Today we discussed social media and social networking, debated new terms for these ideas, and spent some time considering the limits of Wikipedia and the potential of so-called “Big Data.” The TED Talk by Tim Berners-Lee that wouldn’t load during class appears to be working now, so feel free to view it on your own time. Slides from today are available here.
For Wednesday, please read and view the following:
Center for Social Media, Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education, sections “code” and “principles” only
Grey, Copyright: Forever Less One Day
Lessig, Laws that Choke Creativity
Faden, A Fair(y) Use Tale
Your blogging assignment is one reading response blog post. Our discussion facilitators are Kimesha, Dimitri, and Steve.
The term “Big Data” is a vague term that is used carelessly in our society today. But this term means three different things. The first thing is that it is a bunch of technologies put together which is all the old and new sources of data such as Web pages, browsing habits, sensor signals, social media, GPS location data from smartphones, genomic information and surveillance videos. Second, it is a potential revolution in measurement. And third, it is a point of view, or philosophy, about how decisions will be — and perhaps should be — made in the future(from text of Sizing up big data, Broadening beyond the internet). Even though we use big data in companies and security,what else can we use big data for?
Is it reliable? Does it provide us with proper facts?
If it does become a revolution in measurement, will it be a good thing? A bad thing? How will we benefit from it?