so i like the outdoors…

18 03 2008

So does the real world exist anymore? This is one reason why I don’t like video games. It is as if interactions between people are slowly decreasing. Some video game addicts never leave their couch because they have all the human interaction they need through video games. Yes, I do admit the technology and realistic of video games is incredible; but why can’t people just enjoy each other’s company? Lucasfilm’s habitat reminds me of Second Life with the use of Avatars, I have never participated in Second Life nor do I really have a desire to. Like I have said in previous posts, kids now-a-days are never seen outside playing and some have social issues because of the lack of interaction. McLuhan’s addictiveness to T.V. definitely applies to the addictiveness of video games.  What will happen when the computer crashes or the gaming system breaks? All hell would break lose I’m guessing. Maybe it is because I’m obsessed with the outdoors and simple things, but video games, avatars and habitats like Lucasfilms seem useless to me. Technology is cool and impressive but when does it stop? Programs like the Wii, or dance dance revolution are viagra online pfizer as close to exercise these gamer addicts get…which is sad I my opinion.

“if you dont go to college…you can’t live.”

14 03 2008

That was a statement one of my friends said to me and a group of friends when we were in high school thinking about school…Is higher education necessary?

To me that question is just as loaded as what is the meaning of life..well maybe not that intense. So, Is higher education necessary? Yes and no. I mean you hear those stories of people barely graduating high school making millions, but then you also hear that you aren’t going to get anywhere without going to college.

I think experiences impact people more than “formal” higher education. Then again, how to do measure success…many people use money…but it that really succeeding in life? People grow and learn from their experiences, a majority of those experiences can occur in college or higher. I also think that your peers and who you surround yourself with can ultimately replace higher education. There are people who go through college without ever looking or thinking outside the box. Surround yourself with people who will push your thoughts and that IS higher education. Just not formal. Ask me this question on another day and my answer will probably change a little. It is hard to write down and explanation to the answer when there are so many exclusions or certain situations.

i really liked his lightning bolt…

12 03 2008

I think that just blew my mind a little. First of all, can all my reading assignments be comics…I guess I just enjoy the pictures…I have never looked closely at comics and their structure before or the role of time. It is interesting to see how reading a comic like a book from left to right displays the time in which it is set, but is that really how the illustrator meant it? Like what McCloud discussed in the first example, it is one scene made up of many scene all happening at the same time…or are they? Crazy/confusing at times.

I never thought there were so many decisions in comics that dealt with time or that could depict time such as the distance between scenes, the text itself, and the shape of the “skin”. I liked how in the introduction McCloud refers to comics as “sequencial art.” I always considered comics art but never to this sort of level. After reading the section I understand the ideas and topics McCloud was focusing on. The ending of the piece sums it all up, life actually, “it all depends on your frame of mind.” With life, technology and new media in general how a person perceives the success or impact of something depends on how deep and at what angle he/she looks at it. I’m not sure if this makes any sense, I guess I’m having trouble articulating it into words…but just try and go with it.

I never had the Turtle…

12 03 2008

I had never even heard of the Turtle before I read this excerpt, but the Oregon Trail was probably one of the highlights of my childhood. Like many people have posted Papert was predicting the future almost 30 years ago and was accurate (which is kind of creepy since it seems that all the writers we read have been accurate). I liked Papert’s reference to “Sesame Street” and how that offered “better” explanations to a child, but is basically a lecture series. This reminds me of the Baby Einstein programs they have now, even though they are not computers it will be interesting to see how this interaction with this type of technology will effect generations…Our kids are going to go blind by age 10! Technology is great, don’t get me wrong but I feel society is becoming way to dependent on it. The interaction between teachers and students and even peer to peer is so important to a child’s development. I’d hate to see it be overlooked. A child programming a computer can involuntarily make the child think out-of-the-box, but when do they become satisfied without the push of an educator?


28 02 2008

I use to hate taking my computer to class…plus I felt like many teachers didn’t appreciate it either. Maybe this is completely wrong or I’m the only English major who feels this.  I can understand a business major bringing his or her laptop to class, but as an English major I feel the interaction in the classroom and need to fully engage within a reading makes the use of a laptop not necessary. This semester I’m not enrolled in class such as British Literature or Contemporary poetry, instead my classes consist of new media studies, digital approach to fine arts, and intellectual found communication. Now I bring my laptop almost every day. Sometimes I feel like certain teachers don’t want laptops in their class, I don’t know maybe that’s just me. I can understand why laptops can be seen as distracting, I mean people can be doing other work, chatting, or not paying attention what so ever. In my opinion, the actual level of distraction depends on the user. Some people can multi-task very well while others cannot. I appreciate Dr. C’s enthusiasm about how “good” the multi-levels of technology and thinking which occurs with the use of laptops in the classroom, not many professors would believe that. The use of laptops in the classroom depends on the user, the teacher’s preference, and the subject of the class. The use of blogs/technology in the classroom has grown dramatically since I started college.

One thing I found interesting was when my friend and I went to Starbucks over break to catch up. We walked in and apparently it was finals week for the local high school. It amazed us; every single teenager in the place had a laptop. We reminisced about the times when we use to study at this exact Starbucks with binders and pencils, and not it was as if those tools were nowhere to be found.

