Computer Lib/Dream Machines Nugget

“Computers are simply a necessary and enjoyable part of life, like food and books. Computers are not everything, they are just an aspect of everything, and not to know this is computer illiteracy, a silly and dangerous ignorance.”
-Computer Lib

“Technology is an expression of man’s dreams. If man did not indulge his fantasies, his thoughts alone would inhibit the development of technology itself”
-Dream Machines

I chose one quote from the computer lib section and one from the dream machines section to get a feel for both of them, because they are “bound together.” I enjoyed the first quote because computers are really  being a part of our everyday lives. We’ve all got tiny computer (cellphones) in our pockets that  we are never really too far away. I find the “computers are not everything, they are an aspect of everything” a curious and sort of mind boggling statement. Will we ever get to a point wear we as human won’t depend of technology so much, or will it continue to expand? I really loved the second quote because it conveyed exactly what I had wanted my inquiry project to be about before I modified it. When thoughts or actions are repressed, they have to manifest in some way. Was that the birth of computers/technology?

This nugget connects to my topic because I could definitely blend this article with the culmination of twitter, how it has changed, and where it might be going. My interpretation of this nugget is important because, like I’ve said before, I can refer back to this and maybe come up with some new ideas and spark my imagination.


I like the way LivingTheDream chose a similar quote to me and thought about it the same way I did. I agree when he mentions that we don’t need computers but since they are here, they are here to stay. Ewingjm2’s post caught my attention because of their interpretation of the quote they chose. “Our lives are bound only by our dreams,” really solidifies how far we can go in life and how far we are willing to go. Helenakim’s post sparked my interest because of her dedication to her posts and the depth she takes with the posts.

Week 3 Progress Report

Each week brings me closer and closer to the research we are starting and I am becoming less nervous about it. I like the way we are kind of sliding into the research, and not just being thrown in and expected to do something we are still skeptical about. This week, we finalized what we will be researching and even started searching from article that will be use in the near future. And like every week, we were able to look and comment on people blogs to get a sense of what others are doing and how they might be able to help us. Overall, it was a good week.

Questing My Dream

Everyone’s ideas are very good and interesting and I would like to learn more about some the topics people are doing. I know some people have similar topics to me, social media, but I would do better working alone. Sometimes when I work with others, their writing style/work rubs off on me and I want this to be my own. I am still interested in collaborating when it comes to strong articles, though!

Concept Experience /Nugget Review

Going through Diigo made it obvious that I wasn’t alone in my efforts in searching for articles and interesting stuff to talk about. I was pleased to see all the different topics floating around. Meredith from section two’s approach was understandable and made me question why I hadn’t thought the way she did. I liked that she used a real life example to compare to “Augmenting Human Intellect.” The comparing of medicine to human intelligence clicked with me. Whatsfordinher, from section six kept their nugget post short and sweet, which I appreciate. They were able to read between the line and interpret what they thought Mr. Engelbart was trying to get across. Caroline, from section nine, has a very similar thought process to mine, which lead me to linking to her blog post. Her post was orderly and easy to comprehend, so it made me want to continue reading.

Looking back on my original post, I would have included, maybe a more complex quote that made me work a little harder to make meaningful. But everything is for a reason and I will just have to work a little harder next time to one-up myself.

Diigo Dynamics

I had never heard of Diigo before coming into this class. This attachment/extension/website/whathaveyou has become very helpful and even surprised me with the stuff it is able to do. When looking for sources that I thought would benefit me, I searched the tags that I had used with my own sources. Twitter and technology/internet and variations of those words helped me sort of narrow down the articles relevant to me. But just looking through the thoughtvectors2014 tags was helpful as well, and seeing what other people were researching.

Panning for Nuggets

“The enticing nature of communicating with a large fan base can easily overcome the appeal of a deeper and more complex personable relationship. This is when our society begins to get into trouble. When we move towards being less personal in our interactions because of communications technology, we tend to forget the very purpose of the technology itself. The designed purpose of these inventions is to bring us closer together and not farther apart.”
-Joseph Webster, The Effects and Impact of Mass Communication Technology on Society (An Analysis and Theory)

I chose this quote because it states what is obviously happening with technology and social media. We’re able to talk to people without being face-to-face through text and instant messaging and we can acknowledge that someone really likes Chipotle when we see it in our feed. In our efforts to be more connected, we are driving ourselves apart and living through a tiny screen. I still like the way social media can connect and inform us, though.

