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Athens Assembly : Appeal to Emotion December 10, 2011

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In Steph’s speech on social welfare ,she used an appeal to emotion. In order to try to get the proposal passed which was that all people who attend the assembly are paid , she tried to make people feel bad for the poor. To get her points across , she asked people who were rich , how they would feel if they were not so well-of , in order to get them to think about a situation in which they were poor and how they would want this proposal to pass because it will help them.


Athens : Appeal to Character

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In Jasper’s speech about going to war , he used an appeal to character. He said that he should go to war because he has had experience from being in the past war and he knows what can make our army better , as well as , what weakens our army. Another thing that he said is that he is loyal to Athens ,which I thought meant that he will go to war to help make Athens the way that it was before the previous war. His speech made a lot of people in the assembly believe that since he had previous experience with war , that he would be one of the best people to go and that is why we sent him to war.


YouTube : Online Video and Participatory Culture Blog December 9, 2011

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According to Burgess and Green , YouTube is different from more traditional forms of broadcasting because it has some of the aspects of traditional media but it has changed the way mainstream media is broadcasted. Unlike traditional forms of broadcasting , YouTube allows  its users to make amateur videos that show their talents in order to be able to achieve success and fame.  Burgess and Green stated in the reading  that , “YouTube has been mythologized as literally a way to “broadcast yourself into fame and fortune.”(22) This means that YouTube was made  in order to allow people to gain success by doing things that they are good at.

Burgess and Green said that , ” In press coverage,  YouTube is often used to express familiar anxieties about young people and digital media , especially in relation to risks , uses and misuses of Internet and mobile phone technologies.” (17) The youth are assumed to be the default users of YouTube which means that many of them  are new and undisciplined. They explain how young people are agents and victims  because they are responsible for majority of  YouTube’s content that is teen-age shenanigans but are also at risk of being exposed to footage of  some very offensive and appalling footage like autopsies and racist propaganda. Another way that YouTube makes the youth victims is cyber-bullying by people posting videos that insult or humiliate them or by uploading videos that contain footage of acts of violence. But the people posting these videos are the ones who are causing these people to be victims. Burgess and Green than say that , “The new category of  cyberbullying , which academia has been complicit in creating , is a good illustration of how moral panics around youth , violence, and the risk are linked to existing media effects discourses, producing a media panic.”(19)

The distinction between YouTube and traditional forms of broadcasting  matters because of copyright infringement of YouTube users. Companies have accused YouTube for illegally distributing their content and making profit off of it. . Burgess and Green state that , ” … – copyright infringement sets up a discourse about the threat to the entertainment industries posed by empowered but unchecked consumers.”(30) This means that YouTube can not be blamed for this because they actual company is not doing this , YouTube’s users are. Burgess and Green believe that when talking about copyright infringement , YouTube  needs to be seen as a business and a cultural resource that was co-created by its users.


The Rise of the Digital Dossier November 7, 2011

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In this chapter , Solove talks about how websites use cookies , information sharing , web bugs and digital rights management to show how websites collect your information . He also talks about how the websites not only use them to collect information but they use them to store your information and share your information with other websites .This information allows websites to learn what the user likes so that they can target advertisements for that user. Even though is could be a could thing for the websites , this is taking away people’s privacy .

Solove says “A cookie is a small text file of codes that is deployed into the user’s compter when she downloads a web page .”  This means that when you use the internet on the computer , the cookie remembers the history of internet activity. This is because the website saves a unique identification code into the cookie . He also explains that cookies have limits . The limits are that cookies are tagged only to particular computers and not particular users except if the website requires you  to log into it and that cookies can only be stored  by websites placed on the computer and not by other websites.

Information sharing is where one website will share all of somebody’s information with other website without the person knowing. To explain what information sharing is , he uses DoubleClick as an example. He says “When a person visits a website , it often takes a quick detour to DoubleClick . DoubleClick accesses its cookie on the person’s computer and looks up its profile about the person. ….” He then talks about how DoubleClick uses that information in order to determine what type of advertisements the person would be the responsive to. He then says that it happens so fast that the person doesn’t even know .

