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Smartphone Popularity Contest

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I’ve been thinking of getting a new phone these days but with a college budget I don’t think its going to happen. So I wanted to see the different cultural effects of phone companies in Europe and the United States. I have all of the major phone companies like Apple, Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Blackberry. The pictures go in order from top to bottom as English, French, German. I predicted that in English Apple would be the highest. Apple doesn’t only pertain to Apple products though. It also contains actual red apples or maybe yellow ones so the word apple doesn’t just include iPhones but fruits too that’s why the graphs are skewed. In French, Sony has the lead. In German, LG has the lead. These make sense because Sony and LG are big company names that can’t be misled to think it’s a fruit. This could mean that Sony has a firm grip of product popularity in France or maybe the French like criticizing Sony so much that they had to write about it in books. Same goes for Germany and LG products. In both French and German, Apple came in second.  We can’t give apple fruits the entire credit for being so high though. There is some credit due to Apple, the company. They are one of the biggest technology company ever. They will continue to lead the revolution of Apple products taking over the world. Honestly, I was rooting for Samsung and was really bummed that they didn’t really make a dent in the word count, so word count doesn’t equal good popularity.

Best Sellers


Everyone has a different taste in books. Some like the thrill of solving a murder case while others like to believe that their letter to Hogwarts will come one day. Why are these certain genres of books more popular than others? What makes them appeal to the masses of people that it would rank itself at the top of the best sellers list of the New York Times? There are so much more types of genres out there that it might be difficult to know which is the best, but there are a few genres that just pop out at people.

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Put the AWE in AWESOME

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Jill Shargaa explains how overused the word “awesome” has become. She goes to say that we use the word “awesome” to explain how our sandwich was. The dictionary describes the word “awe” as fear mingled with admiration. I don’t think sandwiches are worthy enough for my admiration and if it is then you really need to raise the bar on what you admire. She then goes into 10 things that deserve the word awesome. I will be explaining one of the topics she puts on her list.

I chose to analyze the time from 5:11- 5:31. She escalated her enthusiasm of the 10 things she believed deserved the word awesome. When she got to her shark topic, she was just so energetic which affected the crowd to also listen and be intrigued by what she was so excited to tell everybody. Her hand gestures were very prominent during the whole presentation. During the shark topic, she motioned her hands as the teeth of the shark to help visualize how awesome sharks regrowing their teeth were and how they were predators to be feared. Her facial expression also exemplified, if she was a shark, how the teeth would grow beside each other by showing her teeth. Her choices of topic were wide ranged so they encompassed most types of people who could try using the word awesome correctly. Her word choice was awesome because I admired, in fear of course, how smoothly she flowed to explain how to use the word awesome and to explain topics that deserve the word awesome. I feel that the meaning of the topic was well understood because it is a common word that everybody uses and Shargaa explains in a simple way so that everybody can understand. Her over exaggeration of hand movements and facial gestures also helped convey her topic in a more fun and entertaining way. This helps people be involved and listen to what Shargaa has to say. Her presentation had many pictures like a pecha kucha but a few words like “yes, awesome” or “not awesome.” This was simple to understand so people don’t have to read too much and have time to just listen to what she has to say. I feel I have typed the word awesome many times now.

Please, please, people. Let’s put the “awe” back in “awesome”


Twitter BIRDIES!

The infographic, compared to the actual information, is obviously much more colorful but this infographic is interesting because it isn’t based on numbers but on observations of the human behavior. I mean, of course, this twitter information was probably made up by the amount, or number, of people that fit in a certain category and the source probably created this with the number of a certain kind of twitterer. They just classified a certain type of person from twitter using information they have to make overlying categories that most people fit into. This is taken as a subjective case compared to like the amount of plastic one uses because those are mostly numbers, but the twitter infographic is based on a sort of subjective view. The source would be muddled because one would have to do all the searching through the words but the infographic is already made with pictures and in color. The source is from Next Generation Online which is focused on technology, mobile, and web news. They probably created this through a long period of researching the different types of twitterers out on the web.  They made it look like an actual twitter post which could catch people’s interest more than just graphs or charts. It clearly adds a more visual, colorful, and most of all easier way to see all the information all in one place. It has interesting birdie characters that most people can enjoy.

