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Southwest and Big Data

Looking back on the project, I think I could have spent a little more time evolving my topic. I knew that I wanted to do my presentation on something that related to my field of study, Aerospace Engineering. And, I knew that there was a lot of data in the airline industry, so I thought I could merge the two. After researching how the two related, I came upon how Southwest uses big data and decided to use this as my idea. I quickly found all the information I could on the topic, which wasn’t enough, but I was too far into the project to change the topic. I stuck by what I had already came up with and decided to add a little more on how the airplane itself gathers data. So, I looked up what sensors an airplane might use and came up with this sensor:

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This water vapor sensor shows what an airplane’s data can do for itself and other fields, such as weather forecasting. The picture shows what a sensor might look like and all the parts involved with it. Since it would be hard to verbally tell what the sensor looks like and how it works, I added this picture to give the audience the image that my words could not create. My argument for this whole project was meant to be what data Southwest collects and how it creates a safer, more efficient, and more customer friendly airline. There was not as much information behind this as I thought there would have been. I thought the part about them teaming up with NASA was really interesting though. Southwest did not release too much information on how they maintain such customer satisfaction other than that they partnered with Aspect to analyze speech and social media to see what their customers want. All this data did work though because in the end, they do have the least amount of complaints.

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It is amazing how they have such a low number of complaints and such a high number of customers. This visual shows that even airlines that have less customers have much more complaints. Other than Delta, all other big airlines, such as Virgin, US Airways, American Airlines, and United, have many more complaints. Adding this image to the Pecha Kucha gave the audience more of an idea of what the other popular airlines’ customer satisfaction was like.

If I were to do this project again, I would have given myself more time and come to office hours to talk about how I could formulate my argument/topic better. If I had done that, my presentation would have been much better.

 

Information Technology In Automobiles

Pecha Kucha Reflection

I chose this topic: “Information Technology in Automobiles,” specifically because I am personally interested in the car industry, and I thought that I could find a lot of relevant pictures about this topic. I didn’t want to choose a topic that would be hard to accumulate images, but I also wanted to present something that I’m interested in.  I developed my argument around how big data is changing the way people drive and interact with their vehicles. I think that big data is beginning to create a whole new type of vehicle on the road, which will enhance the driving experience and keep people safer.

Originally, I wasn’t sure on how to begin the process for creating this presentation, because of the tricky timing between narration and slides. I decided to focus on a few main points, and find pictures for those points before I began writing a script. While reflecting, I think this was the best decision, because my images were incorporated well into my presentation, and it also helped me stay on topic with my script. In order to find the images, I tried to assemble pictures that showed examples, such as the driver fatigue system shown below. If that was not possible, I tried to enhance my argument with strong graphs or figures. Basically, for every slide, I not only wanted to incorporate the images in my talk, I wanted to enhance the argument I was making by incorporating these images.

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One thing I did to help with the 20 second timing, was to set up my script in separate paragraphs so that I know where i need to be when following the pages. This helped me make sure i finish at the right time, and I also wanted to make sure I didn’t spend over 20 seconds on a slide, therefore I can express every image instead of disregarding some. When rehearsing my initial script, I found things to be very fast paced and quick. Therefore, I shortened a lot of lines and paragraphs, so that I would have breathing room for the presentation. This took a lot of patience and timings, which was a lot harder than I had anticipated.

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The scheming that went into making this pecha kucha really helped me with my presenting skills, because you have to keep everything precise and strong in 20 seconds or less. This was unlike anything I had ever worked on before, and I learned a lot about presenting because of it. If I had another chance to do a pecha kucha, I believe that I would try to work without a complete script. When I was presenting, I felt like I was staring down way to much and not interacting with the audience. I would set up note cards in order to highlight key terms and sentences, but I would try to communicate more with the audience in order to be more engaging.

