My Facebook re-brand was tricky but I decided to go for it and recreate an entire new fan page as an “athlete.” A re-brand just didn’t make sense with my current platform but I was in desperate need of separation between fitness expert and mom. Now I can use, “Nicolette Prpa” as a digital scrapbook for my personal life and my “athlete” page to promote my brand, Nickipfit.com.
In the about me section I promoted mountains of participation by asking the viewers to follow me on my journey to 2016 competition season. I also attached all of my other social media sites to the page and asked viewers to follow me on my blog and website. I listed all of my recent accomplishment/ awards and shared with the viewers an inside look at what I want them to know about me. (All unverifiable content….):
In addition to taking myself to the next level, I am constantly bombarded with questions on healthy eating, diet, and exercise and need a way to easily share my secrets with the world. As William Shakespeare so eloquently wrote, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” I think a very special part about what I have learned about this industry is imperative to share.
I haven’t always been Nicki P FIT and I know what it is like to feel lost, unsure, and struggle with weight, diet, muscle gain, and exercise. I am a mom, a model, a student, and a friend so I can empathize with almost every under-structure and hopefully inspire an unbreakable confidence in each person I encounter.
Follow me on my journey to competition season 2016 jammed packed with diet tips and tricks, exercises, and the realities of being a #fitmom which isn’t all rhinestones and sparkly heels.
The biggest limitation or challenge of this entire user created content movement is the possible loss of critical reflection. Just as Kittler articulates, “sense and senses turn into eyewash. Their media –produced glamour will survive for an interim as a by- product of strategic programs. Inside the computers themselves everything becomes a number.” (Kittler, 1) He goes on to describe the tragedy of the loss of writing and the unthinkable becoming reality. His theories on loss as a whole symbolize the major limitation of user created content,, not so much a now problem but a giant question mark. While it excites me to be able to participate in this new media format there is some reservation about the loss of critical reflection. Nicholas Carr defends this idea in Flew and states, “people would lose a capacity for ‘deep reading’ and critical reflection, as the internet encourages rapid sampling of small bits of information from multiple sources.” (Flew, 15)
In my opinion, this is the major challenge faced by society, what is all of this accessibility doing to of brains? We literally do not have to think anymore. For example; a songs playing on the subway and you remember the tune but your like ‘man, who sings this song?’ Before google you would sit there for hours racking your brain often remarking ‘it’s going to kill me if I can’t think of this band’ but today you just have to punch a lyric or two of what’s playing over the loud speaker and there you have it, Pearl Jam’s Even Flow and it’s entire lyrics as well as their tour schedule is in your hand and you didn’t even have to think about it.
Did you ever think about what all this non thinking is actually doing to your brain?
User created content is filled with pithy, short, textural hyper reading that, at least on the internet, replaces close reading. Replacing close reading is a dangerous adjudication in my opinion as close reading ultimately procures critical thinking skills nessesary to be competitive in today’s society.
In designing a post that represents user created content I actually created a blog called ( because I just love Kuhn so much), “What’s your healthy paradigm?” I wanted to incorporate a few things we learned and prove that paradigms are everywhere not just in the digital or scientific fields. I also wanted users to not only participate by liking the post via Facebook but have the option to contribute their user created content by sharing with me their stories on how they got fit.
I attached appropriate hastags like #cleaneats and #healthyparadigm because in my opinion, when there are too many hastags after a ”longer” post it just gets downright annoying. I added my interpretation of what user created content means in a hyper one sentence explanation along with a key term that I think is important to user created content about the rise of the ‘Prod-User’.