Class notes 11-6-2013

Audience dictates

not just a composition

devil in the details


mode dictates what you can do

Sock-rates….. -facepalm-



No Phone for a Month?…… Ok then.

I believe the most important technological advancement to my life would be my cell phone. This is simply because I use it for everything. AS to imagining a month without it, well, I don’t have to imagine. Back before I got my current phone I have the oh so lovely Motorola Droid 2. It was a nice phone for a while, but about three months before my contract was up, it became possessed, and would do things on its own. It became a glorified clock, as it was nearly unusable. It would open apps and dial numbers by itself, and would become completely unresponsive at times, for no reason. I would have to freeze the phone, literally stick the thing in the freezer, to get it to work for 5 or maybe 10 minutes. The last month, however, it became completely and utterly useless as a device. I would check the time on it, then turn it off quickly before it could open itself and start screwing around. It wouldn’t go off either. I’d shut it down to let it cool off, and it would just turn itself back on. It got to the point I was having to take the battery out of it before I went to bed so it wouldn’t make random noises, everything from my ring tone, to my notice tone, without having received anything. So I have gone a whole month without a phone, and yes, it sucked, but I lived. More than anything I am resourceful at keeping myself entertained and happy. I’d get a lot of reading done, and a lot of work too. I might even get a little more sleep.

class notes 10/25/13

Information changes as it gets away from its cource

credible sources are important

can be changed by opinion

easy to manipulate information

press suffers from the same issue

technological literacy changes over time and depends on the context in which it is examined.

technological literacy can affect the non technical life


Class notes 10-23-13

Narrative: basically 2 or more vignettes

Memory: can be shorter than our class vignettes

Memoir: critically reflecting on what happened within the memoir

1” margins

3 drafts

research: connect something more with what you read and research within others’ papers and writings

primary source: person who was there

secondary: someone who wasn’t there but wrote about it

Reading Technology?

Ever had to sit and fix a family member, or friend’s computer? Ever had to try and teach your  parents or grandparents how to use a cell phone? Ever had to hook up a printer for a guy you never met, simply because he heard through the church grapevine that you were good with computers? If you’re under the age of 40, the answer to all of these is probably yes. Technological Literacy is a bit easier to define than Literacy as a broad term. In my opinion, and I can’t stress that it’s just a opinion enough, Technological literacy is the ability to know about, and interact meaningfully and competently with the technology of the world today. Technological literacy isn’t restricted to electronics however. Is a man who knows more about the technology that makes a tractor any less technologically literate than a person like myself, who is competent with computers and electronics? I say the answer is no, simply because technology makes up everything we interact with, from the simplest lever to the most complex supercomputer. The fact that those of older generations may not be proficient at computers and all the latest gadgets doesn’t make them any less Technologically literate than any of us young people, they are simply literate in different technologies. THey can then pass that literacy to the younger generations, building layer upon layer of knowledge, but unfortunatley the young people of today often look down on simpler technology. How many people today can fix a tractor? How many can grow their own food? Technology goes in and out of relevance rather quickly. just ten years ago, a touch screen was something to be marveled over. Now, it is the norm, and voice activation has stepped up to take it’s place. I’ve done my best to learn of technologies of all sorts, from the simple wedge and lever that makes up an ax in the woods, to the complex machinery that goes into a drill press, or computer. In the end a person’s technological literacy is determined on what they were raised with, and what they have learned about over their life. I wasn’t surprised by anything in the readings to be honest.

Learning ‘Bout Culture

I learned that the Barbados love their booze enough to not care if you drive drunk, a very…. telling law on their part. I learned that Polygamy is still accepted in Africa, which wasn’t really too much of a surprise to me, but it was still an interesting fact to learn, though I wish it was a little more specific as to where within Africa, as I don’t believe that the entire flobnobbing continent is polygamist. Also I learned that Germany allows prostitution, again no surprise there. In the Middle east is considered a sign of disrespect to show the bottoms of your feet or shoes to someone, as it is considered saying they are beneath you. In Japan it is rude to point with your chopsticks apparently, though i’m not sure how, but then again they also believe having tea leave stems float in your cup is good luck while getting a bowl of rice with the chopsticks pointed straight up is bad luck. I’ not saying that these cultures are wrong or bad, just that they’re different. Growing up in America, Southeastern America more specifically, I am most comfortable and familiar with my own culture and people.