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Concept Experience 8

Reading through all of the comments I think majority of the class agrees that Tubb’s essay is very clear and well written and the use of personal experience makes it more engaging and relatable, therefore I was not lost or uninterested in any part of his essay. One of my peers comments that struck out to me was “I agree that social media is a great platform to speak out your own voice, but I don’t think that you voice will be heard ALL ROUND THE WORLD. .”  written by jaffeywang. I feel like we tend to forget that there is more to the world than just the western world. Women’s rights and feminism is a big problem here, however, it is a bigger problem in other parts of the world. Consider the middle east and how oppressed the women there are. However, I know from personal experience that many women in some parts of the Middle East slowly, but surely do have access to the Internet and do use these tools to their advantage. For example, several months ago a young woman was beaten to death on the streets of Afghanistan by hundreds of men. Women all throughout Afghanistan started to protest and demanded justice for the young girl and her family. Years ago, this would not have been able to happen. These people are educating themselves from the Internet and learning about how they can act on their rights. Although, there are still places in the world where people do not have access to this sort of information, we can remind ourselves that eventually there will be a way and that social media will be the way to get that information across.

-Tubb writing style is what has the reader’s attention. His use of words and his format is more laid back. It is more relatable, it looks and sounds less like a research paper and more like an article that would be found on Huffington post. It seemed like he was actually interested in his research which made the writing more passionate.

– Tubbs started his paper with personal experiences, which led him to his topic: feminism. By doing this, he keeps his audience intrigued and allows them to relate to his experience. They also get more background on his views on the issue before and after his research. He explains how his use of social media changed his opinions, and how important the role of social media is on society today. They also get more background on his views on the issue before and after his research.

– I was most interested in the “Marginalized Minds” section because it really branches off the whole personal experience and uses many factors to support his ideas.

Concept Experience #8 – Class commentary on “How Slacktivists Can Change the World”

One comment that made me think was Jaffey’s because she pointed out something I hadn’t thought about after reading Justin’s essay: “I agree that social media is a great platform to speak out your own voice, but I don’t think that you voice will be heard ALL ROUND THE WORLD. At least not in China.” Perhaps Justin didn’t literally mean “the whole world” would be changed by social media activism, but Jaffey’s comment highlights that we certainly cannot forget that the Western World IS NOT the whole world. The implications for making this assumption are pointed out by Jaffey again, who says that there are millions of people in the world who don’t know what feminism is, either because they don’t have access to the Internet or because their access is filtered by the government, such as in China. I like comments such as Jaffey’s because they pop me out of this bubble that we are making great change and the world will be an awesome place soon, because frankly it is not. It’s easy to overestimate our abilities to foster social change when we have had some good results in our country lately, but as Jaffey points out, the situation is definitely not the same in other parts of the world and we need to be aware of that as well.

There are three key concepts in Justin’s essay, which is written in response to Malcolm Gladwell’s criticism of online activism. Gladwell says that online activism is lazy, inefficient and in no means comparable to protests that brought social changes such as the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Justin debunks Gladwell’s idea with evidence supporting these three concepts:

  • Key Concept #1: Social media is an effective and useful tool for organizing offline protests and demonstrations, as well as for making petitions popular and bringing in more signatures. Justin provides the examples of the SlutWalk in Toronto, which was organized entirely online, and the Twitter campaign NoMorePage3, which aimed to stop the British tabloid The Sun from printing pictures of topless women.

 

  • Key Concept #2: The popularity of social media means that activists are not constrained by geography anymore. With the Internet, people from around the world can fight for a cause without ever needing to leave their houses. If it wasn’t for online organization, some issues would never be known to millions of people. Another important point Justin makes is that the format of social media venues such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr allows for those who haven’t heard about a given cause to learn about it. With likes, shares and reblogs more people are made aware of issues they had no clue about. Of course, Justin is the perfect example for this argument because, before he joined Tumblr, he had no idea what feminism was, but through posts from his friends and the people he followed he became aware of this issue and now considers himself a feminist.

