Month: January 2013

Blog Post 3: Diversity

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Diversity should not be a hard goal to achieve in our generation. I mean come on people we have an African American president. I feel that these articles give a great insight to how our world is not progressing to what Obama’s intentions are for our nation. The message he relays is to give women equality more over, give equality amongst all minorities (this includes women). It kind of bothers me that this message is obviously not a reality still to this day. Will this always be an issue in America? Achieving diversity? I feel that it is ridiculous that more men make up higher ranked careers in America, and the article is right in saying that the inequality of our society delivers a whole different message.

 

When growing up teachers always tell students that you can do anything you set your mind to. Well it is kind of hard to believe that “illusion” after realizing that most of the high status individuals that obtain high status jobs are white males. What hope does this leave for everyone else in America who is not of that identity? It is sad, as a woman, to see the way the leader of our country preach that he wants to make our nation more diverse when there is no evidence of that today. It makes me question, what will it take to change this?

 

In any college introductory level sociology course, one first learns of people’s “life chances” in this world. We are all born into this world the same way, but how come one person ends up becoming president and the other as a mailman? It is all due to one’s life chances. This was a difficult concept for me to learn at first because like I mentioned, we all are fed the same message that we can become whatever we want. That is NOT true. One’s life chances are determined by race, class, sex, education, and many more factors. Why can’t we all have the same given opportunities in order to achieve “our dreams”. Societal norms do not allow one to change their life chances easily. Social change needs to come into play. There have been acts of social change in history… but why is there still prevailing topics people were trying to change many, many years ago?

 

Social change should rejuvenate societal norms. I am not saying change has not been seen because we do have an African American president, but there needs to be more changes made. When will we see an equal representation of women and men holding these high positions in America, or even in the world? I hope that one-day people will be able to say there is full equality among all humans. White men should not be the only “leaders” in this world. I feel like women and men both bring differentiating factors to the table in any given status. The topic of race comes into play as well. A white man and a black man both bring in opposite stances into the work force. Therefore, for a nation who has been trying to reach diversity and equality since before this century, we need to open up their eyes. 

blog 2 post : what the humanoids look like

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THIS IS CREEPY, but cool at the same time.. HAD to share this with this blog post about being a digital native in a growing digital world…

Blog Post 2: “Digital Natives”

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First of all I want to say I really like the term “digital native”, even though sometimes I do not feel that digitally native. I feel very blessed to be born into a generation where everything I could want is in the hands of my iPhone, but sometimes living in a world that is becoming so technologically advanced can be frustrating. Yes, I have a laptop and other cool gadgets, however, I feel so aggravated when they do not work properly or when you have to keep purchasing the “newest” and “greatest” to keep up to par. The iPhone has evolved tremendously since the first model. You can have the newest, greatest, and fastest of everything, but it will cost you a chunk of change. When my iPhone starts freezing or isn’t loading things as fast as I want and expect the device too, I start to feel anxious and irritated. I feel like if I just spent $300 to purchase it, no matter what generation it is, it should work how I want it to!

 

Technology is evolving everyday. Face to face interaction is becoming more and more obsolete in our world. In a past class we learned about how one company only meets or works through a digital world. People do not have to get up or get dressed to go to work… They can just wake up, tune into their computers and work from home in their underwear. Making a business deal has progressed from meeting in a suit and greeting people to just logging on to the nearest computer.

 

Personally, being a digital native is a good quality for me. Yes, there are cons to the issue, but all in all it has made things “easier”. My favorite purchase was my MacBook Pro. I am OBSESSED with it. I do not know what I would do without it, I do everything on my computer: typing papers, logging on blackboard, emailing, paying bills, shopping, skyping, downloading pictures, purchase my own music, creating power points, keeping my calendar organized… let’s just say I have become dependent on technology. I do not think that is a bad thing either, but I can understand the standpoint these teachers take. It is frustrating for me when I feel like “things do not work” on my devices. However, the teachers are correct in saying that if we do not get immediate satisfaction in a couple of minutes of searching for something on the internet we will just give up. It is hard to go back to taking hours to complete research when you have already had the taste of instant satisfaction.

