Life of Facebook – Bell

When you think about current technology that people seem to be addicted to, you immediately think about social media.  Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  These current forms of technology are some of the most popular forms of communication for all generations.  It is an easy way for people to see whats going on around the world, whats popular, what their friends are doing, and a way to communicate with them with just the click of a button.  Facebook for example does all these forms of communication with just one site.  You can message people, leave comments, post and like pictures, and see whats going on with all your friends without even having to directly communicate with them.

For this class assignment we were told to attempt to give up Facebook.  Yes, give up Facebook and find some other type of entertainment and way to communicate with friends.  I would never consider myself addicted to Facebook, but when I had to stop myself from clicking on it I soon then realized that I was.  It’s like I didn’t even notice how much time I actually spent on Facebook.  I didn’t realize that I was signing on when I was bored or when I thought about someone.  I was hard to resist clicking on Facebook especially when  I saw a notification that someone tagged me in a post, or the worst one of all when a friend tagged me in a picture.  A picture that I had no idea what it was or what I looked like.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it, what if I looked horrible in this picture I didn’t get the chance to untag myself before everyone on Facebook saw it.  It was driving me completely crazy that I couldn’t see it.  I got desperate and had my friend screenshot the picture she posted on Facebook and have her text it to me.  Admitting that I made my friend send me that picture just shows how much social media can control your life and how pathetic it makes me sound.  After the first day I caved and went back on Facebook.  I found myself bored when I was doing things I needed to be doing.  Facebook was the break that I took when completing homework, what I looked at when I was in the car, and what my boyfriend and I used to share funny memes.  I felt like I was being left out of a lot of things.

I the article “How To Quit Facebook Without Experiencing Withdrawal” Harry Bradford said, “Cutting off online interactions beyond Facebook can have negative consequences, according to another study last year. Heavy Internet users were found to experience “negative moods” when quitting the Internet cold turkey.”  It was so true! I do believe that this is true, I was feeling upset and left out when I couldn’t go on Facebook. My group chats with friends were constantly saying things like , “Oh my god, did you see what Jackie posted on Facebook?!”. No, I didn’t see what she posted because I can’t go on Facebook.  That was one of the main reasons I cheated and went back on.  It was my connection for so many things in life and I felt like I was completely missing out.

I am actually proud of myself for giving up Facebook for one whole day.  I found it extremely hard to go on with my day without getting those little bits of social media in.  I do believe that it could be a lot healthier for people to distance themselves from social media and to stay in the real world.  We are so used to using social media we don’t even remember what it was like to not have them.  I believe that I did spend more time talking to people on the phone and in person more when I didn’t run to Facebook and have it basically detach me from the real world.  After this assignment I think that I am going to limit myself from social sites like Facebook and Instagram.  I will only benefit me.

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Tweeting with the Professional Writing Community- Reyna

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Gazing into my laptop endlessly, logged into my twitter account. Running my eyes back and fourth among the various folks I made the choice to follow in the beginning of the semester. I was given an assignment, to interact with the individuals in the professional writing community through twitter. Sadly, I failed L well in better words I tried. I tweeted several professionals, but I suppose they were too busy to even respond back to my hash-tags, tweets and messages or maybe they simply had no interest in engaging with a so called “less professional writer”. Being that this was the first time that I used twitter as much as I did in this module, I was really looking forward to hearing back from the several professional writers and celebrities. As a first time Twitter user, I followed just about anyone and tweeted about anything that came across my mind, but I guess that was not the case. Since my interaction with the professionals in the writing community was a fail, I guess I could use this blog to talk about my experience using twitter and tweeting professionals and famous celebrity writing communities.

When I first started using twitter I had no idea how to work it. I would frequently ask questions to whatever person decided to sit next to me that day of class. Once I got the hang of it, I was unable to stop tweeting. I found it pretty amazing how in today’s world, there are multiple ways of communicating with each other. However, I notice the difference in my followers, in regards to those who follow thousands and thousands of fans. Starting a conversation with a total stranger is not as easy as it sounds. At one point I felt like a stalker, constantly tweeting a professional or celebrity.

