As you can already tell, Maggie’s podcast has been a big hit amongst the class, and I can certainly see why. Before the submission of our final podcasts, I knew I wanted to listen to Maggie’s if I was presented with the opportunity because I remember reading a blog post she published earlier in the semester about her ideas of what she would be creating a podcast about. After reading her post, I thought it was an interesting idea, and I have also found myself wondering what people are listening to as well. So, after listening to the official Rutgers Bus Playlist podcast, I was impressed. The podcast overall was extremely dynamic, the combination of music clips and voiceovers was easy to listen to and follow in addition to holding my pretty short attention span. I also enjoyed how Maggie’s findings via Facebook poll were organized–I like that I now have a sense of what each route would essentially sound like. Lastly, I appreciated the honesty Maggie provided in the podcast. I thought it was funny to hear Maggie’s remarks about a song that she did or didn’t like. Apart from this honesty adding humor to the podcast, it also made it more personal–Maggie wasn’t just presenting facts for us to listen to which was nice. Overall, I really enjoyed listening to the podcast and I think Maggie did a great job!
When I saw the title of the podcast, I immediately knew that I was going to be interested in it. The general question of, “Is Technology Making Us Stupid?” is one of the general themes of Creative Writing, and I personally always find it interesting to hear what other people have to say on the topic. Yet again this podcast opened my eyes to many new points about technology that I have never considered. First off, I love the explanation of how technology is a reflection of who we are both on a personal and societal level. Technology is just a tool–its up to us as users of how we want to utilize it. I also enjoyed the explanation of how with technology everyone can use it as a medium of expression, nowadays all the “stupid” people can be seen and heard, unlike in previous times. Lastly, I liked the podcast’s approach on how lazy may in fact be the smart decision. We as a generation are often deemed as stupid or lazy, but in fact if we are finding ways to save time (and after all, time is money) then by being lazy we’re in fact just freeing up time to do other things (deciding whether or not these additional activities are beneficial or not is up to you). Overall, the podcast addressed many things about technology that made me realize that it really isn’t all the bad and that in order for it to be effective, it depends on the user, not the computer.
First off, I admire Gaby for sharing such incredible personal experiences, I don’t know if I could do the same if I was in her position. In addition to this, there were a few things that really stood out to me when I was listening to the podcast. I liked how Gaby explained that her sexuality adds to her personality, not the other way around. Its good that this was in a sense “cleared up” because I think that people can sometimes judge people’s personalities if they know their sexual orientation–which shouldn’t happen. Another eye opening aspect of the podcast was the explanation of sexuality being on a scale rather than just labels. I’ve never thought of sexuality in this way, and now that I’ve listened to the podcast, I will begin to from here on out. In terms of the actual presentation of the podcast, I think it flowed really well, and the way the cover of “Same Love” was used to open and close the podcast was a great idea. Overall, I love the points discussed during the podcast and enjoyed how its presentation was fitting of the subject matter.
As you all know, the Philippines was just recently hit by a typhoon and they’re struggling to get back on their feet. U.S. Marines who have been out of active duty are now required to go over and assist for an indefinite amount of time, but the US government isn’t the only organization trying to help those in need. Although short this article explains that Coca Cola will no longer be using any more money to advertise. Instead the company will be taking that part of their budget and donating it to those in need in the Philippines. Whether this is just a genuine act of kindness, or a way for Coca Cola to prove to the public that they’re concerned with the well-being of people, that’s a different discussion. Even though this is kind of irrelevant, I think its good to show everyone that not every major corporation is corrupt or only concerned with making profits.
I apologize for my back to back Macklemore posts, its just that there were two powerful points I took from the concert regarding technology; one negative (my previous post) and one positive (this post). So throughout the concert, Macklemore would take time between songs to talk to the audience and share personal stories with the crowd. I know my previous post and many other posts say that social media has negative effects on society as a whole, but on Friday night, Macklemore shared a story in which social media, in this case MySpace, allowed a connection to happen that would have never happened had MySpace not been created. Between one of the songs, Macklemore was explaining how he and Ryan Lewis became the dynamic duo that they are today. Macklemore explained that when he returned to his parents’ home after getting out of rehab, he was browsing MySpace and happened to click on Ryan Lewis’s profile. He explained that the music player that popped up on Ryan’s profile was what changed everything. Macklemore immediately knew that Ryan’s music was what he wanted to rap to, he automatically knew that this was the guy that he wanted to pair up with. And if Macklemore never sent that friend request, who knows where both Macklemore and Ryan Lewis would be today. I think that in often times when we focus on the drawbacks of social media, we forget about things like this–positive connections that are facilitated by social media. Some aren’t as major as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and then again some are. I just thought it was interesting to hear that someone so famous started from MySpace–something that many people make jokes about or cast aside now that social media is such an integral part of our modern day society.
So this post is a combination of a rant, with intentions of discussing how technology is affecting our lives. This past weekend, I saw Macklemore in concert at Madison Square Garden. My boyfriend and I got general admission tickets, and since we really wanted to get as close to stage as possible, we got to the doors about two hours before they opened and waited in line. As an avid Macklemore fan, I was super excited when I entered the venue because for one, I was at the concert, and two, our efforts to get to the doors early proved to be fruitful; we were about two rows from stage. So the opening acts came out, and finally an hour and half later, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took to the stage. Here I am, enjoying the concert and then every single girl about 16 years old, (there were a lot) whipped out their phones and started taking videos, pictures, tweeting, and snap chatting pictures of Macklemore. At first, I thought,”okay, that’s fine, he just came out, they’re probably just excited to see him.” Boy, was I wrong. The entire time these concert goers had their phones out. At first I was annoyed because I couldn’t see Macklemore that well, and then I got even more upset because I realized that these people weren’t even here to enjoy the concert, they were just concerned with proving to others that they were actually at the concert. The second realization was what really set me off. If you’re just going to take pictures, and notify people via social media at that moment that you’re at the concert, then you’re just trying to make yourself seem “cool” and you’re not there to enjoy the experience of being at a concert. I just think that kids our age and younger and losing focus of in-person interaction and performances. Macklemore put on a great show and performance and many kids that night got too caught up in social media and technology to recognize certain one in a lifetime experiences. Don’t get me wrong, I took pictures and videos too, but I would snap a few in the beginning of a few songs and then put it away because after all, the memories I have from that night are much more powerful than any picture or video I took on my phone.
Okay Google has officially taken it one step too far. As if Google glass wasn’t enough, they’re now developing a Google tattoo. The tattoo would be able to be attached to an individual’s throat and could range in size from a postage stamp to a band aid. According to this article, “The patent says the tattoo would communicate with smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and wearable tech like Google Glass via a Bluetooth-style connection and would include a microphone and power source” which seems absolutely unnecessary right now. Now that I say this, these tattoos, although temporary, will probably become a very temporary thing in the near future. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I personally think this is taking it a bit too far. I can see these being useful if they’re used in lie detection like the article mentions, or if they somehow become compatible with cars to make cell phone use truly hands free. Maybe its just me being resistant to change but does anyone else think this has gone overboard?