My 4 Favorites from the Online Generational Curriculum:

Surfing Back to Generations!
Table of Contents
 
Instructions for this Generational Report
Selection #1:  Gender Differences in Driving: Does Sex Matter?  by Kristin Ching, G9
Why I Chose it
The Steps that Lead Me
My Summary of this Report
My Reactions & Involvement
My Comparisons
 
Selection #2:  Tailgating Behavior Fair or Unfair 
by Kathy Teruya, G6
Why I Chose it
The Steps that Lead Me
My Summary of this Report
My Reactions & Involvement
My Comparisons
 
Selection #3:  Identifying Attitudes Through Newsgroups Messages by Christopher Sumiye, G7
Why I Chose it
The Steps that Lead Me
My Summary of this Report
My Reactions & Involvement
My Comparisons
 
Selection #4:  Psychology of Online Virtual Relationships by Fred Yuen, G8
Why I Chose it
The Steps that Lead Me
My Summary of this Report
My Reactions & Involvement
My Comparisons
 
My Opinions of My Classmates
Suggestions for Future Generations
 
 
 
My Selection Number 1
Gender Differences in Driving:  Does Sex Matter?
by Kristin Ching, G9
 
Why I Chose This Report
The first thing that impressed me about Ms. Ching's report was her aesthetic presentation.  Her homage has so many cool icons that were moving, blinking, and blowing up.  What I also liked was the beautiful, little, yellow orange, flowers that were blooming.  I couldn't resist, I just love flowers...sorry I'm just a sucker for romance.

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The Steps That Lead Me to This Report
In order for me to make it easier, I'm going to put it in a step/list form.  Through this tactic, I hope it will be gentler on the eyes, you know how it goes when you're on the computer for a while.  Your eyes get all out of wack.  Okay here goes:
 
 1)    Under the G10 Instructions Page for All Reports and Due Dates,
                            I clicked on Index to All Generations

                    2)    In less than a second, another page will appear and it will have a list of all the
                            prior generations of traffic and cyber-psychology.

                    3)    I then clicked on each generation, starting from generation1.

                    4)    After I clicked on the generation, I randomly clicked on a student's name.

                    5)    If the student's homage caught my eyes, or if  I knew the student (lets say a
                           friend of mine), I bookmarked the cite.  How do you bookmark?

                    6)    After going through all the generations, I bookmarked about 12 of them.

                    7)    I then went back to the 12 that I bookmarked and thoroughly looked at each
                           one.  If  I found the cite uninteresting, I simply skipped it.

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    This whole process took a while so it's not wise to do it all in one day.  It took me about a week to actually get what I really wanted.  It is very time consuming but bookmarking helps because you don't have to go digging through all the generations again.  Another great thing about bookmark is that you don't have to memorize the address.  This process is sort of  like a
pre-screening and elimination round.  You are left to focus with the ones you like, instead of wasting your time over the ones that you were not so fond of.
    As for this particular report, it contained the subject of gender and driving.  I always hear men commenting about how women can't drive and this report contained materials of that sort.  Therefore, on top of the great presentation, I was drawn towards the subject matter.

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My Summary of This Report
    Ms. Ching pondered upon the question if there exist a gender difference in driving.  To help her with this question she looked at Ms. Lucey's (a previous generation student) report.  Ms. Lucey took a survey of a total of 16 people (8 males, 8 females).  Ms. Lucey found that  women seem to be less aggressive when it comes to driving.  According to Ms. Ching she feels that there is a slight difference between males and females when it comes to driving.  She feels that men are more aggressive drivers than females due to earlier childhood rearing.  She goes on supporting her point by saying boys are raised to be tough and aggressive, while girls are raised to be gentle and passive.  This then is reflected upon them when they are driving.  However, Ms. Ching feels that this gender difference is very slim.  She continues saying that women are learning to be more aggressive due to the harshness of society.  She then hypothesize that in the near future there will be no sex difference.
    Also in Ms. Ching's report, she included a newsgroups that discussed driving gender differences.  The postings were from men who were complaining about how women drive.  Some men find women to be bad drivers, and at the same time, some men find women to be good drivers.  Another issue that was brought up was ethnicity.  Some students were saying that people of ethnic background drove more aggressive.  Ms. Ching coming from an ethnic background, strongly disagreed with that notion.
 
