RETRAIN THE BRAIN: Technology links to read and contemplate.
Here's a link to the EFF, as mentioned in the James Fallows essay, "Tinfoil Underwear". They are an advocacy group for privacy and technology rights.
The Assignment for our lab today
Reading and surfing is not just about finding and regurgitating information. It's about interpreting it and giving it meaning and application in our own existence and in our own communities. Yes, information is everywhere and knowledge is at our fingertips. Yet there are no shortcuts to wisdom. You have to put in the work, the time, and the thought. I truly hope you understand this notion deeply, and strive to take your work and yourself seriously.
Your thoughts and ideas matter. Your creative actions matter, and every chance to write is a chance to write well.
I look forward to your responses. Remember, just respond in the Comments section of this post so all our responses are in one place and we can see what everyone is thinking.
8 Links to follow, and food for thought (yes, food for thought is an idiom!):Lavabits is an e-mail service that offered privacy, but is now in a fight with our government.
This is a classic irony. In this clip, James Clapper, the Director of National Intellegence at the NSA, will lead the inquiry into his own agency's abuses and lies.
And here's an editorial calling for Clapper to be fired.
Comedian Louis C.K. on cell phones. Warning: there is some crass language in this.
This one got over 25 million hits on You Tube and was made by a young woman just trying to illustrate the distractions in tech life. It's called "I Forget My Phone"
This video is from Rap News, out of Australia. The same guy plays all the characters and two guys compose the lyrics, which take on a lot of alternative ideas on the internet and politics. Some of the language and gestures are crass, so be warned.
Finally, from OSU's student newspaper The Lantern.
P.S. Here's the link for the graphic essay on the NY Times.
Notice the style of this content and look at the possibilities for online composition. This the New York Times, and is a pretty remarkable example of the way composition is being changed by the internet.