Neff and Nafus: chp 5&6

Chapters 5 and 6, were interesting to read just like the previous chapters. Chapter five talked a lot about how we self track our health more than anything else. I was glad that they talked about FitBits even more, since my project is on that technology. Chapter five had me even more convinced to buy a FitBit. In this chapter they also talked about security problems and the movement known as “Wearenotwaiting”. This brought up interesting sides to the debate about self tracking, specifically our health. I think it’s a good thing that we self track our health especially since it has been effective with weight loss and motivates people to go out and excersize. Chapter 6 was more of a summary and highlighted the key points this book was trying to make. Overall, I think this book was really intriguing and left me thinking about our future and what it may look like. I like thinking about this topic, and am even more curious how we will evolve and what new technologies will be invented.

  • I wonder if self tracking is gradually increasing or if it is starting to slow down?
  • Do other people think that self tracking out health is a good or bad thing?

Neff and Nafus: Chp 3&4

In chapters 3 and 4 of “Neff and Nafus”, the author focuses on the appeals of self tracking. These chapters, like 1 and 2, were also a quick read and very interesting. I like how the author provides examples, it makes the book feel more like a story and is easier to read and understand his perspective. In chapter three they talk about a women who kept track of her runs by giving herself a gold star after she had completed her daily run. She said that this motivated her to do it more often and made her feel more accomplished. This reminds me of kindergarten when we would have to do book reports. After each book report we would get a sticker to keep track of how many we had done. Once we filled the whole page with stickers we then got a prize. I think this idea of self tracking helps people set goals and eventually reach those goals. It’s an easy concept but can be very motivating, even if it is just a sticker or gold star. I’m not surprised that this concept has translated into apps and different technologies. Chapter 4 talks about companies and how they make money from self tracking. More specifically it brings up Fitbit’s. I don’t own a Fitbit, however, I know many people that do. I’ve never been interested in owning one but it seems like everyone that does have one is obsessed with it. It’s almost like a competition against themselves and others to reach 12,000 steps a day. I wonder how many people have Fitbit’s and if this device has helped them stay in shape or even lose weight. I am also curious how many steps I take a day and wonder if I will ever decide to purchase a Fitbit in the future. I am doing my final project on Fitbit’s, so maybe I will be convinced to go out and buy one.

Neff and Nafus: chp 1&2



Self Tracking by, Neff and Nafus discusses an entirely different topic that we haven’t covered thus far in our class. After reading our first book on technology and data and the framework behind the internet, I thought to myself what else is there to possible learn or know about technology. I am surprised ever time I pick up a new book, because it always offers a different perspective and intriguing topic that we haven’t focused on. I never thought about self tracking, however, we all do it all the time. In the book it says, that 90 million wearable sensors were shipped in 2014 to help us gather data about our lives. This book examines how people analyze, record, and reflect on this data, looking at the tools they use and the communities they become part of.  They talk about how people can use this data to examine themselves, and how self tracking enables people to connect to, and learn from others. However, they also discuss what’s at stake. So many people rely on technology, that no one can live an untracked life. This thought is kind of scary to think about especially when people have the capability of hacking. I am wondering if they will go into more detail about what’s at stake, or if the book will talk more about the different technologies that we use to self track?

Blog: Last chapter in IOT

Overall this book was interesting and wasn’t a vey difficult read. Greengard made a lot of interesting points, that are intriguing and have made me think even further into the Internet of Things.  I think this book could have been shorter, however, he tends to drag the topic on for too long instead of getting to the point. He is very repetitive and the book probable could have been condensed into a couple of chapters. I wonder if Greengard has any ideas on new technologies coming out or that he would be interested in seeing? Greengard agrees that Fitbit are worth your money and are a very efficient piece of technology. I wonder if Greengard has a preference over different types of devices like, apple, android etc. I think that this was a good book to end with close to the semester. I like that I already know the framework behind the internet, it helps to put things into perspective and really analyze different pieces of technology.

IOT: Blog 14

In this chapter of The Internet of Things, Greengard talks about sensors, and there amazing capabilities. I have never looked at sensors this way or realized how advanced they had become. He talks about how sensors can detect chemicals in the air by measuring the pollution or toxic chemicals. I knew about google cars, and there ability to drive themselves, however, I didn’t know that this was partly do to sensors. It’s crazy to think about how far we’ve come, but Im not sure if It’s always a good thing. I don’t know if I would be comfortable driving a google car, or if I like the idea of them being on the same roads as me. As Greengard said, “the technology boldly takes us where no man or woman has ever gone before.” I think this is true and also a little scary. I think that the internet of things has advanced our society over the years, however, there are postives and negatvie effects that come along with it. “Ir’s virtually impossible to anticipate where any particular technology will take society and how it will interact ith a vast array of other technologies, social systems and factors.” pg. 135 I thought it was interesting when he talked about the internet of things being much more efficient when connected to sensors, for example, determining consumer prefrences. However, he also brings up criminals and hackers and how easy it is to hack into a system. With everything being connected to the internet of things that means that, ” any document sitting on a kitchen or desk is at risk.” pg.137 I’ts exciting to look at what the IOF has to offer and think about our future, however, we also have to be cautious and step by and look at the bigger. I think we may be going to fast and that we try to come out with the next big thing as soon as possible, which could lead to detromental effects in the future.

