You Could Lose Your Job…Permanently.

Everyday, millions of people use social media as a means of communication.  If you have been reading my blogs thus far, you know the deal about online permanence: social media sites make it easy for people to say or show things to the rest of the world, and, with that said, the Internet then becomes sort of a digital permanent record. Everything an online user is responsible for publishing stays in cyberspace and will be there until tomorrow, six months from now, and for many years to come.

When we think about permanence, of course the top factors that will pop into our heads are Facebook posts, Tweets, YouTube videos, etc. We may even think of blog posts, like this one, that allow people online to share their interests and thoughts on different topics. However, do we ever really acknowledge the comments that people leave on other people’s works? There have been news reports and articles that speak of people—famous and not—who have done things online that have cost them their jobs. Tweets and pictures posted on Facebook are the most common evidence of people’s mistakes online. However, when it comes to posting comments on blogs and other articles, who would think that one’s chances of getting caught in that environment could be that great?

Kotaku is a site dedicated to video games. It is a hub for blogging, cheats, news, and reviews. Earlier this year, blogger for Kotaku, Jason Schreier posted about two employees from Alpine Access, Xbox’s tech support system services. Both employees had very similar situations occur on Kotaku where they left comments that mentioned their company. The first former support agent for Xbox ‘s comment was seen by a higher member of Microsoft who then brought it up to the manager. The man Schreier refers to as “Bob” said, “I was then reminded that we weren’t allowed to speak about the company, or anything related to it on social media sites or any related sorts.” After being asked by his manager if he had mentioned the company on Kotaku, Bob responded that he had, and was given a three-day suspension from work. On the third day of his suspension, Bob got a call from his manager…he was fired. In an email, Bob had said, “I believe this entire thing was taken a little too far. I understand that it can make Microsoft look bad with an employee talking bad about their customer. But what I was saying wasn’t as bad as they are making it seem.” Below is Bobs comment on Kotaku.


The second man from Alpine Access was also fired from his job after commenting on Kotaku, his scenario being a little different from Bob’s. “A couple of months ago, [“we’ll call him ‘Frank’”] was asked to get on a conference call with three Alpine executives who accused him of stealing from Microsoft by generating codes that give out free time on Xbox Live’s premium Gold Membership” (Schreier). Frank said, “They claimed the reason they’re firing me is because I broke the non-disclosure agreement I signed when they hired me. This agreement stated that I’m not allowed to tell anyone I work for Microsoft or Xbox.” Below is Frank’s comment on Kotaku.


Surprisingly, Frank was a good sport when responding to being fired for his comment, “In all honesty, if I was an employer and my employee wrote something like that about a product I was trying to sell, I could see myself firing them too…I’m upset about losing my job, but I understand where they’re coming from.” As unfortunate as this story is, these two men learned their lesson on what not to say online that could cause trouble. One could only hope that others learn from these stories and be careful about what they say/do on the Internet.

Time to Reflect!

                The semester is finally coming to a close! Yesterday in my Technologies and the Future of Writing class, which is the third and last module within the Introduction to Writing Arts course, five groups of four students presented Pecha Kuchas. You are probably thinking,

I used to love that show! Or even

What does a song sung by the Muppets have to do with writing and technologies?

I’m not talking about Pokemon, and although that tune is just so catchy, a Pecha Kucha is neither of those things. Devised in Tokyo, a Pecha Kucha is a presentation in which the presenter(s) is limited to a small number of seconds to speak per slide and elaborate on different topics that relate to the display of pictures, alone. The format of a Pecha Kucha is concise and fast-paced, which made classmates pretty nervous. Practicing our lines over and over again to get the words to perfectly correspond to the picture on each slide was a pain, and personally stressed me out. However, in the end, every group’s presentation went really well; despite all of the aggravation, the Pecha Kuchas turned out to be successful and overall, a new and interesting experience. The topics covered by these presentations included: Saftey, Freedom, Etiquette, Anonymity, and Permanence with regard to writing in online spaces.  

