MIT on Our Data Driven Society
While I was at Berkeley, we discussed the importance of data in the digital age. I was especially shocked to learn about companies like Target (who monitors your spending patterns in order to effectively market to you- did you read the article about the teenager who was sent baby stuff at home because she bought a pregnancy test?) or Aristotle (who uses your data in the political context.)
This article from New York Times is a pretty interesting read, and makes you think about the ways in which your data is being used.
“Revolution Hits the Universities” by Thomas Friedman
This article inspired me to create this blog.
I have always been a fan of online communities, and my love for the Internet helped me become a more effective communicator and a better student. I took online classes while working full time as a model, and can say with confidence that I would have not been ready to succeed as a student at UC Berkeley without the experience.
I love that Friedman hits on the benefits of the discussion forum, which really helped me a lot. As a student, I was very shy and afraid to “ask the wrong question” and these forums helped me gain insight in a safe way, see different perspectives, and trust my choices and opinions.