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

Wolff

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! 🙂

What?

Hi. So I found this crazy article that seems so ridiculously unreal, I can’t even wrap my head around it. I found this article after being intrigued by this week’s videos to watch. I was thinking about the evolution of video games and how my slight addiction to the Nintendo 64 still protrudes today, even as a college sophomore. Then I thought about the world of online gaming. Now, a lot of video game systems integrate that into their technology, like the Wii and the Xbox. It can get pretty scary, because you have no idea who you’re playing with, talking to, or anything like that. Besides that, there are a lot of games just for the computer. The only online game I’ve ever really played is Gold Miner.

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Nintendo 64 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Try it, it’s fun: [http://www.123games.dk/game/other/goldminer/goldminer.htm]

Anyway.

This is a whole different world. A new kind of gaming. So when I was searching for an article to blog about, I came across a story from the other side of the world. All the way in South Korea.

Here’s the story:

A couple was arrested for the death of their three month old daughter. She starved to death because her parents, who met online, became so obsessed with raising a ‘virtual’ child on an online game. According to the article, they would leave her unattended for hours at a time while they played this game, and only fed her occasionally. She died after they played the game for 12 hours straight, when the body was found. Their baby’s name is not mentioned in the article, but it’s noted that the virtual child’s name was Anima.

Isn’t that sick? I think the most disappointing thing about this article is the fact that they barely acknowledged the real child. They took the time to describe what game the parents were playing and what they named the child, while the child that died was barely recognized. That’s sadder than most stories I wouldn’t even call these people parents. The fact that they met in an online chat sort of begins to describe their personalities- they’re hooked on the web. So much so that they let it become their own reality. They got so lost in cyberspace that they forgot about the real world that we all live in. An innocent life was taken because of an addiction.

So how does this relate to permanence? Easy.

This girl’s life is gone. She is not coming back. A beautiful 3 month old baby, stripped of her life due to an addiction to the web. That’s the most permanent thing in our world- death. Think about that before you make certain choices online.

Love, Hope.

PS- Gold Miner is honestly really fun.

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Dr. Luke

What kind of name is Dr. Luke? Hint: he’s not even a real doctor. He’s a songwriter and producer, who according to the Hollywood Reporter has had over 40 smash hits since 2004. This guy is probably responsible for writing some of your favorite songs. Examples? Die Young by Ke$ha. Teenage Dream by Katy Perry. Till The World Ends by Britney Spears. He is a hit-maker, and definitely knows how to compose songs that will get major airplay on the radio.

SO. Here’s a quick analysis about who he follows on Twitter. He follows a fairly small amount of people, with his number at 75. He follows pretty much only musicians, songwriters, and producers. People involved in the music industry. Artists he’s written for. Artists he’s currently working with. His partners in crime (AKA other songwriters). This small list of people shows a lot about him and his profession.

He takes it seriously. You can tell by the neatness and attentiveness of the list of people he follows. He doesn’t just follow random people who ask him to follow them. He follows professionals, those who are well-known in the music industry and are at the same status as he is.

I think his Twitter also shows that he has a large amount of people who know who he is as a writer and express interest in his profession and how well he does. Not many songwriters and producers are as well-known as he is. The only other few that are up to his level are writers such as Max Martin (POWERHOUSE songwriter) and probably Rock Mafia.

The professionalism of Dr. Luke’s Twitter is fresh and shows a dedication he has towards his career and doing things with grace. He follows a variety of different kinds of people within the music industry, and is able to network himself even more and extend his credentials.

If I EVER get the chance to write with Dr. Luke, I will feel successful. I’m telling you, he is behind all of your favorite songs. You know, the ones that you jam out to in your car with the windows down.

Love, Hope

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Made For Me

Facebook has been a staple of my everyday life since I was in 8th grade. Maybe 7th grade. The point is, I was too young to be screwing around on the website. I felt pretty cool, because all the older kids in high school had one. It was pretty lame actually.

