Response 7

In response to the experiment:

The person that was assigned to me to research is Crystal Yeh’s page.  Born in Tainan Taiwan she currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.  Her major is Psychology.  Her interests include, baking and cooking, L.A. Dodgers and Baseball.  Noteworthy is her need to list both the specific and general  interests.  Meaning, baking a genre of cooking and L.A. Dodgers a baseball team.  To reinforce her interest in cooking, it appears that one of her favorite shows is Top Chef a show on the Food Network.  The obsession with food continues further into her photographic images of restaurant spaces and processes of baking confections.  There is a tremendous amount of contiuity in Yeh’s photo album.  Chiefly, in her attendance at other restaurants such as The Melting Pot.  It appears that in baking, her specific fascination is with desserts, which can be verified in the recent albums.

With a flurry of pictures of baked goods and even a subscription to a Facebook game called, “Restaurant City”, it would not be too much to project that one of Crystal Yeh’s future plans maybe opening a restaurant or cafe of some sort.  Perhaps if this is not a life goal, it must have been a latent thought or suppressed aspiration.  With food being such a prevalent part of experiencing her page, it gives a lot of information as to what Yeh wishes to communicate to the public.  To strike interest in Yeh, would likely be to have a palette and affinity for eating.

In response to the reading:

Privacy over social networking sites is an increasing issue as the identity of individuals are moving increasingly more into a public realm.  I agree with the article in that it is structured to emphasize the responsibility of parents and users to understand the terms that public information is used.  I believe that accountability is the utmost issue that issues of privacy should be concerned with.  One is very responsible for the amount of information that they generate.  The part of the article that struck me was the quote of, “―Privacy isn‘t just about hiding things. It‘s about self–possession, autonomy, and integrity.‖ [30] Privacy is the ―right of people to control what details about their lives stay inside their own houses and what leaks to the outside.‖ [31] Citizens and consumers should know who collects what information and how it is going to be used.”  I found this interesting because it is true that our information, the ways we represent our online identities is about control in many ways.  The establishment of the way the public perceives our identities is very much about this agency of control.  The social networking environment allows us to reconfigure a way of representing ourselves.  Those who disclose their information online are not necessarily unaware of privacy issues, rather, they are commanding a kind of disclosure that reinstates and reinforces their identity to the outside world.

It is obvious that users decide what they want to disclose to the online public.  So what is the solution to fix or regulate inept users?  Do we really need the option of disclosing our addresses on social networking websites?  Should we have the option of displaying our mobile numbers to the public?  This are limitations that can be implemented through restructuring a social network’s programming.  The responsibility and accountability of users and parents to regulate  online activity perhaps is too idealistic for the hyperbolic culture of social networking.


One Response to “Response 7”

  1. Eric Kim Says:

    Hey Jason,

    Wow I am impressed how throughly you conducted the experiment and the response to the reading! Looking through Crystal’s profile, you seemed to get a pretty strong grasp of what type of person she was, her interests, as well as her future plans (which I thought was fascinating).

    With your response, great use of quotes from the reading! The analysis is spot-on as well. I also love how you posed those questions at the end and posed a great solution as well.

    Keep it up Jason. You are a great asset to this class.


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