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    Blog #8: How Are Video Games Affecting Our Children?

    Video games are something that most children grow up with. Not too long ago, kids would have fun by riding their bikes or getting with their friends to play freeze tag with their neighbors or friends. But ever since video games have entered their lives, kids have been stuck at home and glued to their screens. Andrea Norcia, from Palo Alto Medical Foundation, wrote the article, The Impact of Video Games, touching on the topic of the effects of video games on adolescents. Though there are many positive effects of kids playing video games, Norcia mainly touches on the negative. Though video games have a negative connotation that brings bad light towards it, it…

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    Blog #7: Do You Own Your Digital Self?

    The internet is a large place, with terabytes on terabytes of information about almost everything. You as an individual take up a part of that. Imagine your “digital” self being out in the web for everyone to see. But do you really own that part of you? Do you have control over your own information on the internet? Who really owns the digital you? Tim Chambers, a contributor of the Huffington Post wrote a three-piece article, Who Owns the Digital You?, questioning this exact situation. It is as if our privacy and our own business is no longer just ours. When going into different websites, Many of them take in certain informations, whether…

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    Blog #6: Is Technology Ruining Our Body?!?!

    Everywhere you look, there is some form of technology. Almost everyone has a smartphone, either listening to music or checking their news feed. In New York, there are enormous screens advertising the hottest product or show.  Students are always on their laptops, whether it be for school or to watch Netflix. With all of this around us, one must ask, is having all this technology even good for us? In the article “Technology’s Effect on Our Health: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, Bekah Wittens writes about the negative effects that technology can inflict on the human body. Wittens touches on one of the most common side effects of…

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    Blog #5: Googled My Name and What Did I Find??

    If other people were to google the name “Patrick Kim”, they will most likely not get me in their search results. Since both “Patrick” and “Kim” are common names, the google search will probably be filled with other asian men with the same name. But if someone were to find me on google, they would either find my Facebook or Instagram profile. My Facebook profile is a thumbnail of a video of me doing a flip and my Instagram profile picture is just a headshot of me. The only other thing that someone might find is my SoundCloud profile; I make music and put it on a platform for others…

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    Blog #4: My Technological Upbringing

    As far as I can I can remember, technology has always been in my life. Even now, I am typing this blog on a MacBook Pro, so it is safe to say that technology is here to stay in my life. Throughout my life I’ve had many encounters with technology and devices that have changed or shaped my life. The earliest memory of technology I can remember is having a Gameboy Advance SP in preschool. I got it for Christmas, along with a game cartridge for Donkey Kong. This may not have been life-changing, but it was my first encounter with a personal device ever. From there I progressed on…

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    Blog #3: Social Media: Good or Bad?

    It is safe to say that social media has implemented itself in our everyday lives, whether it be looking at our instagram feed, sending pics on Snapchat, or even reading the latest news on Facebook. But as the social media demographic becomes younger we have to ask ourselves, is it good or bad that social media has made its presence in our lives? College students are always surrounded by technology and the internet, with their laptop for work and social media to connect with their friends. Conor Friedersdorf wrote an article called Were College Students Better Off Before Social Media?, published on The Atlantic, talking about his encounter with college students and their thoughts…

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    Blog #2: A Future Device – “As We May Think” Analysis

    In our society today, everyone has a smartphone, laptop, and/or tablet. They all have one thing in common: they all ave the ability to store immense amounts of data into a compact device or platform. Technology has evolved to the point where what was once a computer could only fit inside a large classroom can now be held in the palm of our hands. Vannevar Bush spoke about this in his article, As We May Think, which was published in The Atlantic, a media source that has been posting stories since 1857. Bush published his article in 1945, meaning that he came up with the idea of compact data over 70 years ago.…

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    Blog #1: A New Beginning

    This year I am taking “Who Controls Your Digital World?” as my first year seminar. As of now I am really enjoying the class. I chose this class because I found the topic interesting. Also, I am planning on majoring in computer science, so I thought the relation between the two would help each other out. Since this is a writing-intensive course, I am also expecting a lot of writing assignments, however I plan on fixing my work habits to adjust to the work load. So during the class we had the opportunity to create our own website. The website is supposed to be used to post our assignments, or…

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