Web 2.0 and ME

My experience of with web 2.0 has been interesting. It can’t be denied that with the technology in place now the world is tangibly changing. People are more connected than ever. Companies are more connected with their customer base. My web browser even often predicts what i am going to enter in the search bar pretty accurately. This transition to web 2.0 has been unpredictable.

 

With the advances in technology web designers have tried to make the tech easier to use but with so much new functionality many people still struggle to catch up with the industry. I do believe that the transition as a whole is a good thing. It is often pointed out that web 2.0 is too intrusive and the question of “who can we trust with our personal information?” is an excellent question. It really is in the hands of the big names like google and paypal to protect our information and make the web 2.0 experience safe enough to trust. They have done well so far but everyday the challenge grows as the web grows. Only time will tell if our trust in new technology will bring us the promising future we have foreseen or if it will be our demise.

 

A huge component of Web 2.0 is the ability to collaboratively write. Whether examining the 140 character junkies of twitter or the dedicated personal/ professional blogs found on wordpress and limitless amounts of other blog sites, it is clear that collaborative writing has become greatly popular and very efficient. As our readings have pointed out,  the ability to instantly publish with virtually no cost has opened the door to ameature writers and provided a platform for some to become professional.


I have become actively engaged on Twitter. It has become very enjoyable to have conversations on topics that I am interested in or just happen to have on my mind at the time.  Before this class, I wasn’t as aware of my online “persona” meaning the reputation or view of myself that I create by my posts. Now after examining another person’s Twitter extensively I view my posts in the light of others and actively evaluate the different ways my posts may be interpreted by others.

 

I have learned so much information in this class it is hard to decide where to start. I would like to first point out that out of my college experience I have acquired, as one should, a huge amount of knowledge on different subjects from the history of America to the old literature of Britain. Out of all the knowledge I have gained I have never had a class with so much information pertinent to my life in the status quo.  These are just a few of the formal things we have covered this semester so far…

 

I have learned…

 

  • The down sides of multitasking and that one is truly unable to multi task at all

  • The true definition of Web 2.0 and what it means to be a part of

  • Different arguments both supporting Web 2.0 as beneficial and arguments tearing it apart as too invasive

  • That one of my favorite sites is Postsecret

  • That Twitter can be used in many different ways with many different motivations.

  • That the posts both on Twitter and other online publications create a persons online persona.

  • The persona can be authentic or often inauthentic. This is sometimes easy to tell while sometimes it is very hard to discern.

  • The anthropological history of youtube. From the boy behind his webcam singing his heart out to the personal vblogs that can be highly personal and revealing.

 

A few of the more informal things I have learned…

 

  • I have great respect for open forum conversation.

  • People with different life paths have very different views of everything and this contrast between views is a good thing.

  • I personally need to use more commas in my essays. I had previously thought I over used them and felt I was over using them.

  • A personas online persona can be quite different than their “in person” persona

 

Again these are just a few. I be will adding to this endless list.

An Analysis of Dr. Chris Drew on Twitter

An Analysis of @drchrisdrew on Twitter

Dr. Chris Drew, @Drchrisdrew, is a genuine person who creates an authentic persona through twitter and his personal blog with the goal of expressing himself and marketing his product called Pocket Literacy. He is a beacon for excellent professional behavior online. His tweets and posts are consistent with good business practices principals, ethical sales, and promotion methods. In a web full of people trying to sell themselves and their products, @drchrisdrew does a great job of being authentic and upfront about himself and his motivations while ultimately working to achieve his own goals.

Social media users don’t want newsfeeds cluttered with fake people trying every way possible to promote their self interest. It is so easy for people in a position which it benefits them to market themselves and a certain product to become spammers. @drchrisdrew is far from a spammer. He has maintained a twitter for over a year and a half with over 580 tweets gaining 168 followers. It is clear from the beginning of his Twitter feed that @drchrisdrew is a passionate intellectual who is active in the education community. From his second tweet of all time he introduces the notion that he is marketing a product, but he is not throwing it anyones face and does not even put out what the product is until later. He ends his first tweet with “Get crunk!” this is awesome! It gives a taste of his enthusiasm and personality. Although he was talking about a “Public Schools Parent Coordinator Executive Committee meeting,” he stays authentic and doesn’t guard himself or act fake.

