Facebook: It’s not personal… It’s business

What is Gehl’s central argument?

Gehl’s central argument is that facebook uses the public as free labour for their own financial gain. We know they are using us but the fact of “fitting in” we continue to be members of facebook. There are loads of social problems brought forth from facebook which only serves in facebook’s gain of data collection. For example people feel that they must spend the time “liking” other’s posts. In hopes their friends will return the favor. In which facebook again gains more data collection. Also if you don’t have a facebook account you can be left behind socially. Facebook wants its social media to be part of everyones’ lives. Thus, they can collect and sell your data for their own financial gain at your expense.

Do you agree or disagree?

Since taking this course I have learnt a lot about data waste. That there has been billions spend on data collection centres. I remind my patients everything is a business and to research before you buy, or question who is selling something to them. For example, I was told that Coca Cola is unable to create syrup for its coke to sell to restaurants and etc… They must create the coke and then extract the water. This water has some impurities like sugar, but Coca Cola re bottles it and calls is Dasani. This is brilliant business plan, for they found a way to remarket their waste. As the world creates data waste, facebook found a way to remarket that waste and collect all the profits. It’s not personal, it’s business. I have to appreciate facebook as a business.

Although like I tell my patients you must research before you buy. This course has taught me I should also research before I “participate.” I was aware that facebook keeps the photos and the information I post.  Facebook is like going to a wedding; you are invited because someone wants you at their day to fill the seats. They also give you a throw away camera to take pictures of the event. Although you cannot keep the camera’s it’s owned by the bride and groom. Hope you didn’t take any photos of yourself you might regret, since you are not the owner you don’t have control of where those photos go.  Similar to facebook all your photos are now their property.

I try to minimize my personal information but that was to protect myself from identity theft. Although I just signed up for “free samples” which asked me how old I was, if I was single/married etc… I was wary about answering these questions, I did lie on a few of them to protect myself. Although I am sure I did not do that good of a “hiding” job. This is similar to facebook with its data collection, in fact I believe facebook is part of it. It asked me if I had a “fan page” on facebook, I went to click yes and it asked for the name of the “fan page.” I then decided I did not have one. Data collection is mainly through facebook but there are other ways the ordinary person isn’t aware of what they are revealing. I hope I like my free samples, which is more than I receive from facebook.


Rational for the pins on the Techno-Trash 2F00 Pinterest

People & the Planet
This photo reminds us that we would not live in these situations. Where is our techno trash going? The site teaches the public about the details we don’t know or want to think about. Everyone deserves to have a safe environment to live in. We need to work together to eliminate our wastes for everyone’s well being.

As we learned techno-trash is declared as “second hand goods” yet they are damaged goods beyond repair. (https://archive.org/details/PlannedObsolescenceDocumentary) The polluters ship there techno trash to third world countries which is illegal, yet since they are declared “second hand goods” they are getting away with this. Wastemanagementrecycling.net shows you a map of where “known” polluters are sending their techno-trash

This pin links to a blog of photos from a to z from all over the world. The photographs bring forth awareness about world problems that go unseen. They bring awareness to the public with the use of tons of artists.

The city of Vaughan has an excellent website allowing the public to learn where they can recycle their techno-trash. There is a government program that funds this project. Hopefully bringing awareness to “drop off” sites are located.

This pin brings up the idea of a new business idea that others have already taken advantage of. As well as the fact that they feel some people have a new obsession of technology hoarding that maybe a countries way to internally keep the waste.

This site holds all the information one needs to what are the regulations that are in effect. Informs the public which electronics are accepted in the government program. Also informs the public about other provincial programs.

This is a link to summaries of videos. For the purpose of this pin board there is a video called “The light bulb conspiracy” directed by Cosima Dannoritzer. Which this website explains not only the movie but also the meaning behind creating the movie.

Similar to “wastemanagmentrecycling.net” this post shows us that there is a lot we do not know or if we do know, then it is a reminder that it is wrong. We hold millions of people in our province we should have the smarts to be able to create a new program.

This is a site that reminds the public of recycles that they might not realise that they can recycle. It is a easy to read and where you can recycle the items.

