Week 12: Community Guidelines

Since, the beginning I have wanted my website to be a place where my content and online persona would basically be very true to who I am in real life. I wanted it to be a place where I can post my writing stuff without judgment and without worry. That is also the type of community I want to create. The type of community that helps each other, gives advice, gives feedback, and is just a place to be your true inner self.

Over the past couple of weeks (more like months, but let’s go with weeks) I have been creating, developing, and improving my website and my content to fully show my online persona, both my website and my creator personas, as well as look further into my audience and other key aspects of my website. Thinking about all that made me realize that I should probably create some community guidelines and figure out ways to implement them as well (even if I don’t actually have a community).

Alright, let’s do this! First things first, the community guidelines for my website. Let’s get this thing started, the community guidelines for my website are basically like any other guidelines that people with any basic human decency already follow. These basic guidelines include the usual… 

  1. Treat others how you want to be treated (I know it is cliche, but it is important)
  2. Be respectful of other people and their opinions
  3. Communicate with kindness
  4. Be polite
  5. Do not post personal information
  6. Report anything that is rude, harmful, disrespectful, etc.
  7. Be mindful of your behaviour on the website and toward others
  8. Treat everyone equally
  9. Do not share other peoples’ stuff without their permission
  10. Remember to express yourselves (in ways that do not harm others)

I personally believe that the best way to implement these (extremely basic and common) guidelines would be to obviously set an example and follow them perfectly to the very last letter. Another way to implement them would be to keep an eye out to see how my (non-existent) community interacts on my website and take action accordingly if someone were to go against the community guidelines.

I guess those are my very simple community guidelines that should be extremely easy to follow! Always remember that this website was created by a weirdo (me), so that I could finally have a place to be free to post my type of writing content and I want to keep it that way!

Sign that says good vibes only

Week 11: Incorporating Transmedia

I believe it is important to incorporate and integrate transmedia into whatever you are posting and where ever you are posting stuff. This can be done over any different combinations of media whether that be video games, blog posts, movies, TV shows, radio, or advertisements.

The best way for a website owner like myself to incorporate transmedia would be to use different social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I plan to use social media platforms like the ones I just listed because I already know how to use them, I am familiar with working the platforms, and it would be fairly easy for me to establish an online presence as Midnight Stories and as AKC.

The most logical approach according to me for me would be to post mini segments of my posts to my social media platforms and link my website because that would give my audience a general feel of my content and if they are interested, then they could visit my website through the link in my profile. Another thing that I could do is ask my audience on those social media platforms what type of content they prefer me to post about as well as what they would like to see more on my website and maybe have some polls about what I should write about for my next post.

I would mainly focus on Instagram because more people use Instagram rather than FaceBook to get their information and inspiration as well as find accounts that contain stuff that they find interesting and endearing. The reason that Twitter would not be my main social media platform is because currently, it seems like Twitter is going through a rough patch and the focus is mostly on that rather than other things like stuff that is happening in the world.

In the end, I think Instagram would be my best bet to grow my audience as well as get my website and online persona out into the world, but the more the merrier, so I would also be posting on FaceBook and Twitter to get more traffic to my website.

Different app icons

Peer Review #3: Moda Web Design & Fashion Blog

Home page of Moda Web

Website link: https://brendanmckay.com/101blog/blog.html

Brendan’s website, Moda Web, is a blog about fashion and the fashion industry. The chosen audience is very specific and the website seems to be doing a great job catering to people who care about what is happening in the fashion and design world. Brendan’s blog contains posts about runway fashion shows, the creative minds behind haute couture, as well as new products in the fashion industry. They seem to have an eye for fashion and creativity because their blog has a very minimalistic look, but still somehow looks super neat and modern. The black and white look gives the website a contrasting but welcoming feel that I as the viewer very much like.

Brendan’s posts revolve around the world of fashion is very lucky for those certain people looking to keep up to date with all that is happening in the fashion industry. Since the blog is all about the fashion world, it would only make sense that Brendan’s targeted audience is people wanting to keep up with everything in fashion or people that are generally interested in fashion. 

The website definitely caters to its chosen and very specific demographic especially since in one of the posts it mentions the use of Google Analytics (which by the way is a great way to figure out who your audience is and how to engage more with them). If I were someone who wants to keep up with the world of the fashion industry and see what is happening around the world, Brendan’s website is definitely the place where I would look and depend upon to keep me up to date.

While going through the website and getting lost in all the posts about the fashion world, I found some ways that the website could be improved. Well, to begin with, it would be nice to have an accessibility feature so that everyone and anyone interested in fashion can access Brendan’s blog without difficulty or inconvenience. Another thing that would be nice to see would be a little bit more about the author in the “About” section of the blog because as of right now it only tells the audience about the website (which is absolutely fabulous), but it would be great to get to know a bit more about the genius behind the blog. 

Besides my minor suggestions, Moda Web is an absolutely amazing and fabulous place to visit and keep in mind if you want to stay up to date with the world of the fashion industry and everything fashionable. 

