Kelsey Knepper
Missy Brehm

Character is defined differently by all types of people. Character reflects your personality and can be determined by your beliefs, culture and ethics. Everyone has different form of character mainly because everyone is different. 

Journal Blog #6-TIME Magazine

Admit it, you have a picture on Facebook, Instagram or even Twitter that probably shouldn’t be up. Maybe it’s of you having TOO much fun on Spring break, or a picture of you enjoying your first legal drink as a 21 year old. I will admit to having pictures that I am tagged in that would probably make my mother cringe if she saw them. So why not take them off? Simply because “It won’t happen to me” right? Future employers won’t go digging through the internet and creepin’ through my Facebook. WRONG. Everything you post on the internet CAN and WILL haunt you some day.
                In the article the The Deep Web, by Lev Grossman and Jay Newton-Small, they discuss how the internet has evolved to a private, anonymous network built by the government to a haven for drugs, stolen identities, pornography and much more. The article continues to focus on a specific story about a man named Ross Ulbricht who was the owner and administrator of “Silk Road”, an online bazaar where people mainly bought drugs and fake ID’s.
                The article then goes on to explain how once something, such as pictures and credit card numbers are posted on the internet, there are ways to trace and find that information. Therefore, potentially giving millions of hackers access to important information that has significant meaning.
                I feel that is is important for us as college students to remember that every time we buy something on the internet, or even fill out online applications for jobs.  Once you post something, it never goes away and there will always be someone who can trace it back to you.
                Moral of the story: think before you post. Are those Spring break pictures really necessary?

Grossman, Lev, and Jay Newton-Small. “The Deep Web.” TIME. 11th Nov 2013: 28-33. Print.

Journal #5

Ibanez, S. (2012). An Identity Journal From First Life to Second. Journal of virtual Worlds Research. 5(1), 1-13.

This article discusses the controversy over people creating online avatars as a way to communicate and potentially alter their identity over the internet. The whole time I was reading this I couldn’t help but think back (wayyyy back) to the times where I used to play SIMS. I will admit, I literally had every version of it. SIMS Vacation, SIMS Pets, SIMS Makin’ Magic you name it… Yes, I did create the SIM version of myself, but also created a lot of other characters too!
            The author addresses her concern for people who play these online games and alter their online identity to be someone they aren’t.  Altering your identity through games over the internet can be a potentially bad thing, if done for negative reasons. Like I said before, when I played SIMS I created different characters, both female and male. However, I didn’t create one sex over the over because I felt as though I would get “assaulted” or because I felt that one gender was superior to the other. No, I just created characters for the hell of it. However, people use these online websites such as Second Life to create avatars to feel better about their selves because they are unhappy with their real identity. This is not okay.
            People should avoid using certain games to “escape” from the real world because they are unhappy with it. The only reason why people should play these games is because they actually enjoy them. People who struggle with their real identity should avoid these games because creating an avatar of someone you wish you were, wont actual change you into that person. Yet, I also understand that struggling and accepting your true identity can be hard at times, but escaping to a virtual world won’t solve anything.
            Another aspect in this article that I found interesting was females creating male avatars to avoid being harassed. I am not a gamer, so I guess I don’t understand how or why girls are being harassed? (Gamer explain please?) J
            Overall, this article relates to class in many ways. In Managing Digital Identities we have discussed and defined our own identities. That corresponds with the internet aspect and virtual world topics we have discussed as well. I have nothing against people who play these games, if they do it out of fun and entertainment and not because they are trying to escape their true identity. 



Ibanez, S. An identity journey from first life to second. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, V. 5 No. 1,1-16

I find the concept of Second Life to be extremely interesting, with both pros and cons. I think this plays greatly into the idea of digital identities and how they are related to…

I agree with many of your cons about this game and concept of “avatars”. Yes, even though such games can take away certain communication skils, I don’t see anything wrong with playing SIMS or world of Warcraft for fun. Its when you use these games to avoid communication and create identities because you dont like your own is when it gets bad. 



Ibanez, S. (2012). An Identity Journal From First Life to Second. Journal of virtual Worlds Research. 5(1), 1-13.

This article was centered around an online community program called Second Life. Second Life is an online application that lets you customize an avatar, travel the world, make…

I agree with you, the whole time I was reading this all i kept thinking about was the game SIMS. I would spend hours on that game. However, like SIMS, people create different identities online. Even though SIMS cant interact with other SIMS (We cant understand their language), it is still fun to create characters and put them in a virtual world. I also like how you mentioned that people avoid creating themselves as avatars because they are afraid they wont be accepted in the avatar world which is sad and ridiculous. People need to embrace who they are, even if it is hard at first!



Jake Steward

Blog assignment #4

Ha, L. & Yartey, F.N.A. (2013). Like, Share, Recommend: Smartphones as a Self-Broadcast and Self-Promotion Medium of College Students. International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction. 9(4), 20-40.

