Category Archives: reflections

Jolly Ranchers, Chipotle, and the ARPAnet

I really liked today’s group. They have almost everything done and it looks really good.

They incorporated Jolly Ranchers and Chipotle in order for us to participate which I thought was awesome! And innovative! Just like the ARPAnet!

I think the highlight of the presentation was the Youtube video they created. They found a diverse amount of students, visitors and faculty to answer some basic questions that their project answers. It was really funny. However, it is important to point out that this is what most people know about the ARPAnet, which isn’t much.

Hopefully, their final timeline will reach out to many people so that they learn about the history of the internet and how it came to be!


Up in the Cloud(s)

I think today’s group was really prepared and a topic that is definitely one our class hass to learn about because it is being pushed so much by tech companies.

I remember about six years ago when I got my second computer. I remember having to save all of my files onto CDs so that I could still have my embarrassing 6th grade pictures for the future. It was such a pain to move 4 years worth of files onto CDs. And it is crazy to think that I won’t have to save my files onto CDs when some popular computers like the MacBook Pro don’t even have a function to put in a CD. Now, all I have to use are different clouds like Google Drive and DropBox.

When we were talking about videogames and game consoles, I look forward to when I can play again Nintendo 64′s Pokemon Stadium from any other console. However, I don’t think it would be the same experience because the console controllers added to that experience. But being able to play it similarly like I did when I was younger will be priceless!

All things aside, the Cloud is such a great idea, making our lives so much easier and practical.

No more saving old files onto CDs!!

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I really like how this group has meshed together our class with politics. This is what I’m trying to do with my TEDxEunji blog series, so check it out!

I’m a political science major so they brought a topic that I found very interesting and something that we are prone to day to day. I think its awesome how Obama or even Pope Francis use social media platforms to get their message out. People don’t read the news every day, so by going on their Facebook or Twitter just for a couple of minutes they could be informes about issues and the stance of their leaders on certain issues.

I really do think that social media does affect the way we vote. People vote on values, so if they see something on twitter about a politician they don’t like, they are prone to changing their mind, maybe not radically, but somehwat about the person they want to vote for.

I’m looking forward to the final product of this group! Good job!!



App usage!

Last week, we had the first group present to us what they’re working on.

I really liked how they’ve decided to talk about the impacts of apps on our mobile usage.
I think this group would benefit at looking at statistics in other countries and how they differ from those in the US.
However, the group should narrow down their research so it becomes more focused.

I’m looking forward to presenting my project next week!

Keep it up everyone!

TEDxEunji: Fact/Fiction

I really liked this TED talk, I had never watched it but the title of it stood out for me as I was browsing through the videos. The title of this talk is Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online. This title stood out because this practice was the first thing we were assigned to do as part of this course. We had to look for articles related to our topics. These articles had to follow the CRAAP (still can’t get over that name) guidelines: current, relevant, authority, accuracy, and purpose. As I searched for interesting yet CRAAP approved articles, I encountered articles that weren’t very reliable.

Markham Nolan is a journalist in the Ireland. At the begginning of his TED talk, Nolan points out how the relationship with the media has changed. Before the audience would react to news. Now, journalist react to the audience.  This same audience  helps them find the news. The internet has allowed this relationship to change. The audience can now help journalists figure out how to react to news and what is the best angle to take. We, make these news outlets now what it is we want to hear. This practice has evolved because it is through the internet that this happens quick, in real time.

Nolan tells us that today, even though there is a greater flow of information, there are free internet tools that help us verify the legitimacy of our sources allowing us to filter the truth from the lies.

I would like to end this post quoting Nolan’s closing statement of his TED talk.

“But here’s the thing. Algorithms are rules. They’re binary. They’re yes or no, they’re black or white.Truth is never binary. Truth is a value. Truth is emotional, it’s fluid, and above all, it’s human. No matter how quick we get with computers, no matter how much information we have, you’ll never be able to remove the human from the truth-seeking exercise, because in the end, it is a uniquely human trait.”


Impacts Reflection

I enjoyed last week’s panel so much!

The topic we were discussing was unlike any other. Previous panels involved more technical functions of the internet, while the “Impacts” panel last week was more relatable and allowed us to share how we interact with the internet day by day. I think the panelists did a great job keeping the discussion going and brought interesting discussion questions to the class.

Last week we met up with Professor Groom to discuss what our final project will consist of. We have decided to create an interactive timeline about online dating. We will use a really cool tool that a colleague of Professor Groom showed us. I’m looking forward to this week so that I can meet up with my group members and work on our project!

“It’s Complicated” by Danah Boyd Review

For the past four days I’ve been reading “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”  by Danah Boyd. She is currently giving away free online copies of her book here.

I feel this book’s intended audience are adults, adults who typically don’t comprehend teenagers’ use of the internet. I would say about 2/3 of this book is dedicated to those adults that continue to misunderstand us. However, the other 1/3 remaining is dedicated to us young adults struggling to maintain our digital presence in the ever evolving social media we encounter. It gave me a greater insight on many of the social implications of interactions we perform online, some things that I would never think about and I bet most young adults don’t even think about when interacting online.

I like the extensive field work she has done throughout the United States. Boyd has interviewed many young adults about their opinion on social media and the way they use it in their daily lives. However, I feel like the book would’ve benefitted from surveying young adults in less economically developed countries because many of the situtations described aren’t applicable outside the United States or Canada.

In her book, Boyd points out that teens reject profile requirements in these sites because they refuse to portray themselves like these sites want them to. Teens don’t really pay attention to these requirements because for the most part the people they will be interacting with are their own peers who know them well. Boyd explains that social media are extensions of social interactions are therefore NOT ways in which teens hide from the outside world, rather they use it as a way to further extend their relationships.

Boyd looks into social issues of racial and ethnic inequality. Many people assume that the internet and social media would blur these divides in society. However, the truth is that when teens participate online they are reproducing their race based dynamics. In her chapter “Inequality” Boyd says “Although thechnology makes it possible in principle to socialize with anyone online, in practice, teens connect to the people that they know and with whom they have most in common” to signal this further division and racial and ethnic inequality of those participating in social media.

Boyd presents the idea of being in public and being public. I believe this is an idea to always keep mind. Most adults think that teens need to be part of social media is because they want attention. However, teens use social media to interact with others in a more selective way not really crying out for approval from their peers. By deciding what to post and what not to post online, teens are demonstrating a side of them without revealing their entire self, this is where they separate their digital identity and true self . Many adults claim that teens are “addicted” to social media. Having said that, Danah draws attention to the fact that constant interaction through social media for teens is a highly social behavior. Teens aren’t addicted to the components of social media but they are rather addicted to one another.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Boyd’s book on the way young people like me interact with social media. Many of the passages and interviews she did with teens make her book relatable and demonstrate concrete evidence of her explanations. I would definitely recommend this book for any one trying to understand teens’ interactions online or for a course like this one.


And to those adults out there still not understanding our constant need of the internet and social media: Go out and buy this book and OH YES IT IS COMPLICATED YOU HAVE NOOO IDEA.