Manifesto: Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown
Manifesto: Part I

1.Colleges and Universities should create mobile apps for students to purchase using course material via Kindles, iPads, or eBooks.

The principle of this Manifesto is to portray that Universities need to take into account that college students can’t continue to afford the price of textbooks; especially when there is more than one book per course. By providing online digital readings, this will not only be cheaper for students to purchase, but it will also allow them to feel like they are using their course material through their “everyday digital uses/experiences.” I personally adopt this principle, as a college student understanding the stress of having to buy your own textbooks, but instead was able to save over a hundred dollars—purchasing the majority of my textbooks using my Kindle. Implications for other societies, is the ability for teachers to not only stay up-to-date with the latest technology, but to provide their students with a more beneficial option that creates fast, immediate, and efficient reading results. Ultimately providing students to have direct and instant access for long-term uses. The reader should take this seriously, because while society is beginning to shift to digital, professors are also beginning to adopt the same technological proficiencies as their students, and maybe even their own children. According to Visconsi “The nice thing about developing mobile apps is that you can push out new small features [and] you can make changes or corrections if you discover you've made a mistake." An example illustrated in the article was students having the ability to purchase a Shakespeare app, which allowed them to listen to the audio of the text and having the ability to take notes at the same time; instead of the traditional “writing inside your textbook margin” routine.

Lytle, Ryan. "College Professors Create Mobile Apps for Students." US News. U.S.News & World Report, 26 Oct. 2012. Web. 13 Nov. 2012. <http://www.usnews.com/education/bestcolleges/articles/2012/10/26 /college-professors-create-mobile-apps-for-students>.

2. Technology shouldn’t take away jobs from individuals, rather assist them to embrace an easier work environment and keep jobs on the market .**

No more farmers, factory workers, computer gurus…technology has taken over these occupations, laying off employers from their job careers and depleting the available job opportunities that the United States is already suffering to provide citizens. While some aspects and forms of technology may produce goods and food at a faster rate, than any farmer could provide alone; should this still really take away from an experienced workers job? I adopted this Manifesto because I believe that workers, such as agricultural farmers shouldn’t loose their jobs completely to technology, but provided the opportunity to have technology assist them, based on their needed preferences and needs. While there are many forms of equipment that farmers have found beneficial in their farming techniques, technology is beginning to take away their needed services completely, depleting the initial hard labor works have placed their effort towards. Implications other societies may find is the ability to keep jobs on the market in many fields, including agriculture, computer science, and even factory workers. Having technology assist workers versus it taking over their occupations will allow individuals to perhaps embrace technology, making their everyday work style a little bit easier. I think that the reader should take this Manifesto seriously because what if students wont have to attend college anymore, rather receive their degree online. Or what if students still go to Universities, but they don’t need “live” professors because a computer or robot figure will be able to instruct the class on how to complete and learn assessments. Technology should assist our needs, not take them away.

//Rifkin, Jeremy. "New Technology and the End of Jobs." New Technology and the End of Jobs. Edward Goldsmith,, n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2012. <http://www.converge.org.nz/pirm/nutech.htm>.//

3. All Universities should create a “multimedia studies program” for students to learn mobile application, UI/UX design, to using social media outlets.

All Universities should create “multimedia studies program” for students to stay both up-to-date, but to also become trained and skilled experts in this field— being the future users of technology. I adopted this Manifesto, because as a personal social media user, I never learned the benefits in marketing myself (in specific ways) online to potential employers, if it weren’t for a course at Virginia Tech, which taught me these online skills. Implications for other societies, would be teaching the younger generation to become technology gurus and how to interact with other users globally, at the simplicity of their fingertips. Today, many business professionals travel for conferences with other professionals within or even outside of their company as their job occupation. By teaching students who will become the these rising professionals, having a multimedia studies program, would allow them to learn how to communicate online more efficiently, productively, faster, and most importantly effortless access. This could avoid those future company-traveling fees, because future professionals (students) will have been taught how to continue business online versus traveling so have that simple face-to-face interaction. The reader should take this Manifesto seriously, because this could benefit their way of going about business in the future, allowing them to save time and money. Money could be placed elsewhere and business employees could stay in their current job location at all times. Collectively, professionals would be able to get business done with more companies, allowing them the ability to develop new clients/relationships faster while also maintaining previous company relationships.

