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- 1 August 19, 2019: New Media Post 1
- 2 August 19, 2019: New Media Post 2- Re-evaluation
- 3 September 8, 2019: New Media Post 3- Seeking to Innovate
- 4 September 8, 2019: New Media Post 4- The Medium is the Message (Sometimes)
- 5 September 15, 2019: New Media Post 5- The Good and the Bad
- 6 September 14, 2019: New Media Post 6- (Civic) hacking Is For the People
- 7 September 21, 2019: New Media Post 7- Usability Matters
- 8 September 22, 2019: New Media Post 8- Copyleft: A Good Alternative for Artists?
- 9 September 28, 2019: New Media Post 9- The "Look At Me" Generation Is Here to Stay
- 10 September 28, 2019: New Media Post 10- Sharing is Caring
- 11 October 6, 2019: New Media Post 11- Revolutionizing Education
- 12 October 6, 2019: New Media Post 12- Innovative Ways to Learn
- 13 October 13, 2019: New Media Post 13 Cyberspace: Humanity Gets Digitized
- 14 October 13, 2019: New Media Post 14- Carving Identities and Digital Governance
- 15 October 20, 2019: New Media Post 15- Narrative's Place in Video Games
- 16 October 20, 2019: New Media Post 16- Creating Narratives through User Interactivity
- 17 October 27, 2019: New Media Post 17- TikTok and Remixing
- 18 October 27, 2019: New Media Post 18- Digital Storytelling in Education
- 19 November 3, 2019: New Media Post 19- Is Humanity Ready for the Singularity?
- 20 December 8, 2019- New Media Post 20: Reflection
- 21 References
August 19, 2019: New Media Post 1
New Media is a form of mass communication that utilizes the Internet and computer technology to reach global audiences simultaneously. Examples include social media applications such as Twitter and Facebook, Internet browsers such as Google and Internet Explorer and video-hosting and streaming sites such as Youtube and Twitch. It has changed the way people receive and send information, a large part of which is due to the wide availability of smartphones and other mobile devices.
Factors that differentiate new media from traditional forms of media include:
- User interactivity
- Audiences have concurrent access to media
- @Shicks95: Check your links. I explain how to link on the front page of this site. I helped with your formatting some. —Grlucas (talk) 06:42, 9 September 2019 (EDT)
August 19, 2019: New Media Post 2- Re-evaluation
After doing more research, I find my initial evaluation of new media while fair, to be shallow. I failed to acknowledge the academic study of new media and its broader applications on society as Dr. Lucas does on New Media. Beyond digital applications and computer technologies, new media has "decentralized media control and production" in contrast to the tightly controlled access of old media such as film, television, print and newspaper industries. People are, for the part, free to create, distribute, and consume various forms of media at their leisure as we have seen on sites and applications such as Medium, Vine, Tumblr and Youtube. I look forward to theorizing about the societal and economical ramifications of this decentralization.
Lev Manovich's distinction of new media versus cyberculture piqued my interest. He describes cyberculture as "the study of various social phenomena associated with Internet and other new forms of network communication." Making that distinction is important because social networking is not only a big part of this digital era, but it has changed how people connect globally and share news and information with one another. For example, in June, there was a social movement on sites such as Twitter and Instagram that spread via the #BlueForSudan hashtag where users turned their profile pictures to show solidarity for protesters in Sudan who were being brutalized and killed by their government officials who simultaneously blocked off Internet access to avoid coverage of their atrocities. Blue was chosen because it was the favorite color of one of the victims. These atrocities were not previously covered on major news and broadcasts until after the movement started.
In New Media: A Critical Introduction, the authors introduce the topic by questioning how we define the 'new' in new media. What I took from it was that while mediums such as video, print and photography have obviously existed far before the new media era, it's more-so defined by progress: more access, productivity, and opportunity to create not only content, but new markets such as e-commerce and new technologies such as virtual reality.
