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    Who is S. Gupta? Exploring Digital Identity

    I. Avoiding Disaster

    Defining digital identity is a difficult task. So instead of doing that, I’ll start off with two examples of digital identity gone horribly wrong, which I cannot discuss for reasons that will soon become obvious. Click the links or Google (except maybe not in an official setting …

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    Trying to Identify Myself Online: Digital Identity


    Curse me for having such a common name, because I was not included in any of the first few pages of results for my name when I followed the instructions for this assignment:

    Google yourself. Try it logged into Google, then logged out and in incognito/private mode. Also try …

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    I Give Up: A Journey to Not Caring About Copyright


    Post a link to the page(s) on your site containing Creative Commons or public domain material in the #activities channel on Slack, with a brief note about how/why you attributed them the way you did.

    Public Domain

    #1 Composition in red, yellow, blue and black. 1926. oil on canvas.

    I …

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    If you read only one thing on my blog…


    If you see this message, I’m waiting for my blog post to be written by collective intelligence.

    Just kidding of course; that’s not something collective intelligence can accomplish. Which is why everyone needs to learn to express themselves in the long, sometimes tedious format of an essay, perhaps now more …

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    Advertiser profiles: by the Numbers


    A lot of people seemed to gain insight from the advertiser profiles activity last week.

    I had already seen how Facebook profiles my interests while poking around my account settings one day, but it didn’t startle me because I associate Facebook with a distinct lack of privacy. I go there …

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    Notes on Doctorow’s Second Law


    Maybe its because I’m used to reading dry science textbooks, but I was compelled by my time with the textbook Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free by Cory Doctorow. In particular, I thought the second part was especially thought-provoking, probably because its salient to me as someone who enjoys creative …

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    Cloud Computing is Internet Magic


    The first time my Microsoft Word subscription went out of date felt like a disaster. In the mad rush to find somewhere to type and edit my paper for 7th grade English, I discovered Google Docs. I immediately fell in love with the convenience of it without understanding how it …

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    Faces of the Internet: Representation Activity


    The “Representation” Activity required us to do the following:

    Perform Google image searches for the following terms

    Teacher: almost exclusively white women

    Professor: almost exclusively white men

    Doctor: almost exclusively white men

    Nurse: almost exclusively white females

    Baby: almost exclusively white

    Teenager: almost exclusively white, mainly girls

    Criminal: Mostly clip …

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    Realizations about the Internet Age


    Whenever I need to feel old enough, I remind myself that I lived a significant portion of my life without internet access. For approximately the first 7 years of my life, I had never been on the Internet. Later, we had dial-up, a form of the Internet so useless I …

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    An Unusual Valentine


    The Valentine design assignment asks us to

    Create you very own Valentines Day cards. Go ahead and make a funny spoof valentine that would make people laugh! Use at least one image and modify it in some way to create a cool effect. Afterwards, go ahead and send that baby …

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    Looking out the Window


    I was inspired by the Time of Day visual assignment to make this piece for my story.


    To make it, I first took several pictures from my window, just like the protagonist of my story painted. Then I applied a filter to make the photos look like paintings.…

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    Soundtrack of the Mind


    I combined the audio assignments Sound Effects and Poetry Reading, which respectively say:

    This is a short and simple assignment. Most everyone uses freesound for various audio assignments, but sometimes, you cannot find quite what you are looking for. This assignment is to upload your own sound or sound …

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    To Read More: My Clever Little Add On


    Although its not technically part of my narrative, I added on one more assignment in the design category. Its called Book Artist, and as per the name it asks you to:

    Re-design your favorite book cover!


    In GIMP/Photoshop/any image editor of your choosing, create a new book cover …

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    Week 4 Weekly Summary


    Once again I’m doing the diary-format for the weekly summary. Today I watched the video for the week, did the reading by Ebert, and watched three of the videos–the draft of my post is in the works.


    I tweeted out the Daily Create and made a post about

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