All of my life-stream posts this week came from Twitter. I need to get some space from the discussion, to see how much contextualization is required for each post. Not every post I made is covered in the life-stream, at least.
The Twitter Tutorial was surprisingly taxing. Keeping track of multiple threads of discussion; trying to get across your point of view in just 140 characters, or far fewer when factoring in the Twitter furniture than comes with every post. This reminds of why I have previously decided not to use Twitter.
Examples of the themes that I picked up on during the tutorial are:
- The impact of delegation by humans to algorithms,
- The failing of algorithms to live up to a particular cultural or professional standard
- The impact of algorithms on twitter itself, as we tried to “break” the algorithm which ended up working in a way we weren’t expecting.
- The future of algorithms in the Higher Education classroom
- I even got the chance to have a brief discussion with Ben Williamson, the author of the video from this week’s reading list. Thanks to the input of one of my fellow EDC students. The production of that video is strange. I find it unsettling to watch the speaker walking in and out of frame, and the sound quality is not great either. Which I find makes watching it harder work than it should be, I’d have preferred a book in this instance.
I felt the benefits of discussing my ideas with the class. Their feedback was helpful. There’s plenty to digest and consider. I haven’t reeled it all in as much as I would like. Having installed Twitter on my mobile phone, I do find that it’s quite invasive, so maybe something will pop up that I’m hard pressed to ignore. I would like to spend a bit of time reflecting on the themes raised during the tutorial and pulling in some images and videos.
Also, I have decided to pursue the use of Turnitin, similarity and plagiarism as my piece of assessment. Some form of video as suggested by James in last week’s feedback. Perhaps a mini-documentary of sorts.