- @Shicks95: I also thought the point from the authors from New Media: A Critical Introduction about the definition of New Media was interesting. New Media is more about how easily accessible things have become thanks to new technologies rather than the technologies themselves. We have had the internet for awhile but now it is more accessible through our smartphones. MGray1196 (talk) 23:50, 8 September 2019 (EDT)
- @Shicks95: Better here, but please cite correctly. Go back and have a look at my directions on the lessons, please. You will be building on these all semester. (And it should be "piqued my interest." 😉 ) —Grlucas (talk) 06:45, 9 September 2019 (EDT)
September 8, 2019: New Media Post 3- Seeking to Innovate
This was a lot of information to absorb. The founders that our featured in this lesson were obviously men of great intelligence and foresight. They shared many of the same ideals, but they all saw a variety of ways to mold them. Before I get into that, I came to a realization while reading Cyberstarts and how it connects to the previous lesson in which we defined New Media.
The Enlightenment period is referenced as part of the inspiration behind Turing's universal machine. After reading this, I believe it is important to highlight how important the social aspect of New Media is. With old media, communication is typically one-way. An editor, advertisers, and studios have a message they want you to hear and feedback is not prioritized. I think all these inventors ultimate goal was for humans to connect more efficiently and provide the means for people to have access to and share knowledge. Bush's memex and corresponding essay "As We May Think" is one of the earliest examples of this and was a prime prototype for the World Wide Web, PCs, and Wikipedia.
Another shared ideal among the foundational thinkers was to transcend human limits. They sought to invent machines and computations that changed military operations, including improved communications systems between military branches and weapons development like the Manhattan Project. The Universal Turing machine is a computation model one of the earliest prototypes of artificial intelligence, its intended purpose to "mimic the behavior of any discrete machine" or even human behavior using algorithms. Douglas Engelbart saw the need for augmented intelligence in a world that was growing more complex. Many of his theories came to fruition, such as the idea that the computer would be an essential tool in the future and that the advancement of computer technology would significantly accelerate societal growth.
September 8, 2019: New Media Post 4- The Medium is the Message (Sometimes)
The general idea that I got from reading "The Medium is the Message" is that the way humanity utilizes technology determines its purpose or the message. One of the examples McLuhan uses is automation. It's one of the most ongoing social and political issues in our country that automation is taking away jobs from Americans. But it's not the technology itself that's the issue. This advancement was made because of the growing demand for mass production in a rapidly producing society and because of capitalism which routinely undervalues labor for increased profits- all societal issues.
Another example is smartphones which have a variety of functions, the most utilized one being to stay connected whether that's through social media apps, text messaging or phone. Yet, older generations see it people actually avoiding or missing connections. Perhaps this is true- but it doesn't really make sense to blame it on smartphones as they are useless when not in use by people. Take texting and driving. According to the National Safety Council, 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. The only party at fault the person who was driving while distracted with a text. The smartphone isn't the issue as drivers as it does have helpful functions such as GPS and auto insurance cards. Using it while simultaneously operating a powerful machine is the issue.
September 15, 2019: New Media Post 5- The Good and the Bad
Negroponte's Being Digital accurately predicted rapid shifts in telecommunications, broadcast television, and newspapers and book publication industries and more, resulting in everyone and everything "becoming digital." The shift from atoms to bits refers to digitizing our method of receiving and consuming products like music and books i.e smartphones and e-readers.He also predicted the invention of touchscreens and voice-recognition as the superior user interface to mouse-clicking.
Something to some consider is that while many of Negroponte's theories did come to fruition, is humanity better off for it? It's hard to say no when considering all the things we can do with our smartphones alone- pay bills, order rides from any location, and easily connect with another on a global scale among other perks. But as Eric Andrew-Gee notes in his article "Your Smartphone Is Making You Stupid, Antisocial and Unhealthy. So Why Can't You Put It Down" there are some serious negative effects that have come about with this device that is so ingrained our daily functioning, such as impaired memory, vulnerability to anxiety and being generally addictive to our basic need to stay connected in some way. Smartphone usage also cannot be legally regulated to circumvent these effects and it's hard to argue how it could be even be enforced without violating basic human rights and agency. I personally don't believe we will see that happen in our lifetimes but it's good to see companies like Apple develop applications like Screen-Time to help people curve smartphone usage on their own.
