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Census Blogging Stats | Techno-logy

In Techno-logy on 28 February 2011 at 12:10 am

According to the U.S. Census data, collected in January 2010, only 4% of Internet users “Create or work on their own online journal or blog.”

Here I was, thinking that everyone with a computer had a blog, but as it turns out, I was tragically wrong.

I guess that means I’m cooler than I was originally thinking. </jk>

(Ref. 1159: Typical Daily Internet Activities of Adult Internet Users 2010)


Another (better) Outline | MEmorial

In MEmorial on 14 February 2011 at 2:29 pm

Thesis Statement: As a new technology, the Internet should not be solely recognized for its innovation, but as a medium within post-literate culture. 

  1. The Internet is a new medium that is producing a new expression of human communication. 
    1. With the Internet, stories are no longer one-way, but have greater depth, and are embedded in a system of values.
    2. For example, after the Gulf Oil Spill, the reaction to the event on the Internet was characterized differently. (Cite specific example from “MEmorial” project.)
  2. With the Internet, humans are learning a new mode of expression.
    1. People communicate differently with the Internet as a medium.
      1. People are connecting more rapidly over the Internet.
      2. People are able to interact more freely with one another using the Internet.
      3. People communicate within the sphere of their interest, rather than their local region.
    2. People react differently with the Internet as a medium.
      1. Because of the Internet’s instantaneous communication, people react more quickly to news items, eliciting a more dramatic response.
      2. People are able to respond without having to show their face, and are generally able to hide behind their words.
      3. For example, the Gulf Oil Spill showed how much hype is created with news items. Read the rest of this entry »

Outline, Tentative Sources | MEmorial

In MEmorial on 1 February 2011 at 12:44 am

I. Narratology, and the theories of humans as “story-telling beings”;

A. Walter Fisher’s “Narrative Paradigm Theory”

B. Humans organize and communicate by telling stories.

At heart, humans tell stories.

Brooks, Peter. Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1984. Print.

Fisher, Walter R. Human Communication as Narration: Toward a Philosophy of Reason, Value, and Action. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, 1989. Print.

II. “Ages”

A. Orality

1. Based on speech, images, etc.
2. Collective identity

B. Literacy

1. Based on the printed word;
2. Individual experience / identity

C. Electracy (post-literacy)

1. Based on words, the “screen,” images, on “feel”
2. Balance between collective and individual

Discuss the progression through the three eras.
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