Sad to say Good-bye

Overall the information that I have obtained in the course has brought me up to speed with the technology world. I enjoyed learning about twitter and pinterest platforms the most because I feel that I am now educated in working the platforms. From a social point of view I feel confident to be able to participate at the level as most of my friends. The confidence I have gained will continue my success in learning new platforms

This course taught me new searching techniques. Pinterest was very exciting to learn, create pins, and follow pins. I was exposed to a massive amount of knowledge rapid and simple. I feel that this platform made the biggest impression on my continued learning after this course. I learned why people use this platform and how I can maximize use of the platform. When you need to learn about something new you have a little descriptions with a picture, I feel it maximizes ones’ time when researching. Pinterest links to the original content, which is the best critical aspect of the platform. Direct access to the original content cuts research time in half. The ability to create a pinboard and of themes allows others’ to communicate and create themed communities. I look forward to being members of topics I enjoy after this course.

It was really interesting learning about planned obsolescence. I was aware that vehicles were made to break, but was unaware that so was the technology I use. I learned about where the techno trash goes (third-world countries).I learned that the government calls it “use-able” yet the trash is exactly that, trash. I learned that our printers and probably many other technology gadgets have chips installed to make them stop working at a certain time of life. I see why this makes sense in the business world but upsetting about the waste it creates. After learning about this planned obsolescence, I am going to research into fixing and not just replacing my technology gadgets. I thoroughly enjoyed the knowledge I gained from this course and wish there was another course to continue my New New Media knowledge.

The Light Bulb Conspiracy . Dir. Cosima Dannoritzer. 2010. https://archive.org/details/PlannedObsolescenceDocumentary

Today’s Inequalities Online

Digital inequalities do exist in our current digital age. I was blown away when I read in Danah Boyd’s writing; that white people tweeted racist comments. I was unaware that people actually did this. My original thought was that digital inequality isn’t a big concern for I had not heard of people killing others over things online. Although, I have heard of teens killing themselves over cyber bullying therefore I say yes this is a real concern. No one has the right to belittle another person.

It was eye opening to see that we feel we are not racist, yet those we communicate with are mainly our racial community. Unknowingly we seem to purely participate with those that look like us. That does not mean that one wouldn’t communicate with a different race, just that it seems our main communication practices are with our own race.

I am not exposed to racist comments online for maybe it is because I am unknowingly in a racial circle. I must be unknowingly racist in that fact. Facebook also does not help. Since it sells my data to advertisers and then advertises my common interest I continue to be surrounded by those things that might set me apart from other races. Instead of showing me things I do not know about they continue to surround me in things I already know about. Almost doesn’t seem like a good marketing plan but it to works.

As I read Hargittai’s findings I found myself nodding my head. People learn what they learn based on what they surround themselves with. I am personally not tech savvy although I have learnt an absurd amount. According to Hargittai’s rules to experience I should know more than I do. I have been online since the beginning and I spend hours daily online, although mainly just checking my social media platforms. Therefore I disagree with Hargittai’s rule to value one’s online skills. My sister and I grew up with the same values both owning a laptop and having parents were one went to post-secondary. My sister plays daily in online gaming communities. Therefore she holds more online experience for she communicates with those that hold high skills in online performance. She holds more computer knowledge because her social circle is about playing online games. She communicates with loads of people that are very knowledgeable about computers. I do not believe race is a factor in this personal situation, I feel it is based on interest. Therefore I agree with Hargittai that, “Students with higher level know-how engage in more activities online than those who understand the Web less.” (p.109) Yet, my sister is not pursuing post secondary education and I am on my second round of post-secondary.

I agree there are inequalities with online learning. Although I do not feel it is racist I feel those that lack computer skills are left behind. People that know how to work the online class do not want to take the time to teach another. Therefore people like myself that are not the best academically, help those with that lack of computer skills in hopes they help us academically. I feel those that are computer savvy are the “higher class” and those not computer savvy are the “lower class.” People in the class could hold the same academic knowledge but those that know how to create amazing presentations will receive a better mark than those just learning and presenting a basic presentation. This I feel is an inequality based on computer skills in the online learning community. Inequalities exist all over the online community racist or not, judgment exists online.

