Monthly Archives: February 2014

Weekly Review

This week I started contributing to wikis, or doing what I thought was contributing to wikis.  I’m not quite exactly sure what it means to contribute to a wikis.  So far what I have been doing is looking at information on such topic and then writing a summary in my own view.  Basically like writing a mini paper.  I’ve been working on this page.

I’m looking forward to learning more about wikis. So far I haven’t felt like I’ve been able to gain much insight because I was down in the cities during class last week at a career fair, yay future, gah.  Class tomorrow I’m sure will be insightful.


What’s in That Deli Meat, and is it Good For You?

Research  has shown a links between processed meat consumption and premature death.  This particular researcher found a link between processed meat consumption and increased chance of early death, especially from hotdogcardiovascular disease and cancer. Deli meats are been under critique of whether their good or bad for quite awhile.

So what is processed meats?  Generally anything that is cut and then ground.   The term typically refers to meats (usually red meats) preserved by smoking, curing, salting or adding preservatives. Ham, bacon, pastrami, salami and bologna are processed meats.  As well as sausages, hot dogs, bratwursts and frankfurters. Few studies have defined processed meat to include turkey and chicken slices.

processed-meatMore research is necessary before any conclusion can be made on whether processed meat is safe because their is a variety of aspects like the smoking process in smoked meats, the salt, and the fat.  In the mean time be more cautious about the amount of processed meat you consume and try switching it out for white meat that you slice yourself.

Become more knowledgeable about what your putting on your sandwich.  The main three things you need to watch out for are:

  • sodium
  • nitrates (jury is still kinda out about these, nitrates can react with amines that occur in some types of food which then form carcinogens.  But otherwise nitrates are generally harmless to your body)
  • saturated fat

Weekly Review

I am comfortable saying I have the concept for wikis down and how they are beneficial.  The video was the most helpful in explaining the processes of a wiki.  Wikis aren’t very good at describe themselves because it is in their nature to link to many other things, so there is usually not one page that covers everything you need to know. All About Wikis

As far as actually working with a wiki I think that there is a lot to learn.  Like many things it has its own little world and I will have to learn the new lingo and practices of things.  The best way to learn this is to immerse yourself, so I will learn as I start to contribute to wikis this upcoming week.

It’s been kinda sad not writing posts as often.   I thoroughly enjoy writing on the topics that I have and there has been some ideas for new posts but because it is no longer an assignment, they fall to waste-side and other priorities move up the list.  Perhaps I should look into posting twice a week or something in-order to stay connected with my blog.

All About Wikis

The name “Wiki” was inspired by the Hawaiian word wiki or wiki-wiki, which means “quick” and is often used as a term for taxis and airport shuttles.

What makes wikis work:

  • collaboration
  • community
  • links

Wikis at their core are all about a collaborative movement to provide information on topics that can be viewed and edited by anyone who visits the wiki.

“A wiki is nothing but a collection of Web pages interconnected with each other through internal links” – How Wikis Work.

The openness of wikis turns many people off from them.  They think the web is a big bad place where people will mess with the text of your wikis and edit it negatively but this isn’t necessarily true.  When learning about wikis I thought of how much simpler a wiki would be for communicating with classmates rather than a Facebook obnoxious message.  Out of all the web pages in the world, I doubt any trollers would go out of their way to mess with some college kids wiki about their next class assignment.

Does a wikis possibility of being altered make it unreliable?  Well not necessarily.  The key thing that makes a wiki work is its community.  Contributors to a page can use tools to in a way moderate pages for vandals, dummies, and spammers.  The community, the web sites regular visitors, work collaboratively to edit pages and create well-written articles.

“Changes to a wiki will with be accepted, altered, or rejected by the community.  In that way, pages on Wikipedia are expanding and changing all the time.”  Wikis Wikis work because of the community of people who contribute to it and make it successful.

Why they don’t work

  • revisions
  • accurateness
  • reliability

Not everyone is a expert in a topic, even though they think they are and these people could revise text and make it incorrect.  But this is a double egged sword, just as someone could change the information to make it wrong other community members can make the information accurate.  Or at least we think it is accurate, there is no actual stamp of approval on a wiki that insures us that the information is reliable.

Working with wikis

For my future work with wikis I found these Wiki Social Norms to be helpful.  Always be respectful.  I’m best at learning hands on so once we start contribute to wikis I will become more informed about thread mode and document mode.

Weekly Review

Social media is always an interesting topic to me so Rettbergs Ch. 3 was a nice read.  I was especially interested in how we present ourselves online: personal branding.  Can you tell I’m into marketing?  While doing research for my post on the reading I came across a TED talk that caused me to think how the web affects our life in general, so I wrote a post – Everything Has Gone Digital –  as part of a spring board for my main post.Personal-Branding-met-Social-Media

For my topic on the reading I wrote on colliding networks, wasn’t quite as easy as I thought.  There are many articles on the web about how we should present ourselves online and what happens with work life and home life collide, but I didn’t really find anything on negotiating multiple audiences.  What ended up happening is I talked about how what we post online can affect us, which is kinda about colliding networks if you want to make a stretch. Branding Yourself for the Web.

