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Pecha Kucha Narratives

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Madison:

When the Internet was created, Kevin Kelly said “It’s not hard to find smart people saying stupid things about the Internet,” but today, it is hard not to find smart people saying stupid things ON the internet. These being things that are not only just words, but words that come together and form an alternate personality of the person who is behind the screen typing them. 

Sherry Turkle explains in her article Who Am We that “There is Sherry Turkle the writer of books. Sherry the professor, who has mentored MIT students for nearly 20 years. And there is the cyberspace explorer, the woman who might log on as a man, or as another woman, or as, simply, ST.”

This example shows that you never really know who you are talking to on the internet. It can be any version of a person that they choose to create or have you view them as. It doesn’t matter if that aspect of them is true or not because there is a whole virtual world between them and who they are communicating with.

It could be creating a different identity through online applications, social media sites, chats, or even online relationships. The fact is that many people lie in more ways than one on their social media profiles and accounts. Christopher Poole, a 24 year old who actually created his own social media network called 4chan even says “I would not call what you have on Facebook ‘authentic’ identity.”

The internet provides a type of mask and this mask gives internet users the ability to hide whatever they’d like about themselves. Michael Wesch says in his video “The Machine is Us/ing Us” that we need to rethink identity on the internet. With such falsity of identity on the internet and the situations that it could lead to, should we be rethinking this freedom?

Angelica:

Web 2.0 technologies, allows us as Americans to really embrace the freedom of speech we were given, often times, taking it to the absolute limit.  “Electronic technology provides a range of new possibilities,” as Bolter points out. Regardless, it is a freedom, and something we all take advantage of. After all that’s what rights are for, isn’t it?

 

New technologies have given us opportunities to share our thoughts, feelings and ideas with people around the world on blogs, such as WordPress. Bolter explains, “ T he open architecture of the World Wide Web allowed individuals to create sites and add them to the Web without the approval of any authority. We are free to talk about anything we want, for as long as want. And then we can network with people who share our beliefs as well , creating one big community, together.

 

Social networking sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, really give us the chance to push our boundaries on freedom of speech. Sherry Turkle says, “Life on the screen permits us to “project ourselves into our own dramas, dramas in which we are producer, director, and star…. Computer screens are the new location for our fantasies, both erotic and intellectual.” Millions of users at once can interact with each other, having conversations, and sharing whatever unfiltered thoughts happen to run through their minds.

 

This can also mean, we are learning to use our freedoms in a negative way as well. I can call you stupid, or worse, and it will stay there on the internet for everyone to see. Even your grandmom.  Whether it is socially acceptable or not, I am not doing anything wrong, I am exercising my rights.  And technology is allowing me to do so for the world to see.

 

Web 2.0 technologies are not regulated by government, and no one can tell us what to do . Social Blog  argues that “ protecting our first amendment right”, is the reason this is so. We are free to bully, date, and make fun of anyone we want. After all, that’s the point of freedom , isn’t it?

 

Mia:

When a cute boy/girl adds you or follows you it never really occurs to us that he/she may be lying about their identity.  As Tim O’Reilly states in his article “Who am we “The psychological effects of life on the screen can be complicated: a safe place is not all that is needed for personal change.” Just because we use these sites on the daily doesn’t mean that who we are talking to is being completely honest with us.

      As we all know we have freedom of speech. We can say whatever we please and express any emotion or opinion we have without consequence. So people making up who they are online is no different. I could tell someone that I have blonde hair and blue eyes, that I’m 5’8 and going to school to as a PR major, and guess what? If the picture matched they would probably believe me.  Many relationships start online and are based off of lies that we tell people to make ourselves feel more confident or special.  I feel that one of the reasons people do this without guilt is because it may boost their confidence in themselves and allow them to be whoever they want to be. O’Reilly discusses this further.” Some women who play male characters desire invisibility or permission to be more outspoken or aggressive.” Another reason that people may feel guilt free about this is because they know they won’t drag out the relationship that long.  “Relationships during adolescence are usually bounded by a mutual understanding that they involve limited commitment. Virtual space is well suited to such relationships” If this is the case no one is going to get hurt, right? Wrong. There have actually been multiple documentaries done and recently and MTV show called “Catfish” that revolve around this topic. Lying to people on the internet not only messes with their emotions but it is morally wrong. And yet nothing can be done about this because it isn’t breaking a law and it isn’t physically harming anyone.  We have the freedom to do and say as we please on the internet. “We can pretend to be who ever we want to be, which is a scary yet creative thing”. 

