Think Twice About Plastic

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Reckas, Ted. “The Plastics Breakdown: An Infographic.” One World One Ocean Campaign.  MacGillivray Freeman Films. 13 Sept 2012. Web. 8 Sept 2014.

 

 

Infographics are created to make an argument, and this does not just include the facts and numbers included in graphic. Right away our eyes are drawn to the swordfish cutting through a chunk of text with caught in a plastic bag. This image instantly makes the viewer want to help this poor fish, accomplishing the goal of the infographic before anyone even reads the first word. When you take a closer look at all the animals on the graphic they are almost all given human emotions and expressions, there is even a couple of fish wearing glasses, which allows the viewer to instantly relate to all of the animals depicted. These emotions are brought out even more by the color scheme used, all the blues and greens and cool colors give the graphic a sad look even without any of the context. From the swordfish our eyes are drawn to the right hand panel. The viewers eyes are drawn here for several reasons, first it is distinguished by a box and a different background color, also the information inside looks very organized, and therefore a good place to start reading. All of the facts in this box are accompanied by images we relate to death, bio-hazard signs and skulls, as well as certain words, like toxic and petroleum. These words and phrases are printed much larger than the other text, and therefore have a much larger impact on us. By just looking at these two places on the graphic the average viewer has already been convinced that plastic in the ocean is something bad that we need to stop, and that mean the graphic has done its job. All of the real facts do not need to be read, and in fact nothing is really gained from reading them, all of the reactions that you will likely experience from this picture will come in the first few seconds of viewing it.

 

Technology = BAD?

Gladwell has an eloquent way of saying that the big movements of the past have worked, in a way, better than the movements of today. In the past, we were forced to communicate with our mouths or body language rather than a simple email with no human emotion or interaction attached to it. This made the revolutions of the past more effective in getting their messages across.

Chiang, in the end, believed that technology helped others connect with one another using him, as an example in the story with his daughter. Chiang’s side of the argument showed how technology could help correct relationships leading to a better and fuller lifestyle.

Gladwell makes a good stance toward showing that technology leads to a less human interaction-filled world. To the extent where people will join groups or associations and have no clue whatsoever to what they just joined. During the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans were so in tune, so passionate about what they were trying to change and all of this was done without the use of social media technology like Facebook and Twitter. They joined huge organizations like NAACP and knew what they were enlisting themselves to do. Today’s society is the opposite. They have massive joins into groups and have no idea what they are joining. For example, the well-known ice bucket challenge has absolutely taken over the Facebook posts. The idea of the ice bucket challenge is wonderful and for a great cause but do the people who face the challenge even known what it is for? Many people don’t know that this challenge is for the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease. They do the challenge just for the fun or for the “likes” on Facebook. Gladwell opens another side of the technology and communication argument and shows that social technology doesn’t absolutely mean for the better.

A Practical Image Analysis

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I love this flowchart.  As a fan of food, comedy, and practicality, it appeals to me at nearly every level.  Underneath the obvious “this flowchart explains what to bring to Thanksgiving,” it has a lot of interesting rhetoric that makes it more eye-catching and enjoyable to read.

Starting with aesthetics, the white background sets the actual content of the flowchart as the star of the image.  Had a multicolored or imaged background been chosen, the value of the content would have been diminished.  Additionally, the branches of the flowchart are conveniently separated by color, allowing the reader to easily remember what section they are in without having to backtrack.  The rhetoric behind this appeals mostly to logos, as the organization of the chart is very efficient and economical.

The diction and comedic value of the chart gives it a very relatable feeling, something that a reader will look at and think “yeah, I have been in this situation before.”  For example, using words and phrases like “fam” and “bomb-cratered warzone” instead of “family” and “lots of family arguments,” respectively, make for a much more casual, conversation-like feel when reading it.  These parts of the chart appeal mostly to pathos.  The comedic factor of the flowchart is an appeal because it simply makes the reader feel happy while viewing it.  The choice of wording is also a key part of the rhetoric.  The casual approach to the phraseology makes me willing to believe this flowchart over one with more professional diction.  An additional appeal to pathos is in the title of the chart itself.  Because it is a self proclaimed “Practical Flow Chart,” the image sets itself up from the very beginning to be humorous as well as relatable.

This flowchart is a possibly too-honest representation of the Thanksgiving experience.  I like that it is both organized well and does not bore the reader while conveying its information through comedy and casual diction.