Cancer and Society

I struggled in the beginning to create an idea to make my Pecha Kucha on. Mr. Rettberg kept telling us to find something that really interested us or was a part of our lives, but I still couldn’t think of anything that would have enough content to do a whole presentation. I kept delving into my personal life and I realized that cancer has played a pretty big role in my family, so I decided to stick with the idea. Connecting it to our class subject of “Data, Culture, and Information” was not too bad because there are several statistics, articles, and research  out there that I could use for my purpose. Now, I did not want to just lecture the class about cancer and its effects; I wanted to give them my own opinion on how it affects our culture and society.

I was hesitant at first to follow through with my conclusion, that cancer has a positive effect on society, because the last thing I wanted to do was offend anybody in the audience if they had had a rough personal struggle with cancer. So I built my argument up slowly and tried to never say anything that might have made someone angry. To give background info on cancer, I used a few diagrams to show how the cells develop. In particular, I like the picture of our social circles and how we can all be connected. It starts off with one person in the middle who, in this case has cancer or knows someone that has cancer. That news spreads to a close group of people, just one or two other people. But those people end up telling others and eventually more and more people are affected by the news of cancer. It helped me make my point that we probably all know someone who has been touched by cancer, proving that cancer really is something that we all have in common.Six Degrees of Separation

 

Another of my favorite pictures from my PK is the tree made up of people, all supporting each other.People Tree

I though this image did a great job of supporting my argument when it came to the definition of society. A community works together as a whole, almost as a singe unit, but that’s only if each individual works together. Notice how each person is holding up another, representing the dependence we have on other people in our lives. I made the point that Cancer brings us together and gives us a sense of compassion and drive throughout our society, and I believe this picture helped the audience make sense of what I was trying to say.

Overall, the process of creating the PK was pretty interesting. At first it sounded difficult to line up the slides with my words, but after several edits of my script and a dozen trial runs, I finally got my timing down and achieved almost a seamless transition between slides that kept my thoughts and points in order and not all over the place or rushed.

MyFitnessPal: The Datafication of Nutrition

When I was initially choosing my topic, I had it narrowed down to the datafication of nutrition. From there, I initially thought of nutritional apps, but struggled to find a clear direction from there. I had trouble deciding how specific was too specific, so I began my research and decided to let my topic emerge on its own.

For me, the argument came before the topic. As I was doing research, I tried to be open-minded to all sides of the problem at hand – people having difficulty managing their health and diet. Once I decided that I strongly felt the apps were helping people become more healthy, I gained more direction. From there, I saw that there are many different kids of nutritional apps, so it would be best to choose which one I thought was the most effective, and talk about why and how.

When I am presented with information, I like being able to visualize it clearly. Data and information alone can often feel intangible or unimaginable. For this reason, I tried to choose images that put whatever I was saying into perspective. After I was done giving the presentation, I wanted people to be able to go back, see the image, and immediately recall the main concepts I talked about during that slide.

One example is that of the image of one serving of ice cream.

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During this section, I talked about how low calorie counts and percentages on nutrition labels are often deceiving. This image clearly puts what I said into perspective because it allows the audience to relate the portion size to how much ice cream they personally eat. Without this image, they might not have realized how small 1/2 cup actually is because “1/2” can be used to describe something from as small as a cookie to as large as an entire cake.

The image of the shocked girl also puts the text into perspective.

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During this slide, I talked about the benefits of receiving instant feedback. While I spoke, I provided the audience with the proper knowledge needed to know what is going on in the image. Because the audience is provided with some creative freedom, the audience can better understand why immediate feedback is helpful because they themselves make the connection between the feedback and the girl’s expression. They can imagine what she saw, what may have caused her to have that expression, and what she might be feeling.

One of my weaknesses during the in-class presentation had to do with connecting with the audience. I felt more at peace with a script at hand because I knew it helped me articulate myself greatly. Still, if I had memorized it, I may have been able to make more eye-contact and better engage my audience. I found doing so on the web easier because there was less pressure, so I could have a more conversational tone of voice. Over all, I enjoyed the experience and will use this style of presentation in the future.

