Week 8

  The internet is filled with cognitive surplus some example of civic (meaning full) cognitive surplus would be 8-3Wikipedia, Urban Spoon, Yelp, anytime someone uses social media to share a picture of a missing loved one they need help locating, and the example given in the TED video Ushahidi. You can b8-4enefit from websites like yelp and urban spoon by seeing reviews of local places by people just like you. This is helps you out because you can read the reviews and judge if an establishment is worth your time and money to visit or if you think the place might be shady. Other websites like Wikipedia are useful because people put together their knowledge to help others. My Mom would say the Urbandictionary.com is civic cognitive surplus because she need help with the modern lingo of the youth. You can contribute to these websites by posting your experience and knowledge to them. Humans are naturally social beings and they want to interact and share information, that is 8-5how we got were we are today. I believe that communal value is also important to cognitive surplus because we all need a laugh and ‘lul cats’ will help with that.

As we have learned last week people want to feel important and popular so project that make people feel important will encourage you to participate. Also to get involved you have to make a project convenient to the person, make it mobile, accessible, simple, and tech savvy. 8-2


Week 7


The “Culture” reading has a segment that relates to one of the ways people brand themselves in media today. The reading states that, “in 1645 a group of people living in London decided that they would refuse to believe things that weren’t demonstrably true….They committed themselves to acquiring knowledge through experimental means and to subjecting one another’s findings to7-3 the kind of scrutiny necessary to root out error.” So many people have YouTube channels that are how-to’s or demonstrating the use of a product and then reviewing it on quality and how it matches up with what the manufacture said it can do. Some of this people are so famous that companies will actually send their products to individual for free to be reviewed.

“Knowledge is the most combinable thing we humans have, but taking advantage of it requires special conditions…1) the size of the community, 2) the condition that affects combinability is the cost of sharing knowledge 3) clarity of the knowledge shared.” This younger generation understands this idea of sharing and using combined power to reach a massive force. Like in the Frontline special the YouTube artists host guest from other pages to get ratings up and publicize these people.

7-5Another idea is the “Small World Networks that have two characteristics that, when balanced properly, let messages move through the network effectively… first is that small groups are densely connected, second is that large groups are sparsely connected” With the age of social media these large sparsely connected groups are getting smaller and smaller because more connections are being made with every like, retweet, favor, etc. With this instant communication network messages, ideas, talks, pictures, and posts move very quickly and effectively.

I think that McLuhan would definitely be dismayed at the industry with which it is carried out! We created this medium and it has turned right back around and shaped us as well. The frontline special also talked about how this media and ‘generation like’ have kind of changed the game 7-2when it comes to advertising. I feel like McLuhan might be a bit startled about that because advertising has always been mostly one sided and now there is interaction and connections going back and forth continuously, it shocks me.

I feel like the older folks have to jump on board or get left behind. You don’t have to stream video diaries of yourself but there is a big push just to have an online presence. It is the way you connect with people now, how you get feelings, complaints, props and other things out there. Often you can get someone from a company to respond quicker in a negative tweet than you can by calling them (which as happened to me before with Comcast!)

7-1One thing that really struck me about this material is how much people put their self-worth into someone else’s hands. It is just like a continuation of high school where your only goal was to be popular and liked by everyone. I do like it when people like or favor my content but that is not my goal of posting it, my goal is to stay in connection with my family and friends and update them on my life. You shouldn’t let social media determine you mood or how you feel about yourself. People need to have more self-confidence than that. Life is too short to give a darn about what your peers think of you and there is more to life than being popular. I made me sad to see how all of these kids craved that kind of attention and I hope that is something they will grow out of.

