, drugs in the 70’s, the 80’s had television, 90’s had video games, now social media it’s pretty much what scares the previous generation the most.


In a recent study conducted by Canadian research groups have found that social media sites have a wide range of negative mental health effects on individuals. The study tended to zone in on the specific effects on Facebook. With more than 800 million users accessing Facebook regularly, and…