      So here is my question, clearly pretending to be someone you’re not is morally wrong and when over using this privilege it can be emotionally damaging to all of the people involved. Should there be limitations on this? Should there be a law against this? Or should it remain the same way it is today due to the fact that we have freedom of speech? 

 

Pecha Kucha Reflection

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When we were first assigned the Pecha Kucha, it was something that interested me. I had never heard of anything like it before and the name just pulled you in. However I couldn’t say it quite right at first, not that I can always say it right now but I have to say I’ve gotten better a lot better. Even though I looked forward to the Pecha Kucha going into it, as it came to crunch time, the Pecha Kucha was an assignment that began to intimidated me. As I started planning my slides and the material that I wanted to cover, I thought that there was absolutely no way that I could provide the information that I needed to in the short amount of time of 1 minute and 20 seconds, especially since there was only 20 seconds per slide. This intimidation lasted all the way until I was done giving my presentation, but watching others and completing mine, it was really cool watching how they all came together and the interesting information that they provided as well.

A Walk Through A Slide: It is hard to just pick one slide to walk through and deem most important because all of them come together to make the information that I shared in our Pecha Kucha important. However, since I have to choose, I think the strongest slide I made in my part of our group’s Pecha Kucha presentation was my second slide. During this slide, I used a quote from Sherry Turkle that she had said in her “I Am We” article. The full quote read, “There are many Sherry Turkles. There is the “French Sherry,” who studied poststructuralism in Paris in the 1960s. There is Turkle the social scientist, trained in anthropology, personality psychology, and sociology. There is Dr. Turkle, the clinical psychologist. There is Sherry Turkle the writer of books – Psychoanalytic Politics (Basic Books, 1978) and The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (Simon & Schuster, 1984). There is Sherry the professor, who has mentored MIT students for nearly 20 years. And there is the cyberspace explorer, the woman who might log on as a man, or as another woman, or as, simply, ST.”

After reading this quote in the article, it immediately stuck with me. It was just a powerful example to me that kind made me think things and question them further on the topic of internet identity. As soon as my group discussed our topic and what each of us going to focus on within our topic of freedom and I was given freedom of identity, I knew that I had to use that quote. Of course, when it came down to fitting it in with all of the other information that I was trying to say to in the short minute and twenty seconds that we had to present, I had to cut it down. But even taking some of the beginning examples out and just using a few still give it the effect visual that I was hoping to create with it. For a visual on this slide, I chose a picture that I thought went along with this quote due to the last sentence of the quote reads, “And there is the cyberspace explorer, the woman who might log on as a man, or as another woman, or as, simply, ST.” Because there could be so many different versions of someone hiding behind the mask of the internet I chose a middle aged man hiding behind a white face-less mask. This emphasizes the man part of the quote and the hidden identity.

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What I Learned About My Blog Topic: When we picked topics in the beginning of the module and my group was responsible for the topic of “Freedom”, I knew I was going to learn a lot. Originally going into the topic and assigned blogging, my mind set was that everyone should have their Freedom. I mean this is America right? Land of the free? So if we have so much freedom of everything else, why shouldn’t we have freedom on the internet? But as it came to the end of the module and time for the Pecha Kucha assignment, my views changed completely. Although I previously believed that every internet user deserved to have their freedom when logging on, I’m starting to think slightly differently. After many of the articles that we read assigned for class and those I researched myself with the help of the internet, I realized that more people than I realized abuse this freedom. Many use freedom of identity on the internet as shield or a mask to create a false identity and do more harm then good in the process. Things such as lying in online relationships, social media networks to lore people in, you never know who you are really talking to. All of the time that I have been using the internet I have been so trusting in who I talk to because I never realized that I shouldn’t be. What if the boy that started messaging me on Facebook from Michigan isn’t really my age? Or doesn’t really play soccer? Or what if he isn’t really a boy? This topic has made me realize that I really need to be a lot more careful of who I talk and interact with on the internet. Because the truth is that one the internet there is no truth. A lot of it is lies that people create, so you have to be cautious in your choices when using the internet, especially social media sites. I also learned that my topic not only stands own its own as an issue on the internet, but ties into the other group’s topics as well. After watching everyone’s Pecha Kucha presentations and reading their blogs I realized that all of our topics rely on one another. Freedom on the internet can give users anonymity and the ability to create the person they want. But when people create this “person” on the internet they should have a sense of etiquette in the decisions that they make in this process and with the ways that they communicate. In result, this will create the safety that is needed for internet users.

All in all I learned a whole lot about the using the internet and virtual technologies in the means of writing and communication. This class really opened my eyes to many new things that the internet has in store for writing and the issues that it produces as well.

