Homework

Annotated Bib 6

Goldman, Eric. “Should TheDirty Website Be Liable For Encouraging Users To Gossip?” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 25 Nov. 2013. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.

 

This article highlights a lawsuit between former NFL cheerleader Sarah Jones and the website TheDirty.com. TheDirty is a gossip site that encourages the perpetuation of “mean-spirited and misogynistic” gossip. TheDirty featured Jones on the website twice falsifying promiscuous behavior with a whole NFL football team. Normally, this type of case would be covered by Section 230 which would protect the website from defamatory statements written by third parties, but the district courts rejected TheDirty’s defense.  Jones won the case because Section 230 was mostly overlooked even though the content was written by that third party. TheDirty appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the judge is under strict criticism for using his own personal agenda.  Four amicus briefs were TheDirty has been backed by major publicity traded user-content company. 

Annotated Bibliography #6

Davison, Sharon. “Social Media in Education: 6 positive effects of blogging in kindergarten.” Smart Blogs on Education. N.p., 02 Apr 2013. Web. 6 Apr. 2014. <https://smartblogs.com/education/2013/04/02/6-positive-effects-of-blogging-in-kindergarten/&gt;.

 

This article give six reasons as to how blogging had positive effects on a kindergarten class. These six effects included: relationships, feedback, self-esteem, digital citizenship, audience, and communication. The author gives a short explanation for each of the effects and how she saw it displayed by the students in her class.

Annotated Bib 5

Kadmar, Adi. “2013 in Review: CDA 230 and Recurring Threats to Strong Online Speech Protections | Electronic Frontier Foundation.” Electronic Frontier Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.

 This article highlights the issues in freedom of speech and the threats that Section 230 has been undergoing within the past year.  In 2013, 47 state attorneys appealed to Congress to amend Section 230 by adding an amendment for state criminal laws.  This amendment would shift the “power” and regulation of the internet to all 50 states government and would most likely cause contradictory practices on how each state is able to utilize the internet as a vehicle for free speech.  These rulings are very controversial because they focus mostly on explicit content containing minors; the government along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation are trying to find ways to tackle situations like these. Many believe that the content of Section 230 needs to be amended to take into consideration these kinds of federal offenses without having host sites claim “free speech.”

Annotated Bib #4

http://www.thomasgregory.com/the-resource-vault/white-papers/blogging-is-a-liability-risk/

 

“Blogging as a Liability Risk.” Blogging Is a Liability Risk. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.

This article discusses the legal liabilities of blogging for a company and how to handle the various types of information that circulates on a corporate blog.  This post mostly focuses on defamation and it’s two forms: slander and libel.  From a corporate standpoint, you should have a policy for your employees about blogging.  Because companies can be held responsible for anything an employee may post, it is wise for the company to set rules.  If an employee is writing reviews about competitors and ex-employers, the company and the employee are liable and can get into some serious trouble in accordance with the Personal & Advertising Injury provision.

 

Blogging is like all other risks in business, you must weigh the pros and cons and go from there.

Annotated Bib 4

Hsu, Hui-Yin, and Shiangkwei Wang. “The Impact Of Using Blogs On College Students’ Reading Comprehension And Learning Motivation.” Literacy Research And Instruction 50.1 (2011): 68-88. ERIC. Web. 21 Mar. 2014.

This article tries to see if digital learning with the help of a blogging tool helps increase college level reading and retention of information.  Therefore, college level developmental reading courses used blogging in its curriculum. According to the results of the study, it was found that blogging with these courses correlated to higher retention of information in the class.

Annotated Bib 3

Ellison, Nicole B., and Yuehua Wu. “Blogging In The Classroom: A Preliminary Exploration Of Student Attitudes And Impact On Comprehension.” Journal Of Educational Multimedia & Hypermedia 17.1 (2008): 99-122. Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 21 Mar. 2014.

