Category Archives: Screen

a thought about the web

“web users don’t like to read…they want to keep moving and clicking”

(Jakob Nielsen 2000)

 

Users of websites have differnt expectaions than those of print.,they expect to feel ‘productive’ not contemplative. They expect to be in search mode and not in processing mode. Users also expect to be disapointed, distracted and delayed by false leads.

 

South Park Facebook

Reading again all the posts about Screen and the peer group discussion summary I remembered this South Park episode called You Have 0 Friends.

http://www.wat.tv/video/04-2lktd_2i261_.html

I think this particular episode is quite relevant on how Facebook as an example can create new social behaviours.

I used, being a young adult who haven’t been raised with Facebook and have known many other things before it, to think of it as nothing more than a (communication) tool, but a real powerful one.

Such a powerful tool that today, any boss supposed to be a conscious adult, responsible for giving a job or not (in a fair, equal way, regarding only experience) to another adult, is checking (at least really tempted to) the Facebook profile and photos of candidates. Or a tool being used as a Revolution planner. But it is also a name for children now. And that is big…  So I must be wrong thinking of it as just being a tool. But then, with this in mind, watching this episode I’ve just figured out how much Facebook must be more than a just a tool (or whatever we imagine it is) to youngers and children. To the generation that has only known Facebook, that are growing with it, it is no more a tool than just their reality, a way of living.

What we used to know as the socializing school playgrounds when we were children, being nice or crual, playing, arguing with one another and thus growing and learning what life is, is now (if not replaced by) extended within Facebook. When you go home what happened during the day at school for example still goes on on Facebook. There isn’t anymore this separation of places and their different social roles such as home, school or weekend activities places. Facebook can be all these places, Facebook is everywhere, anywhere. I don’t really know how this can be a change but I am sure it is a massive one. Of course South Park is a caricature but I think it’s not really far from what it actually is. Many more massive changes are going to happen as new generations, with total new behaviour and representation of “reality” will grow.

Facebook is a baby girl!

did you guys see this? it was one of these news that appear on yahoo’s first page

it startled me that even if facebook and twitter faciliated or, were entirely responsible, for the revolution in Egypt, someone would name his daughter “Facebook”

would it be the same as someone in the 60s naming their daughter: “leaflet” or “flyer”?

 

A young Egyptian man has decided to call his first-born daughter Facebook in a tribute to the social media site’s role in his country’s political revolution.

Proud father Jamal Ibrahim, who was swept up in enthusiasm over the revolt against President Hosni Mubarak, gave his daughter the unorthodox name to express his thanks for developments in Egypt since anti-government protests started on 25 January, according to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.

The girl’s full name is Facebook Jamal Ibrahim, and family and friends have reportedly gathered around the newborn to express their continuing support for the revolution that started on Facebook.

Egypt is home to five million Facebook users – the highest number in the Middle East – and the website was instrumental in galvanising civilians for peaceful protests that eventually toppled Mubarak.

Following the President’s resignation on 11 February, graffiti artists scribed ‘Thank you Facebook’ on walls across Cairo.

During the uprising, thousands of Egypt-themed groups and pages appeared on Facebook, and the military government even started using the site to try and reach out to Egyptian youth.

A whopping 32,000 groups and 14,000 pages were created in this time.

Facebook has received many gifts from young people who were overjoyed by both her arrival and her inventive name, reports Al-Ahram.

 

SmartUs

http://www.smartus.com/index.php?Lang=EN&Site=SmartUs&Menu=Corporate&PageId=180

video games, computers, and information technology are often blamed for obesity among children. The SmartUs product range is an environment of play, activity, and learning designed for children and families.

One Laptop per Child

also found in the “INDEX:” book

it reminds me of the TED talk we watched in the lecture. So I do think it’s worth while to bring technology to the educational area.

ninety-nine percent of children in developing countries leave school without having touched a computer. The non-profit One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) brings learning, information, and communication to children in developing countries.

… without computer literate populations in developing countries, much of the world will continue to struggle to compete in a rapidly evolving, global information economy with a growing knowledge gap.
… this laptop is a small machine with a big mission. It brings learning, information, and communication to children where education is needed most, in developing countries.

http://one.laptop.org/about/mission

OLPC’s mission is to empower the world’s poorest children through education

One Laptop per Child mission and principles · download videos

We aim to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, we have designed hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning. With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.

To be aware

Payback is the title of a book I`m reading now and then. It is not a story so it is more informative …

Among other issues of the 21th century it deals with the question: “Why are we forced in the age of  constant information to do what we do not want to do, and how do we regain control of our thinking?”

Fewer and fewer people are able to distinguish what is important and what is not important. But the computer determines our life in a more dramatic way: For every time the computer apparently feeds us selflessly with information we feed it with truth. Truth is a part of us, maybe we can regard it as a pice of us. A giant net is full of information from us. None of this information is ever lost, everything is processed and used to control our thoughts through the latest software.The society is slowly begins to understand how important psychological and political answers to these existential changes are. The way out of the calculable life is not the denial of technology but a new thinking in us as human beings.

 

 

the big brother

 

as we mentioned yesterday it is pretty scary how our information is kept by the search engines and cookies in our computers. As I was reading the postings on the blog there was a surprise: an ad by google, coincidentally enough on “freelance graphic design”…

sneeze episode

Today I was reading a book about ethics in graphic design and I, suddenly, sneezed. I immediately remembered the baby panda – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzRH3iTQPrk – but that’s not my point. I have allergies, that’s right. I have allergies to dust, mite and some more, non life threatening, but still, they bother. I was reading a book, which I don’t do so often any-more (blame the internet), and then I got it: blame the internet, I never sneeze while I’m writing my blog, commenting facebook photos or chatting with friends. I never sneeze on screen. I’m not stopping with the books, I love them very much, I do want to make books of my own someday, as a graphic designer, hopefully. I never sneeze on screen, though. [just a thought]

The Information

An insightful article by Adam Gopnik from the recent “New Yorker” about the internet and books about the internet and books about books about the internet.

“When the electric toaster was invented, there were, no doubt, books that said that the toaster would open up horizons for breakfast undreamed of in the days of burning bread over an open flame; books that told you that the toaster would bring an end to the days of creative breakfast, since our children, growing up with uniformly sliced bread, made to fit a single opening, would never know what a loaf of their own was like; and books that told you that sometimes the toaster would make breakfast better and sometimes it would make breakfast worse, and that the cost for finding this out would be the price of the book you’d just bought.

All three kinds appear among the new books about the Internet: call them the Never-Betters, the Better-Nevers, and the Ever-Wasers.”

the cult of the amateur?