Internet Culture Live!

Thursday in TECH 621, we presented about Internet culture. It was a very fun class, and really was insightful as to how social media is really used among the masses. We talked about the culture of 4-Chan and how influential this network as well as other use-net networks are. We talked about emoticons, memes, business applications, as well as photo and video sharing. It really illustrated that there are sub-cultures in a vast Internet culture. The only complaint seemed to be that we may have been too positive, pushing a lot of the negatives off to a later presentation we will be making about the “Dark Side” of the Internet. For example, with trolling, I didn’t speak much about the malicious side of it, because we wanted to save that. Also, I wanted to illustrate more of what trolling is not, and stress that while we save the more malicious content for the other presentation. While all of this was going on, there was an immense amount of chatter on a back-channel similar to a conference talk. I think it went really well, and was quite enjoyable

Social Media Collaboration for the Presentation

Much, much better than the first time we put on a presentation! We used our resources much better this time, using Google Hangout and Google Docs, to collaborate our topics. As I have thought before, collaboration works better when there are multiple avenues of communication. Twitter can be very limiting, but when you have Google Hangout in addition to the Google Docs, you can communicate in different mediums, which makes this whole experience audio-visual. It almost felt like we were meeting in person at times. This is the wave of the future (no pun intended).

Back-channel Tweeting Experience

Back-channel tweeting, is a challenge, and can be very taxing. For someone like me who suffers from A.D.D., it can be distracting. However, at the same time, I like that it amplifies the speaker’s reach. It gives ideas another voice. As stated in the previous post, I think that back-channel tweeting is a skill that can be honed and perfected. There’s no real protocol other than the fact that you should be polite in your criticism, and stay on topic. It was a lot of fun though.

Overall, it was a very good presentation. I think we covered the basics. Albeit, maybe we were too positive, but I think we conveyed the information about the Internet’s very unique culture in a near 3 hour class, as well as anyone could have.


About Mike Brownstein

I'm a Political Science MA student, and taking Tech 621 at Purdue University
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One Response to Internet Culture Live!

  1. Mihaela says:

    Thank you very much for posting your reflection! You did great, don’t beat yourself up about keeping it too positive. I just didn’t want people to think trolling is always innocuous and fun. Making a quick point without getting into details was enough.

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