Weekly post 2

Here is my 5 quotes from our latest 3 articles.

Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life.

Citation: (Boyd, Danah. (2007) “Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life.” MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Learning – Youth, Identity, and Digital Media Volume (ed. David Buckingham). Cambridge, MA : MIT Press.

1. “Experimenting with generic forms, a few early adopters discovered that Myspace had failed to close a security hole. While most other sites blocked HTML, CSS and Javascript in their forms, Myspace did not.” (Boyd, Danah. 2007 : p.11)

The lack of this security hole was actually not intentional. The Myspace programmers really did forget to ban users from adding there own code to their myspace pages. But this mistake was noticed very quickly but they still let user editing continue. From allowing this users could fully customize their myspace pages to what ever they wanted to represent who they where or what they wanted people to think they were. What evolved out of this was a “copy/paste culture” that teens used to customize or “pimp” there sites out.

What I found interesting about this was that Myspace actually went along with the user encoding. In turn this helped the users who took advantage this to become more computer savvy, learn basic computer codes and sites that offered countless other codes that transform your profile in to what ever you could imagine. Compared to other social network sites I have used and heard of I believe that Myspace allowed the most customization. But I also believe that this could have also been apart of Myspace downfall as well. I have seen when people took the copy and pasting to far. Some people would put so much animations in the background and on the buttons of their profiles that my computer would come to a screeching halt and my browser would crash and exit out. It was very annoying clicking on over done profiles. But this feature was what made Myspace stick out among other social networking sites.

2.   “Teenagers face the same dilemma on Myspace. How can they be simultaneously cool to their peers and acceptable to their parents?” (Boyd, Danah. 2007: p.17)

This quote references to the problem activist Stokely Carmichael’s problem when it came to spreading the word of the ideals and values of the Black Power to end segregation in the 1960’s. Carmichael mostly did public speech’s and made adjustments to his speech in how he phrased things when he saw his audience. If the crowd was mostly white he would present him self one way. If the majority of the crowd was black he would do it another way. As he gained more and more popularity media broadcasters wanted him to do address the nation on radio and TV formats. This would be his down fall, because both blacks and whites would be listening at the same time he could not use his flip flop style that he had been using for his live public speech’s in person. So Carmichael being a black man stuck to that presentation style and did his media broadcast speeches as if it was a black crowd. Doing this estranged the white listeners from his messages of black power. An old quote that I heard around further explains this “If you play both sides of the fence, you end up falling off.”  This is proof that a person can not maintain two split personalities, even if means battling for the noble cause of ending segregation.

When I used Myspace I saw a couple examples of how people tried to this online. They would create a online profile to promote what that person wanted to be or how others should see them. I have seen guys make profiles where they look like they are gang affiliated. Such as having background with “snitches get stitches” and M.O.B. (money over b@#%$^) or by having the gang logos of infamous gangs like the bloods,crypts, etc. In reality the kids who were doing this were 13-16 in quite suburb. No idea the life on the streets and what goes on in gang culture. But there profiles depicted them hard dudes that don’t smack talk from anyone. Now as time went on and we went into high school kids faded away from that fake portrayal of them selves and sadly others got involved with that stuff and got involved with small gangs and sold drugs and eventually got in to trouble and made nothing of themselves. I find it problematic that teens would go to such far lengths to find friends and place to fit in even thou status and social categories are a big part of teen life. Parents should talk more actively with their children about how to present them selves, because now in the digital era of profiles and social networking some one can make quick judgments on people on just their profiles.

Good Video Games and Good Learning

Citation: (Gee, J.P. (Summer 2005). Good video games and good learning. Phi Kappa Phi Forum, 85(2), ##-37.)

3. “Players can usually, in one way or another, customize a game to fit their learning and playing styles.” (Gee, 2005: p.35)

What Gee is saying that good quality games allow user customization. Whether in Role playing games when you can choose what powers and abilities you character will have like in World of Warcraft, in First person shooters you can mix up the weapons you can carry in to battle, such as carrying long range, short, mid range or explosive weapons all have different effects on how you play the game. If you get stuck on a particularly difficult level try mixing up tactics or weapons and see what happens. Solving the problem of how to stop the enemy approaching upon you has several different solutions. You could pick them off from afar or group them together and blow them up. the options are endless. I find interesting that Gee brings this up relates it schooling, if a child is having trouble learning a subject such as chemistry through learning. Maybe switching a more hands on acquisition style would help. Schools should be open to trying new teaching styles because we are all not the same and as it is the current school system is out-dated.