September 14, 2019: New Media Post 6- (Civic) hacking Is For the People
The "hacker spirit" in relation to new media invites innovation to everyday problems. It utilizes the collaborative and participatory spirit of both the Internet and gives people both a virtual and real sense of community. These characteristics, along with the equal distribution of human knowledge, are the base of American democracy. Civic hackers believe data should be open and easily accessible for all. Joe Kalov is the one of the civil hackers behind SchoolCuts.org, a website that lists pertinent information on Chicago schools slated for possible closure in 2013. Daniel X. O’Neil, a cofounder of EveryBlockOn, explained the spirit of the Chicago civic hacking movement as “ trying to create and encourage an alignment among all of the amazing players in this movement, so that what they create leads to products and services that people truly need." Hackers are people determined to fix issues within their communities in the best way they know and though it can be done without "being digital", it is made easier by the power and accessibility of new media.
September 21, 2019: New Media Post 7- Usability Matters
Fighting for accessibility is a key characteristic of both the hacker spirit and the open source vs. propriety software debate. As a user of both, I understand the pros and cons. Price played a big factor in my choice of usage. I grew up using Microsoft Word. However, when I got my first laptop as a graduation gift, I used open source programs like OpenOffice because I couldn't afford Microsoft Word and it was easily available. Though OpenOffice didn't have all the features I was used to, I was still able to use it for my personal purposes. I looked up the prices for Microsoft Word in the 80s out of curiosity and found price point for the first version started at $498 which is extremely steep.
That said, the price for Microsoft Office has more reasonable. I doubt this is due to competition from open source software, but the overall accessibility of computers to the general public (Microsoft Office is often offered with the purchase of computers and laptops), popularity and economic success of subscription programs, which is Microsoft developed as Microsoft 365.
In addition to price, design also plays a big factor in software choice. I find usability lacks on open source software and while I understand the economical and conceptual spirit behind this, the market is too saturated with other more user-friendly programs that can be used for a small price. This is why I don't seek out alternatives to video and photo editing programs and solely use Adobe Suite and/or Final Cut Pro. With Linux in mind, Eric S. Raymond discussed in "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" how design and development in open source software should not relegated to just any user, but "needed to be built like cathedrals, carefully crafted by individual wizards or small bands of mages working in splendid isolation."
September 22, 2019: New Media Post 8- Copyleft: A Good Alternative for Artists?
I actually did not know copyleft existed prior to this lesson and as a creator, I am curious about it. I see a potential pitfall of this kind of distribution. If someone alters my work, how is anyone else who consumes it supposed to know it was altered? Is the user who altered it required by law to claim their alteration? As an artist, I don't like the idea that something I created for artistic expression could me altered and thus, misinterpreted due to that alteration. I think copyleft is something more tailored more for technical programs like Red Hat Enterprise Linux
That being said, I do agree with the idea of Stallman's idea of freedom in relation to knowledge and the ability to create as it fosters participation and community. Everyone should have the tools to create and that creativity should not be stifled by their socio-economic class.
September 28, 2019: New Media Post 9- The "Look At Me" Generation Is Here to Stay
Convergence culture is a cultural shift in which old media and new media have collided to shift entire industries such as journalism, create new industries such as social media, and sees the distinction of producer and consumer blur as consumers use new technologies to create and share their own content as they wish.
Participatory culture is a parallel idea of convergence culture with more emphasis on how young people seek societal engagement to share their ideals. With New media, not only do young people have access to more information, but they also have the ability to share their thoughts and engage a broader audience outside of their communities who make them feel supported enough to do so.
- @Shicks95: I totally agree the industry always comes in conflict with copyright because i think people just don't that you cant just take someones things and do what you want without permission. Remixing it and making money off of it is totally wrong. Convergence definitely shakes the game up because it allows people to remix without the hassle. Remixing has been around for years and I think it's for the betterment of New media. VincentH81 (talk) 21:16, 29 September 2019 (EDT)
September 28, 2019: New Media Post 10- Sharing is Caring
Remix and participatory culture sees consumers go from passively consuming content fed to them by media corporations and begin remixing and creating new content themselves. Consumers are able and willing to share this content to connect with a universal audience who will also share it and may remix this content for the same purpose. Consumers regularly come into conflict with the media industry with copyright laws as a result of remixing and sharing this content. This convergence also sees a radical shift of how we absorb earn not only pop culture, but news, religion, politics, and other societal aspects.
