Reminder: Research Projects due tomorrow

Just a friendly reminder that all parts of your research project are due tomorrow, Tu 5/13, and that you should:

  • Bring to class a folder with the final draft of your Research Proposal/Annotated Bibliography (along with all previous drafts/peer review comments/my feedback) & your Research Project Reflection)
  • E-mail me three files before class begins: 1) final draft of Research Proposal/Annotated Bibliography (as one file, proposal on first page, annotated bibliography after that); 2) your Research Project reflection; 3) your Presentation file. You can attach all of them in one e-mail, but they should be three separate files, each clearly/correctly labeled. If you do not submit them before class tomorrow, you will receive no credit for your work (late e-mails/files will not be accepted).
  • Come to class early to load your presentation onto the classroom computer, and be ready to start presentations promptly at 2:30pm.


I strongly suggest that you review the guidelines/expectations/formatting for the various parts of the Research Project before you submit.

We will also be celebrating the end of the semester, so please feel free to bring in snacks to share with the class and we can enjoy refreshments during the presentations (I will bring in some goodies as well). Looking forward to your presentations tomorrow ūüôā

Reminder: Revisions of Research Project due Tu 4/29

Hi everyone:I hope that you enjoyed your spring break, and that your research projects are going well.

For our next class on Tuesday, please bring your printed sources (articles, books, etc.) as well as a laptop/tablet if you have access to one.

I’ve read through/provided comments (as a “reply” to your posts) on all work submitted this week. As it states on the Schedule, you should do a revision of your research proposal (now, your 3rd draft, if you have done all of the assignments) and a six source annotated bibliography (a revision/extension of the work you did over the break).

Keep in mind that you are not writing an essay/paper, but a fully revised research proposal/annotated bibliography according to the guidelines/expectations provided for this Research Project. Make sure to follow the guidelines and to use my feedback on your various drafts as you revise. (Some of you didn’t turn in drafts, or didn’t included annotations with your sources, so I wasn’t able to provide feedback: it is very important going forward that you submit the entire assignment so you can get helpful/substantive feedback on it from me and your peers). Also, remember that, while you only have to submit a six-source annotated bibliography, you need to consult/read/consider many more sources in order to become an “expert” in your topic.

This next draft is due Tuesday (4/29) by the start of class: bring four printed copies to class and e-mail it to me (as one file, clearly labeled) before class begins. You do not have to post this next draft to OpenLab.

In class we will peer review/workshop these drafts, and move towards your final drafts which are due the following week. We will also discuss how to give effective presentations, as you will presenting your research projects/findings/arguments to the class on 5/8 and 5/15.

See you soon!

Professor Belli

The dangers of the RFID chip

No more peace of mind.
The RFID chip is a Radio frequency identification chip.It is a chip that is implanted into the heads/bodies of animals and little by little humans. It is said to be used for tracking purposes. Some people believe it is part of a bigger conspiracy by the government to control, spy and overtake us its called The New Worlds Order.

The dangers of the RFID chip- Its a invasion of privacy, and it dehumanizes people. Your life is in other peoples hand, literally within a push of a button the chip can deactivate your brain. Its actually “Tied to everything”. Once you choose to get the RFID chip, you cant take it out, it becomes infused with your skin. People think its cool because you can order and swipe your finger or whatever, but what they don’t realize is when you order off the phone you give them your chip identification number “your barcode number” they can pull up all your information. Your social your credit score everything we try so hard to protect now a days. When they pull up your account so you can pay they also can check your health history and deny you what ever your trying to purchase if it bad for you. It seems like they’re looking out for you but what if the food isn’t for you? Its a free country and were being denied what were paying for?