I feel like I have been slacking on the comments lately.  This may be due to the fact that I think many of us decided to focus on our assignment and not post daily.  Regardless I need to step my game up.  Other than that this week went very well.

Oh and in case you haven’t done it yet see how much time you spend on Facebook.

Branding Yourself for the Web

A symptom of the web is that often two social networks that are meant to be separate collide.  As social media sites became more popular and attracted a variety of users, the social spheres of work, family, and friends collided.  People responded by taming down their profiles so they would be acceptable to all audiences.

Some sites allow you control the information you put out into the world through privacy settings, others like a blog do not.  Contrary to social media sites you do not have a specific group of friends that only you approve to see your content.  With a blog run through WordPress and similar services your work is out there for anyone to see.  This can cause some trouble depending on the type of content posted.  Old post don’t simply disappear.  “Most blogs automatically archive  posts as they get pushed off the front page by newer posts.”  Especially since digital documents stay around for a long time, if not forever, so it is not always as simple as hitting delete.  Rettberg said “while most of what we post on Facebook may seem harmless, we should consider that it could be used in other context”HEART-LURKER

With a blog you have an invisible audience.  A larger majority of readers are lurkers like me.  Lurkers rarely participating in social media conversation, but we are still consuming the media.  New research suggests there are 12 different social media personalities.

Since the audience that can view your content is anyone, you are forced to negotiate these audience and not post anything that would be too unacceptable to a network. Your online identity is extremely important.  One of the first places people go to find out more information is the web, and they are doing it increasingly more to find out information about people.  There is specific ways we present ourselves on the web. The term personal branding – the process in which we market ourselves to others – was coined once we realized that we needed to present ourselves positively to the rest of the world.  What people find can affect your professional life, personal, and university acceptance.

Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 5.20.40 PMI have repetitively been told how important that it is that my profile has strict privacy settings in-case my future employers.  What is posted today could impact your future.  People are checking on what you have been up to, Kaplan’s survey showed that colleges are increasingly using Facebook and Twitter to recruit, furthermore of those admissions officers who look up their applicants 353 percent discovered something about an applicant that negatively impacted their application — a 218 percent increase over the previous year.

Also authenticity is more commonplace.  Pseudo names to protect your personal identity aren’t attractive to readers, they want to know that there are connecting to a real person.  So it wont do you much good to make a blog under a fake name because somehow it will be traced back to you.  We tend to drop a few pieces of personal information in here and there.  Combined they complete a whole profile of who we are.  The different services we use always want to link to each other; connect through Facebook here and link to Twitter there.  I have noticed that what I do on my cellphone connects to what I do on my computer, and then to my Xbox.  If find this to be a bit weird, convenient in some ways I’m sure, but feels intrusive.  There will no longer be borders between your online self and your offline self, both will be equability representative of yourself to the rest of the world for better or for worst.

Maybe you should check your online identity and make sure nothing surprising pops up.

Everything Has Gone Digital

Rettbergs ch. 3 had sent my mind spiraling about how the web has changed our lives forever.  Social media has been changing our lives significantly since 2008 as we entered the bright new world of Web 2.0   Now that we have been thrown into this digital age where our smart phones are never more than a foot away, the web has been ingrained in our lives.  Technology being  intertwined in our everyday lives is a double-edged sword.

Speed is a main topic, we want it now and it better be fast.  People can share information in a matter of seconds, like citizen media which major advantage  is speed.  I have found citizen media very intriguing.  Whenever there has been a major news event, especially horrific ones such as the Boston Bombing, the first place I find out about it is Twitter.

The internet has shrunk space as well as time

Distance no  longer a large barrier. people can be connected across the world.  Almost anyone and everything can somehow been connected to the internet whether that be a photo of your dinner, a photo of you doing a keg stand, or even a photo of you at the beach on a day you called into work because you were “sick”.  Out networks are colliding (will link to future post tonight).  How should we respond to intruding role of the web?

The digital world cannibalizes time

In this Ted Talk Abha Dawesar “reflects on how time-warping technology, like social media and mobile devices, has changed our perception of our own personal narratives and perception. We live, instead, in what she calls the “digital now.”

In what ways has technology invaded your life?  Time created a calculator to see how much time you have spent on Facebook.

Obligatory Super Bowl Post: Truely American?

So today I clicked on the cliche article “The 10 Best Ads of Super Bowl XLVIII”.  Scarlett Johnson was looking sultry so I had to find out what she was advertising.  Then I saw a post about how great the Coca-Cola ad was: coca

Okay you have my interests now, off to Google I go to see what all the hype is.

