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Quick, write the reaction!

Sure it seems like a cool thing to live blog and it’s something that I feel like I could definitely do but I think I would come to hate it. My current blog is about anime and what I see myself doing as a live blog post is reacting to an episode. Completely doable and might be kind of fun. One side affect though would be the potential release of spoilers for people who didn’t watch the episode yet. Though I might be able to avoid that if I just put a time and my reaction without any content of the episode.

I feel like if I had to do it all the time it would take my attention away from the episode itself so that I can type my reaction to what’s happening. I might miss something or if I didn’t it just plain wouldn’t be the same experience. I love watching anime and when I do watch it I never take my eyes off of the screen. It’s a hard skill to acquire but when watching I see both the subtitles and the animation; I can read and watch at the same time. That doesn’t sound too difficult but at first it bothers yours eyes. Adding writing a blog post to those two things I will definitely start to overload my multitasking abilities.

The only good things I see about live blog posting with regards to my own personal blog is that some of my reactions to anime might be funny. Actually I’m pretty sure they would be because anime is the only thing that makes me turn into a fan girl and I high pitch squeal at the exciting parts. It might bring a comedic aspect to my blog. Still I don’t see the positives being greater than the negatives.

more annotation for all!

Medoff, Norman J., and Barbara K. Kaye. “Tuning in to Electronic Media.” Electronic Media: Then, Now, and Later. Burlington, MA: Focal, 2011. 13-14. Print.

In this section, I read about blogging. I read about the evolution of technology and its benefits. This section discussed the idea that people today are more connected because of the internet, blogging, videos, etc. Social media connected us all and kept us quickly updated with each other’s lives. We check social media more to stay quickly connected to everyone. Quick information allows us to connect with each other. We learn that quick information is good for us. People become more social because of quick information they find and share. People today know that technology will change quickly because we are so prone to quick information. Constant connection, constant uploads. We become great multi-taskers and learn to be more rounded people. Fast information and connection rock!!

Linearity? Thankfully not math related…

When seeing the word linearity, I automatically thought of single, one way- like linear lines (hmm, are my math skills up to date?). When reading her article, it states different features of writing that show meaning and show that one actually cared while writing a post. She explains some concepts like spacing, grammar usages, linearity, etc. I think Lupton’s meaning of linearity is a blogger who posts directly about his opinions without a comment section, or a news site on TV, in which people cannot respond directly back to the anchors. She states a CNN ticker displaying news constantly. This is a great form of linearity because people cannot input feedback, whereas, say, for a blog post, people can comment all they want and respond to different ideas. Hence, a blog is not a linear form, as long as the blogger has the comments section open. My idea of linearity is just a direct message, like a radio station. They repeat the same songs over and over, and us listeners have no great control of it and cannot directly tell the DJ/radio host about our feelings. A blog is definitely not linear because readers can refute or agree on a post and the blogger’s ideas. They can comment and directly interact with the bloggers. The tools mentioned are a great form of helping a reader divert from linearity because people do not have to sit there with the blog post. They can navigate around and not be influenced by a single post. They can look at other posts and comment on other ideas. They are not enforced to stay on one page, with one post, and just one opinion. This was a confusing article, and it takes a while to interpret. But overall, a general post should NOT be linear. It should also have great punctuation, quickness, and a good idea that people can comment on.

Amazing, new annotated bib

Bargh, John A., and Katelyn Y.A. McKenna. “The Internet and Social Life.” National Institute of Mental Health and by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Stanford University, 2003. Web. 11 Oct. 2013. <http://www.yale.edu/acmelab/articles/Internet_and_Social_Life.pdf&gt;.