Though not at all exclusive, at or around about 65 percent of @drchrisdrew’s tweets are about education and or @pocketliteracy. It is important to notice that not one of these tweets says anything remotely near “buy @pocketliteracy or any other direct marketing tactic.” Tweets are shaped to draw interest and convey his enthusiasm to people. Statements like “Sweet interactive media using sms and apps for viewers to choose content!” and “How pumped am I?” Check this out and you’ll see.” are good examples of his marketing. He engages his audience without seeming too fabricated or inauthentic.

Another aspect of @drchrisdrew’s twitter that lends to his authenticity is his displayed capacity for human error. He is not a machine, he is human like the rest of us and has errors in his tweets yet still leaves them up. For example the link to his wordpress blog is not listed on his twitter profile, it is simply mentioned in one of his posts. It is not hyperlinked and thus readers have to manually copy and paste it the old fashioned way. This is hardly the characteristics of someone trying hard to market a product or themselves. The way he doesn’t act to remove the errored post and repost it says a lot about his character. One can only guess if he simply doesn’t notice or just doesn’t care. It is ironic and funny that in a personal blog post of @drchrisdrew’s titled “Building an Infrastructure: The Small Things” he points out that “A misplaced comma could cost you a million dollars” yet he still doesn’t take the time to correct his tweets or delete and repost them. This lends to the humanity of his twitter and a readers desire to connect with him.

@drchrisdrew posts other things that highlight his authenticity and friendliness. A tweet with the upfront statement “A friend is branding a product, would love to have your votes on the new design for @drinkvitaminbeer” is a great example of his upfront and authentic style. The directness of the tweet and the fact that it supports a “friend” and product that he seems to have no attachment to greatly lends to his ethos in the minds of readers. The fact that Dr. Drew took the time to tweet about a friend with no relation to his personal motivations is a great example of his authentic style. Friendship is important online, you are no one without “friends” and “followers.”

Many tweets also build on Dr. Drew’s intellectual credibility. He often post about politics always in a way that is consistent with his authentic style. For example, on May 2nd, 2011, Dr. Drew tweeted “In class and on campus not a word was uttered about the bin Laden news. What to make of this?” This tweet is great. It tells readers that he is current on world news and when other assumed intellectuals in a place of education don’t address major news he is concerned. On mothers day he post a heartfelt tweet addressed to “all the loving mama’s of the world.” This is great for him on all levels. It displays good ethos, humanality, genuineness, intelligence and appreciativeness. He is also active in conversation with people often tweeting replies to peoples tweets he follows and unrelated to business or self promotion.

@drchrisdrew is a great example of an individual who has achieved great duality online. He is able to express  both his business marketing goals and personal goals/opinions while maintaining a high level of authenticity and likability with his readers. This is no easy feat.

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To prison then hell with evil rapist both violent or manipulative but just make sure they truly fit that description first.


Rape is a heinous crime that is as old as human existence. My high school debate teacher told me long ago that even valentines day tradition came from a much different history than most expect. It actually came from Roman rape day, a day when roman soldiers would go out and rape the women of whatever town or village they had conquered to show their dominance. I’ve researched it and though I cant find rock solid evidence from the B.C. period it seems plausible  and likely. That’s all beside the point.

There is no doubt that rape is a greatly detrimental crime to the victims. They are helpless and not only physically but also mentally harmed. Many victims face post traumatic stress disorder on top of the physical harm caused to them.

When it comes to clear cut cases of violent rape i believe that the rapist should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, in many cases especially of repeat offenders, the death penalty should be considered. Victims should and do have the full right to prosecute rapist of all forms from date rapist to physically violent rapist.


Where recent controversy has come to light is in creating a clear definition of rape. Is having sexual relations with an inebriated person who may later regret it and claim rape an actual case of rape? Surely, it is a person’s responsibility to make clear conscious decisions when participating in sex that could be considered non consensual. Cutting through all the technical terms, there is a clear line between a person who is passed out and or inebriated to the point of not knowing what’s going on and the person who may have slept with someone they normally wouldn’t and are embarrassed so they claim rape.


