UNPLUG for 1 hour a day

We are constantly connected to technology at all points during the day, especially the younger generation. Of course there are many benefits and drawbacks to this new dependency on technology. I am admittedly a very devoted technology lover and use it in all aspects of my life, from school work to social life. In this age of information overload, we must accept that there is no turning back from technology and we are more than excited to embrace cool new ideas, apps, websites, and other innovations. However, this age of excessive information can also be overwhelming. Technology has helped people communicate more easily and served as many different types of entertainment, from social media sites to reality tv series. We have all heard the now somewhat dated term “crack-berry” for people attached to their blackberries (is there a new one for iPhones?). There is even a diagnosed phobia of being without your cellphone, called nomophobia.

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Hallow-nine blog post

Ok, terrible pun.  A week after our hiatus, and here we are, nestled between Frakenstorm and Halloween.  (GREAT visuals of storm damage here.)

So, you may or may not recall the last BC’s idea that this post should play with the constraint of the twitter “tweet’ character limit of 160 characters.  In fact, when Biz Stone was here, he mentioned at one point that constraints often lead to creativity.  So, embrace this constraint as a way to improve your creativity!

The idea is to take ay two antagonist, rivals, or interlocutors form our class and imagine they have a twitter exchange.  This should be around five tweets.  If you write it in wordpress, you get  a word count below, but not characters.  MS Word can do characters, and then you can paste it here (remember to use the tool in the WP editor!)

Have fun with this.  Try to get the “voice” of your two characters.  You can imagine a context or setting that would put them in conversation too.  Maybe they ran into each other at a restaurant?  At a political event?

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More Twitter Facts…

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Compiled by Elizabeth Pullman who is doing an independent study on social media with me.

Twitter Facts

Fun Facts:

Inspiration for Twitter

–          Jack Dorsey had the realization that you could view your “buddy list” from Instant Messenger to find out what your friends were up to, but they were limited to their computer. Therefore, they weren’t providing constant updates Continue reading

Innovation and teaching our elders

When searching for a blog, I stumbled upon an “innovation and technology” blog of a Bucknell alumand former teammate of mine.  AJ Pompliano is an entrepreneur and recently sold his first company. He tends to blog about startups and technology, but one of his recent posts stood out to me.

He discussed an experience he had while training two older men to use Twitter. Both men were fascinated with innovation and technology, but were clueless when it came to using technological tools like social media. The didn’t even know how to send a text or email from the cell phone.

Aj brought up an interesting point: “I wish we could empower more people in our oldest generations. As a country we spend so much time thinking about our children (I am guilty as well) that we forget about our elders. I need to spend more time focused on educating them as well. They deserve the benefits of innovation just as much as the rest of us!” Continue reading

Understanding the Future of Digital Humans

Over the past few weeks I have found myself discussing Apple, Foxconn, and technology in multiple classes and even outside of the classroom. I wanted to see what was out in the blogosphere regarding innovation to see if anything caught my eye. I came across this blog by Francesco Lapenta who will be giving a keynote speech at an Internet Safety conference in Budapest this October. I found that my personal views on social media and technology aligned with Lapenta’s and also felt his post was intriguing.

The post discusses how over the past few decades the distinction between humans, our environment, and our technology has become extremely skewed and blurred. There are obvious benefits from technology that can be seen in all facets of life; medicine, finance, education, etc. Technology is simultaneously reducing our abilities as a society to maintain necessary levels of human interaction. I think what we need to focus on is how to recognize the blurring of the lines and use it to our advantage. What good can come of synchronizing our entire world with technology?

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