Week 2- Questions

Here are your discussion questions for the week. Note: several blogs still have comments on moderation (“Your comment is awaiting moderation”). Y’all really really need to have this turned changed (settings -> discussion).

  1. Abigail:
    1. We constantly hear about how media is ruining society/morality/the youth, etc. What groups in society have the most potential to benefit from instant communication?
    2. How much does the ability to communicate efficiently through media effect (affect? I forget!) how much power a person/community/country has?
  2. Alana:
    No reading post
  3. Alayna:
    * Is McLuhan’s theory on the “global village” and more specifically the idea that the latest communication technology has cultivated strong interdependency among societies/individuals true—or contrastingly do you believe that the latest technology has, in fact, driven us further apart as beings in our own individual bubbles, controlling all we wish to confront and all that we don’t, alienating us from family, social, and non-technologically influenced enjoyment time? [Fragment: closed question]
    * What improvements, changes, or inventions to you predict as feasible accomplishments in the next couple decades?
  4. Alisa:
    * With communication rapidly changing how do you think this will positively and negatively impact users?
    * From the article “ 10 Tips on Writing the Living Web” which rule is most beneficial to you and why?
  5. Andrew:
    Protected blog
  6. Ashley:
    * The possibilities for improvement in our communication technologies seem endless! Where do you see communication technologies going next? In 50 years? 100 years from now? What do you think our children and grandchildren will use to communicate?
    * At any point do you think communication technologies will advance to the point where they negatively influence society? Will it ever go too far? What could the negative sides be? Would we be able to reverse these potentially damaging technologies do you think? [Three of four questions here are closed]
  7. Brian:
    1.What do you think will bring about the next great mediamorp?
    2. Do you think that there will be some kind of web 3.0? [closed question]
  8. David:
    How do you think blogs should be viewed in 2009 and what do you like to write about in them?
  9. Delaney:
    No reading post (but there are other posts)
  10. Ivan:
    No reading post
  11. Jay:
    [W]hat mode of communication will we use 10 years from now? How will we communicate?
  12. Kaarin:
    * As we can imagine, our normative communicative language has changed throughout the years. We have seen it evolve from formal writing with the communication of letters, to more slang when leaving a comment on someone’s Facebook wall. In what ways can you see our communicative language changing as technology continues to advance over the next few centuries?
    * “The Third Mediamorphasis” discusses how technology continues to collapse the “physical and psychological barriers of time and distance.” Specifically through the internet we have become much closer to our peers. Through what types of technology and it what ways do you believe our physical and psychological barriers will continue to collapse and we could get too close to our peers?
  13. Kathleen:
    1) What are some changes in communication technology that have influenced you the most during your lifetime?

    2) What blogging topics are you most passionate about?
  14. Keala:
    1) Will the online language ever reach a point where it has been perfected? Or will the online language continue to change for the remainder of the internet? [closed questions]
    2)  Now that we have social networking sites will the internet lead way to more all-encompassing web portals? [closed question] What is that big next mediamorphosis?
  15. Kyle:
    1) How can we determine whether a website is using a web 1.0 or web 2.0 frameworks? Also, can there be some overlap between these two types of web? [closed question]
    2) Looking at the postal system as a communication model, how can we compare it to other forms of communication and other models?
  16. Lauren (moderation on)
  17. Liz:
    > The readings reference the idea of “digital language.” What is it? Is it speakable or writable? [closed] How has it changed? Who or what uses it? What is its “dialog” with media communication as a whole?
    > Mediamorphosis discusses how the need to market radio (and the subsequent pandering to white middle-class men)  negatively influenced the values and beliefs held by society as a whole. How is this relevant to advertising in today’s media communications? Do you see this as occurring today? [closed] In other words, how has society been negatively or positively influenced by the money-making strategies at work in the Living Web?
  18. Lizeth (moderation on)
    1. Researchers expect the trends in internet usage to change in a certain manner, but there are times they have a hard time predicting what consumers want and their predictions turn out wrong. What are the things you look forward to have the internet change and improve on? Do you think this change will change the way the internet is used? [last question is closed]
    2. The growth of technology seems to be growing at an exponential rate. There has been more development in technology in the last twenty years than at any other time in our history. Will the trend continue? Or are we at a point where technology development is reaching a limit? [questions are closed]
  19. Melissa:
    * Do you think our generation will keep growing along with these technological advances or will we also have our stopping point and keep it simple?  (Ex. Our generation’s knowledge with cell phone features such as texting, pictures messaging, applications etc. vs our parents’ generation who may only go so far as to just put people in their phone address book and maybe text).
    * Do you think not worrying about “correctness” (Tip #10) is the reason why English grammar and writing has “dumbed” down? [all questions are closed]
  20. Michelle (moderation on)
    * What types of new technologies will be created that will be faster than computers?
    * Likewise, will all our communication be dependent on the internet or digital technology? [closed]
  21. Natalie:
    No questions
  22. Rachelle (moderation on)
    * With the continuous changes in communication technologies, what will happen to face-to-face communication?
    * What will web 3.0 look like and how will it change our way of using the web, living and communicating?
  23. Tara:
    1. Presently, acronyms are not acceptable in common speech, or in academic writing. In the future, will society start speaking these terms in order to shorten their sentences but still communicate their intention? Will it become acceptable in the school or work setting?
    2. To my knowledge, I would assume that the younger generation is more likely to use acronyms. Is this the case? Is it only acceptable in present day for a teenager or young adult to use abbreviations online? (I ask because I saw my mother on facebook write “WTF” and it took me by surprise!).
  24. Yana:
    1. The “Web 2.0” article was written in 2005. How much more could be said about the services success and user participation had Facebook been part of the discussion as well?
    2. “10 Tips on Writing the Living Web” talked about blogging as an every day routine. What drives people to devote so much of their precious time to sharing every day matters with a world of audience that has never met them?
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  1. pandrewh

     /  5 October 2009

    Andrew’s blog is now unlocked. Read it and weep.


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