Who would this chip effect?- The RFID chip is required for everyone.every working and non working person in America, no matter whether your rich, middle class, or poor, whether your on public assistance even if you pay your taxes. Whatever profession your in this will effect you. Whether your a cop, a fire fighter, a doctor, whether your in the army, live overseas, a lawyer, on congress,or a singer, a backup dancer, a teacher, a principal, no one is safe not even the president. Money is dated. Paper money soon will not be as valuable as it is now. All your money will be in numbers in your chip. When people realize money cant get them what they want they will want the chip, they’ll want it without realizing its negative effects.

Where is the chip coming from?- Its a mandatory factor in healthcare. Obama’s Obama Care.

I can make sure my topic isn‚Äôt too broad by sticking to one idea. There are many branches to this idea but if I stick to the root I can show my points. I hope to answer the questions, What is the RFID chip?, Is it dangerous? What are the negative effects of the chip? Why are they making us get the chip implanted? Do we have a choice?, Who is enforcing this mandatory law? My proposal will be a argumentative proposal, because I can give more information that way. I say that because people will believe they have a choice and some people will think its a good idea. I want to argue the fact that its not a good idea, its a invasion of privacy, and it dehumanizes people. Your life is in other peoples hand, literally within a push of a button the chip can deactivate your brain. Its actually ‚ÄúTied to everything‚ÄĚ. I want to argue that fact that the chip is more dangerous than safe. It can kill you faster than it can keep you safe.

Behavioral Targeting


Facebook has influenced millions of people around the world, and it’s the most renowned/popular way of connecting today. Due to a few controversial questions that have arose to the surface from Facebook users people are waiting for answers. How and why is it that advertisements being marketed to the¬†side bar of consumers Facebook¬†pages tend to have a lot in common with one another, almost like their tracking your likes and dislikes without consent? Ladies and gentlemen¬†I introduce to you Behavioral Targeting.¬†This program¬†interacts with your likes, non likes, pictures, and believe it or not even messages and comments. The point of this writing is to expose the controversy behind Behavioral targeting. Like it or not users accept these acts through their approval on the term of use contracts prier to accessing the page¬†in the beginning of the sign up. Behavioral Targeting is¬†a¬†Major¬†loop hole on the Facebook team‚Äôs behalf, so no they can’t get sued for reading the consumers‚Äô minds or logging/documenting user activities.

Upon release founder Mark¬†Zuckerburg made sure to find a crack in the contract to indirectly approve the release of the Behavioral targeting program which excludes potential likes and somewhat isolates your ideas. Facebook‚Äôs main stream goal is about ‚Äúconnecting with others all around the world‚ÄĚ, which Also seems to withhold another unknown goal, and that’s¬†to take hold and control of your interest.¬† Once Facebook established the Behavioral Targeting program they compromised introducing customers into “non-interesting” ads that can potently lead to other interest as my sources prove to be so.

Concluding the unprecedented Behavioral Targeting program Facebook released as of 2013 extinguished all opportunity of non-interesting ads.¬† Increasingly, brands advertisers are trying to target the very users that are most likely to respond to their products and offers,‚ÄĚ Mr. Katz said. ‚ÄúWith retargeting you are looking at users who have demonstrated a proclivity to a certain category or brand by their behavior and then what their likes and behaviors are on a platform like Facebook. This brings up question on the Face book teams behalf especially after the release of the program that‚Äôs supposes to funnel the ads according to your likings. What if the program has negative functions such as temptations for false likings, like a mind control factor? ¬†Originally pursued by business owners for putting that ad in front of the right people which means they are not spending money to put it in front of the wrong people and paid advertisements are going to more likely make a better return. More negatives are rising to the surface rather than positives in my research. Potential negative long term effects from the Behavioral Targeting might occur. Sonder is a part of life after all.


Social Media and the Arab Spring

It has being a phenomenon in most countries¬† including those in the middle east for armed soldiers to guard the national Radio and Television buildings apparently to protect the country’s formidable broadcast assets from being commandeered in an attempted revolutions or mutiny. However, this well secured institutions are no longer the prime medium to express or disseminate information. The Internet in particular opens a new communications channel, both in terms of accessing other peoples’ ideas and in terms of individual expression. Social media came to be used to generate awareness campaigns of many types, by individuals, organizations, movements, and even governments. The influence of the social media came to display¬† during the Arab Spring, allowing crowd sourcing, coordination of large-scale protests, scheduling demonstrations through ¬†Facebook messages and globally communicating up-to-the-minute updates through Twitter.