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I felt that these three pins are rolled into one. I also was not sure if they counted as a pin on my pin board therefore I added extras to make sure I covered the minimum of 8 pins.

These photos are of my personal techno-trash that I have not recycled due to the lack of knowledge to wipe information permanently off of them. I used this pin board to learn where I can recycle. My next board will be of how to find a reliable store to replace the screens. Therefore I can keep continue to use my techno-trash.


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Just when you think technology has reached its maximum, Bam! A new device that will make daily life easier is invented and the craze to have one begins. Unlike fashion most of these devices are thrown away to never be desired again. My friend just bought a record player to play old records this seems to be the only technology that might beat the craze and become desirable like fashion. Although I do not feel anything else could have that appeal. For example I do not see the “walk man” having a “walk” back/comeback.

Out of all of the technologies I use, I would say my smart phone is the one I use most frequently. In fact I know this because last weekend I left my purse at the house but had my smart phone. Therefore I had to make sure I obeyed the traffic laws since I did not have my driver’s licence it was in my purse at the house. Luckily my visa card is in my smart phone case; therefore I had monies to purchase gasoline. Although it was an eye opener that I always know where my smart phone, but do not always know where my personal information is.

As new technologies are invented they replace what used to be top of the line. I feel that if I was “in the know” about technology I would be changing my technologies more frequently. I have not changed my laptop, and I have promised myself not to upgrade to another laptop while I am taking online courses with Brock University. Although I know the next laptop will be an apple laptop. Why do I want an Apple laptop? Purely for the looks, they look sleek and professional compared to my chucky PC laptop. Although the sole reason why I will not change till I finish my online career is that I fear I will not know how to convert files, or know how to access an area in the word document program. I do not wish to learn how to create something I already know how to do on a PC, since I can find assignments alone challenging. Therefore I will wait till I do not have pressure of assignments to learn a new laptop technology.

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Due to my knowledge of technology I feel that I hold on to technology longer based on the fact that I feel I may not have the time to learn the new technology. I had a smashed iphone for over a year. There are a few reasons to why I kept. I could not afford to have the screen replaced by apple. Therefore I was told to take it to a “special” place in the mall. Every time I went to the store to get a “deal” on replacing my screen, it was always closed. Then I found out from others that you do not want to get a “deal” for “if it is too good to be true it probably is.” I found out that some of these “deal” places would replace your authentic apple parts with no name parts. Therefore I kept the smashed screen till I was able to upgrade my phone through my cell phone provider. As we can see I keep my technology till it stops working or I feel I have adequate time to learn how to use the device.

How does one dispose of old technology? First step is to know how to delete personal information. I find that I do not know how to permanently remove information from my devices. I have heard there is a simple way to wipe clean the device. Although due to the lack of knowledge I hold, and rumors I hear. I heard you can never permanently remove information. Since my devices hold a lot of personal information I fear I will be a victim of identity theft. My greatest fear is being a victim of identity theft. I feel that “recycling” or “disposing” of my old devices might just be handing someone all of my information to be taken advantage of. Since this is how I feel I keep all devices that hold any personal information. It is important that I know where they are to minimize my chances of identity theft.

To date I still do not know how to use many features on my smart phone. I know enough to get what I know I need for my daily activities. I find that I teach older generations about the technology and that younger generations teach me. When it comes to technology there will always be areas for me to learn.

This it my Pinterest assignment #3

A collection of what is techn-trash: what it is, where it comes from, where it goes and how to recycle it.

Here is the link to rational for the pins selected for this assignment

– Thank you

Hashtags? Good or bad?

2. Using the readings from this week, define ‘hashtag activism’. In your opinion, does ‘hastag activism’ have real world consequences? What are the benefits of this form of activism? What are some of its constraints? Please cite any additional resources you use.

Hashtag Activism “has been labeled a ‘microblog’ technology due to the medium’s restriction of posts to 140 characters or fewer.” (Murthy, 2012, p. 1060) Users are able to produce comments about whatever they wish, yet caped at the amount of characters. They have a network of friends that they connect with and whom want to connect with them. The ability to express ones’ opinion can be viewed by many and effect masses.

