The influence and discussion of the term “1%” has become almost ubiquitous in today’s society. It has become synonymous with the ultra wealthy and the lavish lifestyles that they live. The influence of public opinion and media coverage has transformed “the 1%” from a factual threshold into a mere colloquial term. Since the beginning of print news, we have been exposed to not just the 1% of wealthiest Americans but rather the 1% of everything. Instead of being a source of jealousy and protest, “the 1%” should be a term for a goal that is attainable for the general public. Continue reading The 1% of Everything→
Googlization is simply a fancier term for tactics that have been taking place for centuries- the collection of information about us. Vaidhyanathan argues in The Googlization of Us that the amount of information Google collects on each of us should be unsettling. We should have little worries about googlization , however, because the world is becoming more public each day, and googlization is close to necessary if you want the most out of your experience with Google. As Emily Nussbaum pointed out, “people who behave as if privacy doesn’t exist are actually the sane people, not the insane ones” (Googlization, p. 92).
The Truth of Fact, The Truth of Feeling revolved around the idea that advancements in technology might not be a good thing for civilization. In both side stories of the actual story, the protagonists realized that it wasn’t the technology that was dangerous but the way in which people used it. Imagine a world where Google didn’t promise to protect any of the information that we provided them with. That would be a scary reality to live in, and that would make this topic completely different. However, Google isn’t that kind of company, so we should have little to worry about. Just as you have to use Remem in TFTF religiously, by sacrificing some of your privacy, to receive the best outcome, you must use the settings that give you the most convenience with Google. There is no perfect world where you can have a secret life and receive the best that technology has to offer; as Mayer described, “it’s a trade-off, where you will give up some of your privacy in order to gain some functionality” (p. 87).
It’s obvious the direction that the world is heading, and we need to be pioneers instead of settlers. Google is not the enemy, and our information isn’t nearly as private as you might think, so there is no risk associated with googlization. There is no need for us to chop ourselves off at the knees by trying to maintain a “secretive” life. The policies that are in place today aren’t any need for concern since Google is a trustworthy company. If you refuse to allow googlization to enhance your life, then enjoy getting left behind society the next decade as the advancements will give us more opportunities than we can imagine.
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.
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.
Sometimes, I just want to go back to my past. Although I realize that all the sweet memory of the past is inflated, I cannot help it. But you cannot really live in your past again, and perhaps that is the key of its sweetness. Today, however, technology made it different. Taking out the memory of the past has become partially possible, thanks to the development of technology. Simplest way of doing so is just visiting your photo album. I frequently visit websites such as Facebook to recall the memory I had with my friends, loved ones, and family. I sometimes look at posts I uploaded years ago and remember how I was when I was young. Many times I feel that such methods are much better than merely recalling the past in my head. Technology has somewhat made possible of the idea of time-traveling by producing a way to visit the past in more lively and vivid ways. Yet, just like dynamites of Novel, the use of technology of taking out your past, unfortunately, have its side effects. In my home South Korea, there are tons of celebrities who were criticized harshly by the posts or videos they had uploaded before their debut. Everybody say or do something crazy when they are young. I also have memory that I want nobody to see. But since photo album or posts on the internet are semi-permanent, there are potential risks that others can find out your mistakes or action of the past. Posts and pictures that you upload right now can backfire you and be used in ways that you do not want it to be. Use of technology can be dangerous as it is sweet.
I chose the focus of my video based on what ideas came to my mind when I was reading The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling. There were details of my life and the story that really made me question my relationship with technology, therefore I chose that as the focal point of my video.
The challenges of producing a video rather than just an essay is that you have to think about the way you present yourself, and you actually have to speak to the viewers, instead of just publishing something for them to read. You use more than just written words, you have to use language, images, and sound to connect with the audience.
If I had more time to produce the video, I probably would have had a much more in depth response to the story, and I probably would have found a better place to record, instead of just sitting in my dorm room. There is a ton of ideas you could talk about involving these topics, and I would’ve touched on a lot more than just one minutes worth.
Producing a video adds another layer of complexity to an argument. Unlike written passages, a video captures the verbal response from the author as well as other more insightful aspects. A video allows the viewer to see the author or speaker’s facial expressions and emotional connection to what they are talking about. Furthermore, a video gives the viewer a more personal connection to the author, as opposed to written text which makes it easy to alienate one’s self from the author.
Despite these benefits to a visual response, a video is more difficult to successfully produce. In my video I struggled convey exactly what I wanted to and I feel that because I used guidelines rather than a script, the video may have lacked smooth flow from one topic to the next. On the other hand, verbal responses are not usually held to the same level of speech as written text because people generally write better than they speak. The trick is to juggle the two and find a healthy median.
If I had more time to work on the video I would make it longer and improve my statement in order to make it more concise and meaningful.
What does the story tell me about my own relationship with technology?
In my video, I focused on talking about whatever I could relate to in my life today. I decided to have an office setting with technology in the background to make me look more credible and knowledgable about the topic. I thought a lot about how I would present myself; thought the text was important, I realized that presentation can make a significant difference after taking a look at the two videos we analyzed in class. If I had more time to complete my video, I would think about filming different sections of it in different settings to enhance the individual effect of each section and transition better. Although a video is much more personal than a blog post and makes it much easier to target the audience emotionally, subtle aspects such as facial expressions and body language can alter the way the audience interprets the text altogether, which makes filming more difficult.
If I had more time to thoroughly plan and shoot the video, I would have chose walk around while I talked and I would have had somebody help shoot the video for me. I think this would give it a better visual effect on the video; the current video is just a “talking head” and there is not much to it. I think adding a dynamic backdrop would make the video more interesting and more engaging for the viewer to watch. Even without the dynamic background, some of the challenges of producing the video included the mistakes of oral delivery and visual presentation. I found that I made oral mistakes many times even with a script; this resulted in me doing multiple takes just to get a clean run. This is different from an essay since the amount of work completed in an essay is cumulative even when mistakes are made but when shooting a video, starting over is usually necessary for a polished end product. As far as visual presentation, the formatting of the essay and the font plays a large part in the visual presentation but there are many more elements to a video presentation.
This topic, my own relationship with technology, jumped out to me more than the other topics because Chiang’s story started me thinking about how I use technology today. I began to realize how much I actually rely on things like apps and reminders to get me through just one day. I focused on the things that mainly applied to me during the video since I felt like that would be the easiest way to express my feelings about the topic.
When I started brainstorming how I would shoot my video, I began taking various things into consideration. The things that we discussed in class helped me get the ball rolling. I chose to dress casually for the video. I also tried to have a good background in my video to minimize distractions so that my audience could focus on my thoughts.
I believe that producing this video was way more difficult than just writing an essay would have been. I had to make sure the setting was nearly perfect for it to turn out decent; there were various factors such as noise, lighting, volume, and many more. Because I kept messing up, I also had to retake the video many different times, which made the process difficult.