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Before blogging on wordpress, I used to have two personal blogs. One was a Yahoo blog. What I did was simply sharing my daily activities, personal thoughts about a random arts work, critiques on a football match, or a bunch of hilarious Youtube videos. The other was an edublog, which was created as a part of my school assessment. This one was quite similar to this wordpress blog. Every week, I wrote about my own views about the readings and some interesting news stories about new media. Once I finished the course, my online writing routine was broken off. I then reckoned that giving up blogging was my big mistake.


Personally, blogging is a good way of social and interpersonal communication. Whether it can be a memoir of leisure activities, a medley of videos, pictures, short stories, poems, paintings, or a record of personal thoughts about news stories or happenings, blog pursuits as an innovative tool in nowadays changing social contexts. When we blog, we actually share our own thoughts about what we see, hear, read, and listen to.

This week’s readings provide a deeper and wider grasp of blog. In other words, these articles answer the question of why we blog. The rise of the blog identifies that some bloggers direct to small audiences, others aim to achieve wide fame become the focus of consumer campaign. In Blogging in the global lunchroomGeoffrey Nunberg through his journalistic perspectives, critically considers blog as ‘a democratic form of expression’. He adds that languages used in blog mostly are informal, impertinent, and digressive. One of the main reasons of this matter, I think, lies in the nature of blogging is personal viewpoints about things. Informal tone is unavoidable in this case.



I will come back to the point that I made before about the importance of blog. For me, as a media student, blogging is a good way of enhancing writing skills and online design. When I start to blog, I read more and write more. Thanks to blogging, I have discovered many other interesting things from my friends’ blogs. I believe that these reasons are strong enough to explain why I am blogging.

I want to start this week’s entry by telling you three interesting stories about the mobile phones that I have been using. The first story, i could name it, the ‘brick’ story. I still remember the first time I used cell phone. My dad gave it to me as a birthday present. It was a Nokia; very simple, all black, with small screen. All what I can do with this ‘machine’ is make phone calls and text messages. But as any other high-tech hungers, I stored the ‘brick’ Nokia in my little box, stopped using it, and grabbed a new sexy Motorola. It was great phone; extremely slim, heaps of applications like taking photos, shooting videos, and music. The cell phone stories went different since I said goodbye to my lovely Motorola and having a new smartphone Blackberry.

I was amazed by this new tool. Especially, a multi-tasking person like me, I found it very applicable. With the Blackberry, I can go online at any time to check email from my five accounts, read latest news, go to Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and Youtube.

I will stop my mobile phone story here to think about how new technologies have been changing journalists‘ practices and news production. Clearly, in recent years, the booming of new technologies and web 2.0 tools has been shaping how journalists act and how news is produced. Journalists now have many choices in gathering sources and telling story. Let’s think about journalist practices in related to this week’s interesting coverage about a new attempt of Skype. This online tool which will extend videoconferencing up to ten users. Clearly, journalists from different places can hold a conference at the same time though this new Skype version. This is a precise evidence of how new media impacts on news production.

If you are hunger for Digital and Tech news and urge to know what is going on around some big networks companies, you should definitely open up today. I bet you will thank me for a range of striking news about Google.

The first striking news is about Google’s Youtube announcement about the availability of five new native-language versions. These languages are Croation, Filipino, Serbian, Slovak, and Herbrew, which is still on the waiting list. The main objective of this action is to encourage more users to upload and download in a global scale. Also, users can participate with instructions and navigational elements in their own language.

Another impressive news is about Google’s announcement on its innovative application, Google Voice. Can you guess what this tool is? Don’t mix up with Google Talk. Remember these two are definitely different! A hint for some of you who are friends of Skype. With Google Voice, users can now make phone calls directly from their Gmail Inbox. Nothing is for free, but cheap. Calls to the U.S and Canada are free and PC-to-phone calls to dozens of countries around the world cost 2 cent per minute.

As a Gmail users and an international student, I am so exiting about this new tool. This is simply because with Google Voice, I can make calls to my parents in Vietnam, my brother in the U.S, my cousin in London at any time with no stress about high cost. But rethink about it from a media student’s angle, I found there’s a lots of questions spinning my minds. Why Google Voice? Do we really need it? Is it just another options for our daily communicative basis?