The advent of the social media breaks the psychological barrier of fear by helping many to connect and share information. It gives most people in the Arab world the knowledge that they are not alone, that there are others experiencing just as much brutality, hardships, and lack of justice. Perhaps nowhere have the attempts to use social media to promote the principles of democracy in new ways been more visible than in Tunisia and Egypt, where Facebook and Twitter have been used to quickly disseminate information and instructions that the government has not been able to control. Some believe that the new social media have created a new process for revolution. The process begins when someone establishes a page on Facebook, which is seen by various users, who then comment on it and begin interacting with each other. Once the group is solidified, users begin posting pictures, video footage, and links to YouTube. As this happens, news and comments also begins to appear on Twitter, ever expanding the network of people who are linked in to debates about these events and images. Since the network is not limited geographically, the scope can quickly become global. While this process can be promising in terms of reaching large numbers of people very quickly and creating instantaneous reactions, it also carries the inherent danger of being used to perpetuate sectarianism, tribalism, regionalism, racism, sexism, and discrimination through the proliferation of extremist. It must be recalled that Facebook is not the private domain of enlightened values or democratic ideals. The reality of an open source is that it is open to everyone and anyone who cares to access and comment on it, whether constructively or destructively. Thus, there is the potential for both democratic change and retrograde reactionism that can have serious political and economic repercussions, and for both building and fracturing social cohesion.

It is estimated that more than 3 million tweets, gigabytes of YouTube content and thousands of blog posts, were recorded during the Arab Spring.¬† Conversations about revolution often precedes major events, and social media has carried inspiring stories of protest across international borders. evidence suggests that social media carried a cascade of messages about freedom and democracy across North Africa and the Middle East, and helped raise expectations for the success of political uprising, like Philip Howard, the project leader and an associate professor in communication at the University of Washington put it ‚ÄúPeople who shared interest in democracy built extensive social networks and organized political action. Social media became a critical part of the toolkit for greater freedom.‚ÄĚ

During the week before Egyptian president Hosni Mubaraks resignation, for example, the total rate of tweets from Egypt and around the world about political change in that country ballooned from 2,300 a day to 230,000 a day.  Videos featuring protest and political commentary went viral, the top 23 videos received nearly 5.5 million views. The amount of content produced online by opposition groups, in Facebook and political blogs, increases dramatically.

‚ÄúTwitter offers us the clearest evidence of where individuals engaging in democratic conversations were located during the revolutions,‚ÄĚ Howard said.¬† Twitter provides a window into the broader world of digital conversations, many of which probably involved cell phones to send text, pictures or voice messages, he said.¬† In Tunisia, for example, less than 20 percent of the population uses social media, but almost everyone has access to a mobile phone. The outcomes of the revolutions in the middle east has brought down dictatorial governments out of power in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

Social media has come to stay. The phenomenon can only get bigger and better. Regimes should be more concerned with how to exploit this media positively in governance rather than seeing it as a weapon in the hands of the people they govern. If leaders are transparent and honest they should not be afraid of the social media. An attempt to gag people is only a prelude to anarchy which could culminate in a violent revolution.


