Week Six

This week John started by talking about our blogs. He gave us some overall feedback, saying they need to be more reflective, comparative and reflect on team work. We should be looking at our blogs from an outsider perspective to asses whether they still make sense and are easy to follow.  Through John discussing this, I think I defiantly need to spend more time focusing on the the team work, team dynamic, how it is working and why and reflect on what I am learning. 

We spent todays class talking about our Digital identities which I found really interesting. I suppose I had never really been conscious of the idea that every one online wants to portray the best version of themselves.  I know I personally do try to do that but I didn’t know people would openly admit that about themselves, as most people in class did. “We all have a window for displaying the bright side of our personality and adhering to social etiquette.”

Everything that we post, share, say, upload, snap, and tweet represents our digital identity. Unlike one-on-one face-to-face conversations that reside in our memories once concluded, digital communications have an almost eternal shelf life. This is a really interesting way of putting it. We talked in class about over the past decade it has become really hard to keep anonymity online. Prior to the digital age, our identity, style, beliefs and values were mainly revealed by our material possessions. But now I think it is fair to say that our “web searches and web page visits, emails and social networking activity contain traces of our personality.” Which is a scary thought because nothing is private and we have no control over where the information and data goes. 

“William James once suggested that we have as many personalities as the number of situations we are in. 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.” 

The Question was raised in class, Does having an online presence effect your team work? The group that I am in, I know four of the five other people in the real world so I don’t think I could answer this question fully. The one person in my group, Assesi, I don’t know outside of our online interactions. We became friends on Facebook so that we could create a group chat but I could pass her in the street or sit beside her in the library and not even know that we are working together on a project which is really interesting. It raises the concept of having two identities, one for online and one for real life. This could even be fragmented further and we could say we have different personalities for different situations. We may be different in college to how we are at home and different in work to how we act around our friends. Are these just masks that we put on or do they all make up the core of yourself. 

Over the week I was thinking about jobs that may cease to exist in the future or jobs that have changed drastically in the past few years. One of my first thoughts was Design and how technology has advanced so much that anyone with the adobe suite could give it a go. “Software and technology allow designers to quickly and easily bypass processes that once took hours, enabling them to focus on other key areas such as creativity and innovation.”   Technology is a tool that has helped speed up the design process, work can be easily mass-produced  and made design look clean. 

Another sector I was thinking about was banks. For another module I am creating a new currency and it got me thinking about how physical money will eventually fade out and everything will be electronic. Again this is due to the advancement in technology, online banking and credit cards. We can already see this coming into play in certain sectors, for example Dublin bus. They are trying to encourage people to use Leap Cards through not giving change for overpaid fares. Eventually you won’t be able to pay using coins, it will all be with cards. They are also trying to get rid of the 1 and 2 cents meaning your change will round to the nearest 5c unless paying with card. But as a cashier in a supermarket I can tell you first hand there are people (particularly elderly woman) who are unhappy about this demand their 1 cent.

Then maybe there will be no need for bankers, all transactions can be done online and nearly everything else can be done using a kiosk in the bank. I don’t think the complete fade out of physical money will happen in my lifetime but maybe within the next 100-150 years.

The third suggestion I was going to put forward to my group was the postal service- An post. The main channel of communication used to be through post but now thanks to advances in technology people don’t really rely on this system anymore. They can now just send an instant message or call the person they want to talk to . This saves time and paper but can also mean that someone texting you isn’t as personal as receiving a letter from someone. 

I am going to do some research into these topics and link them back to the brief and then put my points forward to my group when we meet up. All these three points have the same principle of advances in technology and a more efficient and eco-friendly way of working. Only one of them is in a creative field but I don’t think it matters for this project.  I’m looking forward to meeting with my group and hearing other peoples suggestions and finally getting a plan in place so we can get the ball rolling.

Attending class in Week Six

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