 

  • Key Concept #3Social media is virtually public and free, not controlled like traditional means of communication (such as broadcast TV). This means that anyone and everyone can sign up for an account on a social media website and start making themselves heard. People who were often marginalized and ignored, not part of the “main discourse” seen in traditional media can now change the narrative to focus it on themselves. Their voices are not tuned out or filtered in social media. Another important aspect of social media is that it allows for anonymity. Survivors of sexual assault, for example, can share their experiences, as well as receive and give support, without having to share their identities if they so wish.

With these clear, evidence-supported arguments Justin shows that online activism is nothing but lazy and inefficient, but rather a crucial tool in bringing about social change in our country.

Concept Experience #7 – My IP Among the Course Thinkers

Footnotes

  1. On As We May Think, Vannevar Bush discusses scientific collaboration as being essential for us to continue evolving and thriving as a race. One important way that parents use the Internet today is to share tips and advice on how to help their children suffering with developmental disorders and mental illnesses to cope better with their conditions. Parents also offer each other emotional support when dealing with their child’s diagnosis.
  2. Douglas Engelbart proposed a system that would be used to “augment human intellect.” Today we have the Internet that allows us to expand our knowledge and learn anything we want, anytime we want, very similar to what Engelbart envisioned. However, as informative as the Internet is, there is still wrong ideas being disseminated through it, such as the idea that vaccines cause autism. Are these ideas augmenting human intellect?
  3. Ted Nelson’s ideas for revolutionizing education with computers can be paralleled with the main concepts behind “free-range parenting.” In both instances children are granted more freedom and autonomy to seek what they are interested in. Teachers and parents supervise and guide, but they do not constrain children as they learn how to fend for themselves in the world.

Concept Experience #6: Finding a Fantic Space

One of my favorite things to do when I am bored or in the mood to procrastinate is to go on this special corner of Google Maps and explore the new content that it’s periodically uploaded there. Right now on this branch of Google Street View there are several cities, countries and regions of the world you can experience as if you were physically there, but with an advantage to compensate for the fact you are not: each image offers a little history or trivia about the place you are currently “visiting”. This website reminds me of that video we watched in which the guy was wearing his “life enhancing glasses” that gave him all the information he wanted as he went by his day.

As I mentioned, there are several places you can explore in this website, and each panoramic picture will offer you some information and a link in case you are interested in learning more about each location. One of my favorite places to “visit” are the Galapagos Islands. I first learned about being able to visit there through Google last year in a Biology class. I think my professor wanted us to be able to experience the islands in a similar way that Darwin did, which was a great way to enhance our learning experience and make us more engaged in the class – very similar to what Nelson proposes in Dream Machines. I love the opportunity that Google provides for us to make boring paragraphs in a textbook real, in a dynamic way. There are videos about the labs and the animals Darwin studied, panoramic views of the islands, and you can even swim with the sea lions!

Concept Experience #6: Finding a Fantic Space

What attracts me the most about this website, and what I wish I could replicate in my own Inquiry Project (if only I had the skills, which I don’t), is that you could lose yourself for hours there without even noticing – and most importantly, while LEARNING. Sure, we can all blow several hours online no problem, but how much do you really learn when you get to the end of your ex’s Instagram feed? I also love how each page offers you just the right amount of information to 1) teach you something, 2) not bore you, and 3) give you room to research more if you so wish. After all, as Nelson writes,  what’s better than encouraging people to learn for and by themselves?

Now, as for an interesting writing voice I’d like to emulate, I had a hard time finding someone because I don’t read any blogs regularly. However, I like to read J.K. Rowling’s tweets because she has great sense of humor, but not in an obvious way. She’s one of those people who can probably tell a joke with a straight face and still make everyone laugh (at least that’s how I picture her saying what she tweets). I also love how sarcastic she is, without being crass or rude. Also, I love how she’s always able to get her point across in a single tweet. I guess what I admire the most about her voice is its ability to convey meaning and humor in just words, without emojis, gifs, pictures, etc. I would love to be able to write as well as her, but for now I am happy to read anything and everything she writes.

 

Concept Experience 6: Finding Fantic Space

Concept Experience 6: Finding Fantic Space
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Here is a link to some of my nerdism: Once Piece fantic space.

