So after thinking about different topics to use for my research, I’ve finally narrowed it down to one. The effects of Society on Virtual Identity. So far I’ve seen roughly 240 sources on Quest, and the majority are articles and books. This makes me think that the topic is just specific enough to have a good amount of support in my writing. This is also an interesting topic because it affects everybody and can be appealing to a large audience. The only thing I might have an issue with for this project is that I might have some overlap with information found in my sources. Otherwise, I believe this will be a good topic to use for my project.
So in this past week of class, we looked at various research topics relating to online identity, since this is already an interesting topic to me, I was pretty excited to brainstorm. And as of right now, I’m pretty happy about what I’ve come up with.
How has the internet influenced privacy?
I think it’s rather interesting and slightly scary how little of our lives are private now a days, and how easy it is for someone to learn intimate details about you without even asking you.
The effect of comments on the self confidence of an individual
I know I’ve personally seen how people have developed a huge ego just by receiving a little bit of feedback on their Instagram. I’ve also seen people be deeply hurt by people’s comments.
The influence of popular/notable online presences/Youtubers having a steady job
It’s still amazing to me how people are able to essentially create an empire online and continue to profit off of it for years until they become millionaires.
Those are the main topics I’m looking at right now, let’s hope this paper ends up ok in the long run…
My name is Anthony Epps and I’m from Baltimore, Maryland. Here at Mary Washington, I hope to major in Sociology and Psychology to later become a Psychotherapist.
I signed up for the Beyond The Selfie FSEM because I was interested in the sociological side of it, the looking at people’s backgrounds and how that influences how they want to perceived online. A few things I’m looking forward to in this class are definitely the complex discussions we’ll have and the better understanding we all will take away from it. I’m also interested in the coding aspects of this class because that is something new to me.
As for college overall, I want to leave college with a better understanding of who I am as a person along with the information to begin to help others understand themselves. I also just want to leave here happy, I don’t want to feel like I spent 4 years being miserable.
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