My Facebook Profile Profile

My social media presence is very lackluster. The only form of social media that I currently use is Facebook. I began using Facebook in 2009, during the formative years of the site. I made the account due to peer pressure – it was the most popular form of communication among teenagers and my crush was an avid user. Also, as someone with had a highly limited texting plan, I thought it was a no-brainer. However, then and now, I only use it as a way to communicate with friends who I no longer see on day-to-day basis.

I rarely make statuses or say what’s is really on my mind, except if the Philadelphia Eagles are playing. When the Eagles are playing, I will not filter my opinions on the game. My statuses on the Eagles range from pleased with their play, or pissed because they aren’t listening to what I say (but what do I know, I suppose). Aside from the Eagles games, there have been times in which I have felt like voicing my ideas pertaining to something I watched, read,3 or learned, and Facebook was an option to let friends know what I was thinking.  However, I refrain from making these statuses. I don’t feel like Facebook is the right medium in which I want to present my ideas, probably because I would rather talk to someone in person about. Posting ideas has a way of undermining those ideas, due to the swarm of apathetic viewers.

If I had to compare my social media presence to my real-life presence, I’d say they are fairly similar in that they are both fairly reserved. I don’t typically voice my thoughts to too many people in life or on Facebook. I don’t take too many pictures in person, nor do I post pictures on Facebook. There is not much to my Facebook. Due to the fact that information is out to the public, I do restrict who sees what is posted on my profile. I don’t want people such as family and family friends to see everything I do. However, this is not the reason why I am not an avid user. I guess Facebook doesn’t do it for me in terms of a medium to talk about issues, other than the Eagles games.

Summarizing “The Shadow Scholar”

Ed Dante presents an interesting phenomenon that occurs on college campuses in his article, “The Shadow Scholar”. In this article, he explains his role in the underground business of writing other student’s papers in exchange for a money. This business is interesting, as it mainly caters to ESL students and lazy rich students, many of whom are in graduate school, yet have little mastery of the english language. It is quite surprising that this type of cheating goes unnoticed – Dante explains that none of his customers have reported getting caught. When Dante was in college, he aspired to be a writer, however, countless times he was discouraged. Through this business, he became a writer with a solid salary, although not in the way he had expected, because he finds himself monotonously working on papers with little enthusiasm – only vigilence. His services have helped many students graduate, which seems to be the only satisfaction he recieves from his work, indicated by his satirical tone and mockery of the education system throughout the article.