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My Reaction and Involvement of This Report
    First of all, I do not think that there is a gender driving difference between males and females.  What makes us believe that it exist are the stereotypes and norms that society create.  Society always seems to want to genderize everything.  Does this dichotomy really exist?  Does everything really fall into a male or female category?  I do not believe so.  The thought of males being aggressive and females being passive is primitive.  The truth is that there does exist aggressive females, just as there are passive males.  It is not right to say that males are more aggressive than females.  I for one feels that everyone should be taken as an individual.  Male or female it does not matter.  Therefore, I  feel that there are as much aggressive male drivers as there are aggressive female drivers.
    I understand Ms. Ching's stance on how child rearing influence the agressive/passive behaviors of the child as an adult.  However, I do not completely agree with her. We do have to think about the child's inherent temperament.  The child's biological make-up is also a factor to consider when determining the child's overall personality.  Some children (both male and females) are born with specific behaviors that influence them as they are reared.  At times these inherent behaviors are not completely diminished.  Therefore, we can't say that males are more aggressive than females and vice versa.  We are to look at each person individually for we are all different.

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My Comparison of This Report
Compared to Ms. Ching's fellow classmates, I find that her report was very informative.  She has good organizational skills that allowed the reader to follow with ease.  Again her presentation and use of icons made a big impact compared to her other students.
 
 
My Selection Number 2
Tailgating Behavior Fair or Unfair
by Kathy Teruya, G6
Why I Chose This Report
    Okay I admit, the reason why I chose this report is because Kathy is a dear friend of mine.  I remember she told me that she took a traffic psychology course and so I browse to see what she had to say.  Although it was an unfair and biased act, I'm glad I did because she had a lot of good points.  Her report really helped me understand tailgating behavior better.
The Steps That Lead Me to This Report
    I took the same 7 steps that were indicated earlier.  Again the the subject of tailgating was what kept me glued to Ms. Teruya's report.   Her explanation of tailgating behavior tremendously increased my knowledge.

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My Summary of This Report
    Ms. Teruya points out that everyone has a different meaning when it comes to tailgating behavior.  Some feel that tailgating is following less than one car length for every 10 m.p.h.  Dr. James says that tailgating is following too close with the intention to coerce or punish another driver when you think you've been wronged.  Ms. Teruya herself feels that it's some jerk riding her too close.  Ms. Teruya breaks down tailgating behavior in three domains, (a) affective (feelings, emotions), (c) cognitive (thoughts) and (s) sensorimotor (actions).  She continues to give examples of these three domain from the acts of previous students.
    Ms. Teruya admits to being a tailgate at times, it depends on the situation.  She purposefully tailgates not to punish the person she's tailgating but rather to punish other drivers who is trying to cut in front her when there is a long wait in traffic.  When drivers don't wait there turn and cut in front of her, she feels cheated and violated.  She feels that it is the lack of manners and everyone should wait their turn.
    However, Ms. Teruya really hates being tailgated due to an accident (which I feel she is still bitter about) a few years back.  She gets nervous when people tailgate her because she can't trust their reflexes.  Therefore if there is be a sudden stop in bumper to bumper traffic, she would be a victim because there was not enough room to stop.  To conclude she says that we should think twice about tailgating and try over rule the anger and vengeance.

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My Reaction and Involvement of This Report
    I don't consider myself to be a tailgater but there were times when first time passengers would tell me that I follow too close. When they said this, I was shocked to hear such nonsense.  I refuse to believe that I am a tailgate!  But there was an incident when I was driving around the island (note there is only one lane).   The van in front of me suddenly pulled over to the shoulder lane and as I was passed, the driver stuck the middle finger at me.  I was confused for I had no idea of what I did wrong to have made him do that to me.  Then my mother suggested that maybe I was following to close.  What????  No way I was just driving, enjoying the view, and was not following too close the van.  My sister who was the front seat passenger agreed with me, she also felt that I was not following too close.
    This incident really hit me and made me think that maybe I do tailgate but honestly was not aware of it.  Is there such a thing?  Is there a difference between purposefully tailgating to coerces the person in front of you and not seeing it as being too close while other drivers think you are?  So would that make one more justifiable than the other?
    Ms. Teruya and I both discussed this matter that I brought up.  She says that if I am following less than one car away then, yes it is still considered tailgating and it still wrong even though I do not think of it as being close.  But tailgating has such a negative connotation to it that it makes me cringe every time I think of me being one.  But what if I am in my opinion following more than one car away and the person in front of me feels that it is not, then is that still considered tailgating?  It all depends each persons perspective.
    Therefore I feel that it lies in the hands of the person being tailgated to take action.  If one feels that the person behind them are following too close, then get out of their way.  I know it seems hard to do and you want to teach the tailgater a lesson but behind that lesson may come some serious damage.

