Best Blogs and Comments

1st Best Blog: Equality Over Time

This blog was one of my favorite to write about. I was able to relate a stance that affects people’s lives everyday with something that also occurs on social media. It met all of the requirements and effectively discussed and took a stance on the readings and discussions from that week. I was able to leave an open ended question at the end of my blog and this gave people a chance to reflect on what I was trying to get across in the blog.

2nd Best Blog: Tweeting in the Moment

This blog looked at a large range of the effects and experiences provided by social media. It was interesting for me to write about how this affects people daily and their education; as well as, their social lives. This blog meets all of the requirements and illustrates benefits and hindrances of live-tweeting, especially with education.

1st Best Comment

This comment meets all of the requirements displayed for us. Also, I feel that I furthered the discussion by providing a link to another student’s blog. By doing this, the writer was able to look back to this other blog and see how it related to his. I was able to give my option on the issue and was able to give some feedback as well.

2nd Best Comment

This comment was interesting to me, because I found this blog post very intriguing and fun to read. I was able to relate to this blog post a lot and this made me really focus in on what the writer was saying. I was able to give my input on the topic and also used my life experience to present my understanding and significance in the blog post. This comment met all of the requirements and also gave the writer an opportunity to respond back with his own experiences, if he wanted to.


Helping or Awareness? Same thing

Social media has been used worldwide as a way to display news or information to people in a quick, timely manner. Today many use it to bring awareness to diseases, events, or people. However, many like to debate if this way of using social media is really benefitting the cause or if it is it just a way to make people look good in the public eye. In the article, Take the “No Ice Bucket” Challenge, Will Oremus highlights the fact that the charity case is just the runner-up in the motivation and desire of the people. The article states, “Yet it is hard to shake the feeling that, for most of the people posting ice bucket videos of themselves on Facebook, Vine, and Instagram, the charity part remains a postscript… the ice-drenching is the alternative to contributing actual money” (Oremus). Many do the tasks like the Ice Bucket Challenge to look pretty for the camera or to give themselves a better reputation. I would especially say that celebrities, politicians, or other impactful people on the society do it for the fame, attention, or reputation. However, at the same time who really cares? Money is being donated to a good cause. Who cares why people decide to donate it. Either it is out of the kindness of their hearts or not. The Ice Bucket Challenge, events, and other plots to raise money, did their job in the end. I think it is brilliant. Finding a way to create awareness, even if it seems that people are too caught up in the action rather than the cause, raises needed money.

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In an article, “How to Achieve Fundraising Success on Social Media,” the writers, Alissa Steiner and Carlos Miranda, talk about how charity is one of the number one reasons people use the internet in the United States. It is amazing how much of an impact social media plays on the enhancements of charities and social enterprises.

Do you think it is really that big of a deal how the money is raised? Have you ever donated just because everyone else was?

Media Mourning

A very interesting topic that includes diverse concepts is the interactions found on Facebook and other social media sites after an individual dies. Having the option to “live on” within the internet is an intriguing and profound perception that is worth investigating. When the idea of “living on” was brought up in class, I immediately went to Facebook and typed in the names of a couple of my friends who had died in the past few years. To my amazement, there were groups dedicated to mourning their loss, and comments and status posted on the walls of their Facebook profiles. In the article, “When Facebook Friends Die,” it stated how people hear of an individual’s death over Facebook. I have never experienced this, but when thinking about the future I feel that this is something that will affect me. I have many high school friends that I do not see, or even talk to on a regular basis anymore. However, if something were to happen to one of them, I would be informed about it through some type of social media. It was brought up in the article that thanks to social media, this person “knew the day, time, and location of Anika’s funeral.” Overall, this is something I feel is great and helpful about social media.

No one is sure what happens to us when we die, but having the power to control how we live on with our loved ones and friends through social media is intriguing. There is an article with a very interesting infographic that highlights how the internet has developed over the past eight year and how it has affected people lives.

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These pictures help to illustrate how people live on through Facebook. I like how the pictures provide a humorous display for the public to view Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites.

Would you want to live on through social media? If so, how would you want people to remember you? Would you want people to post on your wall on your Birthday and other special events?

