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Critical Response

This first thing I noticed and found interesting, is that this article about live blogging, takes place in a live blog. You can see there is a header with the title “Greenslade Blog” above the beginning of the article. This blog is written by and updated by Roy Greenslade, a professor at City University in London. He teaches journalism there and was an editor for the Daily Mirror from 1990-1991. His blog is a live news blog. I found this interesting because it’s cool we are receiving the inside scoop on live blogging from a live blogger. Just a side note ūüôā


 

The Positives and Negatives of Live Blogging

What are the positives of live blogging?

– For starters, live blogs are getting 300% more views and 233% more visitors than conventional online articles on the same subject. They are getting more attention and are more popular for internet users and news lovers.

– Greenslade also points out, that based on the study, live blogs provide commentary and analysis alongside breaking news rather than summarizing the event after it is over. Live blogs make news more interesting. People do not want just the straight facts of an event, that is boring. Adding in some commentary and analysis makes news articles more interesting for people to read.

– This study also points out that readers prefer live blogs because they are more objective. It’s more conversational, and feels more real, not like a script people are reading off.

– It is convenient! People are following a news story from beginning to end, on a single page without having to leave their computer screen.

-Live updates are quick! The study found that publishing updates take every 20 minutes for six hours straight.

– They are likely to include readers’ tweets ¬†as opposed to comments at the bottom. I think this is really smart. Social media is really popular, so to incorporate that into live blogging probably helps make live blogs more popular and like-able for readers.

What are the negatives of live blogging?

– One of the study conductors from City University, Dr.¬†Neil Thurman, is quoted making the following ¬†statement on live blogging: “Live blogs provide this ‘news-at-work’ audience with what they’re looking for: regular follow-up information on breaking news in ‘bite-sized nuggets’ which they can read – as several readers told us – while they are supposed to be working.” The bit that made a point of live blogging being potentially negative was in the end of this statement, “while they are supposed to be working”. Since live blogs are more popular, are they distracting workers more than usual? Are live blogs blurring the lines between work and leisure? Potentially!

– The fact that there are such quick updates leaves the chance for hasty, and not as thorough or detailed information.

– Being on a computer screen can be bounding. You might not be reporting all the value you could be receiving from reporting on the spot.


Based on this article and study, positives seem to out-weigh the negatives for live blogging! To me, personally, if I were a journalist I would invest my time in creating a live news blog. It seems like a great and fun way to report information, and to get your writing out there in a popular form of media. Or if I was someone who was super interested in live news, I would definitely follow a live blog. Live blogging looks to be great advancement in media, so if you intend to participate make sure to keep up and blog on!

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What is Social Media

I’ve never actually taken the time to think of how I define Social Media. I sort of just think of a bunch of websites; Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and Myspace. I usually just think of any websites that encourage socializing between individuals or groups of people.

When I looked up the definition for “Media” it is stated that it is any means of communication to the masses.

Going off of this definition, I would say that the internet as a whole is social media instead of the few websites that I listed above. I

would define social media as anything that allows mass amounts of people to interact and socialize with each other. Social media should have the ability to reach thousands of people across the world.

Facebook and Myspace are good examples. A person can meet old friends but they can also access all kinds of other people in the world. Depending on the privacy settings, anyone can be updated to someone’s life. Obviously the everyday person’s updates aren’t going to be in high demand but this can be seen on popular artists/entertainers’ Facebook pages. Demi Lovato’s page would update about her concerts, her album news, and news about X-factor and it may link to other related artists or pages. In this way, different groups are getting relevant information about a multitude of things. On a personal level, it is still possible to reach a high number of people even without the public status update. In messages, a user can send a message to anyone they tag. That means though¬†it is private, it can still reach more than a few people. Myspace is somewhat the same, or at least it used to be. I’m not sure what it’s like now but I know a lot of up and coming¬†people still use it for their respective careers. I think it has become a website used for networking and collaborating. A lot of artists showcase their new songs¬†on their pages/profiles though they may be unknown. They use the website with the hopes that their name will reach potential fans/customers.