Week 10: Rabbit Holes

Rabbit holes, after rabbit holes, after rabbit holes, so many rabbit holes that I have no idea where I should begin. Everyone falls down a rabbit hole once or twice… or thrice (for some of us that is a daily occurrence). Rabbit holes sometimes seem like never-ending spirals that we sometimes fall down because we were looking for something specific and like five hours later, we realize we have no idea what we are doing and how we ended up in that position.

Rabbit holes are a blessing and a curse. Rabbit holes are a great way to keep up with modern trends, and get your name and online persona out into the world of the internet, also you can get inspiration for crafts and your own posts from the deepest parts of the internet. However, it is essential to not forget the best part of getting lost in rabbit holes which is that IT IS SO MUCH FUN!

Getting lost in rabbit holes is an absolute blast because, in the beginning, you are looking for a recipe on how to perfectly cook scrambled eggs and the next thing you know, you are trying to figure out why elephants are grey. I honestly love escaping into the depths of rabbit holes because it is so easy to get lost and learn new things, and my personal favourite reason would be that you get to kill some free time that you did not know what to spend doing.

However, every coin has two sides and the other side of rabbit holes is an absolute curse. I know I mentioned that I love wasting my time surfing the web for random nonsense as well as random knowledge, but that is also the disadvantage of rabbit holes. Rabbit holes are never ending spirals of articles after articles after articles. Most of the time I will have stuff to do and tasks to make off my checklist, but instead, I end up sitting on the couch and surfing the web for no reason and getting sucked into a rabbit hole that I would rather not escape.

No matter what you think of rabbit holes, they are a part of many peoples’ everyday lives and there is not much we can do. Sure we can limit our internet usage, but I would rather figure out the answers to random questions than get boring chores done. I guess that’s just my opinion!

Rabbit sitting on grass

Week 9: Google Analytics

Analytics services are such valuable tools for content creators. Google Analytics is a web analytics service that collects data from your website and provides the owner of the website with statics as well as helps them out with how to get more people to their website by providing the person with analytical tools. I also use Google Analytics for these reasons, but that does not mean that I like this service.

Having a service that collects statics and gives you helpful analytics tools that you can use is very helpful especially if you want to grow your audience. Google Analytics looks at what your audience looks at when they come to your website, how long they stay on your site, as well as many other things. By knowing these things about your audience, you can create and share your content in ways that it will reach more people and draw in a larger crowd to your website.

Google Analytics is for sure a nice service, but nice does not mean that it knows how to cooperate. When I first made an account, it seemed easy enough (a little too easy, but I didn’t question it), but everything after just felt like it was going horribly wrong. I knew I should have been suspicious of the setup being extremely easy because everything after is just one giant problem that I have no idea how to fix. One of which includes the fact that I am not able to see my statics in WordPress, but instead I have to login into Google Analytics by opening another tab just to see the statics that it gathered. I guess that’s fine, but sort of ruins the convenience of having a Google Analytics tab on the back end of my website.

As much as Google Analytics helps people with growing their websites, it also is absolutely a nightmare to use, at least for me it is. Google Analytics helps with all sorts of things, but I just wish it was easier to use and was more cooperative because the number of times that I have wanted to throw my laptop out of a window is so high, but if Google Analytics agreed to work with me instead of against, then my life would be much easier. However, I can’t be mad at Google Analytics for not cooperating; it is just an analytics service.

A laptop showing analytics data

Social Media Platforms Are Democratic

Does social media play an important role in democracy, if any at all? No matter where you look, some sort of social media platform is there, so it’s pretty easy to say that social media is a part of our lives and it is impossible to escape it. Social media and democracy can go hand in hand as social media platforms tend to strengthen democracy because the public can engage with each other and with many non-government groups. However, just as there are many advantages there are also some disadvantages of social media’s impact on democracy.

To begin with, the public can communicate with each other. Social media provides a space for many pro-democracy activists to be able to engage with the public, keep everyone informed about everything that is going on, and raise awareness. First, engagement with the public allows activists to get more people to join them as “they utilize apps, social media and other technology to raise awareness, recruit activists and organize protests” (ShareAmerica). This allows them to reach as many people and tell them all about their mission. Second, social media is the best way to keep everyone informed about what is happening around them. Finally, they can raise awareness about important things happening around them and take action accordingly. Due to these reasons, social media strengthens democracy because the public can communicate with each other and take action according to the information they are given.

Next, because social media strengthens democracy, the engagement between the public and non-government increases because non-government can promote their groups, the people become more educated, and the public gains a voice. First, non-government groups can promote their charities and goals because “…they [can] use social media to promote voting drives and other community engagement initiatives” to tell the people about their charities and what they plan to accomplish (ShareAmerica). Additionally, the public becomes more educated as they keep learning about all the events that are happening as well as all the news that they are being told about the world. This is shown because many people say that, “…social media users are more likely than non-users to say technology has made people more informed about current events…” (Smith). Lastly, society gains a voice because they learn about everything that is going on, other people’s perspectives, and politics; they also become “…more accepting of people with different views… and more willing to engage in political debates…” so that they can make a difference and make their voice heard (Smith). Ultimately, society and non-government groups go together to make a difference, however, every bit of information learned should be taken with a grain of salt.

