This article is very relevant to our recent topics in class.
This article is very relevant to our recent topics in class.
Two articles are assigned this week. Find them in the Course Schedule and on Ares.
Content of the post: There are three parts. Complete all three in your post.
Part 1: How would you explain algorithms to a young child, around 8 years old, so that she could understand them? Do not quote or copy any definitions from anywhere. Use your own words and write out this explanation. Continue reading
Two articles and one video are assigned this week. Find them in the Course Schedule and on Ares.
From a news story published Sept. 11, 2017:
“Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event-management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho, The Daily Beast has learned.
“A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Beast that the social-media giant ‘shut down several promoted events as part of the takedown we described last week.’ The company declined to elaborate, except to confirm that the events were promoted with paid ads. (This is the first time the social-media giant has publicly acknowledged the existence of such events.)”
This is closely related to our class topic about protest groups and hate groups organizing online and using social media to plan events and attract followers.
Now we see Facebook — possibly for the first time in this context — using its power to delete organizers’ materials.
Note also the use of Facebook ads to promote the protest events — those ads profit Facebook directly.
This assignment is very different from the others. You will need to start working on it as soon as you can!
You should start five days before you write the post, which is due Monday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m. You may start the required work before you read the articles. START with Step 1 below.
Read the two assigned articles for the week before you start writing your blog post. Each article is quite different from the other.
THERE ARE FIVE (5) STEPS TO FOLLOW.
All steps are required for this assignment. Do all five steps below. Step 5 tells you what to include in your post.
STEP 1: Create a new account at Twitter, or use one you already have. You MUST use your own Twitter account for this!
Read or scan the Terms of Service (feel free to comment on any parts that impress you favorably or unfavorably, but that’s NOT required).
STEP 2: IMPORTANT! Choose at least 10 NEW people to FOLLOW. Make sure each of them is tweeting regularly (check their timeline before you follow them!). These 10 new people must NOT be friends of yours. You can choose any type of person, but NOT people you know in real life. NOTE: Follow individual people, NOT BRANDS or COMPANIES. Continue reading
As part of your topic presentation grade, you will create a Storify so that others in the class can easily access your resources. Here is mine:
Pay close attention to two things:
To create your Storify easily, you should first watch this how-to video.
Two articles are assigned this week. Read both articles. Find them in the Course Schedule and on Ares.
Follow the instructions below. This week’s post is not the same as last week’s post.
After reading the two articles (and making notes, as always), you will think about these two questions: (1) What are the various goals for which activists, protest movements, and/or hate groups use online and/or social media? (2) How can other actors (such as governments, law enforcement, or the companies that control web tools and platforms) interfere with the online/mobile efforts of activists, protest movements, and/or hate groups? There are examples in the articles.
Content of the post: Using at least two specific points taken from the Youmans article and at least two specific points taken from the Holt article, discuss goals that an activist group or protest movement can possibly achieve by using online or social media, AND how each of those goals might be thwarted by outside forces. Continue reading
Before you can begin writing your first blog post, you need to do two other things:
Requirements (such as length) for all of your weekly blog posts are found in Required Work. Be sure to read the section under the heading “Weekly blog posts.”
Your deadline for publishing Blog post 1 is Monday, Aug. 28, at 9 a.m.
You must follow the instructions below, and then simply publish the post to your own WordPress.com blog. Continue reading
To complete the assignment that is due on Monday morning, Aug. 28, you will first need to set up a new blog at WordPress.com.
If you already have a blog, DO NOT use that one. You must set up a NEW blog to be used only for this course.
Make sure you WRITE and SAVE both your username and password for WordPress.com. If you forget your username, you will lose your blog.
NOTE: In Step 2, “Find a custom address,” go to the bottom and select “No thanks.” DO NOT PAY.
If you already have a WordPress.com site, simply log in at WordPress.com and create a new blog using the same account. Do that here.
Complete this task list before midnight on Friday, Aug. 25, so that you have ample time to complete the OTHER work that is due on Monday at 9 a.m.
Note: Don’t worry if you do not see your comment appear below immediately after you post it. I have to approve it before it appears, which means I need to see a little notice that WordPress sends to my email. As I am not staring at my email every minute of the day, it might take some time before your comment appears here.
I’m happy to announce that all the articles for this semester are available now in ARES Course Reserves (see link at right).
PLEASE NOTE that to get access to the articles, in most cases you MUST be logged into the UF VPN.
If you have any trouble with the VPN, contact the UF Computing Help Desk.
Most articles have a convenient link that says “View this item.” In most cases, this link will take you to a page that shows only the abstract for the article. On that same page, you can find a link to download the PDF of the complete article.
In all cases, you will have FREE access to the PDF file, or to a Web page containing the article. You do NOT need to pay for ANY articles (but you must be logged in with the VPN to get this free access).