 

This long article, conducted and written by John Bargh and Katelyn McKenna represent the quick paced society and the evolution of the internet. I want to prove that the quick paced world wants quick information via the internet. The two describe the history of how the internet has evolved. They state that people today depend on the internet to connect with each other quickly. They want quick information via e-mails, articles online, or chatting. People want to know what is going on with others and in the world quickly, compared to a few hundred years ago, when they relied on slow morse codes and one way radio stations. With the Internet, people are quickly connected, and because the world is advancing, there are better and faster ways to connect with everyone. They conducted a research on college students and how they prefer e-mail usages. A majority of their clients stated that e-mails are great because they connect others so well and is best for doing projects. 4% said otherwise. In the workplace as well, businesses want to be the best. They want to adapt to the quickly changing consumers’ preferences. People want quicker information, so businesses provide their data online so that they can gain more people. Everyone wants quick information to stay connected with each other. Work places interact via e-mails and they also discovered the fact that there was less negativity through e-mails and quick, online information.

Hacking Life with one tip at a time

How do I hang these posters? How do I manage my money better? How do I save time? What do I wear to an interview? If you always ask these questions and more, do visit Lifehacker.com 

Such an interesting website that teaches people about… life and its little hacks. When you first open up the website, you see that there are many different posts and headings. The descriptions are longer than the headings in the middle, main section, while on the left sidebar, there are all headings that may lure you in. Pictures accompany every post.

There are many authors for this site, but all generally have a similar sense of writing. They all write about life tips, but everyone presents it in their own voice. Some authors are funny and satirical, while others are very serious. Some posts are short but sweet, while others are a bit lengthier. None of the posts I have read are too lengthy, in which I get bored and start losing my train of thoughts.

The writings on Lifehacker are very straightforward , sometimes mocking; they get to their points, addressing their audience and whomever might need a certain advice. Every post seems like a conversation, which is great. Titles are bold and big, so it catches your eye. All word choices are appropriate, all ideas are organized, logical, and smooth. Some authors write about their own experiences whilst creating their tips.

This an interesting site that that really keeps you interested at all times. There are so many different topics and tips on life, ranging from making a hammock to downloading the latest apps. It really keeps you interested and laughing. Authors also get to participate with commenting, so there is a huge interaction level that reaches the audiences, which is totally beyond just presenting an article and hoping your readers will understand.

Lifehacker is a pretty nice blog that constantly updates with new tips and ideas.

BIB #3

http://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/how-fast-and-flexible-do-you-want-your-information-really/

Davenport, Thomas H., and Jim H. Snabe. “MIT Sloan Management Review.” MIT Sloan Management Review RSS. MIT, 23 Mar. 2011. Web. 04 Oct. 2013. <http://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/how-fast-and-flexible-do-you-want-your-information-really/&gt;.

Basically talks about a testing these two authors conducted on businesses wanting to provide the fastest information to customers. It pertains to my thesis because I really want to emphasize the fact that because the world is advancing, people want quicker information. The “Research Feature” states that customers wanted quicker information for faster decisions, which in turn creates faster performance for these businesses. They asked 302 senior executives about them wanting faster information. They want faster [and shorter] information so that they can read more and gain more knowledge by researching more. The faster and shorter the information, the more readers crave and want. They also state how businesses benefit from faster information delivered by the IT department so that they can correct their bad performances quickly. Davenport is an IT and management professor, and Snabe is a CEO.

“nude media”

Sometimes, you can’t help but feel bad for authors or publishers who lose credit for their work because a lot of people on the web strip down their articles and posts. Of course, I’m sure these authors know that once their work goes on the web, it’ll be taken, morphed, and who knows what online. However, there is a sense of respect that people who take these works should have… they should respect the creator of an article and give credit.

In the article, “Nude Media”, it states that news really gets stripped down from a highly photo populated and joyous article to a dull, just text, article. It’s sort of sad to see that all the hard work towards a newspaper article cannot be recreated for a website. I completely agree with everything that is said in the article. There is a big difference of how producers exchange and give off their work on the web. Their articles are not ‘clothed’ anymore and are stripped of its natural beauty. People should not try to strip down an article or post that often because it defeats the purpose of the article. Pictures are what gives extra insight to any articles.

