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I, WE, NETWORK and me

While reflecting on the last week’s assignment I realized, that all this variety of  ”faces” in the social networks were all me. I also adjust my image for every network. And I keep constantly changing my profile picture, if I don’t feel it’s “me” anymore. So that’s, probably, how I use this “I" on the internet - as a kind of mirror. The fact that I use different mirrors for different networks is similar to the fact that we put different clothes on, when we go to the beach and to the theater. Different context - different "me". So my digital "I" is a lot about reflection and self expression.

The other side of “I" on the internet, I mean digging for information, is not really my strong point. I definitely prefer to work and receive information during the "WE" activities. For instance, self development (in terms of psychology) topic is one of the most important ones for me. And I have 5-6 friends, who are as interested in it as I am. And with each of them I discuss it in very private talks in i-messages, e-mails and Skype dialogs. We share insights, ideas, links, books. Less often we discuss this topic in WhatsApp or Facebook dialogs as they are much less private. They are more like a cafe - no one else is really listening to your private talk, but you almost hear this humming all around you.

If I really like one of my friends’ ideas and I feel it can be of help for any other I share it. And that’s one of the ways how I use “NETWORK" - passing the idea on from friend to friend to friend, I can finally end up writing about it in my blog at my Livejournal page.

NETWORK" is also one of the best ways to find people who inspire me both in Livejournal and Instargram. A friend of mine mentions his or her friend doing something beautiful or inspiring, I check it and start following too.   

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Thanks to "NETWORK" I got to know illustrator and writer Yana Frank (http://mammamiu.com/), whom I admire for her passion for life (she fought cancer), trying out new things (she creates countless number of stuff with her illustrations on), inspiring and sharing her experience with others in her books and blog.

This is also, how I met amazing photographer Anna Koroleva http://www.korolevafoto.ru/, who captures beautiful surreal stories of Fairys and we collaborated a year later to create my own fairy tale.

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And the last inspirational link, I’d love to share for now is in Instagram. The flowers and tiny details I see @flowerbureu make me smile and believe in miracles.

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Hope you’ll enjoy them too :)!

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Mairya's intercultural puzzle

ME, we, networks and week 4

Week 4 was very interesting, we are not used to talk about our let’s say…onlineselves, specially because we do things without noticing, we search, we find, we join, we participate, we leave, we contribute to the communities in a daily basis but as we were introduced this week to the process of the “Me, we and networks”, we analyzed separately each of this steps about ourselves and found out where we are most and less comfortable working with.

As Siras from group 6 said the “Me” part or the individual part which is the part I am most comfortable in, “refers to an individual using the internet for “hunting and harvesting” information or data without interacting with others. This was my initial introduction to the internet as a child” and I think that we all were introduced like that, was what made as the generation we are today, since our parents were not born in the computer era and could not teach us the right way to use the internet we were slowly getting in to the process of how every detail worked without any help whatsoever, self-teaching through time without any contact with others “harvesting information” which is still what I do the most today, and as we developed our skills the internet and the web itself developed as well.

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- Harvesting the hell out this thing

Going in the “we”part, which now I’m very comfortable as most people from our generation are too, thanks to all the communities that exist making us able to contact friends, colleagues, family, coworkers. Me being a part of a bunch of these communities such as facebook, tumblr, last fm, instagram and other communities that allow myself benefit from other people’s work and contribute to each one of these in a way and assuming that everyone in our groups did what they were asked they probably realized as I did, how much we’ve grown since we started using our first computers and how much we’ve learned simply by clicking on things, reading and talking to people on the internet, which leads to the “Networks” part now that everyone, exceptions aside, is getting more comfortable with, specially me, being used to the internet individualism and quietness.  Talking to strangers and sharing information with them in different platforms is still something the I need to get used to but is also something that is becoming more and more common, very important to work with the networks specially nowadays where most of the companies have both national and international centers that need to be in contact with each other at all times. kids born in the last few years, they not only out do us but they are comfortable with the fact that they don’t know the person but they want to share with them right there, always with it’s downsides but that’s amazing, how much we evolved on the internet communities matter.

If we are already doing all these amazing things, what could possibly come next?

Never forgetting that we also need to have a life outside of it and with all bad things aside, the internet and the communities are mostly here to help us and we are here to make the most out of them

See you guys next week

Marcelo

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