References

boyd, danah. “ Inequality: Can Social Media Resolve Social Divisions? ” It’s complicated: The social lives of networked teens. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2014. 153-175.

Hargittai, Eszter. “Digital Na(t)ives? Variation in Internet Skills and Uses Among Members of the ‘Net Generation’.” Sociological Inquiry 80.1 (2010): 92-113. http://www.webuse.org/pdf/Hargittai-DigitalNativesSI2010.pdf

CREATIVE ASSIGNMENT 4

PART A

The purpose behind Pinterest is that it is a marketing tool. A person shares a “pin” on their “Pinboard” and their followers/friends can view it and re-post it. The “pin” contains the original link and the company can track what items are being shared and desired. From an educational standpoint Pinterest holds the ability to inform and supply the public with access to a wide range of topics. For example, I learned about environmental digital waste in the “New New Media” Course. When I started browsing through Pinterest I was introduced to multiple resources that were directly linked to their original context. (Pearce & Learmonth, 2012) I felt that I had various resources at my finger tips. We will now look at how Pinterest can be used as a critical tool for environmental digital waste.

As I learnt how to create my own “Pinboard,” I was inspired to learn more about environmental digital waste. I found the information easy to obtain and simple to understand. Pinterest opened multiple doors to explore the subject of environmental digital waste. I was able to learn; who, what, where and how. I learnt that many of us create environmental digital waste and that our waste goes to third world countries and it floods the environment with waste. I also learnt what I should do with my digital waste. There are many companies that recycle digital waste to prevent the waste entering landfills in other countries.

While I continued to create my “Pinboard” I felt that a “Pinboard” would be an excellent educational tool. In my literature review I found that educators are recognizing that the Pinterest platform encourages learning in and outside of the classroom. (Pearce & Learmonth, 2012) A Pinboard is essentially a glossary of original contexts all on one poster board. Therefore Pinterest does hold pedagogical value for formal and informal learning. (Pearce & Learmonth, 2012). Creating a Pinboard allows others to access your “pins” and they are then able to “re-pin.” Plus all those that have used the pin will be alerted. Not only does this create an opportunity for someone to teach/learn something Pinterest can also create a community of experts on the common topic together. I found Pinterest to be an encouraging tool that leads one to explore many areas of one topic. (Pearce & Learmonth, 2012)

I found using Pinterest to be an excellent educational tool to help the public learn about environmental digital waste. Unfortunately the platform “Pinterest” itself adds to environmental digital waste. The data is stored in data centers, which uses a lot of energy and creates massive buildings that have to always have power. Pinterest is using Amazon Web Services (AWS) which allows them to buy the storage as they need it (Morgan, 2012). This does not remove their carbon foot print but it allows them to use what they need when they need it. This is better than buying their own data centers, because they use the storage when they need it. (AWS, 2014) Say for the month of December the site was not accessed much they would not require as much storage. Although January had a huge spike in users and data, using the AWS allows them to keep up with the demands. Pinterest grew faster than any other social media platform, if they did not use AWS they would have crashed and may not have been as successful as they are to date.

Why did Pinterest grow faster than any other social media platform? I believe that once someone knows how to use Pinterest they have all the resources in the world at their finger tips. Although it does create waste the AWS reduces their carbon footprint. Pinterest is a poster board with all the poster parts just waiting to be posted so the public can learn. I was inspired to participate in others’ Pinboards as well as to create my own Pinboard. We see that Pinterest has many uses, although I feel it’s most valuable use is as an educational tool. For if you are learning about a new product or how to lower your environmental digital waste, you hold the control and the ability to participate in your own learning and to inspire others’ participation.

