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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