What to Say… What to Say?
What I want to describe as unfortunate, yet might be exactly what my professor was hoping to get across with such an activity, is that I am having a hard time creating unique blogs, especially in relation to the course material. However, it is not that there is a lack of content to talk about, or that I can’t come up with content that I would like to talk about, but that my classmates seem to beat me to my topics on nearly every occasion (sorry Autumn).
This seems to adhere to the direction that the content of the course has taken over the past few months. It depicts how fast paced web 2.0 transpires information, and how quickly that same content disappears. It showed me just how fast I must update my blog in order to stay on top of the game (and I say on top instead of ahead because that seems nearly impossible). Although, I am sure that touching base on the same topics as other people is bound to happen, I would like to have a unique twist to my blogs so things remain fresh and free of repetition.
I believe the revelation of the overload of information from a variety of sources justifies the underlying information that can be discerned in Rebecca Blood’s article and Danah Boyd’s article, that suggests we have an abundance of information at our disposal, and with the creation of Web 2.0 and with blogging the amount continues to increase. Thus, ideas and information that are being passed around are often redundant.
The excess of information on the internet now requires people to intelligently filter through the information and discover the truth. The ability to create hoaxes is effortless for a person interested in computer development, as is the ability to create and twist stories for the average person. Thus, as average people (aka. Students), we have the ability to create vast amounts of information on the same subject by putting our own spin on things. We create unique arguments in which the public have to decide which view they want to accept as real or as too far of a stretch.
What my professor made apparent to me was that there is an endless amount of information on any given subject, and unless you have an outstanding, so far out of the box idea that has never been thought up before, there is going to be over lap. Web 2.0 has uncontrollable access to it, so what you say has been said before, what you do has been done before, and your thoughts are already memes. Uniqueness is a stretch and, as Danah Boyd might argue, we must be our own librarians: skeptical and in search of the truth.