Taking a step back to understand the buzz about Slow Food.

My posts have been a bit out-of-order but I wanted to dedicate one to explaining my ideas for the practicum project. I am exploring the Slow Food movement that started in Italy after they placed a McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps in Rome. This movement is the idea of cooking one’s own food using good, clean, fair food that is healthy for the consumer as well as the rest of the environment. Slow Food goes beyond the dinner table and can have the reverse effect that Ritzer’s theory of McDonaldization would have on societies. A friend stated Slow Food as ‘as a reaction to fast food, but of course that in no way envelops the whole of the Slow Food movement! Slow Food has come to mean a variety of things to many people, but its roots lie in the celebration of food that nourishes the body, the community, and the Earth.’


I am exploring the special interests groups that can be found online and using Slow Food to hone in on a specific area. I have joined the Slow Food UW Facebook group and page. Many cities around the nation have chapters dedicated to their efforts for Slow Food and the UW is uniquely one of the few college campuses that has a chapter. I am also hoping to explore various blogs and twitter handles that dedicate their information to the Slow Food movement.

A question to consider is how this movement can impact your life as a college student who is starting to cook on their own? Also how this may affect your consumerism practices?

For more information regarding Slow Food check out Slow Food USA.


Going into this experience I had heard a lot about Chatroulette, but never used it for myself.  My preconceptions were most definitely biased. The site has not received the most positive publicity;  South Park’s rendering of this Internet phenomenon painted it as glorified adult entertainment.  Preparing myself for the worst, I pressed the “Chat” button and got my Chatroullete experience rolling.  My first impression was that this concept is just very weird.  Most often the user with whom you are connected is only on the screen for a few seconds staring blanking, and then switched out for the next.  In addition to providing an image of your chat companion, the site gives their geo-location.  This is by far the most redeeming quality of the site.  In just a few minutes of chat time, I was connecting with people from Germany, Canada, Algeria, Poland, and many more countries.  Although our exchange was almost meaningless, the global potential of Chatroulette is extremely interesting.  It can certainly be used for less than appropriate behavior, but the idea is very compelling.  After working with Chatroullete the panic around its use may be justified, but its technology is what is truly amazing.

History of the Internet

I thought that this video was interesting and an effective way of learning about early major developments of the internet. I think the most interesting part of the video was the fact that different organizations were innovating the concept of networking around the world simultaneously. The idea that commercial, military, and scientific research would all contribute to various aspects of the range and scope of networking capabilities is interesting. This development is similar to the development of earlier tools of mass communication like radio.

The other part of the video I found interesting was when they said that “in that time, knowledge was only transferred by people.” I don’t think this is completely true (books, etc.) but it definitely revolutionized the way that information is disseminated and also changed how people communicate with each other.

Participation 2

Sorry for the late response… I was late in joining the class after being accepted off the wait list last week. I just finished catching up on the readings!

After watching the YouTube video, History of the Internet, I was left with a lot of technical questions. While I thought it was very interesting how much the internet has grown over the years– and how different it used to be– this video was a little hard for me to understand because of all the references to technology. I couldn’t help but get lost in the abbreviations from the ARPANET  to the IMP subnet to the NCP… it was really difficult to keep the chronological order of these changes straight. Because I was trying to remember which one came first, it was also hard to see the bigger picture. The bigger picture was that the internet hoped to move form sharing and passing knowledge through people to sharing and passing knowledge through computes. I felt that the illustrations were very helpful but they moved far to fast to really comprehend. Maybe because my mind does not work technologically in this way but I had to stop and pause the video numerous times to try and wrap my head around what they were explaining to me. Still, it was very interesting to see how much the internet could grow over the course of ten or so years.

History of the Internet

I thought the video “History of the Internet” (and accent) was very interesting. It helped me understand the progression of the internet and how it got to where it is today. I for one take the internet for granted and that video really made me appreciate the people and different types of technology that created the internet. It is amazing how far the internet has come in 50 years along with other types of technologies we have in the year 2011. It was a bit confusing at times with the terms, but the lecture notes helped make sense of it.

History of the Internet

The “History of the Internet” animation made the topic much more interesting, but its pace was somewhat hard to follow.  I could not catch all of the narration without pausing the video.

History is often defined by great inventors, as we talked about in class, but this video gives context to the Internet’s rise.  It was very helpful to track it all the way back to the 1950s;  the video allowed me to understand the Internet’s evolution. The video also made some very technical terms much more clear, IMPs in particular.

