digital diversity

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

Technology has gone beyond leaps and bonds, coming up with new ways for digital citizens to stay connected. Digital citizens can be defined as someone who has access to technology and the skill to use them. Almost anyone can be consider a digital citizens really in big cities such as San Francisco, New York City, Portland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas to name a few.
In this film I show a few people that are digital citizens. That use their technology skills to complete their daily task and stay connected to the world. Although this group of individuals participated in this video, I found them on Facebook all the time. I also use technology at its fullest myself. From making a pie chart to I need to limit my Facebook use. Staying plug in for this generation is the key. For example staying pluged into my music, Facebook, email, and webcam, while typing a paper all at the same time.
There are differences between each person around the world different cultures, different beliefs and different was to receive education. But we all have one thing in common being able to get access to the world and staying CONNECTED. At the end of the day internet access has gone from a privilege for working class, to being a resource for anyone that can connect to it.

Group Reflection

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

Well when we first started out with our thesis and all , we were really undecided and confused on how to change up things so that each person can research a good topic. Once we finally got finished and rapped up on what we where going to do this started to flow. If we had more time and wasn’t in a rush with things , i think i would change the timing of are presentation.  As a group member i felt rushed and felt like i didn’t have enough time to say what i wanted to. To give some good information out. other then that i think everyone worked hard to complete their task and we got the job done.   – Five things hated on facebook..

Always on Digital Life

Posted: April 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

This assignment really made me realize how much time I waste on digital media. When I am on the web, or the phone, or even just having my own free time. While spending ten days documenting my hours and mins on the use of technology. I noticed that there are 12hours in a day and I spend more then half of the day just on my cell phone alone. With other electronics such as the computer and being one multiple social networks. Just like Watkins said “ the young and the digital are widely viewed multitaskers, capable of managing several technologies, screens, and conversations fluidly and simultaneously. They multitask habitually and according to many observers, they also do it instinctively” (162) this quote is defiantly referring to me. I tend to multitask all the time in between homework, having conversations with friends , and talking on the phone. It like a pattern that’s hard to get out of. But since I did this assignment I guess I should easy up on the social media.

What I did was made an actually pie chart of the lay out of my daily life within using media digital communication, and everyday life:

First part:

Cell phone – I spend about 6.5+ hours on my cell phone this is my average use of a cell phone day by day.

Facebook- I am connately on Facebook my average total a day was 10 hrs, due to all the access I have to get to Facebook, on my cell phone and my computer along with other computers as well. Facebook sits in the palm of my hands most of the day.

Email- Just like Facebook my email sits in the palms of my hand over lapping the two (cell phone, Facebook) the only difference is that I am usual on my email for about an 2 hour a day just to check it twice. Although  it’s the least time I’ve spent , I tend to go right back to Facebook and my cell phone right after that.


Second part:

Dinner/ eating times- through the 12hours out the day I spent 3.5 hours total on eating , and snack throughout the day.  Something I wait so long to eat because I am  on my laptop.

Practices – tends to take up 2hours up out of my day this spring, it’s a big break for my because I am not thinking about homework or the social life.

Free time- gets taking up buy everything that’s listed. But when I do have free time I am usually interacting socially with friends. Might go out and have dinner or just chill at the house and I do that almost daily for about 4 hours at the end of my day.

This is why Watkins states “that the young and the digital continuous partial attention has both neurological and sociological implications (169)

Jazmine Perkins

Copyright-agree to disagree

Many people believe that the biggest impact in the creativity world is to create something from the past and reform it in a modern light and allows easy copying and redistribution of all types of content. To some people, this is wrong and some people believe that taking something original and remixing it is breaking the Law. I argue that copyright is an issue that has a negative effect on the freedom that creativity gives.

The more they try to threaten people about copyright laws and what you can and cant do, the excitement of adding flavor or a new look would have to be erased. Everything we learn comes from the past, so making it more modern shouldn’t hurt anyone. But instead the Untied States wrote copyright laws that allow original artist and the company holder of any original work that the first owner made to collect all profit. For example in the debates group 1 provided information that states, If we just went outside the classroom door and started singing the Happy Birthday song. Something so simple as that could be a sign of breaking the copyright law. As silly as that seems the inventors can file a lawsuit on the person who was singing the song and they are probably died now but they would still make money of it, Copyright sometimes stands in the way of developing powerful technologies for creating and communicating. Most people are quick to see the advantages of strong copyright in the digital world,” but slow to see the price you’ll paying for it.


It was also brought up in the debate that young kids and teens get suited for files that my just pop right up on the computer and they may have not downloaded anything. Personally this is seen as a negative thing because without music and the remix of music life wouldn’t be so great. Everything would be plain and remixing things on your own time at your own risk is cool to the urban world. Not the ones that think they are going to lose money.  Then it limits creativity its great to invent new things that people never herd, or saw, but taking something original and flipping it is one of the best things in the world.


My second argument is that copyright is also positive. It saves creativity as well so no one can copy material word for word and not even attempt to change a thing.

So I understand the rights in protecting your own creativity and I only agree because I am an artist myself. Copyright information is defiantly spread throughout education in the United States. It also brings action to the international right and how much they defer from the place we call the free country. The universality’s around the nation stress over copying because too many of the students in one class would just turn in the same writing work as the next and the next.  The debate is that copyright laws affect creative freedom and how it affects creative freedom. . Everyone among the world seems to run deeply throughout the online copyright debate. But those who see creativity as the main impact of art aim to protect the vitality of there own work. I come down on the creative side. I think the biggest long-run effect of copyright will be in changing how we communicate and express ourselves.