Well that was basically me just rambling on.

What if Mcluhan was your dad!?

26 02 2008

What if McLuhan was your dad?! Seriously probably one of the funniest parts in the movie…his daughter is getting ready for her big day and he goes off on one of buy clomid online his rants about the role of fatherhood…you can see it in his daughter’s eyes…like here we go again…

Going off of what some of the people have commented on/blogged about I realized in a way connect with something I have been thinking about/doing for some time now. So I don’t even know if that made sense. But anyways, after I graduate one thing I want to do is go on an outdoor wilderness expedition sort of thing and even try to get one where I teach outdoor skills to the youth. That got me thinking, I wish there were more opportunities and cheaper ones (as eliz commented on my blog) for youth to spend some time outdoors and just get away from it all. That sort of natural experience is so rewarding that it’s impossible to explain without actually going through it. That ties in to the addictiveness of television. In some way parents need to pry their children away from technology so they are able to function without it. Even though it is far away I have decided that when I have kids outdoor activities are going to be a huge part of their lives, the type of things the natural world has to offer are unbelievable.

so even a long time was forseen that tv was addicting…

24 02 2008

so Mcluhan forsaw television being addicting, but did he really know to what extent? what are we in for in the future…we now have ad compaigns which target kids who just watch tv and tries to get them to go out and play. I can remember being a young girl and never wanting to stay inside. Is it the television and its addictivness that keeps kids inside or something else?? Has technology taken over society so much that we experience withdrawls and can’t function without it. Thats a scary thought that society depends so much on technology and television for entertainment that having a normal conversation and social setting is awkward or doesn’t even happen. I lived in Wyoming this summer and the house i lived in didn’t have a tv or internet…we had to ride our bikes to go to the library to get internet. And to be honest is was one of the most rewarding experiences. Granted there were times when no internet was frustrarting, such as trying to access bank accounts and checking emails about jobs, but in the end that summer I read more books and I have ever read in one summer and I read the newspaper everyday which I haven’t done in years. I realized getting back that technology is not a necessity for me and that I am not addicted to it. But how many kids/people in general can actually do that and be ok with it?

“The Kids Love It!”

18 02 2008

The dynabook- seems to be geared more towards the everyday human for everyday needs/wants unlike Engelbart who believed only highly educated and thinking humans were able to access. The very first sentenced felt like a lady off of QVC was trying to sell this to me with a huge grin on her face and repeatedly telling me how great it is. I like the word choices in this article how “absurd” and civilized this machine would be. “The kids love it!” I appreciate how this article focuses on the “common” person, and lacks the technical babble that I don’t understand, which makes sense since most people during this time probably don’t understand. The images which went along with this article show that these people were very close to a much simpler version of what we have today, such as the animation, musical and artistic approach. I was confused with the use of the word program or programmer. When I hear that I immediately think of a computer programmer; high-tech and dealing with very technical issues. However, a child can program a dynabook from their use of the word. Does this just mean to be able to use it? “What would happen in a world in which everyone had a Dynabook? (403)”…well we basically know in a way, computers/technology are a part of everyone’s day –to-day life, these people were just ahead of everyone else…

So if in the 1960s people are developing ideas such as the Dynabook I can only imagine what is in store for the future…but as usual will it go too far?

today’s class got me thinking…

12 02 2008

Is mass education better or isolated education? To be honest there is a plus and minus with them both…yes mass education overall would hopefully create a more educated/functional society…but how much would those people actually learn? And would thoughts “outside the box” even occur?…like I said in class, I learn better and think deeper when involved with other students and that interaction, but as Dr. C said why can’t we incorporate all of this into media and the structure or education together as one happy family? When we were discussing the online course with all the hired graders and what not, I got really peeved about the remark the guy made saying that they weren’t trying to get deep thoughts out of the students..then why the heck have the course? Whats the purpose to make us think like machines??? This argument is one that will probably go on and on and sway back and forth….ps…I liked Nelson’s article…it was easier to read than Engelbarts’.

are the novels and paintbrushes gone?

11 02 2008

First of all, the one thing that honestly sticks out in my mind about this section was that the illustrations/cartoons reminded me of the cartoons like conjunction junction…random I know. Anyways, back to learning and computer assisted learning. I agree with Nelson in a way, especially when he compared people’s ideas about computers as “cold” and “inhuman” and teachers being associated with “warm” and “human.” I  believe this is true to a point, I feel that now-a-days the students and younger society in general have more of a “warmer” relationship with technology and computers, I mean how many young people today do you see on some sort of technology 24/7. The older generations tend to be wearier of technology and don’t like the impact/interaction it might have in education.

One thing I have noticed is how much technology has become part of a course at UMW since I was a freshman. My freshman year I took a course called the Internet, now it was basic and simple, and I vaguely remember the professor mentioning the concept of postings and blogs. Now, four years later I am taking three out of four classes which involve technology in some way, digital art, rhetoric/speech class, and this new media class. The advances in technology and in the way it is being applied in classrooms are unreal. Teaching is a possible career choice for me and it makes me wonder if I were to teach English would the Moby Dick be found only online, or if art was my choice would graphic tablets become the new and only paintbrush?