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Extra-Credit Event

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This may seem tangential to our class at first glance. However, Katie L. Price has a very interesting project to turn the information contained on her medical records into poetry. In formal terms, the project shows how restructuring information—from documentary form to poetic form—can alter its meaning in dramatic ways, even if the data stays the same. The process of making private health records public also resonates with what Frank Pasquale writes about health insurance scores. Rather than letting her medical history add up to a numeric identity assigned by some data broker, Price works to regain a kind of control over her health records. In the process, she works against narratives of private illness and private risk, showing instead how perceptions of health have very public consequences. Medical patients bear the brunt of those consequences, her poetry suggests, not commercial insurance services.

This event should help us imagine interesting new angles for the course material. Price’s poetry could become an interesting point of entry for a final project about individual reputation in the era of run-away data. Attend the talk and blog about it for extra-credit—brownie points if you ask a question about digital technology!

Personality Types

Frank Pasquale lists a number of questions employers use to sort personality types into categories. Supposedly, that helps them determine how well a job candidate is suited for a particular position. One problem he identifies with this method of picking candidates is that the questions—and their implications—are not always clear. The most recent quiz included one such question. Below I’ve tallied the class results. What do they mean? What jobs are most people in this class suited to, based on the cluster of people who answered C? Your guess is as good as mine.

Other people’s feelings are their own business.

  1. Strongly disagree: 0
  2. Disagree: 4
  3. Agree: 20
  4. Strongly agree: 5

Anjali Arondekar Talk

This event will count as an extra credit opportunity for anyone who attends and blogs about the talk. Arondekar will be discussing some of the same questions we addressed at the beginning of the semester with Wikipedia: How does knowledge get produced? Who validates facts about history, especially when it they concern potentially intimate details related to sexuality? What tools do they use to validate and organize knowledge? Although not limited to digital technology, archives are one such tool that Arondekar shows us requires careful, critical attention.

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Site Diagram Tool

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I used a simple (and free!) online diagramming app called Creately to map this website. It’s not the most beautiful diagram, but with some patience and some practice, you could make a better looking version. Their templates help. The idea is much like the hand-drawn diagrams you all made on whiteboards last Wednesday. The tool-bar includes some suggestions for how to diagram different aspects of the website, such as the external links arrow at the top-right of my diagram or the dynamic icon at the top-center. If you have a more complex site, you could use an XML-Site Map generator to create a list of pages associated with your root URL, that way you’re certain not to miss an extraneous page floating around unattached or one buried deep in the information structure. These tools can help when you decide it’s time to overhaul the structure of a website.

Wiki Meetup

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Dr. Veronica Paredes created a Wiki Meetup page for the various workshops she’s doing while visiting WSU. It includes a section for my sections of DTC 101. Pay a visit and feel free to contribute to the roundup of articles that we’re all working on for Project 1. Dr. Paredes will have more instructions if you’re able to attend tomorrow morning.