Perhaps the best examples (that I know of) are Twitter and Tumblr. While Facebook and Myspace are primarily used for friends or people who already have some sort of established relationship, Twitter and Tumblr builds relationships between strangers. It’s almost odd that Twitter uses the least amount of words but it is probably the number 1 “Social media” website. Strangers update about trivial things but they¬†can also share pictures, music, links, practically anything with their followers. Information is spread so incredibly fast through Twitter. Tumblr is actually pretty fast as well but it doesn’t seem as widespread with regard to users. But what it lacks in popularity, it makes up with full body texts and more in-depth information.

Basically, social media is anything that allows communication and the spreading of information between thousands, even millions of people. I think that while a blog can potentially spread information, it depends on the interface and the way the blog is used and set up. It has the potential to be social media but I wouldn’t necessarily call all blogs social media. I only say this because not every blog opens up¬† room for conversation and communication. If it’s a one-way flow¬†of information, I don’t think it counts. It definitely fits the definition of “media” but to be considered “Social media” I think blogs would need more mutual interaction.

RU Admissions Blog

Overall I love the idea for this blog! I think it can be very helpful for the new incoming students and I wish I had known about it when I was entering RU. It is an easy way for new students to get answers to some of their questions in a very informal, not intimidating way. Many incoming students are nervous about a lot of things coming into college and this is a bridge to helping them adjust. They are able to ask questions or may not even have to because they are probably already answered somewhere in the blog. Not only is it beneficial to the incoming students but also current students. It is a way to share experiences they feel fellow classmates should hear about. It also provides a way to keep students involved and make them feel like part of a community. It is also nice it was chosen to be a blog vs. a different type of writing because blogging is informal and students do not have to worry so much about what or how they are saying things. Instead of speaking to professors they are speaking to each other, which makes it easier to understand each other. Something else that is very helpful about the blog is its set-up. The page is easy to navigate and if a student has a specific concern they want to learn more about all they have to do is look under the tag cloud and click what they are interested in. Once they do, they are brought right to the page where those concerns or questions were addressed. Something that could be changed would be that along with the tag cloud they were provide better categories on topics. The cloud is helpful but categories would be even more helpful.

Nude Media

The Nude Media article has really unveiled something totally new to me even though I did not put much attention to it. It is when a file is stripped of its information or context and is put onto the internet. This is what is called Nude Media. I had no idea that there was something called for this application. Pointing out what the article says, when a piece of artwork or media becomes nude when the written work loses its meaning and the property is somewhat stolen and put onto the internet. The article has pointed out to me that this is a huge problem and the nude media is everywhere more than I thought it was originally. The use of Creative Commons Media is more important to me now than I had originally thought. It is such an important resource and it needs to be used by everyone. This allows you to use the image but only if the author gives your permission to use the media of choice. You do not want to strip the media of it’s content and therefore get in trouble legally because you technically “stole” someone’s original art work. By using Creative Commons Media, you give the author of the media some credibility and recognition of their work.

It amazes me that when you read something online it is in a totally different style when you reblog it or email it to someone. This is a huge difference because the media is supposed to stay the same no matter what. It is not up to anyone to change the author’s work except for the author. You should not be able to distort any part of the media through the digital translation. By using Creative Commons, you are able to use the chosen media but at the author’s discretion. The main goal for an author is to keep the same original work in the same context as it was founded. I know it can be hard to do, but I think that it should not be changed at all for whatever reason.

I know it may not be all possible to stop the style change of an original artwork, but it should be almost as similar as the original artwork. You do not want the artwork to be badly damaged and messy that it does not look good. It should still be in the same formatting and the same layout. Nude media should not be a major threat to bloggers or any other internet user. If people will use Creative Commons Media as a resource, then everything should fall in line. The main goal is to not rip off someone else’s work that is not ours. So if we use Creative Commons Media, then all the media will not be changed and still stay in the original formatting.

