Class Archive

When I first decided to take this class, I had no idea what to expect. Looking at the description of the course I knew we would be talking about science and technology, but I thought we would only discuss topics such as cell phones, computers, and social media sites. But that was not the case at all. It was interesting to see that we could pick the topics we wanted to discuss for our class, such as online dating, race, and the technology of our food.

Looking and reflecting back on the different blog posts we have done throughout this semester, I am happy to know that we have created our own archive to look back on. With each blog post that has been written you can see the passion each student has for each of his or her topics. It was also amazing to see the different topics that each student chose. I also enjoyed reading and learning something new from each blog post.

One of the blog post topic’s that was interesting to me was the blog about neuroprosthetics. When I think of prosthetics, I would always think about someone with a wooden leg. But it seems like the research and advancement of this technology is expanding. This technology can definitely help those who are in need of it, and can give them the ability to do things they never thought they would be able to do. There is a performance artist named Viktoria Modesta, who is an amputee and has a prosthetic leg. She is also a model and DJ. In her music video Protype, she has a scene where she is dancing on a spike prosthetic. Through this music video, she wants to change people’s perspective on what it is to live with a disability. One thing I found interesting about the testing out of neuroprosthetics is that they are still testing out how ways to sense weight and temperature. When I go to grab something, I never really think about how much it weighs; it just comes naturally to me. Another thing I found interesting in this blog was that the science community maybe onto finding a potential way of communicating by sending someone’s thought signal through neurons. It’s amazing and but a kind of scary advancement to think about.

Another topic on the blog that caught my eye was the one about bees. I did not know that the population of bees was declining. For me personally, I do not like bees and did not really see the significance of them besides making honey until reading this post. It was interesting to see that bees are a very important aspect to us because they help pollinate many of our plants to give us fruits and vegetables.

One thing I liked about the class is that we are able to choose a technology that was are interesting. I also noticed that our class does not just choose topics that are commonly known with technology, such as the Internet. Many of the topics really make you think and expand your view on the topic of technology. I would have never thought about bees or Egyptian mummification as a medium of technology.

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Collective Class Archive

We have created a rather extensive archive this semester on our word press blog.  This archive continues to grow every day with more and more post about a very wide range of incredibly interesting topics.  As a class we have most definitely answered the core questions of this course by analyzing so many different types of technology and there vast range of impacts on the society we all live in.  One thing I find very interesting about our collective archive of a blog is the way every single student brings their own personality, emotions, and writing styles to every one of their blog posts.  This allows the blog to create not only an archive of different ideas but an archive of different emotions and feelings like Ann Cvetkovich refers to in her Archive of Feelings passage.  This is archive of feelings is created due to the fact that the blog posts are very open-ended and this allows everyone to choose topics they feel passionate towards to write about.  When someone writes about a topic that they are passionate about or at least interested in learning more about emotion is very present in the writing unlike in a boring paper where one is forced to write about a topic they don’t care about.  Reading some the latest posts especially the ones relating to peoples final paper topics is very obvious how passionate and driven some students are to write about their certain topics.

In the remaining half of this post I would like to elaborate a little further on a one of the topics that stood out to me as I reflected on the blog as an archive.  The first topic that really stood out to me was the topic of bees.  First off just the fact that someone is analyzing bees and the whole system around using them as a type of technology is awesome and just goes to show how many things most people would consider technology actually can be considered technology.  Before very recently when I stumbled across some information about the serious declination of the bee population I was not aware that this was a problem at all.  Bees seem like such an insignificant creature and even a pest to many people.  There are so many different technologies in our society that are solely used to kill bees.  It seems that too many people are so worried about the bees invading their lives and are failing to see just how large of an impact bees have on our comfortable lifestyles.  There are many people that aren’t even aware that without any bees to help pollinate plants many of the fruits and vegetables we eat everyday would be much harder to find in stores, much more expensive if you could find them, and some may even be complete nonexistent in stores.  This topic is very interesting to me and truly makes me wonder why more is not being done to protect and replenish the bee population.  I am definitely looking forward to reading the final paper on this topic when it is posted to our collective class archive.