Sunday, February 1, 2009

Lab #10 Votes for Sale!


By: Gentry Hodnett
Group: Becca Blank and Gentry Hodnett

Social Capital Video! Lab 21

Lab #18 Chalk that sidewalk!

“At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.” -George Clooney

By:Gentry Hodnett
Group:Gentry Hodnett, and Becca Blank

Lab #3- Lonely Cell Phone

How was my thirty-one hours without technology? You might ask... Horrible... for my poor mom and dad. I chose to cheat the system a little bit, by giving up my cell phone from Friday night to Sunday night, while I spent the weekend in Greensboro, with my best friend. Needless to say, when your with the one person you spend most of your time on the phone with, it’s not to hard to go such a long period of time without your phone.
Unfortunately, this experience did affect me a little more than I was hoping for it to, and I was in the perfect environment to be without my phone! I’m one of those people, who is addicted to my phone.., No Seriously.. I’m like a crack addict with that thing. When I don’t have all my basic tools and instant communication I will seriously shake. It’s sad, because my phone helps me through everything. It tells me the time, without having to think, It tells me how much to tip the waiter, and how to split the check between me and my friends, it connects me to my friends in family is the drop of a hat, and it provides me hours of Tetris fun when I’m bored in certain classes (not Milnizzle’s) and concerts! Without this piece of beautiful technology I would probably cease to exist.
When I don’t have a phone I feel left out, and lonesome.. I seriously think of my phone as my best friend, and without it I get extremely bored. A day without my cell phone is like seeing Bridget Jones singing “All by Myself,” and honestly it’s pretty sad. I spend the day thinking about, who I want to talk to from home, and who I would really like to be texting in whatever boring atmosphere I’m in. Days with my cell are much happier. I’m not one of those people, who checks their phones every five seconds, when they’re with friends, but it still feels like a part of me and my day. I feel like technology connects me to the many people I don’t have around me in this bubble we call UNCSA, so hopefully I wont ever have to give it up again!

By: Gentry Hodnett
Group: Gentry Hodnett, and Becca Blank

facebook/myspace/xanga etc.

We believe that facebook, myspace, xanga and other social networking sites have a positive effect on social capital. These websites help people stay in touch after graduating or moving or just because of the fast pace of life nowadays. In moderation, these websites are beneficial and keep us from "bowling alone" but in excess these websites keep us from getting out of the house or away from our blackberries/iphones. People sometimes get wrapped up in the world they create for themselves on these websites and they forget that there is a real world out there beyond the computer screen. These sites sometimes keep friends from having face to face contact and instead they encourage computer chats, which involve no real contact.

By:Becca Blank
Group:Gentry Hodnett, Becca Blank