Week 6 Blog Post

For this weeks reading, we took a look at Manuel Castell’s work on the Egyptian Revolution. In his research he talks about what first sparked the revolution and the support that made the revolution blow up. A big supporter of this revolution was the media, more specifically a video that someone posted on YouTube. This video exploded,and was eventually named “The Video that Helped Spark the Revolution”. This was the most effective way to spread awareness on what was going on in Egypt because of how fast and easy information was able to spread. People were posting on multiple platforms mostly trying to expose the oppression going on  during the Hosni Mubarak presidency.

One conclusion that we can draw from this reading is that social media was the main reason the Egyptian Revolution blew up. People would record and post events that happened during the revolution to YouTube and Facebook, sometimes even live stream them. The people of Egypt even coordinated events through Twitter, and used blogs to express how they felt about what was going on and to spread awareness. Although communication before social media was helpful in this Revolution as well, social media had and unimaginable impact on the revolution.

Laurie Frick

With her data project, Laurie Frick wants to move away from the basic algorithms and patterned ways of collecting data. Frick wants to have a more personalized approach, so that one day when you look at someones personal data, its not just data, but a “glimpse into their personality”. I took a look at another one of her projects called Stress Inventory. This is an exact example of collecting data, but in the most personal way possible. In this daily chart there are a number of different color dots that indicate different indicators of stress, depending on how much you encountered that day is how many you would stack on for that day. This design is not only really aesthetically pleasing, but is an exact embodiment of collecting data, without the algorithms and actually being able to see someones personality come through.

Week 5 Blog Post

Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-white speak about matrix and data mining in chapter 6 of Race After the Internet. Both categories of classification: matrix and data mining, have to do with identification and classification online. These two categories gather information based off of your personal online profiles. Although, it can be hard to gather personal information on someone because most people have more than one personal interest and post about it. After analysts have gathered enough information on you, they spit that information back out to you in the form of adds. These adds pop-up usually in the corners of popular websites. Most likely everyone who has a social media profile is being surveilled.

One assumption I feel here is that mostly everyone today is on social media, but don’t know whats going on behind closed doors, or the screen i should say. Not most people know that we are being watched, and we are being tracked. I had no idea the kind of information you can dig up from just one social media post, or just by taking a picture; you can find out where you were at the time, what time the photo was taken, what day. There are so many things that we don’t know where posting, when we post. Thats a scary ting to me. Are we really in the land of the “free”?

Infographics

According to WhatIs.com Infographics or Information Graphics, are defined as a “epresentation of information in a graphic format designed to make the data easily understandable at a glance”. The graphic that caught my eye the most off of Ross Hudgens post of The 100 Best Infographics,  was the “Common Mythconceptions” graphic. screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-6-18-47-pmThe reason I chose this graphic because right off the bat, this post has an interesting title; thats what got me to stop scrolling and give this graphic a look. The interesting content is actually what made this post go viral. This interactive graphic is nicely organized; separated into 4 different categories or myths. The different color logos next to them also adds an intriguing visual aspect.  This graphic has been awarded with one of the most icons on the website: the Great Idea, Unique Design, Covered by 50 + outlets, and the Interactive icons.

Week 4 Blog Post

After reading this article my outlook on the internet has been altered a little bit. This weeks reading was about “Content Moderators”, and the content being posted on the internet. According to The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed , content moderation is the act of removing offensive material off the web. It never even crossed my mind that content moderation is actually a job, I thought that whatever you post, automatically ends up on whatever website you wanted. I had no idea there were people sitting in an office monitoring what we post.

The article talks about content being posted on one specific website, Whisper. Whisper is a LA-based mobile startup, that lets users anonymously posting photos and their “secrets”. According to Micheal Hayward CEO of Whisper, they practice “active moderation” to try and keep their “toothpaste in the tube”. They are constantly bombarded with hundreds of posts at a time, they need to decide on the spot what is appropriate and what isn’t. Having a job as a content moderator has a downside. Seeing content like pornography, beheadings, and sexual solicitation all day can drive a person crazy. Some people who have the job end up quitting. Twenty 24 at the time, Jake Swearingen\ can recall the first time he saw a beheading on the job and at that moment, everything changed for him. He said he did not want to become a “connoisseur of beheading videos”. He eventually ended up quitting and is now the social media editor at Atlantic Media.

The main assumption/argument that this article poses is that the need for content moderators is beyond necessary. Although this job is a lot to handle at times, the Internet would not be the same without it.

Wikistorming

For my project I will be doing Joan Clarke, from the Women Codebreakers list provided for us on the class website. I noticed on Wikipedia that she didn’t have a lot of information on her early or personal life, so I was thinking I would add to those categories. I had a hard time finding out any information on her because most of the information I found, was copied from Wikipedia. Also, there wasn’t a lot of information on her personal life, because she was soft spoken, didn’t have a lot of friends, and never really talked about her personal interest with anyone. One of her neighbors says she doesn’t think anyone really knows who the real Joan Clarke is.

The purpose of this project was to focus on women in technology and recognize their importance and role in the development of technology. We were assigned to either contribute major edits to their Wikipedia page or create a new Wikipage for them. This project directly relates to Tkacz research based on collaboration and “user-generated content”. Wikipedia is a combination of both. Anyone can edit, and, and create content which is great, but also has a lot of room for error. Since anyone can upload anything they want, can create conflict seeing as not everyone has the same opinion, religious belief, and morals. This was shown in Tkacz paper when he explained what happened with the Muhammad entry.

The edits I did was to Joan Clarke’s Early and Personal life. This is a photo of what her Early Life category looked like before I edited it Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 2.55.56 PM.png

What I did to improve this section was add information on how she got her job as a code breaker at Bletchley Park, and begin to explain her work there.  When I read her Early life it felt like I was just reading a bunch of facts that were thrown together. By doing this it added more of a transition in to her “Career” section. I also added a little background information on the GCCS, or the Government Code and Cypher School.

This is what it looks like now, after my edits

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As I mention earlier, there really isn’t a lot of information on Clarkes personal life, because she kept to herself most of her life. There was not a lot of information to begin with, but this is what her Personal Life category looked like before I edited it

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After a lot of research I managed to dig up a little more personal personal information, like the fact that she was “socially awkward”, and quiet. On a lot of other cites, they didn’t say anything about her personality; when it came to her personal life, all they talked about was Alan Turing. Once again, I added more of a transition into this category, because as it is now, its just two sentences that sound like they came out of the middle of a paragraph. This is what it looked like after I edited it screen-shot-2017-02-03-at-6-34-30-pm

After doing this project I have a new way of looking at Wikipedia. I am now more aware when I am reading content and now finding myself going to other websites to confirm that whats on Wikipedia is actually true, and just someones opinion. Although, I thought this project was cool because of the fact that I could post something, and its on an official website that people use regularly as a source of information. Overall I enjoyed this project.

Citations:

“Joan Elisabeth Lowther Clarke Murray.” Clarke_Joan Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. <http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Biographies/Clarke_Joan.html&gt;.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/reporters/mary-ann-russon. “The Imitation Game: Who Was The Real Joan Clarke?” International Business Times UK. N.p., 20 Nov. 2014. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. <http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/imitation-game-who-was-real-joan-clarke-1474909&gt;.