Hyperlink Roundup -- May 2nd

Sorry it took so long to get this week's hyperlink roundup out. In the midst of everything, it seemed I didn't have any many links as I usually do. But now, since I'm working on an annotated bibliography for one of my classes, I got rolling on links to share.

  • Emoji IRL (in real life). This is definitely worth checking out. Discovered it when I was fangirling Ann Friedman (who co-stars on the podcast Call Your Girlfriend). I love using emojis so it was fun to see them acted out in real life! 
  • I've been reading a lot about why you should or should not teach coding in the classroom/library for a final annotated bibliography. I found this article, written back in 2013 on Slate. It's a compelling argument why we shouldn't automatically gravitate towards teaching coding, yet also highlights some of our fears  
  • This documentary came out in film festivals this year. I think the trailer is intriguing and would love to see the whole film. Of course, they don't have any more showings (and if they did, it probably wouldn't be near Urbana-Champaign, IL). Will have to wait and see if I can get my hands on a copy. 
  • This is a TEDx talk that I DESPISE. I just wanted to preface that. Christian Genco tries to convince us in 10 minutes that not only should you learn programming (it will make you smarter) but also that technology is the answer to all our problems. This video is HIGHLY problematic because it has a very technocentrism viewpoint. We have to remember that technology is simply a tool. If we forgot that, then we're in big trouble. 
  • I was talking to my boss on Friday, telling him about this heavy technocentric TEDx video (see above) and he had one to show as well. This is from 2014, a commercial Microsoft had play during the Superbowl. It's only a minute long but when the robot voice says, "Technology gives hope to the hopeless" and "Gives voice to the voiceless" I couldn't. Again, very technocentric (this idea that technology is smarter than us and technology marks progress). Not true. Technology is a tool and we are the ones who are up to the challenge about how to use it. 

Technology rant over. Enjoy the clips (and hopefully get as mad about them as I did!).