Freedom To Another’s Thoughts

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I like many people tend to blog on the Internet. Whether it is to vent about something that maybe happening in my life, express my opinion on something, or just share a thought that I might have had, I am guilty of using a blog to create these posts. After posting something on a blog, as many bloggers, including I know that once you publish a post it is displayed for internet users to see. Yes, the post is exposed to the internet but what are the chances that thousands of people are really going find your blog and read it? Maybe a few will see it; friends who know it exists and maybe some friends of theirs. A small group of people to read some of your thoughts, personal and not so personal, getting to know you a little better. But what if you knew that a post you have created has made you a tiny dot on a website created by someone who sits behind a computer and reads as many blogs as they can grabbing your thoughts and ideas to put on their page. Sound kind of creepy to you? Because it did to me.

After viewing Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar’s web page “We Feel Fine”, I will never be able to blog the same way again. The page consists of a humongous amount of tiny little dots, and a few squares, that are floating around on a black background space. When you put your mouse or cursor over one of the a dots or squares, an emotion is revealed next to it and a quote is displayed at the top of the page. What is this quote you might ask? It is a quote directly from someone’s personal blog. Whose? Well, that’s easy to find out. All you have to do is click on the quote and it links you right to the original blog page that it had been taken from.

To me this felt completely violating and honestly made me not really want to blog anymore. The fact that these two men just search and read so many people’s blogs that reveal their personal thoughts and things about them and then take direct quotes from them to use on their website. All of this without even being notified? I would really want to know if they pulled quotes and ideas from my blog but the fact is that there are so many dots, yours may be on there but you may never be able to find and there for never know. I also was unease about how the viewer could click on your quote and be brought to your blog page. My blog isn’t intended for millions of random strangers that visit this site, just the few that happen to find me through common interests and friends. I can promote my blog in the way that I want to without the help of Harris and Kamvar. Now before every blog post, I will think about what I write instead of just writing my initial thought with that creeping notion in the back of my head that just maybe somebody like Harris and Kamvar are watching.

 

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Twitter Reveals An Inspiring Art Teacher

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When we had to start reaching out to our professional communities on Twitter, I began to follow many wise people in the field of education. Their tweets unlike all of my followers and even those this particular educator isn’t one to update her Twitter very often, after reading her page she is the one that interested me the most.

Her name is and she is a Suzanne Tiedmann and she is an art teacher for Pre-K to fifth grade students in South Brunswick Nj. I think what really had me most interested in Suzanne and her page and who she followed and such on Twitter is the fact that I have always had a love and passion for art just as she does. It has always been something that I have loved and I wish I had the talent and creativity to make a living out of it as she did. Through her career, Twitter page, and followers, her love for art and teaching is completely evident.

After analyzing her followers, I realized that many had to do with her passion for art and education, such as SupportArtsInSchools @KidsNeedTheArts . This account focuses on bringing attention to the issue and raising money for art programs in schools by creating visual and creative art projects. Following this account shows not only her love for art but her love for teaching as well. Keeping art alive in schools for the children is something that she seems to advocate and care a lot about. 300px-Brush_and_watercoloursTiedmann also follows a lot of art teachers as well, surrounding herself and her twitter feed with familiar ideas and issues. Art educators seem to take up a lot of her following spots, whether they are friends that she has acquired in her career, or just fellow educators with a love for art that she would love to hear ideas from they seem to be who she follows most. She does however follow other educators as well that are involved or concerned with new teaching technologies. This means that she is probably interested in the new technological developments in teaching as well and what they have to bring to the classroom.

By observing her Twitter and her followers, I have come to the conclusion that Suzanne Tiedmann is someone who truly cares about what she does in her professional community. She is passionate about teaching and bringing art to children hoping to inspire them just as much as she has been inspired.

 

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Controlled Freedom, The Best Freedom.

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When our group was first given the topic of freedom on the internet to investigate, I was open to what kind of views the subject might bring. At first, after thinking about it and researching some information I was completely for freedom on the internet. In fact, my last post talking about freedom on the internet supported that freedom in a positive light. I felt that everyone should have their freedom on the internet, be able to express themselves and say what they feel and please. However, after doing a little bit more research and thinking, I feel as though I was wrong. Freedom of speech on the internet is something that comes with limitations and can be completely abused by certain people who use it for the wrong reasons.

