NewsCred

September 24, 2008

NewsCred is a site built to help news readers find credible sources. Although the site is a good idea I feel like allow users to rate the credibility of stories, authors and publications could lead to some problems down the road. I agree with Marisa Peacock when she says “But isn’t rating a biased measurement?”. The site says it doesn’t rely on popularity, but I would think with users rating popularity might still be a factor to consider. I do not agree fully with this article however because it seems as though it is just written from the views of journalists who are offended by the fact that readers get a say in their writings. After looking at the NewsCred sight they post their Analytics and top 50 credible news sources along with tabs to look at top journalists, bloggers and others rated by viewers.

Social Networking

September 17, 2008

the Web is old, the Web is new, the Web is all, the Web is you“,

I like this quote from a song because it is true about the web today. There are so many ways for individuals to make their web experience very personalized. I believe social networking is a good way for people to connect with others who share the same interests as them as well as find new ideas and social pathways that they didn’t even know they were interested in. Lots of social communities have been formed by people sharing interests and ideas on certains subjects. They way I see it social bookmarking will only increase in the number of users experiencing over the years.

I found here Social Networking sites on wikipedia a list of Social networking sites, the interesting thing about it is it includes sites from all over the world so you can see what is popular in other countries. it breaks down what is needed to be able to join the site…like some are only open to college students with a college email some are invite only sites and some are just general sites open to the public. Some of the sites were Playahead which is popular to Swedish, danish, and norwegian teenagers…and then there is skyrock which is apparently the leading social networking site in the French speaking world.

Tag Clouds R.I.P

September 17, 2008

I have never been the type to think twice about tag clouds. Until this class it really has never been a thought in my mind. Even though the article was not the greatest I guess I can agree with the decrease in tag clouds found on sites over the years. I personally never used them only because they have gotten to the point where it can’t narrow down too much but searches have expanded so much. As inventions go however they are used alot at first then its usage decreases as time goes on, so I would not be surprised if tag clouds disappeared soon.

Getting Past Google

September 10, 2008

I think this article is important for anybody my age to read. Everyday college and high schools students use facebook, myspace, and other social connectors to post pics, and share laughs with friends without realizing that just about anybody can be viewing that information at any given time. After talking to some other friends however, I know they have said that they only post pics and information that they feel is not harmful if the wrong eyes came across it. While this is true it makes me worry about younger kids who may not be so censored. I too was alittle startled last year when my mother asked me once “when did you go to the beach?” I was thinking to myself how did you know I went to the beach? She said to me I did a google search on you and your myspace page came up and I saw your pics. Since then I realized just how easy it is for anybody to gain access into my or others lives.

Is Google making us stupid?

September 10, 2008

What amazed me the most about this Article is the fact that the second paragraph pretty much sums up how my own brain activity since advancements in the Internet. I too can tell that I do not think nearly as much as I need to since I have something else that can do i for me. The amount of books I have read since high school has decreased significantly each year mainly because I do not have the patient to sit and read like I used to. In other words I want quick results, fast, with the least amount of thinking as possible.

I knew before reading this, that its not that I have become lazy in the research methods for assignments for school. Its more of the fact that I can do it quick and easy on web. No need to leave my room for a serious project that needs scholarly references. I know in my old high school, each year for our big english papers they made i a point hat students had to physically go to the library and obtain a certain number of references from books in there. Probably so our generation can atleast get a feel what true research is about.

It is actually kind of scary knowing how easily our mind can change and our behaviors can be shaped with the internet, who knows what will happen from here.

I thought this video was a good breakdown of the web and its beginnings to now. What really captured my linking of ice cream owners making their own flavors and selling to those who shared joy in that same flavor. The same as common interests on the net. It is easy to find what you like on the net and share your opinions with others who enjoy those same interests. Another point that caught me was the shop owners having their own boards outside for customers to write their reviews much like blogs today.  Overall this video was a good expression of social media today.

As We May Think

September 3, 2008

After Reading the Article As we May Think by Vannevar Bush, I saw it as strengthening the argument that many individuals claim today; We live in an age of technology. I found it interesting that it was written in the 40’s…long before much of the everyday technology we use today was invented. It was already seen even back then that mankind was turning towards technology.

I especially liked how certain scientists like biologists, and physicists who are suppose to use their knowledge and intelligence for good have been using it to create gadgets and tools for destruction against enemys. It is both amazing and scary to see what human intelligence can think up.

An article title Read this Article if you think technology is bad is bad has a good argument on technology being down natural human. It questions whether technology really is the problem or if it is just a change in human interaction in general. It even goes as far as to say technology is prostituting what is is to be human. I very interesting perspective I think.

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September 3, 2008

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