Intro to Networked Collaboration

Critique on is a great site to find direct answers from the candidates about issues facing our country. 10Questions was created based on user feedback regarding the CNN/YouTube presidential debate. YouTube users felt that the questions chosen by CNN were not representative of what people wanted to hear about so a group of users created their own site which allowed visitors to vote on which questions should be asked. Then the questions are posed to the candidate and they are given ample time to post a response on the site.First thing I did was watch the welcome video so I could better understand the site and its purpose. As the spokesperson said in the video, people are turning to the Internet to gather information to help shape their decisions about the election.

When you visit this page, you can click on the answers tab and find questions posted via YouTube video and along side it is a Republican/Democrat category. Within each category you can click on the candidate you want to hear from. The questions posted range from medicinal marijuana use to the impeachment of Bush to the environment. The site isn’t currently taking votes but when they were, users could vote on whether or not a candidate has answered the question well. You can also search the site by topic, I typed in Medicinal Marijuana and two video came up, which can help you narrow down the questions that are important to you. Another important feature of the site is allows you to email the links to friends or link it to your Facebook page. This can be very powerful when you consider how quickly information is shared these days.

What I find even more interesting, is that two of the three people running for president right now chose not to respond to the questions or the website. Specifically, when I clicked on Hillary Clinton’s photo, I received this response, “Clinton has not uploaded an answer. Let her and the other candidates know you’d like to see one.” I assumed all the candidates would want a presence on these sites. I would think a site like this can help a candidate understand the needs of the people and offer them an opportunity to be heard on the issues.

Overall, I was impressed by the people power that developed  I think this is a great example of people working together who want real answers to real questions.

April 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Critique on TechPresident

I logged onto techPresident to check out the efficiency of the site and to become more informed of candidates and current affairs of the debate.  When I first logged on, I was actually confused of where to start and what resources were available to me.  There was a plethora of data and I definitely experienced information overload. This may have resulted due to my limited knowledge of the presidential debate and resources available.

The first source that was noticeably available was a live feed video coming from The Indianapolis Star, where Hillary Clinton was speaking.  Joshua Levy, a familiar name to all of us, was actually streaming this live and has commented on it. Then below this there is access to other articles, videos, announcements, and comments.   One problem I have run across is since I don’t know enough about the debate, I don’t recognize enough names, and so I don’t know how reliable the source is.

Though I was running into some small glitches because of my little knowledge, it has also helped me.  Not knowing much encouraged me to take a look at a lot of the resources available and get different sides of different issues for each candidate.  I also liked how it provided information on everyone, and it didn’t just focus on one candidate.  Other highlights of the site were the tabs at the top of the page enabling you to post or stream the live video to your myspace, youtube, facebook, etc. page.  The site also contained many links, archives, and other resources that would take you to different locations.  A final fun thing I would like to point out on the site is the ‘politickr’, which tracks the poll views’ from myspace, facebook, and youtube users.  Its fun.  Its set up like the ticker  on Wall Street.

Overall, I think this site is effective and provides a vast amount of information, though it will take a few minutes to get a handle on it.  Its user friendly, provides multiple media outlets, and appears to not be extremely bias.  I’m adding it to my bookmarks.

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment


I went and played around with the event “flou”.  It is a video game that consists of a flying spaceship through a virtual world.  There is no ‘shooting’ of other objects, but the point of the game is to fly around crashing into black holes and asteroids picking up beats of different percussive instruments.  You navigate through the soundtrack.  It was a lot of fun!  I was smiling the  whole time.  However, I had some of my usual problems of controlling my flying.  (I did in Second Life as well) I experimented in two different worlds, “Alexworld” and “I Cannot Sing”.  Because I was having trouble with flying, it was difficult for me to pick up the various sounds, so instead, I turned on my itunes and flew around with that.  So much fun!  The point of the experience is to add and be apart of the ‘ever-evolving music mix’.  I had my music playing, but when I did crash into something, the beat added into my music, which was so interesting.  Like I said, lots of fun!

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

How collaborated work affects the author and audience

This mashup calls upon the author being more flexible about the interpretation of the material and to be open to the collaboration outcome and process.  Others’ input leads the project in a new direction, and gives it a different twist than what was originally planned.  Because this happens, the author needs to be open to flexibility, in order not to turn off the audience that is participating.  (This audience collaborating, is the one paying the money and contributing to not only the project, but also to the profits)

            This mashup gives the audience an opportunity to contribute to the creativity and production of the story and project.  Especially when they take on multiple experiences and media pertaining to the story.  However, if they do not take on all the different views of the project, but only one or two, they can become quite confused and lose out on the meaning of the story.  By missing out, they become turned off, because they don’t realize it’s a multi-project with audience collaboration.  