The Gears of War Keep Turning

The first thing my eyes are drawn to in this image in the running man in the center of the picture. From his body language, I can tell that he is in pain and afraid of what he is running from. Next, my eyes look to see what is behind him and I see fire, destruction, and tiny soldiers in the background. This African savannah, a place with primarily wildlife and peaceful settlements, is ravaged by battle.

At first glance, it is easy to understand that this is an image of war or genocide, and the conveyor belt aspect of the landscape shows that war is never ending. This picture is meant to evoke empathy from the person looking at it. The color of the background seems to represent haze, dust, and smoke which usually come from explosions. It is dull and leaves me with a feeling of sadness and pain as opposed to what a brighter color would do.

The symbol and motto in the bottom right corner show that this image belongs to a charity against war, armed conflict, and probably more specifically, genocide. Though, I haven’t heard about this specific charity before, it give the image more authority. The audience for this picture is anyone that can do anything to help the charity or to anyone who can do as little as donate. I would assume that this picture could be used as an advertisement that could be seen somewhere like a mall. All in all, this image does a sufficient job using emotion and surrealism to paint a picture that sends a very relevant message to our world today.

The “Technology” Behind Social Networks

In Gladwell’s Small Change, the author talks about the pros and cons of social media networks and uses them to point out why a revolution could never be carried out based on a network. This reminded me of the passage in The Truth of Fact. The Truth of Feeling where Ted Chiang compares language to technology, and states that language in itself is actually a type of technology. Following this trend, social media networks would be a progression of language, for it is a new method of communication. Gladwell goes on to explain the reason behind the failure of social networks when it comes to something like a revolution: a lack of hierarchy, and this is where the two authors’ opinions are split. Chiang makes the statement that, “We became cognitive cyborgs as soon as we became fluent readers, and the consequences of that were profound.” The fact that Chiang says we can become cyborgs proves that he believes in a sort of internet hierarchy where people who post, blog, or are very involved in networking hold the highest position. That makes sense, because if language is in fact technology, people are affected by it, and in order for people to be affected by it, it has to be available. Those who make it available, therefore, have control over how the readers are affected. In this way, a hierarchy does indeed exist when it comes to social networks. However, going back to Gladwell’s point, it would be nearly impossible to start of revolution through it, regardless of whether or not a hierarchy exists because there exists no authoritative, credible figure. As a result, it would be very difficult to unite a mass amount of people under a single cause because there would be too many differing opinions on the subject.

Reading Response

I think the point Malcolm Gladwell makes in “Small Change” is very intriguing and I’m tempted to agree. It’s a welcome change from the usual opinions that people share about social media and technology. Typically people either talk about the revolutionary magic of social media or (seemingly without legitimate reasoning) its detrimental and dumbing effect on society. Reading Gladwell’s well informed and reasoned opinion was a welcome alternative.

Technology and social media have really infiltrated our modern lives very throughly. I think technology’s rapid growth and transformative nature makes it really easy to unabashedly praise its impact or even overstate it like Gleick does in his piece about information. Personally I’m torn between the two viewpoints (especially since I am a computer science major). As I said in my video response to the Chiang reading, I think a conscience dependence and use of technology is most important and allows for a good relationship. Mindlessly depending on technology to solve greater problems doesn’t help anyone and only hurts those really in need. It allows those who could help to have a false sense of security and become complacent.

As Gladwell says in “Small Change”, social media proliferates weak ties but strong personal ties are the ones that get things done in real life. The information overload that Gleick almost gleefully promotes allows a sort of “out of sight, out of mind” effect to happen for the regular citizen and keep them from engaging in meaningful contributions to society.

The ALS Ice bucket challenge is a direct example in our everyday lives that this topic also applies to. While people dumping ice on themselves isn’t helpful for people suffering ALS, there is a valid point to be made about raising awareness and the money that has been raised.

“Give up, young man.”

 

 

The reason why this image catches my eyes is that, as an advertisement, the image is different from the TV advertisement and commercials targeting the vast majority we see every day. In contrast, the targeted audiences of the advertisement are the people who are interested in rock music, Punk culture and the instrument guitar. More importantly, the advertisement aptly shows that Colins Guitar Repair will be a good place to go for people to fix their guitars.

