Christopher V. – How To Sewer Yourself For Online Dating


It is widely accepted that online dating today has left its mark on how intimate relationships form. Increasingly, we see more people making the jump into the online dating world. Whether it is to find that perfect soul mate, or to add to participate in hook-up culture. Regardless of the reason, online dating changes the perception of the individual. Rather than being a person in the flesh, we are mediated through a profile among thousands on a screen. The job then becomes a marketing experiment, essentially finding the best way to have others think twice before moving on to the next profile. Now I could tell you what to write on your profile to have a match every time you swipe right, but that would be too easy. Okay thats a stretch if we knew exactly what to right on a dating profile everyone would have found there soul mate.

Instead here are the top ten guaranteed lines that will not get you a date;

“Over the bar scene.”

“Too busy to meet someone.”

“I can’t believe I’m online dating.”

“Looking for The One.”

“Tired of games.”

“Moonlit walks on the beach.”

“I live life to the fullest.”

“Want to be swept off my feet.”

“I work hard and play hard.”

“I want the total package.”

Something about each one of these lines come off as immediate red flags, with a hint of crazy. “Too busy to meet someone,” seems like your going to be too busy to date, or better yet its probably a lie and you’re trying to play it off like you have a life. Then you have likes like “I want to be swept off my feet,” or “I want the whole package.” Um I’m sorry your majesty who knew you had that sense of entitlement.

All in all, online dating can be a valuable tool to expand your network and meet the right match, just avoid the obvious “don’t’s”and you should be well on your way.

Michaela B: Webcam Hacking, “Talking Angela”, and online privacy

The blog post on Barbie that was discussed during our Monday lecture reminded me of a Facebook post that I saw about a year ago that really spooked me out. The app was called “Talking Angela” – ring any bells? The popular app was said to mimic the user and interact through the front-facing camera, which led to parents of the children using the app to think… is talking Angela really safe?

This led to the spreading of a Facebook status update that went viral. Allegedly “Talking Angela” was saying some pretty risky things to her daughter “Angelica”. It was believed that a pedofile was the mastermind behind the app and was prying on innocent victims – the Facebook status spread like wildfire. This shows how Facebook and other various social media sites have the ability to spread messages and reach a large audience through likes, comments, and in this case by people sharing the post.

Talking Angela

This post has an uncanny resemblance to the chain mail I used to receive when I was younger about copying and pasting or else (insert horrible thing) will happen to you by midnight tonight. Surprise Surprise these alleged rumours about “Talking Angela” were found to just be a hoax…as the chain mail threats clearly were. Regardless, the reality is that front facing cameras as well as webcam cameras pose privacy concerns. Earlier this year I saw a video on a girl that had her webcam hacked (posted down below) and that a person was watching her without her knowledge. Since I saw that video there have been countless news reports about this happening to people and their intimate photos being sent to them through their social media accounts or email addresses.

Q: People have begun to tape their webcam cameras in order to ensure they aren’t being watched by hackers, do you think that people will begin to do this with their front facing cameras on their phones?

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Keer W. Nettime

Nettime is a mailing list that was used in the early days of the internet. I subscribed to you during my research about net art, where early Net.Art artists use it to collaborate and fool around. I have been getting very interesting emails, and lively debates.

As a asynchronous form of communication, it has various challenges. The group is a lot bigger than it use to be, and some of the collaborative and creative community are being drown out by more users trying to use Nettime as a medium to advertise, then to build genuine communications.


Sulaika M- Is social media ruining your self esteem?

In class a lot of different social media platforms were brought up but the one that everyone had a lot to say about was Instagram. Instagram has been around for a few years now but only became really popular recently. Instagram, by a lot of girks, is taken very seriously. The idea of getting as many “likes” as popular has become a really big concept in todays society for a lot of people. This is an excellent article that is worth reading that talks about how social media, using Instagram as an example, has ruined many people’s self esteem. The video that goes along with this article is also worth a watch.

Diana T – Psychological study says we aren’t that fake on social media

In our class discussion about Instagram photos and building up strategic profiles for recruiters to see, we talked today about the way we portray ourselves on social media platforms being to a certain degree fake and that we can’t really tell what a person is truly like based on what they do on platforms. There is a lot of discussion about representation through digital media and whether our personality online really reflects our true personality “in real life”. I found an interesting article arguing that research suggests that our various online personas lead back to the same personality. An interesting psychological study reveals that our patterns of social media activity can be accurately predicted by scores on scientifically valid personality tests. An interesting quote from the article explains that “although our digital identity may be fragmented, it seems clear that our various online personas are all digital breadcrumbs of the same persona; different symptoms of our same core self.” 

What do you guys think about the study? How different do you think your online and offline personalities are? Do you think we can really accurately tell someone’s personality from their social media or is too easy to fake it online?

