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.