Saleem  Kassim (July 3, 2012). Twitter revolution how the Arab spring was helped by social media. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from

Catherine O’Donnell (September 12, 2011). New study quantifies use of social media in Arab Spring. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from

Ramesh Srinivasan (October 29 2012). Taking power through technology in the Arab Spring. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from

Lack of Privacy Online

As the internet gains it’s popularity over the years, it is also gaining more and more users. Most users are not aware of what they do online. The lack of privacy online is increasing especially on social media sites such as Facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. Many users are becoming concerned that most of the things they do online are being monitored and they fear that they may have no privacy while they are online. Now people have gained the opportunity to access any kind of information about anything or anyone with the help of the internet. Internet privacy is an interesting topic because most people ignore how much privacy they have while using the internet until they realize it is too late. Today’s society with so many social media sites such as Facebook include many personal information and that information can be tracked and used by other people without the owner knowing about it, but some may know about it which then becomes a privacy concern for them. Online shopping is another factor to think about because the shopper doesn’t know if their credit card information is safe online. Many people’s credit card info has been stolen by other online users because may be the site they were using was not safe. One way to ¬†avoid those problems is to find out if the site they are using is safe or not and if the site is asking for too many personal information, the user should stop using the site. Young people, especially teenagers are less worried about privacy because they don’t really think about the consequences, they just want to have fun with what they do online. Privacy has become a great issue for online users now that personal information is easy to be used by other people.

There are many questions and concerns about online privacy and those questions may include topics such as the users information being kept private only to the user or if the website they are using is safe or not and etc. Many of those questions can be answered by doing some research about it. Since online privacy has become a big issue around the world, many people and journals have written about this issue to inform internet users and people who are interested in learning more about the issue. Some sources that have come across while doing this research were about Facebook privacy, users accepting lack of privacy on the internet, and about privacy vanishing online. According to source, “many employers use Facebook profiles to screen job applicants,” Facebook users can be judged by their profile. The source states that “your inappropriate Facebook profile, posts, and photos could lose you your next job, many employers are using the Facebook profiles of job candidates to filter out weaker applicants based on perception of life style, attitudes and personal appearance.” Facebook is open to many people around the world and users information can be looked at by anyone. based on source titled “One in two users accepts a lack of privacy on internet,” young people generally are less worried about privacy and women are more concerned about protecting their privacy than men. The source also states that young people are more active users. Another source titled “How privacy vanishes online” mentions that “Allessandro Acquisti and Ralph Gross reported that they could accurately predict the full, nine digit social security numbers for 8.5 percent of the people born in the united states between 1989 and 2003.” The lack of privacy online is increasing as technology advances.

Annotated Sources:

“Many employers use Facebook profiles to screen job applicants” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Inderscience Publishers ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† July 23, 2012 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

This article is about employers judging job seekers based on their online activities. Facebook profiles, posts, photos, their lifestyle, attitudes and personal appearance may be the reasons a person will not be accepted to a job. This article provides the readers with many Facebook privacy information that users may not have known about. It can’t be denied that many people are being judged by their Facebook profile because their profile is basically who they are and what they do unless its a fake profile. Its kind of mind blowing that employers look at people’s social media accounts to make the decision of hiring them or not to hire them. While they do that, they don’t really care about the person’s privacy because the person doesn’t know about it. Most people would agree that if this happened to them, their privacy rights are being violated by unknown people. And this kind of activity would leave the internet users concerned and raise questions weather the internet is safe or not. People that use the internet and people who have social media accounts, should really be careful and mindful of what they do online because they can be judged and misunderstood based on their online activities.


“One in two users accepts a lack of privacy on internet” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† University of Zurich ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† December 10, 2013 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

This article is about internet usage in general and in Switzerland. Based on the article, study results show that young people are less worried about privacy and in general, women are more concerned about protecting their privacy than men. Its surprising that a million people in Switzerland including aged 14 years or over still don’t surf the web because they are not interested or don’t see any use for it. One question that comes across reading this article is that why are men less concerned about protecting their privacy than women? It may be because women are more likely to be targeted by others such as strangers and there might be other reasons why its that way and why men are less concerned. The internet is used differently by different age groups. Older people use it very differently than young people because they are not used to these advanced technology and the younger generation are more active users and they use it more often. Also young people tend to accept the lack of internet privacy more than older people.


