Hannah Furnell


Graphic Designer, Manchester www.hannahfurnell.co.uk

Dissertation Plan

Today I created a plan for my dissertation; it is only a rough plan but it gives me somewhere to start from. The next thing I need is research, and lots of it! Dissertation Title: “As technologies advance, are we giving away too much information about our personal lives?”

Introduction: 1000 words - Review how technologies have changed. - Review the amount of information we are giving about our personal lives e.g. written/shared information. - How do we visually reveal information about ourselves – through photography?

Chapter 1: Old Technology – 2000 words - Look into old photography methods e.g. the Victorian times. - How this technology affected the photographs in this time e.g. slow shutter speeds/long exposures meant the families had to stay very still; they also dressed very formally. - Reading: ‘Family Photography’ by Holland (1991:14) - The pros and cons of old technology and Victorian photography. - Argue the point of how less information was given out about personal lives from these photographs in this time period – visually they all look very similar. - Research into social aspects.

Chapter 2: New Technology – 2000 words - Contextually – How has this changed? - How things have changed in this digital age. - Development in technology: digital cameras, mobile cameras; allow people to take and share photographs instantly, and are now a lot more informal because of this. - The introduction of social networking sites e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Myspace etc. - How do we present ourselves visually? Look at how different people present themselves across social networking sites. Use examples? - Presenting yourself as someone totally different to the person you actually are. - How the way we choose to present ourselves can affect us in life e.g. employers now look to social networking sites to find out more about a person. - Profile may be set to private, but other users can still upload photographs of you without you knowing e.g. clubs, events etc. The use of photo tagging. - Social networking and presenting yourself in a certain way could cause ‘stalking’? – use ‘Catfish’ movie as an example. - The pros and cons of new technologies compared to old technologies/Victorian photography.

Chapter 3: iPhones and Blogging – 2000 words - iPhone is visually pleasing, therefore everybody wants one - visually desirable. - The freedom to take photographs/share locations etc. on the go, from anywhere in the world. - Applications that allow you to experiment with your photographs and then share them. - Blogging, such as tumblr; many people choose to present themselves visually through this method of blogging, along with other information which may be quite personal. - Are we dependent on this new technology?

Conclusion: 1000 words - Draw a conclusion to all points made. - Compare to situation of NOT having this digital age and new technology – what information would be shared then and with whom? - Are we giving too much information about our personal lives with new technologies? - Personal opinion. - Have we gone too far?