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Online health information: risky business or consumer wonderland?

New media has opened the information doors for healthcare. A new concept of using search engines to Organize, track, monitor and secure medical information online has been introduced. Google has recently added a feature called Google Health to their internet based service. It enables consumers to store health information online, with features such as setting personal goals, tracking progress and personalizing your health needs with applications and devices.

This idea of a “self managing citizen” discussed by Lewis (2006, 523) explores how new media has significantly shifted the healthcare industry providing many opportunities but also challenges.  The internet offer’s targeted health information which is able to target consumers as an individualized DIY subject (Lewis 2006, 522). However with consumers having access to vast amounts of online health information can lead to mixed messages regarding health advice and wrong diagnosis. As Lewis (2006, 523) discusses the possibility of an epidemic of misinformation.

The question is who is responsible when something goes wrong? It is clear there has been a shift from public responsibility to now the individual (Leong 2011). As we incorporate medicine 2.0 (Leong 2011) into our digital worlds it is important to consider what Faith Lee states consumers are now the gatekeepers of their own personal health information.

Lee, Faith. 2011. “DIY health. Are we becoming our own doctors?” Faithchantal’s Blog. Accessed April 4, 2011. http://faithchantal.wordpress.com 

Leong, Susan. 2011. “KCB: 206 New media: week 6 lecture notes.” Accessed April 4, 2011. http://blackboard.qut.edu.au/

Lewis, Tania. 2006. “Seeking health information on the internet: lifestyle choice or bad attack of cyberchondria?” Media, Culture and Society 28 (4): 521-539.

Shemissedhowhewouldkissher. 2011. “Just Breathe.” Image.  Accessed April 10, 2011. http://shemissedhowhewouldkissher.tumblr.com/post/4033352031

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The realities of new media: Multiple identities.

Life is not about finding yourself it’s about creating yourself (Leong, 2011). Disregarding the hype of new media, the concept of defining and branding your identity to others has long been a traditional process. Such as choosing a career pathway and who you associate with all contribute to your identity.  

New media has however opened up vast social spaces (Deuze 2011, 139) to further expand and create identities within multiple channels. As Faith Lee (2011, 4) describes we now have the tools such as Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter to broadcast ourselves globally. Today it is common for most of us to create multiple identities across a variety of online networks (Bush 2008, 1). For example I expose and brand myself differently on Facebook compared to how I do on Linked in.

Today it is evident we can alter information about the self online. As Deuze (2011, 1) explains we are living in a reality of being cut, pasted, edited, remixed and forwarded. However connecting and branding our identities online does not conclude we are living IN a media life. This idea argued by Deuze is an extremist point of view as new media only forms an extension of the self; Media is not a part of the lived experience.

Bush, Michael. 2008. “Online identity disorder? Try OpenID.” Advertising Age 79 (11): 18. Accessed April 2, 2011 http://www.proquest.com.ezp01.library.qut.edu.au/

Courides Alex. 2011. “Creating Yourself.” Image. Accessed April 2, 2011. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexcourides/5419869853/in/photostream/

Deuze, Mark. 2011. “Media Life.” Media, Culture & Society 33 (1): 137-148. Accessed March 31, 2011. doi: 10.1177/0163443710386518

Lee, Faith. 2011. “Branding yourself” Faithchantal’s Blog, April 3. Accessed April 3, 2011. http://faithchantal.wordpress.com/

Leong, Susan. “KCB206 New media: internet, self and beyond: Week 5 lecture notes.” Accessed March 31, 2011. http://blackboard.qut.edu.au/

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