Process Posts,  PUB 101

Process Post #4

This week I read about the concept of a personal public and counter public, and it really got me thinking about my own audience. Who have I been imagining as I write my blog? How has that imaginary audience informed my blog decisions?

It’s been interesting to reflect on how my perception of my audience has changed since I started writing this blog. At first, I imagined an audience of people who were seeking personal growth and self-affirmation, just like me. But as I’ve continued writing, I’ve realized that there is a much broader range of people who might be interested in what I have to say.

So, going forward, I’m going to try to keep an open mind about who my audience might be. And no matter who they are, I hope they find something useful in what I share.




A brief reflection on this week of PUB 101 and what stuck out to me the most

As a non-native English speaker, this week of PUB 101 was very interesting to me. As part of the class lecture, we used the app Kahoot, and it was quite eye-opening for me to understand that for some examples we were supposed to use proverbs. While these types of expressions were very new to me, after some examples I slowly began to realize what theme, we were supposed to attempt. It made the class more engaging as we learnd about publics and counterpublics – something that will undoubtedly help in developing future media strategies as we as our personal cyberinfrastructure!


Beside lecture, as Micky mentioned in D103 tutorial, that Leetaru and Kalev’s “In a Digital World, Are We Losing Sight of Our Undigitized Past?” was one of her favorite readings, it felt the same way for me. 


Honestly, I think it’s incredible to think of all the ways that information has become more accessible in our digital age. With just a few clicks, we have at out fingertips an almost limitless pool of knowledge and resources – something people only dreamed about before the internet came around! But with this convenience also comes risks: as everything shifts online, it can be easy to forget about undigitized pasts or take for granted how important those sources were (and still are!). To ensure access is kept open for generations both now and future-facing alike, let us remember why protecting our undigitized past matters.

In a world where information is increasingly accessible and convenient, it can be easy to overlook the importance of undigitized past. For me as a 22-year-old living in this digital age, safeguarding our history feels crucial. As I peruse bookshelves rather than browser windows more often these days – something that used to bring so much joy during my childhood years –I find myself reflecting on just how much we lose when all sources aren’t given an equal footing online.

Knowledge doesn’t come solely from first page google searches; there are lessons and fascinating insights found offline too which may otherwise go overlooked! Bringing attention back towards tangible media might hold valuable learnings for generations new and old alike—so here’s hoping future readers spend time both ‘on’ & ‘offline’.

The internet has become our go-to source for information, but there are so many aspects of our history and culture that remain beyond the digital realm. It’s more important than ever to ensure we actively protect and preserve those elements – not just physical artifacts or objects, but stories, perspectives and experiences too! It’s up to us as a society today to make sure these all-form part of the understanding passed on throughout generations; afterall they paint an invaluable picture of where we’ve come from – perhaps even why things have turned out that way?



As far as readings go, Reading Warner’s “Publics and Counterpublics” opened my eyes to a complexity of understanding the power dynamics between public opinion and an oppressive regime in Iran. It was particularly resonant with me as I know all too well how, sadly, the counter-public is often our government – one that strips us of any cultural identity or freedom we yearn for. This article served to provide even more insight into this topic that’s so important yet often neglected when it comes to political discourse around Middle Eastern countries like mine!

Iranians live in a complex and dynamic society: the powerful Islamic Republic of Iran provides an alternative vision to that of everyday citizens. This relationship between publics, counterpublics and dominant/marginalized groups continuously shapes political discourse – creating conversations around important social issues such as inclusion and equity. 

Knowing this makes us even more aware about how vital it is for Iranians to continue discussing these topics openly so we can create opportunities for positive change within our country. 



Besides, I would like to mention that the Women Life Freedom movement in Iran is a powerful counterpublic devoted to creating change. Its members are dedicated advocates for the rights and freedoms of women, engaging in protests, spreading awareness through social media channels, and forming meaningful networks that can support their cause. 


In an environment where often it feels like there are insurmountable limitations on female autonomy, this collective discourse proves that hope still exists. Together we can challenge oppressive political norms and create space for us all to have greater access to public life decisions. 




Suggested Link for more information about Woman Life Freedom movement:

 Woman, Life, Freedom/Whashington Post

Me and my friends, in a Woman Life Freedom Protest, Vancouver, September, 2022
I and my friends, Sept. 2022, Vancouver protest for Woman Life Freedom

The type of audience I have imagined for my blog thus far

Creating my blog and thinking about the type of people who would be attracted to it made me realise that anyone seeking personal development could find something on there. I wanted a friendly, adventurous tone for discussing topics like mental health, self-affirmation and learning from past experiences in order to move forward with our lives without falling into destructive behaviour patterns. My hope is that everyone can benefit from their own journey of growth!

An update on my website progress

Taking on the challenge of creating this website has been a rewarding experience for me. I remember the week one when I was so unfamiliar with WordPress world and now that I am way better in this journey and way more familiar with it. As a cool tip and trick that is self-invented is that with whatever font size, style, and colour that your copy and paste text from word document to your website, it will be saved with that style, and it give you a lot of freedom to customize your font and style! It has been an amazing learning experience for me and I’m quite happy with my progress so far.

How I plan to incorporate what I have learned into my blog going forward

As I look back on my time studying for this course, I’m surprised at how much information I’ve taken in. Also, I found the readings for this week to be fascinating and they have left me eager to explore more. At the same time, it is reassuring to know that some of the principles we covered are things that I have been instinctively doing all along in my blog. As I move forward, I plan to keep these concepts in mind as well as look for opportunities to experiment with new ideas. Going forward with my blog, I plan to capitalize on all that I have learned and bring an evolved perspective to my writings. This means writing about topics using different angles or exploring a single idea from many different points of view. In some ways, it’s like revisiting what I have studied during this course but now with a deeper understanding of the material and more confidence in expression.

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