Blog post 10: Implications of the mobile Internet

Two articles are assigned this week. Read both articles. Find them in the Course Schedule and on Ares.

One article describes a qualitative study conducted in Sri Lanka. The other article discusses a tribal group, the Maasai, in Tanzania, based on a study using mixed methods. First, make some notes about what each article focuses on when discussing how the people in that article use the mobile Internet and mobile apps. Make two lists — one for each article. Read closely and make a clear and accurate assessment.

Do not read other students’ blog posts before you write your own. Students make mistakes. Trust your own powers of reasoning. Continue reading


Smartphone use in the U.S.

A recent report from our friends at Pew Research:

U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015

One of the more interesting findings is that so many Americans have access to the Internet only on their phone. Imagine how limiting that would be.

Net neutrality (and why you should care)

Net neutrality cartoon

In a recent class, we mentioned the idea of net neutrality (and its alternative, a stepped or graded Internet). This illustrated explanation shows you what is at stake. You can think of today’s Internet as something similar to the commons, and if net neutrality is not in place, or not protected, powerful corporations can “build fences” to keep you out.