InterChange on
Brainstorming (2/16)

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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 
inforhighway@umich.edu.   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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