 

I wonder what the future will hold for “digital natives”. As I already mentioned, technology will continue to evolve to newer models and there will obviously be newer inventions. Will our world become so digitalized to where we will just work with computers everywhere we go? They already have self check out machines at different stores, what else will happen in the future? I have recently heard of a prototype for a “humanoid” which is like a robot that is programmed to do what the creator wants. If companies start having “humanoids” do their mundane tasks then what will that mean for “real people”? The benefits would be that companies would not have to pay their humanoids an hourly rate or worry about shift changes for humanoids can run 24/7. It is kind of scary of how our world is advancing but cool at the same time. 

Blog 1: E-Textbooks

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 This article was very interesting to read to say the least. I have never purchased an E-Textbook, personally, except the online book that comes with the purchase of U of L’s Spanish courses. I never use the online textbook due to the fact I have the hardbound book that comes with it. I would rather use the printed version because I can write in the book and do the activities directly in the book. This has been an essential study tool for me when I am preparing for a test. I believe this technique also helps me in my math courses as well at UofL.

 

An enabling factor is one that makes an application possible. In correlation with E-Textbooks, an enabling factor would be an iPad, Laptop, or a desktop computer. Basically, an enabling factor would be any electrical device that enables one to access an E-Textbook. Another enabling factor would be online shopping/Internet, in which a person is able to purchase these books through their devices. All of these enabling factors make purchasing, reading, and learning from an E-Textbook simple and convenient for the users.

A limiting factor is the opposite of an enabling factor. Therefore, a limiting factor is one that hinders being able to make an application possible. A limiting factor to take into consideration, in regards to E-Textbooks, is the battery life of electronic devices. What if a student leaves their charger at home and their electronic device dies in the middle of the day? They are out of luck in reading that textbook until they can juice up. We do not know how to create a device that has ample amount of battery life… The fact that there is only a certain amount of space on a electronic device limits the number of books one can purchase. One might have to delete a book they have already purchased in order to make room for a new purchase. However, when buying printed versions of textbooks one does not have to worrying about the limiting factor of space.

Next, a motivating factor is one that provides a reason for the adoption of a technology. A reason to take advantage of the E-Textbooks would obviously be the weight benefit. College textbooks can be very lengthy which results in a very heavy backpack. Purchasing all your textbooks online will eliminate that disadvantage of a printed book. A student can carry all of their textbooks around on one electronic device.

Lastly, an inhibiting factor is the opposite of a motivating factor. It is a disincentive for adoption or use of a communication technology. The obvious inhibiting factors are the amount of money one makes. If someone cannot afford their own personal iPad, laptop, computer, or technical device, then purchasing an E-Textbook will not be in their ball park. Technology is pricy and not the cheapest route to printed versions, like the article mentioned. People have commented and said most of the time the online versions of the textbooks are only around $10 cheaper than the printed version. People also mentioned another huge inhibiting factor to most students is that you cannot sell back an online textbook. However, you can return a printed version of the textbook… you may not receive a ton of money back, but hey college students love getting some extra cash at the end of the semester.  Another example of an inhibiting factor, in relation to E-Textbooks, would be why buy an online textbook that you cannot resell when you are going to have to buy another textbook with updated information in a few months? Also is it worth getting the E-Textbook if it does not help you learn more efficiently? Then why should it be a requirement at some universities? Since E-Textbooks are a newly founded technology, in the past few years, I do not feel it is right to push them on students. This online style of learning might not benefit the learning styles of some students. Too many risky questions if you ask me when deciding to purchase an E-Textbook. The pro’s and con’s should be weighted more and the decision to buy the E-Textbook should be up to the student. The main concern should be if the student is actually studying or reading the textbook anyway, whether it be a printed or online version of the books.

An interesting point I want to hit on is some research done by Nicholas Carr in his book “The  Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains?”. He duly notes that since the invention of the computer and Internet, our brains are adapting to how the computer and Internet functions. Instead of reading a full article or book, we tend to skim and highlight the main points. I wonder what the effects are from reading/learning all material from the computer would be on people? Also how will the next generation be different than the one presently by possibly reading their first books online and never opening a printed version of a book? Something to think about…