Top Blogs and Blog Comments

The first blog I decided was my best was the blog from September 23. It is one of my best because it directly quotes the reading about infographics from class and extends on the reading. This blog also engages the audience by giving controversial pictures to debate about and a question at the end of the blog that allows for answers and farther questions in the comments. In relating it to a current event, it relates to real world and in class. For real world, the pictures are about natural gas, which is always a huge topic and for in class, we were getting ready to make our infographics so it described what not to do on them. For being good in a successful blog entry, it was submitted in a timely manor, goes beyond summarizing by me taking a stance on what is a good infographic and what is not while also being relevant, it was in a level voice and engaged the audience in the conversation, and tagged other sources for references. For the rubric, it follows what makes a good blog, so it hits the requirements from the blog rubric.

The second blog I chose was the blog from October 13. It is one of my best because it directly quotes the reading, about Carl Johnson and how trolling appears, from class and extends on the reading. This blog also engages the audience by talking about Twitter, something most of them use, and the ways it is messed with by trollers and false information. A question at the end of the blog allows for answers and farther questions in the comments. In relating it to a current event, it relates to real world. For real world, it relates to the way the a lot of people get their information through Twitter and warns them that not all the news they view is accurate. For being good in a successful blog entry, it was submitted in a timely manor, goes beyond summarizing by me taking a stance on what is acceptable for news on Twitter and opposing trolling, it was in a level voice and engaged the audience in the conversation, and tagged other sources for references. For the rubric, it follows what makes a good blog, so it hits the requirements from the blog rubric.

I know this is not part of the two, but a close third was the October 28 because of the title!

The first strongest comment is the one on the Now Verses Then blog. This comment extends on the reading of spreadable media. It also links to an outside source to extend on the topic and provide more information. It furthers the discussion, does more than summarize, adds more sources, and adds another question for farther talking. It also follows the rubric by furthering the discussion and being meaningful.

The second strongest comment is the one from the Milennials and Internet blog. I originally linked them to my YouTube video, but corrected the comment by linking them to my blog, because it gave another view about the same topic and extended the conversation. It engages the audience and answers questions that the original author posted. It is in a respectful tone while still adding a new opinion or view. It also follows the rubric by furthering the discussion and being meaningful.

Finally, I also enjoyed my comment on Carrie’s blog, Spreadability of Wolves, because I linked it to a related video that was spreading rapidly due to it’s emotion factors of fear, shock, and many more. I just think it was a good timing of a video that related to the 6 things to make something go viral.

What is a Worthless Challenge

In the article “Take the “No Ice Bucket” Challenge”, the ice bucket challenge is criticized and called a worthless challenge that people should not participate in. The thought is that only liking and doing the challenge is not actually doing anything to help with ALS because nobody is actually donating, but rather just dumping water on themselves. I believe that this theory is completely wrong because people actually did a lot for the awareness and research of ALS. According to the facts online, the ice bucket challenge allowed awareness of ALS to spread to a global scale and even incorporate politicians into the challenge. On another note, the challenge caused the amount of money donated to the ALS foundation to increase and made millions of dollars. This shows that this challenge was actually very beneficial to people on a global scale, but are all challenges beneficial or are some worthless?

On Youtube Challenges, there are lists of challenges that are all over the internet and that so nothing beneficial for the people. These challenges range from the cinnamon challenge to the ghost pepper challenge and from the saltine challenge to the salt and water challenge. There are many other challenges to view, but the one that is probably the most popular and strange is the cinnamon challenge.

This video shows what the cinnamon challenge is and how it goes wrong. The thing about this challenge and all the others that make them worthless is that they are not for a cause, but rather just the entertainment of the viewers. This is where I agree with the “Take the “No Ice Bucket” Challenge”. Something such as these challenges are worthless and not beneficial, while something such as the Ice Bucket Challenge has helped bring a problem to the front of the world’s eyes. Do you think that the Ice Bucket Challenge has been helpful or is a worthless? Are there any other challenges you can think of that are beneficial or worthless?

Viralling Out of Control

Everyday, there are millions of people that go onto the internet and somehow, certain videos, pictures, or articles manage to go viral and almost all of these millions of people see this viral thing. If you ask me, that is pretty amazing considering all of the things that people could choose to search, view, etc. The real question is how does something such as a video go viral in the first place?  According to Maria Konnikova in, The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You, any of these six things, emotion, arousal, social currency, memory inducing, practical value, and quality of story, will make an item go viral. To me it does not seem too hard to find a way to incorporate one or even many of these things into a video or something entertaining, so I can see why things go viral all the time, but how do things stop being viral? When searching on Google, there is almost no information on how things stop being viral, only on how to make things go viral. The closest is talking about the reason viral things stopped mattering in 2013, but does not talk about when things stop going viral.