Week 6

Mind control    The readings and the PBS show had a lot of information in them that ties into McLuhan’s theory. As our technology grows and we become more and more connected to the world around us the world seems to shrink. The internet is flooded with billions of articles, videos, pictures, podcast, etc… daily and all it takes is a few clicks to access them. Having all of this information at our hands 24/7 can distract us and we feel like we always need to be communicating with others. If you are in class learning you should focus on class. If you are at work you should focus on your job. If you are at home you should focus on your family and personal life. When we try to let these things cross over the boundaries and get mangled up in one another we can get co6-4nfused and lose sight of the true purpose. Since there is now a generation that grew up with lots of technology we are starting to see the effect of what it is doing to us. My generation (early 20’s) and younger are starting to lack social skills, they have a hard time communicating with people face to face and can’t stay focused on one thing for a long time. However the generation that is hiring us have very strong people skills and look for candidates that are intelligent and can interview well. I have also noticed that the disconnection is higher in metropolitan areas and coastal areas that are more plugged in than the mid-west is. I had a boss that used to work in DC and he was always on his phone during meeting or team huddles and I had to ask him once to just focus on what we were talking about. I demand a very high respect for eye contact in a conversation and I want to feel important when I am talking to someone so I also give others that courtesy. Eye contact and devotion to the conversation builds stronger 6-3interpersonal communication skills and a higher level of awareness for others.  

Moving on, I would extend McLuhan’s theory to the internet and mobile devices as a cool medium. I say this because the description of cool mediums as described in the PowerPoint lecture was a medium that takes the user time to understand and work with—they are more complex and in depth to understand over warm mediums. I wouldn’t describe them as mix because although there are some application or websites that are more basic to navigate or use you still have to have a general understanding of the internet and of mobile devices. Generally you use the internet and mobile devices to communicate or do research on, they require some level of interaction and do 6-2not come at the same level that watching a motion picture would. I have grown up in a generation were technology has played a large roll and I have always been around it so at first my instinct was to call the internet and mobile devices a warm medium but then I had to look at it from the view point that what if I have never used a cell phone or the internet it would be hard for me to learn just like it 6-5was hard for my mom to learn a smart phone when she first got it. I feel like some of these questions we take for granted when we grow up in a privileged environment but it is always important to remember not everyone as had the same opportunities we have had and do not have access to some of the advanced technology that we have at school or in our homes.

Week 5

First I would like to say that I appreciate the humor in this week’s material bro5-1
ught by John Oliver, it was nice to be able to laugh and find some humor in a serious topic.
Secondly I think that restricting content this is an invasions of privacy and we can put it in the same bucket with the NSA surveillance that we learned about in week 4. 5-2   As a citizen I should be able to do what I want with my belongings (as long as it is not illegal) with the right to privacy. I am pay for the internet, which means I pay Comcast $50.00 a month to deliver internet access to my apartment through a cable line. Once that internet reached my apartment and I access it with my Wii, cell phone, laptop, tablet, and TV it is my business and I can use it to search, download, stream, and access whatever I want. I don’t want to be told I have to use a certain search engine or that I am not allowed to access a certain website. It would be like Comcast as the system administrator on my computer, I would be an authorized user and Comcast would put blocks and restrictions on what I can access. To me this sound like Comcast turning into China with controlled searches.
Not only does this net neutrality issue restrict access it also comes at a heavy price. Say amazon pays Comcast to let Comcast user’s access amazon, now amazon has to increase the costs to their users and their users are also paying a higher premium for internet. It is a double whammy. Pay a higher cost to access more internet and pay a higher cost to access your preferred content—like you are getting double taxed!
Another issues I have with this debate on net neutrality debate it why so much regulation? What happened to deregulation? If citizen don’t like the way a company operates we won’t use that company and the company would have to change to meet consumer demand. 5-3One thing that America thrives on over other countries is market freedom. Supply meeting demand and if there is no demand the company will die. Corporations come and go every the years because of the choices they make. If Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Cox, etc.. go out of business there will be 5 companies ready to gain their market share in a minute. We always want to make the government regulate something to protect us but this overregulation is just going to end up coming back and biting us in the butt. Oliver stated the Comcast already has terrible customer satisfaction rating and I would be willing to go without internet for a couple of weeks waiting for a new provider to come in and hook up my service if Comcast ever tried to pull a stunt like this. Let the consumers buy what they want and let the market do the rest of the heavy lifting. If this ever becomes an issue of unfair tactics to get more money then let the government step in to put that business in check.
A final point I would like to touch on that was brought up was internet providers having regional monopolies. If you have ever moved or went to visit relatives I am sure that you have noticed that different regions have different cable and internet provider options. There is really no competition or choices for consumers out there. Although there are lots of different providers for these services none of them really fight over the same territories—there are no “turf” wars. I wonder if 5-4these companies ever have meetings and map out the areas they service. I think this issue needs to be addressed by someone like the FCC.
At the end of the day no matter what the government rules on it is up to the consumer to do what is best for them and I think that we way underestimate ourselves and the power we have over the open markets.