Hashtag Activism has real world consequences! People are allowed to express their feeling although if it offends another then lawsuits can be arranged. Miley Cyrus verse Sinead O’Conner via twitter was repeated on mass media sources.  Everyone was updated on the next post. Unfortunately, the tweets were very un-lady-like and often negative towards each other.  Having their “fight” exposed to the public allows for the public to place judgement. The “public fight” allowed the two to be exposed to the public which allows those following to place judgement. I personally felt that Sinead was in the right, unfortunately as the public fight continued, I disagreed with Sinead. Since hashtags were invented, one can follow a specific topic they wish to learn about.

My office manager had the whole staff on her facebook, but once a family fight hit facebook we were all deleted. No one wants to see a fight over facebook it is “trashy.” Therefore I respect my manager for deleting the staff. Yet, I feel that one that participates in immature fights over social media is unprofessional and lacks maturity. I feel like that situation made the idea of my manager being more superior to I was then turned into nonexistent. #childish #growup #dirtylaundry

Alerting the public of emergency situations has proven very successful over social media. Hashtags have allowed to public to connect with information quickly and the information is instant and can change instantly. Being connected to #TOsnowstorm one could find out when the power in a certain area was attained again.

Those who do not know how to use “Hashtags,” like myself. Hold the opportunity to screw up the integrity of a hashtag. For example, I took a photo of a meal I made #homeCookMeal, but dad came home with take out, then I hashtagged it as the same as my dinner I made. I was being funny, but when you see the collection of “#homeCookMeal” a photo of takeout will appear. This lowers the integrity of the hashtag since a photo of the opposite meaning of the hashtag is there.

As we can see we require social media to spread hashtags. Hashtags can serve as a rapid connection to emergency situations. Therefore Hashtag activism holds the good for the public. There will always be hashtags that serve no purpose. With that said there are multiple hashtags that the general public will not hold its’ integrity. Either because they do not understand the meaning behind hashtags or they use them as antonyms, like myself. Overall Hashtags are worthwhile in our media especially when information needs to be collected and at rapid speed.

Creative Meme Assignment


• Why did you choose this meme?
Sometimes I cannot help myself by creating things with a dental background. Being a Dental Hygienist, I eat, sleep and think teeth. Meme’s are an excellent way to get serious information to a larger audience. They say “a picture can say a thousand words,” therefore powerful messages can come from one photo. I choose this meme, because majority of the population does not have adequate home care for their oral care. People often forget that there are serious consequences when avoiding daily oral care. This photo I believe reminds the public that you can lose teeth. Therefore if one does not want to keep their teeth, simply they don’t have to care for them

• How does your understanding of the meme position you as a reader within a larger community? What is this community?
Everyone except those who have already lost their teeth will understand this meme. In fact, maybe those who did lose their teeth maybe did not know it was due to the lack of daily oral care. Therefore, everyone in the world should understand this meme. My targeted community would be the world.

• What does the meme mean?
The meme holds a large amount of dental education. That if one does not exercise daily oral care they have large consequences. Not only is your facial structure distorted, your use of basic eating techniques are distorted as well. Everyone feels the urge to consume food, you need teeth to chew. If you do not have teeth you will be on a liquid diet. There goes the hamburgers, steak, and spinach pie people enjoy eating. Some people do not realise how connected daily oral care is to your overall health.

• What are its points of reference (i.e. intertextuality, indexicality)?
Intertextuality: I know I have heard the line that I used in my meme before. I cannot remember where it came from since I have been using it for years with my patients. When I google the saying, I find that it is a common saying for the dental world. It would be similar to “Don’t put your fingers in your mouth.” “Put your money where your mouth is.”These are common sayings without a clear creator. Although the words make a relationship to ones brain that lack daily care can be damaging.

Indexicality: My meme does not hold a strong indexicality, other than the teeth reference. It is not as general as “Disaster Girl” as written in our notes. Disasters can be combined with multiple situations. Dental reference only refers to lack of care results in lack of loss. Although it also implies that your facial structure could become distorted. Also could refer to lack of social acceptance. Therefore my meme can be expanded but still does not hold the general indexicality like “Disaster Girl,” like in our notes and when referenced in Sean, Rintel’s work in the conversation.

