How Much is that Doggie in the Window?

I know I have complained about my relationship with Flash in the past because it’s so unpredictable; well, I’ve come to realize that it’s Action Script that I really hate.  Action Script is like that annoying habit that your boyfriend has that is the reason you two just can’t get along.  Not putting down the toilet seat, loud bodily sounds, biting his toes…you get the picture.  If it wasn’t for Action Script Flash and I would have pure perfection!  Unfortunately, Action Script is needed in order for Flash to exist. Sigh! And Ugh!

This week the game I created is find the perfect pet!  Again I am working with Dynamic text, Input text and Static text. So you type in the pet you want and you are given advice as to whether or not this is a good pet for you. I must say that I liked it! I think it’s funny and the player is only limited by her/his imagination. So, find your perfect pet!

Cobras make great snuggle buddies!

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Shoo Fly!

This week we we’re introduced to the timer function, keyboard rotation and the hit test! Yippee!

I really enjoyed this assignment although it kind of bugged out on me here and there. The premise of the game: the main character of the game (a fly, which you control) must fly across the screen to the food at the bottom of the screen. But it’s not as simple as it sounds!  You have to avoid getting hit by the deranged floating fly swatter swinging madly through the air. It’s great fun for the entire family!

Play "Fly Swatter" on your next family game night

Design the Avatar

I will have to admit that this thing flash and I have going on can be pretty tricky; one day we’ve in love the next minute…not so much. For example, our assignment is to create a random number generator game and I decided to design an avatar (Note: it doesn’t have to generate a number, it can generate an image as I have designed mine to do.).

Design your avatar

I thought it would be fun and kind of like a crap shoot, you just don’t know what you’re going to end up with.

Press the button to randomly design your avatar

I have to say this was one of my favorite assignments thus far! Basically, I converted all of these images into movie clips and in the action script I have written so that it will go to a certain frame and play these movie clips not in order but randomly. Dynamic text is used to also randomly display messages; the outcome is a weird looking avatar with inappropriate comments surrounding it.

I think I’m in love again!

You don't know what you're going to end up with

New Media & Society

Currently, how does (and how will it in the future) citizen journalism affect politics and person’s pursuit of a political position?

By allowing everyone’s voice to be heard, does citizen journalism create a more balanced media?

As citizen journalism becomes increasingly popular, what does the mean for traditional news media? Will it suffer the same fate as newspapers?

 

 

To Post or Not to Post…?

I have always been a private person, keeping my cards very close to my vest. So I never understood why people would allow complete strangers into their lives.  Yes, I understand the carelessness of youth, but yet again I was never the typical young person. Though, I can give young people the benefit of the doubt.  What do they really know about the repercussion of disseminating too much personal information? It’s a part of being young to want to rebel against “the system”. But what about adults who share their personal information on SNS? Shouldn’t they know better?

Eva Galperin

This morning we had a chat with Eva Galperin via Skype and the discussion was quite an eye-opening experience for some of my classmates. They did not know that their pictures could tell their exact location and that there are sites on the web that dispenses information regarding their income, education level, address, and race. Only God (and Google, Facebook, Twitter and of course the government) knows what else is floating around in “cyberspace” for those who are savvy enough to retrieve the information.  Oh, and forget about deleting it so that it will not longer exist. Don’t you know that all of the information you post on the internet is remains there for the world to see? Delete does not exist in its vocabulary.

The internet allows us to share even more than people care to know about us. Yet, we continue to force-feed our whereabouts, who we were with, why we were there and our thoughts about the location/event/thing/person(s). Has no one ever given any thought to the fact that person could steal your identity from the information you share online? For example, security question #1 from your bank/credit card, etc.: What’s your mother’s maiden name? Oh look! You have your mom listed as your “friend” on FB and she’s listed by her maiden name. How nice of you to share that information with the world. Security question #2: What’s your date of birth? You get the picture.

Now, FB is launching Timeline! So now your posts and pictures can become the gift that keeps on giving. Giving that company you are dying to get an interview with, the impression that you’re a heavy drinker, with family issues and who thinks your supervisor is an incompetent boob. Good luck securing an interview with that company or any other company trolling your profile.

Thanks Facebook!

ETHICS

Danah Boyd

I really appreciated Danah Boyd’s e-journal Social Network Sites: Public, Private, or What? but I wonder if the suggestions she has proposed will really be accepted by adults (parents, teachers, etc.)? Also, if adults do decide to do this how receptive will the youth be?

Eva Galperin

After reading Facebook Users Brace for Site Redesign, written by Eva Galperin and A Case for Pseudonyms,

Jillian C. York

written by Jillian C. York, it makes me wonder if Facebook is trying to hide behind the façade that using real names creates a more civil environment? Have they not heard of cyber-bullying? Where do they think cyber-bullying is happening? In the streets? At school?  On other social networking sites? Not only that, it makes me question what’s the real reason Facebook want people to use their real names? I really doubt it’s to prevent stalking and harassment.

