Week 10: Who are you dating online?

Have you ever tried online dating? Including platforms such as Tinder, Bumble, Happn or OkCupid. Don’t lie… Studies show that 10% of the Australian population used the Tinder service in 2014!

With an explosion of the online dating realm worldwide, the public has become increasingly aware of the authenticity of persona’s on the internet, where anonymity in the online space has allowed individuals to present themselves differently to how they are truly represented (Moore, C 2016).

We are constantly forced to create profiles and logins for each service we use, allowing us to enhance our personality, looks and qualifications to impress other nodes in the network (both human and non-human). The ability to ‘put on a mask’ and adopt a different role in society has become a craze, in which consumers who utilise online dating services and deem themselves unattractive are more likely to enhance their profile photographs and lie about their physical descriptors (height, weight, age). Below I have created a step by step guide to creating your own fake profile:

Steps to Create a Fake Profile

Similar to bots, the anonymity of online dating services as an intercommunication tool has brought much benefit, including protecting user privacy and free speech, it also poses considerable security threats to online activities. Upon further research I discovered the “FaceTrust” platform, which uses social tagging to obtain credibility of online persona’s.

Are you questioning your online relationship now?

Week 9: Journey as a Journalist

Today, I have the inevitable task of scrolling through my social media feed to discover something travel related, leaving me wanderlust and wondering which location I plan to visit next…

Tourism Journalism: The new way to collect, disseminate and analyse all things TRAVEL to the general public by means of the internet. Oh, did I mention you can TRAVEL?

Not only has citizen journalism been a transformational shift for news reporters (more specifically significant world events), it has been momentous for the travel and tourism industry, where social media participation is critical for tourism businesses in becoming the primary way to connect with today’s customers. Travel journalists utilize platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and travel blogs to distribute content on a regular basis to a wide audience (collective intelligence), overall reducing high cost of entry, high risk and a quality filter.

What this has created is a participatory culture, where tourism journalists can offer suggestions based on prior experience, whilst receiving feedback and overall enhancing a tourist’s travel experience – by making travel planning and budgeting much easier. Previously formed on a basis of ‘traditional journalism’,the control has now shifted from a centralised and institutional media approach (Travel Agents) to one that is much more diverse, allowing for a wide variety of content, from a extensive list of locations, by a multiplicity of individuals.

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As feared by Jurrat (2011), professionalism has been undermined in the new realm of citizen journalism, where too much importance is placed on personal accounts and likability. This is exemplified by an LA tourist posing for a picture in a ‘hipster hang-out’ location in front of a homeless man.