David Thomson Psych 459/G8
Searching the Generations: Who is Saying What
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I found these reports while browsing through all of the prior generations. I found a lot of topics on the influence of television and driving as well as topics on music and driving. I did not like either of these topics and I began to wonder if these were the easiest of all of the reports or if those writers just liked to watch a lot of TV and listen to a lot music. I spent a considerable amount of time reading through the prior generations (4 hours). I guess that I was wanting to read something different and that is why I chose these to do. As in life, many people follow the herd while others seek their own knowledge. I wanted to read these pathfinders.
The method that I used was to simply search all of the generations one by one and read all of the reports. I looked at every report for the last 4 generations. This took a lot of time but I noticed that the curriculum has changed over the years/semesters. Each has a modified or changed exercises and topics compared to the others. Finally I found the easiest method of all to find the reports I needed. GO TO THE AWARDS LINK FOR EACH GENERATION DUH ?! I found this the quickest way because it gave titles for each writer. I knew which one was my final selection when it was simple but informative.Back to top
My Selection #1
Brandy Ashby: How Drivers Communicate With Each Other. I chose this student's report because I liked the title and I also was interested in driver communication. Brandy Ashby did a very good job of organizing her material and providing enough explanations. She even used a tape recorder while she monitored others' behavior to record what she saw. Her observation area consisted of downtown traffic, the freeway, and a few back country roads. Ms. Ashby hypothesized that drivers in the country would be more "polite" than those in the city.
Ms. Ashby uses three situations; making room in one's lane for another, yielding the way, and making turns. In each of these, she gave examples that occurred during her observations and compares them to the drivers on the mainland. Back to #1 Back to top
Making room in one's lane for another.
She believes that this is common courtesy in Hawaii but not on the mainland where she is from (Kentucky). While she observed on the freeway, she found that this was constantly going on and it gives drivers a "warm" feeling.Back to #1 Back to top
Yielding the way.
Here the writer naturally enjoyed watching drivers at a particular yield sign. She noticed that the drivers demonstrated very good behavior by stopping thier cars to allow others to proceed. Yielding the way for pedestrians was not very good. Drivers seemed more willing to yield for cars instead and Ms. Ashby did not believe that this was a good idea because it did not make senseBack to #1 Back to top
Ashby's pet peeve seems to be when someone else fails to signal when they make a turn. She feels that it is the drivers who wait too late to show it or do not use it at all that really make people upset.Back to #1 Back to top
Methods of Interaction and Effectiveness
She also gives a section on "Methods of Interaction and Effectiveness" where she describes different ways that people communicate while on the road such as vehicular communication, gestures, facial expressions, and verbal communication. Vehicular communication is believed to be the most common form in hawaii.They did this with "...braking quickly, revving the engine, tailgating, or flashing the headlights at another vehicle." Gestures are usually made with the shaka sign or "flying the bird." Facial expressions are an immediate expression of how we feel when something happens while verbal communication was considered by this writer as the least method used.Back to #1 Back to top
This next section is where she believes that driving circles could be used to improve communication. These driving circles would be used to create awareness through each other and the nedia. At the same time the groups could be more dynamic by creating smaller, more focused groups.Back to #1 Back to top
Finally she describes how she researched her information using the world wide web and library resources. She began with Excite search engine and found nothing so she then went to Alta Vista and only found the Arizona State Drivers Manual. She then tired Yahoo and found "The Death of the Courtesy Driver" which is an article about how one man interprets the decline of courtesy on American Highways. In the library search she only found a book by Peter Marsh called "Driving passion: The Psychology of the Car."Back to #1 Back to top
For related articles she drew her influence from past generation people Kristin Subia and Andrew Shapiro who both wrote articles on communication. Kristin's gave Ms. Ashby an understanding of what communication is but disagreed with the proposal to use telephone's to improve this communication. Andrew report includes a lot of detail and observation.Back to #1 Back to top
This section is Ms. Ashby's recommendation to future participants on this project. She believes that people involved with Quality Driving Circles could determine the best methods for communication and possibly choose new methods to improve communication between drivers.Back to #1 Back to top
My reaction to the paper was that she kept it simple and clean in appearance. I would probably have done things different by providing some sort of data through research on direct observations. Not providing some sort of data was her weakest point although she does indicate the results of her research methods in her report. Her biggest strength was providing examples and relating the experiences here, and on what is occurring on the Mainland was her most original. I believed I would have tried more search engines and provided more factual information to advance the topic and make a logical argument that is clear.Back to #1 Back to top
Other students of the same generation had a lot of fancy bells and whistles. I was not interested in those pages because I wanted to read someone's page who could give me just the facts. Othe students did not seem quite as informative either. Back to #1 Back to top
My Selection #2
Raeder Kinney: The Speed limit Debate-How Do I Stand Raeder Kinney: The Speed Limit Debate- How do I Stand. This report first caught my attention with the unusual topic compared to other students. "The Speed Limit Debate"- a political topic. The second reason I chose this report was the emotional introduction that the writer gave concerning the death of his uncle. A real eye opener!
