Category: Annotated Bibs

I Realize This is Late

Austin, Henry. “Virtual girl dubbed ‘Sweetie’ snares thousands of would-be sex predators.” NBC News. 5 Nov. 2013. Online. 26 Nov 2013. <>.

I didn’t realize I was short one annotated bib until I actually counted again (I suck with numbers). Anyways, I saw this video on Facebook a couple weeks ago and thought to myself, “This would be a really strong case against anonymity.” The reason I say this is because all of the pedophiles mentioned in the video/article were able to “virtually” molest children from third world countries without ever being caught for YEARS. Dealing with anonymity is such a huge issue that the only way they could deal with the problem of online pedophiles was with a 3D model of a little girl. It’s an innovative way to handle the problem, but the fact that it was even necessary to deal with anonymous threats goes to show how much power is given to anonymous users on the internet. I honestly believe that something has to be done about it. The problem in the video deals solely with pedophiles, however there are so many other problems that anonymity creates that it is hard to justify keeping it in the first place. Some privacy should be allowed, however the amount currently given to internet users is far too great. I mean come on…a little girl named Sweetie caught more pedophiles than any of the government services. If anonymity is that hard to deal with, then more attention should be put on the subject.

Annotated Bibliography 7

Masullo Chen, Gina.  “Don’t Call Me That:  A Techno-Feminist Critique of the Term Mommy Blogger.”  Mass Communication and Society Volume 16.  Issue 4.  (2013):  510-532.  Web.  31 October 2013.

This article investigates the term “mommy blogger” and it’s effects on the women who are named such.  The author discusses whether this term marginalizes mothers who blog about their families and children, or empowers them, as many of these mothers feel.  The author discusses that this label “mommy blogger” may have people/readers recalling the label for mothers that was part of what many women learned in their childhood.  This label made all mothers look ideal and perfect.  Many women blogging now realize this was not and  is not the reality of real motherhood.

Blogging, Visitors, and Links

Davies, Dave.  Why Blog: The Benefits of Business Blogging for Visitors & Links. Search Engine Watch. Accessed on Oct 31, 2013. <>

This is great as far as looking at your blog from the eyes of your viewers, which is an important concept for any blog.  It details the difference between blogging for current visitors, or few new visitors.  This is an important distinction to make when blogging!  Also, it touches on a rather new topic (as far as my sources go) which is blogging for links.  This reminds me of how my boss wanted me to add more content to the company website, because he just wanted more words and more pages that could come up when something was searched about the topic.  This means more chances for your company to be found, gaining new customers.  It can be important to think of relevant keywords to use throught a post, and to use as tags.

Annotated Bib 7. Is Journalism defined by the brand or the info?

Hempel, Jessi. “Are Bloggers Journalists?” Bloomberg Businessweek. March 6th, 2005.Web. Oct. 31st, 2013.

This article once again talks about what defines a journalist and whether or not bloggers should share the same protective laws, primarily the shield act. It brings in a specific example where Apple took legal action against 3 independent blogging sites for revealing information about a product that was considered a trade secret.  On interesting point that the article brings up is the situation with Nicholas Ciarelli, one of the writers for one of these three blogs. Under the judge’s rule, he wouldn’t be considered a journalist even though he originally worked for a legitimate newspaper for a quarter of a century prior. So is true journalism only in the brand name that presents it? The counter argument is that since anyone can publish on blogs, the facts may be rumors. In this case, if bloggers were treated like journalists, then they could be threatened for libel. The interesting thing is that at this point, legal action is only being taken when true information is found. The big companies apparently haven’t take similar action towards these smaller blogs that say things that aren’t factually correct.

Blogging Is Not Replacing Journalism But Challenging It

Haas, Tanni. “From “Public Journalism” To The “Public’s Journalism”? Rhetoric And Reality In The Discourse On Weblogs.” Journalism Studies6.3 (2005): 387-396. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 1 Nov. 2013.

Demonstrates that the question of what is better in forms of communication has been debated for years so journalism and blogging is not the start of this debate. New forms of communication challenge the current ones. The author argues that weblogs do not move away from older forms of communication but instead challenges them. The author demonstrates similarities between “mainstream media” as a blogosphere and between the journalistic practices of “mainstream” news organizations and individual blogs. They mention how weblogs allow ordinary citizens to write posts but also points out how large mainstream news organizations have also resorted to blogging. Observers note that compared to mainstream organizations weblogs “facilitate a decentralized, bottom-up approach to news reporting by turning traditionally passive news consumers into active news producers”.