The Positive Impact of Steroids on the MLB


 

I found it easy to come up with a topic for my Pecha-Kucha. Since baseball is my favorite sport, I thought it would be fun and easy to just focus on the MLB. Trying to make my joy fit into the topic of this class was a little more difficult though. Eventually, I decided to make my Pecha-Kucha on how steroids had a positive effect on Major League Baseball. I made this choice because I could use data prove my point and I was able to talk about how the American culture somewhat ignored the issue.

Making a P-K was easier than just putting together a slideshow or just writing an essay. The two working together allowed me to use both to get my argument across better. I didn’t have to go into as much detail on some topics because a picture was there to help me explain it. I started my Pecha-Kucha by writing a script. Once I got the script to about 6:40, I started practicing the script and marking where I was in the script every twenty seconds. Then, I chose a picture that I thought best represented the topic I was talking about during those twenty second intervals. I feel like my web presentation was better than my in class presentation. In class, I was nervous for some reason so I ended up talking faster which threw off the timing of my slides. That led to a picture of a snail on the screen when I was talking about nothing to do with snails. I was able to better monitor my time and speak at a better pace on the web presentation. My web presentation didn’t finish in the time that I wanted it to, but overall, I believe it was slightly better.

This picture allowed me to show a couple of the points that I made. It appeared when I was talking about slugging percentagRuth did it on hotdogs & beere; I was hoping that it would indicate that these players were putting up crazy numbers with PEDs, whereas Babe Ruth was putting up the same numbers the right way. An unintended consequence of this picture was that it showed how fans didn’t support the use of steroids, yet they still showed up to games and filled the league’s pockets.

I believe the following picture is the most influential picture in my whole presentation. It shows the MLB’s all-time home run leaders, and it shows the players suspected of PED use in red. This picture assists me by showing that the most impressive numbers were put up during the steroid era. What I like most about this picture is that it allows the audience to quickly see the players suspected of PED use and how successful their careers were; that was helpful because I didn’t need to elaborate on a topic that could be summed up in 15 seconds.

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Trekker and Exploration Pecha Kucha Recording and Reflection

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During this slide, I was discussing how I got trapped on the side of Mt. Madison. I used this picture of my map to show approximately where I got lost, and how I close I was to getting down below tree line, and back to my car.  

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During this slide, I was discussing how the conditions worsened as time went on. I took this picture climbing up Mt. Washington. It also serves as a great illustration of how there isn’t always a distinct trail when above treeline. During my presentation, I described how at times the trail was only marked by small piles of rocks, this showed that.

In my pecha kucha, I didn’t effectively utilize most of my images as part of my presentation. My presentation would have been about the same if I didn’t have them. Most of them where simply illustrations of key words that came up during that section of my narration. However I think I used the pictures most effectively while I was talking about my own experiences because they were pictures I took and they showed the sort of conditions and terrain that I experienced.

I decided to do my pecha kucha on google trekker and why humans feel the need to explore because I had been asking myself that question recently. I went backpacking alone for four days over fall break, and my friend kept asking me why I was going, they said it was dangerous and I could hurt and stranded in the middle of the woods. I agreed with them, and went anyways, and thought the whole trip about why I wanted to go. After I got back, I still didn’t quite have an answer, so I ended up doing a bunch of research on the subject, and decided to use it as the topic of my pecha kucha.

For my presentation, I scripted about two thirds of it, and did the rest on the spot. The part I left unscripted was where I shared my own personal near death experience. I thought it would come across as more genuine if I didn’t script it, but I think I should have had some structure, such as bullet points of topics for each slide because I quickly got off track with the pictures in my slides.