Not all men are bad looking to score with any random drunk chick but it is definitely true that some will take advantage of a situation that maybe they shouldn’t. Each situation is different and each case is different. There are several cases of women picking up wealthy men at bars just to accuse them of sex and receive a settlement.

I can only imagine the stress on prosecutors and members of law enforcement. On one hand we must protect our women from these crimes that will potentially ruin their lives but on the other hand a rape conviction includes certain significant jail time, a life on the sex offender list. These are only a few of the direct consequences as we consider the indirect consequences for rape victims we must also consider the indirect consequences from wrongfully convicted rapist. Brian Banks, a pro football play served 5 years in prison and then another 5 years on house arrest losing his million dollar football contract to find out in the end he didn’t even commit the crime. These include great physical, mental and sexual abuse. Multitudes of research show that sexual offenders are targeted in prison. After they are released they have to report their status as a sexual offender to all potential employers and it is also public information that often leads to harassment. With more than 2000 exoneration’s of serious crimes since 1989 we have to look at each rape case individually and pay especial attention to those that are not clear cut.

In conclusion, I strongly believed that we must protect our women against rape and sexual crimes but we must also be extremely careful in the prosecution process. One individual should not have the power to ruin a another life with accusations as one should not be able to force sex upon an unwilling individual.

We must look deeply into every investigation to find the truth because both evils exist and no one is should have to suffer rape or a wrongful rape conviction.

People know what is right and wrong. With serious matters like rape and murder we have to take everything into consideration and leave out no rock unturned.

YOU ARE BEING WATCHED—THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK


This is the blog post i have been waiting all semester to write. The potential to be surveilled on web 2.0 is undeniable. Obtaining privacy on the web is nearly impossible. Having personal information on the web is a two edged sword. On one hand it can make the internet much more intuitive and personalized for you by profiling your interest and habits, while on the other hand it creates a well documented record of your feelings and actions that you may or may not want everyone knowing.

Everything you put on social networking sites or consumer sites can be linked to you. In this day and age it is easier than ever for government entities with limitless access to user information on the web to make a profile about you. This profile would have everything from looks to interest to relationships and personal beliefs. Information is power and putting your information on line defiantly gives the government power. This idea of participatory surveillance as brought up in Albrechtslund’s article  “Online Social Networking as Participatory Surveillance”  is dead on. It opens your eyes to the idea that you are diminishing your own privacy by sharing. This isn’t necessarily always a negative thing but it is definitely something we should be cautious and aware of.

We must act to protect our rights to privacy. Companies like google and amazon promise to protect our privacy but with legislation such as the patriot act passing if the government thinks you may be a terrorist or a threat to national security your rights to privacy are instantly diminished.

We must ask ourselves “how far is too far?” Should we let these companies store our private information? It sure make shopping online easy but then again I don’t want to google search the word Egypt for a class and end up having the government creating a profile with everything I’ve ever put online in it.

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Privacy is a constitutional right for Americans. It should be protected even when pertaining the the world wide web.

Inherent Problems with the Evolution of Technology

With the evolution of technology many great things have become norms in daily life as with any large scale change  many new problems come to exist. It is no doubt that technology has made our lives easier in many ways. We now consume media in many different ways that were not even fathomable years ago. The publishing industry has greatly changed. We no longer have to go to the bookstore to get new books. We can get magazines and newspapers via e readers or even on most smartphones. With such easy access to various media outlets we have become more distracted from everyday activities and work. The evolution of technology and media consumption have led to changes in the everyday lives of people all over the world. It is now the norm to see many people on their phones or tablets or laptop in restaurants or in class where traditionally they would have been restricted to print media and face to face interaction.

