Final Prezi

Using unfamiliar technologies physically makes me sick, and I normally run away from the requiring task.  This semester, I forced myself to stick in there. Doing my Prezi was as challenging and as scary as a person who cannot swim sinking under water.  Still in all, it was not as bad as I thought that it would be.  The hardest part of it, actually, was that I constantly lost internet connection, so it took an extremely long time to complete; also, not be able to link my screenshots, my Twitter log, and other things.  After the drama of installing Jing, and after figuring it all out, that component was relatively easy.  It was only then that I was able to relax while putting together my Prezi.  Figuring out whether to do my transcript before or  after the Prezi and after using Jing was like a dog chasing its tail for me.  Overall, this semester has made a new confident me, and I am grateful that I am no longer limited by an overwhelming fear of technology.  Thank you, Professor Kopp!!!!!

Prezi Final Draft

To me, what it means to write, and to be a writer, in today’s day and age means being able to do at least one of three things well: telling a story, writing to inform, and writing to persuade. If one cannot successfully do any of these things, they most likely will not be considered a writer by today’s standards. In my prezi, I go over some key points relating to doing these things, and I use examples from the videos and readings we did in class in order to prove my point. Overall, I beleive that these three factors of writing dominate the writing scene today, and are the lifeblood of contemporary written pieces.

Here is a link to my final prezi: http://prezi.com/oi6oe9ikrafv/the-art-of-the-written-word/?res_nr=1&sis=2750107949

 

Microsoft Word Reflection

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is one of the most commonly used mediums in the world when it comes to writing. Microsoft has been a giant in the software industry for just about as long as software has been an industry, so it makes sense that their word processing program would become so popular. Because of its diffusion across the world, and its easy to follow format, Microsoft Word invites seemingly every type of writer, and every type of writing format. There are exceptions to this theory though. In places where poverty or the environment makes owning a computer or establishing a source of electricity impossible, writers are unable to access Microsoft Word. In a place such as Ethiopia, the vast majority of humans are far too poor to own a computer, and thus, they are unable to use Microsoft Word. So while one can easily wield Word when they have it in front of them, getting Word in front of them might actually be the problem.
When it comes to actually writing on Microsoft Word, the convenience is great. Typing onto a keyboard is much less physically demanding than writing on paper. Not to mention the fact that mistakes are not even a factor when writing in this space. When writing on paper, if you make a mistake, you cannot eradicate your error, unless you use pencil, and even then the eraser marks may still be evident. On Word, you can delete as many words or letter as you want, and it won’t show up on the end product, making Word a very convenient writing medium. Also, because Word has been around for as long as I can remember, it is something that is very familiar for me. I certainly feel very comfortable using Microsoft Word.
With Word, there are more or less no constraints. You can type as much as you want without having to worry about running out of room. Because of this, it does not really affect you when writing in this space, and thus, you can write very freely when using Microsoft Word.
As an actual writing environment, Word is very plain. It is simply paper that is being typed upon. With this in mind, it is easy for writers using this space to concentrate fully on crafting their pieces, rather than worrying about running out of room. They don’t even have to worry about becoming distracted by the multitude of choices one may face with other mediums.
The text in Word is very flexible. Not only can you type as much as you want, but you can also delete text without leaving any unpleasant marks on the document. In fact, you can even start typing between words that are already typed, and the text you are creating simply pushes back the preexisting text. Therefore, the text on Word is not set in stone, so once the text is created, it can easily be deleted, shifted, altered, or simply be left alone. The possibilities are seemingly endless when it comes to using Microsoft Word as a writing space.

