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Where Will It End?

24 Mar

The majority of things we get online or use in day to day activity can be seen a sealing someones ideas. How crazy is that? Most of us can understand that stealing music is illegal and downloading it can give us huge fine, but we still do it anyway. But, the question is, what is seen as stealing and how do we properly address forms or borrowing? When discussing the remixes we saw in class on Thursday, many of us thought they were funny and innovative. It was interesting to see different ways to view a movie preview and how certain aspects like music and word placement can change the meaning of a work. We discussed whether this would be considered stealing though because technically the movie is already made and the same clips are being used in the remix, but the order, music, and wording are all changed. Should this be considered copyright infringement?
People today say phrases like “don’t use my word” or “that was my idea first.” How are these things determined and why do people think these things? I think it is a form of showing that our population wants to be recognized for their thoughts and to be credit for them. This is all fine and great until people start actually copyrighting words and the population then has to pay for the use of those words every time we want to use them. Where does it end? In class we also discussed the idea of play directors wanting to copyright their movements on stage so no one else can use them. There are only so many different positions though that this would be near impossible. For now, we only have to worry about giving attribution to people we discuss in papers and the ideas we use but in the future we may be paying directly for certain words just because they are copyrighted. The copyright law used to last for fourteen year and now it last for 170 years. It just has to make us wonder whats tep is next and what will we have to do to avoid it.


Old Habits Die Hard

5 Mar

Crest or Colgate? A&P or ShopRite? The places to shop and brands to buy are never ending and it always seems that we prefer one over the other. How silly is it to pay more for certain brands and to shop at three different stores in order to get your favorite milk, shampoo, and meat selection. After reading this article, I realized how ridiculous it actually was to do thins but they make a good point, we all like to stick to our traditions. So the question is, how to we change those traditions. According to Target, their marketing for their supplies is crucial to how well their stores do and how much money they make. They think that by targeting expecting mothers in their second trimester is the most effective way to get people to buy anything and everything they could possible need at their stores.
“We knew that if we could identify them in their second trimester, there’s a good chance we could capture them for years,” Pole told me. “As soon as we get them buying diapers from us, they’re going to start buying everything else too. If you’re rushing through the store, looking for bottles, and you pass orange juice, you’ll grab a carton. Oh, and there’s that new DVD I want. Soon, you’ll be buying cereal and paper towels from us, and keep coming back.” I think this is brilliant of Target because their tactics are so simple and yet completely accurate. One of my family members, my aunt, just had a baby recently and she is a very picky eater and she likes certain brands for all of her foods. She is a single mom and found herself shopping at Target very frequently because it was down the street from her house. Since she was buying baby formula there, she was also picking up clothing, toys a few items for herself, and several groceries to put in the fridge. She was not a person who would ever do this but I think because her time is limited to when she can shop, stores like Target are a big hit. Working full time, she wants to spend as much time with her child as possible and by going to places that have everything you need, it cuts down on shopping times dramatically.

A Single Week Without Facebook! Oh no!

4 Mar

A few hours with out Facebook? Sure I can do that! A day or two without Facebook? Why not? How about an entire week without Facebook? Now that is a test. Can today’s generation of Facebook users go a week without this social networking site? It really is a test to see how addicting this “drug” is for us.

After reading the article, Who am We? by Sherry Turkle, I began to think about how I look on the internet and what my identity appears to be. Furthermore, “how computers are not just changing our lives but changing our selves,” (Turkle, 1). I would have to agree that the Internet has changed my identity. Between my Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Gmail, and Optonline account, I have different identities on each one of them. Facebook is the way to connect with my friends and family that are all over the nation. Twitter is a way to talk with people who are branched more locally. And the rest are other personal and school emails.