Your Brain on Data


After Georgia Tech, I plan on attending medical school to become a doctor, preferably a neurosurgeon. I truly enjoy the brain and its features. It always astounds me to see how interconnected the vast regions of the cerebrum can be. This structure is the creation of something absolutely awe-striking and is a testament to our never-ending search for a higher power. It is not a question of who came first, the human or the brain, because humanity is in tandem with the brain. Without our neurological capabilities, civilization itself could have never occurred, and the modernism we live in today would literally never have been considered.
My presentation in class felt rushed in that I had too much to say for specific slides. I rehearsed several times, but the words did not flow as well during the actual presentation. For the recorded version, I tried to eliminate this issue by shaving a sentence or two off of problem slides.
Due to the immensity of this subject, narrowing down my topic was rather difficult, and I still chose a rather broad subject that contributed to the lengthiness of my slide information; however, engaging images that correlated directly to my argument were rather scarce and required some tinkering in order to construe the correct message.
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This image portrayed the separation of left and right hemispheres. I had to monochrome the Spock section of the image because it was originally colorful which clouded the point of true separation of function. Visualizing the split between hemispheres can be redundant, so I incorporated two pictures that require the audience to think and thereby truly grasp the concept.
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The memory card here is almost satirical because during this slide I mention how the brain has infinite long-term storage. It pokes fun at technology by implying that the brain can already do what an SD card can. Technology definitely has its advantages like following directions perfectly every time and predetermined functions that take milliseconds to complete, but the brain still wins out for me due to its origin, organic components, and ability to “produce” consciousness.

Color Psychology

The process of making this video was definitely a difficult one, considering much of the software that I was attempting to use was not cooperating with my computer; however, the process of creating the Pecha Kucha itself was somewhat entertaining. I have to admit, I was a little nervous for the presentation of this project because I have never been comfortable with public speaking. The last time I spoke in front of my class was my junior year of high school. I remember walking to the front of the classroom, standing behind the podium, and opening my mouth to find no words coming out. By this point, I was shaking so badly that my teacher had to lead me out of the room so that I could sit in the hallway for a few minutes on my own. For this reason, I decided that it would be best if I wrote a script that I could read off of or reference during my presentation. Upon starting my script, I discovered just how much information about the topic of color psychology I didn’t know. As I continued writing, my script turned into a sort of miniature research paper. I was definitely interesting to learn so much about this topic though, especially because I have been interested in it for so long, which is precisely why I chose it as my topic in the first place. My goal in this presentation was to create an argument that color psychology does exist, and that it is actually very evident in our daily lives, however, we hardly notice it.

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This particular image worked perfectly with the narration in this area of the presentation because it served as an example to help me make a point that would have been very difficult to make without the visual aid. At this point in my presentation, I was trying to prove my point that different colors really do evoke different emotions from people, and I wanted my audience to be able to physically experience this phenomenon. By having the ability to put this picture on the screen, I was able to make people more aware of the changes they may have felt when the image appeared. Because yellow is a stimulating color, they should have felt slightly more alert than before.

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This is another image that was in my presentation that I used to make a point that I otherwise would not have been able to make. By this point in my presentation, I am explaining that cultures reflect what people find to be most important through the use of color psychology. This is a picture of New York City. In the narration, I am pointing out that the colors seen most in this image are red, yellow, and orange, meaning that American culture values the emotions that these colors represent: action and intensity. Without this image, many people may have doubted that New York City even reflected these colors in their city to begin with.

Jeremy: Pecha Kucha Reflection

Being able to make a good presentation is definitely one of the most important skills that we have to possess in our life. However, in order to do that, making a good presentation that can help us deliver ideas is essential.

The challenge that I had during the preparation for Pecha Kucha was that I could not easily construct my script because I decided to find all the pictures needed before I thought about what I wanted to talk about in the presentation. After the workshop during the class I received many useful tips from my classmates and then I restarted the process and constructed my script first. Another challenge for me was that it was really hard for me to find a specific topic to talk about, because the topics I came up with were all too broad to be covered in a two minutes and thirty seconds presentation. Making the topic small and digging deeper into one specific subject is going to make a presentation more enjoyable and in-depth.

JR is one of my favorite artists because of his unique way of expression. I first knew about him by seeing him in one of the movies I watched on a flight. By posting huge portraits of human faces on different walls, or even roofs, he was able to deliver his claims implicitly that we should stand up for what we care for. The use of internet and information technology have definitely helped him share his arts with the world because internet serves as a medium where people would comment on and share different art pieces.

