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Assignment: Appropriation and Remix
January 6, 2009, 1:49 am
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First element: Boy with helmet on

Second element: New York Giants logo

Third element: Both combined

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Assignment: Pixel Portrait
December 30, 2008, 2:20 am
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Here is a self-portrait of myself in pixel form.

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Reading Assignment #2
December 29, 2008, 3:06 am
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Article 1: Metaphoris: Circuit

The first article explains about how a circuit and networking are related and the importance of them. It discusses how circuits created networks such as computer social websites, cell phones, pagers, automobiles. The circuit is the “brain” of networking and everything stems out from it. This article also discusses about the evolution of our networks and how they evolved. It talked about the possible negative and positive effects it could have on the society and what networking is capable of doing. This article explains networks and how the evolution of them helps people stay connected, transport goods, and help others.

1. What are your thoughts on social networking

2. Give an example of how you think networking can be helpful and harmful in society.

Article 2: Metaphoris: World Brain

The world brain is a culture we adapt from things around us and what is taught to us. The Internet is a huge component for the world brain and almost everyone knows how to use it. It is also a very important activity in people’s lives and a lot can be learned and read very accessibly. What people learn and read changes the way they are and can even change their attitude about something.

People have been collecting things since the beginning of time. This has not changed much over time, however how things are being collected and shared has. Throughout time, there were two main places of collections: The library and museums. They were both actual places where you had to go in order to view its contents. However, as time went on and things changed and the Internet became more popular, people began inputing collections from these two places into computers and on the web. With the growing technological era we are in, we get massive amounts of information from collections on the Internet

As our source of collecting information has evolved, so has the mediums of the collections , especially in art. As technology increases and our knowledge for evolving becomes more complex, we see different forms of art. Images can be manipulated easily on a computer and special effects can be integrated by the push of a button. The computer and the Internet has changed art and moved it from traditional to futuristic.

1. Discuss how putting collections and information online can be beneficial and harmful.

2. Do you think there is enough control of the content put on the Internet?

Article 3: Elements of a Computer

Ever since the beginning of time society has had a number system to keep track of things. In early times they may have used stones or pebbles, carved things into bones or wood in order to keep a “count” on something. As time went on, the numbering system evolved in many ways, especially numbers associated with computer programming. A whole new, different et of numbering was created when they computer was created.

There are two ways thing are encoded within electronic devices, analog or digital. Analog is the physical movement of something and its past can be traced and seen as it goes past. Digital is a combination of numbers or symbols that are transcribed in order to make something. The most common digital language in computers is binary language which is made up of 0’s and 1’s. The different combination of these numbers create a unique sound, image, note, etc. Although analog is still used today, digital encoding is favored within computers.

With these numbers we can make all sorts of combinations contributing to algorithm, which is basically what something is made up of. It is a set of rules that are used to find the solution to something. Mathematics is algorithm and enables us to find solutions to a problem using a set of rules.

This article explains how the computer evolved and became what it is today. The computer was primarily a device that was evolved for mathematics and was constantly being updated and changed. It was not until 1948 when Claude Shannon invented the binary language and it was late put to use in computers. This language is what most of us would be used to seeing today. The computer was basically and instrument that was being constantly improved and updated by people and still is today.

1. did you know what the binary language was and the function it performed before reading this article? What more did you learn about it?

2. Did this article give you a better understanding of how the computer works? If so, name one thing you learned from this article.

Article 4: Dialog

Culture and technology are related in many ways and influence each other. People can simply go onto the Internet and read about someone’s culture. It also networks us together into separate groups. People can talk to someone they share interests in or are in a similar living environment with. The Internet has become a major means of communication and helps us socialize with people who we might not have ever met in person. I allows us to go beyond our comfort zone but at the same time feel safe doing so. The computer also contributes to people’s identities. Because we belong to certain groups and associate ourselves with other people, we are placed into different class-types of people.

Our identity tells who we are and that can be seen or stereotyped by the people that we associate ourselves with. The Internet is a meeting place and because of the easiness to create an identity online, people have to choose who they associate themselves with very carefully. In addition, your online identity can be easily manipulated and changed.

Survival is another aspect in life that creates our identity. Either you survive on your own or survive by the help of others. Everyone needs the basic things to live: food, sleep, and water. There are also different aspects to survival that come from happiness such as friends, family, and activities. These things are being influenced by technology and make it easier to acquire them from computers. Computers impact our ability and ease to survive.

