Last year my friend read to me the letter that you read aloud. The language the writer uses is so offensive! The writer must have been a bully in high school because one is not suddenly dawned with creative insults like “I will fucking assault you,” or “If you’re a weird shit that does weird shit during the day..” and “Are you people fucking retarded? That’s not a rhetorical question.” I started laughing when I heard these insults (your dramatic voice was on point), but I can’t imagine how the girls this e-mail was intended for felt about this message. It is crazy that the writer trusted all 80 pledges to not discuss this message with any person outside the sorority. I am curious to know what consequences the writer was faced with after literally threatening the lives of the pledges. Unfortunately this letter supports the common stereotypes for sorority girls, but I think it also goes without saying that 100 girls that are literally this MEAN would never survive in a group, especially a sisterhood, together. I have a few friends in sororities and I have attended several meet the sisters events here a Rutgers and never once have a I experienced a girl nearly as wicked as the author of that letter. One letter, written by one sorority girl, can not be used to judge an entire organization.
Jenna, your podcast made a strong point; most stereotypes about a group are generated by the judgements of outsiders. Only one who has been in a sorority herself can say what it actually means to be a member and what her sorority is all about. I started my freshmen year of college believing some of the stereotypes portrayed by the media. After learning more about sororities the idea of joining one became more appealing to me. I will be participating in Spring formal recruitment and I hope to join a sorority and have the same positive experience that you described of your own.
and I loved it! Awesome topic choice. I think it’s safe to say that almost every classmates who has listened to your podcast has music preferences, so your topic is relatable for everyone. I especially liked the introduction of your podcast. I thought it was very creative how you brought the listener through the earphones of surrounding bus riders. It is interesting how all of the people on the bus are in the same physical environment, but each person can bring his/her mind to a completely different place depending on his/her song seletion. I like how you used Facebook to collect your own data, I wish I had participated in your survey (but I never ride the bus so…). Each campus has a specific concentration of majors, which sometimes implies expectations on the residents (therefore also the most frequent bus riders), but surprisingly this does not correlate to their music selection. I would have expected your data to reveal that each campus, or bus route, has a most listened to genre. Overall, great job on your podcast. [I also agreed with a lot of your music preferences!] I look forward to seeing your WordPress project.
Previously, I had not been satisfied with my topic choice for the podcast project. Two of the examples provided on WordPress were of student’s explaining a significant event in their lives. Reflecting upon my own life, there is not one particular event that I can discuss for ten minutes without rambling. I thought I wanted to make my podcast about my freshmen year experience at Rutgers; however, I later decided this idea is too general.
Instead, in my podcast I will be discussing cyber bullying. I want to organize my podcast like a news report, as if I am the news reporter. I want to find an audio clip of a news station’s jingle so I can pretend to be a news reporter for that station. Treating my podcast like a news report should not be too difficult because often the news is delivered without visual aids. In my podcast, I would like to focus on a particular case study, in which cyber bullying caused severe problems, or even a suicide. I am going to search for interviews with family members, news footage from a courtroom, and an audio clip of the bully apologizing for his/her actions. I will find related printed/online news articles in which I can dictate. I will include a formal definition about cyber bullying and general statistics about the topic from various sources. I hope to find information about laws regarding cyber bullying. I will use the Rutgers Library Resources data bases to acquire my information.
I don’t want listeners to hear my podcast and just be simply informed about one particular event; I want the audience to be convinced never to participate in cyber bullying. Like for my video essay on texting while driving, my ultimate goal is to convince the audience not to engage in a specific of behavior, cyber bullying.
If you know of a particular incident (other than Tyler Clementi’s) where a victim of cyber bullying committed suicide, please share it with me in a comment.
No offense Professor, but during the first few weeks of this course I honestly did not understand the purpose of posting to WordPress. I thought that giving us the freedom to write about whatever media related topic we desired was meaningless and not constructive. Wednesday nights were miserable because I wasted an excessive amount of time debating what topics to write about. I did not mind the readings; I found most of them quite interesting and informative. Also, writing blog posts took me a very long time because I second-guessed every sentence I typed. Either the word order in the sentence wouldn’t sound right or the sentence was too simple. The informal “blogger” style of writing was foreign to me. The extent of my college writing education had only gone as far as expository writing (but with plans to be expanded).
As the class continued, the blog posts became less of a burden on my Wednesday nights. It became much easier for me to select a topic and organize my ideas. Once I selected a topic, ideas came easily to me, and then writing felt more natural. I was proud when I produced the occasional “quality” blog post. One time I even made my roommate read my post because I liked it so much. Also, my classmates’ comments proved to me that my writing was not as bad as I had previously thought it was. In one comment, a classmate complimented my sense of humor in my writing. Finally, I stopped sounding like a robot making an argument, like the tone I used in my expos papers.
Previously, I was scared to go out of my comfort zone in my writings because I was afraid my ideas weren’t good enough, and would be rejected. I recently declared an English major, so for every blog post I felt pressured to compose an exceptional piece with advanced vocabulary and a unique style of writing. In my poetry class I was assigned a long-term paper and then waited until the night before the deadline to start the assignment. I purposely did not put my fullest efforts towards the paper because I was afraid that my best work would be inadequate in a class full of aspiring English majors. To my surprise, my grade was a lot better than I had expected it to be. The decent grade did not make me think “Aw yeah I got a good grade so I can bullshit the next paper too!”. The grade gave me faith in my own ideas and the confidence to demonstrate my true abilities on the next paper. Frankly, my writing skills are still developing. I may not be a naturally talented writer, but I feel that if I continue to learn and practice writing I can achieve at the expected level for an English major.
