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So I looked over the millions of applications available for Twitter and I have to say I was quite surprised. After scrolling through what felt like the first ten pages of them, it became perfectly clear that people really do give a shit about Twitter. I have to say most of these applications didn’t interest me. All of them had something to do with “making things easier through Twitter.” But since I really don’t care much for Twitter, this didn’t apply to me very much. However, I saw an application called Twitpic that changed my opinion a bit. Here’s why…

In my Writer’s Mind class, we had to start a Twitter account earlier this semester. This kind of benefited me because when we had to do it in this class, I already had one. But when we started it in the other class, we were also required to start a Twitpic account as well. The concept of this application is pretty much self-explanatory where it allows you to upload pictures onto your Twitter account. It’s a very simple process, so I decided to use it for this “Twitter Review” assignment.

For anyone who has a Facebook, it’s pretty much the same thing. You take a picture on your digital camera, upload the picture onto your computer, and when you want to put them on your profile, you simply click the “Browse” button and voila! You’re good to go. Twitpic pretty much has the same browsing links and similar to Facebook, the only prerequisite towards doing that is taking a picture and uploading it onto the computer.

I would try to include a picture or something here, but there’s really no visual way to describe Twitpic. There are no pictures used to give someone a better understanding of it because Twitpic is just a collection of your own pictures.


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December 2, 2009 at 1:26 AM

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“What?! You’re following HIM?! You must be a terrible person!”

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The title can sort of relate to one of our most recent assignments. It wants us to find someone outside of class, analyze the list of people they are following, and what the list says about that particular person and their interests. This brings me to ask one simple question… how can you determine the personality of someone strictly based on who they are following on Twitter?! Should I be under the mentality, “Oh, if he’s following him and her, then he’s probably a dick.” It just adds to my negativity towards this so-called ‘social networking’ site.

Twitter just sounds like a way to make it easier for people to judge other people. This assignment is a perfect example. I’m supposed to judge someone because of who they are following and who is following them? If you want to know more about a person just by going on their profile, there should be an “About Me” section… which, similar to the ability of talking to people, Twitter apparently lacks. Although I feel as if I’d already done enough ranting, this is yet one more thing I have against Twitter…

I only judge people based on two things: 1) The way they act towards me, and 2) The way they present themselves in general (in person, not on Twitter.) I don’t judge them based on the car they drive, the job they work at, the major they choose to enroll in at school, their favorite pizza topping… and I especially don’t judge them based on who they are “following.”

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November 19, 2009 at 6:51 AM

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More Twitter ranting…

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I recently read the article “How Twitter Will Change the World” and as much as I want to disagree with the title, I can’t. It’s the kind of situation similar to when a tidal wave is about to collapse over your entire town. You want to stop it with every ounce of power you have, but at the same time you know there’s not a goddamn thing you can do about it. I don’t exactly consider myself as an anti-twitter guy, but I’m not really pro for it either. Regardless, I can’t prevent the effects it will have on the world in the near future.

First off, I can fully relate to the entire first paragraph… particularly the sentence, “What we can all say about Twitter is that it makes a terrible first impression.” I felt the same way when I first started an account because similar to what other authors in this blog group have already stated, why do I care what people are doing 30 times a day? And how am I going to benefit off of following 30 people while having an equal amount following me?

I can see where Michelle is coming from when she says all of her favorite authors, singers, and celebrities have a Twitter account. In a sense, I guess this is cool but I don’t see how knowing they have a Twitter will improve the way you look at them. They’re still the same people, with or without one. There are many figures who I idolize, but I just can’t bring myself interested enough to follow them on Twitter. The reason why is because there’s just somthing about this whole networking site that… discourages me.

I understand that similar to Facebook, Twitter can be a good way of making yourself known if you’re trying to promote or support something such as a cause or whatever. But if I were one of the figures who are idolized, I probably wouldn’t care much for Twitter at all. Once again, it’s all because of that weird something about the site that gives me second thoughts.

I just feel that if you’re going to follow someone, do it by heart… not by Twitter.

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November 18, 2009 at 2:56 AM

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It’s not what you know…

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This blog can sort of relate to the piece Mike wrote last week about higher education. For the most part, I can definitely see where he’s coming from. But something that happened the other day gave me a slightly different way of looking at the situation.

I was talking to some girl I work with while we were both on our break and we start getting into telling each other what our majors are and what not. She told me she was a business major and her dad used to own some kind of business (what it was unfortunately escapes me at the moment), and that he knows plenty of people who are still in the trade. Therefore, she’ll most likely have a job right after graduating. In response to this, I simply said, “Well, it’s not what you know…”

I guess when you’re going into the field of business, that statement is definitely true. But the way I see it, the field of writing uses a little bit of both. For example, let’s just say you’re writing a book or some kind of large written material. When it comes to getting the book published, it’s all about who you know. Unless by any small chance you’re capable of publishing a book on your own, you must rely on others to help you do it.

As for actually writing the book itself, it’s all about what you know. Regardless of who your acquaintances and connections are, you can’t have someone just write the book for you. You need to write it yourself based on your own knowledge gained from personal experience.

Even when you’re writing for a newspaper or something, you have to combine both elements. You use what you know about the situation to write the article, while using who you know to make the article heard.