Cyber-bullying on the internet has become a big issue today. Many children are being harassed and teased through communication on the internet and it these harsh words are something that can have a great effect on those child’s lives. It happens on many different social media sites on the internet. I’ve seen it so many times before on Facebook, Twitter, and even blogs created by those with negative feelings towards someone else, and even privately through IM’s and private chats. Internet users just throw negative words around as though they do not have consequences, but the truth is they do.

I just read a story about a boy named Ryan Halligan. He unfortunately took his own life in 2003. His parents were in extreme disbelief at the loss of their son and did not fully understand what may have lead Ryan to his final actions, but after some investigating they found the culprit that pushed him to do it: cyber bullying. Ryan had been picked on and bullied through out his schooling career but months before he died things got better for Ryan. He believed that he became friends with the boy that had beenRyanHalligan bullying him in school and was so excited about it that he relayed the message to his parents. Trusting his new friend, Ryan shared some information with him over the internet about a story that was embarrassing for him. He thought his new friend would keep this story safe, but instead he spread the information all over the internet and started a rumor about Ryan being gay. As if this wasn’t enough, a girl from his middle school also had part in it. Over the summer she talked to Ryan everyday on the internet and agreed to be his girlfriend, but as soon as they got back to school she laughed in Ryan’s face in front of all of her friends and made fun of him breaking the news that she was just joking about everything that she said online. The humiliation and constant teasing that followed soon became too much for Ryan to handle. This is not something that should happen to any child. It is cruel and uncalled for and should be kept from being displayed on the internet.

Yes, internet users deserve their freedom of speech and expression on the internet, but only with good intentions. Bad intentions that could have such negative and harmful effects on a person’s life is a serious matter that should be excluded from this freedom and have action taken against it so others wont have to go through anything like what Ryan went through. Controlled freedom is the key to internet use and if not disrespected or abused could make the internet a very happy and pleasant place.

 

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For more on Ryan’s full story told by his parents on a website that they have created, click here.

Facebook Withdrawl? Not so much.

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I feel like lately, Facebook is a social media site that is slowly becoming less and less popular. More of those who are wrapped in the social media networks are beginning to favor other new trending networks leaving Facebook in the dust. Things such as Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, and some blogging sites, are easily the more popular of the bunch. However, Facebook is still hanging in there with many still communicating and interacting on the site. I know that the only reason that I still have my Facebook activated is for some family members who like the updates or the easy way of communication through messaging or wall posts via the site. Since I still have my account I have to admit that I am guilty of going on several times a week when I am bored and have nothing better to do, checking out what is going on in other people’s lives on my news feed. It passes the time when Twitter and Instagram just don’t cut it. Even though I am not as obsessed with Facebook as I used to be just as everyone else, I was still pretty nervous when Dr. Wolff told us that we were not going to be able to use it for a whole week.

Saying goodbye to Facebook in class on Thursday, I was nervous that I was going to start to miss it and feel as though I needed to go on just because of the fact that I wasn’t able to. The feeling of wanting something that you can’t have can be pretty powerful at times . I also thought that there was a good possibility that I was going to crack on accident as well. Open up the app on my phone out of instinct or click on it by accident trying to click something else. But I can proudly say that none of that has happened so far. It has been 5 days since I have last been on Facebook and I actually don’t even miss it…at all. This project, or experiment that Dr. Wolff had us complete has really given me a whole new lite on Facebook and its role in my life. I am actually considering maybe deleting it and setting up new forms of communication with the few members of my family that would really want to stay connect. We’ll see what happens when I get it back, but I definitely do not feel as dependent or reliant on Facebook as I did before and it is quite refreshing to feel that way.

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Is The Internet Stripping Us Of Our Freedom?

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As Americans we are given the right of freedom of speech, but with our sources of communication grow and adapt to the new typesof technology that freedom of speech might slowly be slipping from our fingertips when it comes to communicating via the internet.

Twitter has fastly become one of the most used social networks on the internet today. In fact as I am writing this right now, four of the group of six people that I am sitting with are checking their twitter accounts on their phones. But don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of using twitter  just as much. Whether it is tweeting something sad, or happy, or exciting that happened, or just checking to see what is going on in everyone else’s lives on my twitter feed, I’m constantly on the site or the app. Twitter is a place of communication where so many go to express themselves and communicate with others. It is also a public website where you control your words and you, as the account holder, should be able to express yourself and say whatever you might want in order to do so. However, this is becoming the opposite of what the internet and websites such as Twitter allow. Twitter has the power and decision to delete any tweet, post, or message that they dislike, whenever they feel like. Why should they have the power to do this? Why should they be able to control the expression of your thoughts and your writing? Writing is one of the greatest forms of expression and being denied the right to be able to use that form of expression and share it with others is just wrong.

