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 refers to the order in which information is presented and read. It can be important in text in forms such as novels and short stories, as well as even collections of poetry and news articles. Some information is pertinent to be presented first, and without it, the rest won’t make sense. Indexes, appendixes, and tables of content help break up the linearity, because the reader is not forced to read the entire piece to get to the information they are looking for. This can be extremely helpful in textbooks or journals when doing research or looking for a particular story, and can save the reader a lot of time so they don’t have to rifle through unnecessary text.
In relation to blogs, I believe it can be read either linearly or not depending on what kind of blog it is, and how the layout is set up. Usually, blogs are reverse-chronological, so any new updates appear first and as you scroll down the page you are essentially going back in time with the reader. However, like I said, sometimes information needs to be presented in the beginning for what follows to make sense. If it is a personal blog or one that has the important information in the first posts of the blog, a lot of the following posts won’t make sense to the reader until they finally reach the page with that informing post. However, due to archives and tools that let you skip around to whichever post you want, it can be easy to start reading a blog from the beginning.
I used to read a blog about a man who lived below two annoying women (Deargirlsaboveme.com). When I found the blog, I was confused about a lot of things he would write, such as nicknames, and random facts. It was easy for me to catch up on posts because I could go back to his first page of posts, and actually read them in the order he wrote them for them to all make sense. After I caught up, I easily stayed updated on his blog weekly back in the reverse-order. Blogging makes it easy to choose whether you want a linear experience or not, and that is a very cool and useful fact.
Postmes, Tom, and Russel Spears. “Behavior Online: Does Anonymous Computer Communication Reduce Gender Inequality?.” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. (2002): Web. 2 Oct. 2013. <http://psp.sagepub.com/content/28/8/1073.full.pdf html>.
This article takes an interesting look at how anonymity online can be a good thing- it can decrease the gender gap. The two studies they did found out that this is actually false; when mixed genders were given anonymous pseudonyms, stereotyping still occured, i.e. men dominated discussions that suited their interests and left feminine topics alone. This article also goes in depth about possible other stereotypes beyond gender that may limit people on the internet when anonymous like class and race. Furthermore, there is a section about “self-stereotyping” which supports these ideas. Here is the most important quote from the article: “This research examined the question of whether disguising individual and gender identity during group interaction would lead to more equal participation of men and women and the disappearance of gender differences. Unlike in face to face groups, where gender is visible and signaled by various cues, ,gender can be concealed when groups interact […] It has been hypothesized that this concealment of people’s identity would foster gender equalization. However, our findings do not support this equalization hypothesis.” (1080).
The article “Nude” really showed me how vulnerable media is once it is put on the Internet. I never really realized how easy it is for people to change and modify text. Simply placing the text into a Word document changes the format and originality of the text. He really shows how it is different to printed text. It is much more difficult to make changes and take hide the source of the article when it is in a printed form. Modifying an article or an image can also take away the credibility. Since it is modified it may not have the correct content that the original form of media had; an example of this are images of celebrities online. Celebrities are always having their picture taken by paparazzi and posted online. A lot of readers take these pictures and modify the image making it completely different. A picture of a celebrity is taken in one place, cut and pasted onto another image. Anyone can modify it and repost it on the Internet. Once it is on the Internet it spreads like wildfire. This idea of modification can be connected to Lauren DiCioccio’s paintings. She takes texts and replaces the words with painted circles. She is using the media, which is readily available, and modifies it to create something completely different. In this case she is doing no harm to anyone. Her painting really allows one to see the format of the text. Anything on that is posted on the Internet is vulnerable to modification and changes.
on “Uncreative Writing” by Kenneth Goldsmith
The differences between print and web media may not be different in terms of content, but there are many other differences between them. Each type of article has its own supply of readers; some people prefer paper, and some prefer websites. Along these lines, the readers are each in their own demographic, based on age, class, race, etc. Some of those distinctions make no difference as to how the site is viewed, but I believe age plays a large role. Younger generations that have lots of social media outlets are more likely to share the article by posting a link on their facebook, or network of choice. This ensures that the credit stays with the article, as well as maintains any possible credibility. However, older generations that do not have social networking sites and may sometimes get confused with technology may opt for a different sharing method. Other than simply emailing their friend the URL of the article, which may not always refer back to the exact location of the article, some people prefer to copy and paste the plain-text. This isn’t a problem if there is enough evidence in the text that it comes from a specific source, but sometimes people could be sharing things that are indistinguishable in plain-text format. I have received so many emails from my mother that have been circulating the internet for so many years, I highly doubt the issues they are talking about are still relevant. I think being able to share from the exact website is the best format of sharing, rather than taking the text out of its context. Sometimes satirical pieces can be taken seriously outside of their website’s context, which just creates a lot of confusion that could have been avoided. Websites make it super easy to share information, whereas print text is not so shareable. Both have benefits and disadvantages, but I believe the best way to share an article is by keeping it in its rightful format, if possible.
I am interested in creating a DIY Tutorial blog that would showcase crafts college students may want to make with little skill, and a low budget. Here are a few DIY blogs I found that I like:
Handmade Charlotte is a DIY blog run by a mother of 5, living on a farm. The posts relate to home crafts, as well as ways to get children involved. There are craft ideas, links to other website’s tutorials, recipes, and challenges to get a more interactive feel between the blogger and readers. The theme of the blog is easy to navigate, and features bright and colorful accents. She has a large banner displaying her name which is great for branding purposes, but doesn’t let the reader preview any of her posts without scrolling. Another aspect I do not like is how she makes crafts that while cute, some readers would not want to actually make (like this lighthouse marble run). I would like my blog to be targeted for younger people looking to decorate their apartment, rather than mothers looking for ways to occupy children. Overall, the blog layout is perfect for this style of blog as there is a preview of the post before the jump, and the lengthy tutorial is hidden away until you click the “keep reading…” link.
2) I Spy DIY
I Spy DIY is run by a young woman who has been working at a fashion magazine in Manhattan, so she seems very knowledgeable and trendy. I love that her posts are things that correlate to what is happening in the fashion world, like the tutorial on how to add spikes to a iphone case. This is the type of content I am looking to feature on my blog, geared toward a younger readership that has easy tutorials. However, to find the actual tutorial on her blog is a little difficult, as she mentions the steps come after the break, but there is no “keep reading” link. By clicking the post title you can access it, but I prefer there being a separate link. She categorizes her posts and includes the categories in the post titles- for example she lists whether it is a DIY she made herself, or a post she is using as inspiration. There are a lot of good quality photos of her crafts but overall because it is hard to navigate to the actual tutorial steps, her theme is not great.
This blog is more like the theme I want to blog about. However, the theme is boring and the posts are also boring. There should be more text to engage the readers. However, the actual posts seem nice and go well with her topic. It doesn’t seem like she makes the tutorials herself, but she links to where you can actually find them.
While constantly correcting and changing the content of posts can make a blog seem disreputable and hard to cite concretely, the ability to update information in a post is something bloggers should take advantage of as a unique ability to have the most up-to-date and correct information.