Finally, although there are many reasons why social media strengthens democracy, there are also quite a few reasons why social media weakens democracy. Some of these reasons include manipulation, censorship, and fake news. To start with, manipulation can be done by anyone with access to the right information. With enough information, people could manipulate others as well as silence them. Many people believe that “these technologies have made people easier to manipulate with rumours and false information… social media [has] increased the risk that citizens might be manipulated by domestic politicians” (Smith). Manipulation can come in many shapes and sizes, one of which is censorship. Following that thought, censorship can show up in many ways “…such as hindering access to information or threatening would-be opposition figures…” (Tucker). Censorship could also mean self-censorship because many people have the “…fear of getting shamed, reported, doxxed, fired, or physically attacked…” for voicing their thoughts and opinions (Haidt). So, the more censorship that occurs whether that be information censorship or self-censorship, the less information gets spread and free speech becomes limited. Besides manipulation and censorship, fake news is also an issue impacting democracy. Fake news can come from anywhere, but the majority of the time it gets created and spread through social media. Ethan Zuckerman runs the Center for Civic Media at MIT and he states that “…if we are to expect better from platforms like Facebook and Twitter, then we need to know what it is we want them to do…” because many people use these platforms to spread rumours or false information (Ingram). He wants humanity to decide whether they want platforms that are full of false claims or places where people can express themselves and their opinions. Fake news is spread by people to people who will fall for their tricks. The less fake news that is spread, the less prominent it becomes. So, many ways that weaken democracy through social media like manipulation, censorship, and fake news are just a few of many.

To conclude, democracy and social media fit together quite easily, plus democracy is greatly impacted by social media in both good and bad ways. Social media is a very prominent thing throughout society and it can both strengthen and weaken democracy because it can raise awareness and give people a voice, but it can also manipulate people, it all just depends on how those platforms are used and by who.


Haidt, Jonathan. “Yes, Social Media Really Is Undermining Democracy.” The Atlantic, 28 July 2022, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/07/social-media-harm-facebook-meta-response/670975/. Accessed 2 November 2022.

Ingram, Mathew, and Kyle Pope. “Can social media have a positive effect on democracy?” Columbia Journalism Review, 30 May 2018, https://www.cjr.org/the_new_gatekeepers/social-media-democracy.php. Accessed 2 November 2022.

ShareAmerica. “How technology can strengthen democracy.” ShareAmerica, 15 November 2021, https://share.america.gov/how-technology-can-strengthen-democracy/. Accessed 2 November 2022.

Smith, Aaron, et al. “People think technology impacts politics positively and negatively.” Pew Research Center, 13 May 2019, https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2019/05/13/publics-think-technology-impacts-the-political-environment-in-both-positive-and-negative-ways/. Accessed 2 November 2022.

Tucker, Joshua, and Joshua A. Tucker. “Analysis | This explains how social media can both weaken — and strengthen — democracy.” The Washington Post, 6 December 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/12/06/this-explains-how-social-media-can-both-weaken-and-strengthen-democracy/. Accessed 2 November 2022.

Week 8: AI Art

Painting, sketching, animating, and drawing, both traditionally and digitally, are all different mediums of art. Art can be anything you want it to be. Music, dance, literature, clay, and anything else you can think of can be counted as art.

Art is usually classified as a creative process done by humans, but can robots do art? Nowadays, since everything is online and many tasks are completed by robots rather than humans, so the question that comes to mind is… can AI do art? To answer this question, first, we need to find a more broad definition of what art is. Art is a representation of what we feel and what to express in a creative way. 

Artificial intelligence or more commonly known as AI are systems and machines that basically mimic the knowledge and performance of humans. They gather information on certain topics and base their actions according to their research and programming. AI can also display behaviours that are similar to humans and they are also capable of learning, planning, reasoning, and creativity.

Taking into consideration that artificial intelligence is capable of creativity, then the answer to the question is that yes, AI can do art. Now that we have established that AI can do art, it begs the question, can AI art be classified as art?

AI art is a two-sided coin as there are people who think it is not art and there are people who think it is art. The people who do not count AI art as art because people think it is cheating to create art using a machine as it is not the skill of an artist, but the work of a programmed machine. While on the hand, the people who do count AI art as art think this way because it is a form of expression and represents society.

Personally, I do believe that AI art is art because it does not matter whether the art piece was created by a human or a machine, it still represents something, provokes emotions, and it is impactful. The AI art coin is always being flipped and there will always be people who agree and disagree with the existence of art made by artificial intelligence.

Human looking robot sitting on a bench reading a book

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