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And On That Note…

May 7, 2009

The semester has ended. The blog will probably not be updated or read for a while or ever again, which is sad ūüė¶ but it’s okay. For those of us who are taking the summer off, don’t forget to write! You’re going to be doing crazy things–getting a mean sunburn while on a yacht, poison ivy while hiking up the¬†Palisades, maybe getting burned after your friends dare you to jump over the bonfire at ¬†a party… either way, crazy things make great stories.¬†

So, not to sound like a Mom, or a nerd, or your sophomore English teacher, but enjoy your summers! Read some wonderful novels, and write anything; if not for educational purposes, then just simply to soothe your soul.

Ciao!

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Crimes in Cyberspace

May 7, 2009

A news article posted by the Wall Street Journal got me thinking, who woulda thought? The article discusses internet privacy in the workplace, apparently two co-workers at a New Jersey location, and countless other employees around the country have been getting in trouble, suspended from their jobs, or even fired because of something they posted on MySpace of Facebook. 

In one instance, a supervisor somehow hacked into the account of two employees and read a private conversation of the two bashing their workplace. The emplyees were fired and now the supervisor is being charged for invasion of privacy.

“While private conversations might be covered under those laws, none of the statutes specifically addresses social networking or blogging,” (WSJ)

There are privacy laws in our country, I’m sure of it. They are what prohibit some snoop from reading your snailmail. But with the accounts of internet privacy, and the comotion it’s causing, where is the line drawn? If someone can’t read your mail, but they can hack into your Facebook account and read your inbox messages, is that okay? I don’t think so, actually I think most of us have a more personal connection with our inboxes than we do with our mailbox.

The Writing Biz

May 6, 2009

I learned today in a presentation by alumni of Rowan University’s Writing Arts program that I can get a job!! It was music to my ears. I think that many students who study writing feel overwhelmed by the oppurtunies out there. Since writing is such a general category, it’s overwhelming to think of what industry you want to work in, or send your first job application to. Every company needs a writer or an editor for something, and as was mentioned today by the speakers, new age writing is creating even more jobs for writers–some which can take place without even leaving your MacBook.¬†

But I’ve had an epihpany, if you will, today. Yeah, every company needs a writer, but as writers we have the ability to choose what interests us outside of the wrtiting sphere, and build a career based on it using the skills we’ve learned. For example, I’ve always wanted to work in fashion, but when I started out my college experience at the Fashion¬†Institute¬†of Technology, I¬†learned¬†that fashion wasn’t all I wanted from my career. Writing was too.¬†

With the skills I’m learning, I will (hopefully) be able to work in the fashion industry, but instead of dealing hands on with the catty, technical, bitchy aspect of the runway or the showroom, I can just sit back, observe, and write about it all.¬†

So write on, people. There’s something out there for all of us.

Playing for Change

May 5, 2009

I heard about this Playing for Change¬†foundation¬†today on NPR. It’s a pretty interesting concept. The founder of the organization, Mark Johnson, recorded street music he heard while walking around the city (with the musician’s permission, of course). He put it on an iPod, brought that iPod to different places around the country, and while other musicians were listening to the¬†original¬†sound, they started to play music too, and Johnson recorded their reactions. He expanded the project from places around the country to places around the world. Now, he’s integrated the sounds of people from all over the world. People are making music together without even meeting eachother.¬†

Sad Tree

April 30, 2009

I’m sitting outside for an art class right now, the assignment is to draw anything. I’ve been looking around for an hour and a half, drawing leaves, trees, ponds, and rocks. After a short break just a moment ago I looked up and around, searching for my next subject, and I saw one particular sad-looking tree staring right at me. It has two knots, that if on a face would be cross eyes, it has a long crevice underneath them that I can only see as being a nose, and then underneath all of those it has an upturned u shaped frown. Upon further investigation I have been noticing more and more sad faces on this tree. I can’t help but find the irony in this. according to McCloud, we see faces in everything because we see ourselves in everything. I know I’m being dramatic but with the environmental chaos today, wouldn’t you be a sad tree too?

5:30 Mass

April 29, 2009

There’s a hundred different hair-dos here

and three hundred uncoordinated outfits.

There’s pant suits and tracksuits, jeans, skirts, and dresses,¬†

sweatshirts, and jerseys of all kinds.

There’s a bouncing baby the next pew up‚ÄĒ

her attention devoted to the reflection of stained glass windows on the tiled floor‚ÄĒ

and a crying one behind.

A lone cell phone interrupts the service, and everyone rustles around, 

Checking their pockets and bags.

 

Pay attention

I can’t

We’re at church

I’m too distracted.

 

Breathe in 

a mixture of mothballs and mildew.

Breathe out

And conspicuously scan left hands, wonder who’s married, widowed, divorced.

 

He means well up there, speaking of Ugandan women and their water pails

But it’s hard to concentrate when his deep purple vestiges against the white walls strain my eyes

And his South African accent strains my ears.

Media Ecology Theory

April 29, 2009

The following passages are taken from “A First Look at Communication Theory,” by Em Griffin. ¬†They are talking about the Media Ecology Theory which basically¬†shows how changes in the human era can be linked to it’s pertaining media.

“Literacy also jarred people out of collective tribal involvement into ‚Äúcivi- lized‚ÄĚ private detachment. Reading words, instead of hearing them, transforms group members into individuals. Even though the words may be the same, the act of reading a text is an individual one.”

This passage embodies the concept that you can read your way to the top. Who needs education when you have a library card?

”¬†‚ÄúThe new tribalism is one where everyone‚Äôs¬†buiness is everyone else‚Äôs and where we all are somewhat testy.‚ÄĚ 8 ¬†Citizens of the¬†world are back in acoustic space. ”

This definitely relate to the new era we’re living in now. Take Facebook for example, is it wrong to say that everyone’s business is everyone else’s when someone’s every move shows up on your Newsfeed? I think not.

Prices are Writing on the Menu

April 28, 2009

Relating to the the previous post, “Do You Speak Engrish?” I found this sign outside of a cafe in Verona, Italy.¬†

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I think it means that the prices vary when you sit inside or outside. But obviously that’s not¬†exactly¬†what it says. In written word or language, when things get lost in translation, not only do their meanings change, but they sound downright stupid. ¬†

I guess it’s¬†entertaining, I mean I got such a kick out of the sign that I took a picture of it, but for those of us looking for jobs in the writing industry, maybe we shouldn’t be so worried about the current economic situation. If whoever ¬†wrote this sign can get a job, so can you.

New and Improved Vandalism Technology

April 23, 2009

Also! Check this out too. 

With digital age comes digital graffiti, how clever

Digital Literacy

April 23, 2009

This video¬†about digital literacy caught my eye. It says, after explaining Google’s success, that students are relying too much on Google. I think we sometimes forget that Google is just a search engine. The results we read are just words, we have to read them, analyze them, and apply them to whatever it is we are trying to educate ourselves on. It still takes somewhat of a brain to get by in the digital age, computers can’t think for us yet. Can they?