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Find a Thinker: Assignment 1

Wow! I was very overwhelmed and honestly a little confused when I first started reading about this course! This is my first online course at VCU so this is so new to me. I have never used rampages either so that is also new to me. After lots of reading and time spent, I am feeling much better and I am beyond exciting for this course!

While reading different students’ blogs, I came across someone who was focusing on Facebook and how it connects people. I am a huge fan of social media so Cabouniv200’s topic on Facebook was of huge interest to me. The way that social media has taken over people’s lives (including myself) is really intriguing to me. She made a good point when she said that a lot of people find Facebook “lame,” but they still continue to check the app multiple times everyday. I can definitely relate to this. Like the writer says, Facebook is so engrained in your everyday life. How did Facebook become so engrained in everyday life? How did Facebook basically kill Myspace? How has technology changed relationships? These are all questions that really get you thinking and are relatable to most people today.

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The blog that I found extremely interesting was “What’s for Dinher” by Jessica. Even though the title has nothing to do with what the blog is about; the title itself is what caught my attention. This blog is all about media and how it has affected our society today. Everything she says is unfortunately true to some people about what our society faces because of technology and the media.  For example like Jessica says the use of phones and toting has affected our social development. Instead of people meeting up to talk and such, the use of texting even if you are a couple feet away is more common.  She also states a lot on her blog about how the Amazon Prime feature the company has have affected people. Even though it has a lot of benefits like free two day shipping and such people still spend way more than people that don’t pay the extra money yearly to have Amazon Prime.  I found her blog fascinating more than others I had browsed through because to me its amazing how much it has affected society today.  As I was reading this blog my mind was thinking of how much the society I live in has changed compared to the one my parents lived in.  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?

Thinking thinkers think

After going through the thought vector site, the word “think” doesn’t even sound like a real word anymore. I have spent the last two days trying my hardest to understand how to use this website and man, has it been difficult. I finally figured out that I needed to go to thoughtvectors.net to see all the blogs! All I can say is WOW, there is so much thinking going on all over this site! It was awesome to see how many posts there are and I can’t wait to read more of them and actually get a hang of this rampages site. I’m exceptionally excited to share my own thoughts on topics throughout this course. I am usually quiet in the classroom until I warm up a bit but thankfully I feel free to think my thoughts out loud here on the web!

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The blog I found interesting was “Reflections: Living the Dream” by Suzan. The title itself intrigued me to open the blog and as I began reading what she had to say, I found myself liking everything she was writing about. In this blog, she is writing all about lecturing and people tending to doze off or lose focus while being lectured. I like that she mentions several different ideas teachers or professors could use to help engage the students more and help to prevent falling asleep or losing focus. I personally find it really hard to stay focused for the entire 50 or 75 minutes that I have to sit in lecture, especially if there is no interaction and it is just constant talking and reading from slides. I feel like it may be fascinating to me and not others, because I can personally relate to what the author is writing about, where some other people might not relate to it so they wouldn’t understand it as well.

When reading this blog, my mind wandered off to how I felt all through high school, and even how I feel in some of my classes now that I have started college. Sometimes, I tend to find it really hard to focus especially if the topic does not interest me. After reading this, my questions are… Can all professors try harder to keep us engaged? and What can I do as a student to help myself keep from drifting away?

The Thinker I Found

After searching through a few blogs, I came upon Morgan Thinking Things. To be completely honest, I was initially drawn to the title because my name is also Morgan. However I got to the blog, it was the posts that kept me there. Her posts on Fan Fiction really got me thinking about the different roles literature can serve in a society, and down to an individual level. It seems like the art of Fan Fiction is too honest for some societies, and the powers that be would prefer it if you bottled all of those fantasy narratives deep inside you and never let them out. 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.

Thinker is thinking the truth

The blogger who posted “Trust, Connected Learning, and Photography” named Laura Gogia. She works for education. The title of her blog named “Laura Park Gogia: The Coloring Book” I found interesting in the post is because this sentence: “And sometimes they might accept the media before they accept the people behind it, because media is more predictable – more safe – than people are.” I kinda agree with it but at the same time, i disagree with it. It is self-contradictory but i think i got some reasons for it.

Just three days ago, I went to my class with my friend and we knew a Chinese girl from that class. She’s outgoing and really friendly, but we didn’t talk that much. At the end of the class, she came up and said: “Hey, what’s your wechat number?” (wechat is a popular Chinese app) My friend gave her the number but i didn’t. I’m a slow person. I won’t usually add someone as my friend if we don’t even know each other very well. I would question why you add someone as your friend if you don’t even know her well. Maybe the answer just like that sentence said “because media is more predictable – more safe – than people are” Through the media, we get to know other people’s life but at the meantime, we don’t need to join their life or have any face to face communication and we don’t need to worried about what kind of person they are because you can just easily delete them if you need, then never gonna have any connection. Isn’t it a safe way to know about a people? You can accept who he is on the media and don’t need to think about who he really is. Yes, media can be more safe than people are as long as you keep a “filter” in your mind.

However, sometimes what you see is not what you see. Media is a good liar which you could never predict. It also is a good mask which covers people’s heart.

