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


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.