Monday in class, we debated the article titled “Your Phone Was Made By Slaves: A Primer on the Secret Economy”, which in summary described how the cheap smart phone technology we use in America is manufactured overseas using slave labor. There were two sides to the debate: our side, which defended the use of slave labor technology, and the opposing side, which suggested we switch to companies that don’t use slave labor.
In the debate, I contributed to my team by promoting ideas and taking notes on the opposing side’s opening statement. When we were coming up with our rebuttal, I suggested we talked about how if America were to boycott slave labor technology manufacturers that another group of consumers would just take our place and continue to support these companies. I also read off the key points the opposing group made in their opening statement to my team and highlighted what we should focus on in our rebuttal.
Besides opinions, some factual evidence my group used to respond to the opposing group’s rebuttal was: that Nokia (which they suggested America should support) hasn’t put out a widely-used smart phone in almost ten years, and that since slavery is institutionalized in countries like the ones that are producing our technology, if everyone everywhere were to stop supporting the slave labor technology manufacturers that the companies would just move their business to a different consumer product. Our rebuttal in conclusion was that supporting one non-slavery company would be detrimental, and that if we stopped buying slave labor technology that the manufacturers would just switch to different products and produce them with slave labor.
All in all, I really agree with my groups position on this ethical issue. Although it is a tragedy that slave labor is used to create cheap smart phone technology, there is no one specific way that we could stop the usage of slave labor. I believe that Americans wouldn’t want to buy from non-slave labor companies that would likely cost more for technology, and that if slave labor wasn’t used for technology manufacturing, that the slave labor would just move to another product. I thought the opposing views evidence lacked a real resolution, besides purchasing smart phone technology from one slave labor free manufacturing company.
In this project, my Archaeology group decided to explain Neuromancer using emoji’s that are used in iMessage on an apple device. Since only myself and Ashleigh had an apple device, we were the ones who sent iMessages or “texts” back and forward to one another, which we used as the platform for explaining the plot of this novel. The link embedded above shows Ashleigh’s post that she used to submit our project to the #generaldiscussion channel.
We thought it would be a challenge (which it was) and interesting to try and explain Neuromancer through emoji’s. We anticipated that it would be fun because of how many emoji’s there are to choose from, and while it was fun, it was also really challenging. Trying to find certain emoji’s to explain the complex events that happen in Neuromancer was difficult because there wasn’t always a certain emoji available for what we wanted to represent (like finding an emoji to represent Artificial Intelligence). Although this was a demanding task, I believe that it was worth it because it gives people the unique opportunity to understand the concept of Neuromancer through emoji’s or little symbols.
Our explanation of Neuromancer by using emoji’s gives a fresh perspective on the plot of the novel. The emojis’s show little pictures that represent objects/events that happen in the story, showing how our project is similar to that of a picture book. With the help of the emoji’s used to represent key events in the plot, the reader can create mental images of the story in their head. This helps the reader/viewer of our project visualize the plot line of Neuromancer.
For my Home Page, I’ve added a Menu as the sidebar of my website whenever you type in “sarasciulla.com”. This menu includes several categories for my posts such as “assignments, audio, design, visual, web, etc”. This menu also has an “About Me” page at the bottom of the list, which includes a short description of myself and my intentions/reasons for joining digital studies.
I like having my latest post as the front of my homepage because it shows my work which I often want people to look at or read. I think that having an “About Me” section in my Menu at the side of my website homepage is a fair opportunity for people to read more about me if they please.
Since I use my blog for both Digital Studies and Digital Storytelling, I’ve decided to include my posts for Digital Studies in the “Digital Studies” category rather than creating a completely different subdomain. I find that easier to work with, rather than creating a whole different blog there is just a separate tab you can click on and look at all my work for Digital Studies.
Both of these spaces are used in WordPress. I find it easy to use and gets the job done. I hope to include information that helps people navigate my blog if they wish to do so, and have a familiarity with who I am from my “About Me” page if they please. I’m using the 2015 theme with a customary background image as my theme.