Note: I am not a medical professional, I am an autistic adult. The things that I say in this article are not indicative of the thoughts and feelings of all autistic people - we are a diverse bunch and if you've met one autistic person, you've met one autistic person. This is an opinion piece … Continue reading The way we talk about autism is damaging – here’s why
Note: I am not a professional when it comes to ASD and related behaviours; anything I discuss in this post is purely my own experience and not reflective on ASD as a whole - it can present itself in many different ways and while many people on the spectrum will relate to this, many also … Continue reading Masking and Extroversion in ASD – How I’m a social butterfly
I have never quite been what someone would picture when they hear the word 'autism' - well, I believe I'm not. I'm bubbly, outgoing, I love being the center of attention and making people laugh. I'm spontaneous, I take risks, I put myself out there, and I make a lot of eye contact. So I … Continue reading Being Diagnosed with ASD (at 19 years old)
https://youtu.be/rPIMvSKjJDg Video: "Social Media and Extremism: New Ways to Divide Us" The Making of This Video; A Reflection: I wanted to convey the argument that the divides that digital media cause between us can be so intense that they can result in extremism and terrorism, however it can also be used as a tool to … Continue reading Social Media and Extremism: New Ways to Divide Us
https://youtu.be/CQX59c3yvs8 Video: Deepfakes, What They Are, What They Mean In this video I addressed deepfakes and where they fit in with new realities. Drawing on inspiration from Shane Dawson, I aimed to make deepfakes appear disconcerting and as something to be wary of. In the brief time frame that I had available, I explained what … Continue reading Deepfakes – What They Are, What They Mean
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHbOj3O2IGo&feature=youtu.be In this video, I take a moment to properly introduce myself, discuss my course and reveal some of my hobbies and passions In this introduction video I aimed to portray myself as fun, imaginative and educated. I wanted to ensure that I'd stand out as colourful (literally and figuratively) and engaging, appealing to an … Continue reading Hi, I’m Alana! 🙂
https://soundcloud.com/alana-foster-359846281/social-media-activism-whats-the-deal/s-jcNqi My very first Podcast! Woohoo! In this podcast I addressed the possibilities and limitations associated with social media activism, and whether or not activists online have a legitimate chance at provoking social change. I utilised a commentary Youtuber, Mr Atheist, as an example throughout. I started by posing a question to the audience; 'how … Continue reading Social Media Activism – What’s the Deal?
Just me, fresh out of the gym, revealing myself at my sweatiest, reddest and least-attractive time in the name of realness. My online identity has been rather fluid over the years, however something that I am utilising more and more frequently is honesty and my own version of authenticity. Although it used to be something … Continue reading From obscenity to serenity; how I use honesty to build an online identity.
I am afraid I must warn you, dear reader; if you are squeamish or modest when it comes to bodily fluids or period talk, look away - if there's one thing that people in my personal life will tell you; it's that I am way too open and honest about everything. This will be no … Continue reading Magical or Messy? The Menstrual Cup
Here's the thing about politeness - I hate it. Not ALL of it, of course; I just wanted an eye-catching opener. I value the importance of smiling at people and saying please and thank you and not being a blundering A-hole at all hours of the day/night. But I do have a bone to pick … Continue reading The Trials and Tribulations of Politeness