From making a blog and adding to it every now and then, I am learning a lot more about WordPress. I never realized how much you could do with this blogging site until I was assigned this project. After working with WordPress for almost a full semester now, I thought I knew quite a lot about the site. As I started to look in greater detail on how to create my own blog, I have been realizing that there is a lot more than meets the eye. Navigating through this project is a bit time consuming but I will admit that it is very entertaining as well. Luckily, we were assigned this project pretty far in advance which gives us a decent amount of time to work on it gradually.
Another thing I have been discovering with this final project is that many people use WordPress as a sort of hobby. When creating my blog and tagging certain posts, I have been receiving comments and likes on them which allows me to see other people’s blogs. After a bit of snooping on other people’s blogs, I noticed that there are many individuals who use it frequently and partake in activities for it even in the outside world. (not just the cyber world). For example, one woman who followed my blog has her blog dedicated to healthy recipes and workout tips to go along with it. When looking at her blog, it was clear to me that she made daily posts and cooked and took pictures to add to the display of her blog. All of the meals she prepared for her blog all contributed to this one social media site.
In my opinion, I believe that social media sites like WordPress, Pinterest, etc. allow people with passions to post them on the web and receive feedback for doing things that they enjoy. In other words, blogging and social networking gives individual’s an excuse and a motive to go after what they want. Along with that, blogging permits feedback that could potentially motivate these bloggers into really pursuing their dreams.
Also, when I first took this course, I did not think too much of blogging. To be honest, I never would have expected that one could make a career out of blogging which now I know is definitely possible. To think that a comment you make on someone’s blog could lead them to becoming the next master chef or the next fitness star is pretty inspiring and goes to show that technology today is a lot more powerful than most people would like to admit.
With this semester coming to a close and our final project due date inching up closer and closer, I am getting really excited to see everyone else’s blogs. As of now, I have already set up the basis of my blog and finalized my main idea. Along with that, I have created a page with links related to my topic and an “about” page. This page in particular serves mainly to give readers an idea of what influenced me to pick that particular blog topic and also explains the fact that I am a novice blog creator. At first, my main focus on this blog was surfing. Surfing has been a major influence in my life to stay fit and active due to the fact that you must be in good shape in order to be the best surfer you can possibly become. Ever since I began surfing, I have constantly been looking for ways to improve my abilities. In other words, I was and still am constantly expanding my abilities. I am always pushing my limits, which has become the main influence behind my blog.
After a lot of thinking, I realized that I could make my blog focus a lot more broad so that it could pertain to a wider variety of individuals. As a result, I have been partaking in research on physical activities and healthy lifestyles that could relate to anyone. Depending on personal preference, readers may follow or visit my blog whenever it is useful for them. More specifically, if you are ever looking for motivation, tips on what to do to stay active, or if you are just looking for a new activity to partake in, my blog could be beneficial for you.
Along with the progress I have been making, I have also incorporated a variety of videos and podcasts into my blog. With these page links, viewers can click on them and veer off to other sites in order to gain ideas on what they should do when pushing their limits. I have also added a gallery with images to make the blog layout look more appealing!
Even though I feel like creating a blog is a bit time consuming, I cannot say that it is not entertaining. It seems like the best way to go about a final project like this one is to research little by little and add on to the blog whenever you feel is necessary.
This blog post has mainly been about me talking about my progress with my blog so I apologize for the bore.
After finishing Jaron Lanier’s novel, I found a lot of interesting points that he made. One in particular was his mentioning of childhood as a “phase”. He states that this childhood phase was “expanded in connection with the rise of literacy, because it [took] time to learn and read” (180). In relation to this, he brings in the advancement of the way children learn nowadays and how technology is incorporated into our learning style. Clearly, the way children learn today is drastically different than what it once was. One example Lanier uses to back this up is when he states that today, children want and receive more attention which apparently leads to them “[entering] the world of sexuality sooner than they used to…but the twenties are the new teens” (180). In other words, it can be understood that technology has led to maturity in one sense but also an immaturity when it comes to completely growing up and being responsible. Moreover, his main point here is that although children are becoming sexual sooner than usual, most new generation individuals have an extended childhood. Children are known to constantly want attention and since individuals nowadays have a more ‘extended childhood’, they continue to seek attention in their young adult life.
The result of this attention seeking is where technology comes in to play. For example, Lanier relates the need for attention with social networking and media sites. When using technology for social media sites and blogging, young adults receive the attention they are striving for. After reading this section of his text, it hit me that maybe our generation IS becoming more self-oriented. With sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., young adults (along with adults) are constantly posting about what is going on in their lives. By making it known to your friends and the public that you are going to a concert or to a party, isn’t that a bit attention seeking? Most of the time, it is not important or necessary to post what you are doing everyday but regardless, most of us continue to do so. On the other hand, these ideas are mostly based off of what Lanier is saying and I do not know if it is fair to state that all young adults are seeking attention. Also, there are many young adults today that are mature and do not have an “extended childhood”. Furthermore, I do not think it is fair to make an inference about an entire generation or group of individuals based off of a majority.
