Archive for the ‘trust’ Tag

A place for thoughts

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Today is a dedication of recording thought. Often I find my mind drifting among philosophical chatter. I try to reflect back on those thoughts and wonder if there is any actual clarity to the presence of narrative as it generates. Also, in my efforts I want to explore any bias that is present that would influence the framing, adoption, or rejection of thoughts as they pertain to the establishment of larger concept adoption.
My plan is to start a thought reflection piece and see if the application of these philosophical thoughts have any true ramifications on my actions within the relationships I have.
As I listen to lectures, read books or listen to material I want to record the thoughts generated from these concepts and track their progression as they pertain to the larger concepts of life.
I invite you to join me in conversation, in addition, in response to, reply to, or to add on to any thoughts shared and lessons learned.


Negative Impact of viral videos

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Along with the notoriety of posting a video that goes viral can have, there is also a menasing side to web based fame as some youth find out the hard way.
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“Because social networking is so much a norm, I’m not sure that it would occupy the kind of space and attention that we give it – we who didn’t grow up with this – as children who see it as part of their landscape.”

But Toronto bullying expert Peggy Moss isn’t so sure. When she speaks with teachers and parents at her workshops, she finds many have retained crystal clear memories of their own bullies, even 35 years later.

“We’re starting to know what the impact of bullying is. We have a better sense of how much that wounds us going forward,” said the former hate-crime prosecutor.

Ms. Moss said that while kids who “stick out” have long acted out to regain some control over their lives, the few boundaries that exist at school around bullying often disappear on the Web.

“My concern with the Internet is that we don’t yet know all of the ramifications around the interactions in that space.”

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Web Etiquette

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

There is a lot of concern around student behavior online and rightfully so. Since the advent of online networks students have been faced with the same face to face social issues they had experienced on the playground. Cyberbullying is a mojor concern and can have equally devistating effects as face to face bullying, and I would even say more so due to the substancial size of the audience online bullying can have. Instead of only a few people, mostly those within ear shot, hearing the comments they are saved for all those who would visit the webpage or the comments can be forwarded to a vast number of email groups lists or friends lists. Tamar Weinberg provides a well thought out guide to surviving and interacting in appropriate ways online. Tamar highlites the major social sites and provides a guide for fostering and maintaining online relationships (both professional and personal). Here is a screenshot captured using Jing capturing a part of her conclusion thoughts. For the full article follow this link. The Ultimate Social Media Etiquette Handbook.

Social networking for Minors

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
One of the continuing trends in todays society is the use of social networking sites. Naturally the use of social networking is starting to make its way into the classroom. One of the emerging needs is etiquette on the web (webiquette). This article highlights a new site Togetherville that allows parents to utilize thier facebook connections to develop a network with their children and model proper online behaviors.
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Togetherville allows parents to build a social circle for their children based on their own collection of Facebook friends. The children can then interact with the children of their parents’ friends, and specific adults that their parents have chosen, in a semi-private environment. The content on the site is curated, so children can play games, make art projects and watch or share videos, but everything they have access to has been vetted in advance, Mr. Dhillon said. Children can comment on their friends’ posts directly through drop-down menus of preselected phrases. If a user wants to say something that is not on the list, he can submit a request that it be added.
“We teach kids from a very early age, never let your identity be online, never let anyone know who you are, but we’re teaching some bad things,” he said. “Kids don’t learn how to be accountable.”  
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My Network

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Mike Wesch talked about how individuals have become the hub of information. Prior to this concepts emergence the mass delivery system for content was the one way current of the television and radio. There was no conversation, no ability to check source or resource materials. We were to trust whole heatedly the content we were being fed was legitimate. Stories could be told and news items delivered. Thus emerged the trusted news anchor, our story teller. Most people may have thought there was little choice as to who narrated their content so they choose the least annoying coupling of personalities amongst the choices. At least that’s how I have approached the choice of my own morning news delivery.

The choice I make is not due to any evaluation of the content being delivered as the message is the same on all of the channels and there is no ability for an individual to evaluate the truthfulness of the content unless they were to grab a newspaper. Perhaps they may seek out further in formation at a library or other reference source. What effort! It seems natural then when someone is presented with the opportunity to gather multi-format content from a single device this would be a natural evolution in the expression and attainment of knowledge.

The choice is now mine as to who filters what I know. This is not to say I am naive to think there is not censorship on internet content but feel there is access to more purposeful content than from television sources. We now not only can have a choice in the content but also who delivers it to us. We get to develop our our more personal level of  trust within ourselves and our critical thinking and problem solving skills. We are the ultimate filter. We can make truth accurate. As I see it these are purposeful reasons to immigrate to a digital interaction with information.

The Mad Prophet rant from the 1976 movie “Network” holds significant influence in this reflection. I see the Mad Prophet clip as an early push for new voices to be heard. The context of the speech being given is that an unsuccessful television network is trying to stay on the air and while a news anchor is being fired he decides to announce that he is going to kill himself on the air, early hints of Jerry Springer style t.v. Ratings soar and through several other annoyances the anchor lays down a rant on the evening news (for actual content you’ll have to watch it for yourself). Needless to say the rating soar again and the rhetoric continues. I feel this particular rant captures the irritation some people may feel towards mainstream media sources. It does lean to subtle hints of conspiracy surround by corporate muck but captures a change in perception. The encouragement and subsequent emergence of intellectual critiques by the masses. There is some language not suitable for younger viewers in this clip so parental discretion is advised (man I watch way too many movies).