Summer Thesis Reading Spotlight: Adam Fujita


[Image above: Paloma (born 3 weeks before the start of last fall's classes)]

Having gone two summers ago to the Japanese Internment Camp in Granada CO that my family lived in for 3 years I want to start researching how parts of our history has been swept under rugs as a way to discard and forget our poor choices as a nation.

In preparation for the Thesis I course and during the summer between the two years of the program, the masters students engage in thesis reading and send "check-in" emails to each other three times before the start of fall. With Adam Fujita's permission, here's what he wrote to his classmates for his second check-in:

So this is happening!!! Walking and Talking!! I know she will enjoy seeing you all in September. 

As far as Thesis is going,  I've picked up a few new books. I'm still reading through the ones I mentioned in my last check in. Also to those of you that have sent me links and suggestions on the dangers of screens and tech thank you. 

This is becoming more of a focus, especially how it relates to children. In The App Generation I have found data that is both alarming and fascinating when pertaining to "Digital Natives" or kids 15 and younger who know less and less about the analog world. 

I'm currently reading a new book on entrepreneurship called An Entrepreneurs Manifesto by Steve Mariotti. He's a bit of a revolutionary when it comes to mentorship. Mentoring has been on my mind lately and the connection is that for those of us that never had a real mentor, especially at an early age, how does this affect us and how does this lack of guidance create trouble down the line of our lives?

I'm reading The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser. This is a fascinating work about what the developers of the Web are keeping from us and what are they allowing us to read. Big monsters like Google are slightly demonized here. Really really interesting stuff. Calling lots of big data questions into play. Who controls what we see and read on the web? What is their underlying agenda? What can we do about it? 

The third new book I've picked up is The Googlization of Everything and why we should worry by Siva Vaidhyanathan. This so far seems like its exactly what you would think its all about from the title but I have just begun to scratch the surface on this book. 

I've dug up and am browsing through a book I already own called East to America by Wilson and Hosokawa about the the massive migration of Japanese to the US at the turn of the 20th century. Having gone two summers ago to the Japanese Internment Camp in Granada CO that my family lived in for 3 years I want to start researching how parts of our history has been swept under rugs as a way to discard and forget our poor choices as a nation. This ties into the Filter Bubble thinking.

I've been watching lots of TED talks lately and a few have been sparking ideas. This talk, How we cut youth violence in Boston by 79 percent, by Jeffery Brown deals with gang violence and drugs in a community in Chicago and its effects on teens. This is a subject that has interested me my whole life and there may be something here for me. 

It seems like every troublesome topic surrounding kids is getting me pumped up at the moment. 

I've also seen several films that have been inspiring me on the lines of food, exercise and child/adult obesity. Forks over Knives, FedUp...All of these have been making me think about the troubling world of processed food manufacturing and how moving our bodies seems to be under attack by the government.

My Pinterst board is getting full and messy. Give it a look and see if anything jumps out. 

Call for help: I just dont really get Evernote and haven't taken the opportunity to really get it. Can anyone make some suggestions on how I can convince myself that its a good thing and how I can populate it better? 

Have a great day,
A