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New Media and The Digital Natives – Reading Summary


I have also read parts of the book, and as well found it a bit difficult to read through. I believe he does at times contradict himself, but then again, that can also be just me too.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 27, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

Augmented Reality and the Future

Added following quote from your blog post into wiki definition for Augmented reality:

“As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality.”

Link – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 27, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

I’m actually doing some research on this topic – to see if it will be profitable.

The first idea that came about was the augmented reality business card :)


» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 27, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

This week’s readings – Nationalism, Postnationalism and Digital Power

The internet is definitely an environment that is as Harris put it “social flux.” Identities can not be relied up nor, nor are they indispensable.

The online world at this point is very commercialized and it is very difficult to use the internet or it’s users as a platform to define a type of social identity. There is not a nationality of “internet users” as of yet. A nationality is born when a group of people of the same beliefs/tensions/values are born and share the same views/perspectives or more generally are exposed to the same ideas.

The internet, web 2.0, users, web sites – is too cluttered and unorganized to create such classifications as of yet.

I must agree with Rushkoff’s statement, mainly because it hits home. The actual medium of the mobile phone posting the video on twitter was not to “SAVE HER” or to show her as a martyr, by chance this was done. The purpose of the video was for Iran to be in touch with the outside world, and vice versa. I do believe the the social web tools are significant in showing bits and pieces of struggles in other countries, but don’t believe they are a strong enough tool to rid of a regime.

”Similarly, “the function of Twitter in Iran may not have been to launch a successful challenge to a corrupt election — but rather to help those in Iran experience at least momentary solidarity with one another and the rest of the world

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 26, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

Weekly Summary: Education Evolution in the Age of New Media

Sunstein makes many valid points. It is beneficial for education to be catered to the student’s needs/wants and interests but it is important not to filter too deeply. This would cause society to become very fragmented and highly specialized. It is critical that within the framework of learning that shared experiences are included as well. This made me think of my undergraduate education. Most universities have the same curriculum for the first two years so that the students can form their own opinions on what they would like to specialize in their last two years.

Tapscott also touches on some very important points. In my personal opinion, it is very rare to find that one on one education and it is true that professors are no more broadcasters than specialized educators. Universities are more focused on leading research and managing their reputations than education those who are funding these research programs.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 20, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

The digital afterlife: what happens in social media when we die? Part III


I believe Social Media does make it difficult to let go. It prolongs the mourning process which is unhealthy and unnatural in my perspective. I like the example use of when new photos are tagged of users who have passed. Someone of was close to that individual would relive the shock of their death – why? – because they didn’t choose to see that activity – it makes the individual feels as though the deceased user may be living.

Also, I liked that you used the 2 psychologists to back your theory.

Social Media will only pro long the process instead of the typical 6mths-1 year process as mentioned.

I wonder what type of features Facebook/Twitter and other SNSes have implemented for those users who have passed. Do they plan to do anything more?

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 13, 2010 @ 11:46 am

Museums struggling for life?

I am very surprised that the Young Audience is declining? I know that most museums offer school discount and specific events to cater to the younger crowd. I personally love museums, but then again, I’m from the area so it has been instilled in me. I wonder if this crisis is occurring in less dense metropolitan areas.

I was skeptical about the twitter experiment myself, because I view twitter as small bits of information and museums focus on the visual and historical aspect as far as content is concerned.

I loved your interview – she is correct – the museums have to remain vital to the generation that grew up online.

I supposed our generation is a bit mix.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 13, 2010 @ 11:18 am

Ice Cream Spy’s Conclusion…For Now…

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Your welcome! You should definitely trademark #ictruck and expand more on this idea (ie: tshirts, bumper stickers, the sky is the limit)! You could make a killing on this idea (I’m money orientated haha).

I actually took a look at your map a few times this week to see if there were any trucks nearby my neighborhood.

I hope you continue with this project and I will definitely be checking in on twitter for more updates.

My Favorite project by far :)

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 13, 2010 @ 11:11 am

Networking Knowledge: Sharing is Caring

M – Sounds good.

N – Thank you, I will definitely look into it.

I think I am addicted to editing pages on wikipedia.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 19, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

I think I might steal one of Nadine’s ideas – Copyright in the digital age.

I also have been researching the idea of what a “digital native” and digital “citizenship.” I will finalize my topic later today.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 19, 2010 @ 8:45 am

Weekly Summary: Genomes, Singularity, and Biomedia

I thought Wolf’s article as well as the TED video to be very interesting. It brought up many of my own thoughts of what the future may be like and how far we could push the envelope on our own bodies. It was also very insightful that Kurweil’s video is from 2005 and a few of the predictions he made actually occurred. At this time, technology has reached a point where augmented reality is being used through specific browsers on our phone to read directions, or even see simulations of ourselves popping out of our business cards.

As far as singularity is concerned, I believe his theory of living into the many hundreds is quite possible, by maintaining his vitamin intake and replacing his organs in the next few years. He mentions Moore’s theory quite often in his presentation and it worries me that once we have reach the so called “max limit” to where technology can go – what would be next? Would society look like a clip from the movie iRobot?

