Sunday, May 1, 2011

Late Work

Blog 1:
Writing the first blog of the class at the end is probably not ideal but it definitely provided a more knowledgeable foundation of answering this question. In O’Reily’s article he essentially talking about the explosive nature and direction our “Web” has become. The concept of Web 2.0 is to pretty much mark the point in which the turning point in many web functions. He provided a comparative list of a variety of “what was than is now” examples on the internet.
In terms of the relevance of the article to my professional goals I would have to say the key word would be adaptability. With the web constantly improving and modifying it is important to be aware that many processes that people may become accustomed to may change very quickly.
As of now the most impressive application is the Hype Machine. A music website that lets you sample full material of a musical artist, but the is not place to download the music, just listening to in on the website. They write if you are interested in this artist and want to download it, they suggest places in which to legally purchase it. I find this an interesting middle between purchasing the music and illegally downloading it.

Blog 4 :
Weinberger and O’Reilly deal with many similar topics. The most notable that I found of importance is the concept of tagging and the concept of making the internet a smarter creature by using things like tagging, hyperlinks and database connections. There are many other connections that they both deal with but the most important connection is the organization of information.
As O’Reily discussed in Web 2.0, the new internet. It is important that a system of categorization is defined and understood. As the internet grows methods to organize it all is crucially important.

Blog 7:
de Bourgoing’s main point deal with the individual, commonalities, and the communication of those previous. This idea of information and identity is a common discussion between de Bourgoing and the first half of the class. This idea of identification and communication are very prevalent in both.
Miller is talking about how communication is based on previous interactions and that thee interactions are used to produce new experience. Miller and de Bourgoing are dealing heavily with the idea of communication and how new methods of communication will arise to create new ways to visualize the individual.

Blog 10:
I chose the UPular Remix from the movie UP. I didn’t post the video because we saw it earlier in class.
The first point that relates closely to lessee is the idea of what simply is a remix. He defines it in much broader terms than say a musician would but it doesn't effect his overall point. Another connection I liked and how I visualize many remixes, is by his idea of the “digital cupboard”, where you can pull things from this and that and create something different with many or few “ingredients”. For example in my video the ingredients are fairly simple and limited, everything from lyrics to music was pulled out of just the film.
This UPular video is the first I have seen of its kind. The final connection I made is how towards the end lessig writes how the central core of remix stays very much the same but the “dance” so to speak changes constantly.

Monday, April 18, 2011

blog 12

Intellectual property. the idea that an idea from someones mind is theirs solely and cannot be re-submitted as their own work. Lessig finds this idea problematic because it will restrict people from being fully creative.
Another similarity i found was that both found that copyright is very dated and it provides a new set of problems in a modern collaborative era. Copyright is a successful concept but it has now taken a new form that protects major corp from usually small business or a single individual.
Both deal with very similar concepts. it seems that both have not fully given up on the topics they argue for or against. it seems that it is a matter of slight variation in certain policies that make the rich richer. in a increasingly digital world that changes as quickly as it is growing, it seems necessary that adjustments be made and that is what i think they are both ultimately arguing.

blog 11

Lessig defines an economy as "a system in which “something” is exchanged with another for “something” given in return" p. 117. The main fundamental difference is that a commercial economy runs on money, whereas a sharing economy is placed on collaboration and growth the specific thing being shard. A commercial economy follows set of rules and principles that are governed and expected to be followed. From this explanation it would seem that a sharing economy is much better than a commercial. but this is not true, both provide various pros and cons. it is highly influenced by the purpose of the exchange.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Blog #9

The introduction is used to primarily discuss the dated problems that exist in terms of copyright and what major corporations can call legally theirs based on a variety of laws that seem out of place in the new digital realm.
Read and write is the concept of you reading and than adding to culture by contribution. Whereas Read only is just that, someone who reads but does not participate in the collective.
I think he uses Sousa because it exemplifies the RW/RO example in a real case.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blog #6

In the Jenkins piece they discussed collective intelligence and convergence which were the major concepts that stuck out to me. What I took from this is that Jenkins argues the reasons that popular sites such a Youtube are being banned from schools are because most do not think it is conducive to a learning environment. Jenkins believes social networking and other popular sites are typically banned should not and are not all that bad and can in fact help. 
Weinberger and Jenkins are similar in that they believe in the same basic principles that knowledge is everywhere and deciding that certain things exist in only certain places is not true on the modern web. We (the user) affect the way the Internet can function by collaboration. Traditional education tools are becoming dated and the Internet can act like a bridge to bring newer more effective means to teach (Prezi, Wiki, so on).

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Blog #5 implicit meanings

This idea that Weinberger discusses that, "the meaning of a particular thing is enabled by the web of implicit meanings we call the world" (170) makes sense. The meaning of a particular thing is based on the implicit meanings attached to it, various items evoke certain meaning depending on the relationship someone has to it. Everyone does not respond to specific things the same, especially if that specific thing has significantly less relevance to you personally.
The third order of order discusses the concept that information is metadata that can use an idea in multiple way or contexts. This concept of order may not be useful for a particular, but instead a variety of order and definition.
The song that I chose is Dramamine by Modest Mouse. The song brings back memories of high school and the people that surrounded me during this time. I think of specific times of year that I played this song frequently, my girlfriend at the time, driving my car shortly after getting my license, the fact the band is from my high school. It is interesting how a melody can be attached to various implicit meanings, I thought this would be difficult to do but all I did was play the song and it all came back to me.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blog #3

The organizational habit that I discussed involved clearing space on my hard drive and bookmarking courses on my Internet browser. I found that clearly room on my hard drive allowed me to stay considerably more organized by dividing my courses into titled folders. Try going on your computers and look in your Documents folder, I think a lot of people have can agree that they have a large amount of miscellaneous documents that are due for a deleting, digital clutter. I also create bookmarks for my courses on the tab below the URL, I find this advantageous because it allows for a more direct path to the course website. It may not seem like it does much organizationally but I argue a “one click away” system helps me get to a site quickly, which personally makes me visit the site more readily.
There are many ways someone else could adopt my system but organize it differently. They could create a folder for the whole specific semester, for example you could create a Spring’11 folder or even be more specific and call it JanSpring’11.
Bookmarking is fairly straight forward, so variations in bookmarking seems tough to discuss, but there are a variety of ways that Internet browsers can act as organizational tools. I personally use Google Chrome because I have been accustmned to their layout, I know that with Chrome you can use iGoogle which is a tool that acts as a customizable homepage.
There are many ways to organize your computer documents, some methods work better for others but the computer is a very customizable device that can be a very useful tool if you want to treat it as one.