Archive for May, 2007

May 21th class

May 22, 2007

Tragic! Just found out we needed to turn in the paper for one of the assignments and completely forgot.

Lynda found something about a conference in Chicago about blogging.

Rogers Park bloggers are very active and rank 3rd in the Nation.

Tom read about corporate America like KFC are stealing clips from the ‘net and using it in their advertising.

GM got a big exposure by getting all the cars in Transformers to be GMs and you can blog with Optimus Prime (the leader of the giant bots to defend earth.)

Information wants to be free and somehow someone could find a way to use for evil purposes; like everything else since the Kirby vacuum.

The department of defense blocking utube and MySpace I really would like to see/hear what is that all about. I have a strange feeling that I might not agree with it.

News from the front is always difficult: why is it so important to know everything very quick?

I have a feeling that the PR world is completely populated by people who do not anything at all about war or any other combat situation. What is the difference about getting the information later on? Are these soldiers brainwashed just before getting home?

Gary wrote a piece about how to become an activist; seeing what makes the ordinary citizen to become an activist.

I need to send the link to this Blog to professor Tresser.

The beat for tonight is Social Justice.


May 14th class

May 15, 2007

Discussing where the class is standing for each one of us is bringing out all the students opinions and impressions. Linda started talking about the fact that we can write a lot about nothing. Something that looks and feels dull and meaningless to us might be interesting and even fascinating to an audience. Tom ilustrated an example of a guy that sold all his household items on eBay and then proceeded to go visit them in the different households they ended up in. He got so much feedback that he wrote a book about it.

This week has been particularly taxing and ended up to this day to drain all the energy I got; I am really having to switch back to school mode to pay attention. In sorts thismoment allows the mind to relax and be more active in the areas it was not used.

The importance of collecting contact information about people we talk to: phone, email.

More than one person expressed the original idea they had of the course was about to learn about history and about activism in Chicago. Tom Ramirez spearheaded the subject.

Holaday: Perhaps we need a guide to the blog; where to start – a page or link where people will navigate to to start their journey inside Chicago activism.

 Adriana noted she was learning a lot about the new medium and tools available on the net. SItes like yahoo flickr and blog engines, u-tube and mySpace. Some of these web 2.0 content drivern pages contain a lot of information that sometimes can look pointless and useful only to youngsters to lounge around. The same way it was done in the past in front of the ice cream parlor. This time the impact is much larger though and the sheer volume and behaviour of the “viral” information that potentially can derive from the internet can make nonsense into a great idea.

Tom Bergstrom announced the blog entries will hav eto be re-categorized and located on the neighborhood map.

“Mark” voiced the part of the group that is already using the internet as an everyday tool; he wants to obtain more information about activism. Check out Joe Moore’s web site on Rogers Park for activism hub example.

Oh boy I am tired, cold and hungry! Well perhaps finally I am not cold. Here in the land of eternal winter we reached finally something that in other part of the world is considered mild spring weather.

Gary evidenced the collaboration and cooperation part of the class and the fact that the information at hand made him more aware about. The phenomenon of how to use this directory we are building to fire up the spirit of people to join groups and make activism possible. Telling the story makes it accessible to us. It is not necessary to give up the daily job to participate.

Gary T and Beverly near him come up with examples about local sotries that impacted them and got them to participate,

Larry (cop and activist) : Information does not necessarily get out for something to be done about it. A public outcry for change and a massive amoun tof people are involved: change happens. Mass politics is at play here.

“Sex, drugs and updating your blog” on the New York Times talks about using blogging in the entertainment industry.

We are listening to a mediocre song now from the site mentioned in the NY times; HOW IN THE HECK DID THEY GET THE ENDORSEMENT? Who spun the piece of news to the media?

Viral marketing; apparently this happened before the interest of the ny times was peeked.

Prof attracted the attention to LinkedIn; zoominfo as search engine, zabasearch.

Blogging stats: web 2.0 distributed content : centralized processing: identity issues?

MIssion critical here does not seem to be part of the subject. He made a comment about the army guys posting stuff on mySpace and they should be able to. Perhaps he has never experienced enemy mortar fire?

Now blog is found more easly than any other page on the net. ? Big ?

Blog turns consumer relations from top-down to peer-to-peer.

Covering a topic for a year practically give s you enough material to write a book.

Align the readers with the content. There is always somebody out there that is a little bit more nuts than you about a particular topic you want to write about.

Andy Wibbels guest speaker

At daily KOS advertisement costs 9000 a week for the top slot.

DEmocratiziation fo the media thorugh this blog technology.

This class really starts to be interesting; perhaps the format should always be with a guest.

Deferred blogging

Blogging for small business.

May 7th class tech

May 8, 2007

Steve Jobs is at it again and this time he is vowing that Apple will eb on the forefront of environmental awareness very soon.

See the article at

This article is interesting not only for reading yet again about Steve getting back to the PC side of things, but to realize how much stuff is actually already in our machines and it is dangerous and toxic.

They also talk about Mercury – which is toxic and present in all those fluorescent tube lamps that everyone is buying now.

Perhaps we should wait for led lights; I need to do a search on the state of the art for that technology.

May 7th class

May 8, 2007

Today we saw a little video about a very silly guy that re-did the video of the alien singing “I will survive” by Gloria Gaynor and getting killed by the disco ball in the middle of the song.

The poor target is now none else than a Jesus impersonator that comes to the same end being hit by a bus on the street.

I cannot believe that people found that funny; not only the subject is old and re-hashed millions of times, but where is the funny in any case in this one? Perhaps bashing a taboo about religion? I am not difficult to amuse and this thing did not amuse at all. The only thing that might have given this pathetic attempt to comedy is the fact that a lawsuit was filed – wait a minute that was the funny part 🙂

We discussed the impact of the internet and capability of broadband to a nation own wealth.

Evaluating broadband proficiency with economic development.
The connection between internet and democracy. China is keeping the internet at bay to avoid spreading democracy. Perhaps it is true and the Internet provides a faster “viral” way to spread democracy, but I wonder how we reached democracy without the internet. It is scary the fact that now people will tell us of course you are not free: you do not have a broadband connection! How does makes one free: it is hard to tell.