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My Last Hour Online

Hi friends,

My palms are getting sweaty just thinking about a scenario, I thought was pretty interesting.

The world has decided to shut down the internet. What would you do with your last hour online?

  1. Google how to survive before 1983?
  2. Look for some good recipes
  3. Go on Facebook and write down the important birthdays of friends who would never forgive me if I forgot it
  4. Google good restaurants around the area.
  5. Download any important documents I uploaded onto my Google Drive.

Honestly, I think I could survive without the internet. All my friends know this about me, but I am incredibly technology disabled. I didn’t use the internet until grade 8, which was 8 years ago. My first fascination with Google was Neopets, a popular game during the time. More importantly, I think the most revolutionary and timeless website that helped make my life easier, in general, was dictionary.com. I remember before my introduction to dictionary.com, I would get headaches flipping back and forth to find a single word. I can’t imagine what it’d be like reading an academic article before the internet.

 

I.e. Bless the internet.

 

Peer Review 3 (A food Blog)

If you are a student looking for quick and easy recipes that will satisfy every taste bud in your mouth then look no further. FULL PLATE, EMPTY FRIDGE, should be the first place you should be looking for a new meal plan. When I was first introduced to this website, I was instantly reminded of grocery pamphlets, especially the ones from No Frills.

According to the article, UNPOPULAR OPINION: These YouTube Authors are Ruining the Publishing Industry, writer Kathryrn Lindsay makes a point about the using iconic names to popularize something-books, news, videos. Lindsay uses the example of a book called Girl Online that was publicized as being written by a famous YouTuber, Zoella. Although the book became under fire after her audience discovered that she was not the actual writer of the book, I was interested in the success of using her name to disseminate the content of her book quickly and effectively. Similarily, Full Plate, Empty Fridge, takes the idea of iconism to the next level. Although the content alignment on this page is odd to look at, it reminds me of finding good deals on grocery pamphlets and trustable grocery stores. These positive connotations that are evoked from the bright yellow bars and common fonts are humorous and compelling.

My biggest interest here is talking about transmedia. I want to discuss how, Full Plate, Empty Fridge (FPEF), works and does not work in today’s society. When thinking about transmedia we ” [do] not simply disperse information: it provides a set of roles and goals which readers can assume as they enact aspects of the story through their everyday life. (POKEMON AS TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLING)” Pokemon is a perfect example of transmedia because the adaptations of the Pokemon world has manifested into several mediums such as video games, movies, T.V shows and card games. The timelessness of the term Pokemon has stood strong ever since its introduction into the public sphere. In relation to FPEF, I think that the online access is incredibly useful to reach a broad audience, but I think that more diversity needs to be addressed. I would love to see demo videos, interviews or podcast to elevate the liveliness and humor that the text and images evoke.

FPEF does not need to go as far as creating a movie or video game to publicize his website, but a consideration for new ways for audience interaction is greatly encouraged. Other than that, This is a hilarious blog to read and follow for quick, affordable and tasty meals.

 

READ HERE!

READ HERE!

READ HERE!

 

Process Post week 8

This week we talk about how to monetizing your own site, it is interesting and made me think a lot about my own blog. I don’t think my blog could earn money based on the contents I posted and the theme about my blog. The contents are all about my daily life and share my …

Week 8 (Monetization of My Blog)

Today, I want to explain the intentions behind the use of my blog. I have been debating whether I should monetize my website, but a voice at the back of my mind tells me to refute. The reason I do not want to monetize is my fear of becoming consumed by the capitalist mindset. Although it would be great to receive money by blogging, I don’t want to become a billboard for advertisement. For me, this blog is personal and mine to craft and depict myself authentically. I’m not against advertisements on blogs or website, on the contrary, I think its great that people have found ways to earn extra cash.

My blog is a reflection of bit and pieces of my morals, experiences, and personality. Personally, I am a person who is afraid of wealth. Wealth equals power in society, but it also means more responsibility. I should state that I am not interested in the responsibilities of a high paying occupation, but the responsibilities of keeping a moral and justifiable human integrity. In other words, I am afraid greed, arrogance, ignorance, and the romanticization of reality.