• How does the meme work as a cultural artifact?
The meme is known as “virally shared nuggets of cultural currency.” Therefore a meme will be a cultural artifact. It is attached to a specific generation of the internet community. Memes touch the lives to many and have educated those that have seen them. It is hard to think the Memes could be an artifact, but I cannot predict the future. They are viewed by many generations and cultures therefore they are substantially part of our daily lives.

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• How does your meme ‘work’?
My meme is highly functioning meme because it touches everyone. Everyone has/had teeth in their lifetime, but do they know how important they really are? “Only brush the ones you want to keep,” refer to your teeth. Your teeth are the sole purpose to why one can chew their food. My meme holds a strong message socially, health related, and function to live.

• Who/what is your audience?
My audience is the world; it can touch the young and to the older generations. It touches all cultures to the world for everyone has/had teeth. I am a dental hygienist therefore I feel it is of the outmost importance to spread the knowledge about the importance of daily oral care. Your mouth is connected to the body. If you do not care for your mouth you are at risk of cardiovascular disease, uncontrollable diabetes, premature labour and other systemic diseases. (dentalhealth.org)

• Does its interpretation require specialized knowledge?
I chose a photo to decrease the requirement for specialized knowledge. When I practice dental hygiene I like to use the acronym KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). I assume that if I can educate a 3 year old then I can educate all ages. The photo I chose was of a man with only a few teeth, he was missing all of his front teeth. This is important for most people only brush the ones they see. We call them the sexy six. My hopes were to use a photo with minimal teeth to express that, yes some stay but they are not the ones you want. In the photo the man has retained his mandibular canines (bottom fang teeth), those in the dental background will know that is because they have the largest roots in the whole mouth and often the last to go due to their size.

• Describe its templatability. Did you build on an existing meme? How does your meme connect to the other(s)? How does your meme differ?
My meme can be used for other types of organisms with teeth. Other than that the meme is not able to be templatable. You could possibly apply it to taking care of a vehicle, it would rust out without care. “only feed the children you want to keep,” sounds awful although it is hard to come up with meme’s that can be build from my meme. Since if you don’t care for something it would die like your teeth. Therefore, any spin off memes would be dark in nature.

• How did you create your meme? Describe the process and the tools you used in its creation.
I used the memegenerator.net to create my meme. I was worried before starting this assignment, I knew the type of photo I wanted but was stressed how to cite that it was not mine. I was quickly relieved to find there was a generator that I could use that I did not need to worry about “buying” or citing the photo of choice.
I typed in toothless person; I found that the site was not working a 100% because I had to back up what I was typing for the photos to stay. When I typed “toothless person” completely all the photos would disappear. Creating the meme was easy, especially because I knew what I wanted to create, I had been thinking about it for a long time. If you know where to go on the internet than it is usually simple to create what you want. It’s the lack of knowing where to go that can be the most challenging.

1. Rintel, Sean. “Explainer: What are memes?” The Conversation Jan 13. 2014.http://theconversation.com/explainer-what-are-memes-20789

2. http://www.dentalhealth.org/tell-me-about/topic/mouth-and-body/healthy-gums-and-healthy-body

Participating in the Online Community

Given your experience with the various tools used in the course, what is your take on ‘participation’ within contemporary digital culture?

     “Online community is composed of members sharing common interests. They interact with each other to discuss topics, exchange ideas and seek support. Thus, individual member’s behavior may be influenced not only by his/her own motivations such as perceived usefulness, but also by other members and the community.” (Zhou, 2011, p.68) The contemporary digital culture has allowed immediate access just about any type of information one would require at a rapid speed. It allows anyone to create information that can be accessed by everyone. Urgent information is accessed just as fast as it has been reported.


Do you perceive yourself to be a participant?

     Due to my “technology” skills I would consider myself as viewing participant, not a lot of creating participation happens with me. This is why I have chosen this course, therefore I can learn more of what I do not know how to complete.

 In what ways do you measure participation?

     There are multiple ways to measure participation.  “Facebook, the largest global online community, holds more than 200 million users around the world.” (Zhou, 2011, p. 67) The fact that there is such a large population accessing the World Wide Web will result in multiple ways of creating participation. The World Wide Web can be viewed as a large high school community.  “Sense of belonging has also been found to affect online community user participation (Teo et al., 2003; Lin, 2008).” (Zhoa, 2011, p.75). As we have learned there are many platforms that one can express participation in order to feel like a contributing member to the online community.


