I just got back from the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah. I had a great time viewing independent films- as well as taking pictures of good looking actors (like Kevin Bacon). I took a screenwriting class from UCLA in 2003, and have been working on a screenplay since. I am hoping to complete it this year (2007).
This was my first time using Flickr. I found it easy to use. Usually I use IPhoto on my MAC, but it's nice to have a 'library' online as well. While I would prefer to physically show off my photo albums, life gets busy and it's more convenient to view photos online.
It appears that the existing folksonomies connect online users on a whole new level.
"the social aspects and implications of these community-created systems are also of great significance and deserve exploration." (Sturtz, Communal Categorization:The Folksonomy, p. 8).
I welcome this type of online intimacy and community.
However, Gurak warns us, "The community and intimacy that the internet inspires can create an erroneous trust in any new virtual friends we may have made" (Gurak, Cyberliteracy, p. 39).
I have always understood that my anonymity and vulnerability is at risk every time I log on to the internet. After so many news stories of identity theft, online predators, and endless hacking, one would assume that online users are also aware of the dangers of the internet.
I believe The Folksonomies and Web 2.0 are proof that there is a new confidence in online users. Not only are we able to learn upgraded applications, we are also open to the
recent â€œdemocratic approachâ€? that â€œavoids many of the ethical and political concerns of top-down, centrally imposed systems.â€? (Sturtz, Communal Categorization:The Folksonomy, p. 4). We are becoming a collective online society.