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Underestimating how people are... Lame.

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drinkingThis chapter in Smarter than you Think was really enlightening for me. I had never thought about society like Thompson had before. The idea of pluralistic ignorance is essentially people underestimating the similarities they share (socially) with the people around them. My favorite example from the book was the scenario with binge drinking on college campuses in the 90’s. This might just be because I’m in college and can therefore identify with this situation the most out of all the examples given, but I thought it was fascinating.

Share your Writing (sometimes)

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Thompson speaks about writing for a public audience as it relates to, for the most part, school. For some reason the only thing that this reminds me of is guided meditations in high school. I went to an all-girls catholic high school where religion classes were mandatory, but also plagued with guided meditations. All this entailed was us laying on the ground and closing our eyes while a nun played some recording of waves and told us about how Jesus walked up to us on a beach. We were instructed to have a conversation with Jesus. If we fell asleep during the process it was okay because it was "what Jesus wanted." This is not fictional; this is my life.

Ilegal to Have a Menstrual Cycle???

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This reading was really cool and in a lot of ways tied in to me Visual Communications class this semester. We are discussing the freedom to post images and how the law regulates them. For example, I found an article on Facebook discussing how Instagram took down a photo that could possibly cause conflict if people took offense to it, but many people didn't. It was a photo of a woman completely dressed that was having her menstrual cycle. Does that make it morally right to remove the picture?

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Nick's @ Nine - Weekly Log 4/3

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The Atlas team spent last week and this week trying to get back in the swing of things after Spring Break. Since the semester is quickly coming to an end, we are trying to kick things into high gear and really make some progress on this project.

One large announcement: the Atlas team will no longer be using Atlas (ironic, I know). Unfortunately, O'Reilly Media has decided to discontinue Atlas in a few short months, and this has affected our access to the site. Instead of spending time trying to learn an application that will soon cease to exist, we're re-directing our efforts.

The Creative Clouds - Weekly Log 4/3

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The Atlas team spent last week and this week trying to get back in the swing of things after Spring Break. Since the semester is quickly coming to an end, we are trying to kick things into high gear and really make some progress on this project.

One large announcement: the Atlas team will no longer be using Atlas (ironic, I know). Unfortunately, O'Reilly Media has decided to discontinue Atlas in a few short months, and this has affected our access to the site. Instead of spending time trying to learn an application that will soon cease to exist, we're re-directing our efforts.

I May Have Cheated

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Before I begin with my photos and explanations, I must say that I love this book. I am only slightly ashamed to admit that I judge books by their covers, so Chip Kidd’s explanation of book cover graphics is just a new tool of judgment for me. I also really wish that I had the skills to be a book cover designer, because how awesome would that be to tell people? I would be running wild through the streets, looking for people holding books with covers I had designed only to start a conversation that would eventually lead to me saying “Oh, what do I do? Well, I only just designed that book cover you’re holding, no big deal.” I would then walk away having not asked this person a single question like any good narcissist would.

I can't lie; I cheated with these pictures.

I Guess Group Work Isn't So Bad After All

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After reading the Chapter "Ambient Awareness" in Clive Thompson's Smarter Than You Think, I was honestly surprised that there was a chapter like this in the book. Thompson's book, in my opinion, covers a lot of ground and I wasn't really expecting to read anything about group work. The quote that appears: "Ambient awareness also endows us with new, sometimes startling abilities. When groups of people "think aloud" in this lightweight fashion, they can perform astonishing acts of collaborative cognition" (Thompson 212-3). I honestly am a big believer in group collaboration, but at the same time sometimes I am hesitant to share my ideas with others especially in the form of social media networking.

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