On The Outside Looking In

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Say one day you’re walking down the street and you stumble upon a phone and a wallet, as you pick them up you tell yourself to not creep, it’s none of your business. Nonetheless, curiosity killed the cat, and you slide your finger over the top of the phone screen. You’ve opened up this stranger’s whole life, and now you only know them by what you see.
Taking that in to consideration, I picked up my phone to glance at it. On my lock screen is a bible verse, leading one to believe I believe in Jesus. After unlocking my phone, the background is a collage with pictures of my friends and family. On the first screen is basically everything I use, my link to my okstate email, my music, my weather app, texting, phone/contacts, my Bible app, my calendar, my camera and pictures, and my Google app. Then there’s my social media section, those come without listing them out. Beside my social media section, I would think a stranger would think most of my apps are realistic, usable, and productive. It shows keeping in touch with people are very important to me. The next page has random things like games, TV guide, snap chat, and some work-out apps. That screen expresses the less serious, fun side that enjoys a good game of Candy Crush.
I then did the same thing with my wallet. First off I noticed my love for Oklahoma State University is pretty evident. From my lanyard and keychain that are attached to my wallet, to my ID inside it, I think my Pokes love is obvious. Then, my visa card expresses my Thunder love, along with the fact that my wallet is blue and orange. Other than that my wallet has some discount cards to my favorite places, some change, and receipts. Since I usually don’t have much cash, but I do have receipts someone might say I shop a lot, which I wouldn’t totally deny.
After creeping through all my stuff, I decided to Google myself, as the stranger who found all my stuff would using my driver’s license or insurance card information from my wallet. Once telling Google, no I don’t mean the Tennessee softball player Madison Shipman all the other Madesen Shippman items are indeed me. It’s a bit of a search but once you find me, it’s all me. What pops up first is my twitter and Pinterest. To me that is ironic considering my twitter consists of what is my life and my Pinterest is what I want in life. Then under that are colorguard videos and such I was tagged in, then a news story from honor choir back in elementary school, and results from old dance competitions I was in. That would lead to showing I love being involved in the arts.
Now that I did all that I realize I would be nothing without my phone or wallet, but you can read into a person’s whole life on a deeper, more personal level than Google can.


I… am a digital native. BP2

Bing search for laptop. Source: www.webdesignamigo.com

Bing search for laptop. Source: http://www.webdesignamigo.com

Being the generation of the “digital natives” we have been coined lazy by older generations, however, I don’t believe that to be the truth. We have actually been blessed by the digital age, having the opportunity to use technology for a multitude of resources not put into a paper book.  In a way Professor Wolff’s statement is true and a compliment. An important thing he noticed is the speed when reading that this generation has acquired. Due to the busy life social media is often squeezed into little break sessions; therefore you can’t spend a large amount of time reading the posts. That speed is then transferred to studying too, creating more time to look for information in other places that coincides with the initial information they read.  With the extra information they have gathered it actually gives them a more well-rounded insight into the text and their answers, which makes it easier to remember the information in class when it is asked to expand thoughts on the reading. That is one aspect Wolff doesn’t understand, making his statement seem somewhat offensive. In Professor Wolff’s last statement he says, “They have trouble synthesizing different pieces of information into a coherent interpretative framework of their own.” The Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of synthesis is:  The action of proceeding in thought from causes to effects, or from laws or principles to their consequences. While Wolff is saying we have problems taking all the information we have gathered to make our own ideas that are relevant with the initial thoughts, I disagree. I think the majority of the generation has a keen eye to take all the information and remix it into a truth they support.  Therefore, using the “hybrid of Google searches and high school textbooks” actually helps us have a great deal of knowledge to be able to synthesize our findings.