Filtered Reality Notes

Main Idea:

The main idea in “Seeing Ourselves Through Technology Chapter 2”, is that we our using filters in our reality, which is affecting how we wan to express ourselves in certain ways. “Filters has become important in today’s culture, we filter our images, our email, and our news feed” (Rettberg). This shows that everything we do or see in our everyday lives is being filtered and we don’t see it. When it comes taking pictures we tend to think we are looking at the original picture, but what in reality pictures gets filtered all the time. Our emails could be filtered on how we want to express ourselves just by the way how we sent our text. Also, news feed is filtered because some news feed are showed in our interested and these are things we use in everyday life that we haven’t noticed.

Commentary:

A comment I would like to make is that the author Rettberg stated that “users who saw posts with positive words used more positive words in their own posts”. This shows that looking through websites and social media can alter how we want to express something about a certain topic. We tend to let other peers to filter what we want to say because of what we see.

Summary:

My summary about this chapter is that I think we should pay attention more about we express ourselves because of filters and how it alters our reality. We don’t pay attention how we actually want to express our actual self. Instead, we express ourselves how we others want to perceive us. Like what Rettberg said, “technical filters allow us to express ourselves in certain ways, but not in others”.

 

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Reflection

After reading the reading the article “The Mechanical Bride”. It made me realize of much the press can change our way of thinking. Newspaper is like entertainment because of the tales that is being told by an anonymous narrator to an equally anonymous audience. It says “Discontinuity is in different ways a basic concept both of quantum and relativity physics” (The Mechanical Bride). Basically what this quote is saying it’s a way to look at civilizations and human cultures. This way of thinking is irrationalism because in the article it says “Quantum and relativity physics are not a fad. They have provided new facts about the world, new intelligibility, new insights into the universal fabric” (The Mechanical Bride). This could lead to good or bad editorial policies because the individual is now accustomed to human interest stories from every part of the globe. This reflects back on the conversation I had in class about one of the last articles I’ve read, which is called “Seeing Ourselves Through Technology” by Jill Walker Rettberg. In that article it talked about how we let technology represent ourselves today and in the article it says “Filter blogs often aim for material and ideas that the blogger is interested in” (Rettberg). Just like with technology, even the press can attract people interests. With the press and the media only sharing topics that will catch everyone around the globe attention. They don’t share the topics that are suppose to be important and what everyone around the globe should be focused on. “These habits blind people to the real changes of our time. People have been taught to accept opinions and attitudes of the press” (The Mechanical Bride). This shows how the media in general have conditioned individuals to not focus the real changes in our world. In the article, “The Mechanical Bride” it is describing how the reporter is the turtle and the industrial man is the shell for the reporter. So that means in modern newspaper isn’t seen by the reporters point of view. The voices that hear when you are reading the newspapers, you are hearing the people that’s above the writer. In the article, “This inside point of view would coincide with the practical point of view of the man who rather eat the turtle than admire the design on its back” (The Mechanical Bride). This is a representation of how we let the media and press change our way of thinking because we are more interested to their stories and focus on the world changes that is happening around us.

The Mechanical Bride Notes

Main Idea:

The main idea about this article is that the press use concepts to catch a widespread audience attention. Currently the press is like entertainment in which tales are being told by an unknown narrator to a unknown widespread audience. There were two concepts that the press used to get audience attention, which was quantum and relativity physics. These two concepts were used in a way to look at civilizations and at human cultures. It help the press to provide new facts about the world. They demand much greater intelligent and much more higher level of persona and social integrity.

Summary:

This summary is about how the press and technology can change our way of thinking. The media gets people attention by spreading tales around the globe that shouldn’t occur to us. They give information that the widespread audience wants to hear and not having to worry about the big factors that happens around the globe. The more media continue their tales, the more we get accustomed to human interest stories around the globe. Some certain habits can lead to exaggeration about the value and necessity of correct views. These habits blind people to the real changes in our world.

Commentary:

After reading this article I’ve noticed that the media uses a different point of view that we the audience don’t realize. Whenever we are looking at newspapers or it could be searching through the web. We don’t realize if it’s the actual reporter that is actually telling the story or is it the industrial man who has the power over the reporter. As we are see these stories that the press is trying to present to us. How do we know if the reporter have a say in the article? We will never know because we are so fascinated in the stories and not look in deeper in hat we need to focus on the most around our world.

 

Reflection

My refection on this article is about the blogosphere operates like a democracy. The reason why the blogosphere is similar to democracy is because everyone has a say. Democracy is a form of government where citizens exercise their power by voting. The blogosphere let individuals exercise their power allowing them to put any comment they want on other people blogs. In the article it said that the blogosphere is parallels with ancient Athens, with a system of enlightened democracy. The reason why the blogosphere and ancient Athens are parallel to each other because the internet access remains majority of global citizens to explore and say whatever they want  to say on theirs or other individuals blogs. I can relate to this because I’m able to go on other individual blogs and say whatever I say about other their blogs. That’s why I reflected the blogosphere as a democracy because vast majority of individuals including me are able to say whatever we can on the blogs.

 

Main Idea

 

The main idea throughout this article is about the blogsphere and how it operates. The blogsphere lies minority of active bloggers who post, comment, and link frequently creating a conversational community based on personal network facilitated by blogging tools and technologies. Blogosphere isn’t a cohesive group of people who share the same common goal. It also forms an imagined community based on new form of amateurized and personalized journalism practiced by the people who may never meet yet can engage conversation and share a common identity. The blogosphere filters content more open to outside voices. The filtering that occurs in the blogging community is based on perceived value of each discreet of information. Also, the authority and exposure of the author within the community. Low cost appeal of instinct publishing promotes a democratic feeling that permeates the blogosphere. This is how the blogosphere operates for the bloggers.

