Post #16: More podcast updates

I feel like we have had this project assigned for such a long time and now it’s due in a week (well if you want extra points, which I do so we are going to try to have it done for the fourth).

We originally want to have the podcast recorded before thanksgiving break so that a) we wouldn’t have to worry about it this week and b) so we would have enough time to edit it on garageband. Unfortunately for us, the plan didn’t work since the two people we are having in our round table discussion weren’t able to get together with us. So now the plan is to get together Thursday afternoon before one of our classes and sit down for an hour to record this podcast.

Unfortunately the responsibility of researching and writing the introduction and conclusion of the podcast as well as all of the questions, has fallen on me and I barely enough time to eat and sleep this week. So my plan is to write out the introduction and conclusion tonight and tomorrow morning so that way we will be all set for Thursday and then Alvin can edit the recording and we can get it submitted by Sunday.

I know that this project is supposed to be a pretty laid make assignment so I am not too worried yet about the process of getting it done. I’m hoping that on Thursday we will be able to have a good discussion regarding our topic and get everything we need recorded in order to eliminate any stress about other things we have to do for other classes. I think that once all of the writing is done the recording will be pretty easy and hopefully lead to a successful end product!

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From Needles to Nails

So far this year my primary focus has been on work on the 7th floor of the warehouse for my chosen major of fashion design. However, that changed today.

In my design 101 class I am now beginning to work in the wood and plastic shops, which means my new tools are going to become sanders and saws rather than sewing machines and sergers. For our first project we have been partnered off and the person in the plastic shop will create an object that is relational to the body (similar to the charrette project I talked about in an earlier post) and the person in the wood shop will create a stand for that object. I have been chosen as the wood maker for this project and will therefore be creating a stand for my partner’s object. He is thinking of creating a piece that engages the chin and then attaches to the wearer’s ears, while I am thinking of creating a “U” shaped stand to mimic the curvature of a chin.

Thankfully, the last two classes our professor has given us an in-depth tour of the tools in the shop and how to be safe while operating them. Today, was the first time we got to try cutting on the table saw. After we were cleaning up he asked me if I was in Industrial Design or Comm Design and was surprised when I said I was in fashion. He then told me that he was very impressed by the confidence I expressed in operating the machinery. I was very flattered by the compliment and I hope that I will be able to continue with that confidence as I move forward in my wood project:)

Post #11: Podcast Update

In class, we have been assigned to create a podcast where we basically talk about what ever we want for 45 minutes. Even though this assignment won’t be due until the end of the semester, we are starting to prepare now to eliminate the work we’ll have to do later by starting early.

For my my podcast I will be working with my friend and classmate Alvin. At first we had a pretty hard time coming up with ideas for our podcast. We talked about doing fashion, travel, current events, the environment/ climate change, and a bunch of other ideas. Now, I think we have settled on using the topic of discussing the different types of relationships in college, whether it is long term or short term. I think we are going to start planning out how we are going to tackle this project now.

The idea behind out podcast is comparing relationships that are long distance that are held up through college and relationships that are very spur of the moment and short term. To tackle this we want to interview two of our friends, one of which is in a committed long term relationship and the other who just started dating someone a few weeks ago. To compare and contrast the two of them we want to ask each person in the relationship about some of the benefits and hardships of each type of relationship and ask them how it is going for them so far. In doing this I think Alvin and I will be able talk about how each has its positives and negatives, but ultimately it is up to the two people in the relationship.Hopefully Alvin and I will be able to stay on track in order to eliminate any last minute crammed in recording sessions.

 

Post #6: Public vs. Private Social Media

In this age of technology, social media has become a beast that can be viewed in both a positive and a negative light. Recently, I read an article published on USA Today and written by Sharon Jayson; I will link the article at the bottom of the post. In the article Jayson talks about how information concerning our personal lives is being collected without us even knowing, by companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, the author goes on to quote several researchers and psychologists about studies they have done concerning privacy on different media platforms.

After reading this article, I thought I would do a little more research myself about the privacy policies of Facebook. As everyone who uses Facebook knows, on your account you are able to adjust who sees what of your profile, however not everyone knows what Facebook can actually see about you. Upon reading through Facebook’s policies, I learned that there is a lot more information collected about you than I thought, including how you interact with the people you are connected with, information about the different devices you use Facebook on, information you provide, along with many other things. Despite all this information that is collected, the good news is that most of this data is used to improve Facebook’s site to accommodate it better to the user. However, it is still unnerving to know that all of your information provided is being monitored and studied by the company.