Do I miss Facebook? I mean yes and no. Am I tempted to go on Facebook? Some of the time and it is when I am on my phone and see the bookmarks on my Internet home page. Then the weekend rolled around, a lot of my family was visiting, and I began too want to go on Facebook. Mainly, because everyone was talking about things they posted about traveling, their kids, or something funny they saw at the airport. I thought that it would be easier to be off Facebook when I was at home; however, it wasn’t easier than being at school. While being at school and not having Facebook I was able to be far more productive and get my homework and reading done earlier in the day.

Then I really began to think about my daily usage of Facebook. I get on in the morning first thing when I wake up and check all of the sites: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, while I am doing this I usually eat my breakfast. Throughout the day I have notifications on my iPhone that keep me very up to date on all my social networking websites (Not necessary and almost wishing I didn’t have it at times). Every time I open my computer I check Facebook and Twitter even if I am just jumping on the computer to Google something. These social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter make a less than 5 minutes task anywhere from a fifteen to twenty minute task. When I sit down to do my homework it takes me another ten to twenty minutes to check each site and then shut it down and do my work. It is amazing how much of a waste of time Facebook is on a daily basis.

On Tuesday, when the Facebook strike is over, I am sure I will jump back on Facebook. However, I am really going to relook at everything I have online and to make sure the identity I propose to the cyber world is one that I am happy with. Even though I am already really careful with what I put on the Internet, after reading Turkle’s article I want to make sure that Facebook is not allowing me to, “discover things about yourself that [I] never knew before,” that are not positive qualities or different from my true identity off of the internet.

It will be interesting to see if I can stay off Facebook longer then Tuesday, or will I be ready to instantly jump on the computer and see everything I may have missed in the past week. To think of a life without Facebook is insane. For every time I go one Facebook I waste at least fifteen minutes and I go on at least six times in a single day. That makes an hour and a half each day, and then ten and a half hours each week. That is a lot of time that I could be using for homework, reading, or studying instead of seeing what all of my “Friends” or “Followers” are doing with their lives. As a future teacher that extra hour and half each day or ten hours a week will be crucial when planning lesson plans and activities for my classroom.

Video games

1 Mar

Video games have become a huge part of our generation and it seems everywhere we go there is someone talking about a video game or we walk into the food court at Rowan and there are multiple people playing video games for hours. I think we need to realize the huge influence these games and consoles actually have on our lives. While I was a huge video game fan when I was younger, I grew out of that phase and I only play games with my boyfriend every once in a while. Although this is true, I have also never thought of a video game as being educational, as I am sure many people would agree, but I can also say that after reading many of these articles, they really are.
The video games these kids are playing are not only providing a place for self identity but it also promotes learning. Many people that have played these games can learn how to solve puzzles, strategics, and learn new tactics. I think it is extremely important to realize that young kids seem to know how to play these games as soon as they are born. Babysitting, kids can whip out their controllers and immediately know how to play while I am using two fingers, struggling trying to follow what they are doing. Even with games that have just come out, like Just Dance, the kids learn the dance steps so quickly while I need to practice several hours to learn one dance. Video games are taking over and I think we need to start seeing them as good things that can help our learning, not hinder it.

No Facebook for a Week?!

1 Mar

I was given an assignment to not use Facebook for a whole week. Let me tell you it has only been two days and it has been hard. I am usually always logged onto Facebook on my phone and when I get bored, I go on and check out what’s going on. I haven’t been able to do that and I almost feel a sense of withdrawal. I don’t really use Facebook to post stuff and keep people updated on my life. I use it to keep in touch with my friends, to post pictures, and do what everyone is notorious for doing… stalking. I think stalking can be too harsh though because you aren’t really “stalking” you’re just looking up different people who you may or may not be friends with.

As a student, not being able to log onto Facebook has helped me to not procrastinate as much and actually get my work done. When I go onto my computer, since I can’t use Facebook I resort to getting my homework done which has helped me to feel less stressed so far. As for my friends, it doesn’t really make a difference that I’m not on Facebook because I communicate to my friends through other ways such as texting, and I see them on a daily basis. Facebook is primarily for keeping in touch with people you don’t see as often. Since you already don’t see or talk to them, what’s a week not being on Facebook matter?

