Week 01: Star Trek and Feedback Loops

I’m Ryan Brazell, my pronouns are he or they, and I grew up outside Jacksonville FL. Now, I live near Forest Hill Park in Richmond and work full-time at the University of Richmond on the west end. My primary focus is supporting faculty in the social sciences, but in reality…

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Building Better Games, Not More Resilient Selves

Sexism exists in both online and offline spaces, because both kinds of spaces (and those that fall somewhere in between) are constructed both physically and socially by humans who carry our prejudicial thoughts and behavior with us wherever we go. However, discrimination in general and misogyny specifically play out differently…

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What Counts as Identity Theft?

Many of the arguments in favor of net neutrality rely heavily on the idea that the internet is, as President Barack Obama said, “one of the most significant democratizing influences the world has ever known.” While that statement might be true in some ways, it’s not the whole truth. Initially…

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The Internet is a Built Environment

In Social Problems, Joel Best provides a constructivist framework for understanding how a wide array of issues – distracted driving, Pluto’s planetary status, abortion – are made the focus of societal concern and action. His examples clearly demonstrate how technology, culture, and other facets of society may change which problems…

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Why Digital Sociology?

I’ve been employed as a “helper” for twenty years, and my skill with technology is derived completely from a service perspective. I’ve never had formal training in computers, computing, instructional design, server administration, or dozens of other skills I use every day as an academic technologist. Instead I’ve applied the…

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Professional Development Plans (2017-18)

I’m very fortunate to have access to professional development funds through my employer, the University of Richmond; because I support faculty in the social sciences, I can select and apply funds to opportunities that benefit both my work and my education. Already in the 2017-18 academic year, I’ve taken advantage…

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Learning Objectives

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