November 8, 2005
Publish Your Blog
This is interesting. Someone left a comment on my personal blog with a link to this site. It's a site where you can give the web address of your blog and enter the dates you want published and you have your own book of your blog entries at a low price. You can choose your own font, the pictures you want included (if any) and the type of binding you want the book to have (there are 5 to choose from). You can also choose a cover for your book from one of the standardized four on the website or submit your own graphic and have it personalized. The website has just been started, so things are a bit scattered, but I think it's a really neat idea.
Blogs In the Classroom
Well this article relates exactly to what I am doing as I type. I am blogging for school purposes. Part of our assignment each week is to enter a certain amount into our blog sites Well this article you can view by clicking HERE talks about this. They are even using this tool in elementary school where kids are probably just beginning to hone in on their typing skills and already they are blogging. That's gotta say something about where our culture is heading in the future. This may be the first time I've experienced blogging, but kids are going to start experiencing it sooner and sooner in their lives and the funny part is... it's required by the school.
November 1, 2005
Blog vs. Message Board
I posted this on my blog and felt it belonged here too. It is just a discussion on two very similar forms of media. It's a little rough, as I just plowed into the writing of it (i.e. sorry for typos I missed), but I think it gets the message accross. It reminds me a bit of the idea of Web 2.0 and Web 1.0
Blog vs. Message Board
I often think about this, being a fan and user of the message board more than the blog. It's what I grew up with, and thus what I understand more. Not to say that the blog is much more complex, but it's simply new and noticably different.
One central topic to discuss.
One primary user/poster (though others may reply)
All topics of discussion possible
The two are in essence the same. One main post, then others can reply and a discussion cn go on. Being a topic person more than an individual person (no jokes, please), I gravitate toward the message board again. I'm sure one can do a search of blogs on a site for a topic, but it seems like much more hassle than it's worth.
I also find it amusing that people use blogs as a social thing, where really it is much less social than a message board (or at least less easy to use socially).
I am curious what others think on this subject. Do you prefer the message board or the blog for communicating, information gathering, social discussions, or any other uses? Also, why?
October 25, 2005
Jon Udell on O'Reilly
Jon Udell is a leading web expert. Check out his articles on O'Reilly, an important technical publisher. In particular, you should read his posts on "The Heavy Metal Umlaut," "The New Freshmen Comp" and "Screencasting Strategies."
Udell argues for the importance of incorporating skills in video and sound recording as part of the basic literacy of college education (i.e. Freshman Comp.). His primary interest is in this practice of "screencasting" (his term), which is the practice of integrating simple videos into the web.
While you're at it, check out this screencast.
October 11, 2005
Blogs compete with traditional news
Following on Aaron's comments on an earlier post about doubt concerning traditional news sources. Here's a BBC article on the rising importance of blogging and citizen journalism.
Here's my site!
You can access my site here: http://web.cortland.edu/fallon75/
September 25, 2005
internet: voice of the people?
As report in the NY Times, artists are using the Internet to respond immediately to the events surrounding Katrina.
A Houston-based group called the Legendary K.O. created a track titled "George Bush doesn't care about black people" (referencing rapper Kanye West's comments on a live, nationally broadcast telethon). At least two video producers have made videos for the track (which was releasted on an open license. The NY Times article contains links to all of these.
We can discuss the particular politics of the piece if you like. However, I am more interested in the media here. That is, the original track is built from a number of samples. That track then is distributed online where it is picked up by unreleated video artists who then splice together their own videos based on existing material (e.g. news footage). Much of this is made possible by a Creative Commons licensing.
So is this point to positive social ends for this technology in creating a more particaptory democracy?
September 10, 2005
LessigCould it be that the copywright laws are toothless because they haven't kepy pace with electronic advancements or is it that they are un necessary because of the advancements? After all, all one need do to check for originality is google a phrase. It will show up quickly. Where is the writer's intergrity? Can we rely at all on that or am I too idealistic?
September 8, 2005
What are we doing here?
OK, let's get on task folks. To put it bluntly, the task of this blog is for you to develop the ability to speak and write intelligently about new media and internet culture. By writing here (and on your own blogs) you will, ideally, develop an online identity that you will be able to maintain into the future. Why would you want to do that? Why? Because the internet is a site of power, influence, community, professional growth and opportunity, and, oh yeah, money. That's why.
Thinking about professional writing for a moment (given that we are in a professional writing course), the ability to work and community online and an understanding of how new media functions (both in technical and cultural terms) is significantly marketable. That's why we not only have this course but have also infused technology throughout our curriculum. My hope is that PWR majors and minors, when they leave here, will enter professions feeling totally confident about meeting the technological demands placed on them.
Beyond these professional issues, the new media and the internet have become considerable cultural forces, but the inertia of institutionalized education has meant that we still struggle to educate students about the cultural, social, political, and ethical issues surrounding these technologies. This course is an attempt to catch you up somewhat.
September 6, 2005
Click to view Ashley's log.
September 1, 2005
I hate the word "blog".
Maybe it's because I don't really like words that begin with "b". I don't like the word "bottle" either. And I recently was stung twice by bees in one week (after not being stung in 7 years). Yet another "b" word to add to the hate list.
So, in lieu of the word "blog" I will most likely be calling mine my "journal". Here's the link: Click.
August 31, 2005
Kevin Bahler's mini bio.
I am a freshman this year here at Cortland. I went to high school outside of Buffalo (a little place called Williamsville) and before that, I was born and raised in south Florida (a biag place called Ft. Lauderdale).
I'm actually not too big on sports (blasphemy to say on campus I think), but there are definitely a few activities I enjoy. The primary one is martial arts. I've been taking martial arts since I was 9 (aikido for those who care) and hav fallen deeper in love with them as time goes on. I am rlly wanting to branch out and get some other martial arts started, but have not had much pportunity as of yet. I also do enjoy cycling. Part of it is a family thing, as both of my parents used to do it all the time and really love it, but I also enjoy it because it is good cardio exercise and is esier on the knees than running (I've seen too many people blow out their knees to risk losing mine any time soon).
I've been playing trumpet since I was 7, but it's always been a love/hate kind of thing. I enjoy playing it and have loved a couple of directors I've had, but the dedication needed for music is just something I don't have. That's why I'm in the PWR major. Writing is something I have a talent for, enjoy doing, and am willing to put in the work needed to get better a it (the same goes for martial arts, sans the talent).
As far as writing goes, I pretty much like all kinds, though some get more tedious than others. I love to do short stories, as I have control of the situations and can really flex muscles of creativity. I also like to do poetry when I'm in the mood just for the abstraction and simplicity. I'm really obsessive about spelling and grammar, but ever since making my laptop my primary computer, I definitely understand how easy it is to make typos (damn tiny keys and keyboard). Hopefully I will catch all of mine before I post. Please feel free to point out any corrections I miss.
Wednesday -- first class.
It seems that creating a blog -- short for web log -- is not all that difficult. We'll see. I'm a non-traditional student here at sunny Cortland.
This is an addition merely to check the add on ability.
This is a test of the extrended entry. Did it work?
This is another sentence for the extended entry block
Starting to think about the web, blogging, and culture
How has the Internet shaped our experience (i.e. yours personally, but others broadly in America and around the world) of the events of Hurricane Katrina? Do some searching and find some blogs that have addressed the issue (HINT: you might starting by googling hurricane and blog). How would you characterize the information you can find on blogs in comparison to that on major news websites or on television?
Then give some thought to other ongoing events affecting us (e.g. the war in Iraq, terrorism, but also lighter fare like sports and entertainment): how does the web shape our experience of these broad cultural concerns/interests?