My Self-Assessment/Reflection

SUMMARY:

I completed all five required blog posts for this course: 3 experiential and 2 reading-response posts. Prior to the comments change mid-semester, I consistently commented three times each week on different blog posts: after the change, I did between 1 and 3 each week.

REVISED POST:

http://www.ericrettberg.com/datacultg2/experiential-blog-posts/experiental-prompt-tftf/

From the original version of this post, I changed a bit of the wording to better define my stand on the subject matter, as well as talk about a few things that I had wrongly thought to be implied or assumed. The revision, as opposed to the original, is refined and much more focused, although I found the lifelog post to be difficult to talk about nonetheless. I suppose this is due to the fact that digital lifelogging on the scale or conceptualization of Remem is a bit abstract and, frankly, overwhelming.

OTHER POST 1:

http://www.ericrettberg.com/datacultg2/experiential-blog-posts/adolf-the-wolf-analyzing-the-dr-seuss-political-cartoon/

I tried to have a little bit of fun with this blog post. I have always been fascinated with Dr. Seuss’s means of establishing mature humor outside of his children’s books, and the Adolf the Wolf cartoon is exemplary to this extent. Besides the humor factor, there is a lot to talk about in a Dr. Seuss cartoon, as so much of the interpretation of one relies heavily on knowing the current events of the time. For people of our time, who are so far beyond the days of Dr. Seuss, it is necessary to know history to get the inside jokes–a little bit of education required to understand the humor. This “more than meets the eye” quality of Seuss’s cartoon style is what lures me in, and hence what motivated me to make a post on it.

OTHER POST 2:

http://www.ericrettberg.com/datacultg2/experiential-blog-posts/facebooks-critical-number-140-3-billion/

I tried to be a bit more data-centric with this post, as well as being nitpicky about the original source of the Facebook infographic. Rather than depending upon the information the infographic presents, going through the monotonous task of locating the source was the main talking point of this blog post. I am a person who prefers the here and now, and all things concrete and well-defined. I am not a person who can easily fabricate a talking point on something hypothetical or intangible, as there is a much narrower range of items to address. For me, finding the source of an infographic (as well as discussing the trustworthiness of sites that may or may not be the source) is something I can easily dig into and give my two cents about.

COMMENTING:

Comment1

I tried to make a habit on commenting on posts that I found interesting and relative, like the Apple Pie graph. I did this so as to not make myself feel like the commenting process was repetitive or annoying–finding posts I like gave me a reason to provide feedback.  As for the people who commented on my posts, I feel that their feedback was helpful and constructive to my goals in each post. I feel that a good comment should point out at least one good thing a post does, and one thing it should improve or expand upon.

Comment2

While I previously mentioned my preference to commenting on interesting and relative topics, the Snowden series of blog posts was a series I found to be somewhat different from my norms, as I try to not talk about or provide feedback on such controversial or politic-based arguments. With the Snowden posts, however, I felt that maybe I should stop withholding how I feel about topics not everyone is going to agree with me on; I should just speak my feelings and leave it at that.

Comment3

I tried to comment on other people’s posts somewhat how I would expect people to comment on mine, with constructive criticism and reliable feedback. I tried to use the comments sections (or at least look at them) as a way to improve or refine a claim or an argument. I believe that commenting is a way to help aid a user in constructing a more powerful and flowing argument. I feel that the comments I provided on other posts is either relative to the topic itself or how the post could be improved in its representation of the topic.

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