 A Walk Through A Slide 

            For my third slide in my group’s Pecha Kucha on Permanence, I chose to include a screen shot image of a sign up page for online banking with TD Bank. Although there were plenty of options for taking screen shots of different webpages with fields waiting to be filled with one’s personal information, I believe my picture got the point across. Besides cybershopping, online banking has become a new craze, and one that can be overestimated when it comes to the privacy of one’s identity. People don’t often realize that once their information is in the system and “locked up” in cyberspace, it is permanent; there are unforeseeable possibilities of one’s person information being found, stolen, shared, and even used. Take online banking for example; in order to sign up for an account available via the Internet, one must enter their information that should not be known to anyone else but that person.


It seems quite mind boggling that there are online users (or hackers) that know secrets of breaking into cybervaults and accessing the information of others, almost like it is a practice. The problem is, there are only so many ways that a person can protect their information once it appears on the computer screen. I had blogged about an article on a website that leaked sensitive information of many celebrities. The website showed addresses, social security numbers, credit scores, and other records of stars such as Jay-Z and Britney Spears. I chose to include the cited text that I did in this slide, because I wanted to emphasize the risk of submitting personal information online. The quotation from USA Today said, “The site did not state how the information was obtained or why the people targeted on the site were selected.” This scenario could honestly happen to anyone; I feel that once word gets out that the rich and famous can even be robbed of their private identities, then that is when other online users come to the realization that, “Wow…that can happen to me too.” As a part of my whole 5-slide section of the Pecha Kucha, I saw this slide as presenting a fact followed by a warning. The slide focused on the idea that there are so many ways in which we fill out information online; surveys, membership accounts, and online shopping are just a few examples. Of course there’s no way of knowing what can or will happen to our information once it’s in cyberspace; it’s just a risk that we are all apparently willing to take. I felt that this slide was arranged nicely, for the following slide touched on the fact that websites are personalizing what we search for using signals that track all of our actions online. With this order, the audience sees a small factor of permanence and then goes into the bigger picture—pretty much everything is permanent, and with much more scrutiny online today, users need to be cautious of what information they publish and where they put it. If I could have done anything differently with this slide, I think I would have used a different quote from the article I got it from. My narrative for this slide was a bit difficult to recite, and I got a little tongue-tied. Then again, twenty seconds was a short amount of time to fit a lot of words in, to begin with!

            With the topic of Permanence, my group created a blog on named, “Always There, Never Gone”. Group members had to blog up to two times a week for four weeks, posting about readings on Web 2.0 and how they related to permanence, and also about an article of our choice relating to our topic.

What I Learned about my Blog Topic

            After four weeks of relating class readings and discussions to the theme of permanence, I have learned greatly about the many ways in which technology is almost like a trap—whatever happens online stays online. From tweets, to Instagram posts, statuses on Facebook, online memberships,  and even text messages, there are plenty of opportunities for people’s actions to become permanent, beyond their control.

            As a general reaction to the class readings on Web 2.0, I am just so amazed by the capabilities of modern technologies and how they have become a part of everyday, human life. There are technologies that foster social media, technologies allowing people to communicate in any way, anywhere, and at any time. Users find themselves to be very reliant on these technologies, as they constantly want to stay informed with the actions and whereabouts of others, as well as putting in their own two cents. Although communication can be a benefit of technologies, the threat and inevitability of permanence can pose problems. People sometimes don’t think twice about what they post online, and when they come to regret the actions they present, they cannot take them back; it’s like what Margaret Atwood said in her article, “Atwood in the Twittershere,” “Oops! I shouldn’t have said that. Which is typical of “social media”: you’re always saying things you shouldn’t have said.” 

            There are other technologies that keep track of users’ actions online. In this way, businesses are able to satisfy the needs of consumers more effectively, and websites can layout guides and suggestions to make online searching simpler for users. In Duhigg’s article, he writes about Target’s assigned Guest ID numbers for its customers through the experiences and findings of Statistician, Andrew Pole, who says, “We want to know everything we can.” Is finding information about others that goes far beyond what their names are or their IQs helpful for companies in advertising their products—absolutely! However, the idea that everything online users say or do is—in a way—monitored, is something that we should always keep in mind.

            I have learned through this class that the world of technology is rapidly changing, and that goes for those who use technology as well. However, whatever people are responsible for online, and even through phone technologies, always remain. 