This article is about the different types of technology being used for educational purposes. It gives an overview about all of them, including blogging. It states how many people have blogs and how many people use them. It makes sure to talk about how the effects of blogging in the classroom setting is for the most part anecdotal, meaning that it varies depending on each situation. That is because that it is a relatively new teaching tool. The study wanted to answer these two questions:

RQ1: What are differences among students’ perceptions regarding the educational benefits of writing a blog entry vs. reading other students’ blogs vs. reading other students’ comments?

RQ2: What are student perceptions of the experience of blogging as an educational activity?

Annotated Bib 3

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/23/nation/la-na-blogger-suits-20100823

 

Savage, David G. “Blogger Beware: Postings Can Lead to Lawsuits.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2010. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.

When you think about blogging lawsuits, you tend to think of fair trade law violations and suing over stolen property.  I did too! This article brings to light the other end of the blogosphere lawsuits: defamation over the internet.  Because of the way the internet has grown, laws had to be created to deal with issues such as those some bloggers are facing now.  Many people tend to think that because they are behind a screen, they are safe from any sort of prosecution, but that is far from the truth.  It’s incredibly easy to track IP addresses of someone posting malicious and defamatory statements online about people or businesses. Though we as individuals have the right of free speech, it is considered illegal to defame and wrongly state information online- which I think a lot of people forget.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen really vulgar and misinformed information about business practices to either get a rise out of the company or to just “share their opinion” but it is possible to be sued for that kind of post.

 

I thought this was really interesting because I had not been expecting this kind of thing to show up in my search for blogging lawsuits.

The Cycle of Technology: Comparing the Invention of the Typewriter and the Use of Modern Blogging

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This picture was found on Flickr using Creative Commons. It was added by member, The New Ruffian.

The article we had to read for this week talked about the different impacts of the typewriter on businesses, literature (like memoirs, poetry, and others), and other aspects of life. It got me thinking about how a lot of the initial feelings that people had towards the typewriter first started being used could be comparable to the feelings people have about different blogs.

To start with, the article mentioned something about how the women of the time were able to become typists and became a icon symbol for other women. Basically, these women were held in high esteem, and made other women want to follow their footsteps. Thus, as the article states, many other women followed whatever styles and fashions that the typists initiated. This is similar to how popular bloggers are followed today. There are many different blogging platforms used on the internet for these bloggers to get their messages across to their readers. The posts that bloggers put up are rich in their own ideals, morals, views, experiences, and so on. To be more explicit: their style, their flare, their passions. Think about those bloggers who blog about fashion. They explain what style of clothes and products they wear, when to wear them, how to wear them, how to accessorize, the prices, and so forth. After taking this into account, readers may end up buying whatever was featured on the blog the next time they go shopping for either clothes or shoes. Now think about those bloggers who are social justice bloggers. They spotlight issues that readers have come to take for granted. Readers, once getting educated on a particular issue, may feel compelled to do something about that injustice. They may even start to reshape the way they think about certain things or modify their actions to cause less offense. Therefore, these bloggers- like the typists long before them- have influential power because they are looked up to by people who are reading their work.

Additionally, the articled talked about how the invention of the typewriter made grammar and spelling so important that dictionaries became a valuable tool to have. Just like the dictionary became an important tool once the typewriter was introduced, modern blogging made becoming internet-literate a very important skill. How often is it that we have heard how everything is now on the web, that newspapers and magazines and other forms of print are becoming more and more obsolete? Soon, printed materials will become just as rare as handwritten letters. As the article had said:

The typewriter fuses composition and publication, causing an entirely new attitude to the written and printed word”

Modern blogging is another step in that ladder of fusing different printed works together and presenting it in a new way. Newspaper companies now have blogs that highlight different news bulletins, making it more accessible than watching a broadcast on television or hearing a broadcast on the radio. A lot of magazines- whether they are gossip ones or life style ones- are also following the same path.

In conclusion, after reading the article I could not help but see the similarities between the attitudes towards the typewriter when it first was used and modern blogging today. I like to think of the whole thing as a cycle, a cycle that improves information transmission with every turn it takes. Who knows, maybe some day in our future there will be another method of informational transmission that would take over after blogging. Difficult to picture right now, but can you just imagine it?

