Alec Writes Digitally

IA344: Writing in a Digital Age


November 2015

Best Blogs Blog!

The first blog that I am going to use is the first post I did for the quarter about Google affecting our intelligence.  In this post I wrote about how the internet is changing the way people are learning and living.  I gave my opinion about the topic and then I provided quotes form our reading and other articles I found on the internet to back me.  I also added an interesting picture that can explain how the internet shapes our minds.  At the end of my blog I added a question for the readers to give them the opportunity to continue the conversation I started.  In the comments I got the readers to agree with my argument that the internet was making us more intelligent.

The second blog I am going to use is the blog in which I wrote about live-tweeting.  I commented on the article we read for class and stated my opinion that I think live-tweeting can have a negative effect in certain situations.  I then used another article I found that explains the positives and negatives that come with live-tweeting.  The author of the article I used agreed with me that live-tweeting during lectures and presentations can be very distracting to everyone.  I also wrote about situations in which live-tweeting can be helpful and I used an article about Bernie Sanders live-tweeting the GOP Debate.  I prompted people to comment on my blog by adding questions at the end.  This was very successful because I even got the author (Carolyn Thomas) of the article I used to comment on my blog to add to my argument.

I also used categories and tags in both of the blog posts so I could easily track what I talked about in the blogs.

The first comment I am going to use is the one I did on this blog about the Ice Bucket Challenge.  In this comment I continued the writer’s conversation by disagreeing with their argument by giving my reasons on why I thought it was not a waste and it did a lot more good than it did bad.  I also added on more information of certain challenges that I thought to be wasteful that could fall into the argument.  Even though I disagreed with the writer in my comment, I was not rude about it and I just gave my opinion along with reasons of why I thought that way.

The second comment that I am going to use was from this blog about things going viral.  In this comment I added on to the writer’s argument about things going viral and reappearing later.  I used a topic from class about social currency to help explain my argument that things will go viral because of what is going on in society right now.  Something that has to do with Obama running for presidency would not go viral because that has not happened in a while.


Civic Value vs. Communal Value

From the video we watched in class, we discovered the difference between civic and communal value. Civic value was defined as something that is created by participants for society to use as a whole and something that will benefit society.  Communal value is defined as something that is created by participants that benefits themselves; something that is funny, but does not necessarily make a difference on society.  A good example of civic value is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  People were challenged by other people to either dump a cold bucket of ice on themselves or donate one hundred dollars to ALS study.  This did a good job of spreading awareness about ALS and led to a major increase in donations for research.  It had a positive impact on society. An example of communal value given from the video is LOL Cats.  These are just memes of cats with funny captions.  These things were created by people just to enjoy; they did not have any kind of effect on society.

In the article we read for class about Avatar Activism we learned that civic media is “content intended to increase civic engagement or to motivate participation in the political process.”  This is spreading political views with hopes that online supporters will help to spread the views.  It is related to civic value because it is making an impact on the political aspect.

Another example of civic value is No-Shave November.  This is where people do not shave to raise awareness for prostate cancer.  This article talks about how it got started and how it blossomed from an organization that made $2000 in 2009 to making $1 million last year.  This would not have been possible if people were not willing to spread the awareness themselves.  Something that was started by a small group was eventually able to make one million dollars.

Are there any other examples of civic or communal values that you know of? Any things that have made a great impact on society?

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