I think of money like cocaine. It provides a quick and temporary joy, but eventually, it will dissipate and leave the user desiring more. The more we use the more we need to gain. Two options are then presented. One having the body becomes dependent on the drug, while the other is constantly refuting against the temptations of the drug(greed). At the end of the day, everyone needs money to provide for themselves the common necessities of life.

Therefore, should I monetize my website? I think I will but in the future. I am interested in gaining more experience, separating myself from the constant desire to earn wealth and rather focus on the public relationships for my audience.

 

P.s. I do believe that money cannot provide authentic happiness. Happiness comes from one’s own understanding that nothing is perfect, but good things do exist and it’s our job to seek them out.

Week 6

Suggested Changes by Lindsay Wang:

  • More images
  • Change typeface
  • Enlarge typeface
  • Enlarge blog title
  • Include additional social media links

 

Thank you for the excellent suggestions, Lindsay Wang. Be sure to check out Wang’s website here.

 

Let me first state that, I am extremely and painfully terrible at anything related to computers. Whether it’s using the search engine or coding, I develop headaches trying to google all my answers.

Let me begin with the title. I completely agree with Wang’s suggestion to enlarge the title text, but I had issue resizing the Gif file. I used Gif as my logo/title because I thought the bouncing sweat drop was cool. I’m not sure if there’s a really simple solution, but WordPress won’t let my Gif function if it’s not a square. My header has a large white space because I needed to crop my gif into a square for it to bounce. If anyone has any pointers I’m all ears.

However, I was able to place a gorgeous photograph that I took and rendered to work well as my background design. I mirrored a tree vertically and horizontally, applying a blue filter as well to create a water reflection look.

Originally, I had a skin tone as a background colour because it seemed relevant. I thought it was too formal for my content, but I have to admit I felt very sentimental and refused to accept that it was a pretty ugly colour. Light blue works great now that I have witnessed its brilliance. Blue reiterates my positive look on bad situations-living with hyperhidrosis-and it signifies water or sweat.

I played around with different fonts such as Times New Romans, Helvetica and Bodoni, but I think Playfair Display was still by far the most legible and appropriate font for me. I tried inputting some fancier fonts I google, but most of them didn’t work. Too complex.

My most successful correction was adding the social media widget. It was so exciting to see my Instagram post appear on the sidebar.

I really appreciate all the great suggestions. And check out her post below.

 

Click here to see MY friendly exchange of constructive criticism.

Click here to see HER friendly exchange of constructive criticism.

How Facebook Can Affect The (American) Spectacle

I want to spend some time opening up a discussion of whether the use of Facebook as a main source of news is reliable and effective. The Pew Research Center has collected data that states, 62% of Americans are using social media platforms as a source of news and 62% of those users are from Facebook. Meaning, 44% of the total American population get their news from Facebook Alone!

For example, today a friend of mine shared a video on her Facebook account. The video was originally sourced from Occupy Democrats, a facebook page where the owner re-posts an assortment of political news. The video shows an experiment where a white man and a black man are treated differently walking on the street with an AR-15 rifle around their shoulder. As a viewer watching this video, we can easily be provoked by the racial injustices being depicted. However, I do not believe anger is the reaction we necessarily need. I’ll elaborate with this a little later, but for now, take a look at the rest to Occupy Democrats page.

Above, we see the cover image for “Occupy Democrats (OD)”. I was thinking, who is the audience for this Blog? The posts are mostly comprised of video’s, which may appeal more towards a younger audience, specifically university students who may not have a huge amount of time to read lengthy news articles from credible sources. The text says “WE SUPPORT THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT, WE OPPOSE TRUMP, AND WE VOTE!” I found this statement interesting because it promotes the endeavors of OD, while creating an audience that refutes Trump.

What I think is effective through Facebook news(FN) is the global audience. The quick dissemination of information through the Facebook platform allows a wide range of discussion for people with an account. Above is a screenshot I took of one of the comments from the video and the argument catalyzed from it. I do not believe that comments on FN posts represent our current society, but rather a crowd that finds amusement arguing with strangers with opposing thoughts. Returning back to my previous claim that “I do not believe anger is the reaction we necessarily need,” I am referring to discussions that leave viewers feeling obligated to choose a side. If you haven’t realized by now, we can easily become irrational when we get angry.

