DIGITAL AMERICA

Week 1

// Posted by on 05/14/2015 (11:08 AM)

Perceptions of the Internet-

My perception of the Internet has changed a lot since our first class meeting. I will be completely honest that before our discussion in class I just assumed that Google was the Internet. I was aware that there were other websites you could go to search such as Yahoo and Bing but I rarely used them so I just thought they were not as powerful as Google. Whenever I open the Internet I go directly to Google. I do this on my personal Apple laptop and work Dell computer. Google is not necessarily set as my home page but I always type it in the search bar and then go find what I am looking for through Google. It makes since now that we have talked about how Google is a search engine and not the Internet as a whole. Another perception I have for the Internet is that it is a place I can go and ask any question and find many different answers. I am aware that not all the answers I find will be correct but I know that I can get a better understanding of something if I search for it on the Internet. From taking classes here at U of R I have always learned that the Internet is not a private place. There is no one monitoring what is put on the Internet and for the most part no rules as to what people can do. Most people would be considerate to others by not hacking into their computer and stealing their personal information but there are some people who have no respect for others and will take any information they can find and use it to their advantage. Another perception I have of the Internet is anything done on the Internet never goes away. My understanding is that once you have typed something on the Internet that it will always be linked back to you no matter what. I feel that there are still many things that I have to learn about the Internet and I look forward to learning more through this class.

Rules of engagement-

One suggestion I would have for rules of engagement for our weekly at home activity would be to have a minimum and maximum word count for all posts. This way we can make sure that our posts are not too lengthy to the point that people do not read them. I think that a fair requirement for minimum post would be 150 words and a maximum of 500 words. Another suggestion that I would have would be to make a deadline during the week for a post to be due and a few days later a due date for the response. It is understood that we are all professionals and have families but we need to make sure we post our work before Sunday night so that classmates are able to engage in a discussion and ask questions about posts. The most important rule that I would suggest is for everyone to make sure there post and responses are always respectful. Everyone comes from a different background with different cultures so not everyone may agree on a particular issue. We should respect other people’s opinion when responding to their posts.


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Comments:


David said...

I really like your word count suggestion! It’s challenging to synthesize meaningful thoughts and content in under less than 150 words, but, as we noted in class, too much is just as unpopular. So really, this addresses multiple concerns that came up in class. I am curious, do you think that these word count restrictions should just be on original posts, or on replies too? For example, I am at (at is 70 words) 70 words right now, and I feel as if I have come up with a sufficient reply. It addresses the original posters content and asks a questions to perhaps further the discussion. If I type much more, I’m just going to be typing to type. Thoughts?

Also, thank you for being the first person to post!

// 05/14/2015 at 2:13 pm

David said...

Further, after re-reading my comment, perhaps some level of careful editing might be a good requirement too. Sorry about that.

// 05/14/2015 at 2:21 pm

Kindall said...

Kaitlyn:

Like you, I’ve been thinking a lot about our first class discussion and whether or not I see the internet as more of a place or a tool (Specifically a browser like Google). I still see it almost solely as a tool, because without people inputting information and then using it… there is no internet. I am working, however, on trying to open my mind to the idea that in some ways, the internet could be a place it its own rite. And that Google is not the internet.

You make some interesting points about privacy, permanence, and hacking online. I hope this class will show us just how much of the internet is “private” and “secure” (if any)and what activity is monitored most closely. Obviously searching “How to make a bomb” or topics like “Joining ISIS” will set off red flags somewhere, to someone, but what other things cause our search histories to be watched?

Rules of Engagement-
I completely agree that a minimum word count of 150 and a max of 500 is appropriate. I think that a frequency goal should be set, too. Maybe we should require at least three posts and/or comments per week?

// 05/14/2015 at 4:04 pm

Lois said...

Hi Kaitlyn,
I agree with your rules of engagement, especially the deadline for posts so everyone has an opportunity to comment before the next class meeting.