Check out the article:


Kelsea R- Photo Series on How Instagram Posts are Curated

While reading a blog I follow I found this interesting series of photos that continue our discussion from today’s class on how Instagram users post photos that are not as real as they seem, and have a whole thought process behind them. In these photos the artist shows the Instagram version (so the photo that was posted) and a version that shows the entire frame, with the Instagram version included. I found these pictures to be funny and honest. I liked seeing how the artist had a messy bed but only snapped the artfully placed Macbook on the one part of the bed and the proceeded with posting it. I also liked the photo where a woman is doing a yoga pose, only to really have gotten help from her friend who was holding her legs the whole time but did not “make it” into the Instagram post. It just further shows that you cannot believe everything that a person posts, as they only want to post the best parts of their lives where they know they will get lots of “likes”
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Jessica A. – PostSecret

This week, anonymity was one of the points that Baym brought up in Chapter 2. Although some people may feel like being digitally mediated allows for people to create an entirely new identity, others feel that it gives a chance for users to be liberated from the roles that society places them in such as their gender, religion, sexual orientation, and so on. There is a site called PostSecret that I have known about ever since I was in elementary school, and it’s a site that I have visited every now and again. In a nutshell, people from all over the globe who want to submit something to their website simply has to mail in a postcard with an image on one reflecting their “secret”. What I like about this site is that for most of the secrets posted on the website, you cannot tell what background the sender comes from. You don’t know what country they live in; you don’t know how old they are; you don’t know their name; you don’t know much other than one of the thoughts that they’re thinking.

On the Internet, I believe that someone is always listening. With that being said, PostSecret is, and has built up to be, a great community for users to vent or confess things on their minds without many external factors getting in the way of their message getting across. If you want to look at examples, here is the link:

Kevin Girgis: Autonomous Drones Team Up: Build a Bridge

As we have recently been reading about technological determinism and digital intimacy I found this video that combines both concepts. The title of the article can be a little deceiving but it is still extremely intriguing. There are 4 drones that come together and create a functioning bridge made out of rope.

I will essentially show you an excerpt from the article:

“Once researchers fired up their drones and computers, the quadcopters went about their work on their own. The flight area is equipped with a motion capture system that constantly collects information about each drone’s position and attitude. That information is then fed into computers and algorithms parse the data to wirelessly send commands back to the drones. The drones weave in and out, up and down, and left to right in specific patterns to build braids and links in a rope bridge.

When they finished, the end product was a rope bridge that spanned a 24-foot gap and could withstand a 5,200-pound load.

Drones are already helping us view hard-to-reach places, and now, as you just saw, they can also help us get to those places”.

Now I still encourage you to watch the link that I posted at the top but I would like to go further in depth in regards to technological determinism. The way I came to understand the term is that it is the idea that technology makes us better, therefore we rid ourselves of old and out of date technology which eventually becomes obsolete. Now these days bridges are still built the old fashion way, still with machines but with conscious control of human construction workers. The video that you have just seen shows drones building a far less complicated bridge but I see it as a foreshadow to the possibility of drones or machines having the capability to build bridges and towers with algorithmic and AI instruction. This idea would ruin our relationship with many technologies that we use to build towers, buildings, houses and cities. I know that this whole idea is at a premature stage but we all know how fast technology has developed over the last 15 years.

What are your opinions on technological determinism in regards to these drones and their capabilities?


Do you believe that machines will further increase urbanization and industrialization around the world?

  • Kevin Girgis

Adrianna D – The Age of Emojis

“People just can’t capture the depth and perplexity of my thoughts so I’m incorporating emoji into my speech to better express myself.”

The conversation topic on emoji’s in today’s class lecture really had me thinking – are we actually living in the age of emojis?The answer, in case we haven’t yet realised, is obviously a big fat yes!

Emoji is a Japanese word that translates directly to “picture character” in English. It was initially incorporated into phones in Japan so that teenagers and young adults would be interested in purchasing them. Soon after, the use of emojis blew up globally, and thus has become the new form of communication. The use of these symbols deliver the emotion of the sender through text messages, further allowing freedom of interpretation by the recipient. Emojis are seen as the 21st century dialogue by today’s generation. They are doing what our tone of voice used to do over the phone and what gestures, social cues, and tones used to do during a face-to-face interaction. When someone is happy or excited and wants to display that through the use of texting, that individual will be sure to incorporate some sort of a smiling emoji. Conversely, when two people are in the midst of a serious conversation or argument, no emoji will be used to depict how serious the conversation is. However, if one is to lighten the mood, again, an emoji will be incorporated to reduce the seriousness of the conversation. Society today has an array of emojis to choose from, one to suit every situation.

We have entered the age of emojis, and by the looks of it, we’ll be staying here a while.

Rochelle S – Spotify is your Best Friend?

I’m a massive Spotify fan and have been recently taking advantage of the new Discover Weekly feature. Every Monday, Spotify generates a personalized playlist using an algorithm that combines your own musical tastes with new recommendations. According to the press release published by Spotify on July 20, Discover Weekly,” Is like having your best friend make you a personalised mixtape every single week.” What do you think about this claim?

The act of creating a custom mixtape for a friend has been around for ages, but now it no longer requires two human beings. Instead this intimate interaction relies on Spotify’s new algorithm. What implications does Discover Weekly and other playlist-generating apps have on the way we listen to and share content?