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Tech News Post 08

It appears AOL is jumping on the NowPublic bandwagon by starting their own user generated content program.

http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/new_media/aol_seed_now_scrambling_for_overdue_sxsw_stories_155249.asp

Will crowd sourcing become the norm for internet media? It the corporate induction and popularization of such methods diminishing original content on the internet?

Tech News Post 07

An article about privacy in the modern world (or lack thereof).

While I am all for people being honest and living open, unconcealed lives I would also encourage everyone to be mindful of the misguided souls that may stumble on your information.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20000336-38.html

Studiolab # 3 Reflection

Using wetpaint.com as a platform to create a collective document presented many challenges. Using a wiki for a large group project with a tight time frame has many drawbacks. Communication was an issue and I personally blame the wetpaint platform. The site should have provided us with live communication tools. Although it is good that everyone can contribute we ran into the problem of having too many people trying to do the same thing at the same time. In general, a wiki could be helpful for long-term projects with many contributors but not for short-term deadline focused work. While I was in the same room as other wiki users were able to collaborate more effectively. We could ask each other questions and focus on the same task. I think this proves that technology can never fully replace face-to-face contact and communication. Everything was much easier in person. This experiment was successful in teaching us about how wikis work but was unsuccessful at helping us to achieve the goal as a group. That said, had the project been more ambiguous and not specified the wiki medium, even more chaos could of resulted. This task was fundamentally flawed in that it does not take an entire class of people to write one paper. Had I written my own paper if would have been structured much differently. For example, I would not have included images. It would not of been spread out across so many pages but instead centralized. If I were to attempt this task again I would chose a different platform and allow students time to familiarize themselves with the system. I feel that many people got confused and caught up in the logistics of the task instead of focusing on pooling out collective knowledge.

Models of Knowledge Concept Map

When The Messenger is the Message

I’m in the process of creating a word for this feeling of… reverse deja vu… that I often experience. You are introduced to something new and then suddenly it is EVERYWHERE.

Case and point: Marshall McLuhan. Since we studied him in Tech 114 he has come up in ALL of my other classes. This is quite comical considering that one of my classes is FPA 150: Introduction to Acting. Tonight my acting teacher mentioned a play called “The Message” to us. It chronicles the life of McLuhan and completes my Marshall reference journey.

Tech News Post 06

This is too cool!

http://www.instructables.com/id/CDDVD-Roofing-Concept/

Some people have developed a roofing method that upcycles old CD’s. Not sure if it would stand up to Canadian winters but man does it look neat!

Take Back Our City Protest (NowPublic Article)

Note: This is an opinion piece.

Now that's what I call a countdown!

On Friday (Febuary 12th), thousands of protestors gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery to show their opposition for the 2010 Olympic games.  The convergence was organized by the 2010 Welcoming Committee as an opportunity for all the groups who have qualms with the games to show solidarity. The idea was to welcome the games (and the world) with a massive public festival. Protest signs and shirts with clever slogans (like “I am a free speech zone” and “sure we’re for sport, but not land theft”) filled the north side of the art gallery and the surrounding area. The event had well over 2000 attendees from over 50 endorsing groups and proceeded as planned. Participants listened to a variety of speakers from various places and causes. Harjap Grewal spoke to the gathering, telling everyone “I’m absolutely ecstatic that all of us today are gonna take to the streets and give them a hit live they’ve never had before”.

The second portion of the event was a march to BC Place Stadium in an effort to literally “Take Back Our City” (as the event name implied). Organizer Garth Mullins sent the crowd into mass movement by saying,

“We’re gonna take to the streets today. We’re gonna do this because people said we couldn’t do it. People said you couldn’t have an amplified voice, like this one; people said you couldn’t have protest signs, like these ones; and people said you couldn’t go outside of a designated protest area. Well the world is my designated protest area!”

Attendees marched as onlookers paused to take notice. The parade waited once to listen to some individuals affected by the tar sands and then came to rest at BC Place. The solidarity notes labour choir led protestors in song upon arrival at the Stadium. The transcending lyrics of the first song were simple:

I send my love over the mountains.

I send my love over the sea.

I send my love into the heavens,
and it returns to me.

(Video footage from a subsequent song.)

This display of love and goodwill contrasts the flurry of negative comments visible on Facebook and other social networking sites. Comments like “all olympic protesters can burn in hell” and “…i want to bash in the head of every olympic protester” were just some of the hateful remarks from the Canadian community. Even at the rally itself a small group of  “anti anti-Olympic protestors” made an appearance. Their signs read “They say protest, we say party!” but they quickly noticed they were unwelcome at such a rally and moved on. Despite some criticism the event achieved is objective, which was to “show the world the negative impacts of the Olympic industry and celebrate our communities with our own games and entertainment”. Attendees came together and united against all opposition (both corporate and personal).