So this is my very last ‘Living and Working’ on the Web post, and I thought it would be best fitting to recap: The high’s, the low’s, what I’ve learned and what I am yet to discover…
The internet is truly as vast as your imagination can carry it. On a normal day it is possible to scroll past a makeup tutorial, a prank, a funny cat meme, a Kim K Selfie and a car-mod video all in one swipe of a finger (on an instagram feed for example.) If scientists are still searching for signs of an ‘alternate universe,’ I genuinely believe that the internet is the answer to one. It is virtually impossible to cram the whole social sphere that is the Internet into one 6 week module, but the beauty of this one is that it manages to delve deeper into what you might think of as the ‘Philosophy of the Internet, if you will; (perhaps an alternative course title?) which can then expand to every corner and crevice of the internet, be it twitter, open access or fraud.
I can firmly say that above anything, this module has taught me to really think about the decisions I make online everyday, and this is something I will continue to do.
I realised that being born into what one might consider a ‘digital age’ or being what is considered a ‘digital resident, (as learned in Week 1,)’ it is easy to fall into the mindlessness of the everyday processes of clicking, retweeting, liking and commenting on content without actually realising the impact that these things all have, and it is easy to forget that the ‘World Wide Web’ goes by that name for a reason. Week 3 stood out to me because it demonstrated real life implications of carelessness when it comes to an online presence, voicing opinions or making jokes online; A bad joke can literally get you fired.
I also learned to appreciate the access I have to the Internet, and that whilst it can sometimes be used for bad, it can also be used to do a great deal of good. It educates, empowers and enlightens, and one of the highlights of my whole UOSM2033 experience has ironically been being proven wrong, or being corrected by others. My first world ignorance sometimes blinded me to the reality of the issues faced in the world outside the comfortable Western one. I learned first hand about personal experiences with political and social barriers on freedom, I learned that researching an essay or reference isn’t as easy as it is for me in other parts of the world, that a job offer will not always be as easy as a LinkedIn add, and most importantly I learned that I must never take what I have for granted; something I will take with me long after my University experience ends.
On this topic, I have decided to link this thought-provoking poem I heard a while ago that perfectly depicts the social bubble I was self-admittedly caught up in:
To sum up my experience I created a short video (below) highlighting the main things I took from the Module as a whole, and how it has helped me develop personally.
In ending my final post, I would like to say a very big thank you to all the module co-ordinators, and a special thanks to Lisa, who despite my very non digital resident ways, was very patient with me.