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I’m feeling very good

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WeFeelGood.org has some really inspiring things on it, if you click on any random dot. Some things might not relate to you. However, it’s simple to quickly change the criteria for a search. Country, gender, age, mood, and even feel words can be filtered. Having been on this site, I have realized how mood lifting and inspirational this site can be, and it gives some pretty good advice too.

This site also allowed me to think that maybe…there is hope for the human race. We aren’t heartless drones after all. My favorite so far is from Michelle Bloom. She says, “how i interpret, how i see, feel, know, much more in paintings than anything i think, even words, even if words communicate easier with a bigger audience”. I can relate to this in a different way, in how words will make much more sense to me than a painting or a math equation. Finally I would like to say that while writing this, my computer crashed, and I had lost that quote. Sad, I started clicking through the interactive website once again and FOUND the same quote. I found this amazing, as there are so many, but if you do not specify a date, you will end up getting the “feel” words from the last few hours. Being able to click on the quote and being sent over to the person’s blog is rather useful as well.

Written by augeregua

December 9, 2009 at 3:02 AM

A Twitterific Tool

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I’m tired of writing about Twitter (and social networking sites in general) but here goes…

My last required-by-class blog topic… review a Twitter related application. My Twitter related application… Twitteriffic.

Twitteriffic is a Mac specific, Twitter spun instant messaging application. It docks on the side of your desktop and automatically refreshes as your fellow twits tweet. There is a text box to post your own tweets and there is the option to reply to other tweets.

Essentially, it allows you to keep up with your Twitter account without having a web browser open. It’s a condensed version but it helps prevent complete and utter distraction. You can tweet without getting caught up visiting other peoples profiles or searching for other twits.

The relevance of this application is just that. You can dock it on the side of the screen and go about attending to your daily tasks without getting absorbed into the Twit-o-sphere.

Anybody who has used Twitter understands what I’m talking about. You go on to check in, maybe post a tweet or two, then before you know it, an hour passes by and your scrambling to logout and go about your day. Twitterific helps eliminate that sand trap.

It’s a simple application. There’s not much to it and there’s not much to say about it. But the positive effect it has on a users productivity is nothing to sneeze at. Distraction has been a continual critique on social networking as a whole. Twitterific can help silence those critics, at least a little bit.

Written by cor24leone

December 6, 2009 at 11:49 PM

New Media and the Future of Journalism

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As we, the people, twist and turn while adjusting to new media technologies and the way they change our lives, industries must in turn learn to do the same.

I read an article this afternoon by Arianna Huffington in which she defends her hybrid form of journalism against the lashings dealt by the tongues of corporate dinosaurs like Rupert Murdoch. I used “dinosaurs” as a metaphor because much like Rupert Murdoch, dinosaurs did not adapt to their environment.

Journalism became stagnate during the years leading up to the Internet boom. Even after, journalists in the newspaper business failed to report on the lead up to the Iraq War and the looming financial disaster. In complicated times, we need to deploy complicated tactics.

New media has that ability to compliment journalistic practices to produce what Huffington referred to as a “hybrid” form of journalism. With the ability to incorporate words with images, articles with videos, and a public forum supported by comment boards and blogs, journalism has no place to go but up. Right?

Not if old dinosaurs refuse to adapt to the changing times and don’t rethink and reinvent their way of production. Consumers know what the want. They have seen the light, so to speak. They know what options are available. Better options.

YouTube threatens television networks who refuse to accept it as a competent competitor. The Huffington Post threatens local and corporate newspapers alike who sit idly without producing a quality website to attract online readers.

With the rise of blogs and vlogs and their volunteered contributions by citizen journalists, the rules of the game changed. No longer does the phrase, “you get what you pay for,” apply. Understandably, professional journalism comes with a price tag. Let the suits figure out the details of splitting up the tab. At the end of the day, it will be their spin on revenue generation that will make or break their existence.

Written by cor24leone

December 2, 2009 at 8:31 AM

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.

Written by halld76

November 10, 2009 at 5:11 AM