Global Digital Divide.

Global Digital Divide.

The Digital Divide can be defined as a disparity between those that have access to technology to those who don’t.

Of course it isn’t so black and white, and some may have access to technology, but choose to not use it. Or, some technology might not be in a language that one understands. I’m not talking about coding, but I am talking about symbols.

The symbols used in language.

Today, I will be delving into the Global Digital Divide, and will end the blog with a few ways we can minimize the distance. That is, if closing the gap in the digital divide is something we want.

I wonder what my life would be like without the aid of digital technology. I wouldn’t be writing this blog if I didn’t have access, or I wouldn’t be listening to Snarky Puppy to calm my focus on my iPad Pro.

Maybe, I’d be married with like 10 kids who are in the field right now picking blueberries, my wife in the balcony churning butter, and i’d be in the bath, also known as a bucket, reading the bible for the thousandth time.

The first thing we need to do to close the digital divide is to bring awareness the types of barriers developing countries need to overcome:

Physical, Cultural, and Political.

Physical

The location of the developing countries requires a connection to the internet which can be an expensive infrastructure to create for a small tribe for example. A solution to this physical limitation could be Google’s hot balloon pop up wifi experiment. It inflates hot balloons with wifi tethering and gives access to those close enough to receive its signal, and its much more cost effective than other methods.

Cultural

By cultural I mean the divide in the amount of languages the internet can be translated in. If the developing country has a specific language that is not widely used, it will not be able to acquire and translate the information provided from the internet. Do they even want to know what is on the internet, or would they be better off living a simpler life?

The solution to this would be to deploy linguists to developing countries and have them implement a symbol system that coincides with the specialized language, and then teach them how to use it. After the people have learned how to identify their language to the symbols, and recreate it effortlessly, the linguist can certify the language into a national database and have it as possible translation in internet capable sites like Google.

Political

Certain countries, like China, feel the internet’s vast array of information is a liability, because the information shared cannot be controlled. Limiting citizens or straight out denying access to internet is something that occurs in countries, and it’s because of the need to control one’s people. I mean, I can be a control freak too sometimes, but.. Actually, never mind. No comment.

I had hippy parent’s so it’s easy for me to say, “Just let them have it,” and, “Don’t worry so much, take a chill pill.” So, that’s my solution to political limitations on digital technology. Nah! Gotcha. I think instead of trying to control people by limiting such a mass medium, we should control people by utilizing said medium. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below.

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Social Media Is an Action Word.

Social Media Is an Action Word.

You have probably heard of at least one of the following social media platforms:

LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Bumble, Twitch, Tumblr, Snapchat, WordPress, Tinder, YouTube, Twitter.

I don’t know if you noticed, but they all have a word of action in the title:

Twitter is the sound a bird makes when talking to other birds,

Twitch is a short sudden jerk,

Snap is the act of capturing the moment,

Chat is the act of talking,

TikTok is the sound of a moving clock,

Insta is informal for instant, and

Gram is old school for you got mail.

They all have this in common, because socialization requires action. To communicate one’s interest a bird “tweets”, to share one’s interest a person “snaps” a moment they experienced, and shares it with the ones they love. Therefore, every one of these media platforms are told we use as social animals to connect with one another.

Twitch is a sudden movement, or jerk, that is required when playing games with other gamers, and is likely a reason why it is called that. The ability to have quick reaction times when playing games gives one an advantage against another.

TikTok, pronounced Tick Tock in English, is the sound of a clock and if you are familiar with the platform you know that the recording limit is a few seconds tops. Lastly, Instagram is the instantaneous transference of a message, and in this case the message is visual.

I don’t really like Facebook, so I will not be talking about it, but feel free to add your take on it’s relevance in the comment section below.

These platforms are appealing, because they give us the ability to express our interests with other people, who’s opinions matter to us, in turn reaffirms our belief system and gives us validation increase the feel good chemicals in our brains; the one’s that give us pleasure.

Since these social media platforms give us pleasure we associate them with that feel good chemical, oxytocin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and we seek it often in attempt to retrieve the same feeling we had initially when we first used the platform. Unfortunately, with all addictions this is a craving that can never be completely fulfilled.

Therefore, social media platforms have grown tremendously as a source of revenue for companies, and as a source of connection between one another, giving us a collective conscious creating culture, order, and a sense of meaning to our sometimes chaotic existence.

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Dear College Freshman, Can You Say Media Literacy?

Dear College Freshman, Can You Say Media Literacy?

Dear College Freshman,

Congratulations! You did your time in high school and now are free. Education is important, and it might take you a long time to learn that on your own, and you might already know, but if you don’t already know, then this letter is especially important to you.

Just like Bobby Boucher, I learned the importance of… learning… [clears throat], by putting myself out there and making mistakes. Even though I know you will make your fair share of mistakes, as it is a part of the adulthood experience, I would like to help you minimize the amount of mistakes made by educating you on whyMedia Literacy is important to you.

To show how important Media Literacy is to you, heres Bobby Bouchers first day in class.