Week Four


For starters I just have to say WOW!! This week’s material really opened up my eyes to a lot of things and I can say it definitely make me want to just get off of any electronic device I have. There was so much information that I have never really knew about because of my age and I didn’t really get into the NSA surveillance news in middle and high school; I feel like some of the older students might have had an idea about this before now. Even still as at 21 I feel like I am disconnected from what is going on in the world because I don’t watch the news or read the paper.

I do not think that the benefits of the domestic spying program outweigh the wholesale loss of individual freedom and privacy. ImageI say this because America is a free country, we are not a socialists or communists we believe in a body of truly free people and every time we give up some of our rights for ‘protection’ or ‘security’ we are becoming less free. People say this is a very right winged way of thinking but I believe that if we do not stand up for the small CONSTITUTIONAL rights that are taken from us one day we will not have any freedoms left. I absolutely understand the points made in the article by Thomas Friedman, “Blowing a Whistle.” I feel like Friedman is saying he is willing to give up some privacy so we don’t one day have another large scale attack like 9/11; however, I do not agree with it. Look at the fourth amendment, it prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. I consider my emails, text messages, call logs, and any other digitally/electronically exchanged information my property and I feel like the government should not be allowed to collect it without probable cause and if they have probable cause they need to get a warrant from a judge. Another reason I have a problem with this is the government collects all of this data and it is stored on their servers that could potentially be hacked. We have also read and watch video this week on malware called FLAME and Stuxnet, who is to say that some type of cyber warfare won’t happen on these servers and hackers take this information that will affecting millions of Americans? I is unsafe to have that much information on that many individuals in one place. Over all I feel like my position against a domestic spying program is a long-term perspective of the unintended consequences.

ImageI think my answer to the first question kind of embodies how I will feel about Gen. Hayden’s concept of the US creating cyber-weapons to do our dirty work. We learned from the video “Stuxnet cracking the code” that once a code is made and infiltrates the targets computer that they then have the code. Why would be give the ‘bad guys’ the code when they can turn it back around on us? The last thing that the US needs right now is a large scale cyberwar attack. How do we do 99% of our business and financial transitions? The internet. Something that could jeopardize either of those would devastate our economy. Cyber weapons could be a valuable asset but they would open one heck of a Pandora’s Box that is guaranteed to come back and haunt us! I say this because when we incur a cyber-attack because we sent one out I bet the enemy won’t come back and attack just the government’s servers I bet they come back on a larger scale attack that will directly affect millions on Americans. 


Week 3

Personally I use social media a lot and I have experienced user-generated content on just about all of it. I use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and LinkedIn; of those LinkedIn is the only on I do not use heavily.Image I do not use Pinterest AT ALL! Freshman year of college I really learned what Pinterest was how all of my friends would waste hour pinning useless crap that they would never do or use and I had enough things that wasted my time, I didn’t need another—which relates to the question “where do people find the time” in the Cognitive Surplus reading. I like the idea of Pinterest but I find it kind of stupid. I digress. Some websites I uses that aren’t really social media but have still experienced user-generated content are Google, Slacker Radio, and many other websites with advertisements posted on the side. I have noticed there is a difference between generally websites and social media sites in the user-generated content. Sometimes when I do online shopping or searches for certain products I notice that those products pop up as ads on other sites. For example in my oral communications class I gave a persuasive speech on why you should not to anti-bacterial hand soap because it aids in the creation on super bugs. I Googled Soft Soap hand soap because they have non-anti-bacterial hand soaps and I need more information on the product. The next day when I was listening to slacker radio and a picture of the soap was in the margins as an advisement. Also, three weeks ago I was buying shoes online at payless and a few days later I was reading some random article and a picture of the shoes I was looking at was at the bottom of the page.

