Learning Through Pictures

The delivery of information is adapting to the fast paced, low focus attitude of the interwebs. Before, information and facts could be delivered through articles and lengthy reports, but as people started jumping from website to website faster the delivery of information had to change. The infographic was developed to adapt to this. Not only are they easy to skim over and read, bu they’re designed to be mobile across the internet. It’s easy for a person to see one a particular website then post it to there own website. For example I could find a website that lists the top places to go fly fishing and then try to list those destinations and describe them on my own site here or use a link to take you away from my site, which I wouldn’t want. With an infographic like the one below though, you get all information without it being edited by me and you stay on my site.

They’re also designed to be visual appealing to catch the eye and make you stop and read them. While they look pretty, they might not always be accurate. The above infographic is subjective as there isn’t really any hard data behind it. It’s really just a culmination of the opinions of many fly fishermen wand where they really had a good fishing experience. On the other hand, infographics that try to convey data and facts should be given a good look over before accepting what they’re presenting. The article “Infographics Lie” shares with us three steps to assess an infographic: check the data presentation, check the data source, check the data alterations. Infographics without sources should be taken with a grain of salt nd should be double checked through other sources before using the presented information in reports. Do you regularly belief information from infographics. Do you think this a good way to share information in today’s world?


Dumb Phone in a World of Smartphones

I’m one of the few people that I know and socialize with that still has a “dumb pone” or a phone that is able to text and make calls and that’s about its limit of usefulness. As someone that doesn’t have all the distractions a smartphone offers, I feel like I have a different view of the world compared to smartphone users. In the times when most people are looking at their screen, I’m watching the world around me. When classmates and I arrive early to a class, while we’re waiting, most of the time their phones come out and they immerse themselves in that handheld world of theirs. I, on the other hand, just usually resort to letting my mind wander and people watching. I don’t view these times as “moments when I’m completely alone” like the girl who wrote the unplugged article. During these times I try to see what’s going on around me and become part of someone else’s world for a short time though a wave, a few shared words, or some awesome awkward eye contact.┬áJust like the girl that wrote the article, I still have a problem with being away from my phone for too long. It’s not that I don’t know what to do with myself, I feel like I might miss some important text or phone call. God forbid it’s a phone call, because then I’ll have to be the person who initiates a phone conversation.

My favorite part about having a non-smartphone is when people tell me to look something up or perform an action my phone is incapable of doing, I look them dead in the eye, pull out my phone , and just start forcefully tapping my screen until they realize what’s going on. I also love dumb phone durability. I’ve dropped mine on so many occasions onto concrete, once from a fire escape twenty feet in the air and it still keeps on trucking. Also people’s reactions when they see what kind of phone I have. It’s pretty similar to this scene from Parks and Rec

Does having a smartphone make everyday life easier? Are there ever any times that you find you wish you had something simpler?