Many might think Kurzweil is insane – but I must give him some credit – he has been able to do accomplish a lot of his ideas…… I am curious to see in the next few years if these small molecular size cells could actual exist to help aid us further in the world of medicine.

I am interested to see if he can push past the first level of life (125) and head into the second. For some reason – I don’t think any of us will see such an event in our life time.

I look forwarding to speaking about these articles in class.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 11, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

Electronic Waste: A Conclusion


You are right that we need federal legislation to get this going and definitely should not rely on private companies.

I feel that a national program would help consumers more than recycling based by a company specific rules.

E-waste can DEFINITELY create a new potential industry and more important JOBS. I wonder if Nadine has any input as to what is being done in Switzerland? Is this a huge money making industry?

If it was a money making industry – maybe the federal government would find more motive to take interest in it.

I’m curious as to how “Toxic” e-waste is? Is it worse than our typical air/water pollution we already have? How much is this waste contributing to this problem?

I enjoyed your presentation and I’m glad you shed some light on a problem that most of us don’t really think about – although we are a society of people who LOVE gadgets.

It definitely made me think twice about how to dispose products of this category.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 12, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

Mobile Donations – Concluding Post

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It is definitely true – because of the limitations imposed by moblie giving, I found myself actively finding different ways to donate more. This restriction, actually turned into a positive. I guess the ease of donation through a mobile phone is the first step of becoming a true donor. Either way it provided a great amount of funds to the many causes out there supporting tragedies such as Haiti & Chile.

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I’m sure this type of giving isn’t “new”. As far as premium text messaging is concerned – it has been around for years. It was mainly popular in Europe with downloadable content such as ringtones and wallpapers for your mobile phones. This type of transaction through mobile is prominent in Asia/Europe and has only become more popular in the US in the past few years.

I was unable to find any data on if mobile donors were first time donors. It would have been an interesting analysis. I believe due to privacy this data is not available.

Metro PCS is actually a very small carrier. They have services here in the tri-state area but in a very limited capacity. They advertise well – but I don’t see many users from this specific carrier on my end. Thank you for the presentation – I will definitely check it out.

N –

I can discuss with you about the HIV stuff in class. Participation is not necessarily limited – it often depends on the demographic your gearing your program towards, ie the new Microsoft Smart Phones that became public yesterday.

I would love to see what Jonathan has done especially since you have termed it as a “platform.” Please keep me posted. Building a platform of that kind is very difficult and complicated.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 13, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

The digital afterlife: what happens in social media when we die? Part II

Very Cool!

I really enjoyed the fact that you explored each of the different cultures through our classmates.

I have to say that I have learned of friend’s deaths through Facebook and it was a complete shock, but personally I don’t know if there is an up and coming industry or community that is being created through these different social platforms.

Maybe there should be – it does aid with the mourning process for many.

I loved how you interviewed everyone – I enjoyed listening to it.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 6, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

What is a museum in 2010? Part 2

It is definitely interesting to see how technology is being used to promote museums to create virtual tours, engaging in social media online with the museum organizers.

I have noticed that the Whitney museum has promoted highly heavily their promotion for twitter and also social media mediums on the subway.

I’m curious to know how many people are engaging in the new media in reference to the museums and exactly what type of content are they interested in accessing.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 6, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

It’s Time to Find those Ice Cream Trucks!

I have to say you have my favorite post – simply because you have taken a genius idea, incorporated new media technologies from scratch and created something very cool in the end. I definitely will be checking out your “creating a twitter bot” page. Did you find that incorporating RSS feeds into web page to be difficult?

The weather is perfect for this bot to go live and crazy! :)

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 6, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

Weekly Summary: Representation, Simulation and Fun

I do have to agree with Koster that video games are similar in essence and that the plots or story lines are different. Gamers tend to be smarter individuals, especially those who have been engaging in this type of extra curricular since they were much younger due to the ability that the games teach for mathematical calculations. There have been studies – such as the link posted below by web md and describes how tv and games do make children smarter. Games tend to focus less on the emotional aspects and implement more cases of logic into their design.


I also must agree on Frasca’s point that he essence of games differs from stories. Videogames aren’t “interactive fiction,” but are built on simulation. This simulation engages the brain to applies its logic (ie: mathematics).

Unfortunately I was unable to see your examples – Hopefully I will be able to view them in class during your presentation. I really enjoyed studying this material – in all honestly – it makes a lot of sense.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 6, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

Electronic Waste: Part Two


Yes I remember talking about the Electronic Take Back – my only issue is do most people bother to look this information up?

It is so much simpler to have a bin by your house or apartment to put your recycling in, or call your local sanitation department to dispose of large items.

I feel as though this information has to be made mainstream much quicker.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 6, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

I am concerned as to why the legislation is new? We have been using computers and material products such as this for over 20 years. It is true that maybe it has become main stream in the past 10 years, but just as we know how to properly dispose of a car battery, we should know how to dispose of computer.

I really think your research was informal, especially since the regulations vary from state to state. I still don’t know how to dump my old hard drives, but I will definitely take a look at your links and follow up on your next post.