Mr. Kinney begins his report by describing his experience when his uncle died in a head on collision. The police report stated that the other driver was exceeding the speed limit by 45 mph. The next section includes the writer's feelings about the issue, implications for the low, and his own personal behavior. Mr. Kinney believes that "SPEED KILLS!" and it is largely a by product of road rage. The laws are made for the "benefit and safety of society." Interestingly enough, he believes his own behavior as a speeding driver is different from others because his habitual and many times "accidental."Back to #2 Back to top
Quotes from prior generations
Here we have several quotes by prior generations aboiut how bad speeing is to society. These people include Shane Cabb-Adams (G4), Shelly Secretario (G4), Ronnie Simon (G3), and Michelle Alonzo (G3). Michelle's quote "Some of us like to live in dabger. We speed because we feel a rush when we do or we just want to test out our automobile's abilities" is the most vague. It is hard to tell if this pro- or anti-speeding. What is Mr. kinney communicating to us? Is this an opposition statement or a confession?Back to #2 Back to top
"SPEED KILLS!" is what is blurted out to us immediately. He states that it does kill. This is where he begins to relate our experiences to reports to the newsmedia by using a repetitive jargon. He attributes the behavior to road rage and how it can be reduced through Quality Driving Circles. The last paragraph he writes about his own poor driving behavior that involves speeding but attributes demisses it as an accident. He feels that drivers need to focus on improving their ACS Skills (Affective-Cognitive-Sensorimotor) for our feelings and thoughts.Back to #2 Back to top
Web sites that discuss speeding
His research that involves speeding boils down to two articles. The National Coalition for the Abolition of Speed Limits and the Virginia Department of Transportation. The NCASL has a radical approach to get rid of speed limits because it is drunk and careless drivers that kill, not speeders. Mr. Kinney gave a very good counter argument that their statistics do not involve the number of people who are killed by speeders. Only those who are not killed by speeders. The VDT talks of how speed limit signs are posted for our safety and to promote better traffic flow.Back to #2 Back to top
What should traffic psychology do about speeding?
This writer believes that speeding is a product of Road Rage and drivers need to improve their ACS Skills to improve their driving. These are skills that not only involve driving but can also be used in all our daily activities.Back to #2 Back to top
How do I stand on this issue now that I'm more informed
He still believes that speed kills because he knows from first hand experience when his uncle died. His theory is that we should leave home earlier rather than rush to where ever we may be going.Back to #2 Back to top
The last sections of his report involves research into anti-speeding/pro-safety organizations, quotes from News groups, implications for traffic psychology theory, and a word to future online generations. As I said before, my reaction to this web page was political and emotional. I became involved with what he had to say because I too have read material on the topic. His content and presentation was simple and well organized. I especially liked how he inserted quotes from News groups and other generations. I thought it was original for him to confess his own driving behavior but at the same time I thought it was foolish to discredit himself after preaching. "SPEED KILLS!." In order to make this an excellent essay, it needs more facts to convince the reader that his political ideas are right and show how it out- weighs the opposition. He does provide a link to a statistics section. he could have incorporated it into his work. Back to #2 Back to top
Other students of this generation also had simple layouts and similar writing styles. I chose this aritcle for htthe title and unique introduction. All of the other articles seemed to be more blah-blah.