When comparing the vastly different articles from this week, it is clear that they deal with the problems that have risen from evolution of technology. The article “Attention literacy” deals with the problem that has arisen in classrooms where students are unable to focus attention on the professor during lecture due to the availability of information and media streams on their portable devices. Gladwell’s article “Priced to Sell” also deals with a problem that has risen with the evolution of technology. the publishing industry has been crushed by the evolution of technology. The ability to share information so easily is forcing companies like the Dallas Morning News to sell their content for far less revenue than in the past. This is a problem because great revenue is needed to provide good reliable content consistently. The amount used in the example is 70 percent to Amazon the bigbox provider of the technology and a nominal 30 percent to the content provider. This seems highly unfair and is a big change from the past when newspapers and other publishing entities made top dollar on all aspects of publishing their own original content.
Taking everything into perspective it is easy to see that in many ways technology has evolved from paper to digital. This has brought great success to tech companies while publishing companies and other content providers have gotten the short end of the stick. Anderson believes that this is inevitable because “information wants to be free.” This idea is new aged and extremely relevant in todays society. It is virtually free to access publishing from any internet capable device.

Is it fair to transition most of profit away from publishing companies to the providers?
Is this evolution a bad thing or a good thing in general?
Is it just common sense to know that as new things prosper some old things will die hard?

In the words of Bob Dylan “things are a changing, but if you dont start a swimmin youll sink like a stone….”

Globalization via the World Wide Web

The world wide web is the most successful global tool used today. The idea that we would be able to share information with individuals in different countries at the drop of a hat would have been conceivable before the world wide web. Today the development of world wide web has led the globalization of many ideas, a seemingly infinite web of knowledge, information and news.

The idea that the world wide web has fostered globalization is greatly tangible. Examples like the Arab Spring, mass organization through twitter, sites dedicated to sharing ideas and inter-personality are some of the most popular sites we have to date.

Would the world be different without the web?

I would argue that it would be quite different. We wouldn’t be able to share information near as rapidly. We wouldn’t have near the means of collaboration. To acquire even a fraction of the knowledge i have access to online I would have to spend many hours in the library compiling information from multiple books and other sources.

Many times we may take the world wide web for granted, we think that life was much less complicated without it, or that so much evil can be found online it might be a better place with out the web. Though it is undeniable that evil does exist online and without the web life may have been more simple, but one has to see that the benefits greatly outweigh the disadvantages. Our global access to anything from recipes to political history of a foreign land has never in the history of earth been more easily accessible.

What does this mean?

Does it mean that we are evolving and getting smarted because of the web?

It might. It defiantly means that we can access the information, access the ideas of others, collaborate and converse easier via the world wide web. We can only speculate as to where this will bring us. As we become more dependent on the web and the old ways wither away into history our population will evolve the future of the web will hold many pros and cons. It has already reshaped the way we gather information, socialize and express ourselves.

What will be next?

The physical power of online collaboration


In Shirkys chapter “It takes a village to find a phone” from the book Here Comes Everybody a well off woman named Ivanna leaves her phone in a NY taxi. A young girl named Sasha from the bad side of queens recovers the phone. Through modern technology Ivanna finds out that Sasha had recovered her phone and was using it as if it belonged to her. After a few civil request to return the phone and some harsh responses from sasha and her family, the full out online collaborative effort of Ivanna’s friend Evan, a programmer ultimately ends up forcing the NYPD to reclassify the incident, arrest Sasha and hand over the phone.


This story takes many interesting twist, turns and brings up many questions concerning the power of collaboration online.

The most obvious question that seemed to dominate our class discussion this week was “Did Sasha act immorally when deciding to keep the device for her personal use?” I’de say we all most definitely agreed that yes it was immoral to keep the device once she knew whose it was and could have easily returned it. Though it may have been immoral Sasha’s motivation to keep the phone and even insult the original owners is clear to me. Through Sasha’s actions it is made clear that she feels disenfranchised and not obligated to return the device to the well off original owners. Perhaps if she too was well off, she would have acted differently.

Lets not get hung up on “what ifs,” I find it more interesting that power conjured from social networking and the web was able to sway the NYPD from not taking any action on the lost phone to reclassifying it as stolen and arresting Sasha.

Evan’s creation of a webpage which he posted on his personal site and shared with his online contacts led to the page going viral. It ended up on digg and became very popular. The pages popularity can be attributed to many different aspects, it was titled ingeniously StolenSidekick, it was placed on digg, and it was interesting to follow as Evan updated it every time something developed in the story. The page encouraged people to help Evan in the search and recovery of Ivanna’s stolen phone. He did not directly call for it, but many took the page as a call to vigilantism seriously and took video of Sasha’s home and listed her address.

