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STOP Cyberbullying

On the video we saw about cyberbullying I thought it was interesting how many people ran away from the situation. However, if they would be in the same position they would’ve liked someone to stand up for them.

I think it is important for the group to look for cyberbullying in different cultures. This is important because different cultures behave differently. Different types of people tend to behave as a group and others rather individually.

This topic is very important, and something we should all look out and find a way to stop it. And, as we’ve said before, its starts with us. If we don’t bully others we can take a small step towards this horrible phenomenon.


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!

Summary #5= Revealing our digital identity.

The authors of this article discuss the importance of identity formation. The research they have conducted demonstrate that students know their identities can be explained by external factors but they don’t seem to really care what these factors are. However, the students in this research do seem to care about their digital appearance and image that they portray of themselves through the internet, but only as an immediate social form. 1 out of 4 students don’t seem to be worried about the impact of their digital impact on their own future. What they mean by this future is not only their educational future but when seeking jobs as well. There is a focus on the new form of identity, that is digital identity, and how it is represented in social networks and the impact of these identities of the current up and coming generation.

One of the reasons I chose this article was because the secondary author’s main field of study is psychology. Digital identity can still be treated with such a science. I also like that they conducted an experiment that is relatable to the students in our class and how they perceive themselves in the internet.

Summary #4= A World without Center: Culture, Identity Construction, and Cognition in the Digital Age.

The internet has demonstrated to have a great effect on cultural growth. Here, we learn that such transformations are worth noticing since this exploitation of information distribution channels have changed the global environment and allowed us to suppress our physical space as personal interaction. We are introduced with two questions: 1. what are the consequences of our cognitive and identity development, and therefore, the makeup of the individual in our culture? and 2. how do these processes operate in the overall latin american context? This article discusses how recent literature has redefined the development of such cognitive and identity development, the effects of the internet in the construction of our culture, the day to day interaction in social networks, and the rhetorical and argumentative customs of online debates.

I chose this article because it shows the viewpoint of latin americans on the internet. I also liked that it related how social and digital media help shape the individual and his/her values and customs.