Friday, November 1, 2013

PLN 7 "Machines are Us/ing Us"

Dr. Michael Wesch
Michael Wesch’s “Web 2.0…The Machine is us/ing us” demonstrates how computers are starting to use people once they post images and other comments on the internet.  At first glance this video by Wesch seems to just be talking about how people’s writing is faulty compared to machines typing. He then shows us and goes more into detail about what computers and machines can really do like web applications, HTML formats, and Google. From then on out Wesch show’s us how the machine is learning from us or using us. Every link we click or every website we visit is teaching the machine how to reopen new stuff or keep it saved. Making it seem like we are the machines teacher but as time goes on we rely more and more on the machine more than it relies on us.
Summary Response:
Michael Wesch’s “The Machine is us/ing us” show’s viewers the use of the Web can not only ruin peoples reputations but can also ruin their lives.  Michael Wesch shows people that every time someone posts a picture or video or a status on facebook that the web will always have it causing the machine to be smarter than people and to hold their secrets. He also tries telling people that we’ve become more dependant on using machines today than people ever have in the past warning people that they  need to be careful of what they post or say online. Dr. Wesch goes on by saying “We need to rethink love, family, ourselves.”. What he’s trying to tell people is that they need to think if the internet and web is actually helping them or changing them. The machine is becoming smarter than the user and people rely more on it than they did on one another. People are losing themselves online, on the web, and even in video games. Machines are the peoples new generation and people need to be more careful about what they post or use the internet for or they might lose themselves in it.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

PLN 7 "Machines are Us/ing Us"

Michael Wesch’s “Web 2.0…The Machine is us/ing us” demonstrates how computers are starting to use people once they post images and other comments on the internet.  At first glance this video by Wesch seems to just be talking about how people’s writing is faulty compared to machines typing. He then shows us and goes more into detail about what computers and machines can really do like web applications, HTML formats, and Google. From then on out Wesch show’s us how the machine is learning from us or using us. Every link we click or every website we visit is teaching the machine how to reopen new stuff or keep it saved. Making it seem like we are the machines teacher but as time goes on we rely more and more on the machine more than it relies on us.
Summary Response:
Michael Wesch’s “The Machine is us/ing us” show’s viewers the use of the Web can not only ruin peoples reputations but can also ruin their lives.  Michael Wesch shows people that every time someone posts a picture or video or a status on facebook that the web will always have it causing the machine to be smarter than people and to hold their secrets. He also tries telling people that we’ve become more dependant on using machines today than people ever have in the past warning people that they  need to be careful of what they post or say online. Dr. Wesch goes on by saying “We need to rethink love, family, ourselves.”. What he’s trying to tell people is that they need to think if the internet and web is actually helping them or changing them. The machine is becoming smarter than the user and people rely more on it than they did on one another. People are losing themselves online, on the web, and even in video games. Machines are the peoples new generation and people need to be more careful about what they post or use the internet for or they might lose themselves in it.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

PLN6

The artical “The Case Against High-School Sports” by Amanda Ripley puts a negative effect of high-school sports that affects a student education because students from present time are doing worse in school because of sports. Amanda tells people that high-school sports are more important to students than getting a good education. Schools spend more money on the sports that kids are playing instead of the students education. The average in Shanghai, that's why China is ranked number one around the world. If schools just cut down on sports then students could have a better educations than students in other countries.

“The Case Against High-School Sports” by Amanda Ripley is talking about how high schools need to stop funding so much into sports and put more time and money into education because in the long run education is going to get you everywhere in life while sports won't necessarily do that. With all of the sports that kids are playing and all the time that sport takes up its not giving the kids the time they need to work on homework or study. Some schools will even go as far as to spend as much as they need to keep their sports equipment updated and will cut down on teaching if needed. People also say that sports  help students stay fit and teach them good sportsmanship and how to work well with others, but it is costing them more money than they should be spending. The principal realized that none of the students in sports were going to play after they graduate making all the time that they put into that sport worthless and they could have been doing something better like studying. Spelman College has cut sports and used the money from the cut to help do things like buy better equipment for teaching. They instituted cheaper classes like swimming. If high schools focus on academics, students grades would be much better. Schools could also have cheaper sports like soccer and volleyball. Some schools need to change their main focus from sports to academics.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Footprints in the Digital Age

“Footprints in the Digital Age” by Will Richardson demonstrates how easy it is for people to find you on the internet and how when you do something online you can never erase it. The fact that everything you’ve ever posted on facebook or anything anyone has ever said about you true or not is permanently on  the internet and can never be taken off is frightening. Some people also believe that everything that is said is true so if someone posts something on their web page about something you didn’t actually do it’ll be on there forever and people who don’t even know you will think differently about you.
The reason Richardson is so worried about what goes on the internet is because he has children who go on it all the time and post stuff about their lives. The thing is that they don’t understand that what they’re posting right now can affect them 20 yrs from now. Parents everywhere should be scared about their children going online and playing games or having facebooks. Kids don’t realize that whenever they post something online its up there forever even if they think that they can take it off people will always have a way of getting it. If you really think about that long and hard you realize that that’s scary and not a life anyone would actually want. Everyone messes up and people forget but if you mess up online then it’s stuck with you forever and no one will ever forget because it’ll keep coming back up. There are ways that you can go online and not do anything bad by not making accounts and putting safeties on it but most people don’t use it. Some people think that by doing this their children will be safe but this isn’t necessarily true, kids are a lot smarter than parents give them credit for and they can sometimes find a way to turn off those safeties and that can end up making everything worse for them in the future. The internet can be a fun safe place if you know how to use it some children shouldn’t be aloud to go on it unless if their parents are by their sides.  

