Posted by: scott8827 | April 29, 2010

24 Hours with no Social Media

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/research/social-media-addiction-study-w.html

I think that it would be interesting if Rollins CMC classes did something like this.  I feel like at this point it would be almost physically impossible for any student to truly go 24 hours without their cell phone, computer, facebook, or twitter.  These technological devices have become so addicting that they are almost like a drug, and we as students are the addicts.  At some point we all use one of these devices in our day.  Being a student in 2010, it is almost impossible to go through a day of classes, and homework without our computers, or cell phones.  It would be interesting to throw our students in a time machine and see how they react in a time where these devices did not exist.  Would we go through serious withdrawals? or would we adapt and adjust ourselves to a life without modern technology?  These are some of the quotes from the article that I found entertaining…

“My attempt at the gym without the ear pieces in my iPhone wasn’t the same; doing cardio listening to yourself breathe really drains your stamina.”

“Facebook I might be able to do without, but my cell phone is important to me. It creates a link to constant communication and safety. What happens when I need immediate contact with someone, if there is an emergency?”

“Texting and IM-ing my friends gives me a constant feeling of comfort,” wrote one student. “When I did not have those two luxuries, I felt quite alone and secluded from my life. Although I go to a school with thousands of students, the fact that I was not able to communicate with anyone via technology was almost unbearable.”

Posted by: scott8827 | April 28, 2010

Social Media for Social Change Article

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_to_use_social_media_for_social_change.php

I found this article the other day and thought it was interesting and very applicable for our class.  It was written in 2008, and is all about how people can use social networks, and other forms of social media for social change.  The article talks about a Twit Out that took place when people were trying to boycott twitter for one day to show the website that it would be nothing without its users.  The reason for this is that people were fed up with the outages that were taking place on the website.  The whole purpose was to try to get the fine people of twitter to update their server and fix the problems.  Another part of the article talks about how people were blogging about the earthquake that took place in China.  This is helpful because it helps people become more informed about the earthquake, and how they can help donate their time or money to repair the damages.  The article also shows us how people use twitter to try to raise money for specific causes.  The article mentions how certain users on youtube use the site to help promote, and publicize their charities.  All together this article does a good job in explaining how we can use these social networking sites to promote social change.

Posted by: scott8827 | April 27, 2010

Mapping Project

PROBLEM: Locating a single map that illustrates all of the city of Orlando’s bus stops. We were unable to find one map that showed all of the available bus locations (after searching online as well as other bus stops around the greater Orlando area), rather we could only find multiple smaller versions of the map which made it extremely difficult to visualize the entire area at large.  In light of this problem, we thought it would be extremely effective if we could generate a clear virtual map that shows all of the  bus stops located in the Orlando area.

How is this a major issue for the people of Orlando?

-particularly for individuals from poor to low-class families who are looking for a work and may not have a car, access to public transportation is an essential deciding factor that may dictate where and if one can get such a job

-in order for this individual to get a job, he/she must have access to a map that depicts all of the local public transportation stops

-if a map like such is not available, he/she may face great difficulty in the job search process because they will not possess the knowledge of job location in relation to public transportation location (this process becomes even more lengthy if easy access to the Internet is not possible)

-as a result, there are no available resources to aid in the job search!

Who it’s a problem for?

-working class/middle-low/low class

-Orlando residents who depend on public transportation as their major means for transportation

-Orlando residents who cannot afford to purchase their own vehicle

-the local Orlando community: lack of knowledge of public transportation stops = lack of ability to get to work = increase in unemployment = increase in individuals on welfare/homeless residents

Structural Issues?

Political Economy: Lynx Transportation ownership/publishers (Transit – Advisory Committee)

-Lack of a legitimate system to locate public transportation stops

-class inequality (lack of resources for those who already in unfortunate positions)

Dominant Ideology?

-generalizations concerning the low/working-class (i.e. they should be able to figure it out on their own/can figure out another way to get to work/should work until they can afford and no longer have to rely on public transportation)

-issues of public transportation are often invisible to those in power (middle-upper/upper class), cannot be “concerned” with such trivial concerns

-false representations of “who” uses public transportation (not just for the homeless!)

-people who do not have to deal with public transportation do not want to have to deal with the poverty that often comes with it

-lower class/poor often do not have a stake in society – loss of identity

How can we help?

We would like to combine all of the smaller maps provided by the Lynx Transportation website for people to see all of the available bus stops in the greater Orlando area

SOLUTION: By creating a single map, the individual would only have to search one link to be able to locate all of the bus stops located in the area they are interested in.  For individuals who do not have easy access to computers, they would be able to stop into the library for a quick five minutes to see this information instead of possibly spending two hours navigating through all of the separate links. By making this part of searching for jobs easier, it may give people who are unemployed more incentive to go out and find a job. If someone who does not have the resources to easily find a job, they will not have as much motivation to continue with the job search process.

