So it seems like it is going to be my last blogpost :’). This course was very beneficial to me on the matters of social media and digital media on a larger scale, I got to know more about the darker sides of sharing info and how it can be used and manipulated for business needs and sometimes other reasons that might put one’s safety and info at a very high level of a risk.
The first thing I’ve learned and the most important thing for me was the privacy topic , and specifically how when we browse and look for things, how this information we look for is being tracked by a third party and by tracking this info the third party is able to modify ads that will be viewed to me according to my interests and my search history . Before taking this course I had almost no idea on how ads and cookies work and how it’s easy for third parties to take our info legally as we have agreed before for this info to be shared as we agreed on the policy that we were too lazy to read. I think now I have a better insight on how things work on digital media and now I can be cautious whenever sharing my private life on social media.
The second thing is, fake news, and how we can be easily fooled by fake news spread all around the internet, thanks to this course we have learned the main techniques and strategies to determine whether the news we see is fake or not that’s beside not to take all the information on social media and media for granted.
The last thing is empathy and bias, how bias are we towards people and how does this affect us as individuals and how does it affect large groups of people. In addition to the fact that there are people are born with things that they have nothing to do with and they didn’t choose and they are treated less than any other person for such a thing and the class divided video was a perfect class exercise for this, where there was a group of boys were privileged for just the colors of their eyes and the others were mistreated and treated unequally for this. In addition I have learned a new term which is micro aggression.
There were a LOT of things that helped me learn a lot throughout this course , most importantly for me was the class discussion it was perfect condition for me not to only learn the material but also to explore other aspects and how my friends think about things. In addition to the very interesting videos, I almost remember most of the videos we watched as they were really informative and interesting , in addition to the interactive class activities , and the online games that were soooo fun , where you had the chance to learn and have fun at the same time.
I think it would be beneficial to the students if we decrease the amount of blogposts and concerning Soliya it would be good if we decreased the amount of hours per session from 2 hours to one and to make attendance obligatory for only 2 out of 4. Other than that the course is perfect as well as our professor
My contribution to this course will be in the form of a video , a video that I came across while doing my research for the podcast, a video that I really think will highly relate to the course’s main theme which is digital illiteracy and one of the most important topics we’ve discussed in class which was Internet Privacy.
This video examines whether google is always listening to us while we are on the internet or not , a Youtuber named Michollow , decided to go live on you tube in front of millions of viewers and do a small experiment which was to go surf the net and random websites and see the ads on these websites , he surfed few websites and there wasn’t any pattern for the ads , he showed to the camera that he will later talk about dog toys but didn’t say it in the mic , what happened later that he went and talked for 2 minutes about dog toys , surprisingly after he finished his random talk about dog toys he surfed the net again throughout random websites as well , what he found that all the ads on these websites are all about dog toys. This experiment might not give us a decisive answer for whether Google is listening to us or not , but for sure it leaves the door open to a very long debate.
I think such a video will be so relevant to the course specially the privacy part , what’s good about it is the fact that it is not edited it is live also , will be beneficial to the students taking the course to make them aware of what they do , talk and share on social media or the internet as they might be tracked by a third party who will be using there information to his benefit without there consent.
Link to the video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBnDWSvaQ1I&t=469s
So the first task was a web assignment task to find something on Amazon that would help me in the case of an apocalypse. I found this : https://www.amazon.com/JustGuarded-Emergency-Survival-Kit-Flashlight/dp/B077M3YRMT/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1543782814&sr=8-4&keywords=survival+kit
I think it has everything I might want in a case of an apocalypse; a knife so that i can defend myself with and might cut things that will help me survive like food and so on, a compass to know the directions where to go to and etc…, a flash light to guide me through the darkness and many other things listed in the link.
And these are 6 GIFs from my best show ever FRIENDS
My Soliya experience was quite enjoyable , for a person like me I really like the idea of interacting with people from different parts of the globe , people I don’t know and people that have new ideas and a different mindset.
I have attended only two sessions, and they were quite enjoyable , the moderator was quite friendly and helpful , my group was also so fun most of them were from Tunisia. My first session I remember we talked about where do we come from and what do we think people from outside expect us to be and what we expect from ourselves, it was interesting to hear how these people from different continents think of themselves and how do they think of us
The second session we talked about whether it is applicable for us to totally eliminate racism from the world or if it is applicable or not we also discussed the concept of capital punishment and whether it is beneficial or not.
Also I would like to share the experience of one of my friends , he says that he really enjoyed the experience as the group had a perfect diversity and as they all wanted to know more about each other where they come from and how do they think , they talked about racism , sexual harassment and violence against woman. the group had one from Nigeria and one from Finland, Italy and Tunisia. He says that it was a great experience and he waited every week for it and they are all still in touch as they have a Facebook group where they chat on.
