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Archive for November 2012

Your question to me is, whether or not if I could unplug for a little while from technology?  I say I could unplug myself from technology for a little and maybe for an entire day because I don’t need technology to have fun with my friends and family.  For instance, I like to play board games with my family such as my younger siblings, I love to play cards with my family and friends such as spades, in-between, goldfish, and slap jack, and I even love to do word searches when I’m by myself at home.  So I don’t need technology to have fun nor do I depend heavily on technology to keep me from being bored.  But after a while playing games and cards get boring so after that day from unplugging I would have to plug myself back in because I do depend on technology to communicate with my family and friends on my cell phone or on Facebook whenever I decide to login and send messages or answer them.

Through this semester I have learned a lot about technology and individuals who made history in communication technology that I didn’t know about.  For instance, that President Obama and many others are making mobile apps just to spy on what is going on in your life through your cell phone, which is crazy.  It’s already bad enough that I’m being watched through our Facebook and Twitter pages and my cell phone being hacked and monitored while I’m talking on it I believe it’s an invasion of my privacy.  Shoot, I don’t go an invade their privacy by stalking their Facebook or Twitter page or their cell phone calls so why should they care about who I communicate with.  So watch who you talk online and in your cell phones because they are watching your every move and listening every day.

I also learned that most of the technology that we use today was actually started by amateurs, which means they really didn’t have very much money to get started.  I always thought that people who were making all these computers and cell phones and even the internet had money to start their businesses but come to find out each one was kind of started either in a garage or in someone bed room.  For example, Bill Gates made his first computer I believe in his garage and got discovered at a computer convention and the gentlemen that made Google was also started by amateurs because believe it or not this idea was started by two college students that haven’t even graduated yet.  So what I learned from these individuals is if you have an idea that you believe could be big and change the world don’t be scared to go for it.

And what I learned from this class overall is that technology takes a long time to take off and takes a lot of money and patience because sometimes a particular technology may sell millions and some may not so lots of money will be lost; and that we as a society heavily depend on communication technology in our daily lives to communicate with each other, keep up with schedules, to get back and forth to work, etc, so without technology our society would be lost and wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves because I know a couple of people who couldn’t live without having their cell phone or computer handy just in case they need to communicate with someone or to get online when they’re bored.


To me blogging can be a negative tool to use or blogging can be a positive tool because people can use blogging to start rumors like the rumor that was stated in the article about how South Carolina’s governor Nikki Haley was about to be indicted for tax fraud back in April.  People can say threaten someone through blogging that can affects other individuals lives to the point where a person can get very depressed or even get embarrassed because of blogging.  But blogging can be a useful tool to help candidates in elections, for instance, in a video that I watched in class in stated that some individuals use blogging to help share how they feel about the candidates that are running and sharing positive information about that particular candidate that’s running for a particular position.

Blogging has a huge impact on our society because anything people read that’s put online through a blog or a tweet people are going to believe and spread whatever it was that they read around to other people.  In society today blogging as a huge impact because it’s basically another way for individuals to get their voices heard on how they feel about certain situations or problems they feel needs to be addressed that most people don’t realize in their every day life.  For example, I have a friend to uses Facebook to post blogs about new and interesting information, no matter if it’s good or bad news or information, that he finds and speaks his mind about how he feels about it and to him that’s one way of getting his voice heard by other people around the world.  Blogging will never decrease only increase because there are more and more individuals, especially young individuals, starting to get access to social networking such as Facebook, Twitter, etc in order to have that power of freedom of speech and also to make and keep up with friends and family who live else where in the United States.

I think giving the power to publish any thoughts and ideas to everyone through blogging is a good thing because I believe and in my opinion think that everyone has the right to say whatever it is that they feel about a certain problem, issue, or situation that’s going on it the world no matter what other’s think.  At the same time eventhough given the power to publish your thoughts and ideas some things are best kept unsaid from the public eye because it can cause/create problems that can become fire attacks for the blogger.  For instance, some thoughts or ideas can be used against the blogger if he/she has any enemies online and it can’t create a huge problem between the two individuals so don’t put your personal thoughts and ideas online because you don’t know who can be watching you and reading your blogs.

After reading the article called, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Web tracking, I feel really concerned about my personal information that I have stored on my laptop. I don’t know what they know information they have collected about me from my email address to my browsing history information. What really have me concerned was the the true or false question about the Federal Privacy Laws to protect our personal surfing data being used without our permission. Which turn out to be false that there is no federal privacy laws against collecting our data. I say this question concerns me because somethings when I browse the internet on google I always look up personal questions that I wouldn’t ask other people so I wouldn’t want some company collecting my personal surfing data on my computer. That’s an envade of my personal in my opinion.

I have took some kind of actions to protect my privacy, for instance, with my passwords that I store on my computer I keep them in a vault through norton’s protection and the only way to gain access to my personal information or website such as my email address a person has to access my vault on my computer. I sometimes delete my browsing history so that those particular company can’t track me on my computer and collect information about me.

Now I do have a facebook but I really don’t be on it like that, I would say that I get on my facebook every now and then. Basically, I only go on facebook if I get a message in my email that I have a friend request or have a message from one of my friends or family. But I don’t think people should tell everybody what their doing in there private life because many individuals really don’t care. Many of those individuals would laugh at their situation weather if it’s good or bad and maybe even use their posts against them if there are problems present between those individuals. So I believe if you are having personal problems or problems with somebody else keep it to yourself.

We as individuals need to be aware of people and company’s tracking us online because they could use our information to ruin our lives to the point where a person couldn’t get a job, go to school, etc. For example, in class we watched a video where a women lost here job of 30 years because of her facebook post she had posted about the students and about the parents of the students. So I believe we as citizen should be very concerned about these privacy and tracking issues that are occurring everyday.


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