4. “No deep learning takes place unless learners make an extended commitment of self…Good video games capture players through identity” (Gee, 2005: p.34)

This quote means that to truly learn something you must immerse your self into the topic and become totally infatuated. You have to in sense take on a new identity of thought. For schools to be truly effective they will have to capture young learners attentions and mold their minds to be little scholars. If the identity of learning and handwork is accepted schooling will become as fun as video games. I find interesting that Gee brings up Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid, I am not very knowledgeable about this game but from what I know Solid is the top government agent called on stop Metal Gears (huge bipedal armored vehicles capable of launching nuclear missiles.) He goes in to enemy territory by himself and you have to several options on how to get missions done. A game that made me take on a identity was Halo. You are in control of Master Chief, the last of the spartan 2 project. In Earth’s far future an alien army (the Covenant) are on religious journey to find salvation through the halo rings. But humasn find the first one and step foot on it before the aliens. This enrages the Covenant’s leaders( the Profits) who declare genocide on the humans. But the out numbered human race hold on by fighting and suffering heavy causality battles against the superior armed Covenant. Master Chief does spectacular missions and actions that pull humanity back from the brink of extinction. The character of Master Chief is a mysterious one. He holds the core values of ancient Spartans, fear-less, selflessness and highly trained which are all apart of warrior culture. All these traits are updated and put into the far future. Our hero is a genetically augmented super solider with high tech armor. He is quite and gets the job done… no matter what. From being attached to Master Chief I learned every thing I could from this game like what weapon combos where effective together and squad tactics. In all if schools can attach an identity to learning as I attached myself to Halo only good things can follow.

What Is Literacy

Gee, A. P. (2001). New times and new literacies, themes for a changing world. (Vol. 8, pp. 1-9). The International Journal of Learning.Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books/feeds/volumes?q=1863354220

5.”Much of what we come by in life, after our initial enculturation, involves a mixture of acquisition and learning.” (Gee, 2001: p.3)

What Gee is mentioning here is that everything we know involves acquisition and learning. To truly know something you have to have both. For example I will use color commentators. There can be good commentators who have never played the game but could stats about players, statistics and styles of playing a game such as football. But the best commentators are retired pros who take up the job. There experience behind plate or on the field gives them first hand experience of what is going on. The commentator who has only studied the game is missing that one thing: experience. Acquisition and learning is how we pick up secondary discourses or the discourses we pick up on our own through social interactions with others. These discourses can be changed over time. Ex. In the 30’s and 40’s smoking was thought to be an habit with no negatives. But in our present day we know smoking is a very negative habit. The discourse of smoking changed over time as health reports came out reporting lung cancer and through people talking and spreading the word the habit which at one time was big is now a lot smaller. Learning and acquisition are social habits. We learn by instruction from another person, acquisition is essentially learning on your on. You might be exposed to try something on your by a peer. My parents exposed me to riding bikes. They taught me how to stop, peddle, turn and said “keep your balance and be safe.” But in till I actually hopped on my bike and rode I would not know how to do any of these. Through acquisition I found out how to keep my balance and turn effectively as well as safe riding habits such as staying on the side of the road and away from ramps. It’ s interesting that Gee is such a strong supporter of this learning style. Because I believe that most schooling is just learning with a little acquisition. This must change if schooling is to be improved.

Learning and acquisition are the only ways of truly immersing your self into a topic or field and coming out with lots of knowledge. You can have one with out the other but you would be at a disadvantage. As Gee says knowledge is a mixture of the two.

True lateral thinking. I believe that all my quotes reflect this type of thinking. Lateral thinking is opening your mind up to what is out side of the box weather that be learning from video games, why teens flock to social networking or how socializing effects secondary discourses in our lives.

For last part of this post I picked a article from the work cited page of Danah Boyd’s article Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life. The article I choose is Myspace Safety: 51 Tips for Teens And Parents  by Kevin .M Farnham. The method I used for obtaining this article was to first look the work cited of Boyd’s article. I then found the ISBN number by finding a copy of the book on bookfinder.com. From there I put the ISBN number into Google’s search box and found an online free copy. I selected this article because I feel that it is something parents should use to be apart of there child’s online life. Simply banning them from Myspace will not always keep them offline and having a safe profile. Sitting down and laying down basic ground rules is the best way to keep them safe. Show them the error in there ways in a non punishment fashion is the best way to teach them online safety.

This book covers how to keep your teen safe while they are on Myspace. It also gives an introduction to teen’s parents who may have never heard of Myspace or any other social networking site. It also describes what this site is capable of doing and achieving. The book goes over several ways on how to keep a profile safe. There is a five steps example “1. Don’t talk to strangers 2. Do not post provocative content 3. Do not post comments or information about your self that describes your daily schedule, wear you live or up coming events. 4 Using Privacy setting on Myspace that automatically block strangers from viewing profile content. 5. Use your Brain!”(Farnham, and Farnham, 2006: p.13) These along with other tips maximize safety to a teen’s profile. But most importantly it tells adults how to deal with teens and their Myspaces’.

Farnham, K. , & Farnham, D. (2006). Myspace safety, 51 tips for teens and parents. (pp. 1-161). How to Primers.Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books/feeds/volumes?q= 0-9778833-5-3

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