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Week 8 Summary

Week 8 Summary

Week 8 Summary: Mar. 6-12

Besides participating on Twitter #mscedc, I spent many hours this week exploring algorithms (as seen in posts HERE (Algorithmic Art), HERE (Villains and Heroes) and HERE (Music and Math) via my social media (mostly Facebook), through Amazon, YouTube and Google+, as well as engaging in and trying to connect the readings. I also discovered some other interesting content, found in these posts: kissing robot from Soundcloud and Facebook algorithm preventing the inclusion of Syrian refugees from LinkedIn and the Lifeline Syria Challenge from Soundcloud.

Although I was aware of the predictions and recommendations that algorithms produce, I was surprised to know to what extent their reach extends. For me, Week 8’s task on playing with algorithms culminated in the following two lifestream posts: Exploring algorithms part 1 and part 2.  I also posted Netflix for Me! and YouTube Predictive Results on my Tumblr site.

I also joined a Skype conversation this week with Chenee, Linzi, Dirk and Stuart; it was great to connect with my classmates and engage in some informal discussion. Linzi and I stayed on afterwards and discussed our upcoming collaborative video project for our final EDC assignment.

Photo of Linzi and I on Skype.

Carrying over from Week 7, Comments from Renee on my micro-ethnography project were very poignant; her remarks about how my Holocaust MOOC might’ve been more participatory due to the role of ‘empathetic listening’ around such a chilling subject matter made me think about the various roles people embody in online communities. Some people are cheerleaders, some are critical and others are ‘likers’ and/or ‘lurkers’. I believe I fall into the cheerleader/liker/lurker categories, but aspire to be more critical – yet empathetic – in my online communities.

I was also delighted to post a conversation I had with Deborah Wizel – a woman I met in my MOOC who wrote the Holocaust survivor poem I included in my micro-ethnography. I was thrilled about going beyond the MOOC community and exchanging in a personal email conversation with Deborah.