WELCOME TO THE GENERATIONAL REPORT OF ANGELICA GILMER

         

TABLE OF CONTENTS             

Instructions For This Report Introduction Report1:  Search Engines
Report2:  Cyberspace Citizenship Report3: Identifying Attitudes Through Newsgroup Messages Report4: Social Psychology of Web Architecture
Conclusion Suggestions For Future Generations  

 Introduction 

Aloha and welcome to my generational report. This page contains other reports that I have explored and
web pages from students in previous generations. 

I spent a lot of time going through reports from previous generations. I chose four reports (which are
listed to the left). These four were my favorites for different reasons. I first looked at whether or not the
topic caught my interests and then at the creativity and appearance of the site. I have to say that there were
lots of great ones to choose from. Here are the top four that I chose.

Report #1 Jill Umetsuo's Web Search Engines

My Impression of Report #1
The main reason I selected this report was because of my new interest in Web search engines. Up until taking this course I didn't realize how many Web search engines existed and how one search engine could be better than the other. I wanted to learn something about the different types of engines and how to access
them. I chose Jill page because it was attractive in color and it seemed to be the most organized with her table of contents and the various links available. 
The Selection Process
I browsed through the generations to see what was out there and what the previous students had found on
Web search engines. I browsed through about eight different pages and found Jill Umetsuo's most
interesting. I spent about thirty minutes going through each page and comparing things like organization,
effect, color, etc... My final pick I felt stood out among the others. My final pick was between Aaron
Takahashi's Report, Carol Ohta's Report, and Jill Umetsuo's. It was hard to come to a final decision but
I concluded that I liked Jill's report best.
  A Brief Summary of Jill's Report

The topic of this report was on the use of Search Engines.  She goes into great detail about this topic. 1)
Definition: a search engine is a program used to search for information and Web pages. 2) What it's like when using a search engine for the novice user. 3) Advice for using the search engines (make sure you have a good amount of time). 4) Prior generations thoughts. 5) How search engines work (a brief explanation), and 6) Her own search on three engines: Yahoo!, Infoseek and Lycos) and what she learned about the different search engines.
My Reaction to Jill's Report
My reaction to Jill's page was very positive. She did a great job in researching search engines and reported
her research in an organized and clear manner. I think this is an interesting topic to study because I don't
know how to use search engines to their fullest capacity. I would always get frustrated when they
didn't find what I was looking for. While looking at different search engines while reading her report I found one about Africans in the Americas. This search engine will help me so much in an African American History class I'm taking this semester.



Report #2 Ayada Azeez's Acquiring Cyberspace Citizenship

My Impression of Report #2
Ayada's report first caught my attention because the appearance was very appealing. The text was easy to
read and the graphics were neatly displayed. The content of the report was also appealing because the
topic dealt with becoming an online citizen and this was the first I had ever heard of something like this. As I
read I realized that Ayada's feelings throughout the process were similar to mine. In the beginning, Ayada
had some difficulties, but it all ended up to be well worth it. I am hoping that my journey through the class
will be as rewarding. 
The Selection Process
In selecting this report I looked through generations 4-7. I was curious to see what kind of assignments the
previous generations were doing. There were several reports on acquiring cyberspace citizenship. I spent
only a few minutes going through each report, mainly looking at the introductions and conclusions. I stuck
with Ayada's report because it was very well organized and that made it easy to read. 
A Brief Summary of Ayada's Report
Ayada's report on acquiring cyberspace citizenship was basically highlighting the progress she made
throughout the semester. It showed charts on how she rated herself and her assignments after completing each exercise. Below each chart she explained the thoughts she had for that assignment and why she gave the rating she did. After that, she summarized the work of three other students then compared their work to hers.  She then concluded with some final thoughts and also suggestions for future generations. 
My Reaction to Ayada's Report
In her report, Ayada stated that learning html was a struggle in the beginning. After she learned the basics it
was still a struggle because she was always trying to find new ways of improving her reports. I find that to
be the case for me too. Now that I know some of the basics, I am also looking for better ways to make my
reports more presentable. Whether it be with changing fonts, colors, or how I space different sections, I want my report to be as readable as it can. Ayada's report was very clean and well organized. She did a good job of using horizontal lines and bold print to show that a new topic was being discussed. Other
reports in her class looked like one long paragraph which made it hard to follow. Her weak point was
definitely her table of contents. It was not very descriptive of what to expect in her report. The link
titles did not tell me what the section was going to be about. Also, she just listed the sections. It might have looked nicer if it was put into a table. 


