Friday, January 29, 2010

Blogging Comments

Commenting on blogs will lead to some interesting conversations.  I can see where writing, commenting, and reading those comments can be very affirming, especially for someone who isn't confident about expressing themselves.  I can also see where blogging, commenting, reading comments, responding and repeating the cycle can consume a great amount of time.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

You Tube Video on Web 2.0

Watched the YouTube video on Web 2.0.  It was numbing to think how far we've come in such a short time.  The power for sharing information, tomes of information, is overwhelming.  I was particularly taken by the authors last few frames where he "spoke" of new benchmarks for copyright, authorship, ethics, accuracy, etc. 

He also spoke of something very briefly:  love.  That term meant something different to me in this context.  I see the Web as literature -- non-fiction literature to be exact.  But it seems to lack poetry.  Yes, pictures can ellicit profound emotion, but it's not the same as human contact or poetry.  A picture or video will generate an immediate emotional response.  The picture is immediate and the response is too.  Human contact develops the emotional response slowly -- like poetry.

I hope we never lose that.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Post # 2

Well, my first blog was suposed to be about some anonynmous item.  My second blog was to be about what items of Web 2.0 interest me.  Of course, I got them reversed.  Some days I can't organize a two car funeral.  I get the hearse coming in last.

Post #1

Here we go.

I'm interested in the features of Web 2.0 -- flickr, blog, facebook, mashup, etc. I'd like to see if there is an application to help with teaching algebra and physical science. While I doubt I'll set up a personal blog to announce to the world that I'm sitting down to a dinner of meatloaf and mashed potatoes, I do want to know what blogging is and how it might be used. I do know of a family that kept their extended family up to date while their infant son underwent heart surgery at U of M Hospital. It saved them considerable energy by not having to repeat the same story over and over and over.