“Recent research has shown that the sound of a text message or an email hitting your inbox leads to the release of dopamine, a chemical activated when something enjoyable happens unexpectedly. If this is the case, then we could say that over-using technology trains the brain to relate these feelings of pleasure with this kind of interaction, further amplifying our desire to engage with it. The presence and growth of technology has brought with it a whole host of wonderful things. No one can deny that.”

I chose this article to compare with the first article because it reiterates how dependent we are to our technology. I read that quote thinking about how my heart would sometimes jump when my phone buzzed or how I felt anxious getting an email or a telephone call from a strange number. It’s all in our heads, the scope of feeling connected, just by seeing someone’s name on your phone or looking at their profile.

Augmenting Human Intellect Nugget

“Pervading all of the augmentation means is a particular structure or organization. While an untrained aborigine cannot drive a car through traffic, because he cannot leap the gap between his cultural background and the kind of world that contains cars and traffic, it is possible to move step by step through an organized training program that will enable him to drive effectively and safely. In other words, the human mind neither learns nor acts by large leaps, but by steps organized or structured so that each one depends upon previous steps.”

This quote resonated with me because it makes so much sense in my mind. Whenever I see a piece that I don’t understand, most of the time I just move on because if I don’t understand right away, I probably never will. This quote clicked in my mind very fast, which is why it resonated with me. I very much agree with this quote. Nothing just spontaneously starts existing, except for maybe the big bang I suppose. But most things generate from other things, just like a train of thoughts or learned actions. Everything is a step-by-step process, and we become better and more knowledgeable about things as we become more accustomed to them.

But of course, not everything is that way. Some people are naturally gifted at music or art, so this concept isn’t suitable for every action or trait.

“The human mind does not work that way. It operates by association. With one item in its grasp, it snaps instantly to the next that is suggested by the association of thoughts, in accordance with some intricate web of trails carried by the cells of the brain,”

this quote came from my first  nugget in “As We May Think” by Vannevar Bush. This excerpt from the full quote fits in with the quote I published up top. Nothing comes from nothing, so thoughts have to originate from other thoughts. I think of this approach like a game of leap frog. You cant move on until your partner has jumped over you. And if you do, you’ve skipped a crucial step. I hope this post has made sense. My brain seems to being doing things without my consent. Anyways I enjoyed making this post! It got my mind going.


UnicornBlake’s post caught my action by using the same quote from “As We May Think,” so that makes me think that we may think alike. I liked that the quote they chose were different yet could still be connected while I chose two quotes that I found similar and chose to do my post that way.

I enjoyed reading helenakim’s post because I can relate it to my topic a bit. She mentions that humans are always seeking out the newest system, which I believe to be very true. My topic is how twitter has changed the way people communicate and it is sort of like Twitter is an easier way to talk because you only have 140 characters. It forces you to be blunt and quick, and isn’t that what we were striving for nowadays?

M1chael’s post was very similar to mine in that we chose the same quote basically.  I’ve noticed that this quote has been mentioned a lot because it  is easy to connect with and understand. It’s about learning by steps and that nothing can be achieved unless you move incrementally. It is such a good quote.

Dreamers Unite

Without realizing it in the beginning , all the work we have been doing has lead up to this moment. The topic of my Inquiry Project is the impact twitter has had on how society communicates. I wouldn’t have been able to come up with that question and narrow down what exactly I acted to search if it wasn’t for my peers and their comments. That’s whats so awesome about this class, even though it’s online, we still interact and give each other great feedback. I used to be nervous about the work that would come along with this class since we would never really meet but my fears have been silenced and the class has been going on great so far.

Now, whenever I look something up on Google, I think about how I’m wording my statements and how I can reword it so I get the best outcome. I would definitely say I work quickly, I don’t like to sit around on something, it’s like I have to get it done so its off my mind. I like to have things blunt because I don’t see the need in dilly-dally, for lack of a better word. I prefer blog posts to tweets (even though my project is on twitter, whoops) because there’s more of you on it. You can write all you want to say so it’s like looking at a diary entry. Tweets are informal and designed to just give a little snapshot.

Sales Pitch

  1. I want my research to be about how twitter as changed the way society communicate with each other. To do that, I would needs stats as to how many people have active twitter accounts and what kind of people have the most popular tweets, some scholarly articles about communication and social media that I can tie into my topic, and I want to look at it from a sociology perceptive.
  2. People who are also researching about social media should join my cause, if you doing your research from a sociology perspective, or if you just are intrigued by my topic. I will be good to have people to bounce ideas off with and sort of review my work so everything makes sense.

If you’re interested, here is a good article to start out with. It is clear-cut and gives off an air I would like my paper to give off.

This video
from The Today Show is also a good example of what I would like to convey in my project.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!