TED Radio Hour

The first story that resonated with me was Jon Ronson: How Can Our Real Lives Be Ruined By Our Digital Ones? He spoke of a woman who posted something on twitter, then woke up to her world flipped upside down with harassing messages, this post consequently caused her to lose her job. People absolutely judge you based off of your online presence, and this online lifestyle can consume you. This story really rang true with me; when I had my son at 17, someone made a post about me, telling his followers to message me and harass me (because I was pregnant at a young age). I remember receiving hateful messages, even people stalking me. This consumed me, I remember crying every time I received a nasty message, I was even paranoid to go in public. The internet absolutely can effect your real life. The second story I found interesting was Amber Case: Are Our Devices Turning Us Into A New Kind Of Human? This one interested me because at first I scoffed at the thought of acyborg-anthropology “Cyborg Anthropologist,” but the more she explained the developments and how we rely on our phones, it made sense. We are so reliant on this “virtual world,” they truly are extensions of ourselves. We have to present ourselves in a legitimate way on this online world just as much as we do in the real world. Our reliance on this virtual reality is causing us to not use self reflection. Amber Case’s Ted Talk can be found here: http://www.npr.org/2015/09/11/438944317/are-our-devices-turning-us-into-a-new-kind-of-human Jon Ronson’s Ted Talk can be find here: http://www.npr.org/2015/09/14/440286008/how-can-our-real-lives-be-ruined-by-our-digital-ones
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