Digital Autobiography

 

Firsts of the Internet

The firsts of the internet are often embarrassing as they were when you are young. You do weird things with seemingly no explanation or you say things that are just childish.  Below are some of my internet next firsts which are both embarrassing photos, weird posts, and my first dabbles in photography. The great part about being young is that you are creative and fearless. Below are a series of internet firsts where you will see a little bit of everything I just mentioned.

 

 First Facebook Profile Picture

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This photo is pretty embarrassing, I don’t know what I was trying to achieve but it’s comical looking back at it. I was 13 years old in this photo and it feels like it was yesterday.There are a ton of weird pictures on my Facebook that I probably need to delete.

First Facebook Post

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These weren’t my first posts but they are the first ones that had some sort of content to them, even though clearly nobody cared. Since posting these, nearly 8 years ago, my grammar and punctuation has improved. I guess going through high school really did educate me…

First Instagram Post

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One of my recent internet firsts, this Instagram photo was taken about two years ago during my first semester at Oakland University. It’s a pretty accurate depiction of what I look like now. It’s also a lot more mature of a first post compared to the previous.

Most Recent Facebook Post

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My most recent Facebook post is somehow similar to my first Facebook post. They both are mention food in them. Other than that, they are complete opposites. In my first post I was years from working my first job. In this post I was well past my first job. However my weird side still exists. I’ve shared dozens of memes since this post but this is my most recent post that I actually created.

Most Recent Facebook Profile Picture

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My most recent Facebook profile picture is of me an my wonderful girlfriend Marisa. This particular picture was taken during Halloween night of last year. I was dressed up as Mac Demarco and she was dressed up as his girlfriend Kiki. I got some custom made shirts from an embroidery place in Rochester and made sure the font was the same as one of his record covers. Facebook is a social media page for sure but it’s also creating a timeline of the wonderful and not so wonderful events throughout ones life. I think 10 years from now it will be fascinating to look back on all these moments.

Etsy Shop

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Late last year I decided to do something I don’t do often. Take as risk, I opened up an Etsy shop selling vintage clothing that I gathered from thrift shops, garage sales and a variety of other places. After some trial and error, I started selling things. It’s more of a hobby than anything but it is certainly something that I plan on doing and maybe expanding more into. It’s part of my internet presence but it’s something that not everyone knows about me.

Most Viral Momentrocketleague

Sadly the video got deleted by it’s user but the Reddit Post still remains. Long story short, one of my roommates plays video games professionally. He was being interviewed and in the background I come into view of his webcam. Naturally I see myself on his desktop, stop for a second and wave. It was a good giggle and someone decided to post it on Reddit. I guess you can say that I am famous? Also on Reddit my name is 800wattmicrowave. My main cooking source when I lived in dorms during college. I guess I still do weird crap that I did when I was 13.

Facebook Group

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Probably one of the weirder things I am associated with on the internet is this Facebook group called Vaporwave Sadposting. Vaporwave is a aesthetically pleasing style that uses inspiration from 80’s and 90’s technology as well as a variety of other things. There is also a style of music that goes along with it that is quite relaxing. It starting in the 2010’s and is still going strong today.

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Here is an example of Vaporwave art. 

Steam, TeamSpeak3 and Battle.net

I am a pretty active online gamer and would consider it part of my digital self. I have met many great people through games on steam and battle.net and have been able to communicate with them regularly via TeamSpeak3. Some of these individuals I have met in person and others I plan on meeting. Although playing video games can be seen as a way to escape reality and everyday life, I have used it to gain real life friends that are just as quality as friends I met via normal means.

 

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Reflecting on racial and ethnic diversity

I have always had an open mind on racial and ethical differences, however after looking at the information presented by Poynter and the quizzes on race and ethnicity, my understanding of the two is lacking.

The fact that genes and “race” no relation to each other, no genes separate “races”, it got me thinking. Why even group the human race into different race if there is no real difference other than color? It’s a social construct.

Something that I found really interesting about race was that it has more to do with geography than anything else. Also that we have billions of ancestors, we just don’t know them because we cant trace back our family tree that far.

Being a history buff I was unaware that  Pocahontas, a Native American Princess, was seen as royalty to the English and it was controversial that a princess was marrying a commoner John Rolfe.

Something that I was already aware of was the fact that humans do not have much genetic variation. I was just unaware it was because of how “new” our species is in relation to other species.

Next time race gets brought up in a conversation I am going to tell whomever I am talking to about what I have learned from this assignment. Show them that “race” is a social construct that really has no logical or scientific backing.