One student/one question
Open your “one student/one question” Google Doc and let’s do something different.
- Look over Boyd’s “Your Data is Being Manipulated” with hypothes.is on. That is, read the annotations and conversations.
- Copy and paste into your own document one comment that resonated with you that is not your own.
- Under this comment, explain why this resonated with you.
- Finally, write a short ¶ response that brings together Boyd’s writing, the comment, and your response. Try to also end with a question. It might look like this:
At one point in “Your Data is Being Manipulated,” Dana Boyd argues that all data is biased, “reflecting the biases of humans and of society in general.” In his response to this comment, jdoe45 suggests that this makes sense since “our search results often show us things that we like or are familiar with, or that recognize our geographical location.” However, the biases of “humans and society in general” also show up in the actual code and they can reflect some deeply troubling data. Our society’s racism, to go with the example Boyd gives in her speech, also shows up in the code. If data reflects our ugly human behavior, is it possible to manipulate this data to reflect a more ideal version of ourselves or our society? Can we edit these biases out?
6. Once you are finished paste it into this document.
Tech vocab: exploring Boyd’s terms
Because Boyd is speaking to those in the computer industry she (more or less) safely assumes certain vocabulary: search engine optimization, rickrolling, attention economy, sock puppets, Boomerang effect, Overton window, ImageNet dataset, state actors, APIs, metadata, beta, algorithms, and white hat trolls. Let’s take some time to work in groups and try to better understand these terms and what they mean for Boyd’s argument. Once your group picks a term, have someone create a Google Doc in their WRT folder and share it with the others at the table. As you work on this be ready to:
- Define the concept in your own words (just a sentence or two).
- Link us to a short, helpful video or an image that helps illustrate what it is (where we can see it in action, look at a chart, etc.).
- Explain how this concept relates us back to her main point or one of her points.
As noted in the Unit 1 assignment, this short unit ends with you writing an 800-1,000 word reflective essay, answering some questions about both the content of this unit (that is, the lenses for seeing post-truth) and the annotation methods we used (marginal, holistic, social). I will provide feedback in the form of marginal notes in Google Docs. Let’s review the final requirements, which is now under the Unit 1 tab above.
Homework for Tuesday, 2/12
- Work on your Unit 1 reflection (due Thursday, 2/14).