Harassment Worldwide

Online Harassment is something that can be misunderstood in many ways. It is hard to truly define what harassment is online, because each and every person experiences something different. No matter the race, gender, or sexual preference of a person, all experience the evil aspect of the internet. I found it interesting how the article, “Online Harassment,” discussed how different people deal with such diverse circumstances involving similar or even different social media sites. The article explained how men interact with cyber bullies in gaming communities in terms of inappropriate or aggressive language. Also, I feel that cyber bullying is directly related to how each and every person handles stress. I know for a fact that women are treated differently on social media then men. Women have to worry about certain subjects that are on a different scale than men. Revenge porn, or just the fact that other people are posting awful comments about them being a “whore” or “sleeping around” is much more hurtful directed toward a woman, than when a guy tells another guy that he is “worthless and ugly” or something along those lines. In an article about young women it goes into detail about how internet trolls tend to act in a sequence or as said in the article, “gendered phenomenon.” As I stated above, men are more likely to experience an attack dealing with their opinions or questioning their intelligence or professionalism on an issue. Whereas, women deal more with physical commentary and criticism.

Revenge Porn

Revenge porn and other forms of it are emotionally scaring and can even alter people’s lives. One can lose their job, reputation, or even the respect of some people due to something someone else posted of them on the internet. It is terrible and very powerful tool that is it hard to truly understand.

What is your opinion on this issue? How do you think the law should go about this issue and for future cases?

Tweeting in the Moment

All of the experiences I have encountered with live-tweeting or a type of interactive collaboration have been helpful and interesting. The idea of having a group of people actively participate in a lecture or a meeting is a great idea as long as it keeps them in focus and does not go over-board and actually distract the individuals. In the article by Christopher Long, “The Art of Live-Tweeting,” “The advantage live-tweeting has over note taking is that it is collaborative and public. Because it is collaborative, live-tweeting draws a diversity of perspectives and experiences into conversation…” I have personally experienced this during lectures in high school. I had a physics teacher who used one of these interactive methods to try and keep the class engaged in the lectures. He would randomly during class have pop quizzes or discussion forums. This made the class still interact in the lecture and also made everyone pay attention due to the shear fear of the quizzes too.

Live-Tweeting is what keeps people involved in with the news and even celebrities updates. From an article about tweeting in the moment, we can see how twitter can be a complete waste of time. But at the same time can really spark enjoyment and creativity into the lives of many. It is really hard for me to decide whether social media is just a waste of time and effort or if it really does have a meaning or purpose. News is spread quick, individuals are aware of events, tragedies, accomplishments before you can blink. Everyone is immersed in society and drama a lot quicker. It is hard for kids to be kids today as well. Honestly a lot of high school and college students get in trouble because of something stupid they did, and then posted it or someone took a picture of it. I know it is not justified, but at the same time it is just one more thing to worry about. Will someone take a picture of me? Will this be spread throughout the internet? Just a few things generations before us did not have to worry about.


As I stated before, people do not think about what is appropriate or not when posting. People loose scholarships or get fired from jobs because of some stupid act or comment. Have you ever heard of or experienced something like this? How did it affect that person? Did they even think that it would affect them or would bring that much trouble into his or her life?

Equality Over Time

In a society solely dependent on classifying individuals off of looks, many controversial standpoints and arguments are exemplified. Gender, race, and even just plain, old looks are judged and grouped into stereotypes and standards. Over years of suffrage and discrimination many groups of individuals have faced times of despair and lost hope for equality. However, someone always comes along and speaks his or her mind. In doing so, this brings hope and new enlightenment to this faction of people, and a revolution or movement begins. Women’s suffrage has been around for many generations. In the 1950-60’s movements began and society came to realize the effects it was having on all types of people. Nonetheless, a law was established and women began (under the law only) to have rights. However, this did not mean society as a whole was willing to make such a great jump all at once.  As stated in an article about women’s suffrage, the fact that women are now protected under the law, does not give them full security from the horrid discrimination and judgement all people acquire. As stated in the article by Noam Cohen, “her group had persuaded women to express themselves by urging them to shift the focus “away from oneself- ‘do I know enough, am I bragging?- and turn the focus outward, thinking about the value of your knowledge” (Cohen). This lack of confidence is sadly due to society and history itself. Women have always been viewed on a lower scale than men, but at the same time are praised for the traits men could never imagine and ultimately envy. This includes, having a special bond with children, being more in tune with emotions, more caring and forgiving, being able to handle multiple tasks at once, and overall the giver of life.