The World of Permanency


My group’s topic was “permanence” which references our blog name “Always There, Never Gone”, and we had to research and find information about this word. We had to make a presentation called a “Pecha Kucha” on our theme and show how a lot of things are permanent whether we like it or not.

For one of my slides, I chose to talk about the permanency of the application Instagram we have on our phones. To accompany my narrative, I chose a picture of some random person’s Instagram on my phone and “screen-shotted” the picture. This picture shows a person pointing to some guy’s back that was written all over in permanent marker while he was drunk. He tags a bunch of words such as “nightout, drunk, sharpie, permanent, funny, unlucky…” The only thing he does not tag is his friend so now his friend that was drawn all over his back does not know he is in a picture on Instagram. This picture is perfect to show how posting pictures on Instagram is permanent because once it is on there, it will always be there especially if you do not even know that you are on it. This poor boy got written all over his back when he was drunk and someone took a picture of it to show the world. The friend that is pointing to his back, not only is posting the picture, but his Instagram is not even on private. By having his Instagram not on private, anyone from anywhere in the world can see it and that is exactly how I saw this picture. I simply typed in “#permanent” and this is what came up. I now have a picture of this picture even if this man in it does not want everyone to see that he was stupidly drunk one night. Who knows, he may not even know this picture is online. The quote that I incorporated into my narrative is from Rebecca Rosen saying “You don’t even need to reproduce anything anymore, you merely share with a click.” This quote shows that someone can do anything with any pictures by just pressing a button and then it is there forever. You cannot take back something you put on the web after you “share with a click.” This picture adds to my other slides to show how permanency through the web is real. Permanency is a scary word when thinking about social media. Adding this picture for my slides, really brought it all together because it is a real life picture that I showed to all of my classmates and these boys do not even know it. I really do not think I would revise this slide because it truly shows the meaning of permanence.

When first getting this topic, I thought it was going to be difficult and in the beginning I wanted a new topic to research because I thought I would not find much on it. However, after reading my group members blog posts and researching for articles about this theme, I found out a lot more than I thought of. After reading in depth about this topic, I opened my eyes to new ideas of things being permanent. For example the reading “How Companies Learn Your Secrets” written by Charles Duhigg, he explains how stores recognize you under a certain “Guest ID” number and that is permanent. Once you walk in a store, your guest ID number is permanent; they always will have your information. I never thought of this before and this opened my eyes. I did a lot of research on social media for this topic because everything we put on the internet is going to be there forever. It has entered the world of cyberspace once we click a button to submit. I never heard of the website “We Feel Fine” before and going on this, really enlightens me because I think to myself, why does someone want to post on this site for people to see how you are feeling? What is the point of that? Once you do it, everyone is going to know that someone out there is feeling a certain way, but who cares? All of these sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat, and YouTube are all ways to tell the world something you cannot in person. Even when it comes to blogging, you are letting everyone read your information you write and you cannot take that back. I have never blogged before this class, but I know that everyone can see what I am writing about. When I read Hope’s blog about a couple who was obsessed with raising a virtual child on an online game, I was astonished. This is another way of using the word permanent because they let the baby died because they left her unattended while playing this game. This death is permanent and they cannot get her back. Overall, I am glad that I had done research on this topic because I have a new view on permanence and that is to ALWAYS be careful with what you do because somehow in some way, it will always be permanent.

Final Reflection

Hi. Here is my reflection:

Intro: The first part of my reflection is written about the second slide of my portion of the Pecha Kucha, which discusses virtual gaming and how it’s becoming more like real life (isn’t that ridiculous?).

