GAMES OF LIBIDO

From WEEK SEVEN TOPIC,  I would like to post my all answers in here regarding to every single question I learned today. For unit ALC203 study purpose only.

Question one: ANALYSIS: DO YOU FIND ANY OF THIS IDEOLOGICALLY PROBLEMATIC AND WHY?

  1. Zane Alchin faces possible prison term for posting derogatory comments about a woman on Facebook.
  2. Tinder needs to stop acting like there are only two genders in the world.
  3.  Reddit tackles ‘revenge porn’ and celebrity news
  4. Are you a Tinder racist?

MY ANSWER:

The first article titled “Zane Alchin faces possible prison term for posting derogatory comments about a woman on Facebook” by Rebecca Sullivan can essentially be branded as ideologically problematic because of the actions by Alchin in harassing a woman using social media. In such a way, it is an ideologically problematic perception of a woman and the function of social media websites for proper interaction and communication. Through his derogatory and insulting comments in Facebook, Alchin just showed to the world how he perceives women in a very negative way. Zach Stafford’s article,  “Tinder needs to stop acting like there are only two genders in the world”, also poses some ideologically problematic issues which can be basically summed up to limited perceptions of gender. Tinder apparently suggests that it is open to everyone. However, some reports according to the article, have suggested otherwise because transgenders are being kicked out of the site. This problem suggests many implications about how current dating websites have a limited view of the concept of gender.   On the other hand, the third article,  “Reddit tackles ‘revenge porn’ and celebrity nudes” also delves into some ideologically problematic issues such as in the case of non-consensual nudes on Reddit. Some people indeed have the tendency to spread these images without the prior knowledge of the subject. The issue of revenge porn which was also addressed by Reddit through its move, is also ideologically problematic because in almost all cases, the victims have no knowledge that they sexual conducts are already being uploaded online. Finally, Leo Apostolakis’s article, “Are you a Tinder racist?” discusses the ideological problems that lie within the Tinder website upon a closer examination of the activity patterns of its users. More specifically, it shows how some people still tend to become relatively racist in terms of their preferences and stereotyping tendencies. 

References:

Apostolakis, L. ,2016. Are you a tinder racist?. Felix. [online]. Available at: http://felixonline.co.uk/sex/6346/are-you-a-tinder-racist/ [Accessed 27 April 2017].

Stafford, Z. ,2015. Tinder needs to stop acting like there are only two genders in the world.  The Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/10/tinder-stop-acting-like-there-are-only-two-genders [Accessed 27 April 2017].

Sullivan, R. ,2016. Zane Alchin faces possible prison term for posting derogatory comments about a woman on Facebook. News.au.com. [online]. Available at: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/zane-alchin-faces-three-years-in-jail-for-posting-derogatory-comments-about-a-woman-on-facebook/news-story/557198b0732cc2b5a19a86b871e87668  [Accessed 27 April 2017].

Van Der Nagel, E., and Meese, J. ,2015. Reddit tackles ‘revenge porn’ and celebrity nudes. The Conversation. [online]. Available at:  http://theconversation.com/reddit-tackles-revenge-porn-and-celebrity-nudes-38112 [Accessed 27 April 2017].

Question two: COMPARING ONLINE DATING SITES

  1. How are these sites similar or different?
  2. How is online dating being naturalised here?
  3. Do you find some of them ideologically problematic and why?
  4. What are discourse(s) being used within these sites?
  5. What do they suggest about relationship in the 21st century?
  • benaughty.com & christiansonline.com.au
  • lovetradies.com.au & singleswithfoodallergies.com
  • datemypet.com & grindr.com
  • tallfriends.com & bondagedating.com

MY ANSWER:

Today you will not get anyone surprised about such a notion of an online dating website, as dating projects are more and more populating the internet these days because the demand on their services is growing with an anatomic paces daily. However such websites  can be discerned by two categories, which are free of charge and charged services.

It is sad to say, but up to more than 80% of such web sites it is precisely the case, when administration of those dating project is charging the users for the services, including the advance payment done even for only the registration.

Free web sites for dating nowadays are mostly in minority and, as a rule, are not that much efficient,  due to a different range of reasons(the profiles database is not up to date, or site engine is very slow and so on and so forth).

Concerning the Online dating being naturalized there are always long debates going on. For example, did you ever ask yourself whether those are real guys or girls sitting down there under their  profiles and chatting with you?

