Blog 7 POW

This week’s POWs come from Austin and Dimitris, and both give us excellent reminders about what makes for an interesting post as we approach the last few weeks of blogging.

Austin’s post starts out by catching our attention with an excellent title: Glory Not the Only Thing Athletes Get. It’s an unanswered question that made me want to read more. Austin then develops his post using a smart structure: he gives an overview of the topic of harassment using readings from the course, then he dives into a specific example of how athletes are harassed on Twitter:

Well, turn to this past weekend’s big rivalry game between #12 Michigan and #7 Michigan State. Michigan punter Blake O’Neil dropped a potential game-sealing punt that led to a Michigan State scoop and score to cap a jaw-dropping win for the Spartans. As a result, O’Neil received plenty of harsh remarks and death threats…

Austin follows up this example with visuals that make the post pop and give further examples of his argument. And, of course, he ends with questions for his reader.

Dimitris’s post, “Online Games and Harassment,” also uses excellent visuals. In fact, that’s been a strength of Dimitris’s blog throughout the quarter, so if you’re wondering how to incorporate more visuals, check out his previous work. Dimitris explains a gaming study that gives more depth to our conversation about online harassment:

3 different Halo 3 accounts were set up with female prerecorded voices controlled by 3 players of different skill. The reactions of other players were recorded and the results were surprising.

He goes on to using a subheading to offer us a “So What” and several intriguing questions. His question pose somewhat of a chicken and egg debate about online harassment vs. real life harassment and prompted several thoughtful comments–the goal of these posts!

Blog 5 POW

This week’s POW goes to Kenton’s post, “Trigger Fingers Turn to Twitter Fingers,” a clever title that he takes from a Drake song he quotes for us. Not only does Kenton’s post catch our attention right away from a summary of a rap battle, he uses that battle and the song lyrics that ensued to make important points about why this kind of fighting, trolling, and other obnoxious behavior happens on Twitter.

Drake says, “trigger fingers turn to twitter fingers” and follows two lines later saying, “I’m not the type of n**** that’ll type to n****s”. What he is saying here is how the people nowadays are to scared to confront one another and turn to the internet as a form of vigilant protection, but he is not scared. This is very true. On the internet, anyone may say whatever they want and never reap any physical consequences. Why do we feel the need to do this however? Why speak outrageously on the web, then hold solemn in public?

Kenton then answers this question with two key points. And the way he designs those points to stand out to us enhances the already excellent design of his blog. If you haven’t looked at it yet, check it out. It’s a work of art and incorporates text, visuals, and even music incredibly well. Keep up the good work, Kenton!

Blog 4 POW

The two posts of the week this week are both good examples of continuing a conversation and balancing the personal, diary-like function of a blog with its public, connected possibilities.

In her post “Is It Confidence or Fear?,” Danielle considers where we find women online and why. She shares a great video about harassment and then analyzes why women gravitate to certain online spaces:

Some women are conditioned not to share their knowledge and experiences as a result of the harassment. I believe that women feel safer on Pinterest because it is a place to find and share ideas about outfits and recipes. Many of the pins are not commented on and are pinned over and over again. On Wikipedia, or especially Reddit, your ideas are picked apart.

It would be interesting to look at Pinterest more carefully–are women doing more there than just sharing recipes? Is there a way for it to function as a knowledge-sharing source that extends beyond crafts?

Danielle also narrates her own feelings about editing wikipedia or writing a blog:

Today was my first Wikipedia edit and it was not fun. Writing a blog for someone else to read definitely not enjoyable. Why? I guess I am worried about sounded stupid or getting a bad comment on an idea.

I really like this move from the broader implications to her own personal feelings.

Matt makes a similar move in his post, “Creating History?”. In addition to drawing an epic comparison between editing Wikipedia and writing in a textbook, Matt admits that he felt nervous editing:

At face value, it seems harmless, but throughout the whole process I felt nervous and that it needed to be perfect.  At this time, the edit is still up on the Wikipedia article concerning the Area Code 513.

The great questions he asked at the end of his post also encouraged some of you to admit that you were nervous, too.

But Matt and Danielle’s posts together show us that being nervous about editing Wikipedia isn’t just a gender thing; it happened to both men and women in the class. So maybe there’s a little more to the gender divide than we’ve uncovered so far? What do you think?

Blog 2 POW

This weeks POWs exemplify why we do a blogging project and how useful commenting can be.

The first post is Mitchell’s: Have Copyrighting and Trademarking Gone Too Far?? In it, Mitchell asks us to think about the potential limitations of restricting copyright too much, particularly in terms of creativity.

This is not to say that today’s youth cannot be creative, but it is more difficult and their are many hoops to jump through, sometimes requiring large sums of money to be paid.

Mitchell helpfully, though, gives us a workaround to paying all that money by including a YouTube video that explains how to get permission to use various kinds of sources. So, one of the reasons I love your blogs is that we get great new resources like this one: 

(Also check out the great questions at the end of Mitchell’s post!)

The other thing that I love about blogging is that it exposes us to different viewpoints. In the week’s other POW, Is Remixing Right?, Chandler asks us to think about the opposite point of view. What if it were our own work being stolen?

It is this balance that is all to important in a capitalistic society where new innovations can improve the lives of millions while copy-cats attempt to make a quick buck. So how would you feel if someone were to take your work and make millions?

Taken together, I think these two posts ask us to think about how we define what is creative and what is truly new from two different perspectives–both valuable contributions to our thinking on this topic!

Blog 1 Post of the Week (POW)

Given that this was your first week blogging, I’m really impressed by all of the posts. Not only did they fulfill the requirements, but they also asked interesting questions and expanded on our conversations in productive ways.

Because there were so many good ones, I’ve chosen to POWs this week. Turner and Eric will each get to choose a station for 20 minutes of our blogging time.

Turner’s post, The Best Times to Unplug, does many things really well, but I was particularly drawn to the way he incorporated media into his blog. From a video to photos and cartoons, the post keeps you reading because it’s visually interesting. And after today, we all known that we’re more drawn to images than text!  He also uses an excellent inline link to introduce his source:

There are countless ways in which unplugging will benefit your life, emotionally, physically, and socially.  Here are a few times when unplugging from technology may benefit you the most.

The list that follows this quote is also an excellent way to develop a blog post. We all love reading lists (hello, Buzzfeed!), and Turner takes advantage of that phenomenon.

I chose Eric’s post, Digital Detox–Why You Need a Tech-Free Vacation, for two reasons. First, Eric really drew me in with his creative introduction. After all, who doesn’t want a vacation!

I know I can’t wait for my next vacation. Feet in the sand and a cold drink iPhone in my hand. At least this is how many Americans now spend their vacations. In our increasingly plugged in world we are forgetting that we need to unplug.  We let ourselves be lulled by our phones and tablets into bringing the world we are trying to escape with us.

Eric picked something–vacation–that was sure to pique a reader’s interest and then quickly turned to technology and how it might be ruining our vacations.

The other feature of Eric’s blog worth mentioning is that he’s developing a themed blog based on his interest in entrepreneurship. It might be interesting to keep an eye on his blog and see how this theme grows and develops over the next few weeks. Maybe it will also help you see a theme emerging on your own blog that you’d like to take advantage of!