Media Literacyis fancy talk for take what you read with a grain of salt; including this blog post! Everything I say is 100% accurate and true; it’s science. You were adopted. It’s true! It’s science. Ask your parents right now if you’re adopted and they’ll say no, but you know deep down that they are lying. It’s science. Anyway, this is getting way out of topic. I don’t know if you’re adopted, and if you are, well… congratulations. Point is, take what you read, watch, listen to online, with a grain of salt. It’s not always “the truth.”

The most common example of this is “fake news.” Remember that one time, along time ago, when I said you were adopted? Haha. Well, thats an example of fake news. It’s overhyped information that you may find relevant, but has no evidence that makes it credible. The ability to know when something is fake, and real, is basically the definition of media literacy. Boom! End of blog. Mission accomplished. Well, almost…

This may be your first time away from your parents; away from someone looking over your shoulder telling you whats right and whats wrong. The choice to do what you wish with life is yours. If you still live with your parents, that is fine too. Just tell them to give you space. They’ll understand. It just might take a few reminders, but they’ll understand.

Media literacy is the ability to discern what’s credible, and whats appropriate, from what’s false information, and what’s inappropriate.

Another way to put it is to think twice before you post media online. Give it a minute or two before posting it. Maybe, walk to the kitchen, grab a water, and come back to it. Still feel like posting it? Great.

Also, think twice before you read something touted as accurate and true online. Search multiple sources and see if they say the same thing. If they do, then it might be true. Even credible sources can be biased, so be careful.

Look at Fox news; credible. If Fox news said Trump is the best President in the world they are telling the truth, but are being biased about it. Trump is Republican, and Fox news is Republican. Therefore, Fox is Trump. Of course, Trump thinks he’s the best President in the world. It’s logic. Simple logic, but biased and subject to personal opinion.

Now that you know, feel free to say No to media illiteracy. Bobby Boucher said no to Momma:

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Digital Convergence Future is Now.

Digital Convergence can be compared similarly to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, in how the best of two things combine to make a more resilient creation.

A strong man can be compared to a monopolized, capitalized, company. A company that has energy invested in it, and breathes life into materialism.

A beautiful woman can be compared to a sleek, masterfully crafted, technological device. A device that everyone wants, but only those that can afford it have.

Throw in the Apple[commerce] tree and the snake[desire] impulse, and you got a little baby Jesus[iPad Pro 11inch].

I like my iPad Pro 11 inch. But, this isn’t specifically about the iPad. If you have an iPhone or an Android capable phone, then you can relate to what i’m saying. Also, if you’ve ever used the internet you can relate to what i’m saying; and if you’re reading this then duh, you can relate.

Convergence = Evolution.

Technology is evolving just like the human race. Look at me for example; I’m Filipino and Salvadoran. I haven’t done ancestry.com yet but I do know my Fathers Mom, my Grandma, is Chinese too. So, I’m Filipino, Salvadoran, Chinese, and Spaniard; since Spain conquered both the Philippines and El Salvador at one point.

But, I digress.

When you get a chance, and only if you’d like, watch this educational video on Charles Darwin:

 

Now, I would like to thank a great contributor to humanity; Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Steve Wozniak. Steve Wozniak is just like me, because I bet a lot of people don’t know who he is since he is an introvert, and not like Jobs; an extrovert. However, other than being an introvert I am not as cool as Wozniak. All these people helped make the computer accessible to the everyday person, and after several iterations turned into the iPad Pro 11 inch. I’m not saying the iPad is the new computer, but it did evolve from it.

The iPad allows me to write this blog, watch youtube, listen to Bach, and tweet my thoughts, all at the same time. For real賤儭… This is some wizardry. If you look at my image, the mind map, then you can see what I mean:

iPad

The arrows point to items that connect, and ultimately, it all connects to the one iPad device. At one point it took many devices to enjoy such luxuries. Devices of the past that led to this are the a-track, the cassette player, the Atari, the Nintendo, the Sega Genesis, the Super Nintendo, the Playstation, the cd player, the television, the boob tube, the flatscreen, the light emitting diode (LED), the organic light emitting diode (OLED), and even the lightbulb played a contributing role. I hope you get the idea.

I can play Minecraft, or I can write a research paper, or I can use Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) to drive to Taco Bell. I have the route memorized by now, but that’s not the point! The point is GPS was a military technology that used to require a separate clunk of device, but thanks to the freedom of information act some tech nerd got the patent info and incorporated it for every day use. Thanks tech nerd. Without GPS we’d be parked on the side of the road unfolding a massive map fighting with our significant other, friend, or family member about where we are exactly. We’d have to talk to strangers, and ask for directions. Yikes!

Not too long ago a typewriter was what people used to write pertinent information on, and not long before that they used the printing press. Did you know that in the medieval times only priests of the church knew how to read and write, and hence were the only ones capable of writing anything. More often than not they chose to write and rewrite the bible. Every bible was written by hand… by hand!! I’m already starting to cramp up typing this blog.

TL;DR

Appreciate your history, and know that the future is now.

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A Conversation with Myself on How to Carry a Conversation with Another.

A Conversation with Myself on How to Carry a Conversation with Another.