Dialog and learning and education are also closely related. Dialog is very important to our learning experience. Although it is not the only way we learn, it the most common. Whether we are reading what someone has already said on the Internet, or sitting in a class room listening to our professors speak, we are learning. We also learn by common discussions with our peers and those around us. We can learn from saying something wrong or by saying something right. Dialog and learning is very important to our survival and existence. We learn how to live dialog and what people say to us does have an impact on one’s self.

The Internet is becoming a major influence on our lives and can help us or hurt us in many ways. We can network, learn, meet new people, be influenced to buy a product, or even find our significant lover on the Internet. The Internet and computer are source’s of many different activities and hobbies as well. People play video games on the computer or a gaming console with their friends and family. It is almost impossible to not use the computer and Internet in this day and age and the world will only become more and more dependent on their computers.

1. Why do you think the world is so dependent on computers?

2. Should be people be so dependent on computers? Why or why not?

3. Do you think computer are essential to survival in our society today?



Reading Assignment #1
December 24, 2008, 3:02 am
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Reading 1, Article 1: Boyd, Danah. “Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace”

Summary: This article is about the separation between Facebook and Myspace. It discusses what type of people tend to prefer one over the other. The author of the article discusses how he believes these two social network sites (SNS’s) are divided because of the  “class” of a certain person. He argues that through his research, he noticed the Facebook tended to be for the “good” kids and Myspace was for the “outcasts or bad” kids. He discusses how Myspace was banned from the military but Facebook was not. This article provided a good insight of how an expert in the field of SNS’s came to conclusions through research and observations.

Questions:

1. Do you believe Facebook and Myspace attract different “classes” of people? why or why not?

2. Do you feel that parents of teens should monitor their child’s SNS’s, and to what extent?

3. Are SNS’s dangerous?

Reading 1, Article 2: Boyd, Danah. “Social Network Sites: Public, Private, or What?”

Summary: This article describes how important social network sites (SNS’s) are in young adults lives and how it impacts social status. Although we live a life in where we meet at common places, there is also a complex technological world that youths in this day and age meet. These type of sites are called SNS’s. It describes how educators and parents need to get a better grasp and understanding of SNS’s. The main point of this article is how SNS’s are public and everyone can see your pictures and status. However people argue that it could be an invasion of privacy. However, this article explains how it could also be an invasion of privacy because too much information is given over the internet.

Questions:

4. Should adults and educators have a better grasp and understanding of SNS’s?

5. Could SNS’s help educators and adults help young adults by better recognizing their problems? and is this morally right or correct?

Reading 1, Article 3: Collins, Laura, “Friend Game”

Summary: This article explained the story of Meghan, a young adult in whose life was changed drastically by social network sites. Growing up Meghan was not mentally stable, was on medication, and very self-conscious about her overweight appearance. After making a deal with her parents for her 14th birthday, they agreed it was okay for her to have a Myspace profile as long as they monitored it and watched her as she was on it. Her neighbor’s, the Drew’s, decided to take advantage of Meghan’s enthusiasm for a Myspace page and since the Drew’s daughter and her were not getting along well, they wanted to see what she was saying about their daughter. The Drew’s made up a fictional character, named Josh Evans. They would talk back and forth to Meghan and she really adopted a liking for this fictional character as they exchanged messages and e-mails. The whole time, the Drew parents knew what was going on and did nothing to stop it. After a few weeks of conversing back and forth Meghan, her peers, and Josh Evans got in a fight in which a lot of negative words were exchanged about Meghan. Due to Meghan’s previous mental instability and self-consciousness, she was so distraught by what was said that she decided she wanted to commit suicide. After Meghan’s death, the Drew’s were persecuted by the public and recieved tons of hate mail, dirty looks, and negative internet publicity. This article give the reader a good understanding of how important SNS’s are in the lives of young adults.

Questions:

6. Has this incident changed your views about SNS’s?

7. Do you think the the Drew’s actions were properly punished?

Reading 1, Article 4: Williams, Alex. “Here I am Taking My Own Picture”

Summary: My final article for this assignment discussed digital images for default SNS pictures. These images are typically taken by the user of the profile of themselves and it is said that a lot can be said about their pictures. The author discusses about people taking their own pictures because they believe they can capture the angles that make them look the best. The author believes that self-portrait taking is a new phenomenon due to SNS’s and talked to many people who believe it is a form of art.

Questions:

8. Do you agree with psychologists and other who study teens when they say “The digital self-portrait is and extension of behavior typical of the young, like trying on different identities, like earlier generations might have expressed through clothing and hairstyle”?

9. Would you consider digital self-portrait taking to be art?

10. Could digital self-portrait taking for SNS’s be misleading? why or why not?



Welcome to Brad’s blog
December 17, 2008, 10:14 pm
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Welcome to my first blog for my online winter digital literacy class.