The artist who made the drawing appeals to people’s emotion (pathos) using its unique style of drawing. When I first look at it, the image gives me an overall feeling of gloominess and depression. The person standing in the center and swinging a guitar lowers his head and puts all of his strength onto both his arms. When audiences imagine that the guitar gets broken and smashed into pieces, they will have a sense of relief and satisfaction. However, the Colins Guitar Repair, presented as the pillow on the ground, protects the guitar from breaking. Selecting the black, gray and white colors, the artist sets a depressing tone for the image. In addition, the use of jagged line and the zigzag shadow coming down to our direction gives a feeling of anxiety and pressure. Although we cannot see the face of the person, his movement and his posture reveal that he is probably enduring great anger and mental struggle. The texture of the background has its unique influence on our visual experience too. The wrinkled background conveys a feeling of struggle and rebellion, which helps maximize the overall tone of the image. All of these features describe the feeling the punk are

 

It’s not hard to find out that the audiences targeted by the image are the people who love Punk culture, guitar and rock music. When we look at the clothing of the person in the image, the leather gauntlet, the leather boots and the studded vest are all implicitly connecting to the Punk culture. A sense of rebellion, the catharsis of unsatisfaction and the outburst of anger are all magnified by looking at what the person is trying to do. However, since the purpose of the image is to advertise for the Colins Guitar Repair, an instrument maintanence company, the attention of audiences are naturally drawn down to the pillow, highlighted by a circle of “white” color around it. In order to emphasize the words on the pillow, the artist prints the black bold words with the contrasting white on the pillow. Also, the name of the company and the address are the only words in the image, the image successfully grabs people’s attention.

 

When I look into the details an try to figure out what’s the purpose and idea of this advertisement, I start to realize rhetoric is involved in every aspect of our life and this advertisement has done a great job in many different aspects.

Lifelogs: Unimportant Yet Unnerving

I haven’t directly created a lifelog for myself; I do not actively post pictures or update my timeline consistently on Facebook, nor do i have a Twitter. However, I do use Google everyday and I am aware that it tracks my location wherever I go. My lifelog is largely the product of my mother, the one who posts the majority of things related to me to her timeline, and then shares them with me. Facebook is creating a log of me indirectly through her, but the fact remains that my life, in photo and video form, is being stored and saved electronically. My strongest formulated thought on the concept (and process) of the lifelog is that while its existence is acknowledged, it does not necessarily constitute the whole of the advancements of the Internet.

I do find the whole concept of this never-ending collection of data by networks such as Facebook and Google to be slightly creepy at times, as if the Internet itself is creating a biography, or even an electronic mugshot,  of me whenever I use it, whenever I click a link or type down a few keystrokes to assemble a search item. However, I have grown used to this logging aspect of the web, and I feel that despite the logging’s unnerving nature,  it is a useful tool to gauge not only my life as it was in years past, but how the information the Internet collects about me can help solve problems I am facing in the present.

I do not often delve into my own past, and as such, the developing lifelog technology may be wasted on me. However, this also means that I will not abuse these technologies and services in the years to come as they will undoubtedly appear like the Remem in Truth of Fact. I guess what I’m try to say, to conclude this post, is that while I do acknowledge that the Internet is creating a lifelog of me, I will probably not be the man who looks at it for guidance, or even for reminiscence–it will just be a small blurb in the back of my mind, present yet forgettable.

“Big Data” Good or Bad?

“Big Data” is inherently neither good nor bad. It is simply a tool. Imagine for example that the whole idea of “Big Data” in the embodiment of a hammer. Now hammers are intended to be use to be build things. They are used to aid people in the construction of any toy car or magnificent skyscraper. Hammers are used everyday to make life simpler for those who do not posses steel fists. However, as anyone can imagine hammers can be used for in negative ways. Ways that can be destructive and negative to society as whole.

Big Data is helpful tool that should be embraced by society despite its negatives. Even though its resources are shared throughout the world, these resources help save lives and can curb dangers in society. Big Data helps get news across the globe in a way that no other process can. The most important use for this “Big Data” can arguable be said to that it expedites the transfer and acquisition of data. In a world the size of this one, speed can only help. The most obvious example from this comes straight from the text. The H1N1 scare was acclaimed to be a 2nd spanish flu, however, it was put down rather swiftly and efficiently thanks to the help of Google. Google’s ability to amass terabytes of data provided the resources that allowed the CDC to quickly and efficiently terminate the further spreading of this new influenza.

