This post is primarily for the people who will/already have attended my seminar on parenting and grand-parenting in an age of technology at the 2009 WDC/SCC Women’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah. My assumption is that most people who are regular followers of this Blog might already know most of this. If not, I hope you find this little interactive primer helpful. Either way, I hope you enjoy.
A word of instruction for the following dictionary
This is something of an interactive list that will hopefully point you to examples on this Blog of what I am describing. One thing that I will use quite heavily is something called hyperlinking. (See the full explanation below). The core of it is that you will be able to click on certain words that are highlighted and you will then be taken to another webpage. An example. In the next sentence, the word “here” is a hyperlink that will take you another webpage when you click on it. My name is Alan Stucky and if you want to check out my other website, click here. Look for other words along the way that look like this for more links. Most everything that I have linked to is also footnoted in a traditional format. The footnotes contain the full web addresses if you are interested. I will also reference certain things on this webpage, most of which you should see on the right hand side of the screen in the section that runs down the side.
A (short) Digital Dictionary
– SMS (Short Messaging System)
– MMS (Multimedia Messaging System)
– 160 Characters long, based in cell phones.
– Done through a variety of programs that allow you to send text messages quickly between two connected users.
– MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger are the two most common, but it’s a feature built into many other programs.
– Search engine
– Allows you to search the Internet using keywords.
– It allows you to click on a word or picture and it will take you to another web page
– If you see something in the text that is underlined or a different color. If you roll your cursor over it, it should turn from an arrow to a finger and then you should be able to click on it.
– How it’s used. If I’m writing about my trip to Paris where I went to see the Eiffel Tower, I can link to a website that explains what the Eiffel Tower is, without my having to take the time to describe it.
– “Wiki” refers to anything where a group of people generate the final product.
– An online encyclopedia that the content in generated by the users. Anyone can add or change information.
– There are some people controls on certain pages and some people who do some fact checking. The bulk of the work, however, is done by people uploading information and then confirmed by others.
– There are discussions where changes are tracked and controversies are explained and debated
– Believe it or not, you’re actually at a Blog right now. This is simply one entry among many that I’ve posted over time. On the right hand side of this webpage, all the way at the bottom, is something that says “archives” check there to look at past entries.
– Abbreviated from Weblog
– A way of posting (relatively) short pieces of writing on a regular basis. Similar to a journal that is posted up on the internet for everyone in the world to see.
– Utilizes RSS (Really Simple Syndication). RSS creates something called a “feed” which takes the content but not the formatting and allows you to easily distribute it. An example of this on this webpage is on the right hand column where it says “Forum topics on ‘The Common Root'”. The Common root is an Anabaptist related blog that I like to follow. When new topics come up, they are automatically posted into this section of my webpage without me having to do anything. If you click on any of those links, you will be taken back to the Common Root webpage. You will notice that the content is the same, but looks very different on my page as opposed to their main page. What gets transferred is the content, not the formatting (things such as font size, color, etc…)
– Stands for Videolog.
– Same idea as a Weblog except centered around videos that people have uploaded to their website or Youtube.
Social Networking – Facebook, Myspace, Mennomeet
– People create profiles with all kinds of information about themselves.
– When you become “friends” with someone you can see their information
– It will also tell you when your friends update, change or add something new to their profile.
– With most of them, you have to join to do or see anything.
– Most you can set so that only the people you want to see your stuff can.
– Cross between Text Messaging and Blogging
– It creates a feed like a blog that people can read online
– Limited to 140 characters like a text message and is designed to interface with a cell phone.
– At National Convention this past year, I sent back Twitter updates from my phone. On the right side is my Twitter feed. As I send updates to my Twitter account, anyone who is following me will automatically receive the update, including the little box on this website.
– Allows anyone to upload a video up to about 10 minutes
– Makes Vlogging possible
– Again, you have your own little page with all your videos.
– Free program that allows people to video conference or make phone calls over the internet
– Requires high speed internet connection and a web-camera.
– Ways of symbolizing facial expressions or emotional expression through text
– Usually, turn your head to the left and you should be able to see a face or some other symbol.
– Partly driven by the limitations of text and instant messaging.
– Also helps to conceal what they’re saying from people who don’t know the language.
– There are various lists of definitions and different forms of code language
– Basic abbreviations
– “Leet” language
 Examples of online blogging websites include www.blogger.com and www.wordpress.com
 www.mennomeet.com , also as a side note, there is a fun little spoof website called www.mennomeat.com which has some pictures of the MCC meat canner.
http://www.youtube.com For a more extended history of youtube and other analysis of the phenomenon of Youtube go to http://www.youtube.com/mwesch to see some of the videos that Michael Wesch has put together. Michael Wesch is a professor at K-State. He has led classes in the past number of years that study the culture of Youtube and analyze it from an anthropological perspective.
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