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In order to make a good presentation, I think we should minimize the information available on the slide because we want audiences to focus on the things the speaker is talking about. If too much information is shown on the slide, audiences will tend to read what appears on the screen instead of paying enough attention, or audiences will just lose their interests. On this picture, I chose the photo which has huge eyes as the main focus, while on the top of them the word “Shocks” were typed in white in order to emphasize one of the rhetorical strategies the artist used. The best way to show audiences what kind of effects art will have is to visually show them what the art looks like in real life. This picture enables the audiences to know more about the effects of visual arts without me elaborating ineffectively about its effects.

 

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In order to make a smooth transition from his art and the effects of using Internet, I created a connection between two transition slides by including the same art project for the second time in the second slides. That presents the abrupt transition between different topics and visually demonstrates the relationship between JR’s arts and the use of Internet. From the perspective of audiences, we could better understand the influence Internet would have because the screenshot is very similar to the normal webpage we would see from day to day.

 

Even though the preparation for this project was really time-consuming, I’m really happy that I eventually understood the importance of being specific on one topic and overcame the fear to present in front of a crowd. If I were to do this presentation again, I would try not to use script and practice even more to be confident on the stage.

 

 

Conscious Robots – Pecha Kucha Self-Assessment

Selecting a topic was my most challenging hurdle. Initially, I chose to research robotics and how competition can drive technology. However, the deeper I went into my research the more I realized that I could not find a way to make an argument. As a result I decided to seek help.  As I shared my research and held conversations about robotics with family and friends it occurred to me that each of them was referring to robots as tools rather than beings. So I then started asking them “Do you believe that robots are going to become as smart as humans?”, and as those conversations developed the question became, “Do you believe that robots will ever develop a consciousness?”. I spent roughly a week researching this topic and collected a vast reserve of factual and opinionated information. I knew that I wanted to highlight all the main points of what I had learned so I initially created a presentation filled with facts and data. When structuring this I wanted to strategically introduce the main counterarguments presented by  friends, family, and online resources. I took all of the doubts obstructing people from believing in robotic consciousness and tried to eliminate them by breaking down the human brain in a logical fashion and then relating it to functions of artificially intelligent programs. As I created my script I found images to help stimulate my thoughts and then chose my favorite ones for the final PowerPoint presentation. I feel satisfied with the way I used counter-arguments to bolster my own position, but would have liked to have narrowed down my topic a little bit more and perhaps mentioned more factual details.

 

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My argument hinged on the idea that our minds are a summation of the functional parts of our brain, and nothing more. It is natural for humans to believe that their ability to think and have consciousness is unexplainable and special. To change this mindset I explained how science is beginning to discover that our consciousness is derived from many functions of our minds. However, this is difficult to understand so I feel that these pictures were instrumental in that, while one related our minds to the sections of an iceberg, the other took that and put it in a human head to represent the functional parts of the brain.

 

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This picture was important in hammering home my final message. I had constructed a defense against the counter-arguments presented earlier, and so the only thing remaining was to let the audience take the information I supplied them and use it to envision the future. Words by themselves do not stick, so I chose a classic image of human evolution to represent the evolution of robots, a blue vortex to show a progression towards something while maintaining a thoughtful mindset (blue), and a question mark to instill a sense of wonderment and what could happen. By relating the evolution of mankind to robots I encouraged each person to think about the future of artificial intelligence given its new abilities to develop on its own.

 

Pecha Kucha Reflection

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During this slide I introduced US v Jones which judged the use of warrantless GPS tracking. The image depicts one of these devices and shows the audience something they’d normally never be familiar with. Having a person hold the tracker in their hands makes gives the picture a sense of scale. Illustrating something that is normally completely foreign really helps viewers place a kind of “face” on the device.