One should always keep in mind that there are those who use “Big Data” for selfish purposes. This is has always been the case with new technologies in the past and will always be a problem in the future. It is incredibly difficult to curd human nature but with enough effort it is possible to curb it to a reasonable level. Since these selfish people can be controlled “Big Data” should be seen as a tool for constructive purposes.

The Datafication of Our Lives (Lucas Muller)

“Datafied location across time is most notably being applied to people. For years wireless operators have collected and analyzed information to improve the service level of their networks. But the data is increasingly being used for other purposes and collected by third parties for new services. Some smartphone applications, for example, gather location information regardless of whether the app itself a location-based feature. In other cases, the whole point of an app is to build a business around knowing the users’ locations. An example is Foursquare, which lets people “check in” at their favorite locations. It earns income from loyalty programs, restaurant recommendations, and other location-related services” – Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier’s Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. 

The rise of “Big Data” has been swift, and the data collected on us today is often sensitive as well as private. Data like this can turn into harmful information when in the wrong hands and, for this reason, people should be wary of the technological advances in data collection today that have been utilized by large smartphone corporations.

The technological race that brought portable devices into the vast majority of pockets throughout the 21st century came so rapidly that most people did not realize how much more their phones had become capable of in recent years. I have often seen the look of incredulity as someone I know discovers a feature on their smartphone they were formerly oblivious to. Google, for example, now has the ability to collect data from every smartphone in the form of location, browsing history, and app preferences to provide smarter services to enhance the user experience with their products. However, they also store this data in massive quantities and utilize it for “company research”. Google has data to show where each of their customers has been, what they have searched on the internet, and what pictures they have taken on their phones.

The “datafication” of our lives is a highly sensitive movement; it gives corporations the means to collects data from the privacy of anyone’s life, such as the whereabouts their honeymoons, and makes it accessible to companies like Google who may assess it for “research”. Although it is true that massive data collection helps Google provide a number of conveniences to its users, such as GPS, smarter browsing, and more relevant advertising, the frequent reports of cyber-attacks that occur across the globe remind us of the dangers involved with placing information in the Cloud where it can be accessed by hackers.  For this reason, people have every right to feel hesitant about the rise of “Big Data” today.

The emergence of new data

It is fascinating to realize that a lot of new data comes from old data. Sometimes new data will replace old data because it is more current. However, when old data is categorized and processed, the trends that emerge can be recorded as more data which could possibly be analyzed further.

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This passage (found on page 9) in a few words captures the extent to which data has increased over the past several decades. Though, this should not be surprising. Throughout the excerpt of Big Data, the author keeps articulating different situations in which people have used large amounts of raw data to hypothesize trends. These hypotheses can be used to create larger trends, and the cycle can continue. The analysis of the raw data is what catapulted the surge of data the modern generation has now.

One example of this in Big Data was the navigator Matthew Fontaine Maury. He was a navigator that decided to find the best trade routes by going off of the popular approach. He asked everyone he encountered for their knowledge of the seas and the routes they have. He asked old fisherman their secrets for learning the seas so that he could find routes that didn’t fight nature, but rather routes that nature helped along. He collected his own data in order to create his hypotheses because the data he needed wasn’t readily at his fingertips, and in the end created trade routes far superior to the ones previous.

Modern day society has what Maury created for himself, a database just waiting to be examined. People have been able to predict when the price of airplane tickets will be cheapest or track packages all because they used the data in front of them. Big Data fosters the idea that society could have a lot of answers right in front of us that we just haven’t pieced together yet.

Easy Flashbacks

I remember when my grand father told me stories of his youthful days. He tried to paint a picture in my mind of what his childhood was like but I definitely could not imagine it exactly how it was. Why? Because I had no clue how the little village he lived in looked like. Now when my father told his own stories he had a few black and white pictures I could refer to as ‘scribbles’ to give me an idea of what he was talking about. I got only part of the image in my head because his pictures where not consistent enough to form a ‘full image’. Now looking into 30 years I can see my children getting the ‘full image’ of how my childhood was like. Now I can provide them with not only a visual representation but also an emotional feedback on how my childhood was like.

As a very active user of Facebook and Instagram, I have over a hundred pictures of various events in my life, both the important ones and the unimportant ones. With all these pictures and information stored somewhere, it may seem kind of disturbing or insecure to have such detailed information in the hands of the unknown. But looking forward 20 to 30 years, the information can be easily accessed whenever needed . It is very important to have something to refer to when reminiscing about the past. Pictures are very important because they trigger the brain to dig into its subconscious and find things you normally wouldn’t have remembered. These stored information doesn’t only benefit us but also they people we share out experiences with. Archived pictures go a long way in describing an event emotionally and physically.

