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?

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!

Diary of a Board College girl

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.”

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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?

Wikipedia

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.

Meme

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?

Infographic

  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.