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I tried to use the picture of Steve Jobs to drive home the point of how fast technology has evolved. I talked about the implications of the loopholes in the Supreme Court decision during this slide. The consequences of this case are far scarier when placed in context of rapidly evolving technology and the adoption of smartphones in our daily lives. The picture of Steve Jobs introducing the first iPhone really dates the events of 2005 that were the core of this case. It doesn’t seem obviously old until closer inspection. The design of the first iPhone really stands out as dated compared to the new design trends of recent iPhones and smartphones.

I was considering doing a presentation on NSA surveillence as a whole but it seemed like an overdone topic. But I still wanted to do something related to that field because its something that I find really important to me personally as well as to the functioning of society. I found this topic when I read an article on Stingray Trackers on WIRED and Ars Technica. The completely unregulated nature of the devices and their blatent disregard for personal privacy really caught my attention and drove me to read more about the topic. My research on this topic actually extended far beyond the actual Stingray Tracker itself and led to US v. Jones as well. It was really fortunate that the two examples tied together nicely because I thought that it’d be two somewhat unrelated topics. It was awesome to realize that the implications of US v. Jones were directly related to and somewhat enabled the usage of Stingray Trackers.

The first thing that I did to make my Pecha Kucha presentation was make an outline and then write a script. Rather than talk off a sheet of talking points I decided to craft a carefully written script so that when I presented I had nothing to worry about than reading. Personally I find it hard to think and talk at the same time when presenting so I spent a lot of time fleshing out the script. I practiced a couple times as well but I think the most helpful strategy was carefully writing and timing the what I was going to say for each slide. The 20 second per slide pacing prevented me from writing any long rambling rants and kept the script a a steady (hopefully not boring) pace, driving one point after another home.

Reflection

 

I found this kind of visual way of presenting an agreement to be interesting. It introduces new challenges for putting your argument forth but also gives new ways to show your point. The largest challenge I found was that because on the time restraint I had to skip interest fact or details for a specific slide. An example of this was that during the slide with Clay Mathews I had prepared a joke about how I was going to use a picture of myself but decided against it. There was also more information about how good Harry Carrson and Carl Banks were, but I did not have time to go into their statistics. This would have helped some of my claims about how Lawrence Taylor did not do it all himself. The time limit also prevented me from using more examples about how lineman and defensive players have become faster. The advantage of a visual presentation is that some pictures speak for themselves. The one with Clay Mathews I did not have to make an argument that he was strong you could just see it in his body. The visual element also allowed to include some of the new defensive blitz that have emerged into football and show how they take advantage of the speed and agility of players instead of just their force. I wish I did spend more time preparing the speech it was much more difficult than I expected with the slide switching automatically. I still think standard presentations are better ways of relaying information to people, but this did show how effective spoken words with pictures could be and that the bullet points on power points are usually unnecessary. For the argument it could have used more organization. I originally thought that splitting up the defensive players would allow me to go more in detail about how no large change in salary has happened to any particular position, but thinking back that point was not very important to the argument and I could have done without out it. I also would have liked to spend more time talking about “The Blind Side” since this is a very good introduction to a topic that not many people are informed or even interested in. Even with the things I would like to change about the presentation style and mine in specific I was happy with the assignment and my final result.

Has Big Data Changed the Game of Soccer?

When selecting a Pecha Kucha topic I chose to talk about soccer because it is something that interests me and I also know a lot about it. But narrowing it down to a particular topic was very difficult. It took me over a week to finally decide on the right topic but after reading an article on bleacherreport.com on the advantage the German national team had over other teams during the 2014 FIFA world cup I knew what I wanted to do. I had never really thought of data as an advantage in soccer. Soccer always appeared to be a game of skill and luck but after reading the article I was surprise at the huge impact data made in the German national team tactics. So I finally decided on the topic ‘has big data changed the game of ‘soccer?’ The process of making the presentation was very difficult. I read through over 20 articles to find facts to prove the benefits data has and I also had to be sure these facts where 100% accurate. Then it was also hard finding the right images to convey my message. I couldn’t find the right image for some slides so I had to edit pictures to suit the presentation. When practicing my presentation, I found it difficult timing my word to match the images on the slide. So I had to edit my script a lot of times to allow the slides flow with the script.

