Weekly Entry, Week 11

These past few weeks have been INSANE! DC with middle school kids one week and being snowed in at a cabin with no internet for the next. Basically, I have had to put my life on hold for a bit, now it's time to play catch up. Thankfully I did my tutorial a few weeks ago just to get it out of the way. Not having internet was a bit of a relief, though, because as I have said in previous posts, I actually dislike being wired.

This week's readings are really quite interesting and raise questions of privacy when it comes to social media. In the article 5 Ways Social Media Will Change Recorded History, Ben Parr mentions that "Everyone will have the ability to know what you did and who you were with on a daily basis..." This scares me. I see the benefits, but at the same time, I see it causing problems and huge privacy issues. Another point he makes is that "There is little room for hiding details about our lives..." Here is an example in the week I was in DC... Some girls were having some problems with each other and somehow or another, there is a post on Facebook that a fight broke out between the two. Soon after, we get a call from the principal asking us what is going on... It was just stupid teen stuff and NOTHING HAPPENED. NO FIGHT, just immature rumors. I was told by one of the chaperones with some seniority on the trip, that stuff like that NEVER happened before social media got huge. What happened in DC, stayed in DC, and was dealt with by competent adults who know how to do their job. These kids go crazy when they go on trips away from their parents and realize that they can't stand to live with their "best friends". Stuff like that just happens. Having the kids on the DC trip connected through social media with the kids back at home just causes problems, in my opinion.

The constant monitoring of our lives is a HUGE reason why I dislike social media more and more... I honestly dislike that I have had to sign up for so many social media applications. My only way to use them is to either sign up with my Facebook or Twitter accounts, or to sign up with an email address. There needs to be more sites that just let browse without membership. I just hate that my online presence is growing... but I guess it is a necessary evil...

Parr, B. (November 18, 2008). 5 ways social media will change recorded history. Retrieved from http://mashable.com/2008/11/18/consequences-of-social-media/


Weekly Entry, Week 10

After reading some of this week's readings, I am left a bit depressed. Although it is awesome to have more people reading and advancing technology through e-books and the like, isn't it sad to see the book and physical print go? I know I am supposed to be a proponent of change and advancement in this field, but I can't help feeling this way. I also think about my own personal experiences, especially in my professional life. For instance, the entire 7th grade at my school has their math "book" and various math exercises online ONLY. This year, our math teacher had to take an extended leave of absence, leaving those students with a substitute, or worse in the auditorium doing NOTHING. When they do have a substitute teacher, no one is "allowed" on the computers, due to certain substitute teacher limitations. These kids can't access their books or the materials, when if they just had a real physical book, they wouldn't have this problem. My school also doesn't allow electronics, so they can only access materials under teacher supervision. To me, this is just ridiculous... If they are going to adopt a technological advancement, they need to be willing to deal with the undesirable things that come with it. This applies to all institutions. With technology, you have to be all or nothing. But money becomes an issue when you go for it all... So what do you think should be done? Are their more pros or cons in transitioning to e-books/materials?


Weekly Entry, Week 9

Despite the articles provided for our Week 9 readings, it seems that teens are getting bored with Facebook. From the looks of the world maps of social networks, it seems like Facebook is taking over the WORLD, but some say teens are feeling differently these days. According to this article, teens seem to gravitate more towards Instagram and Snapchat. I have actually found cases of this myself among teenagers. My boyfriend's cousins and their friends have described Facebook as "lame" or "dumb", and have deactivated or deleted their accounts. They rave about Snapchat, something I don't know anything about. Honestly, I too have grown tired of Facebook. I only maintain my page to stay in touch with a few people, and if I'm being really honest with myself, to snoop on people's lives that I really care nothing about. It's some sick need for gossip that I know everyone has... It's terrible. I am almost 100% less active on Facebook now than I was a few years ago. I just don't have the time or energy for it. It's exhausting trying to paint a picture of a life that is this or that, good or bad. I have better things to do, and I really hate being wired anyway.......... Again, I ask myself, am I in the right profession/era if I'm not completely on board with all this social networking?

Cosenza, V. (n.d.). World map of social networks June 2012. Retrieved from http://vincos.it/world-map-of-social-networks/


Weekly Entry, Week 8

I like that this past week our readings focused on Social Media and the news. My original topic, "Does participation in social media impact political engagement?" sort of comes from this realm. I view politics and the news as sort of going hand in hand these days. Although, I am not researching this topic anymore, it's still interesting to me. I find truth in the article How Social Media Helps Journalists Break the News. While reading it, I thought to myself, "Wow, I really do get ALL of my news from the internet..." I occasionally watch local news on the TV, but for the most part I find out what is going on in my edge of the world and beyond through News websites (that are often partially fueled by social media) and social media applications in general. I see things like updated weather reports on my Facebook news feed, some of the latest crime, celebrity news, world news, etc. and it is usually from one of my friends posting. Basically, word of mouth ONLINE gets me my news, then I go a step further and look at the story myself. I hear about things almost instantaneously, which is great, but the downside of that is that I could get some bad information as well. Also, I may not get a well rounded series of stories. It's easy for me personally to get trapped in paying attention to celebrity news only LOL. That's one of my guilty tendencies, I suppose. I CARE ABOUT REAL NEWS TOO, but if I am able to search for what I want, I may sometimes shy away from real stories.

Delicious & Diigo

I haven't worked with Delicious in a while. I don't exactly love it, but it can be a good tool if that's what you're looking for. I was able to find some good articles through USF's Library Literature and Information Science Full Text database. I had some issues with the bookmarklet feature, so I just added my links the old fashioned way. My Delicious account can be found here.

I have never used Diigo, so this was a new experience for me. I think Diigo is a lot more user friendly than Delicious, and I was successfully able to add their tool to my Chrome toolbar. I used the same database and a few different articles. My Diigo account can be found here. I will probably be using this in the future.

I think both of these tools are more interactive versions of something like RefWorks. I can save my links and articles, but I can also see the links and articles of others too.

Brooks, R. (May 3, 2011). How social media helps journalists break news. Social Media Examiner. Retrieved from http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-social-media-helps-journalists-break-news