Agenda 10-9

Today we will be going on our first field trips in second life. I will post the list of field trip locations at the end.

1. We are meeting in our usual Second Life location today. After you have selected a location, let me know in the chat. After you let me know where you are going, you can teleport there right away.

2. Make sure to participate, jot notes, and give yourself enough time to expand them into about 2 pages double spaced (that is how much you should average per field trip).

3. We will meet back at our Rutgers class in Second life at 12:35 pm which gives you 15 minutes before class ends.

4. Have a paragraph of the most interesting part of field notes ready to copy and paste into the local chat. MAKE SURE YOU PUT YOUR FULL NAME ON TOP OF YOUR PARAGRAPH. After you post your paragraph you are free to go. Next field trip will be slightly different.


Blarney Stone Irish Bar

London City

King’s Landing

Miami Beach


Runaround Sue’s 50s and 60s Sock Hop


Self & Society Spring 2014 Reading responses

Weekly blog reading response:

The weekly reading blog is meant to be a critical response to the readings; each week, you have the chance to reflect on, synthesize, work through, question, and respond to the assigned readings. The response is then posted to the class blog here.


Use this space to consider the readings, within the frame of the class and its topics. Feel free to use the space to ask questions, respond directly to others, agree or disagree with the readings, or make connections among readings or between readings and outside artifacts. Responses should be in the 400-word range, though this may vary depending on the readings and the depth of your response to them; quality is always more important than length, but really short responses just don’t have enough depth to be good. You should also consider incorporating images, articles, videos, links, gifs, or other artifacts that reflect your understanding of the issues and make the blog more reader-friendly (and more fun to write).


You do not need to approach these as research papers, but anything you quote should be fully cited, be sure to get authors’ names correct. It is not necessary to provide a summary, but it is important to be as specific as possible when responding to the readings; if you only address one reading, if it’s clear that you did not read them all, if you are addressing the topic but not the readings themselves, if I can’t tell which reading you are referencing – these all indicate issues with the work on multiple levels, and are graded accordingly.


There are 12 weeks of readings and posts in the semester, and your best 9 responses will comprise your blog grade at the end of the semester – 25% of your final grade. You are graded on: 

  • depth & detail of reading
  • quality of analysis & critical perspective
  • understanding, ideas, and connections with other material
  • writing mechanics
  • improvement/evolution through the semester.


These responses provide the jumping off point for discussion each week; in order to discuss the readings in class Tuesday, your blog posts should be posted to the class blog by Monday at 2pm (the day before in-person class). Of course, they can be posted earlier than this. Responses posted late will be graded down one grade; responses posted after class time will not be read or graded. Only responses posted to the class blog are graded.



Go to; if you are not logged in, click “log in” (bottom right menu bar). Once you are logged in, hover on the top left “Self and Society” title, and click on Dashboard. Once in the Dashboard, you want to go to Posts > Add New. This will bring up the screen to type or paste your post. Click on the category for the week’s topic (it matches the week title on the syllabus and on the menu to the left). When you are done, hit “publish.”

Some notes:

  • be sure to title your post, and that you are logged in with the username associated with the class
  • click on the category title for that week of readings; it makes it easier to archive and track
  • add pictures, video, links, gifs, and tags to your posts whenever appropriate. It’s good for making connections and relating the material beyond the class, but let’s be honest – it’s also way more fun for you to write, and for me to read
  • if you are so inclined, you can comment on others’ posts, respond to them, or ask questions of others


In-class reading presentations:

For one week during the semester, you and approximately 2 classmates will be in charge of presenting the readings, the themes of the week, and the relevant discussion questions. You will sign up for one week during class, and for that week, you will NOT be responsible for a blog. Instead, you will prepare a brief presentation to highlight main points from the readings, tie them together, link them to the class, and introduce discussion questions to the class. You can divide up the readings between presenters, or work together as a group, but the final presentation should be no longer than 10-15 minutes. Grading is individual, and is largely done on the same criteria as the written responses: Depth & detail of reading, quality of analysis & critical perspective, and understanding and ideas of the readings; in addition, ability to facilitate and promote discussion are factors in the presentation. For the week you are presenting, you and your group should also familiarize yourself with the blog responses of your peers, and draw connections, comments, and perspectives from there. Your reading presentation is worth 5% of your final grade.


Expanded Field Trip locations for trips 3 and 4

Here are some locations from the other professors who teach this same class that they have added to our pool of field trip locations.  Remember you can keep going to places or choose a new place each week.  You should also make time to go there beyond just the 30-45 minutes you’re there on Thursdays to get a higher than average grade.  Have fun and be safe.  Seek out good research sites.
One set:

Blarney Stone Irish Bar

Runaround Sue’s 50s and 60s Sock Hop

Energy Club

Beachwood Club


Foxxies Piano Bar and Jazz
(mandatory dress code)

Red House Burlesque
(shows on Fridays, 7pm pacific/10 eastern; events and socializing other times as well)


Two set:

Da Vinci Gardens

(Dress code is STRICTLY formal. Children/tinies and animal avatars are not allowed.)