Lauren DiCioccio and Blogging

While there isn’t a direct correlation between blogging and Lauren DiCioccio’s paintings, her artwork can really tell you about layout and its importance. ¬†All of her pieces look like magazine pages in which she uses dots of color to take the place of words. ¬†She indents and ever text wraps white space that contains what would be thought to be a quote. ¬†Being an art history major, I tend to get really analytical with artistic pieces (maybe sometimes too much, oops!) but her portfolio is really representative of modern art and the direction it has taken towards the media. ¬†I was curious about her artist statement, and what she said really struck me. ¬†“My work investigates the physical/tangible beauty of commonplace mass-produced media-objects…this transition is a good thing- faster transmission and distribution of information, streamlined systems, openness to user input, less waste. But a hole is left behind by the disappearance of these everyday objects.” (Read the full statement here)

I think, depending on the blogger, the focus really shifts between content and layout. ¬†I know personally, I’m really anal when it comes to choosing my layouts because I come from a family of graphic designers. ¬†The information on the blog may be really excellent, but it’s the layout that captures and keeps the readers. ¬†I know that isn’t the case for every blogger though. I’ve seen some really awful layouts- especially on food allergy blogs written by mothers or family members that are less tech savvy. ¬†Their intent is to get the content to the audience but they don’t realized that they don’t keep that same audience.

Paintings

In my critical response to the articles from last week I mention how important the use of color is in blogging. Color is all about where you want the eye to be directed when someone is viewing your blog. The same goes for paintings and Lauren definitely knew this while composing her paintings. She uses a lot of color in all her very abstract work. Her use of the dots allows the reader to make what they want out of her work. Since none of her work can be made out for sure what it is, it leaves it up to the viewer’s discretion and that can be appreciated by them because they get to view how they want to. I think this is a good tip for our blogs because maybe we should be posting certain things where the viewer gets to decide since giving the reader power is important. Although this could maybe work against your blog if you are not running an art blog since some people, like me, prefer a definite an answer or knowledge. I like to know what I am looking at and so if it is not art, I feel like I should be able to perceive it for what it is. I often get frustrated when I am unsure of what something is. Then again I am not very big into art and so you can see why I feel this way. Something I did find interesting about her work is the fact that some of her paintings have complete pictures in them such as watches and a reoccurring lady. It has me curious as to why most of her work is dots but then there are the occasional pictures. Something else I noticed is that she uses the same lady in all her pictures. What I take from that is that that lady is very significant and so she always uses her. She symbolizes something in her work I just do not know what that is. Overall I think she bases a lot of her work off of color, which is very smart considering color is one of the biggest components of any type of work.

What It Means to Strip Media

In his piece titled “Uncreative Writing, Managing Language in the Digital Age ” Kenneth Goldsmith states the following to define nude media: “Once a digital file is downloaded from the context of a site, it’s free or naked, stripped bare of the normative external signifiers that tend to give as much meaning to an artwork as the contents of the artwork itself” (Goldsmith, 72). ¬†Goldsmith gave an example of a New York Times article having small differences from the hard copy to the web version. The web version had a sans serif W in the word Washington instead of a classic black serifed T for Tony (72). The hard copy article was taken and put online and when it appeared online, some of it’s original external signifiers were altered. This online version was a nude form of the hard copy. It is a form of nude media.

Does nude media translate over to Creative Commons media? I personally think that nude media can apply to Creative Commons media. Creative Commons media provides art work that can be shared by anyone. There are certain restrictions depending on the creator of the work, but if it is on Creative Commons it can be shared in some shape or form. So how can a piece of art work on Creative Commons translate into nude media? If someone takes a piece of work from Creative Commons, and takes it out of it’s original element, and puts that piece of artwork into an atmosphere of their own, they are making that piece of media into nude media. If someone takes a photo from Creative Commons and shares it own their own blog, they are stripping that media externally and therefore making it into a piece of nude media. Another example of a piece of art work taken from Creative Commons and being transformed into nude media would be if someone took, for example a photo from Creative Commons, and if the creator put a license on it that people who want to share the photo can alter the photo, and if the person sharing the photo adds small differences to the photo, for example adding an arrow if they want to point something out in particular, that would make this piece of artwork a piece of nude media. If the original piece of work is being altered in some way, it would be considered nude media. ¬†So yes, I do think nude media can come from Creative Commons media and I think the two can be connected.

