When I started my journey in Digital Culture in October 2012 I was convinced that I was going to learn something quite interesting about the modern digital world and the way it functions. However, I had not anticipated that Digital culture would drastically change some of my ideas about various aspects, including: privacy and surveillance, the future of technology as well as the very peculiar nature of the Internet itself. Therefore, it was particularly interesting to observe how my own convictions started to shift towards a more complicated, more opinionated side which I was glad to explore. Digital culture undoubtedly helped me in better understanding the opportunities that the digital world holds.
Initially, I was particularly fond of the fact that Digital culture focuses primarily on the future aspects and constructs its debates around what lies ahead of us. It was a great experience to learn about the myths of the Internet, its weak spots as well as its powerful prospects which continue to dominate in our society. As I began exploring the first couple of topics that we covered in class, I was surprised how broad the debate actually was. Certain topics and ideas, like the digital minds and their future, were extremely challenging and required a thorough analysis of the eventual scenarios that would possibly take place somewhere in the future. As a result, there comes a point when you gradually start realising that the issues that Digital culture deals with require a much more sophisticated approach due to their inexplicably crucial role in our modern society.
Furthermore, Digital culture taught me one extremely important lesson: one should never hurry up in making a final conclusion on a subject before being able to conceive all sides as well as all prospects of a certain debate. You could simply get amazed by the extraordinarily huge range of issues that Digital culture actually reflects upon. For example, one of the topics which struck me the most was the issue concerning privacy in Social Media and their user policies. Once you start doing your research, you then realise that there are many quintessential matters which directly affect a big part of society, namely the contemporary Internet users. What this made me think about then was the concealed aspects of the Internet or the corporate interests which now seem to be a constant feature of the exciting but at the same time a bit mysterious world of the digital operations.
Moreover, another aspect which really triggered an interest in me was the topic concerning the concepts of democracy and what is actually happening to them in our hectic modern society where everything around has become significantly digitalised. Therefore, I thought more carefully about the principles on which democracy has been established and developed, so that I could gain a better and much more qualitative understanding of its role on the Internet. And that actually was the true beauty of Digital culture: it made me see aspects of democracy in the digital world which I would probably have missed otherwise.
Finally, Digital culture provided me with an invaluable account of the deeper dimensions of the digital world. It really made me think about the extraordinary nature of each and every issue that is directly connected to our own future and the decisions that we would eventually have to make. Therefore, this exciting journey was particularly beneficial for me in terms of understanding the core nature of the issues that face society nowadays. Thus, the entire experience was a great method for demonstrating the simple fact that nothing is what it seems. Lastly, I learnt that in the world of Digital culture, in order to understand completely a particular issue or a matter, you have to prepare yourself for one certain activity: be ready to explore.