A Conversation with Rehab El-Bakry

Rehab El-Bakry

I found it to be a great pleasure to hear Rehab El-Bakry speak today in our Theory and Audience Analysis class.  There were a lot of points that I took away from her conversation with us, but one thing in particular that I remember was what she said about blogging.  Basically, she told us that you might as well be honest when you blog, if not don’t blog at all.  It’s a very small point amidst all of the informative information that she shared with us, but one that I really believe is a good point. Since I have started blogging consistently (a little over three months ago), I have heard many of my classmates (from time-to-time myself included) gripe about all of the blogging we have to do and I believe we have just been going through the motions and not really getting the full benefits of blogging.  I’d like to be fully engaged in my blogs from here on out (not that I didn’t try to do well, but I think my previous blogs really lacked me being fully engaged in them, so I am going to attempt to put my whole-self into my blogs more.). But, I don’t want to take this time to really go into all of that; it was just a point that I wanted to briefly speak about.

Now back to the conversation El-Bakry (and her blog). I found her topics to be very engaging, not just the topics she talked about in class but from her blog as well.  I really like her post from September 14, 2011, entitled, “In Loving Memory of My Friend Sherif Turki”. In this blog El-Bakry takes a very personal turn, taking a moment to honor the friend that she has recently lost due to a heart attack.  I like it when people give you a brief glimpse into their world. Nothing overly personal where you feel you should not be listening to or reading about what they’re discussing; just a small peek to let you know that they experience the same things that you experience. I was very touched by this written memorial to Sherif Turki.

It really saddened me to hear about how the Christians in Egypt are still being persecuted and recently executed. How can a government really think that killing innocent people (because they want a safer place to worship) is justifiable? How can the journalist really call themselves journalists knowing that they have incited people to go out and harm others? It will never cease to amaze me just how trusting people are of the media; just because it’s on the news it must be true?  Sadly, we as Americans have fallen victim to the sort of hype.  Maybe my eyes have been opened because I used to work in the media field and I know all too well how the top story or breaking news can be skewed any way the television station wants it to go. After all, if it bleeds it leads.

Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace, Version 2.0

In his book, Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace, Version 2.0, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig issues a warning regarding the way we know cyberspace today may not exist tomorrow.

Code 2.0

When I first started to read this book I really questioned if cyberspace could really be regulated and if so how? Prior to fully reading the book it was my belief  that there could be an attempt to regulate it, but like everything associated with the web that “the system” has tried to exact laws for it could never be fully accomplished; it’s fundamentally impossible to regulate. I recalled when it was announced that people would be fined and even jailed if they downloaded music and movies from the internet?  What was the outcome?  We had 14 year-old kids be sent to court and threatened with jail time (because “the system” said that they downloaded an unusual amount of music).  Well, fast forward to today.  People are STILL illegally downloading music and movies because others make it available on the web and over it up like a prime cut filet mignon on a silver platter. Of course, I’m by no means an expert on the subject (nor I’m I a professor at Harvard or any other institution for that matter), so this is just the opinion of an university student; a few years from now someone my come across this blog and post a comment like: “You idiot you really could not see the writing on the wall? There was NO way to really regulated cyberspace and you believed this?”

Lessig cautions that one day we are going to wake up and come to see that the cyberspace we know and love has drastically changed right under our nose. This freedom will be snatched away because our every move, who we are, our likes and dislikes will all be supervised, captured and evaluated for some kind of market research report. He believes that our privacy can slowly start to vanish in the tangled web of cyberspace, therefore, we need to arm ourselves and take control regarding what everyone will know about us. Commercial vehicles are at work dictating the change and architecture of cyberspace. But, Lessig does support this kind of hybrid economy between sharing and commercial.

I think Lessig made some very compelling arguments and only time will tell if he is right or not. I hope for sake he has missed the target on this one.

CODE 2.0

At the end of the “Borders” Lessig talks about those who get the point and those who don’t get the point; del, what if those who don’t get the point never do get it even after the stories he tells?  Then how will he try to reach them?

 

Can cyberspace really be regulated?  Meaning, people are always finding ways around rules and regulations & with the internet being so vast is it really feasible to think that it will truly be regulated?

 

Just like you can purchase a new identity on the black market, if the government tried to “authenticate” who you are wouldn’t people just turn to the black market to purchase “cyber” authentication?

YOU ARE NOT A GADGET — A MANIFESTO

Jaron Lanier

When Lanier said, “Fortunately, difficult as it is, we can still try to change some expressions of philosophy that are on the verge of becoming locked in place in the tools we use to understand one another and the world”; how does he suggest we get from our current state to where he feels we need to be?

When Jaron Lanier talks about Google and Facebook creating the “hive mind” is he saying that this mind-set tells people that being an end user is more important than being an entrepreneur/innovator?

Is Lanier saying that companies like Google and Facebook are essentially no different than Mao Zedong when he refers to them as “digital Maoists”?