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Podcasts are Cool

This would probably be the most natural transition for me. Podcasts give you the opportunity to talk about a certain subject in depth while also allowing you to play other things, such as music (which is what my blog is about). I thought about this one for a while, and I couldn’t really see my personal blog becoming a vlog or a book. This is probably the closest thing to a live recording that I could do. If I did end up with a vlog, it would be me staring at a camera while the music played. Currently, I have my blog set up the way it is because I want people to be able to listen to the music and read the content at the same time. I personally find it the most natural way to traverse the blog, and it has really molded how I do things. Putting that style into a book or vlog would be impractical. Podcasts, on the other hand, are closer to recorded radio shows that are purely audio. Topics could cover a large range of subjects, and it wouldn’t just be me talking all the time too. I could probably get guests to chip in their ideas as well, which is much harder to do when blogging traditionally. There are a lot of new possibilities that are opened up with a new creative outlet. I know that there are more things that I could probably do with my own podcast, but the ones listed above are the only things that really come to mind.

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. <http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/05/21316335-virtual-girl-dubbed-sweetie-snares-thousands-of-would-be-sex-predators>.

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.

(Blogging) Burnout Paradise

I talked about this in the assignment we had to turn in for homework, but I think that the main reason why people stop blogging is because they lose their drive. It’s not easy staying dedicated to one thing, and to blog for years and years on a SINGLE subject can be difficult. I know that I would have a lot of trouble if I were to continue my blog for more than a year. I don’t have enough music to really sustain it properly, and writing up posts is very time consuming. Some people need a time sink to distract themselves from the boredom that might find its way into their lives. Blogging is great for that, but it is important to remember that it goes both ways. A blog can both entertain and bore a blogger under the correct circumstances. If the writer is not looking for anything long term out of the blog, like say a book deal, then that person has zero commitment to it. They can literally cold turkey quit it at any time. That is the reason why I think people abandon blogs so often; there are no strings attached, and starting/quitting a blog is easy.

Reading some of the articles in class today, it never really occurred to me to get involved with my topic. I say this because I am 92.7% sure that no one else has a blog like mine. Japanese music is kind of popular in the US (maybe not as much as Kpop), but finding a community of people who all listen to the same type of music I listen to would be impossible. If I COULD get involved, I would. It’s just that there’s really no community out there for me to connect with. That’s why I find it so hard to keep my blog going. I need to do extensive research on bands and songs. Downloading the albums takes hours of searching. It’s such a complicated process that I really don’t feel like I’m getting anything out of my blog, especially since my view counts are so extremely low. I will TRY to prevent burnout by reinspiring myself to continue to work, but how long does that really last? I’m looking at this at a pessimistic view point, but there really isn’t any way for me to stop the burnout. If my blog got super duper popular all of the sudden, then I suppose I might continue it out of obligation. Still, I can definitely see an end in the future. As much as I want it to keep going, it’s going to end one way or another. It may not be today, tomorrow, or a month from now, but it’ll come someday.

To anyone who has the same thoughts (albeit a little depressing), keep your head high and make use of borrowed time. I would much rather maintain an amazing blog that only lasted for a bit than a crappy one I had going for years. Be proud of your work and continue to create not out of necessity but out of passion. I’m really bad at motivational stuff, so if you haven’t updated your blog in a while, do it for yourself. Don’t do it for the class or for anyone else. If you don’t love what you write, then don’t write it at all. That sounds kind of harsh, but that is what I sincerely believe makes a blog special.

The Age of Blogging(?)

I believe that the internet is a place where anyone can come and share their thoughts. It’s a place to vent and a place to discover. That being said, I think that people won’t change their behavior because of blogging. It’s a little bit absurd to think that at every given moment, someone is writing something bad about someone else in a blog. Not everyone is a ridiculous blogger who HAS to share every encounter in their life with their audience. In actuality, I think people have already adjusted their behavior to the whole technology boom that’s currently going on. I see pictures from parties getting uploaded all the time with people crazy drunk. If this is the type of behavior that Rosen believes people will be adjusting to because of blogging, then it is clear that the behavioral shift has already occurred. So many different parts of people’s lives are shared on the internet that blogging is just another outlet for this expression. To say that people will behave differently solely because of blogging is an overstatement in my opinion; the internet has already drastically altered how we interact with one another.

