I have always been slightly skeptical of using social media personally. It seemed to me that everyone gave off a well-manicured façade, where everyone “humble brags” and shares a very specific version of themselves. I have been on Facebook for years as a networking tool, but hadn’t been very interested in Instagram. It didn’t seem like there was anything on Instagram that I couldn’t already do on Facebook. I’m so busy with everything in my life that I hardly needed another distraction.
And yet, here I am, several weeks into using my new Instagram account our social media class at Metro State. I have mixed feelings about my experience so far. On one hand, it’s great to be able to share gorgeous visual snapshots of my life. Using Instagram has made me see the beauty in things both big and small in the world around me. I like having a place where I can share them with people I know.
On the other hand, what concerns me the most about being on Instagram is that everything I do is turned into data and picked apart by marketers and sales people. It’s no secret that Facebook (who owns Instagram) tracks everything we do and is also continually developing new image recognition technology which already learns faces, but will some day learn places, products and more. Everything I share with the world is archived, digitized and saved on a server and put into an algorithm for analysis.
I go back and forth on whether or not this troubles me or not. My initial reaction is to be freaked out that I am being watched and my actions analyzed. It makes me feel like my privacy has been violated and I don’t have control over how it gets used. On the other hand, it’s going to help marketers sell things to me more effectively. If it helps them do their job better, and means I get better recommendations, I’m not totally against that. I guess it concerns me that I don’t have transparency in terms of where it’s going and what’s happening.
I know I’m not going through this journey alone – so I look forward to being a part of the Instagram community in this course. As to what happens after this … I am undecided.
I feel like I’d be doing myself and everyone else if I didn’t do a blog about hearing loss. Chances are at some point if not already a large majority of this small class will experience some form of hearing loss. My generation is the iPod generation and if you walk around everyone has earbuds or beats headphones that they’re constantly blasting music into their ears. People attend concerts and go to loud activities and don’t protect their hearing. The age of people who are needing hearing aids is decreasing. The market is growing fast.
“60 percent of people with hearing loss are either in the workforce or educational settings.”
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When I’m talking about a project I just completed, an idea, and most recently course work, friends often ask me, “How do you have time to do that!?” Most of the time I respond with an “I don’t know, I just do.” That is honestly the truth. I don’t know how I get half the things done while still managing to get a few winks of sleep and quality time with my family. Oddly enough, being busy is how I find my flow. When I am feeling focused and energized, I can find more than 24 hours in a day.
While I don’t find flow all that often in course work, I find it in being creative and producing something tangible. If assignments have a creative aspect, I can easily get lost in them.
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The Montgomery Bus Boycott was more than just a strike against a bus system, it was a foot in the door for equality and justice for all. It also was an opportunity and platform for leaders to step up such as Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks. I believe the Montgomery Bus Boycott brought to light and began the movement for equality in the United States.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott started because African Americans were tired of being mistreated on the the bus system. African Americans payed the same price to ride the bus as everyone else but were treated different. They were required to pay driver up front but then had to enter the bus from a back door. Sometimes drivers would drive off after payment leaving them with no ride home. If the buses filled up and a white passenger came aboard it was expected for the the African American passenger to give up their seats and move closer to the back. “75 percent of Montgomery’s bus ridership was African American” so they decided to use those numbers, work together and start a boycott.
It took lots of organization and motivation to begin this boycott and steps to equality. One leader that rose to the occasion was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was a young, 26 year old Pastor that was just beginning his career and family life. People viewed him as a fresh young face to start new directions for the movement of equality. He inspired millions to make a difference and change using non-violent and peaceful acts. He became the face and leader of the movement.
Rosa Parks is another well known name in the Civil Right Movement. “Nine months before Rosa Parks’ arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat, 15 year old Claudette Colvin was arrested in Montgomery for the same act. The city’s black leaders prepared to protest, until it was discovered Colvin was pregnant and deemed an inappropriate symbol for their cause.” 9 months later, Rosa Parks was on her way home and refused to move from her bus seat and a movement began. Rosa Parks was an ideal symbol for the movement being an older African American woman, who was a hard worker and secretary for the NAACP at the time.
Montgomery Bus Boycott was a starting point of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and the start of the civil rights movement for equality. It made public and began shed light on how African Americans were being treated in the south with segregation laws. And it gave opportunity to unite and help each other make a difference in the United States. That’s why the the Montgomery Bus Boycott was not just a strike against a bus system but a foot in the door for equality and justice for all.
History.com Staff. “Montgomery Bus Boycott.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 01 Jan. 2010. Web. 31 May 2016.
I love an adventure story, add to that doing something to help others, humor. It’s why the Princess Bride is my favorite movie. So there was a British gentleman that decided rowing a bathtub across the English Channel had never been done so why not. When his first attempt failed he gave it another go, this time helping out the Comic Relief fundraising effort. He traveled with Bernard, who he proclaimed was, “the most adventurous rubber Duck in the world.” There are a couple of ways you can learn about this story, one of my favorites, if your auditory inclined, is hearing the story from the man himself in The Moth podcast. Your more visually inclined you say? The website Kickass Trips has a fantastic article on the voyage with great pictures. But those of you more into reading are not left out, you can also pick up his book, In The Bath: Conquering The Channel In A Piece of Plumbing.
My husband is adventurous. He decided to go skydiving and take along my brother for a companion. He was not my mother’s favorite son-in-law at that moment. It was the first time he had been on a plane, and he jumped out of it. I watched the little dot of him high in the sky grow bigger and bigger. As he neared the ground, the person watching with me told me about all the bones she’d broken skydiving and that’s why she didn’t do it anymore. I placed both hands on my stomach as ear muffs for my unborn child.
I love to plan and create to-do lists. My biggest adventure was deciding to go to college in my 40’s.
I am currently attending Metropolitan State University working toward my major in Organizational Communication and my minor in Creative Writing. Like many students, I juggle working and family along with my studies. My current class has me more involved and learning about Social Media than I ever have in the past. In fact, I cannot think of a single class that has not pushed me out of my comfort zone and that is a good thing. Lifehacker writes about the benefits of leaving your comfort zone. They speak about increased productivity, an increased ability to adjust to changes, and my personal favorite that creativity will increase. Adventures come to us big and small and through their journey we become ever more ourselves.
Do you love an adventure? Where or what is the most exciting adventure you have gone on?