Report #3 Dana Rho's Identifying Attitudes Through Newsgroups Messages: A Lurker's Perspective

My Impression of Report #3 
Selecting this report as one of my favorites was easy. I had read Dana Rho's report "Identifying Attitudes Through Newsgroups Messages: A Lurker's Perspective" and really, really enjoyed it. The idea that there are attitudes behind messages just fascinated me. I also thought it was one of the reports that looked at Psychology. To be honest, all of Ms. Dana work was impressive--worthy of an award. 
The Selection Process 
After my very first run through (and maybe even prior to it), I had my mind set on selecting Dana report. But just to be sure, I browsed through different reports from people in the same generation as Dana's. I spent about thirty minutes total going through the different reports. At the end, I came back to my first choice, the report by Dana Rho. 
A Brief Summary of Dana Rho's Report 
Dana divides her report into 5 sections.  

1. Introduction: On Your Mark...Get Set...Go!: In this section Dana informs of what Newsgroups are, its purpose, some advantages, and how to be part of one--or more. Newsgroups allow hundreds, maybe even thousands of people to exchange their thoughts and feelings about a variety of subjects, as well as to observe the emotions and attitudes of other people. Its purpose? According to Dana newsgroups are used as a vessel to educate, socialize, opinionize & vent frustrations. But mainly, it is a safe, non-judgmental environment (I'm hesitant to believe this) where people can share their ideas about different subjects. To access--use Deja News search engine. 

2. How Newsgroups are Described in the General Curriculum: Feeling uneasy and hesitant about being involved in a Newsgroup? This is the section to read. It tells of the trials and tribulations of some participants and also, Dana's reaction to them. 

3. Attitudes and Newsgroups: These are the 4 attitudes that you might observe in the newsgroups.   1-The I Know Everything &You Know Nothing Attitude..."I'm always right and you're always wrong."  2-Boredom & Indifference...*yawn* "What a waste of time", "You take care of the problem."  3-Couldn't Care Less..."As long as I'm not bothered--why should I care?"  4-Let's Solve the Problem..."We need to make a
change!"   4. Is There a Moral Crisis in Driving Attitudes?: This section deals with "road rage"--What causes it? What are some ways we can reform ourselves? How can we better the future?
Included in this section...Dr. James' insightful suggestions, theories, and solutions. Want to know the details? Look into The Congressional Testimony by Dr. Leon "Driving" James.  5. Conclusion: Just a recap.:) 
My Reaction to Dana's Report

What impressed me about this report? Everything. To me, Dana's report is the ideal report. I loved the
format--very professional. Also, the transition from one paragraph to the next, or the transition from one section to the next was impressively smooth. Could I have done the same thing? I am not too sure. 



Report #4: Rose Ancog's Social Psychology of Web Architecture.

My Impression of Report #4 
I chose Rose-Ann Ancog's report on Social Psychology of Web Architecture. I picked
this one because I wanted to hear someone else's suggestions on how to build a better web page. Rose
presented really good ideas on making a better Web page. After reading it I decided to make a change to
my own page also. 
The Selection Process
After viewing other reports from different generations. I looked at each report about 10min or so, until I came across Social Psychology of Web Architecture: What You See Is What you Get." I was determine to find one report that would help me gain insight into what is it like to prepare a home page. I felt as if this report helped me to understand the do and don'ts in making a web page. What I found truly interesting is that after the author made her page she somehow connected the hold experience to her life. The author stated that it's symbolic of hard work, effort, and accomplishments. I found that to be true. After reading that statement I decide to pick her report. It was obvious that she had put a lot of time and thought into it. 
A Brief Summary of Rose's Report 
The author had three sub topics. 1) Introduction: "What You Need To Know", 2)"Web Designer Principles As I See It: You Are What you Create" 3) "Psychological Aspects to Web Design: A Bird's Eye View." 

In each one of these sub-topics she gives methods into helping how to prepare and display and attractive web page. She also includes the do and don'ts from "The Psychology of Web Design." 
My Reaction to Rose's Report
The benefits one can gain from information. Not only from books, movies, articles, and class lecture. I was
actually involved with the process of learning something I have never learned before. I was very impress by the author's web page. I hope with hard work and effort I can make a web page that is noticed by my readers. 



Conclusion 
When I first started on this assignment I felt like an idiot. I didn't know what to expect, how to start, or
what to do. After spending many, many hours on the internet exploring, I started to get a clearer picture of
what was to be done. Looking at so many other students work helped give me ideas that could be
applied to my own work. 

Suggestions For Future Generations 
1. Start early!!! I can't say this enough but what it boils down to is the earlier you start the less stressed
out you'll feel. 
2. Take a lot of notes. 
3. Read your HTML book.

My Generational Report My Home Page My Oral Presentation My Newsgroups File
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