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My Prezi

My Prezi is about how Facebook became the information ecology.  We spent a lot of time learning how to connect between different sites such as Twitter, Pocket, Feedly, and more.  But Facebook has already connected the internet.  We can do almost everything we did in class on Facebook.  We can share articles, share statuses, find articles, find news, and more.  It also discusses why we need to be technologically literate.  Speaking of technological literacy, I found out an easier way to sync the voiceover with the presentation.

Instead of recording a single voiceover, which you carefully have to sync with the slide times, you can record separate voiceovers for every slide.  When you click insert, instead of clicking “Add background music”, click “Add voiceover to path-step music”.  You also don’t need to set it to a timer; Prezi will automatically change to the next slide once the voiceover is done.  To watch my, simply start the presentation and enjoy.




Technologies and the future of writing


Technology and the future of writing addressed five major questions writers should think about in terms of how the writing process is changing. As the course comes to an end, I have taken these five questions and really put a lot of thought into the concept of writing and where it is headed. I remember getting our first computer lab in elementary school and being absolutely thrilled. Looking back, that was just the beginning of a long journey into technology. I could not imagine going through school without technology; computers and the internet, It makes life so much easier and everything is just a click away. Through this module, I have opened my eyes to the other tools available to students that can be helpful and extremely beneficial. Such sites like zite and feedly – tons of articles on any given topic set up to weed out the bad and excessive amounts of info to give you exactly what you are looking for. I generally use twitter everyday but within this class, it allowed me to use it in a whole new light and connect it to a blog that is accessible to anyone. Overall, using Web 2.0 tools and creating an information ecology allowed me to become a better writer through technology and better use sources to generate ideas. So, here is my final president summing all of that!


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Technology in Writing: A Prezi

As Introduction to Writing Arts comes to a close, I took one last look at writing in technology. The way writers use technology is evolving, and becoming different than ever before. The Prezi I put together takes the viewer on a journey of writing through technology, benefits, downsides, and means of sharing. I used my resources and readings to share how technology in writing has changed and how it impacts literacy and space. A huge aspect and benefit of technology is how it promotes creativity, and allows the user to look outside the box and create without restraints. Please use the link below and set Prezi’s auto time to 20 seconds and enjoy!

Technology in Writing


Who’s List is it Anyway?

We learned about copyright laws in several videos made during class.  We learned about the exceptions to copyright; such as for critical review or parody.  Recently, Jimmy Fallon parodied David Letterman’s signature Top Ten List, complete with graphics and font that are almost identical to Letterman’s.  (Spoiler Alert) He even ends it with “Jimmy Fallon is stealing his bits.”  This parody has become a hit.  Fallon showed us why copyright exceptions need to be made for parodies; it provides for some great entertainment.

The exception to copyrights for parodies has provided us with some great entertainment.  In an earlier post, I mentioned a parody of Gangnam Style featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy.  The copyright exception has allowed Weird Al to make a living.  It allowed for the video A Fair(y) Use Tale, which we used in class.  And it allowed Jimmy Fallon to make a hilarious knock-off of Letterman’s Top Ten List.

As many of us have already heard, Letterman will be retiring as host of his long-running late night TV show, The Late Show with David Letterman, whose name gave rise to The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (now with Craig Ferguson).  Fallon paid tribute to the shows signature sketch, the Top Ten List.  Fallon presented the top ten reasons David Letterman is retiring.  His presentation wasn’t just a top ten list.   He stole every aspect of Letterman’s Top Ten List.  He read off of the same blue cards Letterman does (albeit with the Tonight Show logo), used a similar introduction, and used an identical font and background to what Letterman uses.  This identical copy of Letterman’s list made Fallon’s sketch a bigger hit; anything else would have been seen as a cheap knock-off, a half-assed try.  But Fallon played the letter of the law perfectly and has given us some wonderful comedy heading into the weekend.


One last note: David Letterman’s list is officially named The Late Show Top Ten List.  Why?  It was simply called the Top Ten List while Letterman was on Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, but when he moved to CBS, NBC claimed they owned the rights to the Top Ten List.  So Letterman changed the name and made the sketch his.

#CancelColbert: Racist or Not?

Stephen Colbert has made a living parodying controversial right-wing pundits.  Now he has his own controversy.  Last week, Colbert mocked The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation by creating his own racially insensitive foundationTheChing-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.  Shortly after the segment aired, @ColbertReport, a Twitter account not run by Stephen Colbert, posted this tweet:


The world took notice and the hashtag #cancelcolbert went viral last weekend.  People called for Colbert to be fired over the segment, claiming it was racist.  However, Colbert had a lot of supporters, with fans pointing out that the tweet was taken out of context and his foundation was mocking the Redskins for their hypocritical foundation.  So why did it go viral?