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In my second slide I was talking about the origin of soccer. I mentioned that the most related ancient game to modern soccer was the game of Cuju. I tried to give a brief description of the game and the image was included to help that description. The image works to show the viewers how the game of Cuju looked when played and it helped to develop the relationship to modern day soccer. Since the slide only lasted 20 seconds, I could not give a clear description of the game within the time frame but the image easily showed the viewer exactly how Cuju looked.

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In my fourth slide I was talking about the popularity of soccer across the globe. I stated that soccer has grown to gain wide popularity in many countries around the world especially in Africa, Europe and South America. The image was used to give the viewers a more detailed look at how popular soccer has become. It would have been outrageous for me to list all the countries but the image makes it easier to understand and portray.

 

Zionism in the Modern World

I gave my Percha Kucha project on the current state of Zionism in the modern world. Cultural conflict has always been a very attractive topic for me, and of all those conflicts going on in the modern world right now, none interest me more than the current state of affairs between Israel and Palestine, I sympathize with the Palestinian plea, so as a result I often side with them like I did this time, but I’ve been known to play the devil’s advocate before. Seeing as our class focus is data, information, and culture, I gladly rose to the challenge to see if I could tie this concept to that of data and information.

Chart showing that 6 times more Palestinians have been killed than Israelis.

In order to pull the topic of the Palestinian Israeli conflict into the realm of data and information, I used stats and infographics almost entirely to construct my argument. This picture is a snapshot of a stat taken from the current conflict and it compares the suffering of the Palestinians to the Israelis, bringing light to the fact that the Palestinians are a whole lot worse off right now than the Israelis are, which is the exact opposite of what most people think, therefore making it a very powerful tool in my argument.

Map of votes for and against Palestinian statehood

I also made wide use of infographics. This picture I used clearly demonstrates the how much of the world actually supports Palestine today, and serves the clutch purpose of providing me a lead into the next topic of the presentation where I go on to talk about how the U.S. is very much at fault for giving Israel more than enough supplies in order to continue to oppress the Palestinian people. It also offers an explanation for why the UN has failed to act on its many resolutions it has created against Israel, as the U.S. is often times spearheading any type of UN action.

In the process of preparing my presentation I quite a few major obstacles to overcome, the most notable of which being to give concession to the Israelis. There are plenty of people in this world that identify themselves with Israel as a whole, and my goal is to show that Israel is simply wrong in nothing but its actions towards Palestinians. I made it of upmost importance not to come off as a racist during my presentation, for that would hurt my argument a great deal for sure.

Sewol Ferry – Pecha Kucha

Sewol Ferry, the topic of my Pecha Kucha, was not at all a random choice. Sewol Ferry was not just a single accident in South Korea, but was an alarm that taught citizens and government how incompetent government systems of South Korea is.  Failure of Coast Guard’s rescue was just a tip of an iceberg. Sewol Ferry uncovered corruptions within the government system, and uselessness of rules and  laws that eventually put more than 300 lives of teenagers into death. Dishonesty of media and government was also shocking. Wrong information sent out by government and media deceived the family of the deceased and put citizens in extreme anger. Sewol Ferry was somewhat like revolution, revealing the dirty parts of society and making citizens realize how obsolete government system has become.

 

This ribbon may be the most frequently used picture in South Korea Internet. As repeatedly it was used, the meaning it contains is also massive. Its original use was to commemorate the people died. However, its overuse and misuse distorted its meaning and made it into a symbol of anti-government power. I used this ribbon in my presentation, because this symbol directly demonstrates the danger that is hidden behind the use of social networking services. Yellow ribbon is not a symbol that is used first in South Korea. It was a symbol used in all around the world to commemorate people who died unfortunately, such as people died in war. Yet, indiscreet use of this symbol on Facebook and Instagram made citizens to become sick of this symbol. How can a symbol that commemorates the dead become a symbol of anti-government?

