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?
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.
So last year I had to find a project about something that really grinds my gears. The top two choices were either the food industry or the prison system. While the food industry won that battle last year, I am happy that I have found a reason to talk about our prison system. The web space I chose actually was what opened my eyes to the flaws in our judicial branch, it gave viewers a real reason to yell “F@#$ the Police!” other than their BAC level. My question is what technological/ judicial improvements could be made to decrease incarceration rates while keeping citizens safe from dangerous individuals. It seems to me that if we have the most citizens and foreigners incarcerated that we would realize that this is not an award we should be proud of. I want to research other countries techniques with handling dangerous prisoners, as well as local municipalities. To me, it seems like a waste of an individual to rot in prison when there could be a more productive option.
Looking at my digital space ten years from now I would hope I can look at it with pride, prideful for not what the prison system was but what it has become. I can only hope that the video motivates individuals to become aware about how flawed our prison system is. From total segregation from society to the crimes within the prison, our judicial branch has become out of hand and is too focused on punishment rather than deterrence and it is time for a change. In the future I expect that congress would have realized that catastrophic failure the prison system has become. Letting my imagination run wild I could only imagine that this web space acts as a catalyst for change.
Edit: Unfortunately this post will probably not be too relevant for my research question. Although it may be helpful to mention what a prisoner would think of this video if they saw it on their release date 10 years from now.
“We have designed an interim version of the Dynabook on which several interesting systems have been written in a new medium for communication, the Smalltalk programming language.2 We have explored the usefulness of the systems with more than 200 users, most notably setting up a learning resource center in a local junior high school.”
I imagined how those incarcerated in prisons would react if they saw a computer like this for the first time. Most of those incarcerated most likely have never even seen a computer. I can’t imagine the cultural shock freed prisoners felt when seeing technology that was invented while they were serving time.
It actually reminded me of a video I came across in high school, a rapper freed from prison sees what a selfie is for the first time. While in the video he doesn’t look extremely impressed, but he goes on later to say in an interview that it was quite the shock to see that technology has changed so rapidly.
So I have decided to write about a web space and my conversation is going to based off of the comments on the web space. It is a video on YouTube about mass incarceration in the United States. It discusses the issues with it and displays it with a very eye opening way. It was one of those videos that made me think about the topic for days. I believe there is plenty of arguments brought up in the comments to give me more than enough information for this paper.
In high school twitter was the move, my class used it all the time. During periods we would tweet about the drama of the day, obviously paying zero attention to the teacher. It took a up a great part of phone world, but when college came around I found myself using it less and less. Why? Partially because it was a task to thing of a tweet more than once a day, only to be rewarded with six favorites and a retweet if it was decently clever. When I was informed I had to make a twitter account for this class I was so confused why but it sort created a friendly group with these hashtags. It allows us to mingle with each other on similar topics without even having to necessarily know each other. This project has opened my eyes to new ways to communicate with each other and create a community within twitter.