Lauren’s photos are also so rare but.. beautiful. Automatically, without reading a caption, I assumed that she was recreating a magazine or newspaper world with dots, dots, and more dots. It’s really interesting because you never see how much content we give off in magazines and newspapers without many pictures. Lauren’s paintings really show that a magazine article should be filled with information with a little bit of decoration. Her paintings are different from the norm. It shows off social media so well, stating that people need to read the magazine.

After reading the “Nude Media” article and staring at Lauren’s paintings, there is a correlation. Both stripped down articles. (She did it in painting form though.) I feel more compelled to use images and quote with sources and thank those who create awesome pieces of work for the world to see. These people have a lot of courage to show off their work.

annotated 2

Wilson, Pamela. “8 Incredibly Simple Ways to Get More People to Read Your Content.”Copyblogger. Copyblogger Media, LLC, 10 Dec. 2010. Web. 26 Sept. 2013.

 

This article teaches businesses and other fellow bloggers on how to keep readers and customers engaged. Wilson states that in order for people to understand and read your content and reply is by keeping an article short and snappy. There are so many people who “scan” articles, instead of genuinely reading through the whole article, word by word. They look for what they want and just breeze through the article. She even suggests writing some paragraphs with just one sentence. She suggests bulleted information, which shows that people are so used to reading short and quick articles.

My essay’s main point is that people want quick information because we are so used to the quick paced world. This depicts my thesis very well, showing examples of how to write quick articles. As the title of this article states, there will be more readership and followers if the articles are succinct. “79% of readers scan rather than read the whole article.” This proves that more people would rather get more information by visiting many different sites and reading quick information.

Copyblogger is a trustworthy site because it has won many awards for being the best blog and for giving great information. The founder has also been mentioned in many books. Copyblogger has been founded in 2006, and ever since the beginning, they have been teaching businesses how to market.

creative commons

 

It is honestly annoying if someone takes your idea and broadcasts it as their own. You put your dedication and time into your work, and someone takes it. This is why you need a license via the Creative Commons so that your work gets its proper credit and your name gets acknowledged and known. Creative Commons makes sure that your work gets attributed.

It is so important to use media from the Creative Commons search site because it allows users everywhere to use different media based on the license. One does not have to feel guilty or uneasy when using a photo on their site that is not originally theirs. No artists or photographers will track one down and demanding that their original work gets deleted on ones site. As long as one does not go against the license and its restrictions, all is fine. It’s important to use media via the C.C. so that everyone gets their proper share of acknowledgement.

If one is great at drawing or great at taking pictures, and one wants to show the world their amazing work, they should upload it onto a website with a Creative Commons license. By uploading it with a license, one can restrict who takes the original work and what they can do with it. Some people might be devious and use an original work and sell it or say they are the original creators without crediting the producer. Some people do not properly give credit to the original artist, and it is unfair. They should stop and be more courteous when using images and other forms of media that are not theirs!

people want shorter articles!

Nielsen, Jakob. “Nielsen Norman Group.” Long vs. Short Articles as Content Strategy. NN/g, 12 Nov. 2007. Web. 17 Sept. 2013.

This article states that “people prefer to read short articles.” It states that people who read shorter articles, save two minutes and has 7 benefit units- the value and information they get from a website. It concludes that after an hour, people who read shorter articles have 105 benefit units per hour compared to those who read the longer articles with 100 benefit units per hour. It states that shorter articles are more focused and great to grow readership and great for advertising. It uses an example of people preferring shorter articles when looking for symptoms of an illness, compared to reading a long article that states it in the middle. Even with both a mix of short and long articles read, people still benefit more from shorter articles. Jakob Nielsen (the author) and his NN/g group was founded in 1998, and has been conducting numerous researches, trainings, and consulting, and has uploaded so many different tests and strategies, so he is definitely a source that I can rely on. They have sold books and gone on many tours.  It goes great with my thesis because I want to prove that people prefer reading shorter articles and not longer articles. I feel more sturdy with my topic now. This article is not biased at all and is very informative and neutral.