Autocorrect Humanity (Turkle-esque)

I’ve got my Intro to Professional Communication students blogging this semester as well, with the main difference from your assignment being that they are to create their own individual blog spaces and post twice a week. The posts aren’t readings-based, but instead should:

  • focus on the issues and trends in communication/journalism/technology that you find most interesting, and
  • cultivate your voice and draws your classmates’ attention to images or articles you’ve found online

See my recent blog post about this project, which includes all the info I presented at The Teaching Professor Technology conference a couple weeks ago. I won’t say more about the work it takes on my end to evaluate 44 separate spaces, but as I do their midterm blog evals I have to say I’ve been impressed!

A few students this semester have shared this video (now at 7.8 million views!), and had I seen it before putting together the midterm exam, I would have included it on the list of supplemental resources. Give it a watch and let me know what you think:

 

Posted on October 24, 2014, in Social Media, Society, Technology, Video. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The first word that comes to my mind is “cute”. That is the best way to describe the video. In theory, Prince Ea has a wonderful message. In reality, I don’t think it is applicable. From what I found, Prince Ea puts out his own videos and music on Facebook, Youtube, and other emerging media. If everyone unplugged and played scrabble with their friends, how would he promote his music? How would he get his message out? Who would be there to listen?

    His message is thought provoking even if it’s a little naive. “Class of 99′; Wear Sunscreen” is a song full of advice. Cancer.gov website claims there are 76,100 new cases of skin cancer in 2014. “I hope you dance” was a popular country song that had a great message. I went to a wedding two weekends ago and half the dance floor was in some stage of disrobing. Dare I say I missed the part in the song that suggested being extremely intoxicated before you danced.

    Prince Ea is not a revolutionary ideologist. Roots of the counter culture movement can easily be traced back to a guy named Timothy Leary. Turn on, tune in, and drop out was a phrase made popular when he spoke about love, peace, and humanity back in the 1960’s. It was cool for a couple years and then it wasn’t. Turns out that a commune can’t run on peace and love.

    All negativity aside, I thoroughly enjoyed his interview with Glenn Beck and also Prince Ea’s video on Ferguson, MO. He has some very inspiring views and I hope he continues to pursue his passion. The world certainly isn’t worse off for having him around.

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