Reach Out & Touch Someone

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I am fascinated by how the internet is changing our communication and our relationships to one another!  I have heard people make disparaging remarks that soon we will all just sit in rooms with computers in front of us and never truly connect with anyone; that we will become machine-like ourselves.  I couldn’t disagree more!! The internet is connecting us …

Research shows Internet Searching is Good for the Brain

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… Small and colleagues found that there was a significant difference in brain activity between the two groups during the Internet searching task. The “Net Savvy” subjects showed greater brain activation, particularly in the frontal lobe, which is known to be involved in decision making and complex reasoning. When the Net Naïve group searched the Internet, their brain activity resembled the activity during the reading task.

Digital Ethnography & Michael Wesch

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Recently I was introduced to an amazing short video by Michael Wesch.  Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist and media ecologist exploring the impacts of new media on human interaction also known as Digital Ethnography.  He is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. The video was created by using CamStudio for the screen captures and Sony Vegas …