Saving People From Themselves: Privacy and Social Media

All Things Considered: http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2013/04/22/178424347/google-execs-talk-privacy-and-security-in-the-new-digital-age The adverse impact of the internet and social media outlets on privacy is a common discussion topic (and not just in “All Things Considered” and other podcasts). A large portion of the public seems to blame people like Google executives or other figures like Mark Zuckerberg. In some cases (like Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen), responses from people who work at Google (etc.) sound a little defensive. Overall, it all ties into the fact that social media has removed so many people from their comfort zone. The underlying issue is the relationship between digital freedom and…

5 Problems with Social Media

This video has inspired some thoughts… I’m sure I can speak for many people when I say I have mixed feelings about these problems with social media. The ability to share anything requires a lot of personal responsibility. In a nutshell, people do not exercise their best judgement when posting something on Facebook or Twitter which often “destroys relationships”, “creates triggers”, or something even worse. Despite these issues, I am aware that there are many people who exercise control with their social media presence. These people share only appropriate things and possess a strong understanding of the consequences of oversharing.…

Tribes

I’ve recently done some readings by people like Steve Godin about tribes. When using the term”tribe”, he (and others) are referring to a group of like minded people who share common views and compassion for each other. I like to think of it as a “collective identity” in which all members identify with one another. At this point in my life, I belong to many tribes: librarians, graduate students, alums of my college, members of my group of friends. By digging deeper, I can easily find other tribal components of my identity, but let’s just start with these. In my…

For-Profit Education

https://twitter.com/insidehighered/status/708367784389038080 (Links to an external site.) I found this article on Twitter a couple of days ago and felt compelled to share it. Full disclosure: I worked at a for-profit college for almost seven years. During this time, I gained a lot of worthwhile experience, but also solidified my position against for-profit education. I met all kinds of students. In some cases, they were motivated and bright but lacked the opportunity to attend a traditional college. This was usually due to financial reasons, time, or they just felt they would never graduate, However, many other students were admitted without the ability to complete…

How do I motivate online students?

This question popped up in Quora recently: https://www.quora.com/How-do-I-motivate-online-students  (Links to an external site.) How do I motivate online students? I think this question works both ways. Obviously, this question was asked from the perspective of an instructor. An online student might just as easily ask how to stay motivated. For both student and instructor, the amount taken away from an online class is directly proportional to the amount of effort and time one puts into it. The advice in the answer is directed at both professors and students. Some of the points include: Engage with the professor/students Make time for the…

So I Use Instagram…

So I use instagram. I am new to the service and finally joined after consistent pestering from friends and family. Not having much of a penchant for photography made my aversion stronger, but I relented when I finally realized what I was missing: Instagram allows me to show photos (obviously) in a method with seemingly less stigma attached to it. I can photograph my breakfast without much disdain from others (jokingly, more often than not). It allows me to follow people’s media exclusively rather than filtering posts on Facebook (a tiresome process). It serves as an online repository of my…

Discovering Quora

I have tasked with investigating a new social networking site as part of my coursework and have decided to focus on Quora. Prior to this, I had heard of Quora but never felt compelled to check it out. My (brief) introduction to it happened when I was searching Google for help with a very specific situation. I don’t remember the topic of my search but I know I typed in a complete sentence as opposed to just using keywords. For this week’s discussion, I decided to try it out and see if I want to become a regular user of…

Connecting with Connectivism

Technology is altering (rewiring) our brains. The tools we use define and shape our thinking. -George Siemens Technology has been continuously transforming our brains since Web 1.0 at an exponentially increasing rate. The most obvious of these changes are apparent in our methods for accessing and sharing information via social media. Using popular apps and online tools for collaboration, acquiring information in prodigious quantities has never been easier. In using these tools, we are actively improving our ability to research, collaborate, and “learn to be” (Brown & Adler, 2008). These changes, however, have also adversely impacted our cognitive processes. Some…