Qualman, 5 & 7

I enjoyed chapter 5 in Qualman, it definitely hit home for me. I have used Facebook since February 2008, and it has been a part of my everyday life ever since. I found it enlightening when it noted how a major part of Facebook’s success is its ability to allow its users to “brag, compete, or look cool” without breaking any of the unacceptable social rules of our society. It is frowned upon to brag about oneself openly to others, but with social media outlets, such as Facebook, our page is our own, and if we want to brag a little, it is totally acceptable. Most of us don’t even realize we are doing it! For instance, if I do well at a rodeo or barrel race, I post that as my status. However, in real life I would never walk up to someone and begin a conversation with my recent successes. Ultimately, I believe we enjoy these social media outlets so much because it allows us to break the rules of society and create a totally “look at me” personal page with only the best pictures of ourselves, only what we like, such as activities, quotes, movies, and books, as well as posting statuses about our beliefs, feelings, and lives that we may never share if no one in the real world asks about it specifically. I have always wondered what it was exactly that made me waste sometimes hours of the day on Facebook, sometimes procrastinating other more important things (such as homework!) in order to do so. I believe Qualman sums it up perfectly. Maybe now with this new outlook I’ll be able make Facebook less of an obsession… maybe!

Posted on October 12, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Great post, Rachel! I also thought that was an interesting point in Qualman’s article. Like you said about writing about your rodeo successes, I would never think that was bragging in the least. Or if a friend puts up 50 pictures from a photo shoot with their kids on Facebook, I wouldn’t think a second about it – in fact, I would probably look through all of them. But if that same coworker brought an album full of that many pictures to work, I would tend to think that would be a little too much. Maybe it’s the accessibility of the information – on Facebook, you’re able to choose what you view and read to some degree, so when someone puts something on their page, you have the option to read that information verses in a real-life situation, you’re forced to listen to that person whether the information was invited or not.

  2. Rachel,

    So true face book has become a past time zone for me. I go to face book to recreate when I feel I have been concentrating too long on my school work. I am becoming so attached to it because some people just post anything on face book. Social media is here to stay though at times I simply block someone who is having unfavorable comments to avoid seeing more and letting my contacts think differently about my personality. All in all I appreciate the major societal benefits from social media which I believe they overcome the disadvantages. I learn a lot from face book because of different opinions which are enlightening it is indeed like a market place where you meet a lot of different people.

    Qualman mentioned a very important point about engaging in face-to-face or phone conversation (Qualman,100). He mentioned that it can be awkward or even rude to discuss medical conditions and he said social media eliminates this awkwardness. So true, but I am tempted to think that online classes are giving students the freedom to be able to express themselves freely in class settings than face-to-face. I wish to hear someone else opinion regarding this. Are we free to talk anything through social media than face-to-face?

  3. Rachel, I reconnected with an old rodeo friend of mine through Facebook. Robin (her name too) is a little older than I am and still competing. We both tend to post when we compete and it is, as you said, totally acceptable.

    Another thing that many of my Facebook friends do is SELL. Yepper, they are not just posting pictures of their last great 2D run, nope, they are posting pictures of a horse, saddle or even trailer for sale. These people are using a personal page to make extra cash and promote their sport.

    The whole time, as long as folks are not going overboard with it, this is totally acceptable. But I think this is the big thing. If someone goes overboard with any of these activities, they are doomed to loose friends. While the internet may allow for a bit more posturing, soap boxing, preaching and salesmanship – there is still a limit.

  4. Siphewe – Your comment about students expressing themselves more freely is interesting to me. I think that in some ways people can be more candid, but since it is online and everything is written, people have a chance to self-edit before they say something potentially rude.

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