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Identity

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.  ~Judy Garland

Today in my pop culture class we were discussing identity, in relation to sex and gender. This is really an interesting class to be in and I have a good time listening to what everyone has to say. One thing that was discussed was how from the minute you are born you are either “pink” or “blue”, when you are small you play with tiny kitchen sets and vanities, or toy trucks and cop cars, and it just goes on and on forever. From the very beginning a lot is decided for you, just based on gender alone.

It kind of got me thinking about who I am, really. Like deep down, underneath whatever predetermined likes and dislikes I have. What would I like if no one were telling me what to like? Not that there is actually someone sitting around telling me, but think about the constant influences we have from the media, friends, family and so on. Would I still do what I do, watch what I watch, and wear what I wear without it?

In a way I think, of course I wouldn’t, because without “pop culture” and the mass media telling us what’s popular, the majority of people wouldn’t be the same. But I think I’m individualistic enough that I pretty much stick to what I truly prefer. At the same time I do take into account what people think more than I probably should, even if I hide it.

I do feel like when it comes down to it though, I know who I am. I’m a girl who loves old, ridiculously romantic movies, reading good novels that make me laugh or cry, lounging around in sweat pants with my boy and my dog, getting dressed up anytime I have an excuse, laughing at anything and everything, eating delicious food, listening to music of all kinds, shopping for whatever I can possibly think of, writing down my thoughts, the occasional glass of wine, checking people.com, twitter and Facebook obsessively, and spending time with my wonderful friends and family. I know I have very clearly defined morals and stances on the things that matter to me, and I will defend them to the end.  I know I like to observe a situation and take it all in before jumping in, instead of immediately dominating a situation, which may come off as reserved but works best for me. I know I may not be anywhere near perfect, but after 25 years of living I’ve figured out how to be the best version of myself that I can be. So I guess that’s all I really need.

I’ll end this with Lady Gaga’s video for “Just Dance”. Seriously one of the most fun songs around, and it always makes me happy! And she clearly doesn’t need anyone telling her who she is, haha. Love her!


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Learning to love my social media!

So, I’m really starting to get into this whole social media thing. Twitter is seriously addicting. I find that if I go a couple of hours without checking it I start to get a little antsy! I can’t believe how much I am learning in my social media class, and how useful it all is! In class this past week we learned how to create a social networking site on-line, and it is so much easier than I would have imagined. I’m so happy that I’m in this class learning so much valuable information that will be so helpful for when I am out there job hunting. And the fact that I get to be in a career field that uses all of these means of communication and promotion is so exciting! I think it’s all so much fun and I can’t wait to learn more.

In class on Thursday our professor announced that a PR firm in Tulsa is actually hiring someone to be in charge of their social media. What an awesome job that would be! I wish I was out of school so I could apply.  Of course I don’t think I’m quite experienced enough, but hopefully by the end of the semester I will be!

It really looks like this is the way business is headed. I’ve been telling my mom she needs to join Twitter and get her own Web site for her new business. Luckily, I can help her do it now! I’m pretty sure before too long businesses that don’t have a presence on the Internet will be far behind their competition. It’s already somewhat the case, because personally if I am searching for a particular type of business on the Internet, I will always choose the one with a site over the other, just because it’s so much more convenient!

Anyhow, I believe that’s all for now….I need to go check out Twitter!

Celeste


Social Media is taking over my life!

We had a guest speaker today in Social Media class who is a recent OSU grad, and she was speaking to us about the importance of social media in her job, and really in all jobs that any of us PR grads will be working in within the next few years . It really is unreal to me how important it is becoming to be up to date with all of the new technologies and methods of communication that are out there. Every day that I leave class I feel a little overwhelmed by it all, and by how little I know about it. However, I feel like I have such an advantage to be in this class.  So many people out there have no idea about Twitter (I really didn’t just a few weeks ago), or how to create a blog. And hopefully by the time I complete the class I will be comfortable with all of it and a bit ahead of the competition!

I have noticed one thing about all of the new sites I have joined: they are seriously consuming my life! It is so addicting to browse through peoples blogs or search on Twitter or any other sites that we are on. I have to remind myself to take a break from it all to accomplish things for my other classes, because once I am on my laptop, I’m basically on for the next few hours. So I think the important thing for me personally to realize is that although I need to become very comfortable using all of these things, I have other things to focus on as well! It’s just that a whole new world has been opened up to me, and I’m fascinated by it all. Speaking of that, I have some Spanish homework that I need to get to…

Celeste