Weekly Summary

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  • Friday’s Daily Create
  1. I’ve never appreciated seeing the sky so much until I moved here to Michigan. When I lived in Florida looking at the sun and watching the palm trees wave in the breeze was so amazing. Now, the gray skies don’t really catch my attention. They seem invisible. 
  • Saturday’s Daily Create
  1. Using this effect was fun. I remember when I was younger, I would put my hand in the light to see if I could see through it. It reminded me of this. 
  • “Branding in the Digital Age”
  1. The topic of this article suggests that companies must keep up with the advancing technologies to stay relevant because consumers are becoming more independent with the ways in which they can communicate with others via the Internet. 
  • “What’s Your Personal Social Media Strategy”
  1. This revisits the idea that everything on the Internet is stored and that it’s up to the user to make sure they are portrayed in the way that they want because in today’s society, judgment can be made from a single tweet. 
  • Visited Michigan Radio Website
  1. It was nice to visit a site that I wouldn’t normally visit 
  • Registered Blog
  1. I’m sure that now I’ll be able to find other students’ posts more easily now. 
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I rarely keep up with the news because most of the times that I’ve indulged, I found myself disappointed with what’s going on in the world. It’s not that I don’t want to be aware, because I’m very observant, it’s just that some day’s I’d rather not be heartbroken by the news around me. 

Structure

  • easy to navigate through
  • headlines clear
  • not too crowded
  • makes stories appealing

Today’s (Sunday) eye-catcher was about the Auto Show. You hear so many positive things about it, the headline, “The Darkside of Detroit’s Auto Show”, caught my attention but it also reconfirmed my prejudices against the news. I just feel like it’s all negative. 

Social Networking

The sites seem to welcome the opinions of readers. It invited them to share their thoughts. 

Wesch Video

After watching this video and being introduced to Michael Wesch’s research and experience, it really made me sit and think back on my life. Am I characterized but what people want me to be? Or am I really myself? But how do I know what being myself really means if I’m so influenced by the media and what it says is right or wrong? Am I purposely trying to be different? This video was much more than a description of Web 2.0 but rather how the media dictates our lives. He was right “the media isn’t just a tool” or just “means of communication”, they actually change our lives. I would love to go somewhere and not feel the need to use media, at all. I wonder how long I could survive? Asking myself that last question, the way I worded it was if I NEED media, like water or oxygen. Man. 

Rip!: A Remix Manifesto (Taking Risks)

Photo Credit: CC Aces Finds Vintage

Photo Credit: CC Aces Finds Vintage

In the documentary, Gaylor highlighted the works of artist and DJ GirlTalk. GirlTalk specializes in what are called mash-ups. He takes a bunch of songs and creatively place them into one track and it just sounds awesome. Although not all artists go to that extent, they do use sampling which is very identifiable in today’s hip-hop and r&b.

Here are a couple of songs that wouldn’t exist if artists didn’t risk violating copyright laws:

1. Kanye West & Jay Z- “Otis” sampled Otis Redding- “Try A Little Tenderness”

2. Wale – “The Breakup Song” sampled Stevie Wonder- “All I Do”

Sampling can even be seen in movies. Different shot techniques that are used can be tracked down to one single origin.

If anyone is interested, the series “Everything Is A Remix” does a great job breaking down how other industries sample and remix. I was surprised to know that even computer companies “borrow” from each other.