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Week 1 – Perceptions of the Internet & Rules of Engagement

// Posted by on 05/14/2015 (8:00 PM)

When my group (David, Kendall and Sarah) met to discuss how we view the Internet it was interesting that each of us viewed it as a tool or a “service provider”. We discussed the Internet as a thing such as a bank, source of entertainment, avenue for communication (Skype, email), travel tool, retail outlet, TV, stereo, grocery store, GPS, provider of market research, recruiting tool for employers and employment tool for job seekers…just to name a few. My group did not necessarily view the Internet as a place but a tangible thing.

My perception of the Internet other than what it provides in our day-to-day life is that like anything else it is useful and necessary, but can be a burden and time waster. Many people are hooked on Facebook and spend hours at a time on the Internet reading about what is happening in others’ lives when they could be living their life. I admit, I use Facebook but have scaled way back. I found myself getting hooked on reading about friends and family when I should have been doing other things. So now I check it maybe every other day, keep up with friends and family and I don’t let Facebook monopolize my time. Especially now that we are in summer with longer daylight hours and I can spend time outside enjoying nature.

The Internet will be ever evolving and keeping up with the latest updates is critical for maintaining and increasing work competencies. Those seeking employment must have a high knowledge level of how the Internet works and how most efficiently to extract what you  need to do your job. The Internet is a wealth of information including local and world happenings. It has replaced, for some, watching TV for news, reading a book in hand, listening to a stereo or radio, looking at a map to travel or even research in a library. Most college students utilize the Internet for research perhaps more than spending time in an actual library. The Internet is a valuable tool that enhances our lives by keeping us connected to world events and family/friends. It is necessary for almost any profession and has increased an employer’s demand for higher volumes of work output. The Internet allows for increased production, quicker turn around times and therefore is directly impacting the economy. People shop online to find the best price so competition is increased among vendors and retail merchants. The Internet is more than I could possibly write in this blog! It is a wonderful, smart tool that affects every life in some manner. But, there is still a segment of the population that refuses to operate or own a computer – my Mom is an example. She would not have the first clue what to do on a computer. I think the older generations are OK with things the way they “used to be.” Perhaps this makes them feel more of a sense of control because I’m sure they realize how quickly things are changing.

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Rules of Engagement

I think the rules of engagement for the class should include deadlines for postings so everyone has an opportunity to comment without having to log on late on a Sunday evening. Respectfulness is important. You can agree to disagree, but with thought and respect when offering a different viewpoint. I’m not as concerned about word count as a lot can be said in a few words just as little can be said with many words!

I think the rules can be simple and clean. Timeliness, thoughtful responses and respect for others’ opinions are important.

-Lois


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Shirley said...

Lois, I can appreciate your post and think that the internet is everything you said. I am slowly beginning to understand the internet and appreciate it what it is and for what it is not. The bottom line for me is that I have choses and I have decided to limit my usage. Technology has been around for a long time and it is not going anywhere.

// 05/14/2015 at 10:51 pm

Rosatelli said...

Lois,

I definitely agree that we should remain respectful in all of our commenting. We had a great debate in class on Monday, and if that is any indication, I think we will have wonderfully respectful online discussions! I also agree that the guidelines should be simple–I always go for “memorizable”–if you can remember them, then you will follow them.

I found two aspects of your post interesting: 1.) you capitalize “Internet”; 2.) you think that many users are just wasting time when they are online. I’m excited to see you delve deeper into these ideas as we progress in the course and revisit them later. Begin asking yourself–when we capitalize something, what does that mean? Why do we do it? We have actually been asked (by media scholars) to stop capitalizing “Internet”–why? Is it that ubiquitous? Like “fork” or “telephone”? Also, do we think of all media as wasting time? Books? Television? Is one form of entertainment more socially acceptable than another? Keep asking great questions!

// 05/15/2015 at 8:37 pm

Lois said...

Dr. Rosatelli,
That is an interesting observation that I capitalize the word Internet! I’m not sure why I do that except maybe because I think of it as a huge resource with multiple smaller parts? Hum…I’ll have to give this some thought. Maybe because a fork is just a fork and a telephone is just a telephone but the Internet is bigger than a single item…like a fork. I definitely don’t think reading a book is wasting time but watching television can be a waste of time especially if it’s for long periods of time and other things get neglected because of it. I do think that it can also be a waste of time hanging out on the Internet because we see what it’s done to children who exercise less and play games more on their computers which has contributed to childhood obesity. Kids aren’t out in the yard playing like they were when I was a child…but, to be fair, the Internet was not around when I was a child. I think it’s a matter of all things in proportion.

// 05/17/2015 at 9:40 pm