Manifesto Planning

Normative Statements

Here are the 12 statements that most of the class chose:

Technology should remain a gateway for freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

We should be aware of how our use of technology has changed us, and we should take steps to change ourselves if we don’t like what we’re becoming.

We should accept that an increase in reliance on technology will result in less privacy and understand that we are responsible for protecting our own internet identities.

We should not replace all paper publications with e-paper or electronic publications.

We should be skeptical of but remain open to new digital technological advances.

We should view our interactions through technology as interactions with each other, rather than as interactions with technology itself.

We should control technology, not the other way around.

We should not rely on the Internet for human interaction and friendship.

People should actively stay aware of how technology affects them, mentally and externally.

Technology should be present for our enjoyment, but should not replace books, outdoor entertainment, or previously enjoyed activities because of convenience and accessibility.

The primary education system ought to update how technology is taught in accordance with which technologies are used in the professional world.

We ought to not place our happiness online.

Our state of mind is a funny thing. Sometimes we can be as giddy over a simple moment of joy. Other times, a rainy day can taint any good mood we maybe could have had. The funny thing is though, is that online, especially within social networking sites, everyone seems pretty darn happy.

There are pictures of sunny days and tailgates, birthday parties and babies. It honestly makes you feel like something’s missing from your life if you can’t keep up with constant flow of updated photo albums (even putting a few of your own pictures up for others to see.) It’s nothing new to compare your life to someone else’s, and most times you can feel better about yourself by knowing how you stack up next to someone else.

But what really is at work here? Do we actually begin to feel worse about ourselves after seeing all of this happiness happening to other people? I believe that this unspoken norm, of only highlighting the good times for others to see, is depressing everyone else in the process. Our way of thinking has shifted and it will be interesting to see what ramifications may come of it.

Source: Copeland, Libby. “The Anti-Social Network.” Slate. 26 January 2011. Web.

**Hey, please get your guys' normative statements to MC at||sewahcm. Thanks!

"I have received normative statements from a lot of the class, but not everyone. People have until tomorrow (April 21) to send them to me. Then I will be sending out the survey as it is.

The survey will be open until Sunday night. Then I will check the results and pick the top 12 statements." -MC's email**


For the manifesto we devised four groups as seen below. If you were not in class the day we chose teams, you can add your name to whichever task you want to work on.

Carey, Laura, Rachel, Sarah

Normative Statements
Amy, MC, Shannon, Megan, Brittany

Terri, Ted, Rosalie, Emily

Jon, Kaitlyn, Minni

Final review
Rosalie, Rachel, Amy, Jennifer