This article is about the use of smart phones for…

I agree! I once had just a regular mobile phone, and everytime i upgraded to a more advanced smartphone, my dependence on it increased. Like you, I use my smart phone for a lot of different things. Whether it be to play games, text, surf the web, and of course check my Twitter and Facebook feeds. As college students, we definitely rely on our phone now more than we used to as younger teenagers. However, communication has become less personal with texting, it has also become more convenient to communicate. Sadly, i rarely make real phone calls that last over 15 mins. Just goes to show how times have changed i guess. 

Journal #4

If I could only bring one thing to a deserted island, it would probably be my cell phone. In this article, the authors discuss the influence cell phones have on our own self-broadcasting. Certain theories focusing on motivation and network externalities are highlighted throughout the article compare the types of communication college students, like myself, utilize today.
            One thing that I found very interesting was that Hilary Clinton, a well-known political figure, received news of Gaddafi’s capture VIA TEXT MESSAGE. Can I get a LOL?! This is an example of just how much communication has changed and altered since the use of smartphones. The article states that cell phones give us quick access to family, friends and co-workers, while making communication more convenient at the same time. This statement is definitely true. As a 20 year old college student I have become so accustomed to the convenience of my cell phone being able to perform tasks and inform me as well with information that I need to know. I can’t tell you how many times I have used the internet on my smart phone to look up numbers, business hours, and so much more. Even though it is a literally embarrassing, I will admit that I would be completely lost without my smartphone.
            According to the article, “Research suggests social network cites are among the top destinations for mobile phone users.” I couldn’t agree more. I use my phone more to connect to friends via Twitter and Facebook more than I actually do to make legit phone calls…welcome to 2014 I guess?  That brings us to the term “self-broadcast.” How much are you broadcasting yourself? Are there limits to self-broadcasting? Personally, I feel as though there is such a thing as too much self-broadcasting which could in turn be a bad thing too.
            Yes, it’s interesting to see where your friends “check in” on Facebook, and always a little entertaining browsing through Facebook albums. However, some over-do the sharing.

Oh, you woke up late and your car wouldn’t start? Sorry to hear that. Wait, your cat puked on you too? Didn’t need to know that…

            It’s true. We all have over-shared sometimes on our social network sites, but we also need to be careful too. This relates to the class discussion we had today about professionals using certain network sites to state their opinions and feelings. Bashing someone, especially another employee, boss or company is over-stepping sharing, and is VERY unprofessional. Those individuals should accept their consequences after making a bad decision.

Oh, you hate your job and your boss is an idiot? I’d rather hear about your cat if I have to instead.

Yartey, Franklin N., and Louisa Ha. “Like, Share, Recommend: Smartphones as a Self-Broadcast and Self-Promotion Medium of College Students.” International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction (2013): 20-36. Web. 3 Mar. 2014.



I really enjoyed reading this article. Its relevance to me is the fact that nearly the whole article is referring to people within my generation. I think that it does a phenomenal job of portraying the impact that the technological advances we are making in the world are controlling everything in…

Found your post to be very entertaining and well written! I can connect with you completely when you mentioned your past MySpace addiction and concentrating on your profile picture, background and song on your page…brings back the good ole days! I also liked how you mentioned in the end of your blog how it can be annoying when people post too much to their twitter or facebook. I also find it a tad annoying but like you i have been guilty of it as well! It is so crazy to think how much smart phones have changed our generation.Wonder what the future holds ahead for ways of communication! 



Jung, E. & Hecht, M.L (2004). Elaborating the Communication Theory of Identity: Identity Gaps and Communication Outcomes. Communication Quarterly. Vol 52, No 3, p. 265-283.

This article was interesting to me because of my fascination with the different ways in which people define themselves….

I would like to start out by saying I also found this article to be a dry read…hahaha BUT they did make some major points on how people define their selves and create their own identity. I agree, that it was fun to watch everyone’s videos and listen to their own definition of identity. I liked that you pointed out that you don’t want to be defined by the context of another person. We are all so much more than just students, girlfriends, friends and siblings. I agree with you when you say that you want to define your own self, and not others define you! 



Hecht, M. L., Collier, M. J., & Ribeau, S. A, (1993). African American communication: Ethnic identity and cultural interpretation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Jang, S. J., & Johnson, B. R. (2003). Strain, negative emotions, and deviant coping among African Americans: A test of General Strain…

Missy, I too, thought it was fun to get to hear and see everyone’s video and own personal definition of “Identity”. Yours especially! You come off as such a funny, and friendly person so when you presented us your “Identity” I was taken back, but in a good way! :) We got to see the other serious side of you, which was very interesting and insightful. How we communicate with others, respond and react definitely gives others an inside peak at our home-lives, beliefs and overall character.