Tuesday, November 27, 2012


 Johnson, S. (2011). "Games". 50 Essays. S Cohen. (Ed.),
  (pp.196-201). Boston: Bedford St. Martins.
The essay Games by Steven Johnson talks about children having less interest in books and more interest in games. He compares the two and believes that they are both good. He states that the children are wasting more time on games than books that can help with mental work to process and store information. But playing video games helps improve our visual skills. 
I think that books have more of a good outcome because with video games it can turn out to be addicting. I notice with the boys in my family or even friends that they get very isolated when they are playing games. They can go on for days.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Classmates Blog: Procrastination

Link To Classmates Blog: http://timeanditsworth.blogspot.com/

"While procrastinating is easy to do, it's not easy to succeed with, nor is it very rewarding even if you can. Because it has become easier than ever with all of the social media that has become available to us, many are able to pass the hours without even thinking about it,". Tim's statement is true, we have all been there and it sure isn't fun when your rushing to finish a project or homework at the last minute. I myself have a very bad habit of leaving everything for that last minute, which isn't very smart for a student in the first year of college. Social media is part of the cause of distraction and procrastination. Its hard to focus on your work especially when receiving automatic notifications from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Social media is great, but it can easily distract a busy student from doing their work.  In order to succeed, we can't let social media distract us and prevent us from doing our work.

Television: The Plug-In Drug

Winn, M.(2011).Television the Plug-in Drug. In S. Cohen, 50 Essays (pg.438-447). Boston: Bedford St.Martins.

 In “Television: The Plug-In Drug” by  Marie Winn, Winn talks about the negative outcome of television on the modern families today. She discusses the idea on how television should bring the family together in one room, but instead has separated families and stole what was once family bonding. Marie Winn has three arguments: The Quality of life, Family Rituals, and Real People all connecting with the impact from television. Winn goes on saying how television is a bad influence for young children, and parents don't pay much attention to what children are watching because it keeps them busy.  It has come to the point where there is more than one television in a household. 

Television isnt the only distraction for children there are also smart phones and computers that connect with Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks that can separate family members from each other. Today's society social media has become a part of your everyday life. It can even be an addiction for most individuals.


Monday, November 19, 2012

YouTube Turns Five: Changing TV and Creating Celebrities

Dugue, Steven.(2010, May 25).YouTube Turns Five: Changing TV and Creating Celebrities. November 19, 2012, http://wallstcheatsheet.com/breaking-news/youtube-turns-five-changing-tv-and-creating-celebrities.html/

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of YouTube is complete Internet video dominance. This article is about the progression in YouTube. YouTube is a website that allows users to upload and share their videos with the rest of the world, literally. People around the world rely on YouTube as a critical source to display their creative videography skills, attract attention, and eventually in some cases fame. The creative aspect of YouTube is what allowed it to thrive, along with the fact that it is free and a simple video uploading and sharing websites. YouTube is so popular that it gives paid tv channels something to worry about. Additionally, many up loaders have gained so much fame that they're known to be celebrities! This social media website has been an essential tool to many creative filmmakers. Keep uploading new content, you could be the next greatest YouTube star! 

Cyber Bullying

Link: http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.html#whycyberbullying

The power of the Internet is limitless, there are numerous ways to connect with people and explore the web. However, it isn't all that safe at times, especially for young children who are exposed to cyber bullying. According to the article on StopBullying.gov, cyber bullying is bullying that occurs over the Internet, usually on social networking and media sites. It can range from private message threats to public posts of embarrassing pictures which are open to the public. Sadly, about 16% of high school students have to deal with the immense pressure of this type of bullying because it is very easy for the bullying to spread out of control. It is important to take control of the Internet and be smart about the people you expose yourself too.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fashion’s Influence on Social Media

Cliché. (2012. February 27). Fashion’s Influence on Social Media. November 18, 2012, http://www.clichemag.com/2012/02/27/fashions-influence-on-social-media/.

Link: http://www.clichemag.com/2012/02/27/fashions-influence-on-social-media/

 It seems like nowadays fashion doesn't need to only be in magazines but all over the internet advertising. There are companies who send products or clothing samples to fashion bloggers to advertise and review these samples, this leads to a bigger following crowd for that brand. This article is about how social media takes a big roll on fashion. Not only with big stores but with small clothing boutiques, social media can pull you out of obscurity in a matter of seconds. Social media is positively helping small fashion companies to expand and be competitive with several other fashion companies. With Facebook promotions, a company can get people to start talking about their store overnight. Companies have a big advantage with the power of social media because they are in touch with their costumers. It is easier now to listen to what the public has to say and fulfill customers wishes making them happy. Facebook and Twitter allow businesses to offer deals and run great promotions. Additionally, with just a "Like" or retweet by followers, they can attract more attention and make it easier for the business to expand.

