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The author says that blogging is not considered journalism because there are certain credentials necessary for a person to be considered a journalist. He says that the lack of tools and experience prevent bloggers from being journalist. He gives the comparison that calling a blogger a journalist is like any person who takes a picture a photographer. Journalists give facts and present the information they have received in an unbiased manner unlike bloggers. Bloggers tend to state their thoughts and opinions rather than just sticking to the facts. Although he says that blogging is not considered journalism he does say that it has impacted journalism. He states that bloggers have given hints to journalists about unknown issues found in the world. After weeks or months of bloggers writing about a particular issue journalist take notice and present it to the public eye.
If a person has a lot of experience with technology they would be able to create a more detailed and complicated blog. If a your are not to good with technology and want to improve your blogging skills then I would suggest using the resources available such as YouTube and the rest of the Internet. YouTube has many tutorials on how to set up blogs, fix any issues, help with layouts and gives further suggestions on how to improve your blogs. If you do not know how to search videos up well on YouTube then just use Google. Most people have become experts with this search engine. Anyone can just type in what they want to do on their blog and Google will provide answers. YouTube and Google will help if the person wants some help with the setting up of the blog or any suggestions on layouts.
The actual blogging can be adjusted to how the person actually uses technology. Most people have the basic information to use the computer and make blogs but they may not have the time to sit and write on a desktop. A cell phone on the other hand always users to blog anywhere anytime. If the person uses a cell phone a lot and knows how to use apps properly then they will have no problem blogging on the go. This becomes much more convenient for bloggers and allows them to blog whenever they like. If your not familiar with blogging apps then try to learn. It is really great tool that allows to blog when extra down time is available.
Now that we have discussed how you want to blog next is to choose a site where you would like to blog on. There are may sites that will allow to make a personal site (self-sufficient blog) which would cost some money and time. This is if you’re on the more experienced side and you have the hang of blogging and the set up. You will be able to have a little more control over the layout and the format of your site but it may be a bit challenging if you’re not familiar with the tool. If you choose to do this make yourself familiar with this process. It may sound corny but practice makes perfect. This will increase your abilities and expertise in blogging. Now if you do not want the hassle of all that then just stick to having the site your making your blog do all the work. WordPress does a great job in helping bloggers create blogs even if they are inexperienced. The process is very easy that just about anyone can do it. If you, the new blogger, feel this is for you then go for it!
Bloggers must choose what kind of blogs they want and how they want to display their blogs to the world. Some people may enjoy the easy formatting of wordpress and find it helpful but others may not. You want to make sure your style is similar to the type of blogging you do. Tumbler is a very known blogging site where it has a lot of social media influence. This is a site that is very convenient because it has an app and is very known to both bloggers and non-bloggers. If you are good with social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and hey even Myspace then Tumbler may be your choice.
Your technological abilities will influence you in choosing different formats and sites for blogging. If you are a kind of person that has a general background with technology and doesn’t want to worry about the hassle then look into sites like wordpress that does almost everything for you. If you have a general background and want to improve then do some research and learn about blogging. Use that information and play around with the tools and formats available. Doing this will enhance your technological/blogging abilities. Adjust your blog to your personal styles and preference.
The Philip Defranco blog
The first blog that I am presenting is actually one of my favorite people to watch on youtube and it is the Philip Defranco blog. This blog template is black and he has a symbol for his blog which is a picture of a monkey (his logo). He doesn’t necessary write blogs instead makes videos on daily topics such as politics, any world wide news, celebrity gossip you name it! He presents the news in a comdeic manner which is what I am trying to do. As I state previously I will be writting about outrageous current events not so much making videos.
Reddit is a great site where people can go and search up any topic they would like. The have different categories of topics so the reader can filter out the content they do not want to read. Redit has a lot of extreme and crazy news they post up. The layout for this blog is pretty plain as well; they have a white template with a logo as well. The only thing I would do differently is restrict the amount of information. I would only post things related to crazy and unordinary news.
This is also a youtube video and is founded by Philip Defranco himself. This blog also has videos just as phil does but it is a bit different. Phil posts one video each day suming up a few current events. Source fed talks about one current event in each video and posts at lead five videos each day. Depending on the topic they usually add their own personality and some comedy into their videos. This really makes viewers enjoy learning about the news. As I said for phil’s blog I will not be doing videos but written post but my appraoch in how I set it up will be simliar. I also plan to have each post talking about one specific event instead of breifly going over a few.