 

References

Amazon Web Services. (2014) What is Cloud computing. http://aws.amazon.com/what-is-cloud-computing/

Morgan, TP. (2012) Revealed: Inside super-soaraway Pinterest’s virtual data centre. The Register. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/30/inside_pinterest_virtual_data_center/

Pearce, M. & Learmonth, S. (2013) Learning beyond the classroom: evaluating the use of Pinterest in learning and teaching in an introductory anthropology class. Journal of Interactive Media in Education. (12) 1-10.

 

PART B (OPTION 1)

1)The first video introduces what a pin is and the value behind a pin.  It tells us the main reasons why Pinterest is of value to a company. Firstly, Pinterest provides “customer insight,” what they want, why they want it for their targeted audience. Costumers choose the images they what to use to reflect their pin. This gives the company insight on customer opinion. “Clicking on customer’s Pinboards is like having a market research spy-cam.”   Finally, Pinterest is beating all other referral websites combined, making Pinterest the most desirable marketing tool to date. I chose this video to help explain that Pinterest is a marketing gem. It is a gem because it holds the power of not only as a marketing tool but as an educational tool that reduces environmental digital waste.

2) The second video shows us how Pinterest is an excellent educational tool. It educates us how to pin, and how our pin is linked to a website that reveals more detailed information. Pins require a picture or a video that is linked the original website. We can pin, re-pin or like other pins and put them on their own board.  Any pin always has the ability to be re-pined on another’s Pinboard. The ability to pin with others allows the public to create a community of expertise in a certain topic. All topics are available via Pinterest. Which allows the user to have access to multiple resources. This shows that Pinterest holds the ability to search a wide range of topics. It holds the ability create, collect and share pins and to create a learning network. This video supports that Pinterest holds is an excellent educational tool for research and self-learning.  

3) The third video is important because it lets reader know that although Pinterest is a valuable platform it also creates waste. I learned about environmental digital waste while using Pinterest. In order for Pinterest to function it requires data which comes from a center. Data centers consist of a building will hundred thousands of servers.  For the public to use Pinterest they require the use of technology in the form of laptops, smart phones, tablets and etc… These technology gadgets are disposed of far too quickly. This waste is causing harmful effects to the environment and to us as living beings. Exposure to the chemicals and metals used for these technology tools are toxic. Especially Lead, which can cause infertility, anemia, miscarriage, hypertension, stillbirth, and death.  This video informs the public to maintain and use their technology till they are not usable, think before you add to environmental digital waste problem.

4) We then look into how much waste Pinterest creates itself, what waste could a platform produce? Pinterests waste would come from data centers. Data centers require a lot of energy to run causing a large carbon foot print in our world. Also data centers require hundred thousand servers to run. Which when they break down will be sent to third world countries, causing harmful effects to the environment and human beings.  As I continued my research I found that Pinterest is helping lower their carbon foot print. Pinterest uses Amazon Web Services instead of owning their own data center. The AWS video teaches us that this service is more effective than owning one’s own data storage.  For AWS lets you buy the storage you require when you require it, and give back the storage when they do not need it. You are only charged for the storage that you require. I feel that AWS is similar to a Bank; money is available when you require it, and you can leave money with the bank in which they lend to others when they need it. When someone needs more money they are charge an interest rate when they do not have the money. AWS owns many data centers all over the world, same as the major banks. When one requires money/data it comes from other parts of the world to fulfill the need. One would be limited or over charged if there was only one data center/bank available. AWS lowers the carbon footprint by sharing the data storage from all over the world when people need it. This prevents people from buying more storage than they require causing waste since they have the ease and availability of AWS. This video teaches us that Pinterest does not own a data center it prevents waste with AWS.

5) Some could say that if Pinterest did not use AWS the platform could have easily failed. This is because the platform sailed faster than any other platform to date. As Ryan Park informs us AWS holds the ability to turn on servers when needed and turn them off when not needed, this prevents wasted energy. They let AWS control the storage, and use what they need when they need it. Ryan believes without AWS they could not have controlled the demands of the platform. AWS in turn lowers Pinterest’s carbon foot compared to other data centers due to ability to share, power down and only use what they require.

