Blog Post #15

Blog Post #15
Group Presentations

This weeks presentations were interesting and informative. For this blog post I will be talking about the emoji group. They talked about how texting has come a long way from T9. They also focused a lot on the idea of emoji’s and the way we use them to communicate. They talked more about the graphic design aspect and the way that an emoji can express emotions that words cannot. I agree with almost everything they talked about because I use emoji’s to express an emotion I cannot express through words or simply cut my word count.

I think that this can get is into the conversation about patience and how this generation is impatience and lazy which is why we want everything fast and easy.  Using something such as texting is already taking away from that personal feeling of hearing someone’s voice and emotions that way. The group talked about how getting a phone call from their mom feels like almost like an interruption to her every day life and that a text message if more convenient. This makes me wonder if this is more about doing things on your own time rather than on some one else’s because if ti is speed we want a phone call is much faster than a text message. A text message that can get over looked until hours, sometimes even days later which then drags a two minute conversation into a several day conversation.

Another thing I thought was interesting was the fact that they didn’t at al mention the color of the emoji’s. I understand that maybe their project’s focus was not on that part of the conversation but I think it would have been interesting to hear what they had to say about this or how it could connect/ contribute to the conversation. I know it was one of the more talked about conversations on social media and it was a big break through when you could finally edit the skin tone on emoji’s. I also think that it contributes to a lot of the conversations and topics we covered in class this semester. I ran into an interesting article that talked a little about Apple’s new diverse emoji. This quotation, “I’ll now question other people’s emoji use when they’re speaking to me: Why is he sending me the black angel emoji specifically? Why is she sending me the black-girl emoji instead of the white one? ” I found this to be interesting because I had not thought about how allowing for change could not only be seen as an accomplishments for those who don’t have emotional or human connection to a white skin emoji. In the process I didn’t stop to think about the pressure that can be connected to these new changes.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/10/how-apples-new-multicultural-emojis-are-more-racist-than-before/

Blog Post #14

Blog Post #14
Presentations

For this weeks presentations, the video game presentation on Monday was very well organized and I think it covered very interesting topics. The one that stood out to me the most that involved culture was the idea about he “other.” I took a class last semester where we explored video games something that personally I never payed attention to because of lack of interest. However I did find the conversations interesting especially the ones that revolved around military usage. Whether the usages were for good and bad reasons the conversation always brought great conversation and different point of views. We didn’t talk about the idea of the other within the characters in our conversations because we focused more on the actual game usage not necessarily the game construction itself.

I stumbled across a blog that talked about the idea of the other. She talked about social identity being innate or natural not being a too true point of view. She says, “social identities reflect the way individuals and groups internalise established social categories within their societies, such as their cultural (or ethnic) identities, gender identities, class identities, and so on,” rather than focusing on individual characteristics. If we think about “the other” as a social identity rather than individual characteristics we find ourselves in a not so neutral digital space.

http://othersociologist.com/otherness-resources/

When involving military usage of this digitally stimulated world with a social construct attached to it, we are creating bias soldiers.  We are telling them what the enemy looks like and not the actual values of any enemy this country could have. The reality is that the real enemy could be hiding in our own mists hidden behind hidden language and now behind the social construct of what the enemy should look like. The out group is always more important to anybody that is a part of an in group.

This talk also made me wonder if many of the people who enlist to the military played these types of video games before doing so. It also makes me wonder how much they enjoy playing the games after. I don’t think that playing these games make you discriminatory but I do think that they support the idea of the other and in some ways helps continue the cycle of prejudice thinking towards different ethnic groups. Overall it was a great presentation and it had different perspectives I had not thought about.

Blog Post #13

Blog Post #13
Week 13 Presentations
LGBT YouTube Community

Last week’s presentation was not only interesting but it was also very informative. I do not know much about the YouTube vlogging community I mostly use YouTube to listen to music or find a video of something I need. I do know that when I was younger I would get lost in the YouTube world watching upcoming artists that had a vlogg. I also know that it had an impact on me but more on my younger sister. Although they might have not continued into my life today, I know they did impact my younger sister until this day. Just like it continues to impact and not only impact but influence her life as well as a support system, I believe that some of these vloggers on YouTube are role models to young kids struggling with their sexuality.

Getting more into the idea of digital space and the comments that get posted on YouTube pages, I believe that the idea of anonymity has never been more alive. At times we treat the digital world as only virtual and not a part of someone’s real life. For some people it is the only space where they can truly be one true self, so they take more care of it than they do with their real life. This is not necessarily a bad thing because the support they find online is greater than the one the can find in their community or group of friends. Yes, even for those who have supportive family and friends they also need someone they can relate to and I believe that vloggers who openly talk about taboo or not addressed topics are beneficial for both young and older LGBT members.