Posted by: scott8827 | April 27, 2010

Orlando Bus Stops Map

Posted by: scott8827 | April 22, 2010

Kiva Donations

http://www.kiva.org/lend/189665?_tpos=1&_tpg=1

I thought this was a good cause to donate to.  More to come soon….

Posted by: scott8827 | April 13, 2010

Katy Bildahl
Devon McGowan
Scott Fusco

Mapping Project Proposal

April 12, 2010

For our mapping project we are going to map out all of the bus stops in Orlando, FL. After doing some searching online, a clear map of the location of bus stops does not exist. The only visible map of bus stops shows a small portion of the map, stop by stop. By only showing a small piece of the map at a time, it is hard to visualize the area as a whole.
The problem with this is when someone is looking for a job that does not have a car to get to work; access to public transportation will be a big factor when deciding where they are going to work. In order for that person to select a job, they must look at where all of the bus stops are. Without a clear map, this process may become very lengthy and difficult, especially if they do not have easy access to a computer.
We would like to combine all of the small maps that the bus company Lynx provides on their website to create one map for people to see the locations of the bus stops in Orlando. By creating one map, you will be able to find all of the bus stops by only clicking on one link. For people do not have access to computers, they would be able to stop into the library for 10 minutes to see this information instead of possibly spending two hours navigating through all of the separate links. By making this part of searching for jobs easier, it may give people who are unemployed more incentive to go out and find a job. If someone who does not have the resources to easily find a job, they will not have as much motivation to continue with the process.

Posted by: scott8827 | April 12, 2010

Mapping Used to Find Girl Lost in Central Florida Woods

http://www.wesh.com/news/23121287/detail.html?hpt=T2

Posted by: scott8827 | March 30, 2010

Map of my walk to class…

Here is a working map of my walk to Rollins…..

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=100526534717448423591.000483081f5bcbe1e0f35&ll=28.591991,-81.348626&spn=0.035647,0.077162&z=14

Posted by: scott8827 | March 29, 2010

Question About Google Maps

When signing up for a google maps account, I was confused about the process… I than found this video and it helped clarify how to make a google “my” maps..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TftFnot5uXw&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: scott8827 | March 3, 2010

Notes for Homelessness and Jobs:

Assumptions:

Homeless People are…

–   Not trying to get out of homelessness

–   Don’t know how to help themselves

–   Why isn’t the city helping/someone must be fixing it

–    If I volunteer in a homeless zone, I could be in danger

–    Only homeless people that exist are the people we see on the streets (panhandlers, beggars)

Visible vs. Invisible

–   Children/Families

Stereotypes: Drug addicts, alcoholics, middle-age men, “Crazies”

-Political Economy

-LAWS

-To protect upper class, entitled to live free of homelessness

-Feeding ZONES in Orlando

-Laws about feeding in Orlando

-Laws about Charity in Orlando

-Social Inequality

-Criminal Category

-Law Makers focus on other issues trying to control vs. eliminate homelessness

-Lack of System. Structure for resolution

-Sustainability vs. progression

Dominate Ideology:

Going against ideology: by being homeless you are going against the norm-challenging ideology

– Stigma of giving money to homeless people

•   Once again going against the ideology

– Self motivation (lack of)

•   View of homelessness

Invisible problems

– False representation of homelessness

-People who have never have dealt with poverty (lack of education on the issue)

•   Don’t understand the problem

•   when visible people don’t think about

-Structure of laws

•   “One step forward, two steps back”

-Eyes of society no form of identification

-No stake in public society

Connecting Homelessness to Jobs: Problems

-Increase in unemployment, decreases the chance even more for a homeless person to get a job.

-Stigmatization of the homeless- employers will not hire them

-Do not have an ID- No money or access to get an ID

-Mental Issues- no resources or help to deal with it

-To research resources you need a computer- homeless are not allowed in libraries to lack of ID

-Laws against homeless in Orlando banning them from areas where they could seek help

-Not enough resources/organizations in general- too many homeless people in one concentrated area

-Shame about being homeless- too embarrassed to look for help

-Hard for citizens to help the homeless with their personal problems with the economy

-People are losing jobs and becoming homeless

-Unskilled workers are losing jobs and after they have no skills to find something else

– Lawmakers trying to control homelessness instead of eliminating it

Lack of motivation of the homeless for the fact of hard it is to get out of the situation that they are in.

Invisible Problem of Homelessness

– Street beggars don’t need money as badly as the people not on the street.

-Exploiting children

-Where money goes when you give it to a homeless person is a concern

-Sensitization, zones for homeless

-Invisible to society

– Identification

-65 % of kids in schools are homeless (Orlando Area)

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