Nov. 12: Discuss anything you may have learned from our guest speaker (Zak Beasley, joint MS/JD graduate student) who talked about privacy law. How do you think the idea of privacy will affect you in your future career, or in society as a whole?
I thoroughly enjoyed when Zak Beasley came to our class to talk to us about privacy because this is a huge issue that is very important to our generation. Privacy is something that the citizens of the United States of America are slowly losing, and before we know it, the government and every one in the entire nation will be able to access everything of ours that we need to be private. For instance, there is a lot of drama about employers basing their choices of hiring employees off their Facebook and Twitter. Although there are ways to make your page private, nothing is truly private. On the new iPhone 5S models there is a fingerprint scanner to get into your phone instead of using a four digit passcode, and Apple admitted that the government would have a copy of the fingerprint used to open the phone. When Zak Beasley came to our class to talk, I felt extremely interested in what he was talking about because he was super passionate about it. He showed that privacy is something he really cares about. The amount of government control that is quickly being incorporated into our daily lives will cause the amount of privacy that citizens have to go down. As much as I would like to believe that it is a situation that will get better, I believe it will do nothing but get worse. It will affect my job because as privacy goes down, more rumors will start which affects my credibility as a writer. Sources will slowly stop being willing to talk. Hopefully by some miracle something happens to stop this.
Nov. 14: Discuss your opinions on the idea of privacy in society in the context of social media. How does your representation of yourself on social media reflect you as a person– do you censor yourself?
I feel like censoring myself on social media is extremely important at this point in my life because with me being in school and needing to find a job in the future after graduating, I never know who is pulling me up trying to dig up information on myself. As I stated in my previous response, the government is trying to gain as much control over the citizens of our country as it can. With improving technology, it is so easy for the government to have access to anything we access and/or put on the Internet. Unfortunately, I feel like the way social media is growing, the way we represent ourselves on social media will matter more to employers than the way we represent ourselves on other tools such as our resumes. Unfortunately, it is the citizens in this country that are putting the power into the hands of the government to take away our privacy. However, I feel like there are situations where people shouldn’t be allowed privacy. For instance, I believe that people on food stamps and welfare should give detailed reports of what they spend the money on. However, when it comes to our twitters, instagrams, facebooks and pinterests, I believe that what we do should be private if we want it to be. There is an option to keep your profiles public, but if chosen to be private, it should stay private. There shouldn’t be a bunch of loopholes for the government and employers to be able to get around if they want to creep on our information.
Nov. 19: Discuss our guest speaker, Bryce Young, a director in Kansas City’s independent film community. What insights did you find in regards to information management?
There were several interesting things that I took away from Bryce Young’s visit. One thing that I found extremely interesting is the fact that he has success even though he did not attend college. Unfortunately, I do believe that the value of education is decreasing. I know he was all like “stay in school” but honestly, it seems like a college education isn’t as big of a deal anymore. This is good for the people who can’t afford college, but it’s not good for those of us who are paying to be here. I feel like if I was in film school at KU, which I’m not, but that my talent should be looked at before someone who didn’t attend college. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Another thing that I took away from the visit was interesting information about reality television shows. I raised my hand to talk about my experience at Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” show, but it was interesting to hear about his experience with MTV’s “Teen Mom”. It’s crazy how all these television shows make so much money yet so much of it is fake and scripted out. I guess something I can take out of this in regards to information management is that not all information management is good information management. For instance, how the episode he talked about of Teen Mom where they used only bad footage to make the dad out to seem like a bad guy. That is definitely not good information management because it’s picking and choosing what to use in order to create a false image! But, in regards to his own film making, I really enjoyed watching one of his episodes, it was really good and he is a great film maker!
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