The offensive comments that get made are hurtful but I believe that by having vloggers who have the confidence that maybe others do not have yet, get the opportunity to shake off the haters. By doing this they demonstrate that what negative people have to say about you shouldn’t matter as much as what you believe about yourself and what the people who genuinely love you believe about you. Having an online community can help to take that step to tell those who you haven’t told in your life outside of your virtual world.

Overall it was a great presentation and I think it helps spread awareness and sensitivity to those who sometimes speak or comment without thinking about others emotional well being.

Blog Post #12

Blog Post #12

Group Presentations

The presentation on hidden language in media was really interesting and I’m kind of sad that it was cut short. I have learned how to ignore those comments on videos, picture, memes, article, etc. because they are just so offensive and ignorant. However it is interesting that people feel completely comfortable saying such spiteful, racist, offensive, and just mean things on the internet. What’s even worse is that the majority of those people would actually say those things aloud to others. Connecting this to a more real life experience, I can say that I have come across my fair share of people who use hidden language to say offensive things. The thing is that we allow white privileged people with power get away with saying things in the media with hidden language. The different headlines or introductions that certain people will receive in a newspaper, magazine, or TV will vary according to the amount influence and power they have. By power I mean money and influence they have on others or in politics, even celebrity status.

The other presentation was also interesting because the idea that a website can pair you up with your perfect job is not all that crazy or lazy in my opinion. I think it is crazy that you need to take such a long survey which actually doesn’t make you lazy because I would never take such a long survey just to find the “perfect” job. Back to my point, when they were talking about algorithms that help pair you to something I thought about Netflix. I’m not sure if everyone knows, but for a long time Netflix had no competition and the on thing that set it apart from the rest was the algorithm that could recommend you what to watch. Today most video websites or whatever have this video recommendation algorithm. I personally think that the video suggestions can be a good thing especially when you don’t know what to watch but Netflix knows what kind of movies you enjoy. That is how I have seen plenty of good movies with the occasional crappy one.

I think both of the presentations are important day to day happenings and issues that we have subconsciously began to ignore. As a society it is a norm to allow others to leave horrendous comments on videos. It is a norm to allow computers to do as much possible work for us, to make suggestions that we did not want but later found helpful. We have become a relying society and this generation is okay with it. Sure there are the older people who are against technology, there are those who have adopted to the changes, those who see the effects of the changes but are not doing anything to change it, and lastly those who were born into technology and will never know what life looks like without technology. What I’m trying to say is that these are interesting topics that do not have a single solution but I do think they deserve attention and awareness.

Blog Post #10

Blog Post #10
Read Chapter 8
“Connection at Ewiiaapaayp Mountain.”

Reading the chapter Sandvig defines this act of the Native Americans as “appropriation toward parity, rather than being an engine of difference, in the case of TDV it is clearer that some kinds of appropriation can be engines of similarity in the development of technological infrastructures, and that this asks us to reconsider the role of aspiration in the design of new technologies” (p. 191). I think that his remix of the term “appropriation” is something completely different than what we have been discussing in class. I think that this kind of appropriation is a positive and not a negative, because I believe that technology has become a human right. I think that technology is a global thing not a cultural thing, therefore nobody should be deprived of access to technology.

This can lead to a different conversation but going back to the chapter, there was a quote that made me realize something I hadn’t before. He says, “life is hard on the reservation: if you’re from the inner city, you know what the ghetto is like and life is probably hard in the ghetto. Well, we’re rural, but life is just like that on the reservation. You got drugs, you got alcoholism, you got all kinds of different types of abuse, the poverty, I mean, just like the whole thing.”(170) The reason why I think this is an important part of the prompt is because we forget that even after all the these years after the historical injustice and oppression and colonialism they are still people who were robbed and shoved to the corners of the U.S. that nobody wanted. As much as we believe that they are still capable of maintaining their traditions we also have to remember that their lives were altered.

I can see why the tribes would have some hesitation and reservations towards the Internet access of their reservations like they said, “technology like… cell phones provides the illusion of reachability.” (174) However I think that it is crazy that to this day they still have to fight to receive equal treatment or good treatment in one on the richest countries. They live rural lives but this does not mean that we cannot help them, if they chose to want that help, receive technology on their reservations. Just like we should not allow for inmates to fall behind on technology as an inhumane act we should also not allow a culture that live within the US that has lands here to fall behind either.

