Tinder: are we ready to swipe left to a new kind of dating?

cb1By Chelsea Bye

With the launch of Tinder in 2012 and many other similar dating sites before it, we have access to more people from around the world than ever before. In July 2014, after being accessible for only two years, Tinder had already reached more than 1 million Australian users suggesting that Australians are embracing new ways of making connections online; connections which aren’t defined by space and are accessible anytime, anyw here. But are we really finding love and lasting relationships online or is old fashioned dating the way to go?

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Motherhood in the digital age

24940-33247 - Claire Schafer - 27 April, 2015 1221 - Pintrest Mum MemeBy Claire Schafer

Being a mother (or parent in general, but I’m writing this from my motherly point of view today) in 2015 differs vastly from being a mother in the past yet we both strive to be the “modern mum”. We want our children to eat healthily; we buy all the modcon gadgets to make our lives easier. We make choices around schooling and social networks to create great environments for our children to learn, develop and explore. Yet there is one major difference that is changing how we fulfil all the dreams we have for our children and how we manage the stressors associated with being a “modern mum” – the internet.

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Who am I?

3707187124_8219128ee5_oBy Alexander Bowles

Who am I?

Imagine being someone else.

Imagine a world free of societal issues to do with someone’s identity.

This is the digital world.

Discovering someone’s identity is hard, especially when it is projected through words, letters and symbols on a screen. When Goffman (1959) wrote about the presentation of self and the performance given when interacting with another person, was he talking about this kind of presentation of self? I thought of this topic whilst playing online games with other people, specifically those games that fit within the genre of MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) that involve a great deal of socializing digitally. This made me think of how someone can become this identity. Baym (2010, p.105) says there is a separation between the physical body and the identity that is shown through the digital medium, that the digital world possesses the ability to create a separate identity. This is referred to as disembodied identity. When playing these sorts of games a different identity comes with the click of a button, with the opening of every window comes a different identity portrayed by the same person.

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The End of Online Piracy?

sh2By Sarah Hine

Regardless of the risks outweighing the benefit or how convenient it is to follow laws, there will always be people who choose to break laws set by governments for one reason or another. The internet is the biggest and greatest example of a tool that changed the face of crime and spawned many new issues of policy (Sellers-Saidi 2012: 1). What I’m talking about is the practice of illegal piracy. The Pirate Bay, Kickass Torrents, Torrentz, IsoHunt, EZTV; these are all online piracy sites, but never would anyone own up to having used them before – because they’re illegal. I’m sure people have watched the most recent episode of Game of Thrones (of which has been of significant importance recently), the latest season of The Walking Dead, or the new Fast and the Furious without having to actually pay for them because that’s where they’ve all come from; illegal pirating websites. Whether you were the instigator yourself who downloaded the torrent or you were just someone who had simply watched it, it’s all come from the same place and it’s still illegal.

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The Internet: Finally free to be who we are

bh2By Belinda Hancock

Writing this blog is a fantastic example of how the internet allows us to be our authentic self. I sit before you all behind this screen not afraid to express my beliefs, my personal opinion nor my feelings. I sit here free from worrying about criticism and have no fear of mocking or judging for I am anonymous, (to most). I sit here free from racism, sexism, ageism and all the other “isms” that stare me in the face every time I walk out my front door.

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Presenting Self Online

eb1By Emily Bordin

According to Goffman (1959), we present our self differently according to different social situations. When presenting our self on a social network we are able to be strategic in maintaining how people perceive our identity.

We maintain our identity and see other people through the online profiles we create. Photos are a good way of showing people on social media a visual representation of yourself. Photos are useful for this because we can use sign-equipment. We use sign-equipment, like actors use props, to exhibit forms of capital. A snap of our new car shows economic capital, a photo dressed up with your friends on a night out shows social capital. Posting photos with sign equipment is a good way to impress your online friends.

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The YouTube Effect

nw1By Natalie Williams

Zoella. Tanya Burr. Grace Helbig. Dan and Phil. Chances are if you don’t frequent YouTube, you won’t know who these people are. They are some of the most famous people on the internet and are taking over the world! After finding success online, the internet superstars are branching out and finding success offline. With subscriber numbers ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions and similar followings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, these stars have enormous reach and influence. Through the increase in popularity and their celebrity like status, ‘YouTubers’ or ‘Vloggers’ (as they are widely known) are engaging more with other forms of media (print, radio and television) as well as product development – thus blurring the lines between old and new media (Morris and Anderson, 2015).

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