Since starting this class I have had an entirely new perspective on technology and how I engage in it. I no longer look at social media platforms from my own perspective and accept the way they are set up. I like to see how they can be improved and what is and is not necessary to have on a social media platform. I am more critical about apps before I download them and when I do I like so see what all the app has to offer. So many platforms have hidden settings and ways to make the platform better, if you can find them. This class has given me more of an appreciation for the designers of the different platforms I use every day. The final project was one of the most interesting units we had. I loved the creativity side of it and the ability to go in and change the design of Twitter’s platform. I am excited to continue my work in DTC for the next few years to finish my minor.
A few points from classmates that stood out to me on the critique is considering the desktop twitter as well as mobile. On our pitch we only focused on the mobile app. Other suggestions were to make our screenshots larger on the presentation so that those sitting in the back could see clearer, as well as work on our presentation so that we aren’t all on one side of the screen, and that we speak louder and more clear. There haven’t been any major disagreements so far within our group that have been difficult to move past. We are all very good at listening to each others ideas and incorporating them in where they fit. I do agree with the feed back our group has received from the class, and will be incorporating it into our final project.
This is a very fun project for me to be apart of. I love the idea of taking something, like social media, that we are so comfortable with and looking at where it can be improved. Personally, I really enjoy the design aspect of the project. I like working on computers, and coming up with creative ways to make color, and patterns flow together to make something useful. I am not very good at the written side of projects, or public speaking, but I do enjoy making things. I hope we will be able to come together and divide up our strong suites to where everyone is working on a part of the project that they enjoy working on. It is always easier working on a big project like this when you enjoy the part you are working on.
“Multimodality in Motion” referred to the spaces that are limited to those with disabilities, and “The Politics of the Interface” described the limits in the computers interface, and their relationship to a countries boarder patrol. In reading these articles I have noticed a trend; that we constantly believe our technology to be incredibly advanced and available for anyone, but in reality their are more and more limitations each day. We can look at this as a negative, and say that the technology industry is not being inclusive to all people with different abilities, disabilities, nationality, and language barriers; or we can look at it from the perspective of innovation, and ability to change and grow. Everything we know has started out from somewhere, from a base line. The computer started out in the garage of a white man in the business class, so naturally the baseline will be for the working class, american male. As time has progressed, things have changed. Computers, smartphones, watches, and fitness trackers have been made available for people with all different sorts of needs; the college student writing 15 page research papers, the social media networker, and the mom who is trying to get back on track with her fitness plans. Overtime computer systems have changed, along with their availability. They are in classrooms, doctors offices, and business around the world. But they are still not available for those who are below the middle class. Noticing where technology falls short, is important to the improvement of technology. While it will take some time to find ways to make technology available to more people financially, there are changes that can be made within the spaces to make it more available to others. If certain functions were included such as text to speech, or a color blind option these simple changes could add a massive number of people to these spaces. Other adjustments like integrating eye tracker technology, to make social media pages more functional for people with cerebral palsy. Changes like these, that are available out there, would aid in allowing social media to be open to people far beyond where they are at now.
Attached is my drawing of my interpretation of the social media space Instagram. In this post I will not be able to discuss the assigned reading, however in looking at my drawing I can still draw a conclusion on what kind of user I am. And the adjustments to the site I would like to make. I use Instagram as a way to develop my style of photography and to help me develop new ways to take pictures, and new ways to edit pictures. My personal ideas on how Instagram could change would give options in better filtering of pictures that are posted and show up on your feed. Instead of seeing every picture that your friends post you will only see the ones you are interested in. My drawing shows a very simple drawing of Instagram. And I think the simplicity is where the page has been moving closer to. Just a photo, with some comments on the photo itself. But over all, a simple design made to emphasize the photos themselves.
I was a bit nervous going into project two, because of the complexity of the concepts. After going through the readings and discussing them in class I feel as though I have a much better idea of how this project will flow together. The readings have given me a much better understanding for how companies use this sort of technology, similar to voyant, to figure out where our interests lie and how they can better market products to our exact tastes. I find this very fascinating since my major is marketing, and it is cool to see how that has changed from just ads and commercials to really programming different things to understand and get smarter with the marketing procedures themselves. However, volant is not always right. It can be tricked by different adds, and unrelated conversation within the same text. In order to get around this I will pull directly from conversations. It is very important to understand that just because voyant exists online and is generated by a machine, it does not mean that it is fool proof by any means. There are many entities that can squee your data when taken from the internet. It was very interesting to read and discus about how you never know if you are getting a fair price for a plane ticket because the websites know who frequently flies and where you may be looking for flights to and then they will give you the same prices for all airlines. This type of technology makes it difficult to know if you are ever getting a good deal on the things you buy and that can bring trust down at so many places. In this day and age however, we are so dependent on the internet providing us with information that we take the first tidbit we get without questioning it. It is important to question your resources, but also to remain unafraid and not paranoid.
Prior to DTC 101 I hadn’t given digital literacy that much thought. To me, to be literate meant only that one could read and write. It had never occurred to me that one could be considered literate in technology as well. In reading NCTE’s Position Statement on the “Definition of 21st Century Literacies”, it changed my understanding of literacy. Literacy is not only ones ability to read and write, however that was once the standard for literacy. Literacy is the ability to change the way we read, write and communicate, as the times change around us. In the 21st century technology has to be a necessary component of literacy. We have technology and it has been integrated into our daily lives. Mark Bauerlein discussed this in his online article “Online Literacy is a Lesser Kind”. He stated that “Our students have worked and played with computers for years”. If kids in the 21st generation are growing up with computers in classrooms and are using it for problem solving and writing papers, than if technology should be a necessary component of what it means to be literate, shouldn’t even be a question that is posed. Growing up in a tech savvy world has given me more opportunities than if I had grown up other wise. With out technology in my life as I grew up I never would have known what major I wanted to go into, and that major (marketing) wouldn’t be close to the technological extent that it is today. I don’t expect it to be the same in 10 years either. There are always going to be shifts in literacy, just as there are always shifts in technology. Us as humans are always looking for ways to innovate and improve. If there wasn’t a shift in literacy along with that than where would we be, and when would we stop innovating and improving?
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Now is a “critical time, when electronic media are becoming the dominant influence in young people’s worlds”
In my understanding of this article, Mark Bauerlein is making an assertion that electronic media being the dominant influence in young people is a bad thing. I don’t agree with his assumptions, but rather see the implementation of media as a form of progression. It does rely on young people actively participating in social media and understanding where the truth lies within it all, sure. But electronic media is not an outside force acting on young people, it is a tool to which they can change and use to improve upon their knowledge of the world and what is occurring. I have become much more in touch with the world and all that is happening around the world politically, financially; beyond that, I know much more about the cultural and happenings around the world that relate to my passion, snowboarding. I dove into social media during my junior year of high school and from there have grown intellectually about so many different topics but only because I am literate in the technology. Electronic media is becoming the dominant influence in young people’s worlds. Electronic media is an outlet, a resource, a form of creative expression, and a tool. Through Electronic media I have found ways to intertwine my passions and my desired work. My goal post college is to graduate with major in marketing and eventually become the content marketing manager for Burton Snowboards. This long term goal wouldn’t have been possible without electronic media being a dominant influence in my life. Mark Bauerlein is not wrong in thinking that this is a critical time. It is critical in the sense that without the youth, and others, to be properly educated on electronic media.
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