Monthly Archives: February 2011

Free posts make me smile =)

Some of my favorites:

“celebrate we will cause life is short, but sweet for certain”

“I make mistakes. That’s what I do. I speak without thinking, I act without knowing. I drink so much that I can barely walk. I’m a fantastic lover though, and an amazing friend. God knows I mean well.” – Sex and the City

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move on.”- Tupac

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” – E.E. Cummings

I am the master of my fate.
I am the captain of my soul.

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My Media Consumption

Society is rapidly becoming obsessed with digital media. The way that we rely on the internet and technology is so surprising to me. Keeping track of my media consumption from Monday to Wednesday was quite exhausting. I found that I am on my BlackBerry way too much for my liking. Whether I am texting or on twitter, my BlackBerry is never far from my fingertips. I realized that I definitely do not watch television as much as my roommates. They will put the TV on while they are eating just because they think it is too quiet without the background noise. I have come to see that I am addicted to music and I do not really see that changing.

I have come to appreciate the time that I do not have my phone glued to my body. I have practice for cheerleading almost everyday of the week and we are not allowed to have our phones on during practice. I enjoy being at practice and being at games because I am only focused on my teammates and the things that are going on directly around me. Although I am on my phone a lot, I also believe that I have control over my media consumption. I know that during class and while I am doing my homework I cannot be on my phone. It is way too distracting for me. I also do not listen to music while I am trying to get work done. During finals week I deactivate my facebook and I try to keep my phone off.

It is definitely shocking how dependent my generation has become on the internet and media. We do everything on the internet from ordering pizza to taking a quiz for class. The media and the internet is going to continue to grow and I am just hoping that everyone will be able to keep up.

Buddy Ball

The “changemaker” I decided to do my upcoming video on is Buddy Ball. Buddy Ball provides individuals with a mental or physical disability the opportunity to sports, regardless of their limitations. It helps individuals learn teamwork and promotes self-esteem, one of the tools needed to help overcome the stigma often associated with a disability. One does not have to pay to participate in the league because Buddy Ball relies entirely on donations from their sponsors.

My younger cousin Gregory has down syndrome and I believe he started Buddy Ball when he was about six. My oldest brother Christopher was his Buddy for about five years and it was truly inspiring to watch all these people play together. I definitely want to interview my brother for my video and ask about his experience playing with Gregory in the Buddy Ball league. Gregory only played baseball in this league, but they also offer bowling, basketball, and cheerleading. It is amazing what Buddy Ball has done for children with disabilities and the league will continue to change these kids’ lives.

Communication Ethics in the news

I have never been one to follow the news because I was always a little scared to know the truth about the world. No one ever reports on the good things going on in the world, instead we are a society addicted to tragedy.

Now that I am constantly on twitter, I will randomly decide to look at CNN or Time Magazine to see if there is anything big that I should be aware of. I came across a tweet on the CNN twitter page that said “Egyptian Google exec is ‘ready to die’ for change.” I continued to read the article and found out that Wael Ghonim plays a key role in organizing many of the protests going on in Egypt recently. The article is very intriguing, but the parts that stood out to me dealt with the communication aspect of the protests. The article states, “He was the administrator of a Facebook page that is widely credited with calling the first protest January 25.” Ghonim used Facebook in order to get people to participate in the protest and it just goes to show you that different forms of communication can be used in so many different ways. The article also encourages its readers to follow Wael Ghonim on twitter. It truly amazes me how many things communication and the media is used for.

Egyptian Google exec is 'ready to die' for change

More TED talks: Global Ethic

Gordon Brown’s TED talk on Global Ethic was extremely intelligent. I thought he was a brilliant speaker and the talk was very eyeopening. His talk connects the many forms of communication with the issue of ethics. We cannot ignore the tragedy occurring in the world if everyone is aware of the problems.

Different forms of communication have allowed us to connect with the lesser countries in the world and now if we choose to be ignorant toward the problems then we are simply an immoral species. His keen interest in the subject would inspire many to lend a helping hand. He explains that through the growing technology and forms of communication our world has created, many people can be the change that this world needs.

I found Evan Williams’ TED talk to be very interesting. Although this post is somewhat late, I am glad that I am doing it now because I have just recently gotten really into twitter. Williams seemed a bit nervous on the TED stage, but his talk was definitely insightful. This new form of communicating that we now know of as twitter is actually beneficial in a lot of ways. If one chooses to follow an account such as CNN then one will receive worthy news stories right at their fingertips. I love that we are able to choose who we follow and although we might choose to follow the Jersey Shore cast, we still get to select what pops up on our individual news feed. I have heard that facebook is the people you went to high school and twitter is the people you wish you went to high school with. We have so many different forms of communication and it is exciting to think that there is still so much room for the field of communications to expand.

Live Your Dream

The first post of the semester and I am interested already! When we looked at this website www.values.com in class, I definitely wanted to explore and create some ideas for inspirational billboards. A bunch of ideas just started popping into my head and I was excited to get started. I chose the value before I even chose the picture because I believe that is the most important part of these particular billboards. Live your dream stood out to me right away because I have always believed that the saying is beautiful. Hope you enjoy!

live your dream