education

Annotated Bibliography # 6

Fenza, David. “The Centre Has Not Held: Creative Writing & Pluralism.” New Writing: The International Journal For The Practice & Theory Of Creative Writing 8.3 (2011): 206-214. Literary Reference Center. Web. 6 Apr. 2014.

This article focuses on the idea that creative writing becomes much more democratized through the medium of blogging because it opens the door for a plethora of people to be able to enter the writing community for better or for worse. The sphere of creative writing opens to aspiring writers as well as established ones to form a community that was hardly possible even about 30 years ago. It gives access to media in a way that has never before been available, as well as has let writers play with content, form, and overall craft because of the accessibility to the internet. Blogging has produced new styles of writing that are at once innovative and rapidly changing.

Annotated Bibliography # 5

Bickerstaff, Susan. “‘I Am The Rock Goddessof Lyrics’: Writerly Identities Of Adolescents Returning To School.” Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 56.1 (2012): 56-66. Literary Reference Center. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.

 

This article covers the relationship between kids who dropped out of school and how blogging has in many ways helped developed their writing skills even as they spent time away from school. Now returning to education, many teachers are impressed at the level of skills that have continued to develop despite the lack of a formal education. The accessibility and connection to the blogging universe has kept and enhanced certain skills. However, it was also shown that other mediums such as strict social media i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and other related websites have in fact shown a reverse in writing skills. Spelling and grammar have taken a backseat on social media platforms whereas the blogging universe has shown great improvements as well as attracting a completely different hosts of readers–thus making the writers have to match up and keep to par for their viewership.

Annotated Bibliography 3

Hungerford-Kresser, Holly, Joy Wiggins, and Carla Amaro-Jimenez. “Learning From Our Mistakes: What Matters When Incorporating Blogging In The Content Area Literacy Classroom.” Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 55.4 (2012): 326-335. ERIC. Web. 9 Mar. 2014.

This particular article focused on a study that was done which explained why blogging did not necessarily help students improve literacy skills, though it also did not hinder it. The teachers involved explain what aspects of the blogging worked and what aspects did not. Overall they thought that there was a heightened sense of community overall within the classroom because of the accessibly of the blogs and each other’s thoughts even while out of the classroom setting. While editing skills were prized and cultivated, most students felt like the blogging aspect of the class was the least important tool in their learning. The teachers involved actively explain that though their project was somewhat of a “failure” they learned what might work well in the future or in other classrooms. By implementing these new changes they hope to see the results they were expecting, with literacy being linked to the blogging exercises.

Nude Blogging

The article Nude Media opened my eyes to something that’s been happening in front of me for ages, but I had yet to really notice. Nude media is when a file is stripped of it’s context and attribution through distribution throughout the internet. This process of media becoming “nude”, as pointed out in this article, more often than not serves to strip away much of the meaning and original power and authority that a written work possesses.

After having read this, I’ve certainly began to notice the effects of nude media in every direction I turn. After pondering how this might effect me and my writing, the need for a system like Creative Commons appears so much more important than it already had. Through the use of creative commons, which as we remember is a form of digital attribution that forgoes the need to constantly be contacting the owners of digital information, we are able to keep a continued line of attribution to the original source, thus keeping some sort of credibility.

I had often, in the past, given little thought to font, style and structure within online writing. It was interesting to have the contrast in difference between a printed article, blogged version of the same article, and then on to a emailed version of that article, pointed out. It’s easy to see how the importance and in some cases even the message and content of an article is distorted through the methods of digital translation. How exactly you combat this aside from the aforementioned use of Creative Commons, remains somewhat of a mystery to me. If it is your own work that you are transferring across different forms on the internet, I suppose you could try to keep as much of the original identifying information present as well as font styles etc, however, that becomes difficult in forms such as email because you have to worry about file size and offering a presentability that is considered somewhat of a norm for that forum.