My Selection #3
Angie Inouye: Identifying Attitudes Through News groups Messages. I chose this article because it involves News groups and especially because it concerns the attitudes present in the writers after reading another person's message. Ms. Inouye gave a lot of examples from different News groups as well as from previous generations. She also writes in an intelligent and objective manner.
The report begins with an accurate description on what it is like searching for, choosing, and observing various News groups. She then gives examples of what previous generations writers reported while observing News groups and realized that there is a general consensus. This type of environment can be confusing. The next section involves excerpts from the online News groups with a brief description of how she interprets it. Four attitudes emerged in the form of "letting out Anger,""Flaming" "Sarcastic" and "Dear Abby." Finally Ms. Inouye attempts to answer the question. "Is there a Moral Crisis in Driving Attitudes?" Back to #3 Back to top
How News groups are described in the Generational Curriculum
When she first be gan to search for News groups, she could not understand what was going on until she asked some other people in the class. She had a difficult time how to search or even read them. Her initial belief was that News groups were for informaitonal purpose only and did not realize that it was actually a bunch of people voicing their opinions. The search for "aggressive drivers" gave several odd sounding topics but did give the information she needed. She realized that everyone wondered why drivers behave the way they do.Back to #3 Back to top
Attitudes and News groups
Four attitudes were described of subscribers to these groups. These include "Letting Out the Anger", "Flaming," "Sarcastic," and "Dear Abby." Ms. Inouye describes each example with an interpretation of what is going on. Whe also observed the interaction going on between them and noticed a level of hostility between "aggressive drivers" and "safety drivers."Back to #3 Back to top
Is there a Moral Crisis in Driving Attitudes?
This is a tough question for this writer to answer. According to the congressional testimony web site, it appears that this has only becaome a problem of recent years after it has been called to attention. The answer to this question is not clearly given but she does state that researchers believe that it is a behavioral problem. Some causes may be congestion on highways, territorial deffensiveness, and busy schedules.Back to #3 Back to top
To Ms Inouye, "News groups is a power of each and
everyone's freedom of speech." here she is saying that these forums
provide an excellent way to communicate ideas to each other. She has learned
that they consist of a variety of attitudes and behaviors. Since that people
do not confront each other face-to-face, she believes it eadier for people
to speak and at the same time sound macho, ignorant, and rude.Back
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My reaction to this article was very good. It aided in my understanding of News groups. and it definately helped me for my next article that concerns this topic. The web page is attractive while still keeping simple. She makes good use of horizontal rules, graphic colored balls for each section in the Table of Contents, and a good use of italics. As I scanned through the report the first time, i was a little turned off by the long length of the newsgroup excerpts. But I feel they were necessary and helpful to understand what the writer was talking about. If I were to do the report, I would use some of the techniques used in My Selection #4 to increase the use of tags to help navigate around the report. i was turned off by the use of her (a) (b) (c)... for the beginning of her new topic paragraph. The content was informative from a layman's point of view.Back to #3 Back to top
Most writers had a lot of fancy graphics to jazz up this site. Many of them had detaild Table of Contents that seemed to extend past the bottom of the screen. I did not like that because it forced me to scroll up and down. The web page creator made a simple Table and used minimal amounts of graphics just to be used as a visual aid to the reader. The writing in this article was informative and seemed to cover all of the areas necessary compared to the other writers of the same generation.
My Selection #4
Rose-Anne Ancog: Social Psychology of Web Architecture. This report is fantastic! Here is a person that went from knowing nothing about the Web to someone who created an excellent article using links and tags. A very impressive report that is very informative.
I found this in the awards page for generational students. I was first interested in the title especially because it is different form all of the other reports. It was a turn off to see many of the students to do the same topic so I didn't even look at those. When I did find this article then I knew that I didn't need to look any farther.
This article began with a proper sized title plus sub-title at the top center of the page. Then there are two tables. One above the other. The top table has a general links to guide through other parts of the generational infrastructure. The second table is a navigator of tags for each section of the report. These tags do not point to the inside of each section but rather point to the beginning of the sections themselves. This is helpful to navigate the entire page.