Another Friend of mine also shares her experience by saying that , at first she didn’t enjoy the program as it was so hectic and there was a lot of technical issues , which lead her to miss out her first two sessions. when she joined the last two sessions she really enjoyed it as the moderator was so helpful and she made sure everyone participates and she was very helpful. The topics they discussed were about the environment like plastic wastes and water consumption and some one religion and gender equality. The conversion about the environment were dry however the topics about gender and homosexuality they were a bit intense especially when religion gets into the topic. overall she enjoyed the experience a lot even though it was a two hour long session , time flew by so fast
Finally for me the experience was perfect , I had a very friendly , open minded group they engaged a lot and everything was more than perfect, even the discussions were so enjoyable , I totally ready and willing to repeat this experience again, but my comments will be as follows , it would be better if it was just 1 hour long and it was earlier in the semester before we get busy in final projects and stuff , however overall the experience was great.
So in this assignment I had to watch three videos total from three episode. The first two mainly and directly talked about being tracked and spied on from the internet makers and other third parties, while the last episode was introducing the idea of how computers would highly affect our privacy.
The first episode was called morning rituals , it mainly discussed the morning daily routine of a girl on the internet , she mentioned that waking up and going on the internet became like a routine or an addiction, she said that the amount of time she spares on any website is being tracked by a third party that collects information about her , and that third party connects loops and relations between the websites she visited and by that they can track her interest and needs. She mentioned in the end a very important statement which was that the internet takes more from her than she takes from it. The idea of a third party tracking whatever I do on the internet is what I mainly took with from the video.
The second episode was named ” Breaking the ad “, for me it was so enjoying to get to know how cookies first started how they failed in the beginning as ads and then they introduced the idea of a cookie that is installed on your computer and how these cookies will always be there even if you un-install them they re-install themselves again and how they are capable of not just tracking the websites you visit but your interests as well. Also I liked the idea that they gave use the amount we are expecting to pay if we wanted to have a free ad facebook , I chose 0$ and at the end the said that I pay nothing for them but they get 9.45$ from my data , the basic concept of that nothing is for free was implemented really well in this episode
The last episode was about changing the future , the episode was mainly talking about the early days of the computer and how people who created the computer and the Internet predicted the days where these devices and tools will actually be a hazard to our privacy, even though people who created the internet denied this at first, the idea of getting a clear image of the future is easy to predict if we get to know the past really well.
The interactive side of the game was pretty enjoyable , information passed smother than I expected, I really liked the activity and I enjoyed the videos and the new info I knew.
Watching the video of class divided for me was very very interesting. although a lot of my colleges saw the video as unethical as it is not fair to test children from that age with a very tough experiment like this.
For me I saw it from a totally different angle , I saw it from the perspective of examining the nature of the human brain , it tickles our dormant human instincts. like how kids that age would react to racial discrimination based on the color of their eyes , how would they react and how would they use this privilege that they have in hands. what makes these kids special is the fact that their minds are not yet polluted with negative thoughts or ideas , they are just pure souls and minds that only use their untouched instincts to go through daily life situations .
I was surprised with the reaction of the kids at first on how would they accept racism , for me it was surprising , but I was so eager to know the reaction of the kids when the roles were reversed , the kids who were discriminated against at first when they had the privilege they showed more aggression towards the kids who discriminated them. This shows for me that the human instinct leans towards aggression and revenge.
Finally for me this experiment was so enjoyable to watch and so intuitive to learn from. In addition I would strongly encourage such experiments to be present in the future as it will help us know and determine how the human mind operates before adding anything to it.
Here’s a link for the video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmXr-rC5F-4
So the game is called in it to win it , the name itself in the beginning might be childish a bit , however it’s not a match you’re going to win its your identity which will be the biggest trophy you will win. The game is based on a true story that happened to me, that mainly focuses on how a person or in this situation a child would react to bullying and peer pressure and how some simple choices would affect your life years later. The game is designed in a friendly way where the child reacts to the peer pressure that surrounds him and how he trusts his own belief and his own self by choosing which team would he stand for. The game is based on the landscape of football and choosing which team, but that is not the main intention of the game, the core of the game is on how this child would react to the surrounding atmosphere, and most importantly how do we, if we were in the same position react to peer pressure and bullying.
That game has totally changed compared to the first draft, in the first draft we have just introduced the character we didn’t implement the ideas like peer pressure and values and bullying now it’s like a new game, with more scenarios and more critical choices.
I think if I had more time, I wouldn’t really add something significant maybe a scenario or two more.
I didn’t really learn something big, because the problem is mine and I have experienced it in more details so, nothing really will differ from the moral of the story. Maybe knowing how to make a game itself and how to create scenarios, those might be the most important things I have been taught or learned .
Here’s the link for the game : https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/127Rxk4GwCRJJbJYzwLIYkeSC6ctv_sIa-6-5dXGhrXo/edit?usp=sharing