Culture is sharing. It is ideas in communities of various sizes, offline or online, being transposed with active participants who simply to share what they've learned with others. But as we see in the issue with copyright laws, the best way to go about sharing is still up in air. I personally agree that copyright laws stifle creativity and discourage participatory culture even though it is shown to help boost the offended party's profile. However. I also understand how important it is to not undervalue someone's work. That said, I would consider remixing stealing if it can be proven that value has been lost, as Universal was trying to argue in Stephanie Lenz v. Universal Music Corporation.
October 6, 2019: New Media Post 11- Revolutionizing Education
I found Nelsonand Mitra's critiques of the modern educational system to be very valid in that much of the curriculum is rigid and doesn't support creativity or engaged critical thinking. In relation to new media, I think they emphasize in different ways how important accessibility to computer technology is for being digital because knowledge is always at the tip of our fingers and it's important to understand how to find and discern that information. Mitra refers to the children in the Indian slums in his "Hole in the Wall" experiment whose potentials were realized when they were given access to a computer. Nelson speaks about the design flaws of CAI, saying that computers merely replace teachers in leading instead of truly engaging students. The hacker spirit is explored in reducing these barriers and encouraging students to explore and discover at their own leisure and pace.
I remember using a computer as young as 5 years-old. I cannot remember a single instance of my parents sitting down with me and explaining how to browse the Internet, reboot the system, etc. I can remember discovering how to copy and paste photos into Microsoft Paint, playing Pinball, chatting up strangers AOL chatrooms, and browsing the Internet whatever had my interest at the time (probably dogs and Power Rangers). I see the same, easy immediate grasp of technology with young children today with tablets. If a 1 year-old wants to hear "Baby Shark" for the 140th time that day, they what the replay button looks like or they might tell Alexa or Siri to play it again. Or they will unlock the tablet, open YouTube and go through video to video until they find it.
Learning by discovery is all children do to up until they go to school and then they are forced into this system that tells them what to learn, how to learn, how quickly they need to learn it and judges and fails them without taking into consideration individuality, differing learning styles, and potential social disorders like anxiety. Though I do believe some structure is necessary for learning the basics such as reading and writing. Kids need to be able grasp of proper English, phonics, grammar, sentence structure and punctuation so they can process the information they have access to.
- @Shicks95: Please make a point of signing up for a face-to-face session. I'm requiring this for you. —Grlucas (talk) 11:38, 7 October 2019 (EDT)
October 6, 2019: New Media Post 12- Innovative Ways to Learn
I was happy to see a few points I made in the previous post popped up in the suggested material. This generation of children is not only aware that the modern school system is failing them, but they also know how to fix it.. They understand that learning needs to be more individualized not only because they all learn differently and at different paces, but because they have also have various interests they wish to pursue in these formative years. Participation culture also plays a big part in this reform in that this generation wants more opportunity to apply what they're skills and knowledge in the real world. They very much want to get involved in their communities and affect change and don't want to be stuck in a classroom all day taking tests that rely on memorization. Interestingly, despite being raised entirely in the new media age, these kids are not overly fond of online learning which gives Nelson's critiques of CAI more valid. They understand they need guidance, but they also want the opportunity to think for themselves and not be given all the answers.
Ultimately, as David Sax points out, there needs to be a balance. I think society owes these children, our future leaders, inventors, doctors and artists to build a society that encourages them to be the best versions of themselves and I believe that with new media, the sky is the limit. Children are regularly creating and sharing their thoughts and ideas on social media and video-sharing sites. We should also encourage them to sit and write with pen and paper instead of stylus because that's always going to be a necessary skill. Or maybe just to write in a diary instead of Twitter or Facebook where many fall victim to oversharing for the sake of likes. And while how we use these things may change, we still need schools, museums, parks, concerts, bars and coffee shops. We need places where people can connect to one another without a screen because there's not a machine in this world (yet) that can replace the human connections that we've built our world on.
