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Spector Blog 5

I viewed the speech by Sandee Kastune of I.C. Stars.  She started out as a science teacher and worked with trouble kids.  She found that these kids indeed were teachable.  They were told to pick an element to be:  from the solids, liquids, and gases.  Their seating assignments were determined by the group they belonged too.  She created a policy where students had to come back after they graduated and told them how they were using the science that they learned in her class.  She ran into her brightest student years down the road and found out that he became a janitor.  But he was passionate about his career and explained how much that he had learned about chemicals.  Sandee then decided that she wanted to apply technology to community leaderships.  She started an institute to teach people to use technology that would get them a better job.  The program lasts for a year and includes a small stipend.  Their incomes increased by an average of 400%.  They stayed in the south and west sides, where they came from, and bought homes there; they invested in their communities.    

She asked us how are you heating people are cooling them down?  How are you helping people be in there element.  How are you in your element?  She in a sense was motivating the audience to make a a difference.  It is remarkable how many lives this woman has changed.  She took so many out of poverty by providing them the opportunity to better themselves with hard work, not handouts.  It is also amazing that once the graduates were making a decent living they decided to invest in the low income communities that they came from.  It is interesting to imagine how people like that could transform a community form an impoverished place to a desirable community within as little as a decade. 

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Spector Blog 5

I viewed the speech by Sandee Kastune of I.C. Stars.  She started out as a science teacher and worked with trouble kids.  She found that these kids indeed were teachable.  They were told to pick an element to be:  from the solids, liquids, and gases.  Their seating assignments were determined by the group they belonged too.  She created a policy where students had to come back after they graduated and told them how they were using the science that they learned in her class.  She ran into her brightest student years down the road and found out that he became a janitor.  But he was passionate about his career and explained how much that he had learned about chemicals.  Sandee then decided that she wanted to apply technology to community leaderships.  She started an institute to teach people to use technology that would get them a better job.  The program lasts for a year and includes a small stipend.  Their incomes increased by an average of 400%.  They stayed in the south and west sides, where they came from, and bought homes there; they invested in their communities.    

She asked us how are you heating people are cooling them down?  How are you helping people be in there element.  How are you in your element?  She in a sense was motivating the audience to make a a difference.  It is remarkable how many lives this woman has changed.  She took so many out of poverty by providing them the opportunity to better themselves with hard work, not handouts.  It is also amazing that once the graduates were making a decent living they decided to invest in the low income communities that they came from.  It is interesting to imagine how people like that could transform a community form an impoverished place to a desirable community within as little as a decade. the_early_years_0

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I found Lambdamoo interesting.  I found it hard to navigate.  It seemed very old school, probably established by someone long long ago.  I doubt it was ever updated.  It seems like something straight out of the early 90’s. 

It was something like a zelda game.  Except here your controller was your keyboard.  You typed in words and they took you somewhere or no where.  Often times I got jammed up and didn’t know what phrase to put, I kept putting phrases and eventually I was to the next place.  Sometimes that place was a door, dressing room, window, or cellar. 

I remember doing this exercise in class with other classmates and it helped to work on this as a team.  It helped to collaborate much of the time.  Other times we all were lost. 

I can’t imagine why someone would spend there free time on this site.  I didn’t find it enjoyable at all.  It was frustrating.  It did not make much sense.  It seemed like an endless maze.  I was just wondering when is this horrible ting going to end.  I could not imagine spending a lot of time on the site.  There are many more things I would do before I spent a whole bunch of time on this site.

As far as how it works, I am unsure.  Who determines if the command you enter is valid or not?  Who even set up this awkward site.  A lot of things I would enter would not be recognized.  Then I would keep entering words until a response came. 

1)  Do you see any value in this program/site?

2) Did you understand how the site functioned?

I felt like it brought me to the same place over and over again.  Maybe this creation would be more popular and like if it was updated.  I certainly would like it more than.  If it evolved with the times and was more interactive that would be great. 

