How Has My View of Social Media Changed Over This Course?

Let’s see. Reddit? Although it has its uses, I’m ok without it. Tagging and bookmarking are important and need to be succinct to get the point across. Wikis are awesome but flawed. Folksonomies? Everyone seems to hate them. That was a surprise. But really, the thing that I came away with is that I doubt…

Thoughts on Folksonomies

Are folksonomies useful? Sure. Yes. Like time, it is a human construct. (These are the jokes…) These systems of classification are useful to us to organize and locate items on the internet. There is so much information out there – so much random data – that using tags, classification systems, keywords, metadata, all of these…

Thoughts on Wikispaces

Well, we’ve been told all throughout college, and especially in library school, that Wikipedia is not a reliable source. Yes, it is a jumping off point, but it is in no way the end result for finding information on a particular subject. And why is that? Well, user-generated content is susceptible to tampering. Anyone can…

Tagging for LS590

Well, tagging in Reddit was a bust, and the entire class quickly realized that that particular format was not going to work there. It was funny, actually, to see how fast it happened. Redditors are a machine of anonymity and yet familiarity; they saw something that was going to break up the peace of their…

Thoughts on Cyber-Terrorists, Strategy

Do I think cyber-terrorism is a threat? Yes. Do I think the government uses it as hysteria to record and share information about our citizens? Yes. I think we need to protect our critical infrastructure from cyber attack. We need to make sure our water, our transportation hubs, our power sources are protected. But can’t…

Cyber-Terrorism

Cyber-Terror is a term that I have heard in the past but it meant nothing to me. I knew its definition vaguely, I knew it would be disastrous, still it never made an impression on me one way or another. I definitely did not think about it as a large threat to my reality, or…

Global Cyber Espionage

I do believe this is a new type of war, but new is a funny term. I think as long as the internet has been a thing that citizens use, there has been attacks on citizens as well as government entities. People always find a way to get new technologies to work for them, especially…

Thoughts on s.754 – Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

This moves the responsibility from the private businesses to government, regarding cyber-security, and it makes private individuals’ information subject to exposure to government entities. The main tenant of this bill is that it makes it easier for companies to share personal information with the government under the guise of keeping America safe from cyber attack….

IT Fluency 2.0

You know what? The modules in this course have been a welcome distraction to the absolute insanity that is 2017. I put on my headphones, wade through HTML awkwardly until it works out, and then go to sleep. Honestly, I have enjoyed learning this process and feel as if I have definitely become more fluent….

IT Fluency

I am a second year student at the University of Alabama Library and Information Science program, and a mother of three. We live in Birmingham, Alabama with our lab mix T.J. I am focused on bibliotherapy and gifted children in the public library, and have a website which explores this topic as I study it….