Author: Kristin Ravel

Dr. Kristin Ravel is an Assistant Professor of English at Rockford University. Her research interests encompass multimodality, digital media studies, ethics in communication, and feminist theory.

Communicating with social media has never been easy or simple for me. Though I understand the technology (I can retweet, tag, Snapchat, edit a photo on Instagram, and make a photo album dedicated to my cats on Facebook), navigating the ethically fraught and entwined nature of my social, professional, and political identities is another matter. For example: I’ve ruined family relationships over political posts. I’ve wrestled with maintaining a professional identity while having the instantaneous ability to vent my frustrations. I’ve come off as condescending and overbearing while encouraging friends to be more thoughtful about the consequences of what they…

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