October 13, 2019: New Media Post 13 Cyberspace: Humanity Gets Digitized
I think it's amazing to see how new media gives people with little to no computing background the ability to create entirely new worlds through MUDs. I think it's even more interesting to see how people manage to encode humanity into these digital landscapes in many ways. In MUDS like SecondLife, people are able to replicate and do the same things they do in real-life. I think the added of appeal is that there are few, if any, barriers to living the life they want to live virtually. While I can't pretend to understand the appeal of cybersex, I do understand it as a manifestation of the power of human sensuality. I also see cyber-rape the same way I see real-life rape: it's about power as shown Mr. Bungle's case in "A Rape in Cyberspace". Alter notes in her article that tests have proven that people have the same neurological and emotional responses to virtual interactions as they do in the same real-life interactions. People form friendships and even romantic relationships that they can be evolved even further into virtual marriages such as in the case of Mr. Hoogestraat. Ultimately, I see these virtual worlds as an extension of the basic human desire to connect with one another and indulge in our most fantastical imaginations.
My own experience with virtual reality games begins and ends with the now defunct MyCoke as a preteen. For a few months I had my own place, made some friends, danced to pool parties in Mexico, partied on yachts in Miami and regularly went clubbing in New York. I had several boyfriends and I may have gotten married once or twice. I may have had a child at one point-- all by the tender age of 12. In my under-developed mind, it meant nothing. I knew nothing about the people I interacted with beyond what they told me as we explored these worlds together. I had a healthy balance which was easy as my schedule was dictated by my parents and my only access to MyCoke was on our shared family computer. I played when I could and didn't care when I couldn't because it was just a game to me.
October 13, 2019: New Media Post 14- Carving Identities and Digital Governance
Turker's article supports the idea that MUDders have psychological and emotional responses to this gameplay that have real world implications to their lives and psyche. In Julee's case, she was able to work through her emotional issues with her mother through role-playing. Robert's MUD experience kept him distracted from "suicidal thoughts" as his real life was falling apart. Peter found socialization in MUD easier than in real-life and also gained knowledge outside the bubble of his real world. In MUDs, users are able to cultivate whole new identities for themselves in worlds without limitations. MUD's take "being digital" to the next level because users are literally constructing their digital selves who are able to live as they wish in digital societies cultivated by themselves and the advancements are only going to get more realistic. While reading over this topic, I immediately thought of "San Junipero", one of my favorite Black Mirror episodes, in which the two characters meet and fall in love in San Junipero, a simulated reality where users actual consciousnesses are transferred and they are able to live at any time in any place. The idea that could be a possibility one day is insane but exciting.
Because of this vastness and the excitement of what cyberspace and virtual reality could bring, I find myself agreeing with many of the points made in John Perry Barlow's "The Declaration of the Independence in Cyberspace" and Flint Kinley's "Inventor of the Web Is Right: We Need an Internet Bill of Rights" with some reservations. Barlow recognizes cyberspace as a libertarian landscape in which no government interference is nor should be invited due to the fact that cyberspace exists on a plane that doesn't call for regulation outside of the participants who know it best after constructing it themselves. The handling of the Mr. Bungle incident proves that this can be done. None of the victims felt the need to involve real-life government action for the digital violation and readily held open discussions with the entire community on how to handle it and further violations. However, the separation between digital and real-life gets muddled when applying real-life concepts with legal implications in digital spaces, such as taxation and currency. I think if users are earning money in these worlds and want to spend it in real-life, it should be taxed as income as that currency is real and thus the real-world law applies to it. If the currency stays within game, no government taxation is necessary. This is why a digital bill of rights is necessary: to establish solid protections for Internet users and find some congruence in these parallel worlds.
October 20, 2019: New Media Post 15- Narrative's Place in Video Games
The Ludology v. Narratology debate is honestly shocking to me because I thought it was super obvious that games contain narratives and have for a long time. I have played all kinds of games and the one thing in common among the games I most is the story. Of course I love swinging through the streets as Spider-Man and obliterating all traffic laws in every iteration of Grand Theft Auto, but I'm also invested in how long Peter will be able to keep his identity a secret from Mary Jane. I wonder when and how Otto Octavious will go through his transformation to become Doctor Octopus (even though I already know how it happens because I've read the comics) because I want to experience it a new form.
Greg Kostikyan wrote said in his article "Where Stories End and Games Begin" that "there is a direct, immediate conflict between the demands of a story and the demands of a game. Divergence from a story's path is likely to make for a less satisfying story; restricting a player's freedom of action is likely to make for a less satisfying game." I disagree with the assessment as I think story makes the game more engaging. I want to know if Michael Townley will be able to reconcile his estranged relationship with this family in Grand Theft Auto V. The relationship with his family doesn't even factor to the overall objective of the game. But it does provide a set-up to the story-line that begins the game and creates additional objectives throughout. So narrative definitely have a place within video games.