A Walk  Through A Slide


For my second slide, I chose a screenshot of a Sims game, which is a virtual world on your computer that you run completely. I had began discussing the permanent affects of becoming virtual gaming on the previous slide, and I wanted to continue discussing that in further detail. I chose this screenshot in particular because this game really highlights how the world of virtual gaming is becoming more in touch with the real world, outside of the computer.
This picture compliments the narrative for this slide by showing how virtual games mimic real life, and depict it in their own digital way. The screenshot of the Sims game shows the interior of a house, complete with furniture, a variety of rooms, and even a character. It’s clear that companies are trying their best to make people feel as if they are in the real world when they play these kinds of games. David Perry’s video, “Are Games Better Than Real Life?” perfectly describes the point I was trying to reach on this slide, which is why I decided to site him. One of the statements made by Perry is that video games will “be more lush, complex, emotional experiences- more involving and meaningful to some than real life,” (Perry). I picked the word ‘lush’ out from this statement to put in my narrative, because I feel like that word describes the caliber of what level of reality companies are trying to reach in their games.
This slide represents one of two main sections in my narrative- virtual gaming and Twitter. Throughout my 5-slide presentation, I tried to explain how the use of these two things have permanent outcomes. Slide 2 fits in because it gives a good visual as to how serious virtual gaming is becoming as time goes by. The picture I chose and the narrative correlate, giving a brief description on how virtual games might eventually feel more real than anything offline. It continues to build on the first slide, where I stated how virtual gaming can turn into an addiction. The more ‘lush’ games become, the more they will intrigue people and capture their attention. The ideas in this slide were added on to the first slide to reiterate how virtual gaming can pull people away form the real world. Overall, I don’t think I would’ve done anything different on this slide, but if I had the chance to revise it, I would further search for a screenshot of a ‘virtual child,’ to really get the point across that people take this world of gaming seriously.

Intro: The second part of my reflection talks about what I learned about my blog topic, which is permanency. It discusses how my perspective on the Web 2.0 has changed through the research and readings done in and out of class.

What I Learned About My Blog  Topic

When my group picked ‘permanence’ for our blog topic, I honestly didn’t know how much there would be to say about that. It was a topic that I had never studied, and I was pleasantly surprised when I found that I was able to relate different articles from class and other articles I found on my own to that topic. It seemed as if it was too narrow, but overall, I learned a lot of different ways that going online can cause permanency problems. I gained a new perspective on the topic, realizing that everything we post will always be stuck in cyberspace, and read what some of the possible consequences are and how permanency online has affected others.
I am an avid Twitter user, and have been since my sophomore year of high school, which was 4 years ago. In my time on the site, I have seen a lot of horrible things posted, such as negative comments towards other people and very personal, disturbing thoughts. A lot of people don’t have a filter, whether they’re online or offline, and say whatever they feel, despite the possible consequences. Through my research, the readings in class, and separate articles that I found, I realized that everything will say will always be stuck in cyberspace. Even if you delete a tweet, anyone could have read it, saved it, or taken a picture of it. Steven Johnson’s article, “How Twitter Will Change The Way We Live,” was one that I used for my Pecha Kucha, and it really broadened my ideas on permanence. He stated that Twitter “added a second layer of discussion and brought a wider audience into what would have been a private exchange,” (Johnson). I cited this in my narrative because it gave me a new perspective to permanency on the web. This statement taught me that nothing is private in cyberspace, and every single thing you say, even if it’s directed towards a specific person, will make it’s way around to other people. Throughout most of the articles we had to read, including the article about filter bubbles and Margaret Atwood’s piece, I found a common theme that shows the correlation between permanency and Web 2.0. The theme is that every portion of the Web will always be stuck there, so it’s important to have a filter online and think before you type.
After doing so much work on this topic, my perspective on the Internet truly has changed. I am definitely going to think twice before I post a Facebook status or a tweet, because I don’t want anything to come back to haunt me years down the road. Doing this research has given me a much better outlook on how to be careful, or I might regret posting something small one day.

Love, Hope.

Pecha Kucha (Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo)

Here is our group Pecha Kucha on Permanence🙂

Pecha Kucha on Permanence (4)

Jen P.

SLIDE 1: We may not write in Sharpie or krazy glue our pictures in public places everyday, but one thing is for sure: when we publish anything online, the rest of the world can view it, save it, and/or even share it. From then on you have left your mark, and in this way, others can see your true colors.

SLIDE 2: Margaret Atwood mentioned how people are always saying things on the Internet that probably shouldn’t have been said. She says, “come to think of it: once decrees and blessings have made it out of the mouth—or, now, in the 21st century, out of the ends of the fingers and past the Send button—you can’t take them back.”

SLIDE 3: Permanence goes hand in hand with Identity and Privacy. Submitting personal information online must be taken cautiously, for you can be robbed of your privacy. One website got access to information of several celebrities. USA Today said, “The site did not state how the information was obtained or why the people targeted on the site were selected.” When a celeb’s confidentiality is subject to hacking, it could happen to anyone.

