521 Unit 2 – Activity 2 Map your use of technology as it pertains to the resident-visitor typology



I am still processing so much and trying to make sense of the excellently curated readings for unit two. After looking at my map, I tried to make sense of it and what it meant to me. The three spaces I spend a lot of time in that are represented on my map are Teams, Instagram and Google Docs. Teams is a messaging app, and a workspace for real-time coaction and communication via video, teams and chat functions for meetings and lessons. Instagram is a photo-sharing app which lets users apply filters to photos and share them with friends, family and followers. Users can also link their accounts to other social media networks. Lastly, Google Docs, is a potent, living collaborative tool that can be used to edit text. More than one person can edit the text while seeing others’ edits simultaneously. 

My perception and understanding of what social media is has altered through engaging with the resources from unit two.  I had never thought of Google Docs as social media or considered that once you add a user to a Google Doc, it becomes a community. Then I reflected on one of the first readings by Danah Boyd who used the term “networked publics” and spoke of these publics being restructured by networked technologies (Boyd. 2010).  Boyd also talked about the evolution of publics and spoke of print media, broadcast media and social media. My takeaway from this was that I need to think a little bigger and be vigilant to evaluate what these technologies do, how I use them and consider them in a different light and not let their ubiquitous nature exempt them from my scrutiny. 

Looking at my map, I am struck by three things:  First, that a lot of my time is spent in both the resident area for work as well in the visitor area. Second, I like to keep my personal and organization spheres separate and thirdly, the absence of Facebook. When reading about Boyd’s work, I reflected on the “blurring of public and private. Without control over context, public and private become meaningless binaries [that] are scaled in new ways, and are difficult to maintain as distinct”(Boyd 2010). When Facebook started to move north and south on the personal and organizational continuum of my life, I decided to remove this public space from my life. Although sometimes I regret not having this space to reach out to students, I have been able to find new platforms to advance my goals as an educator but not give up my privacy. 

Finally, I am curious and intrigued to explore more about Wikipedia as a public network. Although I do not rely heavily on this site, and had never thought of it as a community, I am interested in the idea of its illegitimacy in an institutional context and how Dave White termed it a “ Learning Black Market”(White. 2013).


Boyd, D., (2010). Social Network Sites as Networked Publics: Affordances, Dynamics, and  Implications. “In Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites.  (ed. Zizi Papacharissi), pp. 39-58.

White, D., (Sept. 13, 2013). Just the Mapping [Video] Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSK1Iw1XtwQ

4 thoughts on “521 Unit 2 – Activity 2 Map your use of technology as it pertains to the resident-visitor typology

  1. What a beautiful and unique map style, Sam! I really like the personal connection you made to Boyd’s work as well as your ability to weave word pictures. “When Facebook started to move north and south on the personal and organizational continuum of my life” is a brilliantly crafted image that illustrates what many of us feel or fear about personal exposure online.

    Do you feel that there are specific features in Facebook that contribute to this evolution, perhaps cycles that all social media platforms move through, stages of life for users, or some combination of factors that lead to this?

    1. Alisha, thank you for taking the time to read my post. Your question is an excellent one. I really had to reflect on this before replying. I do think that social media platforms that require users to reside more in the resident sphere tend to have definite cycles that they move through but it would be too difficult for me to summarize them all. As for stages of life for users, that would be an excellent study. I could only answer for myself. You have me posing lots of questions to myself as well as speculating how to find the answers. Thank you Alisha!

  2. Hi Sam! I enjoyed your post.

    Specifically, I am intrigued about your comments on Wikipedia being a public network. Now that you have said it, of course it is! However my brain has never considered it to be one.

    I also find your comment about its illegitimacy interesting. 10+ years ago, I remember using Wikipedia as a source or defense in a more scholarly argument was considered a major faux pas. Recently, my daughter who is in the 11th grade has been encouraged to leverage Wikipedia as a viable study option. While I am confident this will not be the guidance at RRU, I think it will increase in its popularity among our younger learners.

    1. Haha! I completely relate to that Paula. It is so true. I am not sure if I think it is illegitimate but the lecture about it being part of the black market of online resources and how people use it but don’t admit to it, was fascinating. I think perhaps it’s image or legitimacy is changing. The fact that your 11th grade daughter was encouraged to leverage it demonstrates that attitudes are changing. If I ask Google or Siri something and they take me to Wiki, I will definitely use it.

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