Discussion Posts 5 and 6

DISCUSSION #5

WELCOME to the discussion for WEEK 5. Please respond in complete sentences for each question, unless directed to do otherwise, demonstrating in your reply that you have read the material in order to receive full credit.

Topic 1: Data Visualization

This week you watched David MacCandless Information is Beautiful infographic, where MacCandless discussed the beauty of data visualization

https://www.ted.com/talks/david_mccandless_the_beauty_of_data_visualization

Discussion:

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections.

Questions:

What ideas or pieces of information does the author present? List as many as you can.

Identify the main conclusion told in the graphic. This should not just be the title, but what conclusion you can make from the information provided.

Describe how the author represents data in the graphic. Example, using color to represent two things.

What other ways does the author tell the audience about the key message(s)?

What do you like/dislike about the graphic?

Topic 2: Infographics

Discussion:

An infographic is a visual representation of information, data, or knowledge meant to present complex information quickly and clearly. Infographics exist on nearly any topic you can imagine, proliferating in the digital age with social media.

Question #1:

Locate an infographic which relates to ONE of the topics covered within this course: (no more than two postings related to the same topic will be permitted)

Topic Chosen is: “Fake News”

Responses will need to include, but are not limited to:

Title of Infographic (if not available then subject it relates to)

URL

Detail how the Infographic relates to the topic

Analysis and recommendations for adjustment

Minimum Topic Response: Word Count = 70 (per topic). Your response is required to be AT LEAST 70 WORDS long. If your reply for this question is less than 70 words, you will lose points. You can use Microsoft Word to count the words in your response to make sure you have met the requirement.

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DISCUSSION #6

WELCOME to the discussion for WEEK 6. Please respond in complete sentences for each question, unless directed to do otherwise, demonstrating in your reply that you have read the material in order to receive full credit.

Topic 1: The Digital Divide

This week you read Digital Divide in a Global Economy by Jack Lule

https://2012books.lardbucket.org/books/mass-communication-media-and-culture/s16-03-digital-divide-in-a-global-eco.html

Discussion:

More than just a tool for information transfer, the Internet has become a conduit for a globalized workforce. However, as the Internet has become integrated into daily business life, a digital divide has emerged. Some derive the benefits from Internet access, but many others do not.

Questions:

Could the digital divide change the way people think about themselves in relation to the rest of the world? Provide experiences, observations, or references to Week 6’s readings that helped shaped your opinion.

What barriers exist that make it difficult to close the digital divide in developing economies like India and China? What barriers exist in a developed country such as America?

Topic 2: Open World

This week you watched Four Principles for the Open World by Don Tapscott.

https://www.ted.com/talks/don_tapscott_four_principles_for_the_open_world_1

Discussion:
Tapscott believes that social media is becoming social production and that the Internet is a global supercomputer–every time people upload content to this supercomputer, it becomes more powerful as the new content becomes part of a global collective…a new means of production in the making. Tapscott believes that tapping into this supercomputer will allow us to innovate in ways that were not previously possible.
Question #1:
Locate one example that supports Tapscott’s Four Principles (Collaboration, Transparency, Sharing, and Empowerment) and share this example with your classmates (justify and support your answer).

Minimum Topic Response: Word Count = 70 (per topic). Your response is required to be AT LEAST 70 WORDS long.
NOTE 1: Please make sure you answer EACH item and LABEL each item (#1, #2, #3, etc) so that I can easily check that each item has been answered.

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