Affordances

In class today, we discussed affordances. An affordance is the relation between an object and what it affords its user. For example, the main frame of Twitter allows us to interact with others on the platform, but it affords us the ability to be more freely spoken and nearly whatever we would like.

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This assignment is three-fold.

  1. Research a celebrity’s social media habits. Consider the who, what, where, when and why of the posts. Why did they choose that platform over another? What is their angle for posting that? Do they reply to fans’ tweets/posts/comments? Consider this and more. Post screenshots, quotes, and other applicable information where possible. Give a brief overview of their habits.article-2641851-1E469A4500000578-188_634x388
  2. Research a politician’s social media habits. Consider the who, what, where, when and why of the posts. Why did they choose that platform over another? What is their angle for posting that? Do they reply to fans’ tweets/posts/comments? Consider this and more. Post screenshots, quotes, and other applicable information where possible. Give a brief overview of their habits. Screen-Shot-2015-04-12-at-2.36.23-PM
  3. Explain the main differences of these users, and how they use their social media. See a great example of this exercise here.

Your initial posting is due Friday by 11:55 p.m. Your two substantial response postings are due Monday by 11:00 a.m. You must submit four quality responses to different classmates.

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Affordances

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