My 4 Favorites from the Online Generational Curriculum: 
Informing Us to Inform Others



 
 
 

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My Selection Number 1: Junko Hashizume (409a,G4)

Why This Report...

I confess--I am a girlie-girl and anything cute draws my attention. This was my initial reason for picking Junko Hashizume's page. There were just so many cute icons that I could not stray from her page. Also, Ms. Hashizume had done a report on "Generational Cybercommunities," which happens to be a great interest of mine. I had always heard the term "cybercommunity" but never really knew what it was or meant. I wanted to look further into Ms. Hashizume's report in hopes of enhancing my knowledge in this area. 

The Steps That Led Me Here...

My total browsing time was about 45 minutes to an hour. Instead of choosing one generation and looking within that generation, I looked at EVERYTHING. Well, any generation after 4, that is. Since I am a modern-day girl myself, I did not really care too much to browse in generations 1,2,and 3(no offense intended). I consider myself a person of simplicity. So anyone whose page had very bright colors for their choice of background--I did not select them. Anyone with a black background--I did not select them. I read somewhere that there is a positive correlation between colors and moods: the black really depressed me. Basically, my stradegy was to eliminate and narrow down. As one of my favorite selections, I chose Ms. Hashizume's page and more specifically, her report on "Generational communities". 

My Summary...

In Ms. Hashizume's Report 1, she has two sections: Generational Cybercommunities and Cyberspace...Cybercommunities. In the first part, she simply shares her feelings about being part of a generational cybercommunity. She expresses her insecurities about creating her own homepage and also worries about competition within the generation (it was not at all competitive). On the other hand, there was also joy in looking for icons, images, and backgrounds through the search engines. To explain the feelings of being part of a generational cybercommunity, Ms. Hashizume uses an analogy. She basically talks about "commonality". That even though you are a newcomer to the community, you still feel like you are part of it. Just as if you were to move to a different part of town, although you are new to that town, you are still part of it. COMMONALITY. This is how it feels in cyberspace or virtual reality, which Ms. Hashizume discusses in her second section. Her main emphasis in this second section is on the understanding of CYBERSPACE and all the aspects of it--"the best way for anyone to understand (the meaning of it) is to familiarize yourself with the internet." 

My Reaction & Involvement...

What I liked about this report (besides the simple format and choice of icons) was that ir was not filled with excess information, but right to the point. Everything I did not know about, which are mostly the terms or internet "lingo", was explained--with dictionary definitions, personal definitions, and analogies. The choice of whether or not I wanted to know more than what Ms. Hashizume provided was left completely up to the me, the visitor/reader. After reading her report, I could not help but say an inner "Thank You". Could I have done the same thing? Sure--why not? This report totally reassured me that anyone is capable of being part of the cybercommunity. Ms. Hashizume's report was simple, to-the-point, and motivating. What remains weak? The misspellings. I found myself getting irritated by the typos. With any formal written assignment, proofreading is a must.:) 

In Comparison to Others...

Hmm...I would have to say that compared to the other participants in this generation Ms. Hashizume's page was the most delightful. Seeing cute things(meaning the background and icons) just brings a smile to my face. Also, although I do not know Ms. Hashizume on a personal level, I do know what she looks like--she is a friend of a friend. For me, being able to picture the writer is very important. When reading a novel, we imagine what the characters look like from the descriptions and characteristics given. The same goes for writers on the web. I find it easier to relate when I can imagine what the person looks like, physically. And I think an accurate picture is better than an imaginary one.:)



My Selection Number 2: Dana Rho (409a,G6)

Why This Report...

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" for my oral presentation and I was impressed. The idea that there are attitudes behind messages just fascinated me. To be honest, all of Ms. Rho's work was impressive--worthy of an award. 

The Steps That Led Me Here...

After my first run through (and maybe even prior to it), I had my mind set on selecting Ms. Rho's report. But just to be sure, I browsed through different reports from people in the same generation as Ms. Rho. This process took(at the most) 2 to 3 minutes for each report, making that about 10 to 15 minutes total. 

My Summary...

Ms. Rho separates her report into 5 sections...

1. Introduction: On Your Mark...Get Set...Go!: In this section, Ms. Rho 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 Ms. Rho, 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 Dejanews 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, Ms. Rho's reaction to them.

3. Attitudes and Newsgroups: These are the 4 attitudes that you might observe in the newsgroups.

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 & Involvement... What imporessed me about this report? Everything. To me, Ms. Rho'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. But I have mad it my goal to write a report that is of the same callabor as Ms. Rho's. 

In Comparison to Others...

I thought Ms. Rho's report was exceptional. I would even say that it was the best that I had seen. In a word, her report was professional. The format was simple but attractive, and the content was informative but to the point.



My Selection Number 3: Dina Takahashi (459,G6)

Why This Report...

Dina Takahashi did her report on Definitions of Traffic Psychology. What the hell is traffic psychology?--I had absolutely no idea. Why did I choose this report? The title gave me everything that I was looking for. The organization and simplicity of Ms. Takahashi's report appealed to me. Well, that and the fact that I know her. 