2nd Annotated Biblography

Website Link: http://visual.ly/wordpress-statistics-and-numbers-2013

“Start Creating, Sharing & Exploring Great Visuals Today!” WordPress Statistics and Numbers 2013. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2014. <http://visual.ly/wordpress-statistics-and-numbers-2013&gt;.

My topic for my research paper is again, why WordPress has made blogs more popular. In order to make that argument I am going to need to conduct research on WordPress. The website I have listed above is a link to Visual.ly.com, which on this specific page, showcases an info-graphic on WordPress. This info-graphic contains WordPress statistics taken from this past year, 2013. One statistic it gives is that there are 69 million WordPress websites in the world. That is a huge number and it is something I can incorporate into my WordPress research. It is also a fact I can potentially use to back up my argument of why WordPress makes blogs more popular. This is a very useful source. I am going to need info-graphics like this that provide me with statistics on WordPress. It will be vital for me to have statistics on WordPress so I can compare them to other statistics on websites that host blogs so that I can backup my theory that WordPress does in fact hold more blogs and that it has made blogging more popular. Statistics on WordPress can also provide me with reasons why blogging has been made more popular if there are ones that highlight the popularity of the specific features WordPress contains. I am going to need to do more research to find info-graphics like that as well! I am going to need info-graphics with statistics on WordPress but with more blog focused statistics, but this is a good start so I can begin to get some background on WordPress and be able to apply it to my topic. This specific info-graphic is very useful because it still provides me with that. Overall, I think this source will be useful to me. Like I stated before, it gives me not only a visual, but information on WordPress that I can use to learn about the site in general, and also information that I can apply to my research and topic.

What DiCioccio’s Paintings Can Teach Us About Blogging

After taking some time to look at Lauren DiCioccio’s paintngs, I think they are really good examples of how bloggers should want to layout their blogs. I have come to this conclusion after reading the “10 Blog Layout Tips” article we had to read for homework. A lot of the tips the article gives can be seen in Lauren DiCioccio’s paintings.

This first tip given in the article is vertical alignment. The point of the tip is to make sure everything in your blog fits in it’s rightful column. This is to make sure nothing looks like it is randomly sticking out and to keep your blog looking neat and organized. If you look through Lauren’s paintings, you can observe that they all contain vertical alignment.

The second tip given is having white space in your layout. You want to have white space, or sections/columns of your blog well spaced, so that it is easy for your readers to read. In Lauren’s paintings, all of her paintings have white space. Her columns are filled with colors and they are also well spaced so you can easily identify separate columns and paragraphs or images.

I am skipping down to tips 6 & 7 because tips 3, 4 and 5 ( uncluttered sidebars, accessible info and short description) are elements we can not necessarily draw an accurate comparison to blogging, since these paintings are made up of dots and not words.

Tip number six is typography. Typography is having a low amount of fonts in your blog. I think Lauren’s paintings are a good representation of consistency with fonts because in all of her paintings, for the most part, the dots are the same size.  There are also only dots, so the consistency of shape is also made throughout the paintings. We do not see any squares or triangles mixed in. Sometimes there are bigger dots to represent a title or quote perhaps, but other than that, there is consistency of shape and size with the content that is representative of the words.

Tip number seven is colors. You want to add color to your blog to make it appealing and to draw attention to your readers. Lauren’s paintings are a good example of the addition of color because her paintings are filled with a variety of colors. She places colors in the dots and sometimes the images. This in combination with the white background really makes her paintings stand out. The colors really capture your attention while looking at her paintings. That is what you want to achieve with a blog layout. You really want to be able to capture a reader’s attention and the use of color is a very simple way to do that.

These are just a few of the tips that resonated with me after looking at her paintings. They really do set a good example for how bloggers should look to layout their blogs. If bloggers are having trouble envisioning a nicely executed blog layout, I think they should look at Lauren’s paintings because they are definitely a great representation of what a blog layout should look like.