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An example of how a Social Media discussion can demonstrate Digital and Social Literacy


  • Alice Springs Locals Advice: Facebook, 3rd 4th April, 2015 This particular example revolves around a Social Media conversation in which the original poster

    suggests Alice Springs Residents should boycott a particular comedic performance.

    I had considered not using this example because of the context of the conversation, and how it may

    be perceived by readers of my profile however I feel it demonstrates my social and personal

    capabilities (ACARA, 2013d) as a literate person.

    I have removed parts of arguments which do not directly relate to my replies (some posts have ..

    to indicate missing comments), and I have corrected the grammar/spelling in order to remove

    distracting coloured lines.

    The following paragraphs demonstrate my Literacy Capabilities by connecting to the content in the

    table on my Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) examples page (Usher, 2015). I

    reflected on my learning from this Literacy Unit (Lian, 2015) as I constructed my argument, and

    believe my behaviours were in line with the content of the table

    I debated, and kept the discussion going (even included some humour), participated in a sustained

    argument and supported my comments with references. I feel that being a woman created

    symbolic capital for the discussion and I felt that my argument was less inflammatory than if I had

    been a man. Even though we were on opposite sides of the discussion; the final third person

    comment in this example (Mark) finishes with an internet acronym LOL (Laugh out loud),

    demonstrating a mutual respect for me and our debate, thereby demonstrating that I addressed

    sustainability (ACARA, 2013a) through respectful language use, humour, and supportive


    I acknowledged that people will have different perspectives and intentions. Further, I recognised

    that controversial content may be rooted in many different contexts, and that everyone should

    respect freedom of speech whilst promoting fairness and respecting cultural differences. I

    personally acknowledged that my own values meant that I would not go to the show, yet

    empathised with internal and external conflicts (ACARA, 2013d) involved in being able to critically

    analyse the proposed content in order for people to make that decision themselves.

    I considered, what if the content had been in a movie instead of a stand-up performance, and

    provided food for thought, without necessarily coming to a conclusion. I grew in my understanding

    of the topic from the first post where I acknowledged that I had not read the article to the last, by

    reading the stated article and related comments in addition to reading further afield, and provided

    support my argument for fairness and freedoms and a more socially just world (ACARA, 2013a) by

    linking to a personally supported violence charity.

  • Alice Springs Locals Advice: Facebook, 3rd 4th April, 2015

    Stand-up comedian Jim Jefferies' misogynist jokes fall flat

    Casual misogyny in society shows women are still not treated as equals.

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    Leanne Usher The thing with art is choice. Choose to go or don't. But the reality is art is creative but subjective.

    Even if it's not your cup of tea ... At least he's working to make a living

    FTR I haven't checked him out.

    3 April at 06:06 Edited Like 3

    That is NOT art!!!!

    3 April at 07:51 Like

    Leanne Usher And yet if it was a movie some of these people would watch. So, yeah it is art. Art is meant to

    be provocative and thought provoking. Like it or not

    3 April at 09:09 Like 2

    Leanne Usher And shocking. Art and Laughter are often based on shock and/or surprise.

    3 April at 09:11 Like 2

    ..I cannot agree Leanne. I am not a wowser, I enjoy thought provoking Art but this type of humour goes

    way too far.

    3 April at 09:31 Like

    Mark 'if you don't like it don't watch it'- I'm willing to bet folk who say that would be at the front of the crowd

    screaming for a ban if we had a Saudi preacher come to lecture on Jihad and the inferiority of women.

    .so long as its a white guy doing it for profit not a brown guy doing it for prophet. Good to clear that up.

    3 April at 11:24 Like 3

    Leanne ^^^^ Did anyone mention colour before you did? But I do like your play on words.

    I'm not saying I'll watch the show ... Or that anyone should incite violence against anyone. However where does

    freedom of speech start and end? And where do people start to take responsibility for their own actions?

    Much stand-up comedy humour and other entertainment are based on inappropriate content.

    3 April at 11:45 Like 1

    Rob Good clean humour is an oxymoron

    3 April at 11:48 Like 2

    ... So Leanne & Rob, .. The line must be drawn somewhere. .......funny, I don't think so!

    3 April at 11:56 Like 1

    Leanne Usher . Where do YOU draw the line? What you consider Ok may be considered not Ok by others.

    As I said; I don't agree with inciting violence. .. But many would consider many humour topics off limits. The

    important thing as I said in my first point is that he had people talking. People are becoming aware of issues

    facing women. Men have the right to stand up and fight for those women just as much as women do.

    Whilst he is talking about women; we can now consider many human rights which are violated daily ... Not just

    against women.

    Would I think he would be funny? No I don't. So I won't go. That's my choice and yours.

    3 April at 12:07 Like

    Rob Mitchell Is it OK the laugh at the disabled? In, and of itself no. But when presented by Adam Hills on the

    last leg and the other two take shots at each other all the time and it is hilarious...It needs to be contextualised.

    3 April at 12:08 Like

    Leanne Usher ^^^^ Thats my point.

    3 April at 12:09 Like

    Mark Carter Yeah its about having standards in our community about whats right and whats wrong. I strongly

    support free speech but it always has to have limits and a lot of the time individuals set those based on their

    enthusiasms and hatreds- thats why I brought up the preacher comments and I really think its true- the very

    people who want to laugh along with rape jokes are often the same ones who want to shut down other types of

    hate speech when it suits. Like I said this town has severe problems with violence against women and something

    like this, a comfortable affluent FIFO performer turning it into entertainment really crosses a line for most people,

    and those of you who think its all good need to take a long hard look at your own motivations. Do you secretly

    think that rape and wife beating is pretty funny?

  • Alice Springs Locals Advice: Facebook, 3rd 4th April, 2015 3 April at 12:11 Like

    Leanne Usher ^^^ The two are not connected.

    3 April at 12:12 Like

    Mark Carter Which two?

    3 April at 12:15 Like

    Leanne Usher None of my responses to this post suggests in any way that I support violence ... as I have stated


    Furthermore, the people who go along to this COMEDY performance would presumably have different intentions

    (entertainment) than someone going to hate speech as you called it.

    This review acknowledges the content is shocking. .. But also refers to the context in which it occurs...

    Foul-mouthed Aussie Jim Jefferies delivered an uproarious world-class comedy routine for his NZ

    debut 3NEWS.CO.NZ

    3 April at 12:25 Like Remove Preview Leanne Usher No comments on the Araluen Facebook page....

    3 April at 12:31 Like

    Mark Carter Leanne Usher you trying to incite me to use my right to free speech? LOL

    3 April at 12:38 Unlike 1

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