This project has been a doozy. When we started out with this project we had no idea what kind of device we were interested in, what we were going to get out of breaking it apart, and the purpose of this project as a whole. So one of the members of my team found an old digital RCA alarm clock that was created around 2006. When we started taking it apart we had no idea how much was going to come out of this clock. We found out soon enough that there were plenty parts in the device but the challenge would be cataloging the parts online. I started out originally working on the plastic outside of the clock itself but I soon realized that there was no way for me to research the location of the manufacturer. All I found off the pieces is a small calendar that was etched into both the front and the back part which showed when they reviewed the part before it was shipped off. I then thought well maybe I can work with the speaker. I started to research it and it was so much harder than I thought finding the brand of this speaker let alone the specific speaker itself. At first I found an old website that had speakers of that brand that is on the speaker but I dug deeper and found an updated website. The company specializes in speakers specifically that brand and it seems that they work in a complex. Then I started to work on a capacitor since the plastic was a fail on finding any more information. I went on to find that the brand orient is really an impossible little thing to find on the internet. They would sell 1000 packs of these capacitors but all that they had for the information was that it was made in Taiwan. It took a lot of research but I found the company and I have to say it was pretty satisfying. Overall this project was something I never expected to do in college but what I took from it was that if you really dig deep enough there will be something you can find about an object that might be a little outdated. There were ups and downs but we got it done!
It is said that there is around 27 million slaves in the World. In this lifetime. That is a number many of us would never imagine. We think that because our nation has ended it, that its not still prevalent in other nations. What we see as slavery, the other countries see as a way of life. It feels like there is no end to this cycle. The worst part about this is that by purchasing items that we use everyday we are continuing the cycle and we are supporting that these men, women, children, and the elderly have this type of treatment. In class when we had our debate of no longer purchasing these items it took hearing both sides to see how difficult it would be to end slavery. Even if our country would stop purchasing items it wouldn’t stop all of the other countries from purchasing. There would still be others who continue this cycle but it would take all of us as a world to come to a realization that we need to take action. This mistreatment on others isn’t the way life is supposed to be. We need to think of ways to make this reality a part of our history and keep it in the part. There is a saying that the point of history is that we don’t repeat ourselves. As a nation we are proud to no longer have slavery but by purchasing it from countries who have it how does that make us any better? It makes me question my actions and wonder what ways I can make a difference and make slavery and the harsh conditions of the work force more aware. These are my thoughts.
Week 4 was great, but filled with external stress. I enjoyed the map project and its research. The project for the week allowed me to visualize the internet’s global scale of influence. Literally the whole world is connected due to this piece of legendary technology. Since the entire world is pretty much connected it is logical to be able to pinpoint some social impacts such as social interaction. In my opinion the map is the most ideal tool of representation for social impacts around the globe.