The answer is ‘It’s all about Facebook‘. Thanks to Ryan Singel\’s article about the underlying meaning of Google Voice that help me get out of the pool of questions. Singel stresses that by this new mobile application, Google will benefit from the integration as large number of Gmail users will likely sign up for Google Voice in order to receive phone calls.

I found this week’s reading relevant to what we are doing as an editor or a writer for digital media.

Nielsen reading interests me as he points out a number of key devices in writing for a web page. It is true that not many people nowadays can read websites word-by-word for some reasons. I used to read through a web page but then I found it impossible, especially when I did the research for my assignments. Also, what makes me impressed the article lies in its emphasis on the element of ‘credibility’ of the web content.

Kissane reading usefully explains the importance of the web’s incredibility in nowadays communication context. I agree with the writer’s argument on the fact that not many web pages provide information precisely and effectively due to the lack of ‘conveyable meaning’. Kissance makes the argument more convincing by providing actual evidence on Academia Solutions and presenting four strategic questions in writing for a product web page. The four elements are all important but for me the question of why the product is better than the others is the most significant one. This is because this query can show the quality of the web page and the writer’ strive to do deep research. I found the slide on web content is relevant to Kissance’s idea as it highlights the duty of web publishers in developing a content strategy.

Compared to the two other articles, Lynch and Horton’s reading is more practical. The writers usefully provide different elements of web writing by explaining why it is important and how to apply it. The most interesting part of the article is the discussion of the three major elements of rhetorical persuasion that is related to web design, including ‘ethos’, ‘pathos’, and ‘logos’. Understanding the meaning of these three elements can help us evaluate a web site.

Power of the web

Posted: August 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

My reading log continues with an insight of the development of the web.

The first reading clearly present the generation of the Web. A comparison of the Internet in the past and the present. In the 1980s, the Internet was funded for research, not commerce. The reading also mentions the new role of online audiences in creating media contents. The writer gives an interesting example of two ways communication on BitTorrent, where web users can both download and upload files. Another interesting point in the article lies in the writer’s consideration of online culture as ‘’the culture’. Amish web site is another precise example of how the Internet is applied as a powerful tool for the farmers to run their family business. However, the question here is that there’s some parts of the world people do not have access to the Internet.

An experience on online reading in ‘The Evolution from Linear Thought to Networked Thought’ is impressed to me. Although, there has been a striking increase in the numbers of online books, articles, etc., people prefer to read in printed version. Here, Scott not just only talks about the Internet but also new media devices such as Kindle. It is interesting when the writer talks about his experience in doing research through Google. I found it sounds like me cause sometimes when I follow all the links appear on the web I almost get lost and have no idea what I have started so I have to do it all again. Obviously, the Internet changes the way we read and the way we observe the information.

Reading Scott Karp contends that journalists need to make use of the Internet as a strategic tool to publish information. In other words, they should understand the Web as a pool of online devices that can make their work more interesting and powerful.

A new wave of media tools

Posted: July 31, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Wordle: Week 1 reading

This week readings look at the impact of media tools on the distribution of media content.

The first reading impressed me by the explanation of how Google takes control over content distribution. Karp explains how Google works. We all know the importance of Google in researching. And now we all comprehend that Google has become a powerful tool in distributing media content through ‘links’. Here, Google is regarded as a transacting tool to deliver the web links to the web users through its search engine.

Vogelstein in the second reading discusses the distinction between Google’s version and Facebook’s version. The writer highlights that Facebook has been a huge source of personal identity. Clearly, the kinds of material that we tend to find through Google and that we find from Facebook somehow are different. Through Facebook, we tend to find something more personal and specific but through Google, we tend to search for something general.

In the third reading, Roth tells an interesting story about the success of Demand Media. Through this story, the writer aims to deliver an implication about how Demand Media works effectively. The company uses three sources: search terms, the ad market, and the competition as a key formula. The point here is that Demand Media understand what web users and advertisers need.

Through these three readings, I found there are a number of web tools play a vital role in the distribution of media content.

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Posted: July 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

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