Facebook itself has stated, along with an attorney quoted in Jayson’s article, that sites will never display identifiable information about an individual without their consent first, but  Jayson is still correct in her conclusion that the strictness in privacy policies is something that is becoming very crucial. In fact, no social media platform is without its flaws in its privacy policies. Jayson even mentions at the end of her article that in the past Facebook has had to “backtrack” on its privacy policies, leading to many people leaving the site due to privacy concerns. So while you may seem comfortable putting your Facebook account on private, it doesn’t mean that it is completely protected from everyone else.

I do believe that for the most part social media platforms are doing a pretty good job at accommodating users with sufficient privacy policies, but there is still a long ways to go. In the article and in Facebook’s privacy policies, both talk about the data Facebook receives from you and how it is studied to better the site. I think in the future, an improvement to this could be allowing the user to determine what Facebook can or cannot use from his of her site for study in order to give the user complete control. However, Jayson does argue a very important point that we all need to consider. But for now I think that as long as you are smart about what you post online you won’t fall into any bad situations.

USA Today Article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/08/data-online-behavior-research/5781447/

Post #5: Texting and Writing

Recently, I was assigned to read the article “Texting and Writing” written by Michaela Cullington, who was in her first year of college at the time that the article was written. The overall purpose of the piece serves to break down the mystery of whether or not texting influences the formal writing of a university student or any student for that matter. She does this through careful research and many sources of evidence, all while being professional as well as confident in her opinion.

Instead of commenting on the content of Cullington’s piece, I’d like to focus on how she writes her essay rather than what she writes it on. It’s worth the mention that Cullington is very good at portraying her own individual voice throughout her essay especially in the introduction, with her dramatic opening lines that hook the audience, and in the final paragraphs, where she uses “I” and “me” pronouns to give her opinion.

Starting from the beginning, Cullington’s introduction definitely reads like a student’s essay would, with a hook, some summary and a thesis. Her thesis is very well worded and makes a bold statement while not coming off as an opinion. Throughout the middle of the essay, Cullington does an excellent job at staying very unbiased as she explores both sides of the argument and backs up each one with several pieces of evidence from multiple sources: teachers, students, professionals, articles, etc. However, it is evident at the start of each section that Cullington jumps directly into her evidence without starting wth a topic sentence. By doing this, it is therefore confusing to the reader and unclear as to what her argument for each side.

It isn’t until the final two sections of her essay that Cullington switches into first person to offer up her own opinions of what  has just been said. In these last paragraphs, her personal voice can be read through her words, however it remains professional and formal. Cullington is able to convey her message with emotion and candid examples from her own life. In the end, she is able to sum up the main point of her piece concisely and cohesively in both the first sentence of the last section as well as the last sentence. From reading Cullington’s article, it is cleat that it is possible to have a professional tone while adding in your own voice as a writer. Adding your voice to your writing not only helps the audience get an idea of who you are as a person, but it makes their reading experience more enjoyable.

Post #2: Analyzing “From Pencils to Pixels”

Over the long weekend, part of my homework included reading the article “From Pencils to Pixels” written by Dennis Baron. The overall topic of the essay recalled the progression of writing technologies since the humble pencil to now the mighty computer.

The entirety of the piece left me marveling at how far we, as a civilization, have come since recorded history. One thing that I was very surprised to discover upon reading this article was how with every new invention of a means to write, record, or communicate information, there was always rebellion from one group of people who opposed the new idea. I knew that this sort of scenario would be popular today, but I found it very surprising that even with the creation of the telephone so many people didn’t see the uses of it, and now it is something that is used almost daily by many individuals.

Another example that I wanted to highlight was when Baron talked about how writing does not match spoken language. He mentioned that writing may be able to convey the same ideas that speech can, but it holds none of the tones, annunciations, or facial cues that talking face to face provides. I personally connected to this statement as it reminded me of how now with the popularity of texting, it is often times difficult to discern the emotionality of a persons response solely based on their text. For example, asking a question and getting a response of “That’s fine” can sometimes be difficult to decipher, especially if you don’t know whether the person meant it enthusiastically or in an indifferent and unhappy tone. In this case, speech can be better than writing. However, if done correctly writing can still give the same expression of tone as speech can. Authors often times do this with descriptors like, “he growled” or “she cooed” to help the reader understand the tonal cues even though they can’t be heard. So, while I agree that speech is usually better at conveying emotion, when done right writing can have the same effect.

The last thing I want to mention from this article comes from when Baron talks about the similarities between art and writing. As an artist and writer myself I found this drawn comparison to be very true. I think that writing is a kind of art in the sense that you are creating something from your original ideas and manifesting it. With art it can be done with paints, pencils, chalks, and other things but writing can do the same thing with words. I found this part to be very poetic and good at connecting the whole morale of the article: that whether it’s with a pencil or with a computer, writing is writing and the advancement of technology will simply help to make that writing easier to perfect, distribute and share with the world.