Regarding your perceptions of the Internet, you are correct in that anything typed online is traceable back to the IP address of the computer that the text was typed from but that does not necessarily identify the individual who typed the text. I think that is one of the pitfalls of the Internet so I am just very careful what I share online, nothing personal. I view the Internet as a tool with many different avenues to help us with our daily life. It’s a great tool for higher education, or any education for that matter. I find with my job I use the Internet in some fashion most of the day.
-Lois

// 05/14/2015 at 7:29 pm

Shirley said...

I have enjoyed reading your post, Kaitlyn. I chose this class because of my lack of knowledge of the internet and its effect on our lives. Would love to know what the future holds and how more impactful this technology will be in our lives, especially generations to come. I also agree with your rules of engagement.

// 05/14/2015 at 10:15 pm

Kaitlyn said...

David, you may be right on expanding the word count. I know in previous classes it has been at least 150 words but we have had 3 posts to do which may be why the word count was low. I also think that word count on responses would be helpful but I would not want to limit someone to what they need to say if they are passionate about a certain topic.

// 05/15/2015 at 10:39 am

Kaitlyn said...

Kindall, I would like to think that a person has to be avidly researching about terrorist mentality in order to be put on the FBI’s radar. I know from classes in previous semesters I have had to research about terrorists and events such as Edward Snowden and I was very concerned someone was going to come interview me and ask why I was searching about these things, thankfully that did not happen!
I like your idea of the frequency goal and I think at least 3 is a great idea!

// 05/15/2015 at 10:42 am

Jessie said...

All great posts and content!

My perception of the Internet has always been that of a tool for linking devices worldwide. I think that the Internet is unlike other technology in that we can mold and shape into whatever we need it to be. I look forward to learning about the history of the Internet as well as the culture.

Rules of engagement:

I like the idea of a word count but feel that it can be a distraction from the freedom of writing. I find that when there are specific word count expectations the focus is on meet that requirement more so than the content of the writing.

Working full time and taking two classes makes it difficult to post during the week. I like to have the time to contemplate and prepare a thoughtful post. There is more time for to do this when posting is on Saturday and Sunday but feel that it is important to have a post done as early as possible to allow for comments.

I agree that it is essential that any and all posts need to be respectful and courteous.

// 05/15/2015 at 3:45 pm

Jessie said...

All great posts and content!

My perception of the Internet has always been that of a tool for linking devices worldwide. I think that the Internet is unlike other technology in that we can mold and shape into whatever we need it to be. I look forward to learning about the history of the Internet as well as the culture.

Rules of engagement:

I like the idea of a word count but feel that it can be a distraction from the freedom of writing. I find that when there are specific word count expectations the focus is on meeting that requirement more so than the content of the writing.

Working full time and taking two classes makes it difficult to post during the week. I like to have the time to contemplate and prepare a thoughtful post. There is more time for to do this when posting is on Saturday and Sunday but do agree that it is important to have a post done as early as possible to allow for comments.

I agree that it is essential that any and all posts need to be respectful and courteous.

// 05/15/2015 at 3:52 pm

Rosatelli said...

Thanks for the insights! I don’t think you are alone in thinking that the Google was the internet–it’s one of the reasons I start with an exercise like this, because it allows us to put all of our assumptions and fears on the table. As we sort through them, we will start to understand where these ideas come from.

Your rules are a great start! I agree with the other commenters that word counts can be helpful and keep everyone one the same page. I wonder if we could use paragraphs so that people are not so worried about copy and pasting from Word? Just a thought! I encourage you to keep thinking about what you would like glean from the online portion of the class, and how we can assess your progress.

// 05/15/2015 at 8:28 pm

Caitlin said...

Ah! Don’t feel bad. My perception of the internet changed a lot as well after our discussion. I still also very much believe that once you’ve searched for something on the internet, that it’s like a shadow now connected to you forever. I know a lot of people believe that once you delete your internet history, that information is gone but I think that is false.

I loved your “Rules of Engagement!” I agree that it would be nice to have the follow-up posts due before Sunday as it gives people a bit more time to read through everything before the week begins on Monday. The comments about respecting others were spot on!

// 05/17/2015 at 11:29 pm