Final Portfolio for DH1001

DO Week 1 – Responses/reactions to ‘A domain of one’s own

After having read ‘A domain of one’s own I think that the main point that the author is trying to portray is that the necessity of technology in the present day is paramount to success in different fields such as education for students and skills within life, one of the key points I found in the piece was the importance of students today having their own domains. The article also identifies that there are problems with education technology too. The loss of personal data is very relevant. I found the piece by Audrey Watters more interesting. The points were valid and well explained. The world we live in is vapidly consumed by technology so expanding our horizons as students can help us develop lifelong skills with technology. But this article also showcases the fear of innovation that comes hand-in-hand with technology. The AI-generated artwork article, which describes how an AI-made piece of artwork angered people by winning a competition, emphasizes this fear further. Jason Allen created digital art and submitted it for the contest. Many artists are concerned about their prospects as a result of the developed applications because it is so simple to produce art. This innovation has caused unquestionable fear in humankind.

DO Week 2 – Read and respond here to the Mark Marino article.

From reading Marinos article, I think that technology has changed and developed vastly over the years. When personal blogging was introduced it was a very popular platform for people to express their thoughts and ideas and over time this then progressed to vlogging and now the social media we have today. Blogging is still popular today but wouldn’t be as familiar to younger people as social media. People today don’t need to read long articles on one web page to get the information they can read hundreds of people’s thoughts and images through Instagram almost instantaneously. You can gain more knowledge by scrolling through your Instagram feed than by one person’s blog. I think that this will continue to grow and expand over the years to come. 3-4 years ago nobody had heard of TikTok or BeReal and now they are two of the most popular social media platforms of 2022. The way we consume content has changed so rapidly over the years if social media doesn’t keep up we will find a new way to do this.

Essential questions are: can you trust the quality of that information?  What kind of information is it – how much are you curating your feed now / or is the algorithm directing content to you that it has decided you will watch? The article by Mark Marino also emphasizes once more how quickly technology is evolving. The platforms we employ are always evolving. vlogging has replaced blogging, which was formerly new to most people and was in vogue. People have discovered quicker and easier ways to engage with the world’s ever-evolving technologies. People no longer have the patience to read lengthy blogs; instead, they prefer to read brief summaries of people’s daily lives. We scan the feeds for brief excerpts that seem pertinent to us and skip the remainder rather than waste our time reading them.

DO Week 3 – Responses to The Internet’s Own Boy – 

I was astounded by how extraordinarily clever Aaron Swartz was and found myself in awe of him. To be completely honest, I had never heard of him before, so learning that he was a Reddit co-founder was impressive. The fact that he worked on so many initiatives, including the operation of RSS but was so young and only really at the start of his career. I was inspired by how young he was when he began to transform the internet. Everyone he came into contact with seemed to like him, and they all seemed to be praising him for his zeal for improving the world. After watching the internet’s own boy, I thought deeply about all the work that Aaron Swartz provided for the internet through his creation of Reddit and Creative Commons and his activism against SOPA (Stop online privacy act). The penalties that Aaron faced were too severe and were the reason for his downfall even throughout his work and his own social outreach he did not publicly talk about the trial fearing he would incriminate friends and colleagues even though it would have been simple for him to do. His work is incredibly important and is linked throughout the usage of the internet today. We wouldn’t have as much access to the internet as we do now if it weren’t for him.

DO Week 4: Social Media & the Web – Principles within “a contract for the web.”

In reading Principle 5, By granting individuals clear and meaningful choices to manage procedures affecting their privacy and data, as well as control over their own privacy and data rights Supporting corporate responsibility, a strong privacy culture, and data protection through design. doing routine and proactive data processing impact evaluations that are made public to regulators, who hold businesses responsible and subject them to review and criticism, to determine how their services and products could better support users’ privacy and data rights, giving users options to access online content and use online services that protect their privacy. Whereas principle 8 it’s not as lengthy and is more compact talking about how we all need to work together to create a more inclusive web. These both are needed to make the internet the creative safe space we are used to. Whilst principle 5 is about personal privacy we cannot achieve this without corporation privacy which interlopes with principle 8.

DO Week 5 – what was your best museum visit and why – give an example. 

My best museum visit was to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris with my art class in March. We were studying the art of Van Gogh for the leaving cert. The Musée d’Orsay is a spectacular museum with lots of resources and high levels of interaction. The museum set us up with a guide and a listening recording. The guide would regularly quiz us on the pieces and inform us of things we didn’t know about the pieces. The guide would have us listen to the recording and ask us what we took from it and provide more context for things we didn’t understand. The recordings were very detailed and interesting and helped you understand the piece more than reading a sign with a few facts. We all really enjoyed the trip and it helped a lot with learning about them. Seeing the physical pieces really helps you understand the art. I learned a lot about Van Gogh his life and his works through this exhibition rather than reading my textbook. The museum also holds the works of some of the Impressionists, they might not be the most famous group of artists in the world but if you are doing your leaving cert they are some of the most important. The museum gave me extremely valuable resources and fact sheets that I used when studying for my exams. Overall the interactive aspect of the tour really helped me truly understand the art properly. 

DO: Week 6 – Responses/reactions to Vision, Immersion, New Technologies

For me, the main message of the articles portrays people’s fear of new inventions and things differing from old and reliable techniques. People fear the unknown and fear not knowing. Over time we as a society have become more accepting of new creations and concepts which has led to people discovering more and making everyday life easier.  People are still very reluctant to accept the new and embrace new inventions even today and still live in these times before modern-day inventions are now common practice. 

The models shown in the articles will be very relevant to my artifact. I personally don’t think that panorama will be of much use to me but sketchfab does seem the most versatile and helpful out of those given.

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