With sites like Facebook, twitter and instagram, retrieving relevant information about myself will be very easy. This easy access to information is a very huge advantage that technology offers to us. We can now comfortably look at our social network posts from years back and remember how we felt during certain important events in our lives. Maybe Remem might have been a bit too far, but simple images and texts are enough to bring back emotions and a visual representation of such events.

The Cons of Big Data in Science and Medicine

“In a big-data world, by contrast, we won’t have to be fixated on causality; instead we can discover patterns arid- correlations in the data that offer-US novel and invaluable insights; The correlations may not tell us precisely why something is happening, but they alert us that it is happening;

And-in many situations-this is good enough. If millions of electronic medical records reveal that cancer sufferers who take a certain combination of aspirin and orange juice see their disease go into remission, then the exact cause for the improvement in health may be less important than the fact that they lived.” (page 14)

Matters of science and discovery shouldn’t be considered solved because some correlation was found from mining through millions and billions of pieces of data, only once we reach an actual understanding.

This passage refers to one of the advantages of using big data to answer questions about the world we live in, that we don’t need to know what causes something to happen.  It allows researchers to find cause and effect relationships between two events or actions without needing to know the why or how in the middle. However it can also lead to poor medical practices through superfluous correlations, much like old fashioned medieval medical cures.

A quick google search on old medical cures yields some surprising results, such as placing a tuft of grass on your stomach to cure stomach pains, or making a child eat a rotten mouse would stop them from wetting the bed. To us, all these cures sound ridiculous, however the doctors of the times wouldn’t have used these “cures” if they themselves didn’t believe them to have an effect on their patient’s well being. These old cures likely came around in a similar way to the proposed orange juice and aspirin cancer cure example, a doctor tried it, found it effective, and stuck with it; it’s the same idea, but on a smaller scale.

However these methods are vulnerable to superfluous correlations between two variables. A superfluous correlation occurs when two variables appear to be related, when in reality there is no relation, this can be due to chance, or a hidden connection between them.

For example, there is a correlation between ice cream consumption and drowning. Ice cream consumption, does not cause drowning, the correlation is due the fact that ice cream consumption increases during the summer, as does the popularity of swimming.

Cancer remission may have nothing to do with aspirin and orange juice, but something else shared by the patients who regularly consume aspirin and orange juice.  If we cure cancer, but don’t know how it works, then we’re not really moving ahead, we’re falling behind.

 

Data is Progress?

“In the future – and sooner than we may think – many aspects of our world will be augmented or replaced by computer systems that today are the sole purview of human judgment. Not just driving or match making, but even more complex tasks. After all, Amazon can recommend the ideal book, Google can rank the most relevant website, Facebook knows our likes, and LinkedIn divines who we know. The same technologies will be applied to diagnosing illnesses, recommending treatments, perhaps even identifying “criminals” before one actually commits a crime. Just as the internet radically changed the world by adding communications to computers,  so too will big data change fundamental aspects of life by giving it a quantitative dimension it never had before” – Big Data (page 12)

The quantity of data that our society produces and processes on a daily basis rivals that of any other time in human history. Information and knowledge have become not only readily available, but in many ways vital to the technological world we live in. Although this is opening the doors to endless possibilities, we must be cautious of the negative aspects of this growth as big data takes over many aspects of our lives.

Many of the major outlets that analyze information come through large companies that we as people use and interact with frequently. This may be referred to as big data or crowd sourced data. This data not only allows companies to reveal information about its individual users but it also allows them to apply their knowledge in more creative and constructive ways. While many uses for this data are still in the early stages, big data and crowd sourced information will soon become vital to our society, subsequently bringing the negative aspects of open information along with it.

The addition of large scale data collection also raises some concerns, despite the possible benefits. Privacy is slowly becoming a thing of the past, as corporations like Google and Facebook track everything from what we search to where we go for lunch. Google even knows where I live and has even given me direction to work without prior knowledge of my workplace. The same can be said for government agencies such as the NSA. In the world we live in, knowledge is power, power is money, and there is little legislature in place to prevent large corporate or governmental entities from abusing the use of this information.