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As the days went by I had no reply, which bummed me out a little. I guess not everyone could be a twitter star. Scrolling up and down on my news feed, I noticed the multiple conversations that were taking place between several of my classmates and a professional. Luckily they had the chance to experience that. I on the other hand was not as lucky, but I am okay with it. Apart from being completely ignored by the professional writing community, I did engage in really cool conversation with some of my peers. Another experience was the live tweeting in class. Live tweeting in class was so awe-inspiring. Not in a million years would I have ever seen myself sitting in a classroom tweeting whatever popped in my head at the moment. Being able to expose my ideas, comments or concerns about all the readings we had in class to my peers was really helpful and a great way of communicating with each other throughout twitter. Looking back to day one to the present day, I feel I have adapted to the whole twitter idea. Hey! Maybe in the long run, I would finally get a response back from the professionals and celebrities. Until then I would just continue tweeting my fingers away. #lettheoddsbeinyourfavor #wontstop #shakeitoff #Tocool #twitterrocks

Pecha Kucha- Reyna

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When I think about the word or phrase (Pecha Kucha), the first image that pops in my head is an image of a Pokémon or a delicious foreign dish. As delicious as it may sound neither are correct. Pecha Kucha in fact is a way of presenting a power point (sounds familiar?) with only 20 slides, 20 seconds each with no text on any of the slides. Just imagine having no text in front of you to present, how challenging could it be when you are being timed for each slide. The main idea of the Pecha Kucha is to link all ideas and thesis statements into one big narrative. The idea of the Pecha Kucha has been floating around the world since its discovery and now it’s making its way to our writing arts classrooms. So let me tell you about my not so good experience with the Pecha Kucha assignment.

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To start off, let me say that I was very confused and overwhelmed with the whole idea of the Pecha Kucha. Even after I watched several Pecha Kucha examples, I was ready to pull my hair out of my head. I thought to myself, how I could present a PowerPoint in less than a minute and twenty seconds, with only pictures refereeing to my blogs and class readings. That is impossible and Crazy! But hey! If someone else did it, why can’t I, I am no different. So afterwards, I was surfing the internet in search of pictures that would be relatable to the class readings and our blog theme. Many thoughts were racing through my mind. Did I choose enough pictures? Are the pictures appropriate? Do they have meaning? All these crazy questions were going through my head. I began to feel stressed, I was ready to explode. Anyways, as I started to write down my narrative, I went in order according to the slides. My first slide summed up one of our readings for class “The machine is Using”. The hardest part of the assignment was choosing the right words to get my point across. Unlike my other group members I kind of summarized the articles more than they did, which was the reason why I was not so confident with my part of the presentation. Presentation day came and we all met up to present our Pecha Kucha to Professor Kopp. I was really nervous, but then I got the hang of it. Even though my narrative was not as perfect as my other group members I really enjoyed experiencing a new method of presenting a PowerPoint. Also for future reference, the feedback given by our professor was extremely useful and rewarding. At the end of the presentation I was extremely proud of myself for trying and for the great work my group presented. I hope this is not the last time I am able to use the Pecha Kucha as a method of presenting.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All – Pecha Kucha? – DeMora

No, this isn’t a new Pokemon.. Pecha Kucha is a modern presentation, which contains a slideshow of 20 slides, each with one picture describing the topic. This presentation is only 6 minutes and 40 seconds long.

To start off, let me say that I was very confused with this entire project from day one. Even after watching two completely different Pecha Kucha presentations, I still had no idea what to do. Using class readings, and my blog to write a narrative in only a minute and 20 seconds??? That’s crazy!! Once I picked my readings, I began to stress even more. “What pictures do I use? Wait, does that explain our blog and readings enough?”

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I was getting really stressed about this assignment. I began tweeting about it over the past weekend, worrying that what I was doing was wrong. As I began writing, I was so unsure as to how I should go about this whole thing? “A narrative is easy right? WRONG.” Well, at least in this sense it wasn’t easy.

