Here I Am

 Credit: Free images from acobox.com One of my class assignments, this week, was to sign up for a location service, and use it. Basically, the idea of these services is that your friends can see where you’re at and meet up with you, or at least communicate with you based on your location. I have the Facebook app with […]

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The Science of Trust

In class this week my group project was to lead a discussion on a topic of our choosing. We chose trust and influence online. It was a topic that interested me because as the web becomes more social on a daily basis, and I am an Emerging Media and Communication major, establishing trust and there […]

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My Friend Google

Anytime something, or someone, makes it to the top people begin to attack it. Earlier today I was watching TV, and the breaking news was that Lebron James’ mother had been arrested. I guess being subjected to muck-raking is a part of celebrity, but I still can’t help but feel like momma’s should be left out of […]

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Buckle Down: How I Manage My Attention

 In class we have been discussing various theories about attention management, by authors such as Rheingold and Stone, but I still think that, sometimes, the simple answer is the best. In the age of limitless distractions I find myself aware of what needs to be done, not because of a handy time management tool, or because […]

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Is It Really That Easy?

I recently, for one of my classes at UTD, made a change to a Wikipedia article. It was simple enough. The Ozarka Water page, which is only four lines long, was the page I chose as our assignment was to make a change, and see if it was still there the next day. I felt […]

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Twitter Can Too

Malcolm Gladwell does not think that the revolutions can happen because of Twitter. He makes this point in his article Small Change. I generally like Gladwell’s work, but I disagree with him on this subject; Not just because of the events of the past six months or so, but because Twitter is possibly the easiest […]

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Can They Google China

In class this week we discussed Siva Vaidhayanathan’s The Googlization of Everything, and how Google has an amazing effect on how things are presented on the Internet. He does a great job explaining his point, and the class seemed to agree with his statements, for the most part, as well. What really sparked my curiosity was when […]

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I Want a Kindle, But I’ll Keep My Books Too

In class this week we discussed Caleb Crain’s Twilight Of The Books, and while I do not agree with his argument that people read less now than they did 50 years ago, it did spark a conversation that interested me, about the end of books made from wood pulp. The reason this interested me is […]

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I Like Headlines

I use Yahoo as my homepage, because I like the random stories below the search bar, and the list of topics that are trending now. Yahoo has broken more news stories to me than any other source in the last two years, and I appreciate that very much. It may not be the best search engine, […]

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The Network is Way Better Than Cursive

When I was in second grade my teacher announced that, now that we knew how to write, it was time to learn cursive. A nicer looking, in some people’s opinion, way of expressing yourself using the English language. I hated it, the whole time I had to use it, but when I got to 8th grade, […]

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