Is participation emancipatory?

Yes, participation is emancipatory although the copyrights can be limiting. “YouTube’s one flaw is that, despite the potential immortality of every video on its site, there is no guarantee that any given video clip available today will be there tomorrow, or even five minutes from now. (Levinson, 2013, p.59) Therefore, yes, one can be limited to what they can post. Although over all participation allows multiple views that are easily accessed. People have a say, and have options in what they want to participate in. “They may feel that it is unnecessary to comply with people’s opinions. They decided whether to participate in a community mainly based on their own volitions.” (Zhou, 2011, p. 75) No one forces someone to participate in the online community.


Are there trade-offs to participation?

     Yes, there are multiple trade-offs when it comes to communicating within the online community. In the “online community users interact with each other in a collaborative environment. Their participation will be affected not only by their own motivations, but also by social processes.” (Zhou, 2011, p. 76) For example: “Obama girl” video showed that Obama was a person that was cool, interesting and attractive. (Levinson, 2013, p.43) Some say that this video helped with the election process with the younger voters, vote for Obama.

     When you allow anyone to post something in the online community you have access to multiple opinions. Important information can be give by anyone that could just be expressing their opinion without financial gain. There is a sense that someone isn’t purely after your money can be pay-off alone to participate in the online community.


     Everything you read and view will be of bias in nature of the creator. Google/YouTube allows the viewer to examine multiple literature and media for the public to make their own decisions. Back in the day, judgment was based on what others informed you. This would be your social circle, which is very limiting and largely bias. Value cannot be placed on the benefits when one participates in the online community. Creating is just as important as viewing. Therefore I hope to learn more about creating in this course to become a larger part of this community.  




Levinson, P. “Chapter 4: YouTube.” New New Media. 2nd ed. Toronto: Penguin Academics, 2013. 41-64.

Lin, H.-F. (2008), “Determinants of successful virtual communities: contributions from system characteristics and social factos”, Information and Management,45(8)522-527.

Teo, H.H., Chan, H.C., Wei, K.K. and Zhang, Z. (2003) “Evaluating information accessibility and community adaptivity features for sustaining virtual learning communities”, International Journal of Human-computer Studies, 59(5)671-97.  

Zhou, Tao, (2011) Understanding online community user participation: a social influence perspective. Internet Research. 21(1)67-81.


Meg’s First Experiences with the WORLD WIDE WEB

My first experience of the World Wide Web was when I was in a split grade 4/5 classroom. I was in grade five and a grade four students was teaching the teacher;

“You just type https://www. and the company you want to browse.”

The grade four student was lightening fast when typing on the computer. We were supposed to be all practicing learning our typing skills on the computer, but my wondering eye was intrigued to find out what was happening with the grade four student and the teacher. The student showed him http://www.yahoo.com on the computer. I thought to myself, “Yahoo, like the chocolate milk?” As I continued to watch I was blown away that 1) I had no idea what was happening, and 2) seems like the teacher was in the same boat. As the year progressed, I came home and there was a computer in the basement. I barely knew how to work one and I can tell you now my dad did not know how either.

That’s when I learnt about, “You have mail.” We had an AOL account. (America Online). The first interaction was writing emails to my best friend in America. Then came AOL messenger. At this time more of my Canadian friends had the service and we were able to chat with each other. I believe chat rooms were invented first. This is where you could go to a chat room “dogs” and there would be people in there interacting with others talking about “dogs.” Then of course ICQ instant messaging came next. The cool thing about ICQ was you could download different “skins” and could make the program personally unique. As we can see my “online” experience has purely been messaging my friends locally and long distance. I feel that I this experience is the sole practice of my typing skills. Which of course are not traditional but I am quite speedy based on the years of experience I hold.

My skills have since improved in various areas of the online world. Over the years I have learnt how to search topics, research easily, learn how to do it yourself projects, immediately connect to current news and of course continue to keep in touch with all my friends. I continue to advance my skills by taking Adult Education Degree with Brock University online. If one does not stay current, one cannot compete in the ever changing world.