Social networking sites leave opportunities for vulnerability, however, I don’t believe many youths are an easy target. Using ethos, pathos and logos individuals can create their own reality to relate to the internet world who they think are and how they wish to be seen. In mediated publics such as Facebook and Instagram, the user has complete control of his or her profile and is the only one who can allow content about his/herself to be shared. It is my personal belief that as technology has evolved many people have taken to fabricating some truths here and there and omitting details to give an ideal representation of who they are without incriminating themselves or leaving themselves vulnerable for mistreatment. The fantasy of what is or could be is more desirable than reality. In the past few years, privacy settings have been adapted to cover the growing technological advances to keep users safe from online predators.
In the beginning, Facebook was a free for all. It is my impression that everyone was so excited about this new mediated public and therefore wanted to use the application to its fullest, trying out every function it offered. My younger brother, unripe and fresh out of high school did not know the repercussions of his publications as most people didn’t really think about it. It wasn’t until a very incriminating photo was posted by his now ex-girlfriend, of Rob, smiling in a tree, that he thought twice about what he shared online. The photo was so big you had to scroll down to see the whole image. He was actually climbing a tree with his pants down around his ankles. The photo was taken from ground level, and in fact he was very high up. He bent slightly forward holding on to the sturdy trunk to steady himself with his rear end facing out over the lush green branches, and proceeded to do what animals do. Do bears shit in the woods? I think so and apparently so does my brother, except he takes it up notch. Let’s analyze this.
Ethos. Does Rob appear trustworthy or credible? No matter who the subject is in this picture the action he is demonstrating communicates many things, depending on the mindset of the viewer. My mother was horrified and refused to talk to him for weeks. She was so embarrassed that people would know through the common friends both shared on Facebook that she raised this animal. I must say that if I was a survivalist, I would be amused and intrigued as to the circumstances that surrounded this photo. Was he being chased by a ferocious animal or was he simply behaving as the alpha male and claiming his territory warding off all bears and creatures alike? I might see him as a credible source when it comes to survival tactics and store him as a contact for future wilderness expertise questions.
One is sure to ask, what is the logic or logos of this photo? Rob and I grew up climbing trees and building forts. In fact, when we were 6 and 8 years old respectively we had a fort that was composed of an...