“How privacy vanishes online” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† The New York Times ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Steve Lohr ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†march 16, 2010 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

In this article, Steve Lohr writes about how privacy is slowly vanishing online. He also writes that a person doesn’t have to give someone their social security number and e- mail address to give away their personal information because those are not the only personal information about a person. Those that use the internet, especially social media sites have all sorts of their personal information open to others. Not only that, the internet can collect a person’s information and create a picture of a person’s identity and even their social security number which may seem impossible but is possible. The article says that “you may not disclose personal information, but your friends and colleagues may do it for you, referring to your school, or employer, gender, location, and interests.” This happens to many people and it leads to many unwanted situations like break up between friendship and more. People don’t realize that they put so many personal information online unless they do it purposely. In the modern world today there are many sites that people use and give their information to and don’t realize how their privacy is being invaded by others.

The Image That Lasts

Over the past twenty years the artworld has been transformed by technology. New trends have emerged to steal the spotlight from the traditional landscapes and portraits. Not only is much of it recorded digitally, presentation is changing. Some experts believe this is the art for the masses, especially this texting, tweeting gadget loving generation. The new phenomenon is art that many can relate to, if not produce. Creating art is no longer only for the truly talented and artistic, but concept and presentation are now just as important. Not only are more people attempting to create and show art but the avenues have widened, giving more opportunity. Galleries and Museums are really involved at this point but it took a while to get there. The answer as to whether these works will last is not known. Appreciation of new art is not always established this quickly and it suggests a lasting legacy. With the growing interest, there must be solutions to its unique issues of preservation.

The image of acceptable fine art has changed dramatically. In a late 1990s’ article titled “But is it art?”, an LA gallery owner John Mattheisen said, “I think people buy work based on two things: what art critics say and personal taste.” He hinted that the art was not praised yet therefore prices very low. This in turn would effect where it was shown or sold and whether it would be collectable. Traditional artists are proven sellers and new art has to prove itself. As strange as it seems, “one stumbling block keeping critics, curators and artists embracing this artform is that many have a hard time defining exactly what digital art is.”(Sullivan, Terry)

The social aspects of the accessability and possible personal involvement is so meaningful. It is conceivable to create using work from history and an original, then digitally record something that lasts forever. Actually the possibilities are endless because sharing is possible with these tools. And in ten minutes a piece of art can be seen all over the world. The concepts and surfaces are changing. This is new and very interesting.

Throughout history traditional fine art defined many cultures. Preservation and restoration has been key in keeping these images alive. When many of these treasures were created, they were not sought after or even seen. Many of the so-called masters were not recognized till after they died. Fixing and repairing art is an art that took many years to develop. It takes time to realize the success of making sure something lasts. Knowing how to keep this new art whole is going to take time. Fortunately, the experimentation has exposed people to many new ideas. Collaborative art and work that you interact with is very popular. By creating these installations, permanence is clearly not so important. It seems as if the concept and experience as displayed may be it. Perhaps endurance is in its strength as far as vision not permanence. There seems to be evidence that this is the case.

As recent as 2011, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City had a show that allowed the people attending to interact with the art. Many of the pieces showcased were design driven concepts to be accessed digitally, as well as viewed on site. As quoted in a New York Times article; MOMAs’ senior curator Paola Antonelli described the event as an answer to a current phenomenon, “pancommunication–everything and everybody conveying content and meaning in all possible combinations.”(Rosenberg, Karen) There were special galleries created for exhibitions of work including robots, charts and information systems, video games and chattering objects. People visiting could interact on their cellphones by scanning in a special code that in turn called up a website. If a viewers phone wasn’t compatible, MOMA arranged for viewing on their own website. “Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects” was considered an exceptionally smart show. It was truly innovative and well received, “one of the smartest design shows in years–by which I mean it’s intelligent but also that it is made for the texting, tweeting, social-networking, down-app loading, smartphone-weilding museumgoer.” (Rosenberg, Karen)