Blogging probably wouldn’t even have the same effect that pictures or videos have on someone’s image. Writing about how an ex-boyfriend was involved in a drug cartel probably won’t have the same impact as a picture of him with 20 pounds of crack in his arms. That example is a little extreme, but my point is that people can write lies all the time when they blog. If someone is blogging about secrets for companies that could potentially hurt the business, then yes, something has to be done. However, I don’t think people are that gullible to believe everything they see on the internet. If it has to do with sex or whatever, then the blogger should reconsider what they are blogging about. The thing about blogging is that it’s going to be different for every person. If you put pictures up that show how this one girl you hate is being a total slut, then of course that is going too far (the girl should really reconsider her life choices as well). But if blogs get so personal that people will be personally affected at work, then the bloggers need to adjust their behavior, not ordinary citizens. Those are just my thoughts on the subject after reading the article.

Live Blogging and Music

My blog is about Japanese music (I think I’ve mentioned this over 9000 times already), and the one thing I will never be able to do is enjoy a full live performance by any of my favorite bands. The closest I’ve gotten is a downloaded DVD rip of a Sakanaction concert (which was btw phenomenal). I think live blogging concerts could be really amazing for someone like me who does not have the ability to see the band live. Whenever I see on facebook an update on when a Japanese band’s next concert is, I get really excited and then extremely depressed. So many things run through my mind, like what songs will they play? Will they do an encore? Will they play songs from past albums and maybe reinvent them on the spot? How will they transition from song to song? A live blog would tell me all of these things, and maybe even more. I would love to get live feed of a Sakanaction or World Order concert. People could post about the types of songs currently playing, how the band improvised certain parts, or even what the best live performance of the night was. Songs that don’t particularly sound good in the studio version could sound amazing live. If someone microblogged about a song like that, it would only increase my burning desire to visit Japan and see it with my own two eyes. On the flipside, if a band doesn’t sound good live, I don’t really want to hear from live blogs about how bad the concert is. Also, the information someone could forward through a live blog is kind of limited. A review of a concert might be more helpful for me. Still, live blogs offer a unique experience that might lack the depth of a normal blog, but more than makes up for it with the excitement of seeing things in real time.

The Curator

From what I deduced from the Wikipedia article, a Curator is someone who preserves and maintains a collection of sorts. While it doesn’t always have to be something cultural or historical, usually the curator is in charge of keeping these things organized. I guess you could say a blogger is the same in that they can preserve a large mass of information through a blog. However, not all blogs do this, as I see blogs as more of a creative outlet than an archive. Speaking of archives, WordPress does keep an archive for you, but that doesn’t automatically make bloggers into curators. There is an aspect that I think is overlooked in this subject, and it has to be that bloggers are also creators. We don’t just take things that are already out there and turn them into something different or new. Bloggers create things of their own design; a curator strictly collects information. This is the defining argument that forces me to say that bloggers are not just another form of curators. Bloggers can go out and create new pieces of art that might be archived in their own blog, but it is still not something taken from history and stored in a way that a curator would. It also depends on the type of blog the person has. While I would normally think a curator as someone who might work at a museum, bloggers are extremely diverse in the types of blogs they maintain. The forms of media presented and topics discussed are just so different that saying a curator of bird skeletons is similar to a blog about how to barbecue is just too different for my mind to grasp. Maybe others will disagree, but I can only think of bloggers as curators in very specific situations.

The Online Disinhibition Effect(There is such a thing)

Suler, John. “The Online Disinhibition Effect.” Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Vol 7, Issue 3. Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. June 2004. Online. 25 Oct 2013. <http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/1094931041291295>

This is the first psychology research paper/article that I’ve read on the subject of anonymity, and it’s chock full of goodies. There is actually a term that describes what my entire argument is about. They call it the Online Disinhibition Effect, and it essentially states that people become this way due to a variety of reasons that all act upon one another to create a synergistic effect. It is caused by “dissociative anonymity, invisibility, asynchronicity, solupsistic introjection, dissociative imagination, and minimization of authority.” I think the biggest part that could help my thesis would be the absence of authority. Suler states that without an authoritative figure that would normal express their power through clothing, body language, etc, people don’t feel the normal pressure of say the police looking over their every action. Cyberspace gives everyone an equal voice, and people don’t have to worry about getting disapproval or punishment from a higher power. I could go on and on about why this paper is great, but everything is already pretty much summed up nicely. The one thing I should note is that Suler also talked about benign disinhibition, where the user actually opens up more than in real life. I think this could provide a good counter argument to my psychological standpoint, where I think anonymity just causes people to act more aggressively and spitefully. This is not always the case, and Suler even says that the effect goes both ways in extremity. The other parts of the definition are also really important, and I will probably base the rest of my research on defining these characteristics more.