When I had watched the “RIP A Remix Manifesto” I didn’t expect to hear about everything that was illegal about copy rights.  It makes me look at downloading and my own creativity very differently. Although the internet is a public domain , people tend to take the old things and create something new. Disney did it with their very own Alice and wonderland. But as their doing this its all illegal because someone else did it already. It is seen as someone else work and wasn’t invited by the original artist. In the video there was a point made that the past always tries to control the future, that are future is becoming less free and to build free societies you must limit the control of the past. I disagree that sampling is illegal because people come up with new was to display music, and you have to relate to the past because that’s where it came from first. I believe it’s all about taking something old and making it more modern, all of that to me is creativity.


Around 1439 when they made the printing press, they allowed the public to view and share ideas around the world. That makes it right for anyone to copy from original ideas. For example Nap share was sued for sharing music available for downloading and people wouldn’t have to buy the cd. While individuals where downloading music, people where getting sued individually as a copyright criminal. The copyright laws where becoming a profit for the economy, big time business like Disney. Who started suing children, day cares and artist for printing Mickey mouse on display, which is known as the remix of Mickey Mouse? Now that I understand that most of the music we listen is illegal, how are we suppose to get music to listen to with other creativity with their sounds. All and all the internet has changed western culture, opening up new ways to communicate and ways for people to share new information and ideas.


What are the working conditions in sweatshops?


Sweatshops are usually factory’s, developing in third world country’s mainly in Asia. People work for a small wage something like three dollars a day producing consumer goods. Child labor is a growing problem, particularly in clothing and textiles. And many popular products, like coffee and bananas to cut flowers, are grown under terrible conditions.


No one wants to buy products made with sweatshop labor, but it is hard to know what to avoid, and where to find green and Fair Trade products. “Green America provides the information you need to help stop sweatshop labor and promote fair treatment of workers everywhere because people are being used for being under paid. The conditions of the sweatshops are horrible, long hours of overtime for which employees are not compensated, and sexual harassment.


In addition to these, women are often forced into indentured servitude. Lured by recruiters who promise wonderful opportunities in foreign lands, young women often pay thousands of dollars in recruitment and contract “fees”, tying themselves to contractual obligations that can last for years. So with that said the conditions in sweatshops are horrible.


social network

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Mark Zuckerberg: “We don’t know what it can be. We don’t know what it will be. We is cool.”
Staying connected is something that every college student desires. It becomes more then just the social network. Information shared runs for years country to country. The fact that you can share a piece of information about yourself is priceless. People end up finding things out about you or even finding things out about someone that you wish you knew, but now have access to and that’s Facebook. Not saying everything is information you want to find out or share but it does allow you to have access. “A regular criticism of the constant yet brief exchanges through social-network sites and mobile phones is that they encourage interactions that is quick and easy”(Watkinsp.72), therefore you are always connected. So the idea of everyone staying connected is something that is important to our nation.
In the book The Young and the Digital shows how modern day teenagers grow up with the Internet at their fingertips, compared to the parents, grandparents and all generations before them, before this type of access and exposure to technology. Watkins said that “the new media ecology is turning young people into a herd of social recluses more interested in the gadgets they own than the people in their lives. And young people are enthusiastic about the technology they use”(p.xix), With that in mind some people do think its not a positive thing for this generation, to be so connected. Taking away the realism of life, for example I can be on Facebook all day and know about everything in the word within 50mins, instead of tuning into the news.
]The author explores what happens to people and their relationship with others when they conduct their social lives online. Chapter one provides a great introduction to get the reader to start thinking about this transition to a technology-filled lifestyle and what that means for the way we function as individuals and communities. Without that there wouldn’t be a thing as the social.
There’s lots of stuff none of us have ever seen before. That’s good in some ways, but limiting in other ways.”
Mark Zuckerberg quote

The Digital Dumping Grounds

Posted: March 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

Watching the film “The Digital Dumping Ground” really open my eyes and gave me a clear understanding on what happens to all the old electronics we use here in the United States. I don’t believe that the waste of these electronics are right  and that we should just dump are old trash into someone else’s country. I argue that the usage of e-waste is very harmful and should be taking care when it’s just getting worse and worse.  Inside of the storing the waste properly , the easy and cheapest way leads to danger with in peoples health in that country, countries like Ghana, China and India. The future for the kids will be devastating in trying to stay healthy or even grow to become a teen or adult. The dumping of hazardous waste by industrialized countries into the developing world, is such a disappointment. The dumping of electronic waste is huge hazardous waste problem. The United States is poisoning the poorest people on earth, its almost like they are killing them of slowly. Contaminating the water, supply for food and the land with toxic and heavy metals. E-waste is such a huge problem that slowly kills are environment . For example the man ahead of e-waste from Hong Kong knew that the e-waste in the development world was wrong, but argued that it’s a free trade and basically it’s the easy and cheapest way to make money, even though this is destroying are environment.
Being able to trade electronics to the poorest people around the world, who can’t afford new electronics, is something I know is wrong. The United States hide the fact that what they are really doing is exporting poison into all the poorest countries in the world.

“Defining the Digital Divde, found that this gap ha to expand into what the government then described as a racial ravine” P.17-18