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by anthony peregrine
okay so, here’s what happened. i was sitting with my friend lauren and we were talking about the internet which as you may know is one of my favorite things i really love facebook. so then we were talking and lauren and i came up with this idea to make a survey monkey about my own facebook because i was really curious what people actually think about the stuff i do on fb. so i went inside and made a 10 question survey monkey about my profile and then i put it on the internet for a few days and this is what happened. plz note there was an overall participation of 110 people, ~75% of whom finished the survey. That is about 1/10 of my facebook friends (!!!! wasn’t expecting that!!!!).
q1: do you know me irl (in real life)
this is important bc this survey is really measuring the effect of the major shift in how i facebooked this year ~march/april when i kind of left behind my bourgeois academic understanding of what communication ‘had to be’ and began pretty consistently exploring alternative ways of getting across information on the internet. this was coupled w a v important change in audience: while is still communicated regularly irl with irl friends, the people i interacted primarily with shifted to an almost exclusive online community (shouts out to the alt lit people ive met irl, including steve roggenbuck, rachel pattycake bell, kickflip mctwist, nathan masserang, olivia lilley, etc ilu all). so i wanted to establish early on how many people taking this survey fell in the three categories presented: online, irl or some combo of both.
q2: how did u find this survey
unsurprisingly many of these people were from my fb but we should also notice that someone found out about this during their nsa briefing, which is v concerning i thought i was on a list but to have it confirmed is intense.
q3: in general, like, whats ur over all opinion of my internet usage.
i am happy that some people ‘really like’ my internet usage but am concerned that so many people just ‘like’ it. i want to get to that audience better and be creating better content for them. i am not sure why people are ‘about to hide me’ but they are probably libertarians so i’m not v concerned if they ‘hide’ me. i am hopeful that the 12 people who ‘always want to unfriend me’ are joking, and am concerned that no one who has hidden me took the survey. that srsly gets in the way of understanding why some of my content is ‘offensive’ or ‘too much’ but those people are probably also libertarians or like republicans so i remain mostly unconcerned but also a part of my heart gets sad when i think that someone must have hidden me from their feed...its like theyre hiding a piece of my soul :( okay lets move on
q4: Do you like, dislike, or neither like nor dislike Barack Obama? (this question was suggested by survey monkey)
this question actually became super interesting i just put it in bc it was recommended and i thought it was funny. but when we get to the politics part you’ll see how people react to my political posts but they often (much more than not too) choose a different result than the one i would choose, which is ‘dislike a great deal’ bc barack obama is a climate traitor war monger who brings shame to the nobel prize and to chicago organizing, that asshole. ha so yeah people seem to like obama a lot more than i do ha.
q5: shouts out to (choose ur favorite thing i do):
lol i loved this one. i am so glad selfies had such a strong showing i truly believe in the selfie art form!!! and not just because steve roggenbuck and rachel pattycake bell popularized it in 201213 (hehe!) but yeah, i think selfies are v fun and actually v expressive ways to show where u r and how u feel and how to be notable i am excited that politcal commentarty made it so high and won!! that is really why i am putting effort into this so i’m glad that even though it was a small margin it still one. shouts out to the 6 people i flirt w via messaging
q6: if i post something about politics do you read it? why/why not? q6 was hyper stressful for me bc this is really secretly the heart of the survey, and even more than that, why i believe in social media anyway. i really like want to be able to engage in some really critical discourse on facebook.com and many of the responses were frustrating to me but a lot more made me feel really good. the responses landed either on ‘fuck yeah dude ur great’ to ‘ur fucking dumb’ and there was a little gray area excepting people who were like ‘it’s in my newsfeed’ or like ‘u post too much’. here are a lot of the ones that i thought were most intersting
^ this one made me explode every time i read it. i dont understand how i base anything in emotion not logic but OKAY KEEP SAYING THINGS. and i dont even know what ‘too radical’ can mean, like shouldnt it matter if it is correct or not? anyway this one pissed me off a lot
^ does this seem contradictory to anyone. post too often / good that i post often
^ this one was really cool to read, bc i do try to walk the walk so it was nice to get that affirmed. shouts out to this person
^ yep justice is a hard taskmaster
^ they’re good points but disagreeable, okay
^ this one, again, made me hella mad. like expand my horizons do you even ???? you also ‘generally agree’ i dont know. i guess at the end of this section there were a lot of compliments (~50) and like ~20 of these, which confuse me mostly because they make no sense and im not trying to be a d, but when you tell me that you dont like what i say and then make a nonsensical response im like, gonna be a bit mad!!!! thanks to the people who truly boosted the procedure by cogent concepts, like that i need to post more links to where i am getting my info to help scaffold understanding. i heard ya!!!
q7: what do you think of that selfie selfie:
the selfie, a necessary shout out to the vanity of the survey, but like that is how it goes you know if you want to be better at facebook you have to come to grips with ur own vanity. but also like i said earlier, the selfie is a v important form of expression to me and this is in many ways how i felt at that moment. i was v tired and drinking a pbr. i had recently ran my hand through my hair thus its extra pointiness. people had a hella ton of opinions about all this ranging from mean to flattering (im suspicious of tiff wines saying im a “qt” hehe!) let’s break this down a bit.
^ this was a common theme
^ ur dumb u dummy
^ succinct but i still cried
^ most common theme , mostly people gave me funny compliments like this. thanks for being a friendly world, world!!
^ i poke whoever fb recommends, its nothing personal
^ lol, solid
^ truly thank you!!!
q8: rate the folowing: what are your opinions about art and do you like it do you think the internet makes sense as an artistic space and does this survey count as art? (yes on left no on right)
while know only a bit about art a lot of people think this was artistic.
q9: does it make u uncomfortable to think about facebook as art rather than just a place to talk to people and is it ridiculous that i would try to do that (from good to bad as left to right)
i can’t decipher this one either. sorry i was really tired when i wrote this. let’s move to the conclusion
CONCLUSION: overall i would say i am doing really good but could do better on fb i plan on including more direct sources to political posts to help scaffold understanding, which is realize is important when providing narratives outside the hegemonic bull shit of the repub/dem divide. also being a nonviolent, anticapitalist anarchist i have to realy do a lot of explanation bc i dont really fit into usually archetypical political identities that are mainstreamed (lamestreamed!) anyway i also wish i had asked a q about 1d (one direction) which if feel is one of the more unique aspects of myself, and also i wish i had asked about my cover photos and prof pics bc i am actually hypercognizant of the branding that those particular pieces do. im really interested in doing a more focused survey about my ‘brand’ and what people percieve it as. i might also wait to do this until ive done more ‘branding’. ‘branding’ is the human experiencewe are always performing identities and offering ourselves to be seen by other people (which is kinda funny when u think about it) so i also hope this survey encourages people to think about their ‘brand’ and what identities they have and how their identities intersect with what they want to tell people finally, thank you to everyone who participated and read this report. i hope it was interesting to read, and i hope u consider doing a survey too, maybe you can learn from what you liked or didnt like from mine. i will probably do this again because it was ‘fun’ tbqh.
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