10,000 Facebook friends. Who could this be? Kim Kardashian? Nick Jonas? Not quite so. The profile picture reveals to be Katie Berry, the 24 year old who just graduated from university with and undergraduate degree in information technology. That doesn't seem to be anything surprising or special, anyone could be her. There is only one small insignificant detail, Katie is the first student to have been educated ultimately online. No big deal? That is not what Katie believes, "People work their whole lives to become something special, but I had to do nothing, except for looking at a screen. I could be the next Paris Hilton" she giggles as she fixes her newest Prada sunglasses when I first met her. She seems to be quite satisfied with her result after spending an average of 22,400 hours on her laptop in her lifetime as a student, learning from a fictional classroom. The issue of online schooling has been recently been discussed, as an International School, Overseas Family School, announced it’s mission to create an online curriculum by 2015. Katie was a success, one could say. But how many of those 10,000 Facebook friends are actually friends? Or was her information technology degree her only choice after spending most of her life in front of her laptop. I asked Katie personally, during an interview at her “own little heaven”, the exclusive and praised Imperus Café. She rushed in with her beloved IPhone in her hand. As soon as her Cappucino was ordered she proudly opened herself to any questions. After talking to her for some time, her seemingly bulletproof attitude slowly changed from a confident young woman to an insecure girl, especially at questions regarding her friends. “It is not easy opening your laptop and seeing all the pictures posted by your so called “friends” that pose together at a party you were never invited to”. She admits that the technology has kept her locked in a golden cage. Computer voiced teachers offered her the vastest range of information to teach her. “I remember not wanting to go to bed because I desperately wanted to win my math activity game, I stayed up until midnight. I was 7 years old.” The information technology degree was not her dream job, but was she was best at. After spending so much time on the Internet, one learns all possible tricks to watch movies and listen to your English teacher at the same time. The Internet might have forced her into becoming more responsible and devoted to learning, however it has certainly not made her less vulnerable. Katies missing
Feature Article experiences, that many take as granted during teenage years, have already showed their impacts on her character. She has created a wall to protect her from any possible dangers, just like an anti-virus program on her laptop. She feels like life has become a real life chat room; no one is to be trusted.
In this article I tried to include quite a few aspects of a feature article. Firstly I made it a narrative as I told my information through the interview that I had with the person. I tried to make the character of the person being talked about interesting and quite arrogant, so that the reader was provoked and more likely to continue to read. This brings me to the first paragraph were I tried to grab the attention of my readers, who are from my age group, by using the information of the amount of Facebook friends that my person of interest has. Facebook is commonly known in my age group, so it is relatable, just like the issue of having many friends and how that makes you “cool”. I also included some celebrity names that most people know to create a comparison between them and my person of interest, so that I could show that she was just as big of a deal as them. What I wanted to teach in my article was that technology in education disturbs the evolution of a normal teenager, causing them to be “fake”. I used two types of feature article: human interest and profile. For human interest I talked about the experiences of my person of interest and for the profile I talked about her character and lifestyle. Image Source: •
Ball, Aimee. Facebook Friends. Digital image. The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 28 Sept. 2010. Web. 12 Feb. 2014. <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/fashion/30FACEBOOK.html? pagewanted=all&_r=0