There are so many things that visually and artistically stimulate my mind. One of them is my current anime interest, One Piece. The design of One Piece intrigues me because the art connected to the visuals that compliment the story line allow me to be there as an added extra. I have always been a very visual person, always wanting to “see” what’s going on. I don’t necessarily need to know every minute detail of what is happening, but does it look cool? One Piece and other story lines that add lots of visual effects fill that void that I have for seeing visually stimulating things.

Another artistically stimulating thing for me is music. Being a musician, sounds in the general sense intrigue me. Simply walking down the sidewalk I hear music where others may hear noise.

Take this awkward situation from both the violinist and the cell phone users perspective. This could have been detrimental to the musician who has been practicing for years in order to hone his skills to the point where he is comfortable playing an instrument in front of an audience, let alone have enough mastery to, on the spot, freestyle a ringtone into a listenable song.

 

WRITING VOICE

The writing voice that I find most appealing comes from Dr. Myles Munroe. His teaching style on leadership and manhood better help me to practically apply his findings in my own life. I am able to read his works, listen to his voice, do my own studying and my own research, make connections, and then apply the teachings to my life. This is an excerpt from Dr. Myles Munroe:

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I have heard many leaders such as: John Maxwell, Warren Buffett, Tony Evans, Jamal Bryant and a few others, however for me none of them speak to me in such clarity more clear than Dr. Myles Munroe.

He speaks with confidence, he also writes with confidence. There have been many books I have read where it seems that the author is trying more so to impose, rather than teach. Dr. Munroe understands that everyone is an individual and born with their own thoughts and processes and he acknowledges that most of them may not be eliminated, but rather redirected. He doesn’t impose his will on others like a dictator, he teaches and adds value more like a loving father. This is what speaks to me because of my upbringing. My father was always in my life, so if someone who wants me to learn something teaches me in a fatherly way I am more susceptible to learning and understanding the information.

My Conceptual Network

Computers are meticulous and have been programmed to function a certain way. Present day computers are designed primarily to solve reformulated problems or to process data according to predetermined procedures. The course of the computation may be conditional upon results obtained during the computation, but all the alternatives must be foreseen in advance. We no longer need humans to communicate directly but instead we can communicate through the internet. This is quite the obvious statement. able to send multiple people the same message at the same time does nothing but quicken the process of sending the message. This lost time represents a shortening of the distance between the human brain and the computer. If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not go far in our understanding of the world.

People who would have otherwise no access to education are able to log into class anywhere at any time. As someone who is very new to online courses, it is evident to me that learning over the internet is a skill that will be helpful to me in the future.The accounts I follow reflect my interests, and the vast majority of the users are people I have never met. As an art student, I can really see the value in making money by creating something that you care about. This is another situation that was drastically altered by the emergence of the internet. The individual is given a platform to tell the world what he or she has to say, and that might be lovingly written prose about what exploration goes on late at night in the dorms at a boarding school of witchcraft and wizardry. I think each person is uniquely capable of making these associations based on their interests.These associations seem just as challenging to recreate, if not more.

When thinking about the future and how much more everything could potentially continue to change, it can be scary to think about our great grandkids or even grandkids growing up in a completely different technological world than we did. If society has changed so much  today than in recent years, what do we have coming in future years in regards to technology and the media?

I’ve always found it very interesting that a thought cannot be measured. Thoughts do not feel made, but discovered. It seemed like a road well traveled.Of course this was a dead end but it was too intriguing to not click on. I think this another one of those black holes that is both interesting and not what I’m looking for.

Concept Experience 5

Human brain is like a tangled thread. Should I look for all the sentences first? Or should I start writing then fit them altogether later?  When I think, I feel the same as virtually going through an intertwined web of concepts, where ideas and relevant matters are connected and push to the surface, in turn of their impression to the brain. The tough part is that it all occurs at once. That’s why sometime it feels like the answer is right there, but I can’t actually put it in words.

A conceptual network of 8 different writers, from 16 different posts, of various central topics, seem to be an overwhelming, all over the place prompt to me. Though, they all share common theme of how human and technology think and be in the online space, synthesis so many different aspects of such broad subject is not an easy task. Nonetheless, it is even more difficult nowadays due to technology and the Internet. Phone buzzes with new text messages, Facebook rings from news feed notifications, music, games, all kind of distractions lure my mind away from focusing. Since when has technology came about and effecting my brain like this?