Since the days when artists just incorporated digital visuals into their work, the universal use of technology has changed communication. Perhaps shows like this have become standard in the museum world. When people can physically touch a piece of art or speak to it, there is a bond made. Chuck Close is a well known artist who create portraits that look like giant digital paintings. Way before we incorporated computers as tools for artists, he painted these awesome images. He is actually experimenting with computers and pushing his images to be seen in a different light. “It’s wonderfully complicated because you’re building an image,” he says about his new found technique. Not only do these experiments invite raw untested talent but the established artist. “There’s been an explosion of creativity during the last decade as many artists are exploring the technologies and what boundaries they can push,” said Ronald Lobaco, curator of “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital” shown at The Museum of Arts and Design in New York. This recent exhibition included many internationally known artists including frank Stella, Daniel Libeskind and Hiroshi Sugimoto. This may be what digital art is, the ability to express as never before.


Rosenberg, Karen. Art That Interacts If You Interface. New York Times 29 July. 2011. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.

Using this article to help me show the success these new artforms are having. Because the writer reviewed the show, I was able to gather information and opinions of others as well. I did not want this paper to really have my opinion because I am a trained artist and have very strong feelings. Although I appreciate the growth of any idea, it may not be my thing. As we can see this is no longer just some new fad but an established movement so to speak in terms of art and business. When the big money museums are involved that indicates stability. In this article, she was very thorough and established a couple of view points.
In this article, specifics about the works were included and I may highlight a couple in my paper. Since this show was one of the biggest and most successful of this time, it introduced many people to the not so specific genre. Getting the general public and young people involved has surely had an affect on creation. It really enabled me to understand the possibilities for exhibiting an interactive show. Also, several reactions from people helped me to understand the viewers opinion.

Sullivan, Terry. But is it art? Photo District News. June. 99, Vol 19.6.

This was an extremely interesting article that included a review of a Christies Auction Event. This auction house has been known for the expensive art and treasures. This was one of the first events that showed digital anything. The response was mixed but the people seem to see a possible future in the popularity of this type of art. Indicated in the article are the questions of longevity both physically and in terms of popularity. because it was written some time ago, the relevance of this article is obvious for me to establish some sense of time….in terms of growth.
Having information that was put out over a decade ago is vital to this research topic. The atmosphere at that time, I can almost remember and having documentation means so much. It seems like this was almost the beginning of the phase we are in. What was called digital has evolved to include so many different techniques. The question that they ask in the title has been answered somewhat, in the way things have changed. Very important to show in writing an effective paper.

Sheets, Hilarie M. Artists take up digital tools. New York Times 27 Oct. 2013.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 16 April. 2014.

I used this article for information regarding an art show involving established artists using technology, perhaps for the first time. Some of the artists mentioned are very famous for their work before the digital boom. They discuss with excitement the addition of digital techniques they are now working with. Although very established on an international level, they are changing the pictures and images they have worked so hard to get. It is important to understand the artists view and acceptance of these tools. It is a risk that does not have to be taken but artists by nature seem to be experimental. This group validates the new art and techniques that were questioned not so long ago. Although a short article, the interview of Chuck Close was fascinating. I have always admired him for several reasons. He is severely handicapped and his painting style has always involved so much detail. In fact, the technology today lends to his style and technique visually. But the best thing for him is the physical access he now has.

is social media affecting teens today?

In this generation many teens have many social media outlets such has Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Some use these social medias as a venting diary while others use it for the fun of it to post things thats irrelevant in peoples lives while others are cyber bullies. Social media has many affects towards teens that are both positive and negative. The positive aspects of the social media is that your connected to your friends and family. Also while being connected to social media your connected to the world so you know about stuff thats going around the world. The negative aspects about social media is that with the slang of teens they start writing to their friends and family it dumbs them down because they start writing like that in there every day life. With social media teens tend to be more alone and depressed, because they see the life of other peoples wishing they can be living that life too. Social media is very powerful to teens in a aspect thats very negative since everything is out in the open to everyone; teens get bullied. With social media being out to everyone everything isn’t private unless you make it , but in other cases when its not people have access to it and may bully you if they don’t like you and start to cyber bully by doing mimes of their pictures.

