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Wayne Butler: During our reading of Virtual Communities and Straight Talk and keeping our eyes and ears tuned to current events concerning the net we have come across a number of issues surrounding the information superhighway and cyberspace. Most of you have written your Project III issue statements and shared them on firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's brainstorm here about the various issues that we might consider as topics for argumentative essays. If you have already offered an issue statement, summarize your idea as your first contribution. If you haven't had a chance to post an issue statement yet, take a shot at it here. And, even if you have a pretty good idea about what you will write about already, still offer two or three other possible topics. In doing so, don't merely state an issue but also write a sentence or two describing why it might be a worthy topic to research, think, and writer about. Nicole Cooklin: CMC vs F2F Kevin Tiernan: WHAT IS F2F? Nicole Cooklin: Face to Face! :-) Justin Coopersmith: Security- The Clipper Chip. Even though I have done research and I have come up with nothing. Nicole Cooklin: What is the clipper chip? Have I missed something? Irfan M. Murtuza: What will happen if the government derregulates everything, and lets private competition duke it out. How is this going to affect the consumers? Jaime Ross: How it will affect health and contact with people since we will be at home more (or so it seems) Kevin Tiernan: I am not quite sure what I want to do yet, or which side of the argument I am going to take, I think I may base my paper of the opposite side of one of your topics so that we can have differing opions on certain topics. There are two sides to any issue but with us being in a class together about this stuff most of our opions are for the Info while people are against it. Kathleen Soo Hoo: As we have seen on campus, censorship of the Net is a very important isssue and it brings forth a lot of questions. Should there be censorship and if so who should censor it? Then there is the topic of privacy. How prviate is email? Jaime Ross: Kathleen is that your topic or are you asking the class? Irfan M. Murtuza: Yeah Justin, what is a clipper chip? Kathleen Soo Hoo: Jaime: those are just topics I thought up of....i'm not sure yet what I'll be writing about yet. Mike Edwards: I find it very hard to research on the net because there is so much there and one can't really skim through it like a book Jaime Ross: Kathleen-oh I see. :-) Kevin Tiernan: Wayne, do you have any topics that you would like to see argued? I have no opion on what I should do so some new choices or old one would be appriciated. Wayne Butler: Here are some I've been thinking about, too. As I noted in my class activity announcement today, most of the reading we've done so far touts the internet as a great place for participatory learning and long distance learning. We have experiencing much of that kind of learning in this class, but some of you are now having reservations, partially to the amount of time you find you need to use the net to get your work done. Also, some of you have been critical of the lack of f2f contact and intimacy. Would any of you like to write about the downfall of education as a result of the net? Justin Coopersmith: The clipper chip is somehting our government wants to install in our computers so we can be assured of secure communications. I think they really want to invade our privacy. That is the side I will argue. Kelly Kloustin: I am going to probe the different aspects of computer ethics. I myself am tired of being harassed by people whenever I go to the IRC. I also do not like the fact that someone has been calling my house (in my hometiown) in the middle of the night and then hanging up,when my parents were able to trace the call, the guy said that he got my number off of the net. My question is why the hell would someone try and get my home number. I never ever posted it anywhere. There is a fine line that shouldn't be crossed. I also have been receiving suggestive messages from someone I met on the IRC who looked up my email address and now won't leave me alone. Computer ethics is something that hits a nerve with me. Nicole Cooklin: Kevin, why don't you argue that there should be no sex or anything sexual on the Net!!! :-) Jaime Ross: Wayne, do you think that I will be able to find enough information about health or is that not an issue? It just seems like people will become lazier to me.?. Amanda Read: I have not come up with a set topic yet but I have had a few ideas. One of the issues that I am thinking about researching is the information poor vs. the information wealthy with relation to education. It is just an idea but I am interested to see how the internet will be implemented into the classrooms in both the inner cities and the well off suburbs. If anyone has any input I would be happy to hear from you. Kevin Tiernan: Wayne, I will check out the amount of information I can get about the downfall and how many papers I can find about this. Nicole, what side are you taking in your argument so that I now if I do this if I can use your info. Vanessa Liou: Kelly: I don't think anything's a secret once you get on the net. There's always a way to find out. Jaime Ross: Amanda I think that would be a very interesting topic Nicole Cooklin: Kevin, I'm not doing that issue, but it just seems like you are enjoying the swimsuit issue models, and I thought that it would be an interesting topic for someone! Mike Edwards: Dr. Butler I have no problem with a lack of f2f but I have a bit of a problem with the word learning. I feel like experiencing should take it's place. The time part is also a factor. Does anyone else feel like they are just looking around out there. Just a tourist maybe Kevin Tiernan: Nicole the swimsuit issue has a lot of good reading in it. Nicole Cooklin: oh yea....I forgot!!! Nicole Cooklin: Kind of like Hustler, right??? Kelly Kloustin: I am quite interested in computer ethics, but at the same time I don't want to encourage regulation or censorship of messages. Should I find a topic that has more of a solid ground? Kathleen Soo Hoo: Amanda: That's an interesting topic. I was just wondering...are you going to argue that the well off suburbs may be at an advantage since they have more money to support the technology? Paul Fau: I am going to investigate censorship in the net. Since the internet is a form of media, and other forms of media like tv and radio are censored, it should only follow that the internet should be also. Justin Coopersmith: Vanessa brings up a good point. Nothing's secure on the Net. With this clipper chip the gov. of the U.S. will have access to each and every document. Example: Jake Baker. Kevin Tiernan: Hey I am just using the technology at hand. This is a sneak preview! Nicole Cooklin: I understand, I have no problems with it...I just thought I'd try to help you find a topic. :-) Mike Edwards: I would like to add that I have some very different opinions then my neighbor Kevin T. Kevin Tiernan: What are thoughs different opions Mike? Mike Edwards: Do myou relate the inter net more to a telephone or a media tool? Jaime Ross: Can be used as both. Paul Fau: Yea big Mike what are those opinoins? Amanda Read: Kathleen, I will not necessarily argue that the suburbs are at an advantage due to more money in the school systems to support the technology but more money in the household to put them one step ahead of the less fortunate kids. Stephen Chim: You idea is very interesting. You can go to John's December Home Page and find out more... Mike Edwards: Paul what is your response to this question Stephen Chim: Kelly, the Net is a very public place. If you don't want your phone number to be published, you should cancel your entry of maX.500 directory at the Registra Office. Paul Fau: What question Mike? Mike Edwards: The one about relating the net more to a telephone or a media tool Mike Edwards: I'M OUT
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