Sunday, October 9, 2011

EDUC 578 Post #5-Visitor or Resident?

'Sand Footprint Texture' photo (c) 2009, Lars Christopher  N√łttaasen - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/I think that the idea of visitor/resident is a much better way of conceptualizing internet usage than the native/immigrant approach.  I think that as of now, I am more of a visitor than a resident, but am slowly becoming more of a resident as I blog/tweet/bookmark for this class.  I am constantly online somehow, whether on my computer or my phone, but usually in a visitor capacity.  Google is my best friend sometimes when I need information, I pay my bills online (most of them), do banking, read the news, check email, facebook, etc.  However, I feel like even before this class I was also partly a resident because I have a facebook account.  I use it as personal social networking with friends/family and I participate in it daily, by posting my own status updates and pictures, and by connecting with others by commenting, "like"ing, and sending messages.  I also used to have a myspace account in which I would do the same thing.  Now I would say I'm on my way to becoming a resident professionally by blogging, tweeting, and bookmarking.  I feel like I have a ways to go before I'm a total resident because I think I still approach some of these sites with the mindset of a visitor, but more and more I'm investing myself in it and trying to leave my digital footprint out there for everyone to see.

4 comments:

  1. I am in the same boat. I do feel like I have a long ways to go before being a resident.

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  2. I am 100% feeling the same way as you. I am going to try my best to become a resident but its very hard!

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  3. I liked your juxtaposition of visitor/resident vs. immigrant/native. The immigrant/native approach boxes those of us who were not born with an iPad in hand into a non-native status while the visitor/resident approach grants a status transition to those who desire to make the leap.

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  4. I definitely agree with your last sentence because I feel that I still am afraid to leave that comment or tweet to a complete stranger!! It's different on facebook or here on our classmates blogs because we know one another!!! Leaving that footprint somewhere on a strangers page is kind of intimidating!!!

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