What Should We Need Permission for and What Shouldn’t We?

What should we need permission to ask people for and what should we be able to use without asking.  There are definitely things that we shouldn’t be aloud to just HAVE, but absolutely there are things that we should be able to use, especially when it is for something personal not commercial.

For example can you imagine if you had to ask permission to quote someone whether that be from a journal, magazine, book, or online article just to put it in your college essay? As stated in Revived by Lessig, ‘Why would (or should) we be “outraged” if the law required us to ask Al Gore for permission when we wanted to include a quote from his book The Assault on Reason in an essay?”.  So if this were the case, I wouldn’t have been able to quote that in the moment like I just did. I would have to wait weeks, months, years, or even end up not receiving the permission ever.  Just to put that simple quote from a book in my blog?  As we can see this would make it incredibly challenging for students and reporters to do their jobs.  But this  does not only effect students and writers.

I understand it is not right to steal stuff from people but in some circumstances people are being a little ridiculous on trying to to protect the stuff that is “theirs”.  As mentioned in The Life of Randy Ksar, “Facebook is removing videos with copyright content such as videos and background music.  Just this week, a video I created when my family and I cut down the xmas tree in 2008 (uploaded Dec. 29, 2008) got removed proactively due to the Feliz Navidad song I used for background music.”  Really though is posting a family video with music in the background that big of a deal!? Apparently it is.


Lastly I understand there are things that we do need to ask permission for, but should we really have to if it is only for personally use not commercial?  I guess the question I am asking you is do you think it is wrong to use media if you are only using it for the benefit or pleasure of your own?  Do you think having a Christmas video with Feliz Navidad playing in the background is something worth suing or complaining about?



  1. My misconception is that “All engineers are weird, geeks, or nerds”.
  2. My goal is to show people that aren’t engineers that engineers in general are not all weird, and that there are “normal” people out there. It is supposed to show that the profession of engineering isn’t full of weird people.
  3. The intended audience is high school kids, college kids, and young adults.
  4. My infographic is going to be visually appealing and attract younger adults to want to read and understand it.
  5. I really enjoyed the “Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits and Literacy Productivity” because of the way they displayed all the writers. I believe mine will be similar in ways.  One of my next favorites would be the “Is Your State’s Highest-Paid Employee a Coach?” because the picture gets straight to the point and makes it very easy to interpret what the goal is.  In my infographic I will try to do the same by making the visuals get straight to the point.
  6. Some information that I will need to find, is proof that there are “normal” engineers. I will do some by giving examples of famous people that are engineers. And also show some of the things that engineers have done to help prove that fact that all cannot possibly be weird. Some sources I am going to use will be Forbes’s Magazine and other well creditable source related to engineering.

When to get a Cell Phone?

When is the right time to give your child a cell-phone?  This is huge topic for parents.  Am I making the right choice about when to give my child a cell-phone? Should we wait longer or rush and give them cell-phones when they can talk?  People can probably go many ways with this and I already know that they have.  You see parents wait until their children are in high school or even later in some cases before they even have the discussion on whether it is the right time for one.  Although you have the flipside to that argument as well.  Many parents in today’s age are pushing for this children to have these devices.  You see kids with IPads as babies and kids with IPhones and smartphones when they are in elementary school.  Frankly, since I got my phone in 6th grade and did not get texting till 7th, I think children are getting them too soon.  With that being said there is evidence in both cause that having an electronic device can improve kids ability to read and write, but on the other hand  having devices can also be bad for people at this young age.  Currently teenagers and adults constantly use their cell-phones and have them on hand for almost, if not 24 hours during the day.  Are we wasting our time by being on our cell phones?  If we let our children have them at younger ages aren’t we pretty much allowing them to miss out on all the things around us?

In this picture you see people outside in beautiful surroundings, but yet they aren’t enjoying them they are on there phones.  Do you want our children to miss out on the amazing things we did as kids?

Although on the other hand there have been studies that prove that having a cell phone can benefits to these kids.  As David Crystal says in Why all the Fuss, “if you do start to text, I would expect the additional experience of writing to be a help, rather than a hindrance.”  It is true that texting does allow young ones to gain writing experience and gives them the ability to write all the time. Also, to add onto that, schools are starting to lean towards electronic devices in the class room.  As stated by Brain Shane, in USA Today,”Now, a growing number of schools are turning to the smartphones students bring with them to school as an instructional device that can augment classroom learning.”  Letting your kids become accustom to the new technology at a younger age could be as beneficial.

Though this may seem good, there are also side effects, as mentioned in the class by a peer, after having a cell-phone children tend to become more impatient with each other and things.

With all of this being said, what would you do if you had a kid?  What age would you deem appropriate to give them a cell-phone, Ipad, or similar devices?