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IA344: Writing in a Digital Age



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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.


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Crossing the Lines of Online Harassment

From our reading about Online Harassment we discovered that people are getting harassed frequently online.  The article gives a stat that 73% of online users have reported seeing someone being harassed; this could be anywhere from just name-calling to someone being stalked.

In my opinion there are certain types of harassment that can be avoided or ignored.  Such as simply name-calling where the internet user can just move along and ignore the other person and avoid contact with them.  I think the majority of online harassment can be avoided; however, I think the lines of harassment are crossed when someone gets a hold of someone else’s personal information.  When someone gets another person’s personal email or address, they can continuously contact and threaten that person to the point where they become scared for their own safety.  I think a good example of this is from when we talked about revenge porn in class.  If someone has explicit photos of another person and wishes to blackmail them, they can potentially ruin their life by posting their naked photos online for anyone to see.  This could affect potential employment and other friendships.  In the video we watched in class the one woman said she was pushed to the point of wanting to end her life because the images that were put online were ruining her life.

Another example of severe harassment can occur in sports.  A recent example is the punter for Michigan.  He dropped a snap on a punt and Michigan State recovered it for a game winning touchdown.  Michigan fans put full blame for the loss on the punter and let him have it on social media. This article shows some of the “nicer” tweets that were said about the punter, but there were others giving him death threats and telling him that he should commit suicide.  Another article shows a video on how to handle a situation like this in a civil manner.  They talk about in the video that the player is just a kid and it is not like he wanted to do it or he did it on purpose.  The first article also shows tweets that are in the punter’s favor that say he is just a kid, he is trying his best, and he does not deserve anything that he is getting.  Even I, as an Ohio State fan who loves to see Michigan lose, do not think this kid deserves anything he is getting on social media.

What do you think?  Where should we draw the line when it comes to online harassment?

How Big of a Deal is the Gender Gap?

I believe the Gender Gap reading we did in class makes a good segue into talking about the role gender plays in other topics as well. The way it affects the contributions into Wikipedia may not seem like such a big deal, but there are other ways that gender roles can have a big effect on things.

In my opinion the gender role has changed significantly over time.  In this article it talks about old TV shows and movies in which the typical family picture was portrayed.  One in which the man would be off at work all day supporting his family financially while the woman would be home making meals and taking care of the kids.  Over time our society has made change for the better.  I believe women have a lot to offer to this world and them sitting at home cooking meals all day does not allow them to make the difference that they can.  A big role for the woman is to be a mother to her children, which is very important; however, a mother can take care of her children all while taking on a full time job to help support the family financially.

Another big difference between men and women is the amount of money women earn in the work force.  In this article, it states that as of 2010 women only make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes.  Even with the great strides in inequality that have been made, there is still a clear gender gap.


This is an image of women protesting how much they are earning from a long time ago.

'Equal Pay Day 2000' Rally in front of the U.S Mint, 300 W. Colfax Ave. , Several womens groups speak out about the current wage gap for women and people of colora . smone where carrying red purses to show that women's pay is still in the red, compared to men's pay. Photo is of ( center left ) Nancy Rinker President of Colorado Business & Professional Womens , with other women's groups . Women in Colorado will join with thousands of women in all 50 States in a national call for for action on fair pay -- over four months into the new year-- when women's earnings, on average , finally cach up to men's paychecks from 1999. (Photo By Glen Martin/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

This is an image of women protesting for the same thing in a recent protest. So, even with the advances being made it is clear that we still have some work to do in our society.

What may be some things that we can change to give better equality in our society?

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