Social media didn’t exist about 15 years ago and since it started a lot of thing began changing. Such as advertising for teens, teens tend to see more products online and they want to consume it to see who has what.


Positive Influence of Social Media to Society

The fastest growing innovation of recent years is the social media; it spreads like bushfire in the summer. The power of social media shouldn’t be underestimated taking into consideration recent developments around the world, the social media serves as major instrument in galvanizing and spreading information to members of the public. Most people today use the social media to accomplish one or more things such as communication, self promotion or marketing, entertainment and socialization. Antagonists might focus greatly on the negative aspect of the social media ignoring the uncountable benefits enjoyed globally in a diverse world that we live; social media has become a single unifier that bridges the gap between religion, race, ethnic and cultural difference among the people. Instead of giving more attention to social media pitfalls, it’s worthy to reflect on it influence to transform society for the better.

Through technological advancement, news and relevant information is made easily accessible to users and the public via social media platforms which has resulted in the revelation of many hidden information. A typical example is the recent ban on Tweeter in Turkey, according to The New York Times Ceylan Yeginsu ‚ÄúThe Turkish government unblocked Twitter on Thursday April 3rd 2014, a day after the country‚Äôs highest court ruled that the two-week ban on the social media site violated freedom of expression.‚ÄĚ ¬†This comes as a result of a circulation of leaked recordings implicating the President and his members of corruption allegations.

The social media serves as a forum for support and safety during crisis. There have been several disasters where the only available means of communication is through the social media. Government agencies, relief organizations and victims disseminate information via the social media to affected individuals or communities. For example during super storm Sandy that resulted in blackout, most people uses Facebook and whatsapp to assure their family members of their safety. Also during the Japan Fukushima disaster, Tweitter, Facebook, Google, YouTube and Skype plays vital role in responding to the people caught up in that disaster and others wanting to help shares dramatic, unfiltered audio and text reports before government or other traditional media can do so.

The social media has become a valuable source for background check. Many employers search their employees through Facebook and Linkedin to obtain vital information on their personality, the type of friends they hang out with as the saying goes ‚Äúshow your friend, I will tell who you are.‚ÄĚ ¬†This concept has helped many to tailor their behavior and present themselves in a more appropriate way. It also helps security agencies to track criminals or gang related crimes on social media networks.

Social media serves as an eye opener and a form of political influence. Recently, a wave of violence erupted in the Middle East leading to regime changes in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. The major platform of information dissemination was Facebook and Tweeter, with such powerful tool that bring people of every sector together gives a true voice to the voiceless and forces governments to listen to their populace.

There is no doubt that society has been transformed in better ways through social media by information dissemination, support during crisis, source for background check and given voice to the voiceless in order to influence political change.

what is trust?????

As we all know in every relationship weather is romantic,friendly,or parent child relationship the main key of any ¬†relationship is Trust with out it then the relationship will not the saying does “there is no love without trust”. trust seam to be something that people are lacking now a days. some people still don’t ¬†really know what is really mean to be trusted.they tend to not cherish it because it’s given to them freely and they tend to take it for granted.When trust has been damaged it can spell doom for a relationship and it can be very hard, if not impossible, to earn back.for us teen we don’t really value trust because we don;t know what is really means.if a trust is broken some times it can be easily fix but some time it can’t never be regain it all depend on how badly it has been broke and how the person feel about the damage that has been made already..

i choose the topic trust because i want to tell people what is trust and how important it is for people to have and to know how to cherish it and not to ply with it.i want to focus on the main question that i will be talking about .ex:what is trust ?how does one gain trust? if they lost the trust they once have cane it be regain and so on.these are the questions i want to focus on the most.