The Internet is a place where people are able to express themselves freely. People are allowed to openly comment on daily topics that occur on the World Wide Web. Although the Internet has allowed for this free form of expression it does have a dark side. The article “How the Internet created an Age of Rage” discusses the negative aspects of the age of computer and technology. The author concentrates on the idea of people keeping their identities anonymous. Not revealing who they are allows commenters to express extreme forms anger through comments without fearing the consequences. Both celebrities and the common person have witnessed or experienced commenters leaving ruthless statements to attack others. I agree with the author, people hide behind their computer screens and abuse the power of the Internet. Being anonymous gives them more courage to say hurtful and truly cruel things to others online. The importance of keeping the identity a secret was truly shown in the study done on children during Halloween. Children who had costumes would most likely steal, if money was left, compared to children who did not wear a costume. This very study shows how important it is to conceal our identities when we know we are doing something wrong. What really screamed out about this article is how closely connected it is to cyberbullying. One can only question did cyberbullying start from aggressive people on the Internet? Bullying has existed for a very long time but the age of technology has allowed for an even more convenient way for people to bully others. The article mentions how Stewart Lee has been extremely bullied throughout the Internet. He has witnessed countless insults and threatening comments. It is a bit difficult to relate to a celebrity and consider mean comments such as these as bullying. It is bullying but in a new form; a form where people have even more power because they are able to hide their identity and avoid the consequences. A more relatable victim is Amanda Todd who suffered from extreme cyberbullying and it lead to her committing suicide. These two examples show that no one is exempt from the rage of the Internet; it can happen to just about anyone. I personally have not experienced any forms of cyberbullying; cyberbullying came in at a later time to affect me. I was bullied the old fashion way, in person. As a child it is very challenging to overcome the bullying and sometimes you do not over come it. You live with the fact that in the past people intentionally tried to hurt you. The only difference is that in cyberbullying people are attacked more frequently and these comments stay on the Internet forever. Not only are people attacked more frequently they are also attacked by many more people. The Internet is a huge place and people around the globe can comment on a single post, blog or picture. I do not think I would have been able to deal with mean comments directed towards me. It was hard enough dealing with bullying five days a week but dealing with it all time must be a challenging. As we speak there are people on the Internet preying on other’s weaknesses. They hide behind their computer screens hoping, wishing and praying that no one discovers who they are; the person behind the screen must be kept a secret because trolling wouldn’t be as much fun if the world knew exactly who they were.
One of the best aspects of the Internet is that people are able to observe and comment things without revealing their identity. People enjoy the fact that they can be open and honest on the Internet where most times in the real world they do not have the courage to do so. The Internet is raw, truthful and sometimes even merciless, which has made others think that if people where required to use their own names maybe the amount of vicious comments would decrease. Forcing commeters to reveal their identity will make them feel more vulnerable and exposed, which will prevent them from being honest and truthful; without this writers will not be able to improve their sites to the liking of their readers.
My name is Yadybel Ayala and I am a third year. I am kind of shy at first but I am a jokester at heart. I am currently doing pre-med with a biology major (as hillary stated in her post). Just like her I am a commuter and sleep on my comfortable tempur-pedic bed. Life as a science major sucks!!!! No sleep at all but you learn to eventually live and love it, although it may take more time loving it because most people like their sleep.
I am a mix. My mother is from Dominican Republic and my father is from El Salvador. I grew up with VERY hispanic parents where la chancla and la Correa were very threatening as children. If you do not know what I mean watch this video and you will understand.I grew up in a house hold where family is everything. Besides my parents I live with my 13 year old brother, Chris, who is six years younger than me. Even though our age difference is quite large we are extremely close and I love him to death. He will forever be my baby brother ( I say this as I squeeze his cheeks). I also have an older brother, Jaime, who is two years older than I am but he does not live with me. We have the same father but different mothers. He is the person who got me into all things japanese and anime at the age of four.
I love watching anime and reading manga it’s kind of my thing. Growing up with it made me love it more over the years and the passion my brother had for it and it’s art was also passed onto me. My favorite anime’s have been Naruto, Bleach,Death note, Sailor moon oh and so many more. I also love to draw ; being busy at school has taken away time from drawing but I still love it! You can say I’m kind of on the nerdy side. Besides watching anime I loved to watch drama’s. I first got into them by watching Japanese dramas but then I discovered the Korean channel and started watching those; Korean dramas are the best. Watch them all the time and Lee Min Ho is the best….just saying
Another hobby of mine is watching lots and lots of tv shows. I currently have a very very long list but my top shows right now are Grey’s Anatomy (omg why do people die each season (still crying over sloan and lexi), Teen wolf (If Derek leaves I leave! I’m still mad they took Jackson), The walking dead (i really think this will happen to us and why are all the women in that show annoying), pretty little liars, New Girl, Game of thrones, Revenge and beauty and the beast. I also got into the new show Twisted. The end of the first season definitely hooked me to this new series. Love, hate, mysteries, secretes, murders and psychopaths? These are some great shows but my all time favorite has to go to Friends. No character will make me laugh more than Chandler Bing!!!! Can you BEEE anymore obvious!! I guess I say this because I’m a 90’s kid and our television is so much better than television today. 90s had great sitcoms.
Besides school and hobbies my friends are a great part of my life. I am a goofy person so I love the fact that all my close friends embrace my comedic side. I have three close friends. My first has been my best friend since the the 6th grade and we have a beautiful relationship of 9 years, Astrid Mendoza. She is the friend I’ve had the longest and I am an absolute clown in front of her; I keep her around because she laughs at all my corny jokes and finds it entertaining when I attempt to do a british accent and it turns country. My next best friend is Jennifer Olivares. We have been friends since the 9th grade. We don’t live in the same town but we make sure to see each other often. She giggles more than I do and laughs at my jokes to (clearly I’m only friends with people who laugh at my jokes). My third best friend is Hillary Escoboza. We met our freshman year in college and have been inseparable ever since. She is like me, a person who loves to laugh and make jokes especially in very uncomfortable and awkward situations. If you ever find me on campus you’ll most likely find her somewhere close (right beside me). Even though I haven’t given her book back I know that she’ll still stick around. Those are my three closest friend but I also have another person very near and dear to my heart which is my Canadian cousin Laura Sparapani. We do not look related but we are. I thought I was clumsy until I met her. She can not go anywhere without stumbling or tripping or hurting or breaking something (it’s really funny and Astrid thinks so too). She is clumsy in the sense that if you were right next to her ad told her to catch a basketball she would most likely break her finger (true story). She is probably one of the funniest people on this planet.
This is a bit….well a lot about me. Hope you guys enjoyed! 🙂