ME:

How do I talk good?

METOO:

The best way to talk good, is to not talk at all.

ME:

Oh k. Um, what?

METOO:

The best way to talk good is to listen better.

ME:

Oh k. Wait, Im still not sure I quite understand. So, you are saying that listening is the same as talking?

METOO:

Yes. By listening intuitively, you gain credibility, because the speaker speaks of themselves, and who knows about the speaker more, than the speaker? Thats right, No one.

ME:

Wow, thats meta.

METOO:

See, when we look back at past conversations, we dont always remember what was said, but instead remember how we felt when we said it. So, when someone talks about themselves, they’re talking of topics relevant to what interests them, so when they look back they’ll feel positive about the interaction.

ME:

That sounds so narcissistic.

METOO:

And it kind of is, but we all have to like who we are. Its kind of essential and apart of life; finding oneself, accepting oneself.

ME:

Namaste. Well, I guess then the question that arises is,how do I listen better?

METOO:

The best way to listen better, is by asking better questions.

ME:

How do I ask “better” questions if I know nothing about the other person?

METOO:

I’m sure you know something about the other person. We are always making observations of people we come across. Its embedded in us as a part of our fight or flight response. We unconsciously judge whether the person is safe or dangerous, but danger doesnt necessarily have to be physical. In today’s world it is more often than not psychological; like the fear of awkward silence.

ME:

METOO:

Anyway,we begin by making observations of those we want to approach, analyze their qualities, and find something about them that truly catches our interest. Qualities such as the clothing they are wearing, a common objective, or any relatable experience that comes to mind. Be genuine, and be humble. Heres an example of a conversation between two people:

MYBOB:

Nice shoes, whered you get them?

MYJOB:

The mall.

MYBOB:

Oh yea? The one here on Broadway?

MYJOB:

No, but I like that one. The one on Sherman Oaks.

MYBOB:

Ive heard good things about that place, and i’ve been meaning to go. Is it nice?

METOO:

And so on

The key is to be genuine with your intrigue, and of course be humble in the process.

ME:

Okay, let me see if I understand what youre saying. In order to prevent a conversation from going stagnant, you recommend listening, and the best way to listen is to ask questions with sincere intrigue. The best way to find interest is by making observations of the immediate moment. Observations, like what the person is wearing, a common objective, or anything that I might want to know.

METOO:

Yes! Now, you’re getting it. Everyone lives their own path. Every persons journey is unique, and we can grow together interdependently. Not one person will ever walk in your shoes, because as soon as you give them to another, they are no longer your shoes, but become their shoes. It’s a continuous effort to ensure we set aside our differences, and work together to understand what makes us different. The more we learn about each other, the more we realize we are the same, and the more accepting we become of our differences.

ME:

Thank You. And, on an unrelated note, I must say that I think you’re a handsome, intelligent, caring, and important person in society.

METOO:

That’s so nice of you to say, but I’m nobody; really.

ME:

No, really. You are extremely good looking.

METOO:

I know.

ME:

Humble… Anyway, thank you and I love you.

METOO:

You are most welcome, and I love you too.

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An Improv Piece, Pills, and No Cheeseburgers.

An Improv Piece, Pills, and No Cheeseburgers.

# Mar 6, 2019 at 8:49 PM I dont understand some of this but I allow it to run.

The world is filled with life and the free write that I have is known as the thought process that allows you to continue to write and not stop as long as a thought goes through the brain the medulla oblongata will allow you to come up with creative primal instinctive revelations like the Bible has in its final chapter.

This technique that I am using was learned in a book I read a long time ago. I dont remember the title but it has a guy who directed and acted in theatre for a long time and talks about masks and hypnotism and improvisation for the theatre. The point is to create a stream of thought on paper to create content with the point of preventing writers block but the world does not cope with depression without external reality.

Pills are consumed on a daily basis because it connects our internal with the external and the external solidity really is just atoms that came in and out of our internal but triggers the realization that we our in existence with others because we are the others. What we dont do is what we do do, and yes I talk about poo poo. Waste is not doing anything and Presence is giving everything.

The trick though is that the solidity of the ingestion is only the realization of what is already inside of us. The pills don’t add to the chemicals that combust inside but simply give us the awareness of the chemicals that combust inside. We have all and we should know. Know, no. Know, Yes. Knowledge is power and power is energy and energy is light and light is life.

Filters can be limiting but they help with order because what you do not see is a stream, a wave, a continuous perplexity of the unknown clashing and crashing into infinite realities until the conscious decides to make it into existence. Thats when it becomes solid, a state of matter, an external bit of existence that follows the four dimensional apparatus that is our reality of existence. What of an ant? Does an ant have a conscience.

Does an ant decide what it believes to be right and wrong, or does it simply follow the electromagnetic fields that revolve through the atmosphere. Does it not have a free will? How about us? Do we have free will? Does the free will in us relate to the electric fields that is our brain. Does our brain trigger change in the electromagnetic field of waves that surround us. Does thought really have the power to change our fate, our environment, and in turn our reality?

You be the judge. Just like you always have done.

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