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My Comparison of This Report
Ms. Teruya did a thorough job of providing information on tailgating behavior.  Compared to the other reports, hers was easy to read.  It helped that she added a bit of humor to it.  She did lay out good examples of the three domains to tailgating behavior which was helpful.
My Selection Number 3
Identifying Attitudes Through Newsgroups Messages
by Christopher Sumiye, G7
 
Why I Chose This Report
    The reason why I chose Mr. Sumiye's report is because it was easy to read.  His points were clear and simple.  He didn't have complicated icons to obscure his report.

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The Steps That Lead Me to This Report
    After completing the seven steps, Mr. Sumiye's report stood out because even with the use of very few simple icons, his report was very well put together.  It was simple yet informative, which I find is very difficult to do.
 
My Summary of This Report
    In Mr. Sumiye's report he briefly describes what newsgroups are to him and the past generations.  He then identifies the attitudes that exist through newsgroups messages.  The attitudes in newsgroups messages he found were:  Flaming, Delusions of Grandeur, and Sincerity.  Along with the definition, he included text from newsgroups that display these attitudes.  He found newsgroups to be fascinating due to the lack of an editor.  Therefore,  people are able to write freely and express their feelings without fear of physical confrontation.

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My Reaction and Involvement of This Report
    Due to the simple presentation of Mr. Sumiye's report I had an easy time reading it.  His paragraphs were not long and wordy, therefore, i rarely used my mouse to scroll down.   Instead he tactfully  focused on his main points and goals,  which were the attitudes of newsgroups messages.  He gave excellent examples that made it clearer in the description of what the attitudes were.  This really helped me because I am one who is clueless of  what attitudes exist in newsgroups.  In fact I didn't even know that such words existed for a certain attitude.  However after this report I am much more knowledgeable on what they are and mean.  Now I will be a be able to identify them much more easily.
    However, I am curious if there are more attitudes than just the three that Mr. Sumiye described.  I also would like to know if the terms for these attitudes universal.  Are they used by everyone who uses the internet?  Who came up with the terms or is it just a slang?
My Comparison of This Report
    Compared to the other reports I found that Mr. Sumiye's report well written and organized.  I like organized reports because it won't confuse me.  Also compared to the other reports his use of simple icons really worked well for his report.  It gave it enough "flare" without taking away from his report.  In other words it wasn't too fancy...simple and effective.

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My Selection Number 4
Psychology of Online Virtual Relationships
by Fred K. Yuen, G8
 
Why I Chose This Report
    One thing that intrigues me about the internet is the relationships that exist.  I am quite fascinated by virtual relationships therefore I had to chose this report.
The Steps That Lead Me to This Report
    I went through the seven steps and what lead me to My. Yuens report was again the topic of virtual relationships.  It was also because I know Mr. Yuen.  It helps when I can put a face with the name.

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My Summary of This Report
    In Mr. Yuen's report he said there is little known about the virtual life, thus there are no clear reason why people act the way they do on the net.  He continues by saying that one reason could be false identities.  That is pretending to be someone else on the net.  Another reason could be sub identities, which is people acting different dependent upon the situation.  There are a lot of places where people can interact on the net such popular places are:  Chat rooms, Forums, Clubs, Services, Lobbies, Conferences, Game rooms, and Internet Cafes.
 
My Reaction and Involvement of this report
   To me the reason why people interact on the net is because they have the desire to socialize.  Humans are social beings, we need to interact.  Interacting has come a long way with the invention of various communication tools.  We are no longer limited by proximity and space.  With the computer people are open to people out there.
My Comparison of This Report
     Mr. Yuen's report compared to the others was reader friendly.  His language was very welcoming and conversational.  When I am on the computer this really makes a difference because in a sense it seems like the author is there rather than the computer screen.

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My Opinion of My Classmates
    When I first started this page, I was not so sure on how to lay it out.  That was hen I turned towards my classmates.  I checked out everyone's page and thank goodness for the students who got it done.  I used the other students page as a model for mine.  I also got some ideas to add to my page.  At times I felt a little guilty for it seemed to be "stealing" their ideas.  But I trued my best to personalize it as much as possible.  I got to say though that some of my fellow classmates pages are so awesome.  It makes mine look so average.

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Suggestions For Future Generations
    All I got to say is start early.  When working on the pages time fly by so fast.  If you have a computer at home that really helps because you can work on it anytime.  But if don't have a computer, I suggest you write out all your information on paper at home and then transfer it. By doing it this way you don't have to waste time figuring out what to write.  Also I know it is tempting to focus on the aesthetic portion of your page but try do this last.  Get all the information that Dr. James require on the page first then work on he colors, fonts, images etc.  Gook luck!

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