Social media is a whole other ball game. The number one culprit of user-generated content is Facebook, they have fine-tuned some type of super algorithm that just blows my mind! Fb suggests friend based on friends we have in common, it also suggests people that go to the same schools as you do or work at the same place. I suggests pages to ‘like’ based on my pervious ‘likes,’ Imageif a friend ‘liked’ it, or other people who are not in common with me but ‘liked’ the same set of pages. It also notifies me of close friends or family member’s birthdays and it determines whether or not to notify my based on the amount of interaction I have had with that person. No of that really bothers me but the one thing that is getting on my nerves is that my newsfeed is 50% one of my friends post. She just recently had an adorable baby and I ‘like’ just about all the pictures she puts up of him so Fb decided to make my newsfeed filled with her statuses and updates. I find this annoying because it doesn’t even give me a chance to look at my other friend’s posts as much.

The second social media outlet that I get a lot of user-generated content on is twitter. Twitter suggest people for me to follow based on a lot of the same stuff Facebook does. One think that has been happening more recently (probably with a new update) is I have been getting little notifications Imageat the top of my phone saying @user and @user2 are talking about this, or @user, @user2 and 3 other of your followers have retweeted this. If I click that notification it will take me to twitter and show me that some of my followers are doing retweeting to see if I might want to retweet it.

Over all I find some of the user-generated content helpful and convenient but on some levels it really creeps me out once I start to think about it too hard. My last example for user-generated content doesn’t have to do with the internet but I think you will find it interesting and freaky all in one swoop. I was taking a Business Ethics class last year with Dr. Kline and he gave an example in class of how Target monitors recent purchases by individuals and noticed that this girl was making similar purchases to pregnant women so they started to send her baby related ads, well this girl was still in high school and her parents of the advertisements. Turns out the girl didn’t know she was pregnant yet and Target ousted her to her parents!

Week 1 Blog Post: Introduction of myself, my technology adaptation, and un-adopted technology.

Greeting Bloggers!

My name is Jazmyn (aka JazzyFreshhh, a nickname giving to by my work colleagues). I am an undergraduate student going for a double major in Business Administration and Management with plans to graduate in December. After graduation I plan on staying with UIS for my MBA. Some more personal details are I have no ‘hometown’ because I grew up an Army brat and moved around a lot as a child and I absolutely loved it. I have a boyfriend that I met at UIS and we have been together for 2 years, he majors in communications so I might be bouncing ideas off him for this class. Lastly, I just recently started working full time at CEFCU and I love it there!!!

Some of the communication technologies or apps I currently use to keep in contact with my family and friends are e-mail, IMing, texting, Skyping, phone calls, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. I use these application on my cellphone, tablet, and laptop.

As far as what kind of technology adapter I am I consider myself a late majority follower. I feel like I am like this because it is in our human nature to be afraid of change. It is not that I was nervous to get a twitter or Instagram but I was just satisfied using my current means of commination and I didn’t/don’t feel the need to go out and try something new. Also, I want something to be established before I start using it, I like all the initial ‘kinks’ to be worked out first. I am the same way when it comes to buying technology. I don’t see the need to go buy the latest version of whatever is out because technology changes so quickly there is no point as long as my current equipment is working. It can also be very costly to have the innovators lifestyle, usually you can wait 5 months and a product can drop price by at least 20% once the hype of it wears off.

Something I think I could benefit from that I am not currently using is linking/syncing technologies. All of my electronics do WAY more than I need them to and there are so many features that I don’t even know how to use. I bet if I could find a way to sync all my electronics and efficiently use them I would be more prompt with things and have a neater schedule. It is hard when technology is smarter than you!