Library Exercises 1-3

Library Exercise 1: Selfie Scavenger Hunt Library Orientation

Library Exercise 2:  Keyword Combos + Finding Articles for a General Audience
 (Hunting the Databases)

Final Research Project Brainstorm:

Idea 1: Who's Truth? Is there such thing as truth?

  • History is written by the victors, today is it written by the criers?

  • Technology allows for the democratization of information, all sides are out there, but this also creates clutter

  • Can we trust history? Can we trust anything?

  • One of the first things we learned in writing is to find credible sources, yet everything is biased, and we ourselves have been taught and internalized biases

Idea 2: Tech & Education & Inequality in the US

  • Is technology closing the gap between the rich and poor or widening it? Is it increasing or decreasing social mobility?

    • Industrializing historically creates a middle class

    • How to spread intellectual wealth? & "digital divide"

    • Networking and connections are essential for employment and opportunities, creates an intellectual elite with much overlap with a rich elite

  • Needing to "pay to play"- there are high costs of getting an education, need computer equipment, good teachers to get a good education

    • Likening education to a game: is it rigged, you can pay to get ahead, cheat codes, starting at different difficulties

    • Games​ throughout history: sports games, board games (monopoly), handheld games, arcade games, computer games

    • How do we make the game fair? it's only getting more and more complicated

  • The increasing income gap​

  • Economic theories: we're not supporting lower-income citizens, a large portion of the population, so not as efficient as we could be

  • Schools already are a social enterprise

  • Unfair education

    • Some kids don't ​have computers, internet access, the stigma from 2yr vs 4yr school, how are schools funded

    • companies biased toward Ivy League schools

  • Top .01% getting increasingly larger share of income​

    • Responsibility to self-redistribute?​

    • Death of the American dream?

  • Previously profitable professors (doctor, lawyer), had to work up corporate ladder before, now more about what you can do

    • Anyone can start a company, individualist, merit-based​, graduate degree less necessary

    • Huge demand for computer programmers, a high paying job; should computer-based education become the norm? Liberal arts colleges being looked down on, even Ivy Leagues, aggressive recruiting from companies

    • American dream: individual pursuits

  • Technology spreads information, people can self-teach

Idea 3: Technology & Accountability & Affecting Social Change

  • Corporate social responsibility, social enterprises

    • Can you make money from doing good? Can you be more profitable from doing good?

    • Are the only benefits from the perception you're doing good (i.e. people want to buy your products because they think it's beneficial to the world) or can there be benefits external from perception?

  • Affecting change (or not) because of social media ​

    • Flint water crisis, hurricane relief, facebook check in that you're safe​

  • Financial crisis​ because banks were bailed out, not held responsible for loss

  • People have greater engagement with news about corporations through technology, internet

    • But people may think liking a photo is doing enough, all the effort they're willing to put in​

  • Technology has allowed corporations to evade laws and scrutiny, like through tax havens​

  • "Facebook is free, but you're their product" -my dad, a CIO

Articles for Final Project:

Kerlin, Janelle A. “A Comparative Analysis of the Global Emergence of Social Enterprise.” Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, vol. 21, no. 2, 2010, pp. 162–179. JSTOR, JSTOR,

  • This article is about social enterprises, the ways they effect change, and the ways they differ across countries. It would add a way of thinking about how a corporation's business can be built around creating social change, rather than being detrimental to society or making a positive impact as a side goal. 

  • This article differs from the others in that it looks at how social enterprises are not created in just one way, but rather can be vastly different based on the society they come from. This indicates that there is significant leeway in how a social enterprise can function, leaving room for creativity and new ways to think about how social enterprises can work in and for our society. 

De Colle, Simone, et al. “The Paradox of Corporate Social Responsibility Standards.” Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 125, no. 2, 2014, pp. 177–191.,

  • This article criticizes corporate social responsibility, saying it creates a paradox, as CSR can create a thoughtless and blind mindset that undermines its goals. This contradicts a lot of sources pushing for CSR, so it would be interesting to engage the opposite point of view. 

  • This article differs from others because it views CSR negatively, arguing it does not meet the goals it intends to, and suggests some ways we could look at and develop CSR differently to avoid the negative effects it may otherwise bring. 

Buccholz, Rogene A., and Sandra B. Rosenthal. “Technology and Business: Rethinking the Moral Dilemma.” Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 41, no. 1/2, 2002, pp. 45–50. JSTOR, JSTOR,

  • This article argues that corporations, since they are primarily interested in economic goals, neglect safety and practicality of technology. It says this is a structural problem inherent in the capitalist system, and one way to solve it is to encourage engineers' whistleblowing. This is an interesting idea to consider: is there an inherent connection between something being profit-driven and being immoral?

  • The author approaches the topic with the assumption that businesses tend to be immoral, while individual engineers in them tend to be moral. Technology is seen as creating a moral dilemma and a tension between businesses and the engineers in them, which is a different view than the other articles. 

Exercise 3:  Library Research—Old School