Thursday, January 27, 2011

catfish final review

Matthew Schaffran
Catfish review
Are the people you know on facebook really who they say they are? If you said yes, ask yourself these questions. How many of those people do you really know?  Have you actually met all of them?  Or are they just people your friends said you should friend because you would like them?  What if one of them isn’t who they say they are?  How much do they know about you?  Where you live, where you go to school, where you work, your birthday, your significant other.  All of these and more can be acquired on facebook.  A uniquely twisted tale of love and betrayal, Catfish opens your eyes the dark side of social media and, in particular facebook.
            Catfish was produced in 2010 by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, two young aspiring film makers from New York City.  The two also filmed the movie.  The story centers on Ariel Schulman’s younger brother, Yaniv “Nev” Schulman, a young photographer that shares an office with Henry and Ariel.  As the film is a documentary all of the  people in it play as themselves.  However, the movie centers on Nev, Abby, an 8 year old painter, her mother Angela Wesselman, and Abby’s older sister Megan.  Basically, Nev takes a photograph that appears in a local newspaper.  Not long after that he gets a package from Abby, and her mother, who has turned his photo into a painting.  He begins to talk to Abby and her mother over facebook, and it is then that he meets and falls in love with Megan, Abby’s older sister.  As the movie progresses so does his relationship with this facebook community.
            After Nev has been a facebook friend with the family for several months he begins to fall in love with Megan, a 19 year old woman with a lot of different talents, from singing to horse riding.  She likes to sing and post her songs on facebook for her friends to hear.  Eventually Nev decides to visit the family in their Michigan home.  There he discovers some interesting facts that have never made it into the online relationship he has with the family.  These facts could affect his relationship in profound and unexpected ways.
            A big aspect in this movie is that it is completely centered around online relationships.  Nev is friends with, even loves, people that he has never met in real life but still thinks that he knows.  This type of relationship can be good or bad.  It is good in the sense that it allows people that are far away from each other to be able to communicate and have relationships that, without social media, would be impossible.  But it also allows people to be deceitful.  Anyone can log on and create a false account with fake information and photographs for the purpose of tricking or spying on other people.  This is doubly worrying when you think about how much information is made semi-public.  The friend or friend of a friend system allows a lot of people that you know, and some that you don’t know, or know only briefly, to access your information.  Such access could be used to blackmail people.
            All in all Catfish is an excellent documentary.  Its multi-faceted nature makes it so that many different age groups will be able to appreciate the film.  While it may be a little too advanced for younger views to follow, its content is still well rounded.  It has the intriguing plot needed to keep the attention of older viewers and enough surprise and suspense to entertain teens and young adults.  Its plot is an excellent example of everything that can go wrong with social media and the film brings to life some of the very concerns that critics of facebook like to talk about.  So while it is not the average 21st century movie Catfish is still an excellent film well worth the time of the viewer.

Friday, January 21, 2011

reflections On Catfish part 3

Catfish is a very interesting documentary. i don't think that what Angela did is right and all of the lies don't seem like the best way to go. but as a semi-accomplished lier (most people are) i can appreciate how hard it would have been to keep all of the lies straight. She must be a good lier.  I want to know more about Vince and if he knows now about the whole thing or if he still thinks that Nev is a customer. i also want to know why she did this in the first place. what makes a person want to impersonate her own daughter and create 15 different lives and then keep the all in the same mind. I'm surprised that she has not gone crazy.  it is easy to believe that Angela is crazy. and she might be there isn't enough info to figure it out.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Reflections on Catfish Part 2

I don't share there views about being nice and trying to ask gently and all that.  Angela has basically betrayed Nev by creating all of these people. people that don't even exist.  She seems to have a very strange imagination.  all of the different people would be had to keep straight.  i think Vince has to know about this whole thing because even if she could fool an 8 year old it would be infinitely more difficult to fool an adult.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

reflections on catfish

i don't think that i would like having my life put in a cameras as nevs has been.  it doesn't seem fair for any of the people involved to have their lives put in front of a camera. espesially if the Michigan family is a fake like they think it is.  that seems like it could be one of those life ruining embarisments

Friday, December 17, 2010

paper on social media

Matthew Schaffran
Technology Position Paper
            The use of social media has affected, and will continue to affect, how people live their lives.  Issues of privacy and ethics are put out for everyone to see.   The world of social media will change cultures, maybe even create new ones. 
            Privacy is one of the primary concerns of people who are not endured to the idea of social media.   The short answer is that the internet is anonymous.  However, with the number and size of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter on the rise, people cannot continue to function online anonymously, more security is needed.  This came in the form of the friend system.   The friend system allows you to regulate who sees your private information while still allowing some information to be completely public.  This public information can be as detailed or as broad as you want it to be.
            Cultures have been affected by social media as well.  The ability to see the smaller details of people lives on a regular basis allows people to have a more in depth understanding of how their friends and family members are doing.  For example, before social networking a person who wanted to hear about a friend’s vacation would have to wait until the friend returned before they could get the information they wanted, and even then the vacationer may have forgotten some of the smaller details.  But with social networks like facebook, the vacationer can go online and write about their vacation whenever they want to.  And their friends at home can also go online and read what they wrote.  The flow of information in the real world is aided by the fact that there is a virtual “world” where information can be placed where anyone can read, watch or experience it.
            Social media can, figuratively, bring the world together.  People who would normally be too far away from any important events to have a relevant impact on them can now make themselves heard.  People that were previously unable to interact with family and friends because of the distance between them can now simply log on to facebook or twitter to see and read about the lives of the people they care about, even if those people are half-way around the world. 
            In conclusion, social media is changing the world for good, in more ways than one.  The wellbeing of the world is bolstered by social media, and the world will never go back to its pre-social media state.  People are now too ingrained in social media to be pulled out of it without a massive uprising of angry people who have become attached to the social media way of life.  However, this attachment is not necessarily a bad thing, it allows people to connect and interact in ways that were not possible before social media and social networks.

"Protecting online privacy." New York Times 5 Dec. 2010: 7(L). Global Issues In Context. Web. 16 Dec. 2010.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

fired for blogging

when i read that people had been fired for blogging about there boss i was not suprised. even though a person can say and do what they want at home that doesn't allow anyone to publicly ridicule the people they work for. the people that talk about there bosses and coworkers on the internet need to remember that they arn't just talking to them selfs rhey are talking to the whole world. thery should also remember that laws about telling lies and publishing them still apply on the net as well.