Another one of my modules in my first year at De Montfort Uni has been Social Media and Innovation. Within this we have explored the different forms of social media and how our online presence can change depending on what platform we are using. One of the main things that I have learnt from this module is how quickly media can spread with the current forms of social media. Something else that I learnt is how it can help us reflect on not only the things that we do but also the things that others do and just how much impact something so small posted on Instagram or Twitter can have.
We begun the year by creating a blog in which we talked about ourselves and the kinds of things that we interacted with online, in only a matter of a few months upon reflection I was able to see just how much my online media consumption had changed, the people that had that largest impact on me at the start of my University experience compared to now barely seem to matter anymore. I think this is a prime example of showing just how quickly the online world is changing which is why I believe it is important to stay up to date with how technology and the human race is evolving but also makes me think do we spend too much time living our lives through a lens. There is an episode of Black Mirror (S3E1 – Nosedive) which explores this. I found it very interesting to watch but also slightly scary, if this is where social media and the technology of today is heading I’m not too sure that I want to be a part of it.
Having said this I have also learnt that social media can be a platform to voice very important social topics and it can be a way to get people true opinions due to the anonymity which it allows us to have. I was in a group with 4 girls and we decided that for our main project we wanted to look into the topic of feminism. We named ourselves the Femininja’s as we wanted to find out more about feminism and try to make people see that we can all help and benefit. When I begun this I have to admit my knowledge was very limited and my views had been tinted by what I had seen online and what I heard people saying. I had been lead to believe that it is a negative thing to identify as being a feminist however with doing research and talking to people about it I soon learnt that it was the complete opposite and can really empower men and women. I hadn’t previously realized how much feminists are fighting for equality between the sexes. However I had also not previously considered how feminism can seem to be very female orientated making young girls feeling great but leaving young boys to be disheartened. I have learnt a lot, not only about feminism but also about the different social media platforms and how best to use them. Although I will not continue to post to these platforms as regularly I will try to keep a closer eye on feminism and how I can do my bit to help as some things I looked at really shocked me.
Femininja wiki – https://wiki.our.dmu.ac.uk/w/index.php/Femininja
Femininja Twitter – https://twitter.com/FemininjaDmu
Femininja Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/femininja_dmu/
My Social Media Blog – http://leoniemayer.our.dmu.ac.uk/