For 4 years, this blue button has irritated me beyond belief. Writing a patient case report or research essay at 4am was never fun, and to make it worse, I was constantly at war with all the journals that would not give me or the University access to their cutting-edge research articles. (more…)
This has been my favourite #UOSM2008 topic by far, because of the vast variety of issues discussed in each blog. All of our posts resonate with the same standards, and by evaluating our ideas through research we’ve come to a few overall understandings.
Topic 3 has come to a close and I have gained from this experience. Building an online “professional” profile was not something I expected could help me; I am lucky enough to have a job guaranteed for me at the end of my degree. However, Richard and I both recognised the merits of using social media professionally (see Richard’s reply and my tweet):
Trying to condense my post for topic 2 down to 400 words was a near impossible task. What I’ve read over the past few days has been very insightful and interesting. I had already naïvely written about my take on online identities; at first I thought this would complicate things for me, but then I tried to use it to my advantage. When thinking about this topic, one always thinks of the perils – Catfishing, identity theft and trolling. Therefore, I decided to research the benefits by talking to my friends and peers, and they came up with some perceptive concepts regarding online professionalism. I thought about the change I have seen on Facebook, and used primary research in my post.
Whilst some individuals are wary of revealing merely one online identity, there is much debate over having multiple. Many (including Facebook creators) believe that authenticity, which describes the genuine nature of one’s online persona, is greatly important in online networking. Others believe that we are multifaceted; which is creatively reflected when anonymity is maintained, and allows people to explore avenues when not restricted by their names or “real” identities. Anonymity permits individuals to have multiple identities whilst interacting on the web (Krotoski 2012).
Although initially daunting, Topic 1 has put me at ease about the idea of blogging my ideas and opinions. Using personal experiences when discussing the “Digital resident and visitor” premise gave us a large assortment of ideas and concepts to read, and gave me momentum to construct my post.