SLIDE 4: Our actions online are becoming more personalized depending upon what information Internet sites know about us. When you Google search, there are over 50 signals that Google looks at including what computer you’re on, and what browsers you use. You can’t decide what gets in, and you can’t see what gets out of your filter bubble. It’s not only what we say or show through social media; it’s also what we do that’s becoming more noticed.

SLIDE 5: Our presentation promotes making smart decisions in the social media world. It’s simple for us to shut down our laptops, or turn off our phones and act like everything we have just composed, uploaded, or answered will disappear. Wake up and smell the Febreeze, people! What happens online is scrutinized now more than ever. In Duhigg’s article, which surprised us by Target’s Guest ID numbers, Andrew Pole said, “We want to know everything we can,” and let me tell ya, folks, they do!

Chelsea D.


Kindles, Ipads, Notebooks are all way to read books via Internet. Chances are at some point you have come across a book illegally uploaded. By uploading that book it is always there. Kevin Kelly states, “We are becoming people of the screen”. How we view books and literacy is changing. Instead of worrying about losing a book or the words becoming faded you can simply go online and read it, since it will ALWAYS be there.

Text Message

Just because a text message is deleted from your phone does not mean that it is gone. “ Businessweek states, “But like e-mails, which Gmail (GOOG) and Yahoo! (YHOOessentially allow us to store forever, and tweets—every single one of which the Library of Congress is now archiving—texts are a record of our lives.” Also, the receiver  of said text can save it, or screen shot it. Either way your text is always in cyber space.


Ever wonder what happened to those emails from when you were younger? They are still there. Just like text messages, you never know who is saving or sending your information. People could be printing your e-mails and keeping a file of everything you have said, or forwarding it to others. The e-mails that you sent are being saved in your archives on your computer without your knowledge, its automatic.

Blogging (part 1)-

“Following a blog is like getting to know someone, or watching a television series.” (What is a blog) You are learning about someone through a blog. What they write, how they feel about themselves or a situation. In this class we are blogging about what we read. It is OUR interpretation. What we think about the situation is now, forever, on the Internet.

(Blogging (part 2)-

“We are using life on computer screens to becomes comfortable with new ways of thinking bout evolution, relationships, sexuality, politics, and identity.” (Wire, Who am we?, Sherry Turkle) The “Leave Brittany alone” video that Chris Crocker blogged can never be removed. Although he wants to put those blogs behind him, they will forever be in on the Internet. Even though blogging is a way to express your opinion on certain situations, you need to remember they aren’t going anywhere.

Nicole S

We all use some form of social media today, but we don’t think about how what we put on the internet, will be there forever even if we delete it. For example, Facebook. Whenever we post statuses or add pictures, somehow someone can look up your information and find it. Like John Dvorak states “I always tell people that posting photos or comments or just about anything is like getting a tattoo. Once it’s on, it’s pretty hard to get rid of it.”

People need to be really cautious when it comes to pictures. For example, you never know what pictures you are in on the app Instagram because of everyone’s ability to upload a picture without your consent. Rebecca Rosen states “You don’t even need to reproduce anything anymore, you merely share with a click.” Whether you are taking them or not, people can still post pictures with you in them for everyone to see.

Not only are these two social media’s a part of the permanent world, but YouTube is also. Putting any videos online is saying that you don’t care if anyone sees them. Kevin Kelly stated “There are more than 10 billion views of video on YouTube in September.” And that is just September! We all have access to these videos that are from people around the world because they are permanently on YouTube.

We recently had to go to a website called “We Feel Fine” by Jonathon Harris and we could see how everyone is feeling at any moment in the world with a push of a button. Someone wrote “I was confident in my ability to birth our baby and could feel the head descending with each pushing contraction.” Thanks to her, we all now know how she is feeling because of what she permanently put on the internet.

And now there is an app on our phones called Snap Chat where we can take pictures and send them to our friends for a limited time. However with our technical abilities, someone can easily “screen shot” or take a picture of the picture and save it on their phones so that they have it for forever. Therefore, making it permanent whether they know it or not.