Blog 13: IOT

After class on Tuesday, I couldn’t help but think what our lives would like like in the future and how much the internet of things will influence our everyday lives, much like how it is right now. I loved watching that youtube video on all of the different screens and how they could benefit our lives. It’s strange to think that those concepts are not too far out and could be invented in the near future. I decided to finish the youtube video when I got home which helped inspire me to read chapters 3 and 4. In chapter 3, Gringer talks about the structure of the internet of things and how it’s a part of our lives. He says, “blending and blurring the physical world – as well as the distinction between human and machine – in order to generate far greater intelligence than any single machine or device can produce” (p. 52).  After reading that I began to think about how much I use my technology on a day to day basis. When I started to think about it, I realized just how much I spend on my devices and how quickly it all adds up. Today specifically, I have spent around 10 hours on a technology device. I would like to think that other days are less, since today I had to write a paper, which took up a lot of that time. I then noticed that I do almost everything on my computer now days weather thats watching tv, movies, writing papers, online shopping, grocery shopping, or even texting and face timing. This concept that the interaction between humans and our technology are creating “blurred lines”, stood out to me and seems to be a bad thing. When is enough technology enough and when is it time to leave it as is? Technology is exciting and offers new and exciting opportunities, but how far can it go before this line become indivisible?

-I wonder If Gringer will ever right a sequel in the future that talks about how technology has changed since then

-How much time do other people spend on their screens, is it more or less than what I spend?

The last chapter in Toye’s book, offered some very interesting points about how rhetoric is used today. I liked that he gave examples from the past, to show how powerful and influential rhetoric speech can be. One example that he talked about was Hitler and how his audience was largely impacted by his words. When Hitler stopped speaking, his campaign became less influential and he quickly lost supporters.

Today we see that same idea happening in politics. Debates are held regularily during the presidential election, and are extremely influential over the voters. How well a political can talk and or give a speech will greatly affect their voter turnout. When reading this last chapter I thought a lot about this years presidential election, and how Trumps rhetorical speech was different compared to other candidates which is why he stood out and captivated much of his audience.

Lastly, Toye talked about the idea of a political spectacle. This idea is that the media can shape it’s viewers to think or act a certain way. I think that this is extremely valid point. We rely on technology and medias to provide us with information on a daily basis, weather that is in the comfort of our own homes, at a bar, at work, in the car or at a friends house. With out the media much of the world would have no idea what is happening and rhetoric speech would not be as significant. Overall I think this book was very interesting and offered many good ideas. I think I learned a lot about rhetoric and concepts that I have never thought of before. I think other people should read this book because then maybe rhetoric speech could become even more valuable and influential in the future.

  • What are some other examples of extremely influential rhetoric speech in the past?
  • Do you think Toye will make another book about rhetoric and how it’s changing or how it is used today or in the future?

Blog #11: The Scaffolding of Rhetoric


I have never taken a philosophy class or discussed the topic of Rhetoric, so after reading the introduction and first chapter I was a little confused and nervous to get deeper into the book. However, after class on Tuesday I felt a lot less overwhelmed and more prepared to dive into chapter 2. Having a short lesson on the philosophers that helped to form the basis of rhetoric helped me understand the main idea a lot better.

Chapter 2 was a lot of information that explained rhetoric in detail and the different ways it is used. It begins with three branches of oratory — forensic/judicial rhetoric, epideictic/display rhetoric, and deliberative rhetoric. I thought that these were all interesting methods, and it’s crazy to think that these same methods were used many, many years ago. He dove in even deeper and explained the 5 elements of rhetoric which are, invention/discovery, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. I have never heard of these different types of elements and forms of rhetoric, until Toye started talking about ethos, pathos, and logos. Toye wrote about how the different methods each involve one of the three modes of persuasion. I remember briefly talking about these in high school, so it was nice to read about something familiar.

Overall, this chapter contained a lot of information, but it was pretty easy to follow along. I wonder if we will be going over the different key elements, branches and persuasions in class to get an even deeper understanding. I was hesitant to read this book, but now I feel like I am learning a lot and am eager to read chapters 3 and 4.

-Have other people gone this deep into rhetoric in high school or in other college courses?

-How and who has influenced rhetoric over the years most greatly?


Bonus Blog: Spectacles

3064078-slide-4-snapchats-new-glasses-are-as-silly-as-snapchat.jpgI didn’t know about spectacles until we discussed it in class one day. After class I kept thinking about them and how it would be something fun to play around with on spring break. I find it weird that they are only available in pop up vending machines. I also feel like they have not been advertise that much and aren’t very known to the public. I decided to look on amazon and see if I could find any that I could order and that were cheaper. Amazon does have a good amount of them and I was tempted to purchase them that day but decided to wait and think about, since I am a broke college student and need to save my money(-: I ended up forgetting about them and never bought them for my spring break trip to South Padre. However, when I got to Texas I ran into someone on the beach who was wearing an orange pear of spectacles. She showed me some of the videos that she had been taking through out her trip and I was surprised to see how clear the videos were. The glasses provided cool angles and made taking videos easier than on your phone. I think spectacles are a good idea for certain events, especially when you don’t want to carry your phone or camera around. I don’t know if I would have used them a lot other than on spring break so I probably won’t invest in a pair. I wonder if they will become more popular over the years and if the will try and advertise them more and sell them in different stores.

Rhetoric: Blog #9


When I picked up this book called, “Rhetoric A Very Short Introduction” I just assumed that it would be about technology. I have heard the word rhetoric before but never knew or understood it’s meaning and definition. I started reading the introduction and was confused from the very start. After about a page in I decided to look up the definition of rhetoric and everything made a lot more sense. I am kind of confused why we are shifting gears and reading a book about language, however, I am also glad to be reading about a different topic. I have never read a book like this and so far I think it is pretty interesting. I think the book can be kind of challenging at times, mainly the introduction, just because the subject is difficult to talk about in general. The introduction makes the word “rhetoric” more important and gives it much more meaning than the standard definition. I found it interesting when he talked about how social and gender roles have been influenced by rhetoric over the years and how the meaning of rhetoric has changed. Why did Toye decided to write about rhetoric? Can rhetoric speech be negative, or is it only used to persuade and please others?