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I feel with social media it can be viewed as utopian or dystopian.  It can be utopian because one can reinvent his/herself.  When it first came on the scene social media was seen as a never ending possibility of connecting to people.  You had new ways to keep up with friends or make new ones.  The possibilities seemed endless.  Post a picture and status and allow thousands of people to see it.  Find out what all your friends are doing on twitter or facebook.  Social media can also be utopian because it can be seen as a way for one to reinvent his/herself.  You can be anyone you want on the internet.  You may be the shy guy who is too afraid to talk to that girl you have a crush on in public, but on facebook or twitter you can present yourself as strong and confident to your potential suitor.  It also was great for people to follow their idols like athletes, politicians, actors, and musicians.  It is also utopian because twitter created a new and limitless language for many.  People also got new career opportunities out of social media.  Every company who wants to be talked about created a social media page and they often times need multiple people to manage their social media.  Social media became a new way to promote yourself, service, or ideals. 

Social media can be seen as dystopian as well.  It can be a great time waster.  Some people can spend hours on end on social media.  With social media cyber bullying occurred, which could cause great emotional harm.  Also negative rumors could also spend a lot faster with social media, causing greater harm to the subject of the rumors.    Social media can become so habitual in someone’s life that whenever they gain a free moment they hope into their social media accounts immediately and tune everything else out.   

How do you see social media evolving in the future?

Do you see it is a destructive force for young kids?

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This was my first time using twitter.  I had never tweeted before this but had seen plenty of people tweet before.  I always thought it is just not for me, why bother. 

 I am a total newbie when it comes to tweeting so figuring out what to hashtag was a new world of its own.  Do I plan on becoming a twitter addict?  No I do not plan on that, unless I become a celebrity of sorts.   

In some ways I guess not tweeting makes you not up to date with the modern world and almost archaic.  One time I asked my roommate “where do you get most of your news?”  He replied “twitter.”  I thought he was joking,  low and behold I found out that twitter was actual a reliable news source.  Even some legitimate people in the news field use twitter.   http://yourbusiness.azcentral.com/twitter-important-5023.html

I find it interesting that “no one has figured out why twitter matters” (Dibbell, 1).  It almost seems as if twitter came out of nowhere. I agree with Dibbell that twitter can not take the place of books.  Books have a readable and structured form.  Tweets can often times be a bunch of randomly paired words, or hashtags.  It feels like with twitter there aren’t many rules, with writing a book there are so many rules.  Also you could not put a whole bunch of tweets into a book and call it a story.

“Thanks to the Internet …we may be reading more than be did in the 1970’s or 80’s” (Carr, 3).  This is referencing that back then tv was the media of choice.  No we use computers and the internet and people post things on social media.  Twitter is limited to 140 characters but someone can tweet the entire day of they want to, ushering multiple to read what they tweeted.

How long do you like the twitter fad while last?

What do you think is next for twitter?

Spector Blog 1

In the mid 90’s when I was very young probably around 6 or 7 my parents had this gigantic Macintosh desktop.  My elementary school also had macintosh computers.  I remember the interactive books on cd-rom that I was amused by as a kid.  I thought there was nothing better than the vivid pictures coupled with a smooth narration telling you a story.

http://www.cultofmac.com/180254/heres-what-apple-propoganda-looked-like-in-the-90s-gallery/

 

The first software I can remember using is Microsoft Paint.  To me it was amazing how you could create pictures and images without crayons, markers, and paper.  You could scribble for the entire day without running out of space.  If you didn’t like what you did part or the whole piece of art could be erased in seconds.  I remember everyone being excited to create their own master piece, printing it off, and eagerly awaiting to show teachers, and parents.  I fely like paint was the “new media and more efficient then it’s predecessor”  (Gitelman and Pingree page 3) of markers, crayons, and paper for a 6 year old that was willing to use tons of paper to create the perfect family picture. 

I feel like the “synchronicity” mentioned by van Dijk was relevant to me because as a young child, the mouse, and the computer was visually stunning to me.  Because would you are creating with the mouse simultaneously appears on the screen.

I also vaguely remember the scholastic games on the computer something.  Most of what I remember is them being math games.  I kept playing them so they must have been some what addicting. 

I remember the internet being super slow back then and having to wait for the dial up internet connect, which felt like forever.  The noise of the dial up internet connecting was ear piercing it kind of reminded me of the sound of cicadas in the summer time.  I guess my aha moment was in sixth grade and I learned that the computers of the 2000’s were much faster than those of the 90’s.  The speed of the computer my family got in the early 2000’s blistered the one we had from the 90’s.

Discussion Questions

  1. How do you foresee the next generation answering questions about their first experiences with a computer?
  2. What in your opinion is the single most important advancement within new media that has occurred in the last 10 years?