I have taken marketing classes, in no way am I an expert, but I have some knowledge.  Now every time I watch a commercial I take it with a grain of salt and analyze it for what it is. I about gagged half way into the 60 second ad.

Coca-cola’s goal is to connect with people, they have managed to create great stories and build emotional ties with its customers that ultimately contribute to the bottom line.

I don’t want to sound unpatriotic but really, this is all about selling a pop.  You see how these brands want you to feel apart of something ? So you consume their products.  If you have a BBQ they want you to have hamburgers and cokes because that’s what the American dream is about.  A great way to sell products is to target peoples emotions.  Here is some previous campaigns that coca-cola has done that show this.

Disclaimer, diversity is great I have no opposition to the use of other languages.  I’m talking about it all from a marketing point.  At what lengths does/can one go to sell products?


Weekly Review


This week went pretty well.  To start off I did four posts plus the one for class which I think has been my most active week so far. In order to post more regularly I have been planning my posts a day in advance, so that way once I finish one I can hop right onto the next.  I also have been checking news sources so see if there is any fun new information like 3D printed food or Subway that I can write about.  Additionally, I think I should add more categories.  One I will most likely add will be food marketing.  Spoiler I’m working on a post about Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad so stay tuned.

As far as assignments, the reading went well and I found the information to be decent.  But I wasn’t sure about one part of anotating. “Discuss them on your blog, create a diagram or map that collates the ideas, post a slide show or presentation on prezi.”  In order to gain some guidance I looked at what other classmates had been doing and all that I had seen had simply wrote blog posts about what they had found and linked to their sources.  So that’s what I did except I added pictures.  When I am browsing on a web checking out new blogs, if they don’t have pictures I immediately close the tab which is why it is important to me to include visuals in all of my posts.

For my post on the Retttberg reading I chose Shaping Disscussions on Blogs – Prompting Discussions. I knew of a few examples I could use for this post which was why I chose it.  Tweeting has been pretty slow.  I don’t often think to tweet about what I am working on unless I just posted.  Otherwise things are going well and I am reaching out to different readers by tagging a variety of topics.

Prompting Discussion

We are accustom to a society where we can tweet at our favorite online personalities, post comments on their videos or blogs, and get a response in a reasonable amount of time.  This type of communication is far beyond what anyone could have imagined when the written language first became popular.  The development of communication from oral to written is briefly touch on in Jill Walker Rettberg book Blogging.  Socrates is refereed to for his position for having been very much been against a written language.  One of the arguments that Plato wrote was about how a written work cannot defend its statements.  But, as technology evolves bloggers have been able to find more ways to connect to their followers.  The book touches on many forms of digital media and I will present how bloggers, both through traditional text and video prompt discussion.

A common theme I see bloggers do to create discussions on their blog is for them to prompt a question.  Generally at the end of a post the blogger asks the reader a question, by doing this they stimulate a discussion on their post as well as give readers a direction for their comment.  Blogger and youtuber, Elle Fowler does this in her blog.  She wrote a post about her goal of the week, asked if her readers accomplished their goal, and then readers comment on the post either answering the question or making statements about her post.  To go even further many bloggers try to respond to comments made on their post in order to stimulate discussions.   Priss & Vinegar does a great job at comment back on her posts.  By commenting back to people the blogger is able to go past their post and connect more intimately with their readers.


Casey Ho has some topic driven posts on Blogilates.  Her workout videos have become quite popular and there is even a community based on her fitness blog and members are called popsters.  This blog is a good example how posts can create discussion between users.  In the example images I am using Casey asked the popsters “Why did you start working out,” which is a way for her to control what the discussion will be about as well as given readers a reason to post a comment.

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My next example is not a blog per se but I felt the need to share how this channel connects with its viewers.  Rettbergs definition of a blog is a “frequently updated website consisting of dated entries arranged in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first”.  So according to this definition a YouTube channel is not much different than a text blog, youtubers simply produce their content through video.  Also some youtubers even have a written blog on the side because it can be easier to post more content more often.

A very interesting way that content producers connect with the people that watch their videos is Sourcefed.  Sourcefed uploads a few 3-5 minute videos a day about current events and then at the end of their video they ask their viewers to answer a question that relates to the topic of the video.  Then on the weekend they post a video called Comment Commentary where they go through the comments and pick out their favorite comments.  This is something different that I haven’t seen done by other content producers.  It shows how the producers realized how important the relationship is between subscribers and the content producers.

With these examples we see that a post simply acts as a prompt for discussion.  The topic of the post then inspires its readers to form their own opinions and post comments.  Those comments are then expanded on and can be commented on by the writer of the post creating a dialog, or by other readers as well.