Society is not ready to see all of these unique and powerful traits women can endure. For example, right now a women being elected as President of the United States would be a very controversial issue. I am not saying that she would not be as or even more qualitied than her opposing competition for candidate. My question is, how would our enemies view us as a country? Many countries do not recognize equality as a whole, especially women’s rights; the man owns her, she is his property and tool, and that is it. Would these countries take the United States seriously? I would hope so, but it is hard to judge. Honestly, there may a chance for more lives to be lost, because countries would want to test the United States.  That does not seem enticing to me at all.

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Just as this photo shows above, movements are still occurring like this today. They are just accomplished and acted out in different ways. Technology is providing women with a new way to voice their opinions. As it said in the article, women are still afraid to speak up. Do you think these women were not afraid? They overcame their fear to move society forward today. As more and more stand up, society will follow behind them in the parade of equality.

Overall, women can do anything a man can do. Society is just not ready to embrace it. Everyone wants everything to be done NOW! This is just impossible. Over time, women will be more respected. My generation and all generations following, do not have the same idealistic views that those in charge of large companies and politics have now. As new generations take control, society will conform to what is right for that time frame.

Cultured or Illiterate

A controversial issue that society is facing today is whether or not texting is causing humans to become less effective writers or on the other spectrum, more incline to exceed in class and creativity. With the use of an abundance of abbreviations and symbols such as emoji’s, individuals are creating their own new language. In the chapter “Why all the Fuss?,” the author, David Crystal, displays his idea that texting has not caused children of this generation to be illiterate or even induce an age of short and simple-minded individuals. Many misconceptions people have today is that texting has caused younger generations to have lower exam scores and a reduction of concentration. However, as stated in Crystals work, “I do not see how texting could be a significant factor when discussing children who have real problems with literacy…you are hardly going to be predisposed to use a technology which demand sophisticated abilities in reading and writing’ (“Fuss,” 157). No matter if one is immersed in the technological world or not, if he or she struggles with reading or writing, technology is not going to make this condition worse. However, another argument that is presented is that technology, especially smartphones are increasing an individual’s ability to perceive and understand concepts. When using a smartphone, one can almost do anything now. It can be a person’s individual trainer, calorie and diet counter, language professor, social interactor, or just a gaming device. The abilities are unlimited when pulling out that small device from a pocket. As capitalized in an article on the fact that the world’s resources are in arms reach. Just Google it, this saying is used a lot today. If someone is unsure on a subject, they immediately pull out his or her phone and begin to Google for the answer. The ability to have solutions, plans, or even just a way to de-stress is provided to humanity today. This way of adapting and performing quickly and in a timely fashion has changed the way the mind of a person works. Ambivalence and hesitation of this new movement has left people in fear, but in the long term effects, technology is providing a new way of interacting with people across the world and allowing for companies to work together for the hope of an improved and modernized society.

After watching a video on YouTube, phone apps can be a positive influence on people and their progressive learning. In the video, , a college student describes this app called Lumosity and all the benefits it provides to people, especially college students. This gives one another idea of how technology contributes to our abilities, and administers to the tools need to live a successful and healthy lifestyle.

This being said, do you feel that you can look up any little thought circling in your head on your phone or any other mobile device? Is this technology taking away from our learning or giving us a new way of researching and solving problems?


Old to New MEMES

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Digital Literacy Meme

  1. The primary audience for my memes is to both my generation and the adult generation. In my memes I touched on the fact that technology is taking over old events and devices as a whole. Everything from parties and social events, a type writer, or even just a simple thing like a cup to drink from.
  2. I chose my images, because it displayed how society sees these concepts today. The text gives the viewer an idea of the message I am trying to illustrate through the images.
  3. I feel that the use of the pictures and the words displayed in a form of a pun would motivate the audience to share my memes. Also, my memes are actuate to a certain extent, using a little bit of humor to show a problem we are facing today with the new innovation of technology.
  4. The memes are effective at this point in time, because many people are always nose deep in their phones. They cannot even go to a party without checking their phones or at least thinking about it.
  5. The overall argument I am trying to make with my memes is that technology, especially phones are taking over society in a sense. All of the old is being replaced by a new movement. This movement where being plugged in and multitasking in a necessity, not a luxury.