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Pecha Kucha Reflection


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.



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


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.



Controlled Freedom, The Best Freedom.


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.



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

Is The Internet Stripping Us Of Our Freedom?


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. 



Tweets of rage: does free speech on the internet actually exist?

Who are you to tell me what I can do? : Regulation on the Internet


If I asked you who is in “charge” of the internet and its rules, would you be able to tell me?  In fact, is anyone in charge?

There are a plethora of accepted rules and standards acknowledged and accepted  for internet usage among children, teens, and adults alike, but who is that gets to decide these? And when did our freedom of speech become limited  because of a computer?


Internet regulation is a growing concern among users and government alike. Yes, as American’s we are protected under freedom of speech, but how much can you say before it is too far and offensive or even putting others in danger? Should anyone be able to tell us it is too far, or too much? Sociable Blog lists ten reasons the government should not have the right to regulate the internet, and after reading them, I really got to thinking, maybe they are right…

Here’s just a few..

1. To protect the first amendment

2. Encouraging entrepreneurial activity

3. Facilitating Innovation

4. Complications of Regulating Legitimate Sites Under Sweeping Legislation

5. “Offensive” is arbitrary

The internet is used for more things then just communication. It is a livelihood for some, a means of researching for others. Why should someone have the right to censor or take away information just because they think it is wrong? What if what you were taught is wrong is different from the next person, and the next. Based on different beliefs, the internet could be shut down completely if we were going off of what ” offends people”. Freedom is freedom. No one should be able to take that from us.

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


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.