The article, “Tweets of rage: does free speech on the internet actually exist? “even says that Apple has some restrictions to their freedom of use as well. If you are using iCloud, you might need to be careful of the things that you decide to back up on it. Apple has the ability to view the items and even delete them if they find them “0bjectionable”. Not only is Twitter limiting our speech on the internet but now we are being stripped of the freedom to save and back up certain items that we do not want to loose?

These companies are taking over our right to freedom on and off of the internet and I strongly believe that this is something that we need to stand up against and fight for our cyber freedom. 

 

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Who Do You Want To Be?: The Masks Behind Technology.

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Who do you want to be? It doesn’t matter who you are right now, what you look like, where you live, age, interests, talents, likes, dislikes. All of the things that right now define who you are can be wiped clean with the click of just a button. Did you ever think this would be possible? To completely re-create who we are to people and instantly become who we want to be? The internet has made this option so easily available for us today and the truth is that even though you may want to believe that most people are being truthful, some of them are not.

In her article “Who Am We”, Sherry Turkle talks about how the computer has went from being introduced to a college classroom as a “giant calculator” to altering our minds, ideas, and even who we are into something different. When it was first developed the computer was strictly technical and known for calculating purposes only. But, today the computer and the internet have greatly evolved to allow us to branch out to people with so many different forms of communication that it could make your head spin. Between Twitter, Facebook, Blogging sites, and much more, we have so many options to choose from. It is crazy to think that when you enter a social media site such as these that we do not have to be who we are. We can enter a totally different image of ourselves, a different personality, a different persona and fool people into thinking that we are someone that we are not. It is like we are creating our own character that we just dreamed up.

Yes, in a way this can be a great thing, we can be who we always wanted. And in some cases this can be innocent. Pretending that you played a certain sport or liked a certain band that would give you a different image or dynamic, fine. But in other cases, these lies are not quite as innocent. Due to these masked identities that we create, the world of the internet can be a scary and unexpected place. You never know if you are really talking to a boy your age that goes to Temple University or if you are actually communicating with a 40 year old man that gets a kick out of talking to young girls. Being able to create these different sides of ourselves can at times be harmless, but you still have to be cautious for the times that they are not. Next time you are talking to someone on the internet be sure you know who they really are, not someone you think they might be.

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Digital Text Vs. Printed Text: Will Print Become Extinct?

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      In his first reading “Introduction: Writing in the late age of print“, Bolter mentions that texts and books were being published via the printing press as lasting texts, but today that is changing. Now publishing companies are digitally releasing their books electronically and soon books may be available only in that form. A couple of weeks ago we actually discussed this very topic in my teaching literature course. My professor informed us that one particular publishing company, and a big one at that, is actually going to produce only digital copies within the next few years. Every text published by them will be available on the computer but will no longer be produced as a lasting text. It is crazy to think that soon enough words will not exist on paper anymore but merely just on a digitally composed screen. As Bolter reminds us, there are so many different forms and types of writing available for us to read at a moment’s notice on a computer screen. Things such as journals, news paper articles, magazine articles, and even business information, along with text written in different languages can be accessed by the click of a button. That’s it, accessing digital text is just that easy, as opposed to print. Going to the library, looking up numbers and genre sections just to find one book is something that no one with the simplicity of typing a few buttons on the computer would want to go back to. It is true that “electronic technology provides a range of new possibilities, where as the possibilities of print seem to have been played out” (Bolter).

      However, I also agree with Bolter when he says that we as authors and or readers still look to printed text, in a way favoring it. In my case, this is true. Yes, being able to access articles and text on the computer is a great thing, don’t get me wrong. The accessibility is great and you can get a hold of many more materials than if you were to search for the print copies, but there is just something about reading a text in book form or magazine form that just doesn’t compare to reading digital text. I feel as though both digital text and printed text both serve different purpose and do so very well. For example, if I am researching information for a project in school I would probably rely on digital text and the scholarly articles that programs like JSTOR pull from printed journals. I would choose digital text because it is easily more accessible and would allow me more time to work on my project rather than spend most of my time just trying to find a printed version of the text. However, if I was reading a story or a novel, I would need printed text. There is just something about holding a book in your hand and flipping through the pages when reading a story that really helps you get a feel for the writing and lets the author immerse you, digital text just does not have that same affect on its reader.

All in all, both types of text have their own advantages and disadvantages. They each serve a different purpose and do such very well. Although it may seems as though digital text with its new efficiency is going to be fully taking over text producing soon, I don’t think print text will ever become irrelevant.

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