Making the Web a Better Place

During our project we discussed e-cigarettes and wether or not they are safer that regular cigarettes. The group found that they are a little bit safer but however, could still be potentially dangerous.

I personally believe that inhaling any foreign substance into your body can not be good for you and thus can cause lasting health issues. Therefore, I don’t believe that e-cigarettes could be any better for you since you are putting harmful substances in your body.

End of Week Reflections

WEEK 1 REFLECTION

This weeks reflection on Module 1 is for Interactive Fiction. I honestly found this module kinda boring however, I decided to go with it because it was interesting the longer I worked on it. I do find it extremely fascinating how you can tell stories digitally and how viral or vivid they can be. I find it especially interesting since most stories are told through interactive fiction. That is how we learn about everything and how we learn new things.

I think one of my favorite versions of Interactive Fiction (which wasn’t covered in the module) but I still think applies is how people can tell stories on social media platforms. An example is how BTS (Korean Boy Band) fan creates interactive and fictional stories about the characters via Twitter. She uses different pictures, videos, GIFs, text messages and other forms of communication to create a story between the characters. I find this version of Interactive Fiction interesting. She has gained a huge following through her stories and sub stories and they are actually very believable.

The history of Interactive Fiction and how I can see it relating to my life is quite interesting. Though, when I went to write code on Twine I found that it very hard. I am not a “coder” and I might have picked the wrong module to start off with but I did find it interesting to learn about Interactive Fiction just not using Twine.

WEEK 2 REFLECTION

What I learned on cell phones this week is horrifying. It is terrible to know that so many electronic (cell) parts are being handled so poorly an are causing problems for the environment. I find it so interesting that we are confined to our phones and electronics however we do not understand what it does to the rest of the world. The fact that I have to play a game online to understand that we are enslaving people into mining is gut-wrenching. I am disgusted with myself on this topic. I would love to find a place to recycle my cell phone parts but when I asked around – nobody seemed legitimate.

WEEK 3 REFLECTION

I found this section very interesting, however, not surprising that selfies play such a large part of our culture and society. I also didn’t realize how much you could infer about a selfie just by looking at it. It makes me want to be more cautious of the photos I put up online. However, I do wonder why we care about selfies so much …

Module 2

This is such a fascinating subject. Know Thy Selfie. This module focuses on how selfies define our culture an our society. I believe it is so shocking how selfies and photos of ourselves define cultures and societies.

I have decided to look at five photos of myself and analyze how they make me appear via

1.) Race-ethnicity
2.) Socio-economic status
3.) Sexuality
4.) Gender

1.) Race-ethnicity- It am northern European and caucasian. Short blonde hair. I think I look more ‘American’ with this photo.
2.) Socio-economic status – I feel like I look rich, however, that is not true. Since this photo was taken before my meeting with Google, I was dressed extremely nicely. Though, this photo seems very pompous.
3.) Sexuality – This photo does not directly display my sexuality. I don’t really know if photos can portray your sexuality with out some sort of display or message behind it.
4.) Gender – The selfie pointes out, quite clearly, that I am female.

1.) Race-ethnicity – It is very obvious that I am caucasian and so is my sister.
2.) Socio-economic status – We look mid-class.
3.) Sexuality – The photo does not display our sexuality.
4.) Gender – It is obvious that we are both female.

Chapter 13 & 14

Communication and Information Technology

Managing Control Systems, Finances, and People

Wow!! Communication and technology. Put those two together and a match made in heaven. Being able to communicate with people around you and those working with or for you makes the difference in a winning team and a loosing team. The technology helps you get there and understand where you are going.

Manning control systems, finances and people is vital and having policies in place to make that happen is even more important. Having strategies and policies in place make management of so many moving pieces so much easier. Investing in those strategies and policies is super important for moving forward.

Chapter 10 and 11

Organizing behavior and motivating high performance goes hand in hand. You have to know how to organize the behaviors of those around you AND motivate for high performance at the same time. Trying to find a balance between the two is the most important thing a business can do for its employees and for the well being of itself. I think that finding the behaviors that motivate others around them and help move the company forward is vital to the success of everyone around them.

Motivating for high performance I think is very straight forward however, very expensive. Motivating is about the employee. Helping the employee in any way you possibly can. Understanding that they are your money makers is the first step. Second, is spending money on them to make them better. I think that business owners jump to the conclusion that they do not need to pay or invest in their employees which leads to disastrous situations. Paying and training them is vital to motivating them for high performance.

Organizing and Delegating Work (Chapter 7):

This chapter was really hard for me. As much I do believe in organizing and delegating work I am super bad at it. I want to do it all because I am afraid it won’t be done right. I have always though the only wait o do something is to do it myself. as the adage goes “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” And that really resonates with me.

After reading this chapter though I see that delegating work doesn’t have to be so difficult. I can slowly start delegating small tasks, one by one, and then start working toward delegating larger tasks.

I will be able to accomplish more if I learn how to delegate and organize myself better. Being able to delegate will allow me to focus on what I need to focus on and will empower those who work for or with me to feel empowered too.