Evan received everything from NYPD insider information to legal advice all from the creation of the Stolensidekick page on his site.

Is it fair that Evan was able to “strong arm” the NYPD into changing their initial assessment of the situation from lost property to stolen property?

They say “all’s fair in love and war” I’d have to agree. It is amazing that Evan was able to gather so much information and create such a tangible effect from digital efforts. I believe that is why Shirky tells this story in the beginning of his book. It works well to illustrate the true tangible power that can be derived from the online community.

Thanks for reading,
Austin

 

 

 

“You” belong to the global community of “Youtube”

I was absolutely taken away by Michael Wesch’s presentation“An anthropological introduction to Youtube.”

The pure concept that we, when making a video to upload on youtube, are on the biggest stage in the world from the front of our web cam is simply amazing. By applying an anthropological analysis to youtube it becomes obvious that youtube is not just a simple platform to make video sharing easy it is a platform that takes the globalization of user created video content to a level of accessibility that can and has changed the world.

That being said when you point out the fact that most youtube videos are only intended for less than 100 viewers, you start to think. You think about that no name goofy music video that went viral and inspired people to make mockerys and response videos was probably only intended to only reach the eyes of a few but by the power of sharing, rating, tagging, and user feedback that video made it all over the world.


This tool, this platform made it possible to share yourself, or as we also saw many times a fictitious character, with the world.  

 


Is it wrong to act or falsely portray yourself as someone your not on youtube?

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That’s really a tough question. Part of my mind wants to say “hell yes that’s wrong to doop me by posting fictitious feelings, thoughts and situations,” and then the other half of my mind says “well most television Ive watched over my lifetime has been actors and actresses with every word scripted.” That is why it is so hard to rationalize what youtube really is or can be.  


My most striking personal example of an “authenticity” issue with youtube came last year. A video went viral titled “Kony 2012” it was a video about Joseph Kony arguably the most cruel, violent and manipulative man in the world. The video did what it was supposed to and made me sympathize with thousands of lifes Joseph Kony had destroyed and continued to destroy. The video called all sympathizers to action and encouraged people to donate money and buy posters, stickers and other Kony merchandise.

I’m usually pretty skeptical, but for some reason I bought a dozen posters almost immediately. A few months went by and the thought crossed my mind that maybe it was just a big scam, maybe this guy just presented the facts in a creative way and set up a way to siphon in people’s money. Even if he promised proceeds go to helping capture and stop the LRA and Kony, how much of the proceeds would really go to doing that?

To this day I still don’t really know. I googled Kony not long ago and he had been captured. But the guy who made the video, who seemed so sincere, kind and decent had also been arrested for indecent exposure. Maybe im too lazy, or maybe I just really don’t want to know the truth about if I got dooped buying those cheap posters that probably cost 10 cents to make but I paid a premium for. One thing was for sure, this situation put youtube’s “authenticity crisis” and potential for abuse on my radar.


The story of Michael Wesch and his anthropological examination of youtube was wonderful. It has made me recognize youtube for being more than just another social networking tool. It has shown me that youtube itself has changed since it first begun. It has evolved and many good things have came from its existence.


I believe that Wesch’s study of youtube gives anthropologist and anyone else who may be interested a look into the status quo of humanity. For every negative, there is a positive. For every lonely person sitting at home behind a webcam there is community for you if you so choose to join it.

When you become a member of Youtube and begin to share yourself with the world it not only allows us to travel further into your mind but it allows you, yourself, to travel beyond just cognition of yourself into the realm of true recognition which before you had no real method of doing. You can watch yourself and get a sense of who you really are and what others see from a third person perspective.

 

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You belong to the global community of “Youtube.”

See New “Awesome Videos!” Page on my Blog

I threw some of my favorite mostly appropriate videos in the this new page. Please comment. Click the “Awesome Videos” Link page link above. Be prepared to laugh and Please Enjoy

Check out the Chihuly Exhibit on my newly created page!

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Hope you enjoy.

Austin

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