This course, has taught me to appreciate my creative ideas and not to be scared of others’ criticism. In previous English classes, I have only written in response to assigned prompts. In this class, the freedom to write about topics as we wish does provoke originality and creativity. Thus, it was not the informal style of writing that I was not used to in the beginning of the class; it was the creative thinking that I was not accustomed to. I hope to experience another course in the future in which I can exercise creative thinking, without having to conform to the rigid guidelines of a grading rubric.
In the book, You Are Not a Gadget. Jaron Lanier explains his long term project ideas in an effort to address the future problems with paid cultural prediction, as he predicted earlier in text. Lanier’s projects are geared towards making information more tangible, this way, people will have to purchase hardware from a store, as opposed to freely sharing and sharing data on the internet. Lanier explains his idea for ‘Songles’ as: “A songle is a dongle for a song. A dongle is a little piece of hardware that you plug into a computer to run a piece of commercial software” (109). A key feature of songles is that the computer chip embedded within a stylish necklace, pair of sunglasses, etc. such can communicate with entertainment systems. That way, when a user walks into a party, their songle plays on the speakers. Songles can also be used for party guests to wirelessly create a collaborative playlist.
Lanier’s idea makes sense in efforts to increase profit for creative expressions in technology; however, I do not think Songles would be popular in today’s market. To me, Lanier’s Songles sounds like a product that was released in 1999, HitClips. Just like a Songle, a HitClip cartridge is also hardware that is purchased and can only play one song. HitClips were became extinct when the iPod became popular. The ability to have hundreds of songs all on one hardware is attractive to users. Unlike Songles and HitClips, iPods do not require a user to transport multiple tiny pieces to play music. Also, users can organize their music library in any desired way. As I read Lanier’s explanation of Songles I thought to myself “Why doesn’t he just make Songles so that you can choose what songs to save onto them?” …Oh yeah that’s basically an iPod.
One can argue that the marketable feature of Songles is that multiple users can connect with one system to generate a playlist. A similar invention has already been created. There are speaker systems that can be synched with Smart Phones and controlled without a cord. This way, a host can enjoy his/her party while DJing at the same time. In the future, i’m sure that theses sound systems will be improved to allow multiple devices to control the music at the same time. Or, possible an app will be created that party guests can use to suggest and send songs to a host, who has control of the music system. Unfortunately, I do not see Lanier’s idea of Songles taking off anytime in the near future. Our society is used to paying for, or stealing intangible information on the Internet, it is unlikely that consumers will be willing to regress back to hardware. Sorry Lanier, but Songles are just not going to happen!
In the book You are Not a Gadget, Jaron Lanier expresses his worrisome predictions about technologies future advancements: “Manual labor will be unpaid, since cheap robots will do it. In the open culture future, your creativity and expression would also be unpaid, since you would be a volunteer in the army of the long-tail. That would leave nothing for you” (pg. 103). The “open culture future” that Lanier predicts is a society in which people create and consume creative expressions on the internet with no source of profit or pay. Free information as we know it is ideal for users like ourselves, but in reality Internet freedom has replaced the services of many people throughout the country. For example, years ago, purchasing CDs was the main way people listening to music. Today, most people download music from the internet. (Some of which is purchased on itunes and some downloaded illegally.) The change from CDs to delivering music to consumers via Internet has eliminated many jobs. For example, there is no need to manufacture nearly as much CD hardware and plastic cases as in the past. Also, the truck drivers who used to drive the CDs to stores become irrelevant. Now that anyone and everyone has the ability to publish their creations online such creative expressions are no longer payed for. Sharing, instead of paying for information is appealing to users, but this concept is not sufficient to sustain the economy. I am unsure if Lanier’s prediction is accurate or just an exaggeration. Throughout the course of technological evolution, new inventions have always been created. Naturally, the newer technologies replace the old technologies. Some people lose their jobs, while some new jobs are also created. I can not tell weather or not technology has been replacing human significantly more now than in past decades. Lanier fails to compare the modern societal changes to the changes in past.
Okay so I just checked out the examples of past students’ blogs and I am extremely intimidated of this project! A few minutes before I was furiously clicking around on WordPress because I couldn’t find the link to make a “New Post”…yeah it turns out I wasn’t logged in -_____- How the heck am I supposed to create a WordPress blog of my own if I can barely make a post without getting frustrated?! As with my struggle with iMovie and Audacity, indeed this will also be another learning experience..meh. Despite my WordPress anxiety I am more eager to start this project than the podcast. I have decided to make my blog about art because it is something I am eager to learn more about and I can share pictures of my own creations. For as long as I can remember I have always been “crafty”. A year ago I decided to shift my creativity to attempt painting. I never took fancy painting classes in high school or private art lessons. I kinda just went through with some trial and error and played around with cheap acrylic paint on canvas. I frequently seeked techniqual advice on youtube and art blogs. Now, on my blog, I want to provide simple how to explanations for beginners working with acrylics. If possible I might include a demonstration video. Also, I will include other, more professional references and include a section about updates in modern art (which will certainly require much research on my part). This topic will allow me to provide constructive and original information, and share my hobby at the same time.