As a professional, when I graduated from college I had already planned to completely delete my Facebook. At that point in my life I don’t think it will be that important anymore as I can already see it being a less prominent thing in my life now. Facebook is tricky when trying to get a job, and with me trying to become a future educator I need to be very careful of what I post online. I think it will be easier to just delete Facebook.

Even though it’s only been two days and it has been a little hard not to log on Facebook, I can see it not being as big of a deal later on in the week. I’m already starting to get used to it. Plus, I still have Twitter! J

Self Identity

1 Mar


     The idea of self identity that many of us constantly search for every single day. Whether it is with a group of friends or online, it is always something we think of.  Online, they are more frequently known as “MUDs” and they allow people to form virtual communities where they can mask their actual identities and make their own.  “In this, participating in a MUD has much in common with script writing, performance art, street theater, improvisational theater, or even commedia dell’arte”. Not only as they seen as this but they  allow people to be something they are not in real life. As people participate they become more than a person on a video game but more as people constructing themselves as new people. As one person stated, “Part of me, a very important part of me, only exists inside PernMUD,” These can be things people don’t want others to see about themselves or it can be something that many people aspire to, but whatever the reason, the important thing to see is that these things are a big part of some people’s lives and it is something they use every single day.

     Personally, on Facebook I post information including where I live, quotes I love, my friends, what school I go to, the school I attend, etc. While many people may see this as a place to post depressing status’ all day long, I think of it as a place to connect with family, friends who don’t live near me, and to talk to the very close people in my life. I use it to post pictures and videos, mainly things I think are an important part of me and my life. For my Twitter, I do not put as much personal information, just one or two main things about me so friends can recognize me. I used to think it was ridiculously dumb until it became an overwhelming trend and suddenly I found myself wanting to know what the big deal was, now I am addicted. I did not tweet that much when I first got my twitter because I was not really sure what to say but now I tweet all the time and connect with people all day long, usually 20 tweets a day about all kinds of thoughts, moments, and people I come across. I agree with Nicole  if we posted this many times on Facebook, but for Twitter it is not unusual.


Play to Educate?

28 Feb

I have seen my brother play on xbox Live for countless hours a day. All of my friends play on xbox Live and in reality, do I think they are learning anything from it? My first reaction is probably not. But, I would be wrong.  They are learning something from playing video games. They are learning strategies and developing a different way of thinking.

Schools have developed this way of learning “content”. I put content in quotes because we think of content as information that comes out of a text book. James Paul Gee the author of What Video Games Have to Teach Us says:

“Consider, for a moment, basketball as a domain. No one would want to treat basketball as “content” apart from the game itself. Imagine a textbook that contained all the facts and rules about basketball read by students who never played or watched the game. How well do you think they would understand this textbook? How motivated to understand it do you think they would be? But we do this sory of thing all the time in school with areas like math and science” (22-23).

Let me put this in plain terms, teach students by problem solving and experience. We should not be teaching them by what some call the “skill and drill” way. Video games are problem solving machines. If you play any video game it is all about how do I get around the obstacle a head of me. Why can’t we adapt this way of thinking into our schools.

Now, I am not saying that we should play COD in the classroom. I am saying though that we should consider having more problems solving ways of learning. Why can’t students have adventures when they go to school? Did you know that the way preschoolers learn is by exploration and discovery, also known as play. Who said that adults cannot learn by play anymore? Of course you would have to adapt it to a different kind of play.

Before I start rabbling on I want to finish with one statement. America is in a creativity crisis because of the “skill and drill” method of teaching. When Newsweek wrote an article about the creativity crisis last Fall (2010) they were quick to blame video games. Video games are doing the opposite, they are exploring creativity. To read more about the creativity crisis you can check out the following links.