Final Blog Post

My two best blog post are “Live Tweeting Experience” and “Gender in Research”.   Not only did I feel the readers got something out of these blog post, but I did as well.  These two specifically I enjoyed writing.  From the experiences of the live tweeting activities we did in class to the facts and ratios of women vs men in online contribution.

Live Tweeting Experience

In this post I talk about a personal moments I had with the live tweeting assignments.  I describe how Twitter grew on me and how much fun I had playing Twitter vs Zombies. I believe that the article expressed how I felt about Twitter and was left open ended asking others to share their experiences in the comments as well. Also this post had the second most comments of all my other posts.  I also met all of the requirement on moodle for a complete blog post.

Gender in Research

This was one of my favorite blogs to write about and it too was also was my most commented blog post.  I enjoyed writing about both sides and searching about the topic. It was interesting to see the heavy sided diversity in online contribution to research. I finished this blog with a couple question letting me to believe that is why I received more comments.  I fulfilled all the requirements that were set on moodle.

Comment 1

I believe that this comment meets all of the criteria asked for.  In the comment I quote another student’s comment about what he has to say about the article.  Later I go on to added my additional opinion and ask a question which furthers the discussion about teenagers sending pictures. The only bad thing I saw in this comment was a typo of some to something*.

Comment 2

Similar to the comment above I quoted another student that made a good point about the article.  I use their comment to expand on the article and my comment as a whole.  I end the comment by asking the author why she chose the topic of Wolves which leaves it open ended for a reply.

Does It Help The Cause?

The Millennial Slacktivism Debate: A Political Perspective

There are many different ways to help a cause.  Is liking or sharing one of them?  Does simply liking or sharing an article, event, or tweet with a certain hashtag help a foundation, cause, or epidemic?

There are people that would disagree and state that by only liking and sharing you are actually doing nothing to help the organizing.   In the article Take the “No Ice Bucket” Challenge, Will Oremus talks about how displeased he was with the ice bucket challenge for ALS.  For example, “As for “raising awareness,” few of the videos I’ve seen contain any substantive information about the disease… the ice bucket videos feel like an exercise in raising awareness of one’s own zaniness, altruism, and/or attractiveness in a wet T-shirt”.  He thinks that most people were really just posting videos to look good for their friends.  To make people think that they are contributing to the cause.  In reality the majority of video posters did not pay anything towards the cause.  Now even though the majority of the people didn’t contribute money, does that necessary mean they didn’t contribute at all?  People think that they are doing something positive by using very little effort as stated in Does Slacktivism Work?, “These activities pose a minimal cost to participants; one click on Facebook or retweet on Twitter and the slacktivist can feel that he or she has helped to support the cause.”   I believe that these videos did raise awareness, maybe not to everyone that posted them, but surely to more people than if the videos didn’t exist.  In that same article, “ALS Association told Fox Boston that it has raised $1.35 million in the past two weeks. It raised just $22,000 in the same period last year.”  This is a enormous increase in funds and certainly would not have been possible without the videos.

Also in the chapter about Avatars, Jenkins he talks about “slactivism”, “that the small investments in time and effort required to pass along such messages”.  These people are given a bad rep by the name “slactivism”, it is imposing that these people don’t really do much.  Yet I think they should receive more credit.  By doing something so simple as liking or sharing, they can spread the the word faster than ever.

What is your take on this? Do you think by posting a simple share or liking a post will help raise awareness?