Hope O

Slide 1: One thing I noticed when I was researching articles on permanence was the addiction taking place online. I found an article about a Korean couple who’s baby starved to death because they were too busy taking care of a virtual child. The death of this baby is permanent. It won’t come back to life, and that’s their fault.

Slide 2: The correlation between permanence and virtual gaming is discussed by David Perry. He said that games are going to be more fun and ‘lush’ for the next generation. Games have continued to evolve since we were little, and they become more in touch with real life. Virtual gaming is not real life, but an addiction to it is permanent.

Slide 3: Another example of permanency on the web would be through the use of Twitter. Margaret Atwood asked if Twitter is signaling, like telegraphs. The answer is no, it’s not, because every tweet posted is lost in cyberspace forever. Even if you erase it, the data will always be stuck online somewhere.

Slide 4: Steven Johnson also wrote an article about Twitter and how it will change our lives. He said that adding Twitter to a conversation takes away from Tweets being a private exchange. The use of Twitter, even when making an account private, can be accessible to anyone. The bottom line is that anybody in the world can read what you say.

Slide 5: Overall, permanence on the Web can cause many problems in today’s society. As technology becomes more and more advanced, we become more and more reliant on it. As long as we are able to find a balance between the Web and real life, and are able to filter our thoughts online, we are able to prevent permanence problems.

Companies Know EVERYTHING About Us


How creepy does it sound that stores that we shop in, may know every little detail about us, what we do, what we buy, and even our personality and behaviors? The article “How Companies Learn Your Secrets” written by Charles Duhigg explains exactly how they do this and why they do. “For decades, Target has collected vast amounts of data on every person who regularly walks into one of its stores. Whenever possible, Target assigns each shopper a unique code — known internally as the Guest ID number — that keeps tabs on everything they buy.” Who would have thought that we all have our own Guest ID number? How cool! …..Uh, more like creepy. They collect data on us every time we visit their store. They see who we are by checking our credit cards we use or if we fill out any surveys at the store. How much more permanent could this get? All of this information that Target is taking on us is in ways permanent cannot even describe since we, at least I, did not even know. ‘We want to know everything we can.” Finding information on us seems like their number one priority in order to get us to come back to their stores again.

Target can also “buy data about your ethnicity, job history, the magazines you read, if you’ve ever declared bankruptcy or got divorced…” Talk about creepy. This is all information that is permanent in a realm we never knew existed and we can never take it back. We walked in all of these stores before and now they know information about us. If it was simple as going to the stores and saying “Hey, can you take my Guest ID number off of your list? I am going to continue shopping here though,” then I would do that, but it is not.

“When a computer chimes or a smartphone vibrates with a new message, the brain starts anticipating the neurological “pleasure” (even if we don’t recognize it as such) that clicking on the e-mail and reading it provides. That expectation, if unsatisfied, can build until you find yourself moved to distraction by the thought of an e-mail sitting there unread.” This is actually really funny, but so true because I am doing it right now and I read and write. I know I have a text message waiting for me, but I am continuing to write while I think about that text message. Although, that text message will always be permanently in my phone so I will always be able to see it no matter what! That is what they call a habit!

Companies like Target use our information in order to get us to come into the stores more often. If they notice that we buy bathing suits during the month of April, they will send us coupons on sunscreen along with ads about books on dieting in December. Using our permanent information that they found from us, they can try to intrigue us to come buy more things in their store.

It is extremely weird how Target can find our information and detect if we are pregnant or not by seeing if we bought supplements, lotion, or a large bag to be a diaper bag. Then they use that information to send us coupons via email since they notice what we are buying and give us information on stuff we most likely will buy in the future. A father did not even know his daughter was pregnant until Target sent them an AD on pregnancy things. Read here for more! 300px-Pregnant_woman21

Permanency is written all over this article. If we want into a store, they use our Guest ID’s and find out information about us that we did not even know was out there. It is permanent now and we can no longer get it back.

Here is another article about Target’s secret we (maybe just I) never knew about… Target’s Secret

The Nonbelievers

There are some people in the world who don’t believe in things being permanent. I was looking for my last article for this week’s blog post. Instead of searching for an article that someone wrote, I decided to read through some discussion pages about the idea of permanence. I found a page on Hubpage that linked a long discussion between a few people about their idea of permanence. To be honest with you, I was pretty surprised with what I read. Even though some things aren’t going to stick around forever, I don’t think these people took modern day technology into account.