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Bully- Redo

The video “Bully” By Lee Hirsch has become an epidemic because bullying has pushed kids to the point of not only hurting themselves but hurting others too. Bullying isn’t just when people push someone down or beat them up or have their lunch money stolen bullying is also calling people mean names and crushing their spirits or making hurtful rude comments. This documentary of bullying show’s people that there is bullying going on in the world and that it isn’t just a couple of kids in each school but more like the whole school bullying a couple of kids. It also helps people notice that if a person is a nobody that no one in the community will really care or stand up for the person getting bullied over if you're a politician kid or someone well known.
In the documentary “Bully” by Lee Hirsch demonstrates to people that the bullying is real and is happening and that the community or the school administrators won't care or help you unless if the problem becomes “big” enough in the society. Meaning that if someone is getting pushed around or called mean names nothing will happen until it reaches the point of suicide or assault. This leads people to believe that no matter what they do or what people they tell that no one can help them and the problem won’t cease to stop. Most adults try to make kids grow up too fast and deal with their own problems unless if its their own kids. Some school’s and officers do a great job of stopping bullying but mostly kids have to deal with it on themselves. Is it pride, fear, pain? Some tend to believe that it’s because they don’t know how to deal with the problem on their own so when they do go to adults for help and they don’t help they have nowhere else to turn. Soon people start to harm themselves or start hurting others starting a never ending circle of bullying. Lee Hirsch show’s us what is really happening in world and that bullying is really true and that people can stop it if they come together and face the problem. Hirsch show’s people that even though some of the teachers and parents in the community think that they’re making a difference even though they really aren’t. This leads people to think of new ways to stop bullying they can do differently to help stop bullying. People have started clubs and support groups, to try and help bullying but even if they do someone else will always be out there bullying. The truth behind it all is that even though you can have all the people in the world to stand up for you and help you get threw bullying the only person who can really get it to stop is the person getting bullied. Bullying is real and people can stop it all they really have to do is come together and stop taking it in silence.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

What Could you DO with $20,000

“What Could you Do with $20,000” by Blake Boles demonstrates what we could do with $20,000 dollars instead of spending it on college. He show’s people that instead of going to college and ending up in debt with the colleges you could have an apartment and you can travel around the world and use that twenty thousand for better things that will give you hands on life experience and that you can also get jobs and make extra cash on the way.  
    Blake Boles “What Could You Do with $20,000” show’s people that they don’t need college and that they are necessarily better without going to it. Boles gives us examples of his life how he did better without getting into college. He first started off by showing us what he could provide for himself with only 20K. First, he bought an apartment for 6 months and got a laptop. He also got high speed internet and still had a lot of money left over. What Boles then used that for was groceries and fun activities as well as traveling around the world and going to visit his family. Even after all of that he still has money left over and he still didn’t even mention all of the stuff that he can get for free and all the activities he can do! He goes on showing people that even though you haven’t gone to college you can still get a job and make extra money on the side. That’s not all you can also go be a free entern learning about the job you want and to see if its really meant for you. Although not many people agree with what Boles is trying to show us he still has a point. Most colleges are robbing us blind because we're going there to get a job that won't even pay us enough to pay off our college loans. With this Boles demonstrates to people that they don’t need to go to college to get a good job and make bank and that most people who do go to college and get a degree for a good job usually are worse off then not even going to college at all. How? With all of the debt they’re in when they graduate is worth more then the job that they went to college for. Why do people expect us to go to college and get a good job if in the end we won't even be able to use the money we earned. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bully

The video “Bully” By Lee Hirsch has become an epidemic because bullying has pushed kids to the point of not only hurting themselves but as far as suicide. Bullying isn’t just when you see someone get pushed down or beat up or have their lunch money stolen bullying is also calling people mean names and crushing their spirits or saying hurtful stuff. This documentary of bullying show’s us that there is bullying going on in the world and that it isn’t just a couple of kids in each school but more of the whole school bullying a couple of kids. It also shows us that when you’re a nobody that no one in the community will really care or stand up for you over if you're a politician kid or someone well known.
    In the documentary “Bully” by Lee Hirsch shows us that the community or the school administrators won't care or help you unless if the problem becomes “big” enough in the society.This leads kids to believe that no matter what they do no one can help them and the problem won’t cease to stop. Most adults try to make kids grow up too fast and deal with their own problems unless if its their own kids. Some school’s and officers do a great job of stopping bullying but mostly kids have to deal with it on themselves. Is it pride, fear, pain? Some tend to believe that it’s because they don’t know how to deal with the problem on their own so when they do go to adults for help and they don’t help they have nowhere else to turn. Lee Hirsch show’s us what is really happening in world and that bullying is really true. Hirsch show’s us that even though some of the teachers and parents in the community think that they’re making a difference even though they really aren’t. This leads people to think what they can do differently to help stop bullying. People have started clubs and support groups, to try and help bullying but even if they do someone else will always be out there bullying. The truth behind it all is that even though you can have all the people in the world to stand up for you and help you get threw bullying the only person who can really get it to stop is the person getting bullied.