6) The final video is a quick overview that links to the final paragraph to why Pinterest is popular not only the people but also to the environment. Pinterest is similar to a scrapbook and or poster that you add images and information about a specific topic. In the past we used to cut out interests’ and paste them to a scrap book or poster. This caused a lot of waste of trees, for trees are used to create the paper these are printed on and posted on. We then improved by saving our interests onto a floppy and then to a CD then to a USB port. These data storage are now becoming obsolete at a rapid speed. Since we now use cloud computing for data storage. Pinterest limits environmental digital waste by using AWS that allows them to use what they need when they need it. Pinterest is the new improved way of searching, collecting and sharing information to the world. It was a critical research tool for me when I was self-learning about environmental digital waste.  It helped me gain access to various original literature and media about environmental digital waste. It also allowed me to connect with others interested in environmental digital waste.

 

“quick” knowledge: Wikipedia

As we learnt from the course this week, “wiki” is derived from the Hawaiian word meaning “quick.” I use Wikipedia to help me understand words I do not understand for easy and fast knowledge. For example “exclusionists,” I learned that these are people that encourage value within writing. The written knowledge must be supported by literature. I agree with the exclusionists, there has to be support to the information that is presented, and cannot be “just someones’ ideas.” I value Wikipedia as a new age encyclopedia, having the ability to learn information that is current. As our class notes this week said, the latest version of encyclopedia was in the year of 2010. Events and new technology have advanced in the last three years therefore the encyclopedia is already outdated in some subjects. Therefore I depend on the literature I read on Wikipedia to serve as an updated encyclopedia.

I agree with the inclusionists only in the fact that anything should be available to learn about. Even the silliest of things should be available to the public. I use Wikipedia to learn slang so I understand what people are talking about. I personally do not know everything and why can’t we have to access to free knowledge. It will enrich our society as a whole. Those that cannot go to school, or those that feel silly asking questions they feel the rest of the class or population already knows, can then use Wikipedia to learn and catch up. Therefore it is of the outmost importance that the editing is regulated. I used to use Wikipedia as a reference when my sister would tell me I was wrong about something. She said my literature does not count because anyone can write which our textbook and Sue Gardner’s Blog informs us. That only people “banned” are the only ones unable to write and edit entries. I would not use Wikipedia for dental or medical information but using the data for learning about a word, I do. It is always best to find other sources that agree with the same literature you are about to use.

One must complete their own research and not listen to what they have been told by one person. If we all listened to one person we may all be driving Honda civics. Sales people are trained to make you believe what they are saying is true. Just like retrieving information from the internet it is also valuable to do your own researching on vehicles before purchasing one. Do not believe everything said by one person.

I would like to see “Wikipedia” close the doors on the ability that “almost” anyone can write/edit an entry. I believe anyone should be able to submit information to “Wikipedia” and that the company makes sure the information holds credibility, and then they publish the entry. I realize that this most likely will cause a back up at the company and information will not be able to be present as rapid as the current protocol. Although I would rather wait for the credible literature then receive unaccredited literature. Therefore the knowledge I seek will still need back up although for the rapid information gain will be of value. Hopefully Wikipedia will lean toward the “exclusionists” so that they provide credited knowledge instead of a platform for people to express their opinions without accreditation. The public can use other platforms such as twitter and facebook to express themselves not Wikipedia.

References
Class notes
Paul Levinson. “Chapter 5: Wikipedia.” New New Media. 2nd ed. Toronto: Penguin Academics, 2013. 65-80.
Sue Gradner’s Blog. The people behind Wikipedia the encyclopedia any one can edit. Jan 14, 2014. Retrieved from: http://suegardner.org/2013/01/14/the-people-behind-wikipedia-the-encyclopedia-anyone-can-edit/