The opening question for the discussion was, “What do you consider permanent in your life?” The girl posing the question mentioned that it could be related to relationships, beliefs, emotions, and habits. These are not just material things.

The first person to respond to this question quickly replied that nothing in life is permanent. She did bring up an interesting point, stating that “you did not bring along anything when born and will not take along anything from here.” That’s definitely an arguable statement that I don’t necessarily agree with. Although we did come into this world without any material items, we weren’t born with nothing. Each of us were born with parents, a family, nationality, and other things. These ARE permanent. You cannot change your nationality. You cannot change who your parents are or where you were born. Those things will never change. So although this girl did try to bring up a good point. she didn’t necessarily think about non-material things.

Another writer stated that life in general is permanent. This is a really broad answer, and the moderator of this forum immediately rebutted his statement. She claimed that our personal attitudes and viewpoints can always change, which is true. There may be a time when you form an opinion, and have it change within a short period of time. For example, my dad was raised in a Republican family. As he got older, he learned more about politics and formed his own opinion. Now, he is a registered Democrat. There is always an opportunity for a new point of view or change in beliefs.

I actually don’t know what else I would consider permanent, except for what we’ve been talking about on this blog, which is what you submit to cyberspace. I don’t think life is permanent, because we all die eventually. But while we’re here, we can consider some things permanent. Maybe the definition of permanent should be different…

Love, Hope.



This whole ‘filter bubble’ idea is weird. I honestly was completely confused at first, because it was a term I had never heard of. I wish the guy speaking in this video has been more outgoing, because the subject is actually very interesting. He needs some pep in his step.

I really don’t like the fact that websites and companies are able to see EVERYTHING. There’s a huge lack of privacy, and although they are trying to be affective and helpful to the technological user, it’s just borderline creepy. Everybody is starting to become more personalized, doing “what we think we want to see.” How do they know what I want to see? Just because I’ve typed something in before? I don’t want to live in a filter bubble. I don’t want people to assume what I like and want to read. That’s all a ‘filter bubble’ seems to be; an assumption.

I think websites are becoming so over the top, and according to the video, are becoming algorithmic instead of using real-life editors. That’s how sites used to be. That’s how they used to be run. Now, everything is lacking true humanity and relying on the advancements of technology. The idea that was discussed in Eli Pariser’s video just really annoyed me. Algorithms are not the same as human thoughts and needs. We need to be able to control what we are seeing, reading, and using. Just because the Internet is advanced, that doesn’t mean it can assume who we are as people.

I believe what he is saying, as Pariser worries about future isolation. But I think we’re already at that point. How many people do you see being isolated because of modern day technology? I think that faster than ever, we are becoming extremely close to living in our own personal online bubbles, which is exactly what a ‘filter bubble’ is. Our ‘filter bubbles’ are made to try and be personalized to us, and end up pushing us away from the real world. This relates to permanence, which is the overall theme of this blog. With the consistent and continuous personalization the web pages and searches we see, the bubbles are going to get smaller and smaller. Eventually, I think we’ll all be stuck. That’ll be permanent.

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nothing but… (Photo credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³)

An Unexpected “Vacation”

At first when my Intro to Writing Arts class was banned from using Facebook, I really got nervous.

But…But…I have things to do and people that I need to talk to!

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I am not all that obsessed with Facebook. Back in high school up until my freshman year in college, I used to sign onto the site all the time to check up on my family and friends’ statuses, creep on people’s freshly posted pictures, and to publish my own material to be shared with (and hopefully “liked” by) everyone. Yeah, I’m not proud to admit that, but it’s the pathetic truth. These days, with homework out the wazoo, I don’t even get many chances to use Facebook. I mostly use it to communicate and network with my peers when I need to.

I had a group assignment for my Public Speaking class that was due on that upcoming Monday, and of course, my group decided in class the day before the Facebook ban was intact that we would communicate through a Facebook thread message as a way to prepare an infomercial for our next class.


