Thesis Statement

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The Charm Of Social Media

December 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

Living in a society where faith and religion are becoming less and less prevalent it is hard to find something to believe in. My social media jewelry is an expression of how deep rooted and entrenched social media has become in our society. The average university student visits Facebook daily, it has become a ritual like praying or attending church. By comparison, how often does the average university student attend any sort of religious gathering? The new religion is freedom of speech and information, and it’s happening online in social media forums. The charms are meant to commemorate and celebrate the preciousness of the open forums that have been created by social media.

Social Media: Open 24 Hours

December 6, 2011 § 6 Comments

This neon ‘Open 24 Hours’ sign represents social media’s functionality. It never closes. Social networks forums are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on Christmas and New Years. Social networks that were intended to make interpersonal communication easier have transformed their users into authors of their own media. Through this a public forum has arisen where people receive and respond to information from multiple channels. However, these channels do not define or shape the messages being communicated. Instead, the public and mass media share, and at times challenge each other, on the news and information being given; allowing the masses to no longer be idle consumers but active players in the world of information 24 hours a day.

Class of 2011: If Social Media Were a High School [Infographic]

November 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

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SMCR Communication Model

November 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Source. Message. Channel. Receiver.
These are the four basic element of communication. I have redesigned this model to a more modern standard. This is a very linear dissection of communication, but it’s simplicity can be applied throughout all communication, even social media. This model is the basis for the web like communication we live in. Every message starts with a source. Whether the original channel is twitter, a blog, or facebook, there is a person sat behind a screen somewhere that is the origin and source of every message. A single message can travel through social media channels jumping from site to site reaching an innumerable amount of viewers. Each time a receiver re-shares a message they in turn become a source. The message stays the same unless a receiver alters the message with their own opinion. The graphic above is simple yet its linear form helps to imagine what modern communication looks like. A less linear more web like expression would be appropriate to describe our interlinked conversations with many receivers channeling message from many sources.

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