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Am I Enjoying Blogging?

I have left this blog for some time (almost one year) and I was trying to persuade myself that I do not need to write these things after a exhausting working day. Today, I accidentally opened my blog, and I have to say that I did not think for even one second before I started writing on this page. I guess I am really enjoying blogging. I am saying this because I tested myself and I did not pass the test, precisely speaking. Reasons enjoying blogging?

1. Always, always help me organize my thinking and reflect my whole day.

2. An amazing chance to expose myself and my thinking to the whole cyber world

3. No kidding, No bullshit and seriously, I am writing for myself.

I hope I can share more when I am blogging and maybe this is a better record for my daughter to know about me when she can read.

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Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Lifestyle, Uncategorized


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RT @judithdyck58: Kadushin’s world has

RT @judithdyck58: Kadushin’s world has an index. Small groups, small worlds, small mercies. @KateInAlberta #COMM506

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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Uncategorized


What is Changed by Social Media?


The readings for these two days touch a common topic that how people integrate internet, web and social media in their personal life. One point of view is that people’s life is completely changed, while the other insists that nothing has been changed.

Frankly speaking, I did not feel the “change” as strongly as many people do. One reason, probably is that I grow up with the development of the web and social media, and I take it for granted. The other reason is related to the feature of my community. Chinese community is a very dense community, and the characteristic of it is not the “cluster model” as our textbook describes: with many “holes” and “weak ties”. On the contrast, it is a “network model”, where the people are linked and connected through their won social networks. It is similar to the current situation of the social media, through which people can always find “friend’s friends”.

However, at the same time, I have to admit that social media do speed up these connections and spread the connections across geographic barriers.

In our textbook, one point was emphasized repeatedly that the social networks and the seminaries among the nods inside the social networks are inter-dependent and inter-influential: the more similar the nods are, the more possible that they are in the same social network, and vise visa.  The social media, though, realize one amazing thing that the nods with different interests, purposes and background can co-exist in the same social network harmoniously. I think this is a crucial change that people can share, cooperate and collaborate even though they do not have “the same feather”.


Western Community…Asian Community…? Really?


In today’s reading, two concepts which were brought up: Western community which emphasize individualism, and Asian/traditional community which emphasize interdependency. Given the context that we were talking about the psychological foundation of the social networks, many in-depth discussions were conducting on the class. However, I do need time to figure out whether the differences between these named communities result from the psychological foundation.

In my opinion, the psychological foundations for the social networks (communities), no matter western or Asian, are the same: the desire of connecting and the need to keep oneself safety. The most convenient way to realize it is to interdepend. The value of “independence” and “individualism” emphasized by the western community were not embedded in the western society when its social networks came into being. I do not think that any social networks or community can survive without interdependency.

It is true that there are differences between the western community and Asian communities, however, it will be a rush judgement if we say that the differences between them result from the different psychological foundation. I think it would be more rational to me that the differences result from the different approaches or characteristics of the historical development when the social networks were formed.

Asian communities come from a typical agricultural culture. During its development, people settle down wherever there is fertile land. Few people will travel around because they have nothing to live on when they lost their land. Land, as we all know, is fixed asset, which cannot be moved. Therefore, people live in the same place generation after generation as long as their land can meet their basic needs. Around the fertile land, people get together and begin forming the social networks. These social networks will be comparatively fixed, too.  Under this circumstance, people will tend to collaborate with each other and depend on each other. They collaborate because one’s help for the others will be rewarded, in some way, in the future; they depend on each other because they realize the fact that if they are going to live together in the same social network for a long time, people have to be dependable. If one person is not reliable, he will not be accepted as a member of the network, which conflicts one’s nature of pursue safety sense.

On the contrast, western social networks came into being on the basis of changing and travelling. Sometimes the western culture is called “sea culture” because of its origin: Greek culture, which is a typical culture values adventure and reason. If one traces the early Greek literature, he will find that most of them, if not all of them, are about adventures. No one who depends on the others during the adventure will be praised, and sometimes, the fact is that the travellers do not have anyone to depend on. The value of reason results to thinking independently, and draw one’s conclusion regardless of the other’s bias. As Dante says, “Follow your own course, and let people talk.”

I know that my interpretation on this topic is very limited, but I do believe that the psychological foundations for today’s social media networks are the same, otherwise, it will not be a social network across the internet.