Blog 4: Filter Bubbles Miscellaneous

Apologies to Kermit: Getting Unknowingly Cooked in the Filter Bubble

This video is a popular analogy to being anesthetized due to external influences to the point where we lose oxygen or in Froggie’s case, become dinner (not for me). My condolences to Kermit, you are still my #1. It shows us that we need to pay attention. We cannot be passive consumers of media or […]

Blog 3: Self Representation in the Digital Age

Selfie Representation & Filtered Realities

No matter how much we gnash our teeth, the selfie is here to stay. It is part of our culture and this is not necessarily a bad thing. However, there is no doubt that caution must be exercised. If we document every single moment in real time (and on top of that add filters), can […]

Blog 2: Participatory Culture & Connected Learning Miscellaneous

Culture Club, Benjamins and Red Threads

Culture Club: Learning and Literacy This was a very thought-provoking article regarding participatory culture. The authors do a great job of arguing and counter-arguing, which is necessary for the crystallization of essential points. I was very intrigued by the concept of “information overload” (98). It reminded me of last week’s class, in which Dylan deftly […]

Blog 1: Social Media Literacy, Being Net Smart

Look at Me in the Eye; Be a Proactive Member of the Class

Look at me in the Eye: Assessing “Attention! Why and How to Control Your Mind’s Most Powerful Instrument” My mother was our primary caretaker and my father was the breadwinner in our family. I must have been about 4 years old when I greeted him in a very cursory manner when he came home one […]

Blog 0: Introductions Miscellaneous

Double-Sided Mirror

When I was six-years old, my parents left me and my older sister in the care of my grandparents on a hot summer’s day when a very busy Italian parade would be passing through their street. They were given strict instructions to keep all sets of eyes on me because I was mischievous. The family […]