The last podcast project that i tuned in on was Neil Garrett’s “Before I Die”. To start off this podcast, Neil put in the song “Prayer” by Kid Cudi. This song was a great opener since it talks about dying before you wake. More specifically, Neil uses his podcast to discuss and interview people about what they would like to do before they die. The individuals interviewed discussed where they would like to go around the country and the world. On their bucket list, they mostly just wanted to travel and experience different foods/drinks. It started with all 50 states and then went on to all 7 continents.
Not only was this podcast interesting, but it also made me think about what i would like to do before i die. Also, it was a bit inspiring in the fact that it gives listeners the motivation to go out in the world and do what you like/see what you want before you are not around to do it anymore.
Another podcast project that I listened in on was Evie Duvert’s “Interracial Dating”. At first, I chose this podcast out of pure interest. With the start of this recording, I really enjoyed the song playing in the background by the Black Eyed Peas “Where is the Love?” I found this song to be appropriate to this discussion. Also, Evie stated a lot of statistics about how interracial dating has grown over the years. Surprisingly, she noted that Rutgers University is the number 1 university in the country with the most interracial dating. The main reasoning behind this fact is due to the diversity and variety of people at this school. I found this podcast to be relevant especially since there are people in today’s world who still do not approve of interracial dating. This is an issue that not everyone recognizes and I believe that this podcast helps shed light to it. Also, the podcast was very comical when the excerpt from comedian, Chris Rock, talked about interracial dating.
Overall, this podcast was interesting along with informative and i believe that the biggest issue we face today is with the opinions of our elders. The younger generations seem to be more accepting and open-minded and due to this, i feel like as time goes on, there will be more and more interracial dating.
The first podcast I listened to that was posted on the Podcast Projects was Sarah Lee’s. Her podcast discussed growing up and the importance of being independent. Also, she discussed her transition from high school into college through her major. At first, she was positive that she wanted to stick with music but after a good amount of time, she realized that her dreams had changed. From pursuing music to opening up her own bakery, Sarah’s dreams altered drastically over the years. Personally, I found this podcast to be not only realistic, but inspiring. It is inevitable that we change constantly as we grow up, as well as our dreams. With the knowledge that nothing is promised, it is understandable that our aspirations today may not be the same as they are tomorrow but that should not stop us from going after what we want. Overall, this podcast inspired me and helped me to realize that it is acceptable for your dreams to change and when they do, go after them. Do not let anything hold you back.
During out last class, we started off with an online article about the outing of “rats” on Instagram. When first reading the article, I thought nothing of it. Within the first few lines, it became clear to me that an individual (now revealed as a teenager from Philadelphia) was revealing witnesses of crimes. Although it may not seem to be too big of a deal to some people, this type of online activity is illegal. The account had about 7,900 followers and had identified more than 30 witnesses near the Philly area.
To think about this more personally, how would you feel if one of your family members was posted on this user’s Instagram? If your family member was a witness to a crime and their testimony resulted in the offender going to jail, that family member of yours would be at risk. With the existence of the account, the offender would have the capability of seeing the witness’s picture when they are released and could then track down that individual. Even though this may seem a bit extreme, it is still a possibility.
Along with that, all thirty or so witnesses who were posted on the site were all at high risk. After witnessing and reporting a crime, there is no reason why a person’s identity should be revealed (no matter how big or small the crime is). If this site was to stay intact and the 17 year old boy was never revealed, wouldn’t you feel threatened and cautious? I’m sure if you resided in Philly and happened to witness a crime, you would be less prone to reporting it due to the fact that you would not want to be revealed on social media as a “rat”. In that sense, wouldn’t crime rates gain the possibility to increase? Overall, I just feel like the creation of this Instagram account was inhumane and extremely dangerous.
Leading off of that, our class also discussed the prominence of social media and its effects on these types of situations. For instance, if Instagram did not exist, this account would have never been created. In that sense, is it really social Medias fault for things like this happening? Personally, I feel like even if these sites did not exist, people would still find other ways to get around it and post whatever they want (whether it is on newspapers, flyers, etc.) More specifically, it is the people who are responsible. Social media and the Internet just allow them to do it more easily and more freely. The internet is not the cause of illegal activity. If there were ever any ideas on censoring social media sites, it should be the people who are censored. Even though social media could easily be manipulated in a negative way, there are many positive things that should also be accounted for. The advancement of technology and the Internet, in my opinion, has truly been an overwhelming occurrence that many people do not know how to handle. If everyone were to understand that with the Internet comes strong repercussions, I am sure that a lot of negative usage would cease to exist.