Now, should video games be critiqued for lacking a incoherent narrative? Not all- it would be ridiculous to write off Pinball because it has no distinguishable narrative. However, many video games are marketed with the story at the forefront. Games like Overwatch and Mass Effect have created massive fan-bases from these stories and relationships in their games. Narrative adds a layer to the gaming experience that builds loyalty and loyalty builds franchises.
October 20, 2019: New Media Post 16- Creating Narratives through User Interactivity
Interactivity is a defining characteristics of new media and games. Cyberspace is the perfect medium for games--even chess and puzzles. Since the vast majority of the global community has portable devices with multimedia capabilities, people can not only play games anywhere at anytime, but they also stay connected to play with their family, friends and strangers alike. This medium also gives the user the chance to create narratives of their own through RPGs, MUDs and life-simulator games- all of which can only come to fruition via cyberspace.
In Hamlet on the Holodeck (1998), Janet Murray discusses why the multi-narrative or nonlinear story has become prominent in games due to the unique properties of cyberspace: procedural, participatory, spatial and encyclopedic. In other words, it's a medium with rules and parameters that are universally understood. It invites the user into the narrative experience, it can be shaped as needed and it has all the information one could ever need to use it to its fully capacity. The invitation into the narrative experience has expanded into creating a place that allows fans to interact with another and engage roleplay-- that is, taking on character personas from their favorite artifact and creating and acting out unique narrative scenarios. It has also led to the development of fan fictions-- unique narratives about an artifact that is created and shared by fans on the Web. While I am aware that fan fictions are and have been written about traditional media artifacts, it's the interactive, sharing nature of new media that invites more storytelling.
October 27, 2019: New Media Post 17- TikTok and Remixing
In previous lessons, we discussed about remixing, participatory culture and hackschooling. While casually scrolling my Twitter feed one Friday evening, I came across content that combines these concepts in a really interesting way. Twitter user @nadiajaferey curated a thread of college and high school students on TikTok recreating historical moments throughout history using texts, symbols, contemporary music and soundbites from reality videos dubbed over the re-enactments. Some of the content includes the German Occupation of Belgium, the Great Plague, European imperialism, and the sinking of the Titanic.
This type of content both supports remix culture in that these students are using previously developed content to create a new version. The sharing of this content on TikTok and other social media platforms reinforces the students' commitment to participatory culture while the content itself shows how students are centering themselves in their education and using new media to curate an educational experience that they can fully engage with.
October 27, 2019: New Media Post 18- Digital Storytelling in Education
I think storytelling is the basis of learning. It's how humans learned before we learned how to write- information and ideas passed down from generation to generation. We experience stories in the form of history, fables, myths, fairytales, etc. and the result is the multicultural world as we know it today.
However, I think that storytelling in the modern classroom needs to be revamped to better teach this tech-savvy generation of children. I have personally seen toddlers no older than two work a phone or tablet for a specific purpose like watching Baby Shark for the ninth time in a row on Youtube. Imagine if we let children apply this natural ingenuity to the classroom? Not only will it help them build literacy skills, but it will also allow them to eventually to become good storytellers and teachers to one another.
Digital storytelling is more inviting to the average child's attention span. For primary schoolers, vibrant pictures, age-appropriate music and narration are needed. Digital stories that are content specific can ensure comprehensions in older students. Giving students the tools to create their own digital stories allows them to interpret subjects on their own, building critical thinking skills and a collaborating environment that fosters free-thinking and creativity.
November 3, 2019: New Media Post 19- Is Humanity Ready for the Singularity?
It's easy to get excited about technological advancements we've read about in books or seen on television rather quickly becoming a reality. When I read about nanotechnology in Ray Kurzweil's "Reinventing Humanity", my mind immediately recalled Tony Stark's nano-tech in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, particularly in Infinity War when Tony uses his nano-tech to heal himself after getting stabbed by Thanos. Though real-life won't need nanotechnology to defend against alien invaders (hopefully), the potential life-saving implications of this advancement are ever apparent. The idea that humans will be able to stem the natural aging process, replace our limbs with stronger, neurologically functional parts, and eradicate chronic diseases from our DNA is mind-blowing. But I'm not so sure that all humanity is ready to accept these changes.
