Reflection Blog: 6 “Techonolgy gone Digital”

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Internet Access Here Sign (Photo credit: Steve Rhode)

 

Ok, my reflection of the past few classes. We’ve covered a lot of information in the past few weeks.

We covered the idea of ‘transmedia.’ it was a new term for me but what it is made since to our group.

Next we covered platforms, why platforms were beneficial, which ones were useful. I guess I never really thought about how the layout or how the site works to be productive and grow. Sites like WordPress are simple, but have lots of options, clean and organized. Then compared to other blog sites that are harder to navigate for writers and readers.

I missed a class, due to a funeral I had to go to and traveling out of town for work. I missed a class that I was really looking forward too. How to give a presentation by visuals instead of text. I did a short presentation last semester with Dr. David Parry that consisted of having 10 slides for 20sec each with only visuals, images, pictures. There was no text, no bullet points, and no paragraphs of text in small font. I found last semester that this kind of presentation is very appealing and draws the audience into what you are saying. I hope that my group’s final presentation will have a similar feel and techniques.

The last 2 classes we discussed Transmadia, again, and the digital divide. How technology is interring our real, 3D world, and how people are going to communicate in the future. We watched a cool video of Google’s new visor that gives the idea that the technology and the real world are co-existing. I love these kinds of topics; future technology is what EMAC is all about. And we also talked about the divide of who has access to the Internet. That other cultures and countries are still disconnected so how do we reach out to everyone? My family lives in Ireland (south western region, mostly country with no big cities close by).  Where my family didn’t ever have a computer till I was in middle school, and they didn’t have internet access till I was a senor in high school. Still to this dad my family still doesn’t understand emails (nor do they have an email address) or what Facebook or Twitter are.

 

To come, our final group presentation. I’m a little worried due that my group has a tendency to over-complicate simple ideas. The presentation is about 10min of talking, and 10min of Q&A, I just hope that everyone can get his or her ideas across in the simplest form so we don’t loose our audience/future employer.

 

Refectlion Blog 2: Filter Failure, Crap Detection, and Twitter Literacy

Since the last reflection blog, we have moved on to a new topic: Filter Failure and Crap Detection.

Continuing on from learning the difference between Broadcasting vs Blogging. Our class discussion moved to “filter failure.” We watched Clay Shirky’s discussion on Web 2.0 Expo about It’s Not Information Overload, It’s Filter Failure. In this video clip he explained how we are getting this overload of spam, junk, crap, all because our filters have failed. We live in a world were everyone had some kind of ’21st century ritual’ when checking their email, using spam folders along with manual filters to clean out the junk before reading the important content. In class we talked about some ways/solution to help with the spam overload, not just with email, but with social media sites as well.

We moved onto reading 3 short articles talking about RSS (Real Simple Syndication) as well Aggregation Tools, and how we have to convenience our present brain to see the positives of our future brain. We discussed in class the visual organization, channel coverage, and compartmentalization tools that can help keep all the information you want to stay up to-date on in an orderly, organized, manageable place. After learning what a RSS Feed is, I was still a little intimidated about what it can do. I still see it as another thing to keep track of and to keep organized. Personally I really don’t have a use for it, because I don’t follow multiple sites on a regular basis. Readings: Mindful Infotention by Howard Rheingold, Practical 101S: Google Reader and Persistent Search by Dave Fleet, and Screen Shots: How I Use RSS To Track Thousands of News Sources Easily by Marshall Kirkpatrick.

Class topics moved on to Crap Detection, we read Crap Detection 101 by Howard Rheingold, which talked about how to find credible sources with the help of search engines and manual detective work. In class we played a little game and found sites, with similar topics to our Group Blog Project, to test our skills at finding a sites that we credible. We looked for correct dates, lack of type0’s, credible sources within a article, if the people writing and/or people cited on the site were real and creditable, the amount of traffic flow through the site, and other ‘red-flags’ that popped up on a particular site.

Yesterday we had to read, Twitter Literacy by Howard Rheingold, which talked about Twitter, the uses of Twitter, how to use it, it’s differences compared to other sites, like Facebook, and so on. I personally love Twitter, I didn’t at 1st but I have grown to really appreciate all it’s worth. Our professor Dr. Famiglietti, gave us a wonderful idea and some tips to use Twitter as a search engine for out Group Blog topics, I’m a little bummed I didn’t think of it before. Because I’m the most Twitter savvy in my group, I am now in charge of finding credible sources for our blog though Twitter. I’m so excited; with in the last 10min of class I found lots of great information and people/organizations/companies to follow.