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November 18, 2009 at 2:33 AM

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A very tough question to answer

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You might be wondering what I mean by the title. The question is, are video games a waste of time? Before getting into the actual piece by J.P Gee, I tried answering the question myself based on my own experiences. The answer I came up with is… yes and no. My roommates recently bought the new Call of Duty game that came out earlier this week and haven’t stopped playing it since. Every time I come home, they’re super glued to the couch, shooting terrorists like it was their actual job in real life. As much as I love playing video games, I am completely against the idea of wasting your life away to them.

Normally, I can’t play video games for more than two hours in one sitting without having to take some kind of break to do something else. The only exception to this rule was when The Sims first came out back when I was in eighth grade. It got so bad to the point where I cared more about the lives of my Sims than I did about my own… therefore, I gave the game up before it was too late.

I feel that PC games are a lot more addictive than consoles such as PS3 and XBOX 360. The reason why is because PC games are a lot more interactive and it’s a lot easier to glue yourself to the screen when your next strategic move in the game is only a mouse click or a space bar button away. Of course, Call of Duty breaks this rule because I know from secondhand experience that that game is more addictive than crack. The night I bought Starcraft back in middle school, I didn’t move from the computer between the hours of 8 PM and 2 AM. For a person of that age bracket, this is a huge feat and I still have yet to break that record.

But anyway, getting back to the piece by what’s his face, the first point he makes clear is that video games are a form of literacy. I guess I can see where he’s coming from with this because video games really welcome you to a whole new world, but for the most part, I disagree. The reason why is because literacy is an educational term… learning how to read and write, that’s the idea of being literate where reading and writing are the first two steps towards getting an education. I think anyone who spends as much time glued to the couch as my roommates will tell you that there is nothing educational about video games.

Video games were invented as a form of entertainment, not for the purpose of educating the person who gets behind the controller. Unless you include those old Sesame Street video games where they teach you how to count, I really can’t say I learned anything educational from playing video games. In fact, video games do the complete opposite. As I mentioned before, they bring you to a completely different world that has absolutely nothing to do with going to school, going to work, paying bills and ticket surcharges, fighting with your girlfriend, or anything a person normally encounters throughout every day life.

When you play a video game, the objective is simple: save the goddamn princess from the evil tyrant who kidnapped her. Nothing else matters…. school, work, this, that, and everything I said before… which is exactly the reason why video games are not educational and in some ways, are a waste of time.

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November 12, 2009 at 9:16 AM

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The real first piece of bologna

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Now that I have actually read Bolter’s Writing as Technology, I decided to redo this piece. The only problem is, it’s hard to summarize an eight-page passage in a small blog, so I’ll try to make it as brief as possible. The first thing I’d like to point out is the invention of the letter press during the 15th century, which made it possible to produce words in clusters as opposed to just one letter at a time. I think anyone living in that time frame with a properly functioning brain could probably foresee that writing would only continue to evolve from that point on. According to the ancient Greeks, the original definition of technology was, “A system, method, or set of rules for making and doing something better.” Although technology nowadays highly differs from the way it was back then, it still seems to follow the same principles.

Bolter’s piece includes numerous views from numerous writers of all different time periods, such as Christina Haas’s view that “Writing always occurs in a material setting, employs material tools, and results in material artifacts.” Other writers share views that nearly take up half a page, so I obviously can’t include them here.

Another thing worth pointing out are the economies of writing in different cultures, with the earliest forms originating in Egypt and Mesopotamia. We talked a little about this in the last module where the idea of putting pen to paper evolved from the idea of putting scalpel to stone. In regards to the history and evolution of the process, paper was first introduced in the Far East before making its way across the world.

Then it goes into the definition of ‘remediation’, which is pretty much self explanatory. It is “the sense that a newer medium takes the place of an older one, borrowing and reorganizing the characteristics of writing in the medium and reforming its cultural space.” This kind of took me off guard because before now, the only time I ever heard the term ‘medium’ used with writing was with graphic novels. In the book Watchmen that was made into a movie last year, the first page contains a number of reviews by critics who consider Alan Moore as “the greatest writer of graphic novels in the medium’s history.”

I originally thought, what the hell is that supposed to mean? But I guess doing the readings for these classes actually pays off sometimes.

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November 12, 2009 at 8:53 AM

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The first piece of bologna

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I unfortunately didn’t get around to reading the Bolter essay but luckily Nina posted hers before mine, so I used that as a way to write this. My two most frequently used writing spaces are my notebook (it’s not spiral bound college ruled, but you can still write things in it) and Google documents. I seem to be one of the very few college kids who doesn’t have a laptop, but that problem should be fixed around Christmas time. Similar to a lot of people, I use typing and writing as a teamwork effort. I always write things by hand before typing because I really can’t think and type at the same time. For some reason, my mind lets itself out of its cage a lot more when I have a pen in my hand and a piece of paper before me. The reason why I have an account on Google documents is because when I write certain papers for these classes, I find myself very impressed with what I had written. Therefore, I save them on it with the hopes of reviving them at some point in time for perhaps a collection of short stories/essays or a novel of some sort. In regards to the definition of remediation, I think it’s safe to assume that Nina is a smart girl so I’ll go with what she said.

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November 10, 2009 at 5:11 AM