Urban Impacts on Agriculture – Is Technology Helping?

Both Butte County and the region need an outreach program where farmers, skilled laborers, and the emerging workforce can access the latest technological and industrial trends, and necessary training to maintain business efficiencies and communications that will develop solutions pertaining to the growing urbanization of California Agriculture. With unemployment rates averaging above and educational levels below national averages, and a seasonal, cyclic agriculture-based economy, enhancement of agricultural through the blending of technologies and farming techniques is necessary to serve the needs of both urban and rural businesses, and to protect and promote these key components of the local, state, and national economies westernfarmpress.com/mag/farming_urbanization_among_farm/.

The question at hand is how can we entice farmers to continue to keep updated with available technological trends and technologies.  To begin implementing the trend of high-tech use on every day farms education programs need to be established on all levels.  From college environmental courses, to in-depth research from CA Universities and Colleges demonstrating the importance of adopting the never-ending advancement of technology.  Its apparent that California needs to shift from being overly concerned with the maximizing of growth to a more efficient approach www.courierpress.com/news/2006/May/11/farmers-need-technology-too/ .


Interesting Enough, People Will Come

A community is both local and global, a collaboration of information and ideas from people who share either the same space and time, or simply the same interests. Walls and roads are no longer the infrastructure necessary for a community. Because it is so incredibly easy to contact people all over the world, the definition of community has and still is changing. 


Social belonging is something all human beings need; the ways in which we satisfy this need can range from front porch sittin’ with the fellow neighbors, to allotting some time for you and your best companion, the comp. Community means different things to different people; however, the common thread that connects all communities everywhere are the people themselves gathered for specific charismatic interests. Communities are interdependent movements, a cooperation of sorts allowing new ideas to emerge and change. Communities exist even before they are concretely established. If the interest is there, people will come. According to, Phil Bartle, PhD and sociologist, there are specific structures that make up what a community is: http://www.scn.org/cmp/whatcom.htm.


Falling into welcoming circumstances, whether it’s because of special interests or because we share synchronous boundaries, there are many ways to construct a community and more realistically, ways the community constructs us. If you’re looking to enhance a specific community of your own visit: http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/rbotoole/entry/want_to_get/

Internet is down, Panic or Party?

According to John Horrigan, an associate director of research in the field of leading edge technology, “62% of all Americans have some access to the digital world.”  The ability to access the Internet has become as convenient as pulling your Blackberry from your pocket.  There are no boundaries, information is instant and with demographic web targeting and market segmentation, any web user is capable of being exposed to their preferred interests. Instant gratification has become the new tradition. Folks who prefer the newspaper, radio or even T.V. are considered old fashioned by today’s standards. www.pewinternet.org.

Disaster strikes, a Whale-Shark mistakes the submarine cables for it’s dinner and took out all of the United States Internet connectivity abilities. A blessing in disguise or disaster? Americans ‘Need’ Their Gadgets, or so we think.

 Post offices immediately begin to boom trying to get the important news out. People would receive actual letters in the mail. People would be getting involved with more communal events, and who knows, maybe interactively play games together sitting around a table. More privacy would be established, but more chance of lies and government mediation would also arise. Copyright infringement would decrease and so would exposure of entertainment. People would lose weight!

Every avid web user would have to relearn how to read, books, write letters, critically watch the news on T.V. and relearn how to PLAY OUTDOORS! Some people might think they would die. Between schoolwork, communicating with family and friends, shopping and news browsing, if the Internet crashed people would have to start thinking again. As hard as it seems life would be without the Internet, it could be a blessing in disguise.

Hot Wired for News

In the olden’ days of print media, general public had almost no say concerning what made up the front page of the newspaper.  Only the editorial board made the decision as to what news was considered important and that which disappeared off the page.  Does this mean we were not thinking for ourselves? Possibly basing our beliefs on someone else’s morals and interests?  In a way, I guess we were. Scrutinize the news media as a critical thinker and reader and learn why Internet is crucial at savetheinternet.com.


Current news media has been reshaped by the ability to electronically interact about any issue, in the world, ever. More notably described as, “user driven social content websites,” according to David Weinberger. Digg.com for example, “miscellaneous” people are influencing news media in big ways. The constant stream of all information all at once is an intimidating concept to swallow, but not if you learn how to manage it and use it to benefit you.  The question is not how much is too much anymore because it’s already there; caveat emptor, buyer beware.


There is no turning back now from the Internets strong grasp on American culture.  The freedom to obtain any information has been bestowed upon us, now it is up to the individual to sift through to find the ‘truth’.

Changing Technology and Journalism

There has been many factors concerning changing technology and how it has impacted the culture of journalism and they way it is practiced.  Journalism first tried to combat cable TV by designing web videotext using a 900BOD modem. The 900BOD was very slow an inefficient so the videotext wave didn’t last long.  During the second wave of the web, text was being dumped onto websites, (shovelware),  which intriqued the public but wasn’t enough to take the mass population of news readers away from the tangible paper.  Then browsers were invented so that web users had free access any information they were looking for. Big new news stories drove people to the web because they wanted all the information and they wanted is fast.  This became the emergence of ‘new media’ for big stories. For example, when 9/11 happened, the web became a main source for news. Thereafter people began using the internet more and more for their personal needs. Today the Internet is personalized for each user based on one’s likes, dislikes beliefs and interests.