I believe that even if introduced gradually, these advancements will meet several barriers- particularly in western, Judeo-Christian societies. A Pew Research report noted that "Nearly two-thirds of adults (64 percent) who pray daily, attend worship services at least weekly and say religion is very important in their lives say gene editing giving babies a much reduced risk of disease crosses a line we should not cross, compared with 28 percent of people with a low commitment to a faith community." This also brings political implications, as these Christian views are a major part of the base the Republican Party and Christians make up the largest religious group in the world. How can we get laws passed that allow these technologies to be utilized to their fullest potential when we currently have a government that still politicizes and tries to control our bodies due to religious beliefs?
Bill Joy's "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us" raises some interesting moral questions about Kurzweil's futuristic ideals. Robots could become advanced enough that they learn to make their own decisions and humans are left at their mercy. There is also a possibility that humans will be able to main control of smaller, private machines. However, larger systems will fall into the heads of a small group of elites who will be able to wield more power than they do now due to advancements- the rest of humanity will be at their mercy. Both sound like realistic scenarios to me. Bio-engineering is another issue that's addressed in "Into the Body". What limits should society place on genetic manipulation, if any? Should all genes be able to manipulated at free-will or should we just use it to avoid passing on illnesses and diseases to our offspring. Another potential problem I find is that we live in a capitalistic society and I can easily see something like gene manipulation becoming subject to supply and demand like the pharmaceutical industry.
I don't see the social, political and economical changes needed coming that will allow the fair, wide-spread use of these advanced technologies.
December 8, 2019- New Media Post 20: Reflection
Though my work ethic may not show it, but I actually enjoyed this class-- specifically, the content. It was a lot of material to read through with, but the result was usually rewarding. I had a shallow view on new media. In my mind, new media was new technology that did everything traditional mediums cannot. Personally, I blame my youth. As a child growing up in the digital age, I never had consider the socio-cultural and socio-economic shifts being brought about as a result of these advancements. Now as an adult, I am beyond excited to be a part of it.
Before moving on, I feel I should apologize for my seeming lack of disinterest in this course. It was not that at all. It was a combination of being hit with some jarring personal situations right at the beginning of the semester and poor time management skills. I do appreciate your patience with me and your unique style of teaching.
This project taught me a lot about coding on Wikipedia and I like the idea of a sandbox. Although I didn't know them explicitly, the majority of the editing rules didn't come as a surprise to me. I always figured there would be a strict guidelines for massive, collaborative project like Wikipedia. I have used Wikipedia before to find sources for other research projects and essays. One thing that amazed me was the visual editor. If that was available on our wiki page, referencing would not have been such a headache for me this semester.
I chose my article because I liked writing and I liked that lesson the most. It was actually fairly scarce- the last action on the talk page was in 2006 was I wasn't sure if I would get a response from the other wiki-users, though I did try.
I approached my article to see what was missing and what I could potentially add. Initially, I felt timid. I was thinking more about what I could contribute to what was already there, like the history and application sections, which why I asked you where you think it fits best. Once I realized I was getting nowhere with that idea on limited time, I just decided to write about what I actually learned and created my own section out of that.
I initially wrote about cyberdramas because that seemed closely related to narratology to me in Hamlet. I had a solid understanding of the cyberdrama, but I could not find enough other research on it (without relation to ludology, which I'll get into) to contribute to the history section so I decided to contextualize it with new media. Writing my article became much easier from there. Focusing on the medium allowed me to talk about narrative structures and stories that have arose within that medium which is what narratology is about. I think it was important to mention cybertext to aid in that contextualizing because it's somewhat of an abstract subject. I had never even heard of it prior to doing research for this article.
I touched on ludology somewhat referencing Murray and Aarseth's ideals about it. I really didn't feel the need to go into detail as a ludology article already exists, as does the subsection "ludology vs narratology."
This was a really cool assignment. Completing it left me feeling more proud than previous assignments have because it's something that the public is going to see. It could impact the way somebody else is going to think about narratology and that makes me feel like I did something important. This collaborative environment allows many perspectives to come into play and I think that is what makes being human more interesting.
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