The image of ‘Keep Calm and Disobey’ (which I cannot paste here because of technical problem) also have become children’s motto in Korea. Whole disaster of Sewol Ferry not only made citizens to distrust their government, but also made youth to distrust adults. The president and officials of government deceived the citizens. Students who genuinely followed the captain of Sewol Ferry became the first to die.  Children and students started to suspect the necessity and competence of adults. After all, if every student disobeyed to the captain, they had a higher chance to live.  I thought ‘disobey’ might be the perfect word to express feelings of citizens. They do not know what to trust, but moreover, they even lost a reason to trust anyone.

Why to Have a Large Mass Transit System

 

When this project was assigned I immediately thought of two things I am passionate about, sports, and civil engineering. I decided that it would be interesting to look at my home town as well, so I was left with two options talk about the Cubs or the ‘L’ (which is ironically the way I get to cubs games). I choose the ‘L’ and to compare it to Marta. I noticed right when I arrived at Tech the huge differences between these two systems, and was interested in how they affect the cities they are in.

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This slide allowed me to show a lot of information about how these two systems impact their respective cities without having to show a whole page of numbers. The only numbers on here are minute values that are also represented visually. This slide allowed me to show the impacts larger mass transit has on ridership, pollution, and commute time, some of the big parts of my claim, all on one slide.

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This slide is not as integral to the argument that I am making, but I think it is worth including because of it’s shock factor. We consider ourselves to be living in a big fairly crowed city, and we think of Chicago much the same way. However, as this graph shows us, neither of these cities are very dense at all, it should get the viewer thinking that if mass transit works in a city as spread out as Chicago, imagine how effective it could be in  Mumbai, the densest city.

One thing I was not able to address during the presentation, although I able to answer a question afterwards in class, is how Atlanta could improve their mass transit. This is something I wish I could have gone into more, as I find this problem much more interesting. However, their is really no one good solution as any I would present would cost more money than most tax payers would be willing to spend. Nevertheless, I would start by creating a commuter rail service that would allow commuters in the suburbs to take the train to work. This would look something like the Metra in Chicago, which many professionals, my dad included, take into the city every day. Atlanta is already a freight rail hub, and could use this to their advantage by expanding already existing infrastructure.

I tried to choose a topic that was able to incorporate my interests with the themes of this class, and I believe I was able to do this by researching and presenting information on a topic that has the potential to change our everyday lives.

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Reflection:

It had always raised my curiosity why news stations where so bias to one political party as opposed to another. For the longest time I had shown little or no interest in politics in general, mainly due to the fact that I would be unable to affect it being that I was under the legal age to even vote. Since that time, now I can vote and it is important for me to know this information. So I thought what better than to search for and gain a better understanding of the political world. My new found interest in politics lead me to the idea about the bias of the news stations. This seemed like a perfect introduction into the political world since most everyone uses the news networks to bet their political information.

At the beginning of the project I was a little intimidated at the fact that I would have to speak for six minutes and forty seconds, however it turned out to be easier than I thought. In order to prepare for the project I wrote out a script so say along with the slides I was presenting as I started to time myself I realized that I needed only to say about two to three sentences per slide which is not too difficult to accomplish.

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I chose my slides based on the information I was presenting. I chose key words or phrase in my speech to correspond with what my audience was hearing. Some of the pictures I had chosen used word play for example in slide ten. I stated that “segments run by opinionated hosts” and the picture I posted a picture of a running woman. In addition the sponge soaking water gave the audience a picture of water being soaked up by the sponge. This image was to go along with the words, “The media is run by the bias that permeates it.” So just like water permeates a sponge, bias permeates media.

 

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The final slide was needed to create a summation of the entire presentation. Since the final slide was needed to represent the entire presentation, it was therefore the most important of all the slides. For this picture I choose a nice friendly picture of a group of presumably businessmen and woman all shaking hands. The businessmen are representative of the cable news networks. I chose this picture due to the fact that it resembles a friendly and trustworthy attitude.