The US military’s input was also very interesting.  The socio-political climate of the Cold War precipitated the inception of the Internet.  Moving into the near future, the changes that have occurred recently are much more prolific when viewed with respect to the past.  All in all, it was a good video and would have been a great video had the narrator slowed down just a bit.

participation 2

Although certain points of the video overwhelmed me with copious amounts of new terminology that I felt consumed and confused by, I did take away a few lessons about technology and the internet. I was shocked by the fact that computers and the very basic concept for the internet began in the 1950s. This reinforces the point that the internet didn’t come out of thin air or one idea. It has been a process in which different ideas and notions have evolved throughout time to get to the point we are at today. It is also interesting to note how technology, like the internet , required manual programming by specialists. Today, many decades later, engineers, scientists, and other geniuses have been able to improve and dumb down technology so much that the three year old girl I babysit is able to navigate the internet with ease. I also found it fascinating that one of the main reasons the internet was forced to become decentralized was because of the discovery of missiles in Cuba, which could have easily targeted networks and destroyed them all. Overall, todays class gave me a deeper understanding of how the internet works rather than this video because the pace was too fast.

History of the Internet

After watching this video, I had to stop and think about all the information that was put into a short timeframe.  The information included was very useful and used some of the terminology we have discussed in lecture.  It’s hard to believe that the Internet is still such a new invention.  I have had Internet access since I was in elementary school and have used it for educational and entertainment purposes ever since.  The Internet quite literally encompasses every part of our lives and it’s rare for a day to go by without needing the Internet for some reason or other.  We use it to communicate, educate, and entertain ourselves, but it is certainly something that the American culture seems to take for granted.

Even in the past decade or so the Internet has undergone drastic changes.  We’ve seen the emergence and rapid popularity of social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, which have made it easier to stay in touch with friends and family.  The way we use the Internet with sites such as these has changed the way our culture functions.  We are becoming more distant from one another but more connected all at the same time.  It’s almost an oxymoron.

While I recognized a good amount of the terminology used in the video, I was confused on the function of the IMP and Mainframe.  Although I watched that section of the video several times, I still do not feel comfortable with that information.  Overall, I thought this video did a satisfactory job of explaining the history and uses of the Internet.

History of the Internet Reaction

I would agree with many of the people who thought the video was a little hard to  follow and fast paced. I did have to watch it a second and third time in order to absorb more of the information.  I learned some new information and it did help solidify what we had gone over in lecture. I liked it for this purpose. I didn’t realize that the idea of the internet had been around as long as it had. It makes sense that the space race caused a technology race as well. It is strange to think that the internet has not always been around. Fifty years is longer than I thought, but still a short period of time. I wonder what we will be doing with the internet in another 50 years? The internet has become something that I use multiple times a day. When I went up north over the summer before I had a smart phone and was without the internet for a week it was very difficult. I wanted to check my e-mail, see what my friends had been up to via facebook, and watch videos. Now that I have the internet at my finger tips with my smart phone I never want to be without it. It is great to be able to look something up on google insead of arguing or wondering and finding restaurants in you area, and so on. The internet is useful and although the history of the internet is not what the majority of people care about it is still interesting to learn.

And to answer any extra questions anyone may have about the internet (such as if it is heavy or not) follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDA1HUmuuJo

History of the Internet

That YouTube video, however informative it may have been, was pretty hard to follow due to the fast-paced explanations and the narrator’s accent.  I found it extremely interesting, but it was definitely something you’d have to watch a couple times to fully understand what exactly they are trying to say.  They explained what we learned in lecture…the transition from ARPANET to the Internet that we know today.  I found it amazing just how much the Internet has progressed, especially since the 1990s and the start of the century.  This video was created in 2009, and even since then, so much has progressed.  We take it for granted,  but so much has gone into the backbone of what we know today as the Internet.  It has been such a huge influence on society as a whole, and has contributed large amounts to keeping in touch with others around the world.  I enjoyed learning about early systems, and the interface message processor connecting to the mainframe, showing that a small appliance connected to a bigger one, to create a whole series of networks.  My favorite part of the video was all of the illustrations and diagrams, especially the ones showing how everything is connected together.  Back in the day, knowledge was only transferred by people, but due to the Internet, we can now find it digitally at the click of a button.