Week 11: Concluding Post: A Reflection

Every week of COMM 2F00 discussed various variety of topics from a general discussion about participation online or specifically about some social media platforms. As a result, every week during the course highlighted new information about media literacy. There are three areas that stood out to me from all 11 weeks. Firstly, the idea of planned obsolescence becoming more and more common and the impact of electronic waste on the environment. The theory of light bulb conspiracy and companies like Apple using the phenomenon of planned obsolescence to attract more customers is something I never thought about. However, critical discussion about this topic has benefited me in that now I would try not to become a victim of planned obsolescence. Also, it is due to the obsolescence that a lot of e-waste is generated. After knowing the consequences, I would think twice before buying a new electronic product if my current device is functional and thereby contributing towards less troubles related to e-waste in third world countries. Also, from the Pinterest assignment I learned that the plugged-in chargers cause numerous consumption of energy and since then I have and will continue to unplug a charger if not in use.
Secondly, ability to relate my participation in the online world as a producer and consumer is another notable piece of information learned from this course. In the beginning weeks of COMM 2F00 we learned a lot about participation in the online world and how it is a cycle revolving between the consumption and production. I now think of my participation as something that may be somehow used by another consumer and vice versa. Therefore, in terms of contributing online via social media platforms, I will generate content that is more meaningful and can be of use to other users.
Thirdly, specific discussion on Facebook and its terms of use allowed me to re-think about my own Facebook account and the level of personal information I share on Facebook. I had always been an active Facebook user but never paid attention to their privacy policies. Gehn’s article proved to be very effective in bringing forth the argument about Facebook’s ‘hidden’ policies. I would now be careful before posting something on Facebook or Instagram knowing it will become a property of Facebook forever.
In conclusion, there is a lot of information taken away from this course in such a short time and the knowledge gained every week would be of use in my future, one way or the other.

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