Smartphones, technology and our hidden human app
I am a Black Mirror newbie. I just discovered it over the recent New Years’ weekend, binge watching season 4 practically in one sitting, my inefficient human need for sleep being the only thing keeping me from making it through the final episode.
After watching, I totally get its popularity and binge-worthiness—the integration, intrusion and even collision of technology into our lives eerily reflected in parallel realities or near future settings. Continue reading
A week ago today, 16-year old sophomore David Molak hanged himself as a result of ongoing cyberbullying in my hometown of San Antonio. Despite transferring last November to a private school in an attempt to escape the digital harassment he’d endured since October (or possibly longer), it continued to follow him up to last Sunday night, the eve before returning to school after the recent holiday break, culminating in a group text that seemingly catalyzed David’s ultimate decision to end his life a few hours later in his own backyard. Continue reading
The introductory post in a 2-strand series about Information Literacy
Is Information Literacy “legit” in our digital age?
While driving around in the car this week, listening to a local pop station for a change, the song “Hollaback Girl” came on the radio. As the lyrics “I ain’t no hollaback girl” popped to the hiphop beat, I thought to myself, I think that’s Gwen Stefani; and then I wondered, Hmm, what does “Hollaback Girl” actually mean?
To be honest, I’ve been wondering that off and on when hearing that song over the last ten years or so since it first came out, but have never quite been motivated enough to find out. Continue reading