In this Podcast I discuss Donald A. Norman’s book, The Design of Everyday Things. I talk about the “Paradox of Technology” and how individuals blame themselves when technology fails rather than the technology itself. I talk about these two concepts in the context of college students.
In this podcast I discuss the ways in which information from Surowiecki’s Wisdom of Crowds can be applied to our Distance Enhancement Project. I discuss how the terms decentralization, “social proof”, “information cascade” and imitation can all be applied to our project to make it successful with the SLU community.
In this podcast, I analyze James Surowiecki’s argument that the more important the decision, the less likely an information cascade is to take place. I argue that information cascades can be used to make very important decisions if the people receiving that information or partaking in the information cascade act responsibly. Individuals cannot simply take others’ information or experiences at face value, but they must analyze that information and form their own understanding of the information. By always balancing others’ information with one’s own understanding, negative information cascades can be prevented and information cascades can be a useful tools people use to make many important decisions. I also connect this idea to Rivers’ analysis of rhetoric and how we must be active consumers and participants in rhetorical communication as opposed to passive recipients.
In this podcast, I discuss how the collective intelligence influence the foundation of Google. James Surowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds allows us to discover the latter of our natural inclination of finding “experts”. As a collective whole, we come to decide what is good/bad or right/wrong. As the internet becomes more available and more useful, today more than ever, Google remain to be the most efficient way to surf the net, thanks to our collective intelligence.
In this podcast, I discuss how technology encourages us to collaborate with one another using James Surowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds and Kevin Kelley’s What Technology Wants. Through this collaboration, we as a diverse group come to decide what is right/wrong, good/bad, and rational/irrational. The word ‘collaboration’ dictates that it must be a group effort and not just the thoughts of one individual, which is something that is important to Surowiecki’s ideas. I believe that without technology, we would be much less likely to collaborate with one another, and, consequently, some things in this world would not be as ‘good’ as they are.
The soundtracks used in this podcast are from the GarageBand Library.
In this podcast, I discuss What Technology Wants, the film Wall-E, and the relationship of both to rhetoric. I examine four key quotes from Kelly’s book (these are the same four quotes on the Wall-E Handout). Here is a link to the “Horse’s Rear End” story I tell. This story is also retold by Kelly (179-180). I used GarageBand to make this podcast: all music and sounds effects are from the GarageBand library.
In this podcast, I choose Walter J. Ong’s article,“Writing is a Technology That Restructures Thought”. I feel Ong captures the essences of writing and proves that it is closely related to new media technology in today’s world.