Class Six / Online Privacy
Due to my core module deadline, I did not have time this week to attend class, nor meet with my group. I had previously notified my group about this, hoping that it wouldn't create complications for them. It is becoming more evident now exactly how difficult it is to have all of us meet together at the same time. As well as having many other deadlines to meet, I also work part-time four days a week, making it a struggle to manage the work load. Unfortunately this situation impacts the quality of the work I produce in college, although I still wish to make the most effort. Luckily, the other members of my team are understanding, some being in a similar situation, so we aim to generally meet before or after the online module commences.
Having read the texts prescribed to us from the previous week, I found that the situations described could be related to each of us, without even realising. The case of Paris Brown is one which i find to be the harsh reality of our online usage in the modern age. Here is one of many examples of a young girl, who is trying to build a successful image for herself at such a young age, and has just been torn apart by something she has said online. Although every single person has said something wrong before, the fact that it is said online makes it permanent, for anybody to dig up. Not only that, the fact that it has been pointed out that she has said something wrong, there are now articles about the whole occurrence, further damaging her image. There is also a point to make that if this incident had never occurred, would people still be oblivious to the fact that they may have their own past mistakes buried somewhere on the internet? I believe that unfortunate incidents like this must occur to act as a wake up call to the rest of society. Most of us carry on with our lives disregarding a lot of important things, and are completely struck when something bad happens to us, because we were too careless to consider something in the first place. I believe it takes these sort of situations to alert us to be more careful whilst online. Technology is growing faster than we previously thought possible. With the increase of online tragedies, such as suicides over cyber-bullying or cases like Paris Brown's, it is beginning to become clear to society that we must take care whilst using the internet, as it is one of the most dangerous tools.
Rules are made from people's mistakes.