April 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Still need a partner?

Hello Everyone,

I have posted and emailed this before–does anyone need a partner for the final project? As it stands, I’ve been doing it myself so far, trying to bring together different mediums of communication, BUT I need a partner!




April 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Planning the Project

Tracy and I were just discussing how we were going to go about doing the class project while we were on Second life.  We’re both a bit nervous about how to approach it, but I think we’ve worked out a rough schedule about how to get things done.  I am very excited to see where our creativity will lead us to.

Heres: a snipet of our conversation.

[18:17]  Terez Nightfire: put we could use random photos

[18:17]  Terez Nightfire: of places

[18:17]  Terez Nightfire: people

[18:17]  Terez Nightfire: things

[18:17]  You: I can post the first one

[18:17]  Terez Nightfire: it doesnt have to be cohesive does it

[18:17]  You: I’ve never done it before, have you?

[18:17]  Terez Nightfire: just look “good”

[18:17]  Terez Nightfire: nope

[18:17]  You: Its a creation of collaborated art

[18:18]  You: It doesn’t even have to look good.

[18:18]  Terez Nightfire: then we should be fine

[18:18]  You: beuaty isn’t what we’re going for

[18:18]  You: the interest of the collaboration

[18:18]  Terez Nightfire: lol

[18:18]  Terez Nightfire: ok

[18:18]  Terez Nightfire: you post for

[18:18]  Terez Nightfire: and ill try to give some thought to it before posting my add on

[18:18]  Terez Nightfire: maybe something can happen organically

[18:19]  You: I will try to post this Monday

[18:19]  You: exactly

[18:19]  You: ‘If not, for sure on Wednesday.

[18:19]  You: Tuesday I am flying and I’m not sure what will happen

[18:19]  Terez Nightfire: no worries

[18:19]  You: Excellent1

[18:19]  Terez Nightfire: would it be easier for me to post first over the weekend?

[18:20]  Terez Nightfire: either way im fine

[18:20]  You: do you know how to capture some of this, to put on the blog?

[18:20]  You: this is definitely credit

[18:20]  Terez Nightfire: yes i will capture screen shot of conversation

[18:20]  You: Fantstic!

[18:21]  You: Smile!

[18:21]  You: Did it work?

[18:21]  Terez Nightfire: no

[18:21]  Terez Nightfire: 🙂

[18:21]  You: Can we copy and paste?

[18:22]  You: It says snapshot on the bottom of my screen

[18:22]  You: It says I can take a shot and add it to a disk or inventory

[18:23]  Terez Nightfire: i saved a bitmap to my harddrive

[18:23]  You: It says I just saved a snapshot to my harddrive

[18:23]  Terez Nightfire: but its not text

[18:23]  Terez Nightfire: its a snapshot of secondlife page

April 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 7 Comments

Second Life: With Kids!

Two of the kids I babysit for, a girl and a boy, 9 and 6 respectively, are super techy. SO, I decided that the three of us we were going to do second life, together. This proved to be a wonderful idea, as the kids LOVED it, I got to see a different take on the game besides my own, and, of course, they were entertained.

We made our avatar, a mash-up of the three of us–a boy with long hair and glasses–and were getting ready to play. Next up, chatting. I felt a little weird chatting with complete strangers with both the kids, but it was fine! We talked to someone in Canada about their avatar–they seemed to have overridden some codes and uploaded a photo to make their avatar an amalgamism of two people in their family. 

We didn’t know any of the shorthand chat, but at first I thought that would be okay, because I grew up using AOL Instant Messenger, and so I thought “I know all those online abbreviations.” Boy, what I wrong. The ONLY one that I knew was “IM,” and almost everyone knows that anyway. So, we learned “TP”–teleport, “L$”–the currency of SL, “AR”–abuse report, and plenty of others.

I wasn’t great at moving quickly, but the kids were all over it. (Should I be surprised?) Naturally, they were also super consumed by the economics of the game, that is, I wanted to save money to buy real estate, and they just wanted to buy whatever they saw.

Overall, we had a great time playing it; I have a feeling they’re going to want to do it again.

April 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment