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

Final Exam- The TED Talk

Fetishism of Commodities

For my sociology project we had to do an example of the Fetishism of Commodities in the 21st century.  My group chose to do our project on SJU gear.  I used iMovie for the presentation so I thought I would share it on my blog.

Mini TED Talk Guide

I cannot believe this is my last post for the class!!  Although I have not presented my TED talk yet, I have enjoyed being a part of everyone’s talks.  I think a major part of everyone’s TED talks is the story that they decide to tell with their presentation.  I believe practicing the story and truly knowing the story is very helpful when preparing for the delivery.

If the story is a personal narrative then I believe sometimes it makes it more meaningful because the speaker has actually experienced the story.  A first person point of view is always really effective when it comes to storytelling.

A great example of a story in our TED talks in class so far was Marie’s TED talk.  She chose one little boy and told his story about how the iPad has helped him communicate with others in spite of his disability.  The storytelling was spot on and I really enjoyed the entire TED talk because of her excellent delivery.  Since I thought her one specific story was so effective, I decided to include a personal story in my TED talk as well.


Never FOURget: My own TED talk

Four Loko: two words, one regret…drinking it.  Rebecca Arnowich discusses the ethics behind the camouflage can that targets underage drinkers and college students alike.  These FOUR ingredients can be a deadly combination that can turn your LOKO night into a hospital visit…or worse.  With the scramble for the last Four Lokos in the country, we all must decide to drink or not to drink?

TED talks

The first TED talk I chose was David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 minutes.  I find this TED talk to be extremely interesting.  David Blaine is a very motivated man and he believes in the magic that he creates.  Although he is not the greatest public speaker, his TED talk is still a really good one!  The stunts that he has accomplished are so fascinating and when he speaks about them he is not bragging or conceited.  At one point he talks about having the ability to do anything.  He believes that if one person can do something, well then so can other people.

The first thing that attracted me to Miwa Matreyek’s glorious visions was the short and sexy description.  The description says that we should take a quiet 10 minutes and dive in.  That sounded perfect to me and so I began to watch.  I was in utter amazement at this TED talk.  She is able to tell a story without words.  This woman is able to tell her audience a story using her own body and animation.  I am so used to the TED talks where the presenter is just speaking to the audience, but she does this in such a unique way.  I was really amazed by this beautiful work of art and the story of discovery and invention.

The last TED talk I chose to share on my blog is The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves… I think that what drew me towards this talk was the way that it began and ended.  The dancers are so talented and I believe dance is a really beautiful way of expression.  This director speaks about the affects that the internet has on the world of dance.  It was a pretty interesting talk, however the dancing throughout the talk is what caught my eye.

Taylor Swift

really enjoying her new album!! just thought I would share this