This quote from Naomi Klein really resonates with me:
…What I find exciting is the idea that the solutions to the ecological crisis can be the solutions to the economic crisis…
I would like to say a whole lot more about it but I am just too tired and my brain hurts. Our last day of classes was today. Tomorrow we present our research topics, next week we work on our 2 final assignments, and then we will have completed 2 more courses – a whole lotta work accomplished in 3 weeks of class.
I have to admit that sometimes I feel a bit guilty about my use of social media. I feel like I should be using it in a more compelling way, posting about world issues and politics. I am sure this comes from discussions on Anonymous, Wikileaks and Julian Assange, Arab Springs, Idle No More.
What is it that I have to say or share that is of value to others? My Facebook posts are an extension of my personal life. I like to share personal accomplishments that reflect a bit of who I am and what I believe in – nature, health, exercise, eating well, spending time with friends and family. With Twitter, I am trying to use this platform to share information I find useful with my industry colleagues. This blog was created for this class and I’ve found it a bit challenging to make daily posts. I am still unsure of how I will use it or what I will have to say once this course comes to an end. I have been following a few blogs and some people and orgs on Twitter. I have gathered lots of useful information in a short period of time. I will continue following these feeds and do hope some of my classmates keep blogging as I have enjoyed reading their posts.
On Friday I present my research topic and look forward to sharing some feedback via my blog.
I am relieved and at the same time sad that spring session is coming to an end. This Friday we will be saying our goodbyes and many of us may not see each other in person again.
This class has brought forward many interesting and enlightening conversations both online and offline. My friends outside of Comm 506 have entered some of our discussions through my blog – thank you! I know I have also annoyed a few friends with my sudden increase in social media activity. After this week comes to an end, I will keep it up but on a less frequent basis. Today we discussed Wikileaks and access to information. What information should be withheld from the public? What action should we take when our governments withhold information? Having access to information can give one the feeling of power and control. Withholding it helps one maintain power and control. What happens when we decide to share information freely? I am sure I am going to dream about this when I finally fall asleep tonight.