The introduction is the writer's account of his experience of entering the cyberworld as a novice. I was sort of turned off by this because it seemed kind of "hum drum boring." But it is inspiring to see that the writer had found a sense of accomplishment rather being over whelmed.Back to #4 Back to top
Web Designer Principles As I See It
This section involves the design principles and is heavily dominated by Jeffrey Glover's site. This site gives a heavy amount of instruction into web page design. It has its own ranking method of how to evaluate a web page. At the same time it emphasizes a designer's creativity over "rules" for designing. I thought this section was very informative to someone with little experience but I would like to have seen a comparison with some other site that gives instruction. The usage of links in this section looks very professional in how it looks interlaced with the text.Back to #4 Back to top
Psychological Aspects to Web Design
The next section concerns the psychological aspects of web page design. Wow! Talk about informative to the lay reader! This section concerns psychological characteristics, informational content, and stylistic features. Here she writes about affective, cognitive, and sensorimotor aspects of web design. This impressed me because I never thought about creating a page specifically for the reader. I always thought that the design was based on content. I wished she would given more examples or a reference to more information.Back to #4 Back to top
What It's Like to Become A Web Designer
The author then gave her true to life experience of becoming a web page designer. this was the biggest turn off for me because I am not interested in the author. I am primarily interested in the content of the page. This is where you start skipping through sections of text because it is normally useless information. She does give input on the advantages of having a local ISP (Internet Service Provider) to access the university unix system.Back to #4 Back to top
Annotated Index to Web Design
Finally in the last section we are greeted with the Annotated index that the author gathered resources from. this includes Dr. Leon James' home page, The Web Shack, HTML help, The Psychology of Cyberspace, and The Psychology of Web Design. The writer gives an interesting description of each but I had lacked interest to click into it. Back to #4 Back to top
I thought that the author did an excellent job with the report and was informative. At the same time it caused me to look at my pages and alter them. For instance I recently designed a home page that was heavy in graphics and animation. After reading this I quickly decided that I did not need all of it and that I could provide a link instead to another page with a more focused topic.Back to #4 Back to top
I thought the logic of the article flowed well. I would like to have seen more references to what is contained in the Index section so that I knew where he got all of his information. The section on characteristics of a page was very informative but could have gone more in depth or given a reference to someone who could. All in all, I was inspired to be more creative. Back to #4 Back to top
Other students gave similar reports but did not seem to have the same attitude as this writer. Because this writer emphasized Jeffrey Glover's report, I think that she put it to use and violated some common rules like using the center text function for everything and putting the entire article inside of a table. She must have some attitude or was being extra creative. Other students did not seem to give the psychological side as this writer did. they just seemed to go through the motions to get the article done. This writer gave some impressive material that was easy to understand. Again, no bells and whistles to distract me.
4. Other Students of My Generation
Of the two reports that I had found on my class directory, neither were finished so I have little to write about here. My first reaction though was that I must have misunderstood how to do the report because I thought that we had to go through section by section of the report we had found and write something about it. At the same time I believed to understand that we were to pout tags also for each section. I must have really over done myself or shot myself in the foot by putting hours of energy into this and going in the wrong direction ot the same time. I believe that my classmates may have been more able to express their feelings and their thought processes better than I have. Their web pages are a little different. One uses a list funciton in the Table of Contents while another did something more like a table similar to mine but with less emphasis on details. I think that I should try harder to be more explicit in the writing above or just chalk this up to experience and do better on my newsgroups file.
5. Suggestions for future Generations
My suggestion for future generations who read this report and my want to go further with it is to make sure that you get topics that you are truly interested in. Design your web page in a simple manner so that your reader does not get distracted by fancy animations. The focus here should be on the four articles and to create an environment that is easy to navigate in. If you want to do a report like the ones above because you think that you can improve on them then by all means...learn from their mistakes! There is a lot of information in these archives but not really that much on the web. Dr. Driving may be one of your primary sources when you do an article of your own. Being a G8 member has been a unique experience and I hope that others might be interested enough to write about my articles!
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