Flashing back at human evolution, we were starting out just as basic as any other animals. As human developed, we created tools, languages, we discovered fire, then electricity then a modern, complex civilization like how we are today. Man’s population and gross product are increasing at a considerable rate, but the complexity of his problems grows still faster, and the urgency with which solutions must be found becomes steadily greater in response to the increased rate of activity and the increasingly global nature of that activity. Our worries aren’t stopping at how much crops we need to grow, how many animals we have to hunt for the survival of hundreds some people in the clan, but much larger concerns like how to sustain in needs and food for billions people, how to protect our race against devastated natural disaster, or how to continue and prepare our next generations to the tough fight of the survival for the fitness. Therefore, we need to augment human intellect to not get behind the speed of life changing. By “augmenting human intellect” we mean increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit his particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems. In order to do so, we first need a way to encompass the records hundreds thousands years of human history in a convenience fashion. Since human race has built a civilization so complex that he needs to mechanize his records more fully if he is to push his experiment to its logical conclusion and not merely become bogged down part way there by overtaxing his limited memory. There is no use of that rich foundation if we can’t store or access them. And our current unlimited cloud storage called Google with free, instantaneous access via computer through the meant of the internet is bringing such solution to life. We no longer need to spend hours to search for the right book among the thousands books in the library, or hopelessly look for the long-lost passage among millions words of hundreds, thousands pages text. Technology is capable of providing viewers the answers, the materials, or even relevance readings with a few clicks immediately, just like a magic granted to our wish. In the man-machine systems of the past, the human operator supplied the initiative, the direction, the integration, and the criterion. The mechanical parts of the systems were mere extensions, first of the human arm, then of the human eye. Today technology is expanding even more on the notion of man-computer symbiosis. We want to strive for “real time” interaction between flexible mind of man and speed of machine for the sake of our productivity. Though, there is still limited in conversational potential between two subjects, further refine in speed and accuracy in language fluency of computer would yield those time consuming clerical tasks of recording and inputting data to almost immediately answer. Being able to understand and communicating with one another, computers prove to be flexible, adaptive, manipulative to human need. Man-computer symbiosis is here and it’s only a matter of time before this technology improves and is applied to new areas. Computers are there to assist human in unnecessary boring procedure, calculations, algorithm or repetitive works, thus boost human’s productivity and problem solving speed to another extent.

Growing up as “digital natives”, kids nowadays are familiar and fluent with technology like how to read or write. Despite blessing with its convenience  and useful assistance, there are also inevitable problems we have to overcome. Not an exception, the Internet and social media are also part of my daily life. I use them to look for everything from directions, recipes,  to research questions and keep myself update with trends and news out there in the world every single day. Google is a great leap of human intelligent. It blows a new hope into our research and learning ability. Since it is designed to “learn” from previous experience by calculating and associating people’s search/visit history (I am not sure if that is a fascinating thing or not) and with huge, interconnected database that receives distribution and being used worldwide, searching questions and suggestions are wide variety, relevance, and available. It is very powerful tool that we do need some initiative and manipulation along the progress to maximize its utility. Even with a shared interest and searching keywords at the beginning, where one ends up would depend on their decision and intent. Some people would be driven by her predetermined topic while the other would go with the flow. Sometimes the suggestions are expected, sometimes they aren’t, or sometimes they are inspiring. Anyhow, in the end, we need to focused on our idea in order to not getting off track. “Too much of something good starts to turn into something bad.” Such excessive convenience is making people lose focus and comprehensibility to certain extent because it is natural reflex of human behavior, to just skim through the information, at unnoticeably high speed, since we know that there are a lot more possible answer lying out there. In fact, scientist had shown that technology is actually shaping our brain wiring different than before, especially how we memorize, due to the way we expect the answer in advance and the assurance that those answer could be retrieve at any time. Moreover, with social media as the root of attention, we also tend to develop the problem with internet addiction and excessive narcissism. Constant phone buzzing noises or notifications sound really interfere with our attention and focus on work or studying. Some young people are over upset with the amount likes they get, some others are  exercising social media immaturely as the meant of cyber bullying. Before the problems become too viral,  “ethical of living online” and stricter supervision of internet usage should be implement to younger kids. Yet, in the application of science to the needs and desires of man, it would seem to be a singularly unfortunate stage at which to terminate the process, or to lose hope as to the outcome.