According to a Forbes article, 10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts, Paul Glader acknowledges that false news has become more available to the public in the new internet age. However, Glade does suggest 10 newspaper suggestions that are worth supporting and relying on for credible news. So, whats the underlying question… let’s start by asking how reading FN differs from reading news from a credible source such as “The New York Times?”  According to “Society of Professional Journalists,” a professional journalist has a code of ethics. One of the main differences is a professional journalist needs to “take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible” This is critical for reliability because consequences for the publisher is at stake if the false news is released into the public. Until the publisher can verify their claims it is unlikely for false news to be released.

I am not against FN, but I do encourage its audience to be vigilant of false news all over the internet. Not only that but for people to be keen on learning more about a subject from credible sources and to not depend purely on social media platforms. However, I do encourage those who use social media platforms to keep reading posts and blogs because even credible sources will not have news publication released as fast as Twitter, Facebook and other platforms. Although we are vulnerable to false information sometimes, we need to remain interested in news topics to identify injustices and speak out about them.

 

References:

Jeffrey Gottfried and Elisa Shearer. 2016. “News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016.” Pew Research Center, 26 May. 2017, http://www.journalism.org/2016/05/26/news-use-across-social-media-platforms-2016/

Kayla Brantley. 2017. “Shocking social experiment shows police reacting calmly to a white man legally carrying an assault rifle down the street – but they immediately pull their guns to a black man doing the same thing.” Dailymail, 09 October.

https://www.facebook.com/OccupyDemocrats/

Paul Glader. 2017. “10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts.” Forbes, 01 February.

N/A. 2014. “SPJ Code of Ethics.” Society of Professional Journalists, 06 September.

Brighten Up Your “Lifestyle” with Lindsay Wang

Hi Readers!

 

Today, I’ll be doing something a little different in this post by including some tips on how to create a blog that can represent YOUR OWN PERSONA in a powerful way, through different DESIGN TECHNIQUES including good alignment, colour harmony, and other essential skills. I have chosen a website designed by the talented Lindsay Wang, who is currently studying at Simon Fraser University. The name of her Blog is called Lifestyle, a blog about her personal favorite hobbies.

 

Firstly, lets take a look through Wang’s website! At first glance, the website looks simple and easy to navigate through, but I will discuss a little about the issues and what works well for the blog design.

 

The first thing we see on her home page is this image of a subject, presumably to be the writer, looking out into the vast bright blue water. Undoubtedly the massive image is foremost the most salient visual in her blog which means it needs to be perfection. What works so well for her here is the image size because everybody loves pictures. However, the sharpness of the textbox and the pitch black tone creates an uneasy contrast between the subjects hair tone and the sharpness of the image itself.

I would suggest increasing the contrast in the hair to create some visual balance between the subjects black hair and the black text box below. Good visual balance gives equal visual weight throughout an image or space. Above, the visual weight is an imbalance because the black bar draws a lot of attention. Below, we have three focal points-black hair, black bar and the empty space. All these elements allow space for the viewer to scan Wang’s image thoroughly with ease and interest.

Next, we will take a look at the text below NEWS. I love the alignment here because the way she organizes her information makes her website easy to navigate through. Consistency is key for good legibility. Wang always has her short introduction to her blog in the center, includes a related image on the left and lastly the date of the posting. But, what didn’t work for me was the huge type size of the “NEWS” and subtitles. I would suggest reducing the text size just a little to experiment on how it may or may not improve the overall look. The large scale limits me to preview more than one blog post at once and therefore makes me lose interest to scroll constantly up and down. It is always good to keep in mind what your blog will look like in a year. Make sure information can easily found among dozens or hundreds of other postings.

Other than that I love the actual format inside Wang’s blog posts and I hope to see where her blog goes in the future. Make sure to follow her exciting “Lifestyle“.