Technology = BAD?

Gladwell has an eloquent way of saying that the big movements of the past have worked, in a way, better than the movements of today. In the past, we were forced to communicate with our mouths or body language rather than a simple email with no human emotion or interaction attached to it. This made the revolutions of the past more effective in getting their messages across.

Chiang, in the end, believed that technology helped others connect with one another using him, as an example in the story with his daughter. Chiang’s side of the argument showed how technology could help correct relationships leading to a better and fuller lifestyle.

Gladwell makes a good stance toward showing that technology leads to a less human interaction-filled world. To the extent where people will join groups or associations and have no clue whatsoever to what they just joined. During the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans were so in tune, so passionate about what they were trying to change and all of this was done without the use of social media technology like Facebook and Twitter. They joined huge organizations like NAACP and knew what they were enlisting themselves to do. Today’s society is the opposite. They have massive joins into groups and have no idea what they are joining. For example, the well-known ice bucket challenge has absolutely taken over the Facebook posts. The idea of the ice bucket challenge is wonderful and for a great cause but do the people who face the challenge even known what it is for? Many people don’t know that this challenge is for the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease. They do the challenge just for the fun or for the “likes” on Facebook. Gladwell opens another side of the technology and communication argument and shows that social technology doesn’t absolutely mean for the better.

Filtering the Tower of Babel?

Too much information, and so much of it lost. An unindexed Internet site is in the same limbo as a misshelved library book. This is why the successful and powerful business enterprises of the information economy are built on filtering and searching. Even Wikipedia is a combination of the two: powerful search, mainly driven by Google, and a vast, collaborative filter, striving to gather the true facts and screen out the false ones. Searching and filtering are all that stand between this world and the Library of Babel. (p. 410, Chapter 15: New News Every Day)

This passage seemed to be the most thought provoking because it makes me delve into the unknown world called the Internet and its filtering abilities. Cat videos and civil war facts have nothing really in common but they can all be found in one place, the Internet. This is where the idea of filtering pops in. Past purchases can stick with your computer’s history and keep bringing up ads related to your purchase. This is filtering to one’s own taste.

Through James Gleick’s The Information, I can get a gist of what he is trying to say about information. It all started with the upgraded creation of the transistor and the bit. This led to way too much information at once, or information overload. Too much information of one idea isn’t bad, but too much information of more than one idea is, though. I go on the Internet to look up math help but then get sidetracked to youtube. This is very dangerous for students like us, because too much information can be distractive and disruptive like the “Leave Britney Alone” video. Filtering is a good option for information especially if they do not want to go through all the billions of search pages that Google offers. All the information that is available is great and all but there is a time and place for funny youtube videos and math help. With this filtering process, time is saved and used for other purposes.

Businesses today use filtering to get the information more efficiently. Like the passage states, Wikipedia is a good example. They categorize their information and their information is usually correct. They have editors to fix wrong information but not all of them can be fixed because there is so much information out there and information can change daily. The last sentence of the passage really struck a cord with me. It is, in a way, very true. The world’s information contains the Library of Babel. All someone needs to do is filter the information they want into creating their Library of Babel.

Ted Chiang “TTF, TTF”

I decided to focus on parts of the story that were more applicable to my life like Ted’s storyline. I thought about how I would be without technology and how crucial it is to today’s society. I would have added some animations to make it more visually appealing. My video is a video because people can see my face and watch me talk about my thoughts. Blogs are similar but you don’t get that extra visual of seeing one’s face. Videos usually are more thought out because they require extra planning unlike blog posts which are usually immediate. Technology is a definite challenge. Losing internet connection was a problem because I used youtube to film myself and I kept getting cut off. I tried to write a draft/script of some sort before starting and tried to speak in a clear voice. I used the background as my dorm because it seemed most appropriate at the time. I should have done more hand signals to keep the audience from going to sleep with my voice.