My thought is things either just fade away after a certain amount of time due to other viral things appearing, or viral things never truly quit being viral. The first thought is much easier to think about because it is a common thought that older things will fade off as the new items appear, but the second is more difficult. There are examples of things never truly being gone from being viral. Take this, Top 10 Viral Things That Shouldn’t Have Been, which is an example of things that went viral a long time ago and reappear now as a website. More examples are Gifs and Memes. Old pictures pop up with new meanings and old videos that use to be viral reappear with just a clip and new meanings. Take the next two Memes, download (2) images

both of these Memes appeared for a while and were viral, but after a while they faded away. The only thing is that they are still very easy to find and when somebody shows them, could take off as viral again. Overall, I believe that viral things will fade away from the lime light and be less viral, but I feel that they never truly stop being viral. What do you think happens to old viral items?

Communicating from 6 Feet Under

Everyday, people are logging onto their social media sites and using it to look at pictures, news, or just make contact with people. These actions have become so natural in our everyday lives that nobody thinks twice about doing it. What people will think about twice is what will happen to their social media sites when they pass away. It is not a common thought and really makes you wonder. If the current trend of Facebook users increases at the same rate, we may have as many dead users as we have live users by 2130 and if the rate stops, the number will be the same by 2065. A lot more interesting information on what happens to different social media sites and great statistics about after you die appear on this inforgraphic.

On sites such as Facebook, your page can marked as a memorial or be deleted by your family, but if nothing is done, the site will stay the same. Other sites have different means for canceling or changing deceased people’s pages. This video talks about the Facebook options in a little more depth.

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Now to me it is no surprise that something is done to your social media page after you die, but things get creepy when people are able to due things such as have their Twitter use an algorithm to send Tweets into the future that fit within the other realm of the Tweets you posted while you were alive.  People will literally be able to communicate from six feet under. To me, this would be a creepy thing to see in the future and I wonder if anyone else feels this way?  Are there any other forms such as the Twitter one that will send future messages, that you did not write and plan to send at a future time, out to the public?

Tweeting the World

All around us, people are Tweeting. From the lunch they ate, to breaking news around them. The real question is how useful is Twitter in getting useful information to people around the world.

First we need to know what counts as useful information. The definition of useful information is any information that is beneficial or could be used for practical utility.  This would include news reports from news stations and live breaking news posts from witnesses.

It is stated in a study that almost 9 out of 10 (86% specifically) in every Twitter user use it for news. Of all the people that use Twitter for news, 74% use it for this daily. This means that a large majority of the millions of Twitter users most likely rely solely on Twitter for their news updates. The problem I see with this is that any Twitter user can use the hash tag and post their views and opinions of news to the actual news, causing possible false information to be  pasted on from viewer to viewer. Somebody that is purposefully posting false information on these accounts and hash tags are trolls. People who troll cause large problems on Twitter, such as Charles Johnson.

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 Charles Johnson, what a troll.

Even with the trolls causing false information to be pasted on, their are also people who are accidentally passing on false information. These individuals could be witnesses to the incident, but may have not seen the entire picture and therefore are passed on missing or biased information. I feel that this is one of the main problems when people search for breaking news on Twitter, they are being feed false information.

Overall, is there a good way to find information such as breaking news on Twitter without reading the false information and believing it and passing it on? Is the best way to only look at the information posted by the News Companies or are those possibly wrong too?

Where is the Equality?

For a long time, women faced the problem of not having a voice in anything, but times have changed and voices are being heard. Women use to only stay at home and not be part of the work force and now they are crucial parts in the growing work place. Women are now CEO’s and leaders of companies and upper leadership spots. They make a difference everyday in the workforce.

Even with women having growing opportunities and careers, they are still behind the average male in salary and other positions. Men still get the higher importance jobs and jobs that are counted as more important in the companies eyes. Due to this difference, it is apparent that there still needs to be a change in making the work place a little more even. With this being said, I believe that not all opportunities in the world are favored for the men.  Such as on Wikipedia, it is believed that men have more of a opportunity to change what is posted on Wikipedia because there are currently more men doing this. The biggest problem with this statement is that it does depend on the women having an opportunity, but rather them not using this opportunity.  Women are not having the confidence to go and change or do things that are currently available for them to do.

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Going back to the job opportunities, I think that women are taking and using their opportunities in new fields. Look at Rose-Hulman, we currently have one of the largest number of women in our freshman class, and these numbers will probably only rise in the up coming years. If you look around everyday, it is apparent that opportunities are not equal yet between men and women, but they are shifting more in the right direction everyday.

How can we as a society go about helping make women more confident in doing none job related tasks, such as updating Wikipedia posts?