Intercultural Extraneity

Positives vs Negatives

Thank you for this draft. The strongest point of this post is buried – and much of the post would need to be revised following tip #2:
Given that, it seems to me that the most promising line to consider in the revision would be this: “Personally, I draw most of my inspiration for anything I do from a number of different social media platforms. Not only in art and creative things alike, but when it comes to ways of learning, organizing time, health and relaxation too. “
- As it is, this draft is missing the “variety” of course material sources specified in the final assignment instructions
- It would be easy to rework the forum post and Taylor quote into an essay about your approach to digital information
- (Note that there is nothing of value from this draft that would be lost if you did this)
- Show how you use the Internet. I am assuming you break out of the walled garden that is social media (or maybe not?) In any case, consideration of this ‘tension’ would surely bring some insight, especially when compared to some of the course material.

The risks of and ingenuity in social media

Everyone who uses social media is aware that using it bares certain risks (for example privacy-wise) but that it can also be a very creative, imaginative environment. These two parts of social media could be seen as complete opposites, seeing as how risking anything carries a negative while creativity carries more of a positive connotation in general.

Taking into consideration the positives first, creativity found on social media is literally endless. Starting from numerous trends that include everything from painting, drawing, singing, dancing and many more. We get to see different points of view of people from all around the world which in turn can get us inspired, creative, artistic. There, for example, are numerous videos on the internet and social media that apart from entertainment serve to inspire and help us if we get stuck on a topic or need to learn how something is done (DIY videos), pictures too that help as references for painters which they use for sketches. An interesting understanding of how to increase one’s creativity through social media was given in an article written by Paul Taylor ( ), in which he as one of the ways to increase creativity through social media lists following someone we disagree with. Really thinking about this we can see that it is more than helpful to do so, the reason being it widens our understanding and perception of whatever subject in question and gives us the other side of things, much like a debate or an argument would. It can be very eye-opening if we are willing to widen our horizons or get stuck on a certain subject. An extreme example would be politics, when it comes to not understanding it or not being able to keep up with it, this approach can be very informative in argument development or generally. Additionally, we are more than aware just how big of a role social media and the internet in general has played during this year’s pandemic. Many would agree, as we have seen in our forum posts (which were a part of one of our online classes), that online classes helped us greatly, even though we were not able to be physically present at the university, as shows in the post of the group jams “In these hard times, we really appreciate the existence of different applications through which we can communicate, share different ideas and also work together on our assignments” ( ). Lastly, our research on memes, which we use almost everyday, showed how internet could be used as a means for having fun. Memes show a different side of every joke, one not everyone necessarily always understands.

On the other hand, we have the negatives. The most prominent probably being invasion of privacy. We post close to everything on social media (when I say we I do not necessarily mean everyone) and not give a second thought on how that can affect our lives in the real world. Additionally, as soon as we download any app we accept the terms of use without reading them, consequently giving them permission to take our personal information as they please. However, privacy is not the only risk we have while using social media. Others may include mental health problems, cyberbullying, chancel culture, hate comments, anxiety, depression etc. We as a group (Djaks) already mentioned some of these in our forum post ( ). Aside from all this, there is always the problem of too much information be it false or true. As our colleagues mention it their post “We are flooded with headlines, each completely different and meant to evoke different emotions when read, and we go over them with remarkable speed, thus unable to savor each title and reflect on it” ( ) resulting in what they mention as information glut. This causes us to be numb and emotionless to more or less any information we might find or read which is a phenomenon we call desensitization (as mentioned in the already said post).

In conclusion, social media is mainly what we make it out to be. If we chose to ignore the bad, we will thoroughly enjoy it and in case of the opposite we can either develop an awareness of the do’s and don’ts or be affected by the very negative part of social media. It would be mostly wishful thinking wanting to eliminate everything negative from it, it would be pointless and impossible. What we could do is try to bring the negatives to a minimum so that everyone feels safe on their social media platforms and profiles.

Final assignment
Djaks: J.B.


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