Web bug is ” a hidden snippet of code that can gather data about a person.” Web bugs can be embedded in web pages and emails (spam). Along with this web bugs can also collect information when a person is exploring a website and some can even collect information from the person’s computer files . Most people know what web bugs are and understand the damage that can be done from web bugs so they try to stay away from them.

Digital Rights Management is collects information about people as they use the internet for media type things like music. Digital Rights Management is used to prevent privacy and is used by copyright holders. Solove says “DRM technologies thus ‘create records of intellectual exploration , one of the most personal and private of activities’ “.  They use DRM in order to identify the people who are illegally downloading things.

The collection mechanisms concern me because nothing is private anymore and people can get all types of information about others. People are using the internet for everything now and these mechanisms allow it to be easy for people to get information about practically anyone and everyone .


Lab 6 : Appeal to Emotion November 1, 2011

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This article is by the parents of Laura Wilcox , who was murdered on January 10,2001 . In this article they are talking about how they  don’t believe in the death penalty and  how they think the man who killed their daughter should be fully accountable. They say at the end that the death penalty is about revenge and retribution and that if the courts decide to use the death penalty for anyone it should be because it either deterred crime and saved lives or the result of the death penalty was a reduction in state costs. They said that the expressions from their community were a lot about how the murderer should get what he deserves and these did not make them feel better about the death of their daughter.  A statement they made was that If closure means healing , that healing must come from within , not from the fate of the murder . After reading the article , I think what they mean by this is that the victim’s families should focus on grieving about their loss and try to move on in life without that person , rather than focusing on what happens to the murderer.


Education App Demo Criteria October 30, 2011

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Partner : Tony Varga

Price / Value : How much the app costs and how much you are getting for your money.

Performance : How well the app does what it is supposed to do.

Educational Value : How much you can learn from the app.

Ease of Use : How easy is the app to use. Does it require some getting use to or are you able to just pick it up and use it.

Interactivity : Are you able to interact with the app.

Customer Support : Is there a place in the app where you can go to for help.


Education App Demo Evaluation October 26, 2011

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Partner : Tony Varga

The four apps we chose were Frog Dissection , Rat Dissection , Science 360 and Brain Pop.

“Frog Dissection” is a biology educational app. This app does exactly what it says, it allows you to virtually dissect a frog on your iPad. The app guides you step by step as you use gestures to dissect a virtual frog on the screen. Frog Dissection receives nearly universal praise wherever I looked. Most reviewers praised how useful the app was, how easy it is to use, and how informative the app was. In a conclusion of a review from, the reviewer wrote “Best Science app we have ever reviewed. A perfect match for the iPad. Should be in every Science classroom. Well done.” However, the app has received criticism for a lack of content. A biology teacher posted a review on iTunes that said “Disappointing. Organs are not dissected. Information is good.”

Rat Dissection is an app that you can virtually dissect a rat instead of doing the real thing. The key features of the app are vivid 3D images of rat’s internal organs, step by step instructions with voiceover, accurate simulation of the wet lab dissection procedure and the content validation by subject matter experts. Most of the reviews were about how good the app was but they did say it could never replace the actual dissection itself. The review from said “It’s unlikely dissection apps such as these will completely replace the traditional experience students get during a biology class, but they are a great addition to the tools teachers have to help their students learn”. According to an iTunes review “I’m interested in how science is presented on the iPad . I thought this app provided a good approximation of a real dissection. Kudos to developer(s), it would be cool if it integrated a quiz”.

“Science360” is an app that collects new and interesting scientific videos and articles. From the app, you can click on a thumbnail of a video or picture, which will pull up the video or a high-definition full-screen picture and a summary of the information. Like Frog Dissection, Science360 has been received very well by both app users and reviewers. This app was reviewed on the website, where the reviewer stated that Science360 is “a great educational app and one that almost sneaks up on you in a way – because it’s so engaging it feels more like fun than learning.”

Brain Pop Featured Movie App is an app that allows you to watch a different animated movie every day, then tests your new knowledge with a free interactive quiz. Majority of the reviews for this app said it was a great app but there were some minor problems.  In iTunes one review was “The app is good,but it could use more movies. If it was just like the website on the computer,that would be great. Also, if the screen was full-sized, that would be good”.  The review from is “ gives you access to several free videos, but in the iPad, you can only access today’s featured movie”.

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