Mandiberg, Michael. The Social Media Reader. New York: New York UP, 2012. Print.

4. Social Media Sites that are used for “image” purposes, like Facebook should be eliminated, causing teens to loose realistic social skills.

While social media is such a great benefit to the digital world, there are a few sites, such as Facebook that may appear beneficial for some, but the majority of its users are being affected—hindering their social skills. Unlike other social media sites like Twitter and LinkedIn; Facebook is not able to provide its users with the frequent news and professional updates that they would be receiving with these other social media outlets. But instead is causing users (specifically teens) to develop larger circles of friends, with smaller intimate and social ties. I adopted this Manifeto because Facebook causes teens to have an “online image” that is then taken away from their real-life persona. Whereas other outlets such as LinkedIn provides both the personal user and other online users to understand what type of real-world persona and status quo your profile is being portrayed as. Implications for other societies would then cause teens to learn how to use social media more beneficially as a professional social outlet, versus simply a social way of “adding” more online friends to your profile. The reader should take this seriously because this would then cause users to have more realistic social skills, for when they need that professional face-to-face interaction with a co-worker or boss. Teaching the younger generation how to use multimedia properly will cause teens to be more efficient with their online usage and less focused on keeping up with their social images.

//Dimick, Luke. "Study Shows Online Networking Could Hurt Social Skills." Central Michigan Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2012. <http://www.cm-life.com/2009/11/13/study-shows-online-networking-could-hurt-social-skills/>.//

5. We should not place biological evolution “DNA” in computers or robots.

The idea of DNA and Technology originally seems very fascinating, until you get a litter deeper into researching it According to Harvard Cracks DNA "Scientists have been eyeing up DNA as a potential storage medium for a long time, for three very good reasons: It’s incredibly dense (you can store one bit per base, and a base is only a few atoms large); it’s volumetric (beaker) rather than planar (hard disk); and it’s incredibly stable — where other bleeding-edge storage mediums need to be kept in sub-zero vacuums, DNA can survive for hundreds of thousands of years in a box in your garage." I adopted this principle because going back to what we discussed in class, maybe not exactly WHERE is the DNA going to come from; but what compensations are going to be offered from WHO provides it? People in different societies will begin to believe that their DNA storage is altering the technology beneficially and want to be ultimately rewarded? Isn't that what humanity has turned to nowadays? Biology in a computer is somewhat unsettling to me. When we discussed technology becoming apart of the human experience and nature; to literally have DNA absorbed in it seems a bit much. The reader should take this seriously because a robot having electrical parts seems much more idealistic, knowing that you can turn it on/off as you please. By placing DNA into computers is this a form of the human existence wanting technology to “come alive?” The next thing that’s going to be discussed is, will technology have feelings? It already has DNA…

Anthony, Sebastian. "Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram." Extreme Tech. Ziff Davis, Inc., 17 Aug. 2012. Web. 29 Oct. 2012.

6. Individuals should be able to permanently delete Facebook, instead of simply deactivating it.

Some users tend to deactivate their Facebooks, hoping that it will delete their profile and the ability for companies to view it… when in fact that’s not necessarily true. When deactivating your account the user it “temporarily” freezing their profile from being viewed from their online friends, but their profile is still labeled as being “activated.” I adopted this Manifesto to have the ability to permanently delete Facebook, allowing users that want to create a new account with new friends, have a fresh new start, or they simply don’t want to have an online presence any longer. Not having the ability to permanently delete your account, but still have it be viewed is an invasion of Privacy, more specifically “online privacy.” Implications for other societies that adopt this Manifesto is allowing the ability for all previous and current Facebook users to have the ability to permanently delete their Facebook accounts under their own circumstances versus just having their profile “frozen.” I believe that the reader should take this seriously because what if you have a job occupation, or a new life that you want to start over with, but you’re never really able to get rid of that online presence completely. By adopting this Manifesto, users are agreeing that technology shouldn’t be able to permanently record our lives, if we don’t want to shared. This is proving that technology is not overtaking the human experience, allowing us to choose whether or not we would like to continue have a Facebook account

//MakeUseOf." How To Permanently Delete Your Facebook. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2012. <http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/permanently-delete-facebook-account-weekly-facebook-tips/>.//