And…Thats a Wrap!

 

Initial Thoughts

I came into this class reluctant about the whole idea of blogging. I didn’t think I would like it and thought I would have a hard time writing about topics that others would find interesting. When I first started, it was difficult for me to transition from writing in an academic tone to a more conversational tone. But over time, I became more comfortable with the medium, found my voice and actually found myself (gasp) enjoying it. Not only was it interesting to see what my classmates wrote, but the resulting comments and discussions were intriguing as well.

 

Paper Topic

For the final paper I chose to explore the idea of “long tail love” online. The idea was spurred from a combination of Michael Anderson’s “Long Tail” reading, Turkle’s talk of Second Life/profiles, and Rhinegold’s “crap detection”. Additionally, hearing about the encounters of my friends in their pursuits of online dating made me curious about the subject. Deciding to give it a shot, I started doing some preliminary research and the rest is history. What I can say is that researching the subject has certainly has lead me down a rabbit hole.  One lead uncovers the next as there are unlimited avenues this subject can take. Even though it won’t be for a while, the idea of “long tail love” online is even a topic I am considering for a thesis.

 

Abstract

The pervasiveness of technology and the internet impacts almost every facet of our lives. It has made our lives easier, faster and better in countless ways as it affects how we work, learn, and communicate with each other. However, can these technologies help meditate the need and physical drive to find love and develop lasting relationships?  And can the allure and convenience of the Internet really help us find “the one” and maintain these close ties? Or, does its ease provide protection, where in the digital realm where it is easy to present oneself in the light in which they want to be seen? To answer this question, this paper will explore online representations of the self, deception and misrepresentation, long tail love and the pros and cons of online dating and sustaining romance online. It was found that while the internet can certainly foster relationships, it can readily lead to misunderstandings as differences between face to face communication and computer-mediated communication occur. Thus, for better or worse, technology is redefining romance in our ever-connected world.

 

Final Thoughts

A big thank you to everyone for your intriguing posts and thought provoking comments during this semester! Have a wonderfully relaxing break and good luck with your future endeavors!

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Posted on December 13, 2015, in Blogs and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Your paper sounds like it can help a lot of people besides your friend. Have you given any thought to publishing your paper anywhere? Or create a shortened version to post somewhere for others to learn from? There are places that buy niche articles online. Your article would have a good following as many people use dating sites now, instead of the cliché bar scenes.

    I think that it is great that you are thinking about using your paper as a beginning or part of your thesis. And the best part is that most of your research will already be done. You will definitely be ahead of many others. That’s awesome.

    • I agree with Kat’s comment about using the paper as the foundation for a thesis. Who knows what might happen over the next few semesters!

  2. Hi Kat,

    Really enjoyed your posts; you’re an excellent blogger.

    Dana

  3. I love this topic! Rhinegold’s Crap Detection and the mention of that Second Life site in Turkle’s book were compelling to me also. Exploring the effects of emerging media on online dating is an incredible topic, and a direction I’d have never though to go in. For some reason I was under the impression we needed to focus on the workplace, but this sounds like such a fun read. I think this would make a wonder thesis topic in the future, good luck!

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