Monday, June 1, 2009

Thing # 5 - Image Generators

Using an Image Generator

Thing # 4 - Flickr Mashups

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Thing #3 - Flickr

This is a Photo Manipulation of one of my favorite artists: Lupe Fiasco. I like this form of photography/art because it allows artists the opportunity to use technology to create works of art that seem to be larger than life simply by using a photo and your imagination. I dabble in Photoshop and hope one day I willl have enough time to actually be good at it.

Thing #2 - Web 2.0 / Library 2.0

Chris: I think that people in the 40 and over demographic, who are the backbone of our economy, have a hard time coping with the fact that technology moves so fast. Technology is supposed to help produce the same amount of goods at a cheaper cost. Unfortunatley, some people are not fast enough to understand how new technology can make their businesses more efficient and profitable. Making them unable to compete with companies that understand how to use that technology to produce the same amount at a lower cost.

I think that Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 are futile attempts to group new technologies together in hopes of easing the fears of that demographic. At what point do we stop grouping new innovations in Web/Lib 2.0 and start 3.0 or 2.1? The major question about Web 2.0 is what is Web 2.0 . New things are discovered everyday in regards to the Web so trying to group those things takes away time that can be spent on actual production and profits. As a library employee, I want to focus on technologies that have a direct effect on my patrons. Even though the large majority of Kindles are used by people that would go to and use a library, I dont think it is that important of a technology to where school libraries need to focus on it right now. I think that as the technology becomes cheaper to own and easier to understand, it will become something that needs more attention paid to it by all libraries. With textbooks and reference materials, the cost to have that available in Kindle format to all that use it would outweigh the demand for it; and I think patrons that use the library would understand that. So creating a webpage that explains Kindles and their uses, along with links to sites where Kindle users can have access to that information is more beneficial to those people than trying to become a Kindle-equipped library overnight.

The way to efficiently use new technology is not to try and understand everything that comes out; but to understand what technologies solve the problems that we need fixed.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

This is the first official Post for the group

David: I hate that you cant post links on YouTube. The ultimate part of any argument is the source. People should be able to see any links that I would like them to see to verify any argument that I have.

My First Post

Thanks to Jeff Bond and everyone behind the scenes at north Texas 23. Web 2.0 and the future of the web are as important to us now as the gas powered engine was important roughly 80 years ago. We always here things about Web 2.0 but have no idea what it actually is. Hopefully as this project begins to grow, we can extend this olive branch to people that are not aware of its existence and try to make the web community closer and more knowledgeable.

Oh man my first post, I feel like I'm 8 years old and I just got a PS1, wondering what all I can do with it.