Category: FYS-142

Connected on the Surface, Disconnected Within

As technological advances continue to take place, more and more individuals are chained to a smartphone, smartwatch, iPad or Computer. Smartphones with endless applications allow for easy access to all of one’s connective data and promote the use of social media platforms where people can share photos and update friends and family with statuses and pictures. Ultimately, there are endless… Read more →

Word Art and The Art it Does

Word Art’s word-cloud feature allows for an open field of creativity to brainstorm, collaborate, synthesize, and contrast information. In my word cloud, I decided to compile all of my favorite songs from the alternative genre. I have received positive feedback from when I play these songs on the radio station I DJ for on Tuesdays from 4-6 pm (my show is… Read more →

Efficiency or Zen?

As technology revolutionizes the way we interact, live, and move, it also revolutionizes the way we learn and receive an education. With the new and improved devices from the popular tech-companies of 2018, not only is the way we are learning is being improved but the way we are being taught it is being improved. Teachers can now have access… Read more →

“LOL” or “Laughing Aloud?”

In Kristen Purcell’s, Judy Buchanan’s, and Linda Freidrich’s work, “The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing,” the concept of technology affecting students’ education and writing is investigated and observed through not only surveys from Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers but also from a statistical analysis standpoint. They come to several conclusions such as technology is not only… Read more →

To Read, or Not To Read?

The New York Time’s article, “How Technology is (and isn’t) Changing our Reading Habits,” touches upon how the technological changes in reading effect 21st-century families, adults, children, industries, and businesses. It focuses on how these groups are being affected by the literature-technological take-over. Alexandra Alter, a reporter in the book industry, responds to prompted questions about how ebooks and Kindles are both… Read more →

Use Protection…Online

As we all use the iMessages, Gmail services, and social media platforms on a daily basis, we feel comfortable with exchanging information and personal data through the convenience of one’s personal laptop, iPhone, or other smart devices. However, what if your personal information is not as secure as you think it is? To explore this further, I watched a video… Read more →

Humans’ Race

In this ever-changing society we live in, we see the technological advances exploding before us and the generations to come. However, how educated are those from the previous generations to these technological advances? And more importantly, how will this affect the minds of the future generations? There is the shift from the non-digital era of the 20th century to the overtly… Read more →

The Magic of Technology

Tristan Harris’ work, How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind—from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist, explains not only the extreme dependence the general public has on technology but also the strong need and desire to stay connected in fear of missing out on opportunities or news. He further explains this in a Ted-Talk as he describes the psychology and analysis… Read more →