The Steps That Led Me Here...

It did not take me long in deciding that Ms. Takahashi's report would be one of my selections. You see, she is a classmate of mine and knowing her capabilities, I knew her work would be nothing less than outstanding. To satisfy my curiosity, however, I did click myself into several other reports(3 to be exact). This took at the most 4 minutes. Ms. Takahashi's report was most appealing and more importantly, it was what I was interested in--The Definitions of Traffic Psychology. 

My Summary...

Ms. Takahashi starts her report by stating the definition of Traffic Psychology, which is "the term used to describe the process in which various methods are implemented in order to modify driving behavior." I had no idea what the term meant--beginning the report with this definition, prepared me for the next section of the report--Definitions from the General Curriculum. In this section, Ms. Takahashi picks 5 students, writes their definitions of Traffic Psychology and adds a paragraph of her reactions to the person's definition. She then talks of different experiences as a road user: drivers, pedestrians, and passengers. With each road user she gives and example and again, her reaction to the situation. 

My Reaction & Involvement...

What did I love about this report? It has got to be Ms. Takahashi's format. I loved how she would, for example, give a definition and then follow-up with her reaction--give an example of a situation and then follow-up with her reaction. I LOVED it. Her report was so easy to follow and very informational. You get the details/information formally and informally--a good mix for the reader.:)I personally learned a lot from this report regarding Traffic Psychology. What was weak? I honestly could not find anything that lacked in this report. Could I have done the same thing? I am not sure. But I will definitely "borrow" this format for my reports. 

In Comparison to Others...

I found Ms. Takahashi's report appearance to be somewhat similar to that of Ms. Rho's. Both used a easy to follow format. What separated Ms. Takahashi's report from that of the other members of her generation was that she used a creative information/personal reaction set-up, which allows the reader to gain information about the specific topic and also be able to look at the writer's reaction to certain issues.



My Selection Number 4: Marshall Miyoshi (459,G7)

Why This Report...

"Portrayals of Driving Behavior on TV: The teacher in the Box." What an attention-getter of a title. Mr. Marshall Miyoshi was very creative in naming his report. Having a catchy title is a great way to get browsers to stop and look into your works. Mr.Miyoshi's title did just that for me. 

The Steps That Led Me Here...

Finding my last selection did not take long but deciding whether or not to actually select it did take me a while. If I was granted 3 wishes, I would wish the first two without hesitating. Why? Because I have one more wish left. For the third wish, however, I would weigh the pros and cons for every idea that came to mind. The same concept applies to my selections. For my selection number 4, I wanted to choose the report that appealed to me most--but there were many to choose from. I spent about 30 minutes on the different reports, eventually narrowing down to Mr. Miyoshi's report. 

My Summary...

Basically, Mr. Miyoshi used the observation/reaction format. He viewed a variety of programs, movies, and commercials that displayed aggressive driving, then commented on how they could possibly affect road rage. Mr. Miyoshi's idea stemmed from studies suggesting that violence on TV and movies have an affect on our behavior. He looked into the question of whether or not driving behavior seen on TV influences or has an affect in the way people drive. 

My Reaction & Involvement...

I found Mr. Miyoshi's report to be very original--very different from any other report. This was the first report that I could actually visualize. I have seen most, if not all, of the examples (movies, shows, commercials) given so it was very easy for me to relate to Mr. Miyoshi's comments. The clear and simple format that was used, as I had mentioned before, made reading easy on the eyes. Also, the observation/reaction format made comprehending the material easier. Although the report was very thorough, the dividing of the sections bothered me--the Analysis & Evaluation and Rating sections. Instead of analyzing and rating the observed programs in different sections, I think I would have liked it in the same section as the observation...

I would have done the report in the above format. But, then again, Mr. Miyoshi could have had his reasons for using such his format. In order to advance the topic and logic, you need to go public. I think if Mr. Miyoshi somehow find a way to share his ideas with the general public, then maybe advancement of this topic will occur--just like the topic of violence on TV. 

My Comparisons...

In comparison to the other reports, Mr. Miyoshi's report was very original. It looked like he put a lot of thought into the topic and incorporated his own interests and ideas into the report. Although the presentation format could have been a little better, the originality lead me to choose this report as one of my favorites.



Opinions of My Classmates...

My opinion of my classmates regarding content...I think my report is just as good as my classmates. As I read the reports of the others in my generation, I could tell that a lot of time and work was put into the reports. As far as approach is concerned, I would have to admit that I did not have a very positive attitude. Then again, nor was it negative. I think I was doubting my capability to do the work that was assigned. The presentation of the reports of the class was diverse. Some used fancy backgrounds and icons and some just kept things simple. They were all great and none of them were painful to look at.:)



Suggestions For Future Generations...

What do I want to suggest for future generations. Gee, where do I begin? I would like to tell everyone that procrastinating is not a good idea in this class. You might think that there is a lot of time to do the assignments but the end of the semester comes around so quickly. If you don't have time, do a little at a time. If you are scared of computers, get over it. I sure did.
 

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