Module 1 Class 2: My Digital Life


Reading notes for 2nd seminar: My Digital Life

Ted Talks

1. Eli Pariser: Beware online filter ‘bubbles’

  • The interest shows us what it thinks we want to see, not necessarily what we need to see.
  • Become enclosed in these ‘Filter bubbles’.
  • The best search results will be a combination of both, a balance of information ‘junk food’ and substantial information also.
  • Algorithms don’t have embedded ethics that editors and publishers did. They can’t just be keyed to relevance but also to results that are challenging.
  • You can’t have a functioning democracy without a proper filter of information
  • Need a sense of public life, civic responsibility, user needs control of what gets through, even if they don’t click on it

2. Rives: If I controlled the Internet …

Poem on ‘If I controlled the internet…’

3.  Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world

2008 Kenya – creation of Ushahidi to automatically collate all the updates/info coming in about Kenya. Now being used worldwide

 4. Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

We want to be in total control. Preferring texts and email and tweets then real ‘messy’ conversations. We want to control how we look, who were talking to and when. Human relationships are messy and technology cleans it up. Connecting in tiny, discrete amounts work for small purposes but don’t help us understand each other. We need to learn how to have real conversations in real time which aren’t edited or touched up. We’re tempted by machines that are designed to have relationships – Siri, companions for the elderly.

  • We expect more from technology and less from each other.
  • Technology appeals to us most where we are the most vulnerable.
  • The illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship

How can technology lead us back to our real lives, our real bodies, our realy relationships, our real planet – so that we love our real life, not our online life.

5. Evan Williams on listening to Twitter users

“In the year leading up to this talk, the web tool Twitter exploded in size (up 10x during 2008 alone). Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.”

6. Johanna Blakley: Social media and the end of gender

Women are driving the social media revolution. More users and spend more time – they will be promoting and starting the changes from old media to new media.

7. Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy

“We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy, but Stefana Broadbent’s research shows how communication tech is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules”

8. Adam Ostrow: After your final status update

We’re creating a documented archive of our life like no other generation before us has done. It’s a complex and rich archive that will live for years in the cloud once we’ve gone.

What will happen to that content – what can we create from it?


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