After making some small research and talking to some people experienced in that field, it becomes so much shocking to discover that actually it is not always exactly the case. There are many dating agencies these days, who are employing people(some young chaps for example) for a dating project to make correspondence with guys all over the internet on behalf of ladies, having no ladies directly involved into the  correspondence process. So regarding the dating being naturalized, probably this matter would remain under a big question mark as of today.

Whether I will find some of them ideologically problematic, quite likely not. The only thing that is not right here remaining to be a matter of charging people for the things which are not existing or true, which turns out to be exactly the issue for lots of online projects.

Regarding the discourses used on such sites, they might be having different character, based on what site we’re talking about. For the most of the cases it is generally acceptable to maintain a polite tone of conversations, since those sites are meant for dating and not for offending  people or whatever, at the same time anything can happen, so no one can eliminate some exceptions from happening also there, as people are different all over the globe and no one can guaranty that next chat taking place at some point of time with another lad from another continent and another country would be a chat with a normal person.

As computer technologies are not staying put and progressing further, web technologies are also not lagging behind,  so what can we expect from the nearest future is at list more convenient chatting system and probably more simplified registration process as new dating sites most likely will be using new web engines that would make the whole communicating process much more convenient and simplified.  

Question three:

  MY ANSWERS:

  1. Sexting basically refers to the act of participating in the process of delivering sexually explicit messages or images within gadgets, more commonly through mobile phones. One evident benefit of sexting can be related to sexual exploration of individuals while its limitations include sexual exploitation and non-consensual pornography.
  1. Aside from young people, parties who are implicated in the issue of sexting may include those who engage in non-consensual sexting. In an article, it was stated that “Non-consensual sexting may involve coercion or blackmail in the taking of the picture. And significant harms result from further dissemination of images, which is also non-consensual (Tyson, Dobson, and Rasmussen, 2012).” People who are involved in these activities might affect the communication of messages ineffectively because they are attempting to breach the privacy of another person.
  1. Online dating and sexting have definitely altered how we form and experience relationships. An exchange of visually explicit sexual content through gadgets can actually trigger the start of new romantic relationships in the contemporary time (Albury, et al. 2013). People are also more eager to explore their sexual identities but at the same time, they are constantly in watch for the potential negative implications of the relationships that they formed in the virtual sphere.
  1. The key issues and questions in the uses of digital media in relation to pornography include non-consensual and the negative impact of these types of content to how people perceive gender relations. In terms of non-consensual pornography, some people have uploaded sexually explicit files without the prior knowledge of the subject and these types of content. The negative impact of pornography also includes gender discrimination and wrong perceptions about women.
  1. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev is justified in claiming that ‘computer-mediated communication has introduced a new type of personal relationship (2003, p. 1)’. Through the help of visual communication, people found another way for self-expression where they are able to establish their identities without the actual need to meet or even to see other people personally. Although it might not be considered as trivial and transient, this is definitely a new type of personal relationship which can be established by people.
  1. Activities that classify as ‘online sex’ in the present day include cybersex and/or masturbation during online activity. What typically constitutes ‘just flirting’ includes sex talk and exchange of personal stories. There are some gray areas that are difficult to categorize such as sharing of sexual experiences and pornographic materials.
  1. I agree with DeMasi’s (2011) contention regarding internet dating. I believe that digital screen culture has particularly reinforced the same dominant gender/sexual categories, as it can be seen in cases like Tinder which supposedly encourages all people to participate but actually poses some discriminatory principles against other genders.
  1. The online media can offer a safe space to explore ones’ sexuality by actively making sure that their identities are protected and discouraging revenge and non-consensual porn in all of its forms. For non-dominant forms of sexuality, the online media can make sure that there are no discriminatory and prejudicial limitations which they can undertake.

References

Albury, K, Crawford, K, Byron, P and Matthews B. 2013. ‘Young people and sexting in Australia: ethics, representation and the law’, Journalism and Media Research Centre, The University of New South Wales, April, retrieved 27 April 2017, http://www.cci.edu.au/sites/default/files/Young_People_And_Sexting_Final.pdf

Ben-Ze’ev, A. 2003, Love Online: Emotions on the Internet, Cambridge University Press, New York.

DeMasi, S. 2011,, Shopping for love: online dating and the making of a cyber culture of romance,’ in Seidman, S, Fischer, N and Meeks, C (eds), Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, Routledge, NY, pp. 206-13.

Tyson, D., Dobson A S and Rasmussen, M L. 2012, “Sexting teens: decriminalising young people’s sexual practices’, The Conversation, 28 September, retrieved 27 April 2017,http://theconversation.com/sexting-teens-decriminalising-young-peoples-sexual-practices-8922

Thank you for reading 

Thi Bao Chau Tran

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