Bora Bora Bora Isles/125/213/22

Miami Beach

London City City/124/121/23

1920s Chicago

King’s Landing

Three set:


Non-profit Commons

New Citizens Incorporated

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

International Spaceflight Museum

Born Museum of Fine Arts

Inspire Space Park

Avatar Fitness Club:


fb link app

People always have a couple of links they want to share about a topic they love. I have a couple of my favorite basketball ones, tech ones, and maybe even specific to writing or grad school. People want to show off their link and see other people’s lists to see what they share and new sites to try out.

Imaginary Robert Scoble Interview

I think he plays in a river of social media. News stories, apps, twitter, just comes roaring by. He’s good at interviews and maybe putting people together, similar to Heather Gold tummelling. I just wouldn’t ask him to get out of the river and help me build a house. That could be an online philosophy of the link business. The difference between a long link and a short link. So like mashable vs and how google vs. facebook or news places like digg.

In my idea for a facebook app that shares links within small classes or topics from friends. I can see maybe a few friends making a board game, card game, or adding to other link topics. I imagine it more in Dr. Henkin’s class where they need to share teacher websites with each other. If they’re all on fb then it’s easy.

Back to philosophy, so the short link is what people remember and type into profiles and lists of their favorite websites. The long link is shared among google reader, digg, twitter, likes, and everything else. We share long links and eventually follow the short link. After we have a few stories retweeted from mashable we might as well follow them. That’s the problem with google buzz is that it’s hard to see the people who are reshared a lot, those ppl have the best content and it’s not getting out there.

Maybe Jeff Jarvis and the link economy know more. But where is the bundle of links, the curated one by experts, that will help me know more. Maybe I just miss when the web was small and everything was curated by experts discussing the philosophy of the web.

quick thought on social media

I was just thinking about meta social media.  and the social media spectrum.  What we do on twitter to blog posts to chat rooms.  It’s all sort of on a scale and it brings up different actions.  I was wondering if there was a smarter way to shop online and where is the conversation about that.  maybe on a blog or a forum, not on twitter, deal sites, or amazon itself.  I would like to know if people use how many reviews a product has to judge popularity or bestselling.  which sites should I check, how do I calculate in time and problems with the site before.  Do I go straight to cnet, or do I forget.  And this is just for shopping, what if I wanted to learn about this backpack i bought or the headset i want to buy.

My take on Apple and the iPad

I went to sleep with just knowing checking Jason Calacanis’s twitter false leaks.  It sounded awesome and expensive.  Now I’m watching the live twit stream and Merlin brought up a great point about making a place to buy a lot of content.

Apple wants you to spend as much money on iTunes as possible.  This way they have can all the cool expensive digital content that only plays in their closed ecosystem.

I prefer the web and free content so I might have to hold off going back to the iTunes store.  It’s weird that I’m thinking from the perspective of content producers like music, movies, books, software, all the expensive content that you want to consume.  From their point of view everything is kind of viewed against the open web.  On the open web you can publish anything and see anyone’s else’s stuff, but now it might be a lot of indie musicians listening to their friends while all still trying to land a record deal.

The content people feel more like television programmers that want you to watch their own programming without leaving their channel.  All the big acts want to be on TV and they’ll do anything to get on there even if it’s not in their interest.  I’m curious to see what sports and different media outlets are going to support.  Do you think that movies, books, and touch apps will only stay in the mac world and they’ll ignore Windows or the browser.

I think Google wants us to live in the browser and our internet connected appliances are just ways of getting to this online content like games, movies, music and all of that.  I see two trends that will hopefully get us there.  One is bandwidth increases and the focus away from desktop apps or Mac vs. Win apps.  I always felt superior when Mac people would complain that desktop software wasn’t available for the Mac so I felt good about being on Windows with the hackery software that you needed to be a little smart about using.

For the bandwidth point, if we ever get better connection speeds and the average speeds go up instead of going down then we can build better browsers apps.

I think it’s interesting during the iPad announcement that Jobs is comparing his company to other hardware manufacturers.  Those companies are kind of on their decline because they don’t really understand the mindset of users and the mindset of the content pushers.  Apple does a great job to put these things together.

Steve Jobs must have an idea of what people want to do and tell you what to do.  This does seem more like an iPhone for older people.  So the aunt can change the front page to a new baby.  Then have a place to email and maybe use the browser.  For the apple fan boys that want to buy a lot of content will spend some money on it.  So you can buy a lot of things on it and use the apple apps like maps, browser, books, and then special apps later.

Ok I think the knock on netbooks that they’re slow and have small screens is bad and I hope a chrome OS netbook or terminal can solve some of these things.

I just realized that I don’t really want to geek out just now about this product.  Avatar or the Nexus One yes, being tempted to spend any money in iTunes not so much.  I will focus more on Google and the Open web more.

Also follow Garyvee’s advice and F— Lost.  He really needs a T-shirt that says that.