I’m curious as to why the recycling programs don’t simply implement a new regulation and apply it to this type of waste.

We should definitely take a lesson from Switzerland.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 6, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

With little knowledge of HTML, what is involved in making a Twitter Bot that aggregates & retweets geotagged info?

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So far have you gotten any hits on your question? I know this must be a difficult project, being that you have beginner’s knowledge in this (so do I :) ) I’m very interested in knowing how much help you can find within the online community versus going to a B&N and picking up a book on coding lets say.

I really like the idea that you are using ice cream trunks as your focus – it is something practical that most people would use!

» Posted By HoniehLayla On March 30, 2010 @ 10:06 am

Marketing/Education in Kotex Advertising

Bummer – i can’t see your movie – Is it because I’m on Mozilla??

» Posted By HoniehLayla On March 30, 2010 @ 10:07 am

What is a museum in 2010?

J –

I love the idea of a virtual tour of museum. Do you mind explaining how a novice user of twitter, like myself, would go about access such a tour.

Basically, would I be listening to a podcast while checking out twitter feeds and pics?

I hope the museum can come to me!


» Posted By HoniehLayla On March 30, 2010 @ 10:09 am

Voices of Dissent: How Indians and Pakistanis are using Social Media to air their opinions!

N –

I thought your slide show was beautiful. The music brings on a very soothing yet deep tone to the slide show. I am very interested in the actual history of this conflict and how maybe new media is helping it become a more prominent issue. Aside from these 2 media houses, what else is being done. Also within your research what are these 2 medias house doing, any campaigning, online movements, that would aid in bringing these two countries to like each other once again.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On March 30, 2010 @ 10:03 am

Are Mobile Donations Safe? Why do they take so long? What can we do next?

I just wanted to add a personal note to this post – I did some additional research – I will be using Red Cross as my test case – and all mobile donations made through them are 100% sent over to the charity.. This isn’t the case for ALL mobile donations.. only some.

I will further explain this process in my concluding post.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On April 8, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

I recall that some of these charities stating that the donations being done through mobile would be 100% sent to the charities – this definitely not the common practice – but being that there is large concern for this topic – I will dig deeper.

Maybe as a good faith during crisis the carriers cut these charities a break. I will let you know :)

Thank you for tuning in.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On March 30, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

Electronic Waste: How Do We Stop It?

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I was unaware that there are 400 million unit thrown out each year!

Is there a relation between current types of cancers and this type of waste?

As far as the EPA is concerned – is there a correct process to dispose of this type of waste – I will definitely check out computertakeback.com?

The Images in China were fascinating and yet so sad. What are the guidelines for dismantling these products??

Sorry for so many question – I find your topic very interesting – Definitely can’t wait to discuss in class.

Great job – I found your presentation to flow well and I enjoyed listening to it while I was working.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On March 30, 2010 @ 10:15 am

Weekly Summary : Interface!

What do you think of Messina’s plea? Do you think the Web will be just like TV, reducing its audience to passivity?

I believe the beauty of the web is that people are able to provide their own creativity and substance to it. In this statement I strongly am against the idea that people will become passive to the web just as they are with television. Currently television (as a medium form) is attempting to engage the user – for example texting messaging of American Idol, choosing movies on demand, surfing the web on your television even. I believe the web is the complete opposite, allowing users to voice their opinions, the sky is the limit, and we are packaged as we are when it comes to television watching.

Zuckerberg’s statement that privacy is no longer is a social norm may be true, but there are ways that people can avoid having an identity on the net altogether. If you choose to login to facebook, or any other social networking site, you should be aware that there are certain consequences in participating. As for the future, I’m not quite sure where sites like FB may end up. I think the same way in reference to Google, what is there left them to conquer or bombard us with.

Interfaces bring me back to think what is the best design as far as any sort of tool is concerned on the web. Do we stick to ideologies, rationals, and logic, or do we use something that is more appealing to the eye.

I am learning quickly about different languages that are used in web technologies, and interestingly enough, each type of language can be molded or edited to speak in another “dialect” you can say. It’s pretty fascinating.

» Posted By HoniehLayla On March 30, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

In the subway

Very nice idea.

Just a side note – not all police officers are aware that photography is allowed in the subway.

The following link is PG 212-21- which is an order for police officers not to harrass citizens from taking photos.


I suggest you print it and carry it if you are photographing any areas.


» Posted By HoniehLayla On March 23, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

Death and social media


I found the following article from CNET. It doesn’t necessarily address the issues of SNSes, but it might help you with your topic as far as what devices are being built in order to help individuals move on.

Apparently this is a virtual tombstone, where you can login and see pictures/links.


» Posted By HoniehLayla On March 23, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

The Art of the Mashup/Remix Culture

I would love to know how the music process has transformed from vinyl, mp3 to CDs.

Also, you mentioned that you like to discuss the process of creating a mash up – Definitely do this!

This video is VERY COOL. It demonstrates how quickly our culture has changed with the technology.

I loved the underlying tones and meaning it was trying to bring across.

Looking forward to your next posts!!

» Posted By HoniehLayla On March 23, 2010 @ 9:26 am

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