Social networking, affects on modern users, society

Leppo, Megan. (2011, November 18). Social networking, affects on modern users, society. November 18, 2012, http://www.etownian.com/opinion/social-networking-affects-on-modern-user-society/.
This article talks about the immense world of the World Wide Web is just at our finger tips. We have access to the internet everywhere we go. It is available at home, on our desktops and laptops, at our libraries, schools, airports, even our smart phones are all connected to the web. The essential to understand how we choose to use the web that can reflect on our daily life and actions. We have several social networking and media sites at the palms of our hands, such as Facebook, YouTube, etc. These websites can influence our future, depending on how much of our information is out there. People might think it is fun and trendy to upload thousands of photos on Facebook and be connected with thousands of Pages and Friends. However, people might not know that all this information that reflects their lives is also just at the palms of other people’s hands. This information is available to anyone that has access to a simple online search engine, simply enter the users name and most of their information will be right before your eyes. It is important to control the amount of information you let out to the public, it is never private once it is on the web.

Four Ways LinkedIn Can Help Your Business Grow

Falls, Jason. (2012, March 30).  Four Ways LinkedIn Can Help Your Business Grow. November 18, 2012, http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223247#.

 Link: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223247#

It can be hard to start get a job, create a small business, or even find potential business partners. This article is about Web based social media that provideds several means of being able to expand small businesses, find potential business partners, and network with other entrepreneurs,  business men and women. LinkedIn is a website that allows entrepreneurs to connect and interact with other entrepreneurs. The popularity of the professional social networking website has provided all its users with the ability to easily connect with other working professionals and expand their network. People can easily connect with other people they work with, attract “friends of friends” to their business, and potentially expand their company by meeting with potential business partners. LinkedIn has provided a tap into the immense world of web based social media, and turned it into a valuable tool for entrepreneurs. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

What's Going On In Egypt?

Parks, Cara.(2011, January 28). Whats Going On In Egypt? November 11, 2012,http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/28/whats-going-on-in-egypt_n_815734.html.


 In the days before the internet, social media was not known to exist, email didn't exist, and well nothing that uses the internet existed. People communicated via telephone and actual letter mail, when was the last time you got a letter mail?! Social media has changed the way people communicate with each other. People can mass communicate with millions of others simply by typing messages on a social media website, such as Facebook and Twitter, and clicking the post or tweet button. That was the case for the Egyptian Revolutions. This article talks about the Egyptian citizens opening their eyes to the Tunisia revolutions and were also fed up with the 30 year long dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian Revolution was organized mainly through social media websites, in this case mostly Facebook and Twitter. According to the Huffington Post article, Whats Going On In Egypt, Twitter was the main social network that was used to spread the word of the revolution. Twitter was used to organize and carry out the majority of the revolution but as the revolution grew bigger, the Egyptian government under Mubarak's rule blocked Twitter. The people then resorted to other social media networks trying to continue to spread the word about the revolution. The revolution eventually grew so big that the Egyptians were able to successfully overthrow their dictator. It can be said that this is revolution will remain historical as the first revolution to be organized through social media. It is interesting to realize the strength of the social media. People can now exchange information and organize any kind of event without making a single paper sign to advertise it. The Egyptian citizens were able to fully utilize the social media networks to expose the corruption of the Egyptian government under Muburak's rule. It has grown so strong and widely used throughout the world that social media can, literally, be the spark to a revolution in any country.

Social media effect on the elections

 Social media in the political segment has played quite an interesting role in the most recent elections. According to the Washington Post article, Social Media Killing the Secret Ballot, the amount of times that names Obama and Mitt Romney have been repeated is a few million times. Social media has brought a different perspective of the Presidential candidates to the potential voters. People are now having more frequent political debates over social media web pages on the internet, such as discussion forums and Facebook. Since a good amount of the young potential American voters are on the internet, there is a perfect opportunity for any Presidential candidate to tap into this potential resource of votes. These votes are not concentrated in one region, they are spread throughout America. As the popularity of the internet and social media grows, it is easy to state that social media has played a huge role in the most recent elections not only in the United States, but also throughout elections around the world.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Who are you?

Catfish is a documentary about a filmmaker, Yaniv Schulam, who falls in love with a woman on the internet. But as Yaniv Schulam looks deeper into the relationship he starts to unfold unexpected discoveries of the woman and her family.

After coming out with his documentary Catfish Yaniv Schulam has now created a new MTV series called Catfish:The TV Show. He is helping others to discover the truth about their significant other that they have been talking too for several years through the internet.

Everybody has heard of a story about people creating fake online social network profiles and getting into relationships with random people. What happens when someone becomes a victim of this and falls in love with the person that is behind that fake online profile? To no surprise, this actually happens more and more frequently as the popularity of social networking grows. Many people that fall victim to this feel embarrassed to admit that they have fallen in love with a fake person. Catfish is a show that confronts these victims and teaches them to overcome the embarrassing thought of it and embrace the experience and learn from it. It isn't who a person is talking to, it is how attached the person gets to that other person.