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Application Example-Josh Sefton

Are your day to day interactions with technology influencing your decisions you make in your life? My application video example emphasizes the fact that media is a huge influence in our lives every single day. Mobile technology consumes us in a variety of different ways, ultimately influencing us a lot more than you realize. Think about it, we are constantly consuming information from our mobile technologies these days. From political information, health related information, sports updates, to information on what your friends are doing via social media apps. We may not realize or want to admit to it, but society is being influenced by media more than we think. Have you recently pulled up the latest breaking news on the election and read something that influenced your decision on who to vote for? I know I have and I’m sure many others have. In fact, I remember reading something on my phone the other day about how the United States was following the presidential campaign closer than ever because of the easy access to news information. This video shows a couple of good example of how media influences society. One example in this video is how media shows us how we should look and act. The media illustrates what beauty is by showing us models and famous people acting seductive, which makes younger kids strive to be that way because it’s what they see all over the news. Without the advanced technologies in today’s society it would be more difficult for people to consume media in their everyday lives, therefore be less influenced by it. Although this video doesn’t directly relate mobile technologies with the influence of media, it gives us the idea of how much more media we are consuming everyday because of the use and easy access we have with our smartphones. There are all kinds of apps for smartphones these days. Just to name a few there are thousands of news apps, magazine apps, social media apps, weather information apps, and music apps. Although we may download these kinds of apps for entertainment purposes, they are also consuming us, influencing our daily activities, and shaping our decisions in life. These are the messages I took from this video example. Can you think of any other messages of how this video represents media and technology influencing society day to day?

Are your day to day interactions with technology influencing your decisions you make in your life? My application video example emphasizes the fact that media is a huge influence in our lives every single day. Mobile technology consumes us in a variety of different ways, ultimately influencing us a lot more than you realize. Think about it, we are constantly consuming  information from our mobile technologies these days. From political information, health related information, sports updates, to information on what your friends are doing via social media apps. We may not realize or want to admit to it, but society is being influenced by media more than we think. Have you recently pulled up the latest breaking news on the election and read something that influenced your decision on who to vote for? I know I have and I’m sure many others have. In fact, I remember reading something on my phone the other day about how the United States was following the presidential campaign closer than ever because of the easy access to news information. This video shows a couple of good example of how media influences society. One example in this video is how media shows us how we should look and act. The media illustrates what beauty is by showing us models and famous people acting seductive, which makes younger kids strive to be that way because it’s what they see all over the news. Without the advanced technologies in today’s society it would be more difficult for people to consume media in their everyday lives, therefore be less influenced by it. Although this video doesn’t directly relate mobile technologies with the influence of media, it gives us the idea of how much more media we are consuming everyday because of the use and easy access we have with our smartphones. There are all kinds of apps for smartphones these days. Just to name a few there are thousands of news apps, magazine apps, social media apps, weather information apps, and music apps. Although we may download these kinds of apps for entertainment purposes, they are also consuming us, influencing our daily activities, and shaping our decisions in life. These are the messages I took from this video example. Can you think of any other messages of how this video represents media and technology influencing society day to day?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7xc7J8bdsU

 

Google Plus Hangouts

The example I found to convey the different “genres of participation” is a commercial for Google Plus and its hangout feature. To me, this is an example somewhere mainly between “hanging out” and “messing around”, maybe with a hint of “geeking out.” Clearly the guys watching the video are all sharing a social space without all being in the same room. Also, they are trying out the features of Google Hangouts by playing a YouTube video during their hangout session. Finally, since all of the guys in the commercial are either past coaches or players, they all have immense knowledge of the game and could be geeking out, even though the YouTube players aren’t quite on the same level as the viewers.

http://creativity-online.com/work/google-plus-backyard-basketball/25715

https://tools.google.com/dlpage/hangoutplugin

Application Example 9/6/2012: Automation/A.I.

I found these while perusing through youtube and thought I’d ask the opinion of the class as to how they think this technology will effect us in the future.


I believe this falls into the category of Manovich’s principle of automation.  In his book, he discusses how video games only make it seem like they have intelligence, as the technology it is housed in severely limits the types of interactions we can have.  For example, we cannot talk to the characters in the video game that we play (i.e. street fighter, Starcraft, etc), or hold a conversation with them, as they only react in ways that their programming allows.  This allows them to block when we attack, or counter our methods with a pre-programmed response, therefore making our interactions very shallow.
However, with these robots, a greater form of interaction is accomplished through allowing the AI to talk, and respond to us and what we’re saying in a relatively intelligent manner.  At what point does this make you uncomfortable?  Or on the other hand, do you think that this technology will be awesome for the future?

I know that these robots are merely a sequence of coding and merely respond as they are programmed,  but the first video’s robot says something eerily true.  “Everything–humans, animals, and robots, do as programmed, to a degree.”  So at this point I questioned myself as to what I considered to be sentient.  Do you think that these robots or our AI can reach a point of Sentience?  Or will it just be 1’s and 0’s?

People can express their freedom of speech via Facebook or Twitter. They can upload any information and share with many friends and acquaintances. Sometimes, these social media works as good flatforms in gathering great social and political power from many people.  “The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change.” (Gladwell p.3)

Recent activities and every minute tweet can be reflected as what others think  “With Facebook and Twitter and the like, the traditional relationship between political authority and popular will has been upended, making it easier for the powerless to collaborate, coordinate, and give voice to their concerns.” (Gladwell p.1)

 

 

Social Media Activism

Here is a video talks about new media social activism from Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye867M80_nU

The wall stree example

Social media group of the activism.

http://blogs.position2.com/social-media-helps-spur-occupywallstreet-protests

The static of activism’s movment and network graph.

http://sunfoundation.tumblr.com/

Application Example (Social Media Activism)

I choose the Arab Spring as an example of Social Media Activism. During the Spring of 2011 many countries across the Middle East and Northern Africa erupted into a massive uprising that has over thrown a number of governments. Almost all of the protest took place because of social media and allowing for more people to share their ideals. What we are seeing with Occupy Wall Street and the larger Occupy Movement is social media playing a large role in communication between groups and members.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/22/middle-east-protest-interactive-timeline

When I signed up for this application example at the beginning of the semester, the first thing that popped into my head was an article titled “Random Swings of Joy.” A small group of individuals set out to promote something much less tangible than most activist movements; they set out to promote happiness. They discovered that placing very basic swings in unexpected locations within a city can improve the day of almost anyone who walks by and takes a moment to enjoy some Newtonian mechanics. Here’s a video from their Kickstarter page that details the project and their goals for the future:

I know there are plenty of other, larger issues in the world today using social media as an activism channel, such as the riots in Egypt or the very recent internet censorship prevention campaigns, but the simplicity and incredible success really stuck with me. They have plenty of photos, videos, and articles to sort through, but their trailer for the Bolivia project makes me smile every time:

Digitizing Race – Application Example

 

 

 

In the digitizing race article Nakamura explains how different races are represented or portrayed through media. The focus of this article was on the Matrix Trilogy where she makes many points that she believes are making connections between certain races and what technology they use in the movie to represent their race. For example, there was a connection made between the use of touch screen with white individuals and keyboards and analog tools with African American individuals. In my opinion I don’t think that the movie was created to show this distinction between the two races in the way that it did. I think that it just happened to work out that way in the end. I found a video that I think is a good example of how technology in the future is projected to work and does a good job showing that there is no correlation between the different races that will use the technology.