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As an international student, i usually just post some great moment on the wechat, but never sad emotion. Does this mean that I always happy here? No, I don’t. I will miss home and I will feel lonely.  However, the reason I do that is because I don’t want to worry my parent. It’s a protection for me and also for them. But will other people see my sad emotion through the media? No they won’t and they won’t ever think about it because they believe what they see. So, is media still more predictable than people are? No, I don’t think so.

 

My take on the “Thinker”

This post stood out to me for a number of reasons. I believe what captured my attention was how casual the blogger spoke. Reading the blog post was almost like holding a conversation with a 12 year old. The second thing that made this post so interesting to me, was how little interest the blogger has in using the internet. In this day and age, nearly every teenager and young adult uses the internet to connect to their peers through social media and to stay updated on current events. The blogger literally says that he/she uses the internet mainly to see what items students are selling or giving away at VCU… I’ve honestly never heard of anything like it. I also can’t even fathom how the student could be successful while taking seven summer classes and working two jobs. Just reading this post made me want to get know exactly who the student is, he/she seems to be an abstract thinker.

A Thinker ‘s Thoughts

This blogger has very interesting post about how the mind is when you are constantly thinking. She pulled this paragraph from another source about a person’s “inner and outer” world, which was a very compelling read. She stated, “I mostly think like I breathe,” which is true because we all do it naturally and not forcefully. My mind was very in sync with the bloggers. She made very valid points in her blog post that made me wonder and be curious. Other than that blog post, this blogger likes to expand more on the idea of the mind and how we create thoughts and why we think. When reading her blog, I questioned how much I thought and why I think so much. She made me want to expand my horizons on the reason behind thinking.

A thinker’s thoughts

So for this first assignment I browsed around thoughtvectors.net and read some blogs. I have to admit I was a bit confused at first because reading “backwards” is a little strange, and some of the posts made no sense because I didn’t know what their prompt was. Anyways, after hopping around links for a while I found a blog by a UNIV 200 professor, Jessica Gordon. There weren’t a lot of posts, but she writes long, but easy to read, entries.

On one of Jessica’s posts, she discusses why is it important that students take classes like Focused Inquiry while in college. She says that these classes teach us critical thinking and how to communicate effectively, and these are skills that any profession needs. I couldn’t agree more. Learning how to seek for information and how to distinguish between good and bad sources of knowledge is crucial for making informed decisions in our personal and professional lives. A personal example comes to mind: I’ve been trying to lose a couple of pounds, and a quick search online will show you that everyone and their mothers has a theory on what’s most effective. There are thousands of diets, exercise plans, detoxes, etc etc etc. However, only by looking for information on reputable places, from professionals with real credentials you can be sure to be on the right path. It’s easy to get lost in the midst of thousands and thousands of articles about weight loss, but having the right tools to navigate all this information makes it a little easier, and this skill can be used in many other areas of life.

Another post I found interesting is also related to applying skills learned in college well after graduation. Jessica writes about the importance of learning how to defend your own opinions and point of views effectively. She teaches this skills to her students by having them practice writing three statements that support their points of view. Well, that’s a lot easier said than done! Her post got me thinking about my own opinions and why I think this or that way, and I’m embarrassed to say I can’t come up with three good arguments for a lot of them. Reflecting on my own behavior and how I form my own opinions, I noticed that sometimes I don’t read whole news articles, just the headlines and then go straight to the comments. Why do I do this, I don’t know. Maybe it has something to do with my shorter attention spam, or maybe because it’s just easy to see how others feel about the article and its contents so I don’t have to come up with an opinion myself. I think we as a society are growing so used to not having to think for ourselves that it’s a bit of a shock when we are forced to do it (as in when we are taking a college course that requires you to write argumentative essays).

Thinking is hard. Expressing our thoughts in a cohesive and clear manner is even harder (and even worse if it’s in writing). Defending your thoughts and convincing others to think like yourself is a herculean task! I guess that’s why so many students dread writing in college. Myself, I wouldn’t say I hate it but I don’t love it either. I need to take my time and review, review, review. Having someone else read and criticize my writing is not too pleasant for me, so forgive me for being a little wary of this whole blogging thing. Nonetheless, I can appreciate the importance of taking this class not only for improving my writing but to become more comfortable with thinking critically, arguing and defending my views. After all, as “thinker” Jessica says, it will be a lifelong process.

In search of the “perfect” thinker…

As I was seemingly scrolling down the thoughtvectors website, I encountered a few blogs that caught my attention but not as the “How she thinks” blog completely captured me as a whole. The great thing about the thought vectors website is that people feel free to express their ideas without limit. “How she thinks” was an interesting blog because a lot of ideas were written out in a way many of us are able to relate to. One of these blogs was titled “What it’s like to be in my head.” This post was clever because the author chose to include a reference we all are mostly familiar with: Spongebob.  I realize this blogger may not appeal to everyone but to me it really broke down a lot of seemingly complex ideas and thoughts into simpler and  humoristic ones. Throughout my time spent visiting the “How she thinks” blog, it made me think of how a single question can be interpreted so many different ways and the variety of ways to also answer that single question. It made me remember of “thinking outside the box.” This blog was also very inspiring, and by this I mean it made me want to think of all the little things that we sometimes dismiss as trivial, or all the questions asked on a daily that we dismiss as being “stupid.” Although, I spent about 20-30 minutes on the blog it put a lot of these thoughts into perspective for me.

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