Blog Post #9

Prisoners need to learn computer skills, but the internet is strictly banned

Blog Post #9
“The Case for Internet Access in Prisons”

From someone who comes from a family that has seen family members go in and out the the juvenile and prison system I have to say that this article speaks many truths. I believe that the correctional system is broken and it needs to be fixed. Most of all it is true that most tax payers have no idea of what truly goes on inside prison walls and how it affects inmates life in and out of the system and how it affects families. The article says,”this lack of technology in prisons unfairly denies inmates basic life skills, creating yet another barrier to exiting the system by encouraging recidivism,” this is true for people who go in for three years because just in those three years we will have seen three new iPhones. Imagine what this would mean for someone who has been sentenced to 20 years in prison or for someone who has been given life in prison? Does this mean that for the time being they do not deserve the same rights as your son or daughter? What if that was your son or daughter in those shoes? Would you then believe they deserve this right or do you believe they should be punished to a miserable life for a mistake they made?

Again, I am not excusing the wrongs that many of the inmates have committed because as much as I believe in forgiveness I understand that they most likely affected somebody’s life. I however do not believe that they deserve to be punished through enduring suffering and trauma in prison. For example the cases, “in Florida, where Santos served his sentence, investigators are trying to uncover how 364 people died behind bars, the highest number for any state ever,” is something ridiculous that us as tax payers should not allow to happen and we should care about. This reminds me of a similar case that happened in Salvador when a prison burned down with 500 gang members. As much as I do not believe in their live style and as much as they make my blood boil, I also do not believe that we should be inhumane, “an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.”

I think that giving convicts the ability to have access to technology could be beneficial and somewhat of eye opening. It would be interesting to see and hear how they see prison, how their day to day life is like, and I’m not talking about those reality shows where it is scared straight. I would like to see inmates vlogging or maybe blogging, of course there could be certain measurers to this and certain privileges that come with it. As much worry as there is with drug deals happening or more crime, the ugly truth is that it will happen regardless of technology being involved or not. I also think that it is easier to monitor online or email technologies than it is to monitor phone calls, letters, and visits. Like the article says, “as the evidence shows, it’s hurting us just as much as it hurts them.”

Blog Post #8

romney-obama

Blog Post #8
Chapter 7
“Have We Become Postracial Yet? Race and Media Technologies in the Age of President Obama.”

I truly believe that Barak Obama earned the title of the first Internet Presidency. He has been the only president who has been able to cater to social media users and in a sense turn them into voters. He made politics and voting sexy and appealing to the young voters and people of color. Aside from becoming the first black president I think that Obama gave the young people hope which is why they took to the internet to make his campaign successful, they did their own type of campaigning. This campaigning made politics understandable for those who don’t speak the politic language.

So what does this have to do with digital social activism? I think the fastest way to make movements go viral now a days is through the use of digital campaigning, but I also think this is the fastest way to get nothing done. For example lets take into consideration Kony 2012. All it took to have thousands of people buy into their social movement was a powerful moving, well edited video go viral. Their movement was a great idea but was it fake? To this date I do not know but I what I do know is that I fell for it myself (I’m glad I wasn’t dumb enough to buy what they were selling) but I was too young to actually participate in it.

Kony 2012 Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc

The reason why this works for Obama and it continues to work for Obama is because he continues to use digital campaigning through his appearances on TV something that no president hadn’t done before. He has social media accounts which politicians didn’t participate in before, but then again twitter became popular around 08 which coincided with his campaign. He also strategically uses the voices of powerful Youtubers who have a following, to gain voters interest and vote. Example of this would be Alphacat who impersonates him and is an advocate to Obama’s presidency. His videos are made for an audience that is young, like the older voters would say “this is what the kids are listening to nowadays?” The reality is that the videos make a lot of good points in a comical and to a catchy tune. This can mean people will possibly go out and do research and vote or just vote becuase of what they heard in a spoof like this.

Alphacat Spoof of Obama’s re-election campaign:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY-agNiOFNA

I want to point out “how race and ethnicity get re-represented, remixed, recoded, redeployed, known and understood generally in digital media interactions, such as in game play online databases, friendship/ social networks, blogs grassroots community organizing, listservs, IMs or SMS (short message systems), hate speech, etc. This is especially the case where online activism around the phenomenon of the Obama campaign obtained.” This brings me to my next question, was Obama capable of attaining the title of the first Internet Presidency because of his culture? This is not to say that all the social media attention he received was positive because they did make fun of his race with stereotypical things and a lot of voters regretted voting for him because he didn’t accomplish what he promised. Whether you agree or disagree that his success was due to his ethnicity one this is for sure, Obama was the trendsetter that made it possible for other politicians to really use social media to launch successful campaigning.