What We’ve Discussed (a living retrospective)

We have discussed these concepts throughout the term (thus far).  Please add what you think we’ve neglected to include.

  • Separations in society (diversity wheel)
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Religion
    • Race
    • Able-bodiedness
    • Geographic location
    • Others
  • Power / Hegemony
    • Who has it? / Who does not?
    • Lines / Boundaries
  • Social Networking
    • Web 2.0 (tools)
    • Twitter
    • Blogs
    • YouTube
    • Other
  • Online / Offline Persona
    • Transparency
    • Openness
    • Authenticity
  • Technology and Culture
    • “Digital Natives”
    • Language
    • Multitasking
  • Surveillance
    • Censorship
    • Responsibility
    • Morality
    • Collaboration
  • Other?
    • Call to action (no old school)
    • History (Web 1.0)
    • Future (without evil)
    • Community
    • Need for true collaboration
    • Meaning/Intent (implied, perceived, actual)\
    • Inter-relatedness
    • “Produce, Consume, Share”
    • “It takes a village”
    • Evolution of technology
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • Wikipedia
  • Pinterest
  • Blogs
  • BBB (electronic forums)
  • Yelp!
  • Groupon
  • Flickr
  • Tumblr
  • Instagram
  • Pandora
  • Spotify
  • Google Reviews
  • Angie’s List
  • Craigslist
  • eBay
  • Amazon
  • Kiva / Microlending / Kickstarter
  • Reverse Phone Lookup (white pages)
  • Yellow Pages
  • User generated content
  • Collaborators?
  • Transparency
  • Second Life
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Statcounter
  • Bottom-up construction (not top down)



Announcement (10/28)

I announced this on Twitter, but in case you missed it:  After our discussion in class on Friday (concerning an online rape culture and how that impacts today’s world), I have had several conversations with you and many of my professional colleagues about what we learned, about this social experiment.  I am constructing my own blog post on this issue, but I would like to know how YOU received all that happened on Friday, in class and after class on Twitter or in conversations you had with me or with each other.

A few questions that might get you started (but you are not limited to just these questions):

  • Men, how did you react to being ignored?  What does this mean to you, your growth as a critical thinker / learner / leader?
  • Women, how did you react to ignoring your classmates?  What does this mean to you, your growth as a critical thinker / learner / leader?
  • All, how did you react to me ignoring half of your class?
  • Explain what you think it means to control or to be controlled in a closed situation like a classroom.  Then, how does this control translate to the larger culture?
  • When discussing rape in cyberspace, does one “voice” become important than the other?
  • How would we all have reacted to this experiment had the cyber-rape been committed against a man?
  • A colleague of mine mentioned that he thought the “social experiment” was unnecessary, that it was like hitting you all over the head with a bully club, that maybe I could have been more subtle.  Do you think a more subtle approach would have been (1) more effective? (2) taught you as much? (3) or some other perspectives?  Thoughts?

These blog posts– because of my tardiness in getting this note to you– are due WEDNESDAY by class time.

Announcement (10/8)

Due to my absence from class yesterday, I have modified the schedule just slightly.  The readings remain the same, but I have adjusted a few presentations.  If you are one of the first four or so to present, your dates have been pushed back one class date.  Please check the schedule to see your new presentation date.

As a reminder:  when you give your presentation, you will also produce a one-page handout to give to me and to your classmates that summarizes your presentation (an outline would be fine).  We will also engage in peer-to-peer evaluations for these presentations.  We will look at four categories:  (1) staying within the time limit and slide constraints of this presentation style, (2) presenting a coherent and cogent summary of the assigned chapter, (3) having an engaging presentation style, and (4) Useful and clear presentation handout.

Announcement: Schedule Change

As I mentioned last week, we have gotten a little off schedule, but as of today, we are back on (I adjusted the reading schedule).  Please take a look.  Some readings we have not yet discussed have been re-added to the schedule so we can discuss them.  Additionally, I have added a reading for us to discuss tomorrow, as it will factor into our discussions about Internet ownership/policing.  I have posted the presentation schedule on the course calendar, so take a look at that, too.  Lastly, readings that are not already online are now on Blackboard.  You can access them there.

Read:  Creepshots and Revenge of Porn:  How Paparazzi Culture Affects Women.

Synopsis (Week #4)

OK, folks, we are officially off the schedule.   By Saturday, I will have the reading and presentation schedule adjusted, so be on the lookout for some slight changes.  In the meantime, we’ll discuss the essay “Is Google Making You Stupid” in class on Friday, 9/21.  For your blog entry this week, respond to this article.  Do you think Google is making us stupid? lazy?  Use the other readings we have done thus far this term in support of your answers.  Remember, you need to link to primary sources or even to other blogs, videos, conversations that may be happening on Reddit or other forum-based environment (secondary sources),  We’ll talk in class tomorrow.

Synopsis (Week #3)

By now our Blogs and Twitter accounts should be active and linked together. Make sure you have completed your Twitter profile and included your blog address on your Twitter account. Also, create a gravatar, an image that you will use with all your online services (or the ones we use in this class).  If you don’t want to use a photograph, use a graphic that represents you in a professional light.

Today I’m posting a listing of folks you’ll need to follow on Twitter (click here for the list).  Additionally, you will need to find 10 other people to follow.  For this part of your Twitter assignment, find folks who are engaged in your intended profession: authors, critics, movers, shakers (avoid celebrities, please), and strive to engage with them on topics of interest to you both.

On Monday, we discussed creating an “authentic” online persona.  Be thinking about what this means to Can you be “authentic” while not being personal?   How much information about yourself do you share (if you choose to share).  What does it mean for your ethos if you don’t share personal info?  If you do share personal info?

Synopsis (week #2)

This was the week for blog and twitter account creation.  By now, you should have created a blog on WordPress.com, forwarded its name and URL to me (hara@uta.edu), and posted three posts:

  1. A self-introduction to your blog’s readership
  2. A response to Rettberg and an analysis of how blogs are/are not a part of Web 2.0
  3. A response to Johnson and Huberman about Twitter

Lastly, you should have created a Twitter account and linked it to your blog.  Make sure you follow me (@billiehara).  In class on Monday (9/10), I will give you a list of others folks you might wish to follow.  OK. You will want to follow them.

In the coming week, we will discuss other Web 2.0 platforms and we’ll discuss the first oral presentation you’ll do, and the Twitter assignment.  More to come . . .