The Anonymous Internet

Choi, Brian. “The Anonymous Internet.” Maryland Law Review 72.2 (2013): 501-570. Print.


The article gives a positive argument for starting laws that will regulate online anonymity in the hopes that it will help to limit and decrease abuse and security breeches.  Additionally, this article goes on to further demand that this must come in to place unless we hope to bring harm on our other civil liberties. One keyword from this article that seems important is “generativity”- meaning the amount of user created things on the web. The article uses this term in a way to say that limiting the amount of user created content would be a good way to limit the anonymous contributions online aka less people generating content would lead to less people generating abusive content, which makes sense, but also could take away from certain rights, possibly, in my opinion. He argues restrictions must be put in place, either on anonymity or on generativity.

Annotated Bib 7

Parkins, Cameron. “Brooklyn Museum.” . Creative Commons, 05 Feb 2010. Web. 31 Oct 2013. <>.

This article explains how the Brooklyn Museum is a huge contributor and active supporter of creative commons. The Brooklyn Museum uses Flickr to post their photos of interesting artwork that is lucky enough to make it into their collection. These collections of images are shared with everyone on Flickr. This provides a solid foundation for a devoted community who help each other grow and learn about the images on a more in-depth level. The museum also licenses all of its images under a CC Attribution-NonCommerical license, which gives credit to the creator and makes the media not available for commercial purposes. This article and the Brooklyn Museum are both big examples of how creative commons can be used for an organization and provide media for everyone to view and enjoy. BM also holds a contest where they take one element and everyone can remix it or remake it however they want. The winner of the contest gets recognition for their work and a prize!

Annotated Bib 7: Blogging With Authority!

Park, David W. “Blogging With Authority”. International Journal of Communication, Vol. 3, 2009. pgs. 250-273.

In this article, the author argues that the success of news and political blogging hinges on how much bloggers have mangaged their positions. The key aspect in his argument is that if blogging is journalism, then it should be managed as any other form of journalistic communication, such as television, newspapers and radio. More of the focus is on gaining advertisements and making blogging an actual job. Credibility and authority fall upon the operated of the blog, and if they are found to be a credible and reliable source, then they can be considered a part of the journalistic norm. Especially in political blogging, getting the right information helps an author become a valuable source. Authority is central as well, as the blogger has a sense of autonomy to print whatever news he or she pleases, yet if the news is inaccurate then the blog will suffer. Interviewing a variety of bloggers and their blogging types, Park found differences in how bloggers portray news and information, and if it is considered blogging.

Technical Writing on Blogs

Wiens, Kyle.  (2013) Your Company Is Only As Good As Your Writing.  Harvard Business Review.  Accessed Oct 31, 2013. <>

Your blog is only as good as your writing!  This is extremely true: the best content in the world can be hidden by terrible grammar, excessive commas, and unnecessarily fancy word usage.  Just because you have a lot of good things to say doesn’t mean you should just write your company blog yourself, rather than hiring someone who knows what they are doing.  This helps expand my paper on the sections of the Do’s and Don’ts of business blogs.

I really enjoyed this article because of it’s tie in with Technical Writing, which is my current career path of choice.  In fact, I have already had an internship where I wrote blog articles for the company.  This article will help me tie in how good writing is important for your company blog, and what exactly good writing is.  I’ve already personally learned a lot, and there is an awesome link to a technical writing handbook at the end of the article.

Shopping and shorter attention spans?

Hamm, Trent. The Christian Science Monitor. Web. October 10, 2013. Seen October 30, 2013.

Coincidentally enough, the author of this post is a guest blogger! Anyway, the author brings another perspective to the shorter attention spans we have today that I never thought of: shopping. According to the author, he says that people should take 10 seconds to think before making an impulsive purchase, because the shopper can usually talk him/herself out of it. But since 2000, attentions spans have gone down 33%, from more than 10 seconds to less than 10 seconds. This means that people will probably be making more impulsive purchases (according to the author’s “10 second rule”). He then gives three things that he does to help improve his attention span. They are single-tasking more, doing activities that require more focus, and prayer and meditation. I don’t know exactly how much the last one helps, but hey, whatever he thinks helps him, go for it.

As we do more and more of these annotated bibliographies, it is getting a little harder to find really credible sources because they all pretty much say the same thing about this topic. It is a pretty much a fact that our attention spans are getting shorter at this point.