Paper Reflection

Paper

Writing on paper invites any kind of writing style, and any kind of writer. Since you can do just about anything you want on paper, there really are no restrictions. The only restriction that comes to mind when using this medium would be physical paralysis, rendering one literally unable to write on paper. It is the oldest form of writing in existence, so there really is no one that is unaware of writing on paper, so all writers and writing styles are welcome.
Writing on paper is the most physically taxing writing style on one’s body. It truly wears at your hand, and it is impossible to write for long periods of time without a break. Aside from the physical feel, emotionally, it is familiar and easy. Writing on paper is the most convenient because you can do it anywhere and anytime. Writing on a medium such as Microsoft Word is dependant on a source of electricity and a working computer, making it much less ideal than paper.
Writing is the most customizable of all the writing spaces. Whether you want to cross something out, draw cartoons in the margins, or write the letters backwards, writing on paper affords you that luxury. Because you can physically, directly write on the medium, you can truly do whatever you want on the paper itself. One is not afforded that luxury on digital writing spaces, because limitations are built into each system, and so a tool or format that you might want to use may not be available to you.
The constraint of writing on paper is that you are limited to a set amount of space. On a medium such as a Word document, you can write all you want without ever worrying about running out of room. However, with paper, you have to worry about running out of space, and thus, your writing can be influenced by this restriction. If you want to write a piece that would take up more than one page, but you only have a single page to work with, you would have to alter your initial plans and write a piece that was not what you wanted to write, sometimes with bad results.
Another unique aspect about writing is that you have to factor in individual handwriting. Some people have beautiful handwriting, and some people have unreadable handwriting. Therefore, unlike writing in a digital space, the environment itself affects the piece. People can even be influenced to read the piece because of the appearance of an individual’s handwriting.
The text that one may write on the actual paper is flexible. You can write in pen, pencil, marker, crayon, etc. And in all cases above, (except pencil, which can be erased) once you write, the text cannot be eradicated. Whiteout is an option, but even that still shows up on the paper. This might influence people to organize their thoughts more carefully before composing words, or it might prompt people to create multiple drafts of their pieces.

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“No Texting for a Week!”

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I had chosen not to give up Facebook, but to give up texting for a week since I am barely ever on Facebook; although, I barely text either, but I text more than I Facebook.  I will admit, the thought of giving up texting was dreadful, and I thought of just pretending that I had given it up, but when I got home, a week ago, I thought I would give it a try.  The reasons I was afraid to give up texting is because my mom and her siblings are getting up in age, my 6yr old just transitioned from private school to public school, and I receive assignments from work via text messaging. Click on the link provided to find out more of what happened when I took the challenge to do No Texting for a Week!

A week without Video Games

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I never really knew how much time I spent playing games until I spent a week without them. I mean, I guess I had an idea, but not spending time on them let me start up several projects I had always wanted to do but never got around to it. The first project is a short story about an MMA fighter that refuses to throw his matches because of his pride in being the best. The second is a Dungeons and Dragons campaign world with magic coming from constellations and star alignments rather than gods. The other two are comic books: A post-apocalyptic war series that has civilization back to something akin to Feudal Europe, and a story about Orion the Hunter, a lesser known Greek hero.

This project has helped me prioritize a little more. Instead of going right to the Playstation 3 when I get home from my commute to college, I‘m going to spend a couple hours on at least one of my projects each day. I’m actually glad that I had time away from the controller. Continuing with projects is always easier when the beginning is down on paper, or a computer screen, and progress can be seen.

That isn’t to say that I didn’t miss them. I got anxious over the weekend. I was wandering around my empty house, looking for something to do. Board games were out of the question. My entire family was gone for the weekend, and my good friends don’t live in the same town. I guess that boredom was the reason I started the projects. They occupied a good portion of my time. They’re fun to write too. When I wasn’t writing, or stopping myself from turning on the game system, I was reading my large comic book collection. However, my favorite hero, Green Lantern, needs a new writer. Geoff Johns has gotten repetitive. He already brought the dead back from the graves once before. He doesn’t need to do it again. Also, how do none of the other Green Lanterns, besides Hal Jordan and Sinestro, realize that the “Guardians of the Universe” are evil? They are actively brainwashing their own kind, and now they’re trying to kill all of the Green Lanterns to replace them with a new army. Wow, that was a tangent.

So you get the basic idea of how I spent my weekend without video games: reading the worlds of superheroes, while trying to create my own.

Can Twitter really change the way we live?

I like the definition it is giving from Twitter by Steven Johnson on “How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live,” on what the co-founders Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey have told their colleagues and/or the world. I have never got into the whole Twitter thing; I opened an account years ago but never understood it. Now having to re-open it for class I have kind of gotten the hang of it. Plus this article has kind of made me understand it a little more. Like one of the co-founders said “We don’t think it at all moronic to start a phone call with a friend by asking how her day is going on. Twitter gives you the same information without your even asking” But with that being said I would have to emphasize that this technological generation has gotten very lazy. You can see the most recent news with just a touch of a button, or I may say with a touch of a screen… However Twitter is a very intriguing web page, where you can see what your favorite artist, actress, and/or athlete is doing at the moment. Get an advice on what romantic restaurant you should take your significant other, or something as simple as where are the new sneakers being sold. Also what makes it comical is that there are people from all ages, from the youngest teens to the oldest folks. For example on “Atwood in the TwittersphereMargaret Atwood a 70 year old lady who just got on the twitter word in 2009, who would say a lady at such age would like or get so much into the technological world?