Today we live in a culture of sensitivity.  Every December, we hear the complaints that we cannot say “Merry Christmas” anymore; instead we must say “Happy Holidays” to accommodate for those who celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanza.  The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux were forced by the NCAA to change their name, despite a lawsuit from the local Sioux tribe who felt honored by the nickname and wanted UND to keep the name (they lost the lawsuit).  Some argue that even the Redskins’ name controversy may be an overreaction; a poll by the Annenburg Public Policy Center in 2004 found that 90 percent of Native Americans do not consider the term “redskin” offensive and several Native America high schools use “redskin” as their nicknames.  Colbert aired his response last night, in which we defended the organization but agreed to shut it down, and brought Asian chief foundation officer James out to tell him he was being laid off. So was cancel Colbert and overreaction in an oversensitive culture, or do people have a legitimate point?


Source: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9689220/redskins-name-change-not-easy-sounds

Rule #13: Do not use Tinder to fall in love

Recently, classmate Becca Campina from my Introduction to Writing Arts class tweeted about this seasons The Bachelor. The tweet contained an article, discussing how the show portrays this years bachelor, Juan Pablo, to be a romantic, caring guy. This was until a camera man caught him saying “I loved having sex with you” to one of the top 2 finalists. Soon after, the Bachelor fans broke out into a craze, calling Juan Pablo a pervert, and conclusions were made about him only being in it for the sex.

TweetThis tweet got me thinking about how women in our society are constantly being degraded and just being looked at for sex, especially those in their twenties. Nothing speaks to this thought more than an app I keep hearing about: Tinder.  Tinder is advertised a dating website, it is apparent to most that the majority of people on the apps are there for hook ups.

The conversations back and forth through these apps can be very demeaning. A friend has Tinder on their phone, and allowed me to share some of the messages she has received on the app. One unidentified user stated “Hey. Want to sit on my face? ;)” Another said “I could tear up that ass”. The comments to the female user was unwarranted, as her photos only contain pictures of her face, not her whole body, and are in no was seductive. When asking her why she has the app, she replied that it was a confidence booster.

I came across an article written in the Huffington Post, called The Unwritten Rules of Tinder by Todd Luling. The article outlines 26 rules created by the Huffington Post about Tinder. Although meant to be funny, reading the article showed me how truly we are even highlighting discrimination towards women.

The very first rule states “Be good looking.” showing a picture of a Disney princess, where they could have just as easily showed a picture of, say, Ryan Gosling. Rule number 6: “If you have a friend who is hotter than you are, use a photo of both of you. Keep ’em guessing and it can only help you.” The image under this rule also showed a picture of 3 beautiful women taking a photograph together. Number 13 states, “Don’t use Tinder to fall in love. It is strictly for hookups.” This image is also of a woman, looking distraught with her mouth tensed and hands covering her eyes. Number 22 shows a picture of Snookie, famous reality TV show actor from the Jersey Shore, stating “It’s all about LOCATION so make sure you’re not in an area notorious for bad hookups.”

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If this is how an online publication like the Huffington Post views women on Tinder, how do they expect the participants of this app to act? Looking strictly at the first rule that simply states “Be good looking” is setting a standard that relationships are only valued on good looks. It is prefacing women to be treated like pieced of meat, being asking to “sit on [someone’s] face” or being told that their “ass” will be torn up. It’s okay, because the article goes on to tell women that if they are not good looking, they can just stand next to someone who is. This way, the user will still “like” them on the app so they are a match. The article then proceeds to tell users to only use it to find hookups, and show a woman looking upset, implying that we should remind our female audience to not get too emotionally attached, as woman can get, implied by the article. Lastly, they take a personal dig at Snooki, cautioning male users not to use Tinder in locations where girls like Snooki might be,  because the app finds people by closest distance.

So after all, does is this app really doing anything to boost people’s confidence or self esteem? Lastly, is this truly a dating site? It may appear to be boosting one’s self esteem, and the app may call itself a dating website but the facts do not lie. Those facts are proven by the article, showing that it is very demeaning towards women. It was apparent through some of the rules in The Unwritten Rules of Tinder by more than their wording, but the images they showed with the wording. In the end one thing rang true, with the amount of people on Tinder demeaning women, I would follow rule 13: not to use Tinder to fall in love.

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