 

Concept Experience #5

We live in a generation where everything is done online. Science has provided the swiftest communication  between individuals; it has provided a record of ideas and has enabled man to manipulate and to make extracts from that record so that knowledge evolves and endures throughout the life of a race rather than that of an individual. We no longer need humans to communicate directly but instead we can communicate through the Internet. There’s a “section” of Snapchat where you get to take selfies and send them to your friends, you are able to capture moments — some of these may simply be walking down the street with Starbucks in hand but being in awe of the amazing buildings and cathedrals around you, you simply have to have to snap chat. They do say a picture is worth a million words. The reason I am smitten with the app is that I find, since I’ve been using it, I am much more aware of how filled with loveliness my life is.

Books are among the most beautifully engineered, and human-engineered, components in existence,and they will continue to be functionally important within the context of man-computer symbiosis. Nowadays the “final frontier” seems to be creating a machine that is at least as smart as ourselves, and maybe even smarter. This has not been a scientist’s war; it has been a war in which all have had a part. Every process of thought or action is made up of sub-processes. Adults and children throughout the world read and analyze Shakespearean literature even if there is a language barrier. Despite the small adjustments, like the vernacular, much hasn’t changed in the English Language. In one sense of course, any manmade system is intended to help man, to help a man or men outside the system.It’s like my computer knows me and what I am interested in; we worked together. When one looks at a computer system that is doing a very complex job, he sees on the surface a machine that can execute some extremely sophisticated processes. It’s neat to read this and have the knowledge of what has happened since the dawn of the modern computer and the PC. Eventually, all of this lead to more easy access to information.

I started off knowing the answer to my search, but I ended up with something so much deeper that the obvious. My brain, my thoughts are just like tangled threads. Each answer suggested a new question for me. My list of links becomes random after I read about clean drinking water. This ranges from thoughts about the meaning of life and philosophy to what I want to wear to work tomorrow. My mind is exploring and it’s a great feeling. After looking closely at both of their Associative Trail posts, I noticed that they both also chose links that related to their career paths. Just like me, they both chose links relating to their goals, aspirations and what they’re working toward. This one drew me in because it was relatable and refreshing.I found this blog inspiring. I came to the conclusion that the computer was very helpful in answering my random questions.

How Does It Feel When You Think?

This is a screenshot from the video game Fallout 3, it’s a great game with lots of random things to do and lots of breaking the laws of physics. At this moment in the game the main character has approached a man who, unbeknownst to him, had a Deathclaw stalking him. In the game whenever you hold a conversation with someone time will stop except for you and the person you’re speaking with. So the main character can speak with this guy for 10 years and he won’t get hungry, sleepy, or eaten by the Deathclaw; however immediately after this conversation is over time will resume and the man will be eaten (maybe you too!).

This is often how I am when I begin to daydream or think. In particular I have at least two modes of thinking. One is my day dream, which usually start off as cognitive and focused but ends up in a completely different place. I can start off being hungry and thinking about food, this can lead me to “healthy vs. unhealthy – what is healthy – who decided what health is – how did thy come to that conclusion – are they still alive – if he/she is dead were they not healthy enough, etc…”. My point is that in this mode of my thinking I can be completely unaware of what is actually going on around me, almost as if time has stopped and nothing matters because I am so immersed in a flow of “what ifs” and “I wonder’s”.

Then there is the other thought which is much more cognitive, focused and planned.I am beginning to write a book on a particular subject that I won’t disclose just yet, but while thinking and researching the ideals, referencing certain points, and defining the goals on the subject I am very conscious of being as accurate as possible. Therefor I do not allow my mind to wander at certain times because it will lead to no progress.

Allen Stone helps me make my point with his song called Circle (the YouTube video at the top). He understands that there is a goal to be reached and he’s trying to get out of the loop.