Anyways, as I started writing my narrative, I went in order of my slides. My first slide, summed up our blog concept, “The 20 Year Old Struggle”. I started out with one sentence. I then timed myself, and I was barely even at 10 seconds. “20 seconds is a lot longer than I thought.” So I thought harder, and I eventually was getting somewhere. Was it the right somewhere, I honestly had no clue. But I kept with it, and as I went on through my slides, I ended up with a presentation of a minute and 40 seconds.

Now, I was still freaking out come Monday morning, for I didn’t think what I was saying was correct in any way. (Talk about the struggle)

By the time I went into the room, I could feel my heart pounding. I thought I was going to have a panic attack. We opened our slideshow, and were about to begin. I had to go first, figures right?! At this point I just thought, “Just read it. Whatever happens, happens.” And I did just that. By the time I was done, I felt so relieved. It was over. Whether it was good/right or not, didn’t matter. I said what I wanted to say, and that’s that.

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This was the very first slide I used. It honestly fit into our blog very well. Between the struggles of being a 20 year old, to talking about Facebook.. This was literally perfect!

At the end of this presentation, I was very proud of myself, as well as my group. We did really well with grasping the idea of Pecha Kucha, which I honestly thought would never happen. (At least for me, anyways). I honestly see myself doing presentations like this in my future. For what, I don’t know. But I’m sure I’ll find a way somewhere.

“Every challenge along the way
With courage I will face
I will battle every day
To claim my rightful place

Come with me, the time is right
There’s no better team
Arm in arm we’ll win the fight
It’s always been our dream”

Pecha Kucha!

Tweeting with the Professional Writing Community – Tomasetti

Mirroring back in my computer screen reflection is a disgruntled face; brows pressed down toward the bridge of my nose and a peeved scowl. I am staring at my Twitter account, running my eyes back and forth amongst the varied individuals I elected to follow earlier this semester. I was given a mission; a mission that required interacting with the professional writing community. Using hashtags, retweets, and favoriting I was to implement a conversation with someone outside my Intro to Writing Arts classroom.

That mission was not fulfilled.

It seems that those in the professional community did not find the time to either read posts I had made regarding them or they did not have any interest communicating with a lesser-known “professional” writer. What a pity! I was really looking forward to mingling with these savvy Twitter users. I was supposed to document the conversation I had with said user(s) and analyze our interaction. Since no conversations occurred, I suppose I can take this opportunity to reflect on the cons of tweeting to professionals/celebrities. Before this writing arts module I did not have Twitter account. But because of this class, along with another technology course, I have learned that Twitter is a social media site where connections are formed, conversations are started, and common interests can be shared in mass numbers. In theory and in practice, this is a great concept. However, when it comes to reaching out and being reached back by those who have thousands upon thousands of followers, starting a conversation is easier said than done. Twitter feed is constantly updating. Consequently, conversations cease to exist since they are often camouflaged and lost in the masses of fluttering tweets. Granted, there are exceptions. I know fellow classmates that were lucky enough to tweet and retweet with other professionals. I on the other hand was not so lucky.

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Aside from being completely ignored by the professional writing community (It’s okay, guys. No hard feelings. I will survive!) I did have some rather engaging and helpful Twitter conversations with my peers. My experience live-tweeting, be it while I was in class or in the comfort of my own home, aided greatly in my understanding of the assigned texts. Our readings were scholarly articles and often contained information I was never exposed to let alone understood on the first read. Using Twitter to express my questions, comments, or concerns relating to the readings did help me better comprehend the material.

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I still feel very new to Twitter and think that maybe if I were more adequate in the tweeting department I would have had a better chance of conversing with a professional writer or public figure. The articles assigned for this class were helpful yet I remain a foreigner to this blue bird logo. Eventually I will have a firmer grasp on those pesky 140 characters and nifty hashtags. In time, especially if I will be using Twitter for future class assignments, I hope to become a more active and fluent user. For now: #NeedToStepUpMyTwitterGame #TweetTweetTweedledee #IWonderIfJimmyFallonOrJTWillHashtagBack? #NotAChance #Womp.