I find nude media to be very interesting. I had no idea art work could be classified this way until we learned about this is class. It’s weird to think that if an original piece of work has been altered even in the smallest way or taken out of its original element, it can be considered nude media. There is probably so much nude media out there that we do not even recognize to be nude media. ¬†Just like the New York Times example. That was a public piece of nude media that people probably did not even think to be considered nude media. Very interesting!

Nude Media

I guess I had never really thought about nude media in the context, or really (if I’m going to be completely honest) at all. ¬†It’s really interesting to see how an authoritative site such as the New York Times can have its information misused and stripped down to it’s base. ¬†With each manipulation, the article loses more and more authority until it literally becomes a summary.

The short article emphasizes presentation and format and how that correlates with the authenticity of the information you’re presenting. ¬†This is something that I’m not necessarily sure the first thing some bloggers may think about. The way a blogger or a publisher may view their information could be completely different than how it will later be perceived by the general public. ¬†Because of the huge dichotomy between print, e-article, and e-mail friendly versions, there are bound to be discrepancies in not only formatting, but content and the way it is viewed by the intended audience. It’s interesting to think about all of this, because in an age where everyone relies so heavily on media to get our information, it’s becoming more apparent that we have to take into consideration both content and context.

As amateur bloggers, I’m not too sure how nude media could effect us to the same extent as it did the New York Times, but this article has definitely opened my eyes to the issue.

Blog Layout

I was very informed after reading these two articles. They represent how to make the perfect blog and they give you information on both the more and less obvious aspects as to how to layout your blog. Some of these tips may be common knowledge which is what more of the first article, “Tips for laying out Blog Posts” focused on. Then there are more technical tips most do not know and this knowledge came more from the second article “10 blog Layout Tips.” Both present great tips in order to have an eye-catching blog!

In the first article, “Tips for laying out Blog Posts,” it is all about how to catch a person’s attention through visual concepts. These concepts consist of things such as colors, images, fonts, all the things that draw a viewer’s eye to something. I figured this was a very important aspect to blogging but I did not realize actually how much until reading these two pieces. The tip that interested me the most from this article would be number three, which was collages. I would not have guessed that collages caught the eye more than a single picture. My reasoning would be because there is a lot to focus on rather than just one picture. Turns out I was wrong! Not only are they attractive to the eye, they help speed up the loading time of a page from the consolidation of the photo. Everyone can agree that they are much happier with a page that loads quicker rather than having to wait! So this tip actually serves two purposes, the practical purpose and the fun purpose!

Then on the opposite side we have the second article, which basically gives tips on things that most people would not already know about. These are more technical things that many people would not realize that it actually does make a difference such as, white space, vertical alignment, typography and so on. These things focus more on how to set up your blog so that your viewer has an easy read while also being able to easily navigate through your page. You might think things such as a cluttered page may not matter but you would be wrong! Small things like this do make a difference even if it may be a sub-conscience one. I wanted to point out that there was a reoccurring tip I came across and that was colors. Using vibrant colors in order to direct the reader’s eye to where you want it to go has come up in both articles making it one of the most, if not the most, important aspects to a blog in my personal opinion. It makes sense when you think about it, in order for a reader to stay on your blog and actually get to the point of them reading your posts, they have to be interested enough so that they do not click out of it first. In order to do that your layout must be eye-catching so the little things such as colors matter just as much as the actual information that is being provided and so it is worth it to really contribute to all parts.

Annotated Bib 2

Rowse, Darren. “Can You REALLY Make Money Blogging? [7 Things I Know About Making Money from Blogging].” ProBlogger. N.p., 28 Nov. 2012. Web. 25 Feb. 2014.

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This website is useful for my thesis because the author really goes into how or if it is possible to make money off of blogging. He does this in a format of 7 points he addresses, which he deems important to know about the process. Since my thesis states that yes it is possible, it was nice to see that his first point stated that it is possible to make money from blogging. He then goes on to describe in the next six points what one must recognize in order to make this happen. He keeps it very realistic and straight forward, which I consider helpful. My favorite part about this site is that the author is really honest in his reasoning.