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What Do You Share?

So in the last week we have been talking about what makes something shareable or go viral.  Each article or reading has hinted at different things that contribute to some sort of media making headlines and being the next big thing.  In the introduction about Spreadable Media, the authors Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford and Joshua Green talk mainly about three different types of sharing, Stickiness, Spreadability, and Viral.  Were most of the sharing is done with Spreadability and Viral.  Next Maria Konnikova discusses 6 points that many big stories consist of in her article The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, And Maybe Infuriate, You.  Those 6 points are emotion, arousal, social currency, memory inducing, practical value, and quality of story.  These points must be pretty accurate because I found,

” Jonah gives the high-level of each principle, which is called the STEPPS framework. These 6 principles drive people to talk and share.”

  1. Social currency
  2. Triggers
  3. Emotion
  4. Public
  5. Practical value
  6. Stories

in Social Media Examiner.

Now we already discussed these topics in class, but if you truly think about it and go through your postings, it is surprising to see the stuff you Retweet or share usually consist of multiple of these points.  Also, in Konnikova article, she says that, “If an article made readers extremely angry or highly anxious—stories about a political scandal or new risk factor for cancer, for example—they became just as likely to share it as they would a feel-good story about a cuddly panda.”  Now I can see how this is possible in today’s society, because,” Some men just want to watch the world burn” (The Dark Night).  Though, what I really want to know is, what do you share?  

I personally enjoy sharing media that excites me, or really motivates me.  I think by sharing these types of articles or videos to others, it will in turn excite and motivate the people close to you.  One video that really shocked, surprised, amazed, and totally inspired me was Ross Capicchinoni video. Before you watch the video realize that it may make you cry and may be hard to watch.  To me at least it is videos like this that really touch and move the viewer.  Another video that really motivated and inspired me was How Bad Do You Want It?.  I think the reason that I share these kinds of videos is because I want others to feel the same excitement, inspiration, motivation, and desire that I felt when I watched it.  I want others to get that same experience I had when I watched the video.  That is why I share. What’s your reason?

Where’s Your Phone?

Where is your phone?  Mine is right by my side as I am typing this blog.  As many of your read this, I am willing to bet more than not have theirs by their side, in their pocket, or within arms reach.  Is this bad?  Should we be concerned with always having this technology by our side?  For example, in Always On Turkle talks about cyborgs, ‘he had “become” his device”, and ” “With it,” he said, referring to his collection of connectivity devices, “it’s not just that I remember people or know more. I feel invincible, sociable, better prepared. I am naked without it.”.  Have any of you felt this way?  Your phone makes you feel more prepared for things, a better person, or even smarter.  Do you feel as if you are naked without it?  I try and take down time from my phone every now and then, but it truly is harder than it looks.  It is not as easy as you may think.  For example I have been in public sitting at a table with my phone under a menu, and then minutes later sporadically freak out wondering and checking where my phone is.  Coming to find it was right next to me the whole time.  This cannot be good can it?  I believe that in today’s day and age people are becoming extremely dependent on their devices.

In Are You Married to Your Cell Phone, Boehi made some good arguments though, “Adjusting to some form of new technology is nothing new.”, and he lists examples of electricity, cars, and TV’s.  So what is the difference with phones.  Like many of those things, people became connected.  Electricity we use it everyday.  Cars, before them we were still able to get from A to B, but they make it easier for us.  These are just a few examples that related to cell phone.  Yeah before cell phones were around we could still communicated and use the internet.  It is just now, we are able to do it quicker, faster, and easier!

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Live Tweeting Experience

Prior to this class I was the type of person that hated Twitter.  Personally I thought Twitter was a waste of time, and really only for people that had to be on their phones constantly.  This media site had just left a sour taste in my mouth and I became super apposed to it.

After finding out that we would have to learn about Twitter, and have to tweet about things in this class I was super in disappointment.  Though having to to go through the procedure, because I did not want to FAIL the class, I ended up starting to like it surprisingly.  I guess like many things, when you are forced to try something, it is all about your attitude and how you approach it.  Though hating Twitter, I was willing to give it another try.  Doing many of the assignment and playing Twitter vs Zombies, created a little spark in my attitude about Twitter.  Playing these fun games and interacting with classmates, showed me how Twitter can be exciting and beneficial.  Not only was it fun, but I was about to reach out to others in the class that I haven’t talked to and see the humorous sides of them as well.

Live tweeting sounded lame at first, but in reality can be a fun and exciting thing.  In today’s day and age it is harder to keep the attentions of students, so bringing games and interactive lessons with Twitter can help students focus.  As stated by Long ,”I live-tweet for the same reason I take notes, it heightens my attention, forces me to become an active listener”.  Also you can find on Twitter, that, “There’s a real advantage to live-tweeting. For example, our research into live-tweeting by @MLB teams found that it resulted in follower growth 1.6x the average and 1.9x as many Retweets.”


So I have come to realize that Twitter isn’t just for people that need time to waste or have boring lives and cannot come up with anything better to do.  So this is how I personally felt, anyone else care to share their experiences?  How’d you feel about Twitter in the first place? How’d you end up liking it? And what was your favorite part?

Gender in Research

How does gender affect your research?  Does it affect the credibility? Topics? Opinions?  When searching for articles, facts, and things important to your research do you even stop to think, oh this was done by a man or women, or do you just carry on and not care what gender the information came from?  Personally, I think the information can be just as credible or false coming from either a women or a man, but I do believe that gender and be very beneficial to different topics.  For example, Cohen talks about “friendship bracelets” being something more common to women and baseball cars ,or toy soldiers to men.  Though you can acquire the same facts and knowledge about these topics from both genders, it is more likely than not that women would know more about friendship bracelets and men more about baseball cards and toy soldiers.

Also, in Cohen’s article she talks about how she would like more women to edit Wikipedia pages.  She is not happy with the 15% women editing percentage.  She believes that there is more to be said about feminist things, that isn’t already out there.  Pages relating to male topics are much more detailed and filled out.  Although, I don’t think the problem is that women do not voice their opinions.  I think that they would rather voice them elsewhere, then Wikipedia.

As stated by Jay Baer,  “Pinterest skews heavily female. 70% in fact, according to our most recent study at The Social Habit.” Now this 85% to 15% with the males in favor may seem ridiculously high but on the other hand for Pinterest its 70% to 30% with the females on top.  In reality these percentages are fairly close.

Personally, I do not believe that women are lacking in voicing their opinions, but I feel as if women are just more interested in voicing their opinions elsewhere.  How do you feel about this? Of course it could be more beneficial if both sites, Pinterest and Wikipedia could come closer to a 1:1 ratio, though is it a necessity?