Blog Self-Assessment



I did all five of the blog post. I started with three reading response post and then did two experimental post. As far as comments went I have nine associated with my username and one of the anonymous comments is mine. I am not sure why it is anonymous but it is the one in response to “Whose Side is Congress on?”


Revised Post:


I decided to revise “Fighting for which Future? When Google Met WikiLeaks.” since this blog post had the most comments on it. I decided to change the concluding sentence based on the first comment suggestion that I do mention how WikiLeaks changed the internet. I liked this suggestion because it went along with my argument that WikiLeaks was not actual what was so interesting, but the structure of the website itself was what generated so much “buzz.” Another change I made was to expand on the statement that WikiLeaks is mentioned more when discussing a government controlled internet. This is because the second comment showed confusion about what this statement meant and though it could mean WikiLeaks would support a government controlled internet. In reality I was trying to infer the opposite position so I added another sentence explaining the previous one to remove any confusion. I believe these edits to the blog post made it easier to understand and removed any confusion from the original argument.


Two Other Posts:


I did like my first post about big data in the historical world. I liked this one because of how easy it seemed it was to incorporate the historical world with the current term of big data. This was before we started to give defined definitions to our terms, like data, and this enabled me to give a broader use of example since I only had to argue the reason for each example. I had also been reading Caesar’s Commentaries at the time and was happy I was able to use the term pleb since it was the proper term for the Roman peasants.


My second favorite post I had was the “Does Education Need to Change?” I have watched TED talks for a while now as was happy to be able to write a blog post about a TED talk. It took a while for me to decide which TED talk I wanted to use but picked one on education since I had not seen it yet and education is a very interesting current argument. I think I did a good job describing why Robinson’s argument was so strong, especially through the TED video format instead of an essay format. He was a very strong public speaker and gave me a lot to work into my argument.


Comments Sections:


The comment section was probably my favorite part of the blog. I did like the change to one longer blog post but after the change I did not get any comment on my own blog post so I only ended up replying to one or two comments. I had three different types of comments I would write.  The first type of comment I would write is when I agree with the author. These were not the most interesting comments, but I try to add to the author’s argument and mention any particular parts of the argument I really like. The second type of comment I will write is when I think there can be things added to the argument. I mention parts of the argument that are confusing our places where more information can be added to the argument that would help the overall blog post. The final type of comment I would make is when I disagree with the author’s argument. These are the most interesting since they create a discussion. I usually spent the most time on these since I was disagreeing with the author. In these argument I would try to create a compact counterargument. I would direct each example at specific example of theirs and I found this the most fun argument. It was very helpful when I started to get emails when a comment was put on one of my blog posts since this allowed me to respond right away, but unfortunately the last two of my post have no comments.




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