It seems like only yesterday that we began the journey into Communication Technologies, and now the class and course work has come to an end. I have gained so much knowledge and insight into the world of technology and digital communication that I will use to grow, expound, and implement. My one sided views of social media and digital technology are no longer firm but has evolved through this class and has broken through my hard shell.
I have viewed many collective efforts that fits the description of a meaningful cognitive surplus project cut the one I chose specifically to elaborate on is Pallazzi Florence Association for International Education also known as Florence University of the Arts. I chose this project because I had the opportunity to experience it first hand while still in the formative stage. Gabriella Ganugi is one of the most inspirational, humble, and intuitive person’s I know. She is president and founder of several art institutions in Florence, Italy. She had ideas and dreams of successfully building and operating study abroad programs in Italy.
Gabriella wrote out her business plan and begin to petition and market her self and ideas through human interaction and even more so through digital technology to bring her visions of FUA; Florence University of the Arts, DIVA: Design Institute of Various Arts, Apicius Culinary Institute; and her fine arts restaurant and art gallery, Ganzo to Life. She started websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and many more social media accounts to get her vision upon and running. She linked up with numerous universities and colleges all over the world through social media.
I Support Gabriella cause because I believe education is very important and not just education but the opportunity to leave one’s country to travel abroad and experience the cultures and learning styles of other countries. I go to her social sights and networks and like and share the information provided to promote her cause.
All the material we covered this summer from Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus to McLuhan’s Technological Determination, changed my views and willingness to be of more support to worthwhile causes. Shirky saying, no one really wants to be a couch potato but they aren’t given opportunities, really made an impact on me to want to be more involved in finding opportunities to be nice or fairly decent to others to contribute my time and talents. McLuhan also had such an strong impact on my outlook with his inspirational quotes and research, specifically, “The medium is “the Message“, “The medium is “the Massage“, and “the medium is “the Mass-age“. I really enjoyed this class and i’m going to truly miss it!