 

Key Points

 

Some key points in this article that I would like to point out is that two-thirds of public weblogs created a centralized hosting service that haven’t been updated in two months. Addition to that is all communities larger than primordial villages of face to face contact are imagined. Another key point is mass ceremony, which is individuals receive information relevant to their lives within the national community. Also, filtering community allows interaction in the small-scale by giving readers opportunity to add their own thought in individuals blog.

 

 

 

Blog Licences

The licence I would like for my blog would be the Attribution-NoDervis CC BY_ND. The article states that my blog can be passed along unchanged with credit towards you. I would like to have this licence because people are able spread my work around and share it with others who have the same interest. Also, my work can’t be altered so all the credit goes to me because it was my work to begin with.

Reflection:

Now and days our generation doesn’t understand self-representation because we let technologies represent ourselves today. Everything we use in our everyday life like tracking devices and web services are automating our self-representation. The difference between writers from centuries ago and our current writers now is what we were exposed to. Blogs and online diaries are obviously descendant from diaries/ autobiographies in the past few centuries. If you look back when the first era of photography, self-portraits showed more still fragment of the self. Selfies today are different because you are never going to see a selfie exhibited in galleries, but shared on social media. I an relate to this because I currently use social media and you can literally take quick picture of yourself to post on social media. We let social media represent ourselves. Before technology had took over there were other ways to make yourself a better writer like quantitative writing.  For example, a prisoner scratching tally marks on the wall is a form of quantitative diary. Another example is when Benjamin Franklin chose thirteen virtues he wanted to focus on to be a better person and that’s called quantitative self-representation. Quantitative self-representation is similar to pre or post-narrative. A different way to make yourself as a better writer is called lehrstelle. We fill in the gaps that are not explained in the story. The more accounted to reading quantitative representations, we will become even more adapt to interpreting them as stories. If our generation wasn’t so focus with social media than we can actually show self-representation with our actual self.

Main Idea:

The main idea throughout this chapter is about self-representation. There are three different modes of self-representation, which is written, visual, and quantitative. All three different modes had pre-digital history. Blogs and written status updates are descendants from diaries, memoirs, and autobiographies. Selfies today are descendants from visual self-portraits of self. Also, personal maps and activity tracking are descendants from such as accounting, habit tracking, and to-do-list. Each different mode of self-representation has been taken over with digital self-representation. The flaw behind this is that when sharing photos and writing to our friends on social media. We primarily look at social communication we are engaging in, rather than using their and our own self-representation.

 

Commentary:

A comment I would like to mention is that I really didn’t think how much technologies we use in this century only show digital self-representation and not the actual self. Digital self-representation only represents ourselves by how people prospected it or interpret. As readers today, we encounter social media as text. From our perspective their self-expression is self-representation. In this genera we let technology represent ourselves today.

 

Why Blog? Notes

Summary:

The whole summary of the this article is about how blogging can help college students develop their college writing skills. In the past, students were given writing assignments and some of those students didn’t have the motivation or the desire to write those assignments because the topic probably didn’t interest them. Also, when students are confronted with assignments, they are stuck in the mindset of “What I need to do to get an A?” Blogging gives the students the opportunity for exploring motivation of writing. When it comes to blogging people find it easier to translate the motivation into our academic writing because blogging will help you uncover something that matters to you.

Reflection:

My reflection on this article is that I can relate due to the fact that there have been times I’ve had writing assignments that I wasn’t motivated to write about because the topic wasn’t interesting to me. Starting up a blog made me realize there are so many topics that fit my interest that I can blog about. Another reason why is that blogging unconditionally gave me motivation to blog about my interest, which was helping me improve my writing skills. Also, if you continue to blog then the more you are continuing to practice on your writing skills and wont even know that you becoming a better writer. The reason why is because blogging is a fun way to talk about your interest and practice your writing skills.

Commentary:

A few comments I wanted to say about this article that I’ve noticed while reading is whenever you are blogging. You can go to other people blogs that is sharing the same topic as you and see their point of view. I like that because it can give you an idea on what to say or how you to approach on your topic. Add on to that, I like how other people can comment on your blog and its good because it can give you feedback which can help you becoming a better writer and what you need to fix. Plus, its also nice to see people liking your blog because it shows that people like what topic you are talking about and shows that people share the same interest as you. Following to that is that you can build your audience. By doing that you can blog about other bloggers that share the same interest as you and has followers. I think its a good way to be known out there and try to to get a bigger audience.

My First Blog

Hello, once again I’m back blogging, but this time I will be talking about how setting up this blog account had went for me. To be honest with you this is my first time ever blogging, so setting this up wasn’t easy for me. While setting this blog up, I didn’t know what to talk about in my blog. Plus didn’t know how it works. Fortunately, I know what to do now, but probably the hardest thing about setting up this blog was coming up with a topic to talk about. My topic now for my blog is going to about everyday english class, so I can talk to you guys about I do in english. Once I found what topic to talk about the rest of the set up was easy to do. I’m looking forward for you guys to reading my blog.

Introduction

Hello, my name is D’Antoine McMillan and I’m currently a student at RCTC. A little something about me is that I am from St. Louis, Mo and I will be blogging about what goes on in my english class. The book I’m currently reading is called “How to Think & Grow Rich.” This book is about strategies you can use to help you gain success later in life.