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Pechu Kucha – Tomasetti

A Walk Through A Slide:

Pecha Kucha. Sounds to me like an extinct dinosaur or scary tribal ritual. Though both guesses are creative, neither are correct. Pecha Kucha is in fact a way of presenting PowerPoints (I know, a little bit of a buzzkill). With 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, and just images with no added text, this fast-paced format has been traveling around the globe since creators Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham came up with the concept. Miraculously, Pecha Kucha made its way into my very own Intro to Writing Arts course and is now of topic. Therefore, welcome! Here’s ME telling YOU, yes! YOU dearest reader, of my thought process in selecting the images for “The 20 Year Old Struggle – Pecha Kucha Presentation”. Fastened your seat belts… it’s going to be one heck of a ride.

The goal of the “The 20 Year Old Struggle” is to bring awareness of actual issues happening in many, if not most, emerging adults’/college students’ lives. While this is something to be taken seriously, my group and I also incorporated a great deal of comic relief to breakup the distress and to give our readers something to laugh with as well as laugh at. This being said, our Pecha Kucha presentation utilized rather goofy images to mellow out some of the pensive topics. Of my five slides, there was one in particular that I really wanted to emphasize as a way to poke fun at our blog. Slide number 14 has a meme of Sweet Brown (the infamous interviewee who is now a social sensation) with a twist on her Channel 4 debut, “I got Bronchitis! Ain’t no body got time for that!”. Instead of the original saying the meme has “Slow wifi? Ain’t nobody got time of’ dat!”. I thought this meme was perfect for our Pecha Kucha for two reasons. For one, I loved that this was something many readers would easily recognize and laugh our loud at. Who doesn’t love Sweet Brown’s account of seeing her neighbor’s house on fire? Hate to break it to those that disagree, but you have no soul/nor sense of humor. It’s one of the greatest YouTube videos and for that reason, it tied in perfectly to this technology based presentation. Secondly, whoever created the meme deserves major props for choosing “slow wifi” as the Bronchitis replacement. Having slow wifi is something a number of twenty year olds struggle with on the daily. Call it a “first world problem”, but when you live in a world where we are constantly seeking instant gratification, instant access, speed, and efficiency, slow wifi just isn’t cutting it.

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“The First World Problems Of Living With Second World Internet Speed” posted on Adam Kmiec’s blog, The Kmiec Ramblings, talks of the costs of paying for wifi even though connections remain insufficient. Of all the things twenty year olds are packing (i.e. carbs, heavy backpacks, energy drinks) money is not one of them. We can’t always afford the best of the best internet connection nor do we necessarily have a say in which internet provider is available. We are given what we are given, especially if living on a college campus. I really liked Kmiec’s blog and thought it was suiting to the message I wanted to promote for this Pecha Kucha assignment. Although Sweet Brown may not have thought of slow wifi as a reason to “run for her life”, it’s something twenty year olds struggle with on a daily basis.

Thinking back on my group’s presentation, I don’t think I would opt to change this slide’s image. I truly feel as though it speaks to the message of our blog and to the message of what we wanted to showcase in our Pecha Kucha. I like the sass and wit of the meme and the relationship it shares with the narrative read aloud. Because let’s face it, slow wifi? Psh, ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat!

What I Learned About My Blog Topic:

Earlier this semester, sometime in late January, I remember sitting at a computer screen trying to think of a topic for a blog with my newly assigned group. There we were: the four of us- complete strangers- meshed together based upon a common major; dazing off and searching our minds for something remotely interesting (perhaps something simple) that could be our blog’s topic. After about five minutes contemplating and laughing mutually at one another for drawing blanks, someone made the suggestion and we rolled with it. Huzzah! The 20 Year Old Struggle was born. I felt confident in our choice because it was something all four of us could easily write about and make a connection with to the readings. You might be asking yourself (if you weren’t keeping up with previous blog posts) what we mean by “struggles”. Basically, we define struggles of a 20 year old to be anything that causes stress, dismay, unwanted negativity, and trouble within our lives. There is something so distinctly unique about being 20. Some might say 18 is the age you are officially an adult, but really 20 is the age when everything comes full circle. It was through collaborating and reading my fellow group mates blogs that I recognized just how unique problems in a person’s 20’s can range, and yet seem all the same since many of us are experiencing them together. If there is one thing I have learned from working on this blog it is the fact everyone faces something that gets in the way of, well, life. From school, to parents, our social lives, and our self-esteem, this blog has shown me (more than I realized prior to writing for it) that if you are 20 and feeling down and out, you’re not alone. What was even more enlightening about our blog was connecting our topic to the assigned readings. At first I didn’t really see how all the mandatory articles regarding technology could tie into the topics I wanted to reflect upon. However, somehow everything fused together into one heaping pile of blog rants. Not to mention, I thoroughly enjoyed reading someone from an older generation be just as confused as I was about Twitter (massive high-five to Margaret Atwood’s article). Additionally, reading Kevin Kelly’s “We Are the Web” helped argue my point of view for my first blog page “To: The Babyboomers. From: The Millennials. Patching Up the “Generational” Blogging Gap”. I will admit that at first I was overwhelmed by the amount of readings and the topics they embodied. Nonetheless, these articles turned my hesitation into initiative; they brought out so many ideas that lead me to think outside the box. These articles were educational and relevant. I would also like to admit that I think having this blog as a writing outlet unleashed creativity I hadn’t stimulated in a while. It was an uplifting experiencing to have others read and agree with personal struggles my group and I were brave enough to document for all of the web to see. Now that this module for Intro to Writing Arts has come to an end, I can say that it has been quite the experience blogging and that I am extremely proud to have been a part of a blog group who put so much though and effort into each and every post. To all our readers, whether they be in their 20’s or not, I hope you gained as much from this WordPress page as I have. Now, if you will excuse me, I have some additionally homework, a test to study for, two other projects, dishes in the sink, e-mails to respond to, and I still owe my grandmother a phone call. Ah, to the 20 year old struggle!

Reaction to VanFossen – Categories vs. Tags – DeMora

Categories or Tags? How do you Blog?

While reading Categories vs. Tags, by VanFossen, I began to think about my own blogs, and how I use either on them.

According to VanFossen, “Categories are your site’s table of contents. Tags are your site’s index words.” At first I wasn’t exactly sure what this meant. I always thought of tags as hashtags, which lead readers/followers to other posts about related topics. And categories, well honestly, I never knew it was a common word in the blogging world.

I’m honestly not much of a blogger. WordPress is a little new to me, and the only other blog site I use is Tumblr. It’s pretty similar to WordPress, but in my opinion, much easier to maneuver. Everything is pretty much laid out for you, and you decide on what you want to post.

While I don’t use tags or categories on WordPress, I use them quite often on Tumblr. I’m not “Tumblr Famous”, but I do have a decent following. My blog is both a personal blog, while also a Disney blog, so I have a lot of Disney Fans following me. Because there are so many aspects to Disney, I’ve decided to add tags to all my posts, to allow my followers and other Tumblr users to find what they’re looking for much easier.

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At the bottom of this edited Tumblr post, there are hashtags. These hashtags are the tags in which others may use to find similar posts about those hashtags.

Hashtags, are a great tool for blogs, for they allow people to interact with one another by finding posts about a similar topic, or how certain hashtags relate different things.

For my Tumblr, I also use categories. Because I have so many different tags I use, I wanted my followers to be able to find them much simpler. This had me create categories. My categories started out in a long list of all the main hashtags I used for my blog. But, as the tags expanded, I decided to shorten my list, thus creating broader categories.

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This list has different tags under them, after you click on a specific one. Example: “Favorite Disney Movies”. If anyone clicks on that link, it’ll jump to a page with links to all the posts tagged under my favorite Disney movies.

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I find categories and tags very helpful, especially when blogging. They allow people to explore different ideas and thoughts, that maybe they never thought before. I think hashtags are used more often, and are more important to use. But, I do feel that categories and hashtags go hand in hand.

If you would like to check out my Tumblr blog, here is a link…
To Infinity & Beyond

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