While there is likely little that can be done to stop the upcoming transition into a big data driven society, individuals need to be aware of the drawbacks in order to best prevent abuse of the system. Only by reflecting on the drawbacks will we as a society be able to stop the growth of abusive data before it becomes an irreparable aspect of life.

Big Data and Its Historical Implications

              Big data has had an astounding effect on the world around us, but it has been in our world for much longer than recent history. In humans’ most basic form of communication we use data too relay information to each other and to analyze the world around us. Since the Roman Empire, humans have collected massive amounts of data and used it to make decisions about their rule. The roman census allowed the emperor to make informed decision on how to tax the plebs and show human migration patterns throughout their empire. Hundreds of years after the Roman Empire trade republics, like Venice, would use the data on different trade goods to determine where to send their trade fleet and which nations to trade with. This use of big data lead to trade with some of the Islamic powerhouses of the time, like the Caliphate, and brought technologies from the Islamic renaissance to the western world. This helped lift the western world out of the dark ages and into its own renaissance. Whether big data has had intestinal impact on history of humans, like the Roman Empire’s census, or unintentional, like the trade routes of Venice, big data has had a massive effect on how the world around us has developed into what it is today.

Big Data: The Clay of the Universe

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Mayer-Schönberger, Viktor, and Kenneth Cukier. Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. 7. Print.

Big Data has opened my eyes to the inherent power of data and information. I have always thought of data and information as just numbers or facts – items with no true depth or importance. However, I have come to realize that data is like clay; it will lay idly and remain unimpressive until it is molded into something beautiful. One example is that of our Buzzcards. Data is constantly recorded about which buildings I enter and exit, which dining halls I eat at, and much more. Initially, this information seems unimportant. Who cares if I went to Woodies at 7PM? Datafication involves gathering very large samples of data, however. When data is drawn from every GT student’s Buzzcard, suddenly one can determine which dining hall is the most popular, so that the least popular one can be inspected and improved. One can also determine what time students are generally returning to their dorms, and perhaps campus police can be notified what time they need to be the most alert. Instances such as these shed light on how present datafication is in even everyday life and how it can make people’s lives better.

Although datafication is useful in many ways, I am skeptical about the validity of its usefulness on smaller scales. One such example is social media; I do not feel it is worth allowing these medias to track my every move simply so that I can be provided with relevant advertisements.

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Collecting such an intense amount of data seems to be superfluous as per its use. It is ultimately left up to the individual to decide how much clay he or she would like to add to the pot. Though I feel that datafication is not ideal in every situation, I find it difficult to deny that using data and information in this way as a whole is revolutionary. Understanding “data and how it can be used” will help us understand the world in ways we never have before.

Sources:

http://lifehacker.com/5994380/how-facebook-uses-your-data-to-target-ads-even-offline

How your “Digital Life” will Affect your Future

I’ve provided a lot more information online than I think I have. Every picture, every post, every search, and every video you post is recorded to a database and can be accessed. Over time, you create a “digital life log” of yourself, which contains a history of your interactions online. This life log can be harmful if it falls into the wrong hands, however it can also have a positive effect on ones life. The ability to look back on your previous actions can provide an incentive to change and improve your life.

Facebook Timeline

(Facebook‘s Timeline)

An example of a common digital life log is Facebook’s new timeline feature, which allows users to look back to certain dates and see what they’ve posted.  This timeline creates a life log of pictures, status updates, and events that are specific to that user’s life. I have posts on my Facebook that date back to 2008.  I can look back on these posts and see how I was acting or what I was doing on certain days. Just by looking at my Facebook, I can see how much I’ve changed over the past couple of years. By looking back on how dumb I was in middle school, I can see how much I’ve matured since then.

I also enjoy being able to look back on all the great memories I have from high school on Facebook’s timeline. You can relive moments, and interact with friends and family who shared those moments with you. Researchers at UC San Diego and the University of Warwick found that Facebook updates are one and a half times more memorable than reading a book, and two and a half times more memorable than faces. This shows that Facebook users remember a lot of their posts and interactions on the timeline, which enhances their memory in the future. So instead of just looking back on updates and moments, Facebook is actually helping me to remember those great moments.

Digital life logs such as Facebook are becoming a reality in our everyday lives. These life logs help individuals gain a better understanding of their lives and even remember the moments they cherish. People should realize how valuable these technologies are in our lives, and use them to interact and grow.

 

Resources

https://www.facebook.com

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/3757-facebook-effect-memory.html