Perhaps, a way of combating the blatant changes inherent in the re-usage of your content would be to present it all in a digital form such as .jpeg or another image type that does not allow for the direct copy and paste of words, and brings along with it the overall aesthetic look of the piece. Unfortunately, even this method does not work well in practice because it comes out looking sloppy, and in no way fits with the formatting and layout of any process we use for publishing written text.

In the end, I don’t see that nude media poses a major problem for the majority of bloggers and internet content providers. Sure, now and then our work will get ripped off, poorly attributed (if at all) and this might lose us a little credit, however, I think in the long run, the Creative Commons process will provide us the best possible avenue for digital content sharing and attribution.

Annotated Bibliography # 2

Lacina, Jan, and Robin Griffith. “Blogging As A Means Of Crafting Writing.” Reading Teacher 66.4 (2013): 316-320. ERIC. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.

This source is an article based on how blogging is beneficial to crafting writing. These writers argues that in the classroom, blogging hones skills that are very much connected to critical thinking, writing, and the production of creative knowledge. By this the authors assert that in classroom studies, focusing on a centralizing topic and being able to concisely share ideas shows a skill level in younger children that are not present in other students who have not been exposed to this style of writing. They also assert that blogging has a space in the classroom for various reasons. Most importantly, they showcase how blogging isn’t detrimental because of its shorter form of narrative but actually helps the student to focus and hone in on their specific topics. They find that the blog posts are much more precise and relevant to the subject matter that they speak about.

Using Creative Commons

As Roni Loren points out in her post about the dangers of using someone elses media without a proper understanding of it’s licensing and or attribution criteria, you quickly leave yourself open to legal action and I’m sure a sense of shame. Because of this, Creative Commons proves to be an incredible tool for bloggers looking to use different forms of media that they have not themselves created. It’s important to keep in mind that photos, music and writing do not just appear out of thin air. Someone took the time to frame those shots, set up the lighting and create all the little details that eye catching photo entails. When you find that picture you want or that song you just have to have because it embodies everything you’re trying to express, it’s only fair that you give credit where credit is due! The fact that people go through all this trouble to produce something amazing and turn right around with a willingness to share and allow it to be distributed is a testament to the good nature of our fellow humans and should never be taken advantage of. Creative Commons gives them the perfect way to give you permission without having to go through the long and sometimes migraine-filled process of seeking permission that used to be the norm. The simple and easy to understand criteria that Creative Commons work use, provides us with a singular system in an near fool-proof manner. Through the use of Creative Commons material, you, the author, can avoid the risk of being sued, continue to share amazing works of art, and feel good that you’ve given attribution to those that made it all possible. The use of Creative Commons is also fantastic for the contributor. So you spent all day, in the cold, lining up a shot and waiting for the sun to be at just the right angle for that once in a lifetime photo that you just needed to have. You get home, dump it on the internet and wait for the compliments to start pouring in. A few weeks later, as you’ve gained followers on your Flickr account, a friend informs you that they’ve seen your picture somewhere else AND IT DIDN’T GIVE YOU CREDIT. What a devastating feeling that must be. Someone else, even if it’s unintentional, is now getting the credit for your sweat and tears! Creative Commons give you solid ground to stand on for issuing cease and desist type orders; a way to protect yourself! Another great benefit is the exposure that one can receive for sharing their work. Just imagine that same image being used in so many amazing places, and it’s got your name tagged underneath! The traffic and notoriety that can generate can be priceless for you and your blog or career. I think the most important reason to use Creative Commons, aside from the somewhat selfish idea of being sued for not doing the right thing, is that you are promoting people to keep things shared, and continue contributing these wonderful things for the whole world to enjoy! The content that is shared by Creative Commons license, allows for the majority of internet connected peoples to be party to amazing things that may never have been dreamt up, or presented in the way they finally were, without that push from something that inspired them and that they were given the opportunity to use themselves. For instance, my blog would be just a bleh place of bland text and a boring white background if it were not for the fantastic people on Flickr who decide that they are willing to share with me the fruits of their labor. I thank them for allowing me to spice up my work and provide that visual appeal to go along with my typewritten ideas.