Connecting Sources Week 3

“On television’s “60 Minutes,” one advocate for a harsh treatment of prisoners claimed “You can hear kids saying now, ‘well, you know, if I can’t make it, you know I can foul up and I’ll go to prison and I’ll get a free education’” (cited in Page, 2004, p.358). Ultimately, hysteria associated with the war on crime combined with political opportunism to overcome all opposition. The amendment to the 1994 Crime Bill disqualifying prisoners from receiving Pell Grants passed.”

This brings up the counter argument for having education in prisons. It  bodes for individuals to use the our welfare programs to their advantage instead of trying to avoid it. I’ve heard of this issue being used in food stamps. It brought me to another thought, if they are looking for free education should further education be free to those who cannot afford it? I know that a current presidential has proposed a plan  that for all of those seeking further education it would be free. However there is a lot of opposition to that, so what if it was based on income? Just another thing to look into.

November 1st blog post

This weeks assignments has helped me figure out where  I am going to go with the prison system and technology. By finding nuggets from outside sources the conversation is broadened, yet it gave me a path for my argument. I want to start out my page with the main video then move on to what happens when in prison, how technology affects the inmates lives. Then I would like to move on to discuss what it would be like to live in the halfway house, and becoming assimilated to our present society. The ending is going to go into what sort reform possibilities are being discussed.

Connecting Nuggets

“As a prisoner, I could not access the Web directly. Staff members oversaw policies that placed enormous barriers between the people inside boundaries and society. In the prisons where I served my sentence, prisoners were even prohibited from accessing electronic typewriters. They had their reasons, I suppose, but blocking people inside from using technology did not go far in preparing them for success upon release.”

“The private sector logic will aim to provide services at little cost: meals will be calculated to the strict nutritional minimum, health programs will not involve preventive care but only cures, and there will be maximum security surveillance…. Prison privatization will bring about a reduction in personnel costs.  Money will  be invested in electronic surveillance and new  technologies ; prison staff will be even less qualified since they will not have keep in an eye on inmates but instead  will need to keep check on the equipment that monitors inmates. Public opinion will believe that educational issues will be settled by simply providing inmates with CD- ROMs and other such tools to for them to study themselves.”


I look at these nuggets as a conflicting stories of what is going on. The second article was speaking of private prisons, however there are many arguments that say there is hardly a difference in private and public prisons. Michael Santos’ mentioned spending time in a halfway house, I knew the word but I never really looked into it. It’s actually a place where criminals and former drug addicts go to become assimilated into today’s. However the first thing I thought is that they are giving these criminals a way to meet other criminals. Our focus should be to get these individuals in areas where drugs and criminals are not clustered together. There are obviously going to be individuals who are going to be more difficult then others and they should be more a complex process to assimilate the into society.

Nuggeting Sources

“As a prisoner, I could not access the Web directly. Staff members oversaw policies that placed enormous barriers between the people inside boundaries and society. In the prisons where I served my sentence, prisoners were even prohibited from accessing electronic typewriters. They had their reasons, I suppose, but blocking people inside from using technology did not go far in preparing them for success upon release.”

This article did very well in explaining what it’s like to be released into the free world after solitary confinement. This nugget describes the difficulty of obtaining decent technology while in prison. The amount they have to learn when released is years worth of technology and improvements.

They Say/ I Say

I really felt like the way I felt my own voice was strongest was in this passage. I find that my voice is often varied paper to paper. I would like to develop my own style when I write instead of consistently changing my writing style. I’ve found that through out this semester I’ve found my voice much more easily, I believe this is because we haven’t had to search for scholarly articles. Allowing me to write with out required sources gives free range to speak about what I want, and allows me to further develop my own voice.

Engelbart Nugget

“This is an open plea to researchers and to those who ultimately motivate, finance, or direct them, to turn serious attention toward the possibility of evolving a dynamic discipline that can-treat the problem of improving intellectual effectiveness in a total sense. This discipline should aim at producing a continuous cycle of improvements–increased understanding of the problem, improved means for developing new aug mentation systems, and improved augmentation systems that can serve the world’s problem solvers in general and this discipline’s workers in particular. After all, we spend great sums for disciplines aimed at understanding and harnessing nuclear power.”

This last paragraph really sticks out to me, unfortunately in a saddening way. The last sentence mentions how we used to focus heavy on nuclear power, unfortunately it is no longer being used o its full potential. If you look into this energy, it really seams like science fiction. It’s sort of this alternate reality I imagine where nuclear energy ran our energy market. However, there is a negative stigma that lies within nuclear energy that is what I believe to be prejudice. I believe if researched more this energy could solve most if not all of our problems with our current driving energy source. The issue is the problems that can arise from this substance. I think one thing Engelbart was trying to explain was that if we speed the process of developing artificial intelligence we can more quickly solve issues with harvesting nuclear energy. Fortunately there are nuclear energy supporters out there like me, and I recently saw an interesting discussion on having a nuclear reactor under water which discussed how water “contains” the radiation better than air.

Associative trails concept experience

The link I came across was actually mention in my “as we may think” nugget. It was something I always get blown away and that is our advancement in our technology. A computer of that size today would be known as a smart computer, these behemoths can store information that exceeds the capabilities of any human brain. What I can hardly imagine is what happens 58 years from now. What if computing could be some how converted into liquid? I almost guarantee 58 years from now we will be on other planets and developing ways to travel to other solar systems. But who knows? Maybe I’m the one aiming low, or am I expecting too much? Just recently I saw an article that was discussing an anti- aging pill going into clinical trials. I never thought I would be able to see that happen. These pills could potentially let you live to be up to 120 years old. Maybe yodas age won’t be so absurd a few generations from now…

“As We May Think” nugget

“Consider film of the same thickness as paper, although thinner film will certainly be usable. Even under these conditions there would be a total factor of 10,000 between the bulk of the ordinary record on books, and its microfilm replica. The Encyclopoedia Britannicacould be reduced to the volume of a matchbox.”

I am blown away by this nugget, I almost feel like Bush is really aiming low in here to be honest. Further on in the article he talks about a voice commicating with a human like siri does today. In this nugget however our technology is much more advance than what he expects. Recently, while browsing reddit, I came across a link that showed the computer being transported somewhere 58 years ago and a computer chip in present times. His idea of film being still present in far future is so far off. The encyclopedia he mentions is about the english language, that information could be stored on an apple watch if needed today! It always entertains me to see what people in the past said about our present future. You can find stories like these all of the internet if you wanted.

Progress Report/ Post Reflection

For my final project I wanted to discuss the issues within my final project and for my first outside source I found a journal that describes in detail the issues with the prison system. Not only does it describe the issues, but it introduces a model that help reform the overcrowding in prisons and other issues. This article is a start to my more advance research. It stated a statistic that just blew my mind; one in every 31 adults are either on probation, parole, or incarcerated. That’s almost a 300% increase since 1980. The judicial branch has three jobs; punishment, deterrence, and corrections. Which do you think is most important?

Reflection Post 10/21/2015

In the previous class we talked about Kay/ Goldberg’s meta- mediums, and in relation to their article I found that the I bring the technology shock issue back into play. In a previous blog post I mentioned that there was a video that went viral when rapper Lil Boosie was released from prison and it showed that just in five years segregated from society that he missed the iPhone, selfie, and Instagram. Can you imagine the individuals that were freed from prison after 20 years being incarcerated? Not to mention that they already lose the right to vote, hold public office, bear arms, travel abroad, receive food stamps, and much more.  So when these individuals are freed from their sentence they are not only behind technologically which puts them at a disadvantage for a job, but they also are restricted to how to start their lives over again.

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