Social Revolution?

Rioters in Egypt

So, for this assignment we were to read 3 articles.

1. Malcolm Gladwell: “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted”

2. Clay Shirky: “The Political Power of Social Media”

3. Clay Shirky and Malcolm Gladwell: “From Innovation to Revolution: Do Social Media Make Protests Possible?”

Interesting stuff. I think they both have a point. I think that Gladwell is right that the lunch counter sit-ins would not have been as effectively wrought in our modern age with FaceBook and Twitter. I mean, when you have an option to go and you vote “Yes”, “No”, or “Maybe” and there is no way to check up on whether or not you actually did what you voted, you’re going to have less efficacy than word of mouth, or face to face interactions with people you KNOW.

At the same time, I honestly believe that the uprising in Egypt and the protests in the Philippines wouldn’t have been as effective or as far reaching without social media. The difference is that those 2 “socially driven revolutions” still had a basis in face to face interactions. Both places were physically affected by a bad situation, so there was more personal investment than your typical “Come to ___ and do ____” that you might find on FaceBook or Twitter.

Case in point: the personal investments in the 2001 Philippines protests…. or Boobquake on FaceBook. Yeah, you got a bunch of women to wear cleavage enhancing or revealing shirts for a day, but what is the social impact? Did the religious leader’s brain explode at the sheer level of scantily clad ta-tas? Did the earth in fact shake and tremble at our might? Did he recant anything he said and improve situations for women? Nope. And unfortunately that is probably one of the more popular and participated-in FaceBook random events. Most times, there is not as much personal investment in issues, and the participation is spotty.

So yeah, social media is useful, but you have to pick your battles.

Tunisia? Social media was useful.

Egypt? Definitely useful.

Boobquake? Not so much.

I think we need to be sure to pick the battles that social media will play a significant part in. Think of it like the boy that cried wolf. If we try to motivate every cause through FaceBook or Twitter, eventually people will stop paying attention, and that form of connectivity will be useless.

Blog It! Finding Blogs

So after a bit of searching, I found some blogs I enjoy. Some of them I actually read before this assignment! Whoa!

 

http://www.joystiq.com/

Gaming news! I usually go to this blog around the holiday event times on World of Warcraft. They have really awesome guides.

 

http://musicyouneed.net/

Music! Electronic Music! This blog looks awesome! It reviews new music and posts about new and awesome music. Me likey!

 

http://scifimafia.com/

The very latest in sci-fi entertainment news? Yes, please.

Blog It! Web 2.0

What is Web 2.0?

It’s not a newer version of the web, its a change in mindset of how people utilize the web. It’s social networking, blogging, wikis, hosted services, mashups, video sharing sites and more. Like YouTube? Technically it’s Web 2.0. Use FaceBook? Web 2.0. Twitter? Tumblr? LinkedIn? All Web 2.0.

Before I started taking this course, I had heard the term Web 2.0, but had never really pursued what it meant. Ironic, as I use several sites that could be considered Web 2.0 on a daily basis. I read FaceBook a couple times a day, use Tumblr occasionally, stalk the Sarcastic Rover on Twitter, and surf around YouTube until I hit the weird part. (You know what the weird part is… those videos that you were compelled to click on and you can’t seem to stop, but the whole time you’re thinking “Oh my god, why am I watching this?!”)

Now that I have a more clear definition in my head, it’s easy to see how prevalent this social form of sharing and building the web has become. I don’t use Flickr, but millions do, and I’ve looked at pictures on there occasionally. I tend to avoid Twitter… until I get bored and feel compelled to go read what the sarcastic rover has had to say recently.

Who knows what kind of Web 2.0 site they’ll come up with next. Guess we’ll have to wait and see. I might use it. Maybe.

Introduction

My name is Angelesa, and this is my blog. Almost sounds like the introduction at a 12-step meeting. Or something.

I am a student at UAF in the field of Information Technology: Web Design and Administration. What a mouthful! Basically, I’m studying to become either a full-time web designer, or to maintain an organization’s web site or domain. Lofty goals, I know, but you have to start somewhere.

I am taking this course (Implementing Internet Tools and Technology) because it is required for my degree, but also because learning about integrating my work more fully into the stream of consciousness known as the web seems like a good idea. I have many interests, varying from things like my cats (yes, there will be pictures of them, oh yes, there will be pictures!), to the MMORPG World of Warcraft (yup, I’m that kind of nerd), to reading, music (before you ask, all types, but gravitating lately to industrial, electronic and dubstep), movies, balloon twisting (you weren’t expecting that one, were you?!), graphic design, string art and much much more. Basically I don’t have enough hours in a week to do all the things I’d like to do, what with work, school and attempting to sleep.

I’m a 36 year old (37 next week) woman living in the frozen wasteland known as Fairbanks, Alaska. I have 2 cats (Sasha, the pretty one, and Diesel, the retarded one). I work at a party store and yes, I can twist balloons. And face paint. No, I’m not a clown, I don’t have that kind of energy. I do, however, work for a clown. Probably the first time I can say that in my life and it’s not an insult. We call our boss, Sparkels, the executive business clown.

If you’d like to see web design stuff I’ve done already, check out my personal site http://www.mys-gy-did.com or the site that I did for my independent project, and my boss, http://www.partyalaska.com

That’s about all I have for now, if you have any questions, drop me a comment. I may or may not answer, I’m kind of private, secretive sort, but maybe I’ll be nice and show you pictures of Sasha.

Maybe.

A lovely purple flower

Ooh! Aah! Look at the distractingly beautiful picture of a flower! Ooh!

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Isaac Asimov

Truth. We live in an age of technology where we accept things like cell phones and wireless printing and Bluetooth as everyday occurrences, but we are taught that technology is good, and to not be afraid. Imagine if you were raised in the wilderness and exposed to everything we use everyday at the age of 20? Or 30? Or 50? It’d just be magic…