I didn’t even have any of the group members’ numbers! I emailed a message out to everyone explaining my dilemma, but none of them got back to me—again with the bad luck. Without access to Facebook, I guess I felt helpless. There I was, unable to get in contact with my group for Public Speaking, and there was nothing else that I could do, aside from continuing to email group members, which probably wouldn’t get me to receive any more responses. You have no idea how much I freaked out over this stupid one-minute infomercial assignment—the same one we prepared and completed before we walked into the classroom that Monday afternoon. Thankfully, it was a piece of cake and I worried terribly for nothing, like usual.

My other issue I had due to not being able to log onto Facebook was something that also made me uptight; this time however, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel much sooner. I am a President of a club here at school, and we had our biggest event of the year on the Sunday following the day when everyone’s lives went back to normal; the God of social networks, Facebook, was once again allowed to be put to use. The week leading up to the big day for the Early Childhood Club was a little chaotic with preparations for every little detail for our big event. The club has its own group on Facebook, which is so extremely helpful for me when it comes to communicating with certain or club members; so (you guessed it) OF COURSE not being able to announce information about our event or check with certain people to make sure that they were ready for Sunday was like torture. Every time I found notifications the top bar on the home screen of my phone, it would kill me to just ignore them. Luckily, I informed some members of my executive board about my unfortunate situation so they could communicate within the club Facebook group for me. Although not being able to speak for myself made me feel bad, especially since I couldn’t explain the ban on the site to club members, the distance that set me apart from this social network kind of made me relax. Having a reason not to be on Facebook actually felt good, as awful as that may seem.:/

This experience really made me realize that life goes on—yes, even without Facebook. Sure, I couldn’t log on for a whole week, but I knew I could count on others to communicate for me and inform me of what went on while I was away on a Facebookless vacation. As for my Public Speaking assignment, my group did what needed to be done, and we ended up receiving full credit, all by working together face-to-face! How about that! Being away from Facebook did put some strain on me, for I was afraid about how much I was missing; then again, everything worked out in the end…and I got a nice break, too!🙂


No, I am NOT a Teacher’s Pet.

I know what all of you are going to think, right from the get-go, when I say that I chose to blog about my tweetservations (observations, if you didn’t follow) of  @billwolff.

That’s lame. Teacher’s Pet. Cheater.

Yes, I am very well aware that I chose the very Professor that gave this assignment. Originally, I had kept a close eye on a one person in particular who happened to tweet quite frequently. However, it turns out that plenty of my fellow bloggers had the same idea. Great minds think alike!

Since I didn’t want to post material that I knew others had already blogged about and risk copyright infringement, I decided to turn to another member of the Twitterverse—no, not because time was running out and I panicked (I didn’t); not because I felt lazy and didn’t feel like finding someone else (I also didn’t); and even though this figure will determine my grade for this assignment and he also has my academic transcript at hand, I did not choose to write about him for any of the reasons above.Wolff 2


When I got to thinking about it, Professor Wolff was an interesting character to follow (even though some of us had no choice but to follow him). Have you heard of him? If not, I will introduce you! Bill Wolff is an Associate Professor in the department of Writing Arts at Rowan University, a Delaware Division of Arts “Fellow” in Photography, a husband, and a father of an “already-tweeting,” young child. Professor Wolff has a whopping 1,818 followers and is currently following 1,277 people on Twitter. He has tweeted 23,610 times and has come a long way since his first trials with communicating in the Twitterverse.

With jokes aside, I have noticed how good Professor Wolff is at what he does. As a professional, Wolff sparks up conversations with and also replies to the tweets of his posse of fellow educators from around the map. He also directs tweets to his students (obviously) that involve his module of Intro to Writing Arts. However, Professor Wolff has also shown that he can also serve as a friend and just a friendly guy on Twitter, tweeting about his family and other subjects outside of the educational realm. Why he has never seen the movie Hercules and is actually intrigued by the “post-apocalyptic psychological horror Flash cartoon series” Salad Fingers, beats me; but these things that he shares through Twitter make him the teacher that I really want to become—one that can really connect with their students.

Bill Wolff has been a great professor in Intro to Writing Arts, and an awesome dude to know. He has made me feel very welcome as a member on Twitter, and I thank him for that!  So… still think I’m a brown-noser? Hmmm? You might. But I’m not; I swear! Leave a comment and tell me what you think!🙂