I’m a musician. I network through Facebook, a separate ‘likeable’ account I have linked to my personal one. Before I had the account for my music, I posted statuses whenever I recorded new music, so my Facebook friends could listen. Pretty good networking strategy, I thought. Word spread fast around school every time I posted something about my music.

One day, I logged on and had a friend request. The name of the ‘person?’ Hope Sucks. The picture? A child with Down syndrome trying to run. I remember heat rushing to my face. My mouth dried up. Heart pounded out of my chest. My stomach felt like it was slowly disintegrating. Somebody went out of their way to make this page about me, making fun of me. Talking trash. Not even that, but making hate videos about me on YouTube, as well. “Hope Vista Sucks” and “I Hate U Hope” were among the two. I logged off of Facebook and tried to catch my breath. That page was there for everyone to see. All of my classmates, my family members. Anyone in the world could view someone’s hatred towards me.

I stayed off Facebook for a few days and pulled together enough strength to ignore the hate.

Why did I tell this story? To get the message across that being on Facebook everyday is not vital. It can cause controversy, start threats, or end friendships. People truly have no filter online. They are free to say whatever they want and they abuse that power. Having that freedom makes you feel like you’re in control and nobody can stop you. It’s a good feeling, but it can be a dangerous one.

Logging off Facebook for the week is difficult, but I’m kind of glad that I’m away from all the hate, complaining, and blabber. People annoy me on there most of the time, so this assignment was just about breaking a habit. My point is that although Facebook is fun, logging off may be the healthiest thing from time to time. Take a break from cyberspace and come back to the real world. Even though we have so much technology surrounding us, escaping from one thing can truly give your mind a rest.

My closing thought? Avoiding Facebook for a while means avoiding bullshit.Excuse my mouth.

Love, Hope

 

Unruly

Growing up, I’d fear hearing the statement, “This is going on your permanent record.” Educational administrators gave that threat to students daily, hoping to shape them up or give them a little scare. When I found the article Twitter is the New “Permanent Record”, I realized how social media has a permanence that can affect anyone’s everyday life.
Okay, so we tweet things. We update our Facebook statuses constantly. We all post a variety of pictures on the ever-popular Instagram (which I’m not ashamed to say I’m addicted to). But the real question is, has anyone ever realized that these social media sites have access to everything about us? Our user profile information, email addresses, things we post. Every single thing that we write on these sites will always be able to be accessed by the people who own them.

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NYU LAW (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The article, which does not have an author, mentions a case about a man who made certain remarks on Twitter and lost his job at NYU as a result. I doubt he intended on this happening because of a 140-character thought he typed up, but the truth is that anybody can see what you say.

When I scroll through Facebook or Twitter, I always seen things that just make me want to smack people in the head. Maybe that’s harsh, but some people don’t seem to have a filter when it comes to posting things online. Freedom of speech often tends to be abused in this day and age. People get into other people’s business and always have something to say. Maybe that’s why Twitter is said to be the new ‘permanent record.’
I can truly see why this a controversial topic.

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Twitter Logo (Photo credit: Jon Gosier)

I’ve probably said things online that could’ve gotten me in trouble, but with the amount of users online nowadays, who hasn’t? I firmly believe that everyone has the choice to whether or not sites like these will become the new ‘permanent record.’ The bottom line is, watch what you say. As the article states, “The intent [of your tweets] can easily be miscontrued,” (Admin). Once you have posted something and it’s seen, it is permanent.
Permanence is the underlying theme of this blog, and this article and the use of Twitter perfectly exemplify the meaning of that word. My advice? Be careful.

Love, Hope
PS- Think about others before you post.

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There For Thousands of Eyes to See

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In Margaret Atwood’s article, “Atwood in the Twittersphere,” she reflects upon her beginning experiences using Twitter, which at first she thought “was for kiddies”. Twitter is a social network with which you can follow your friends, family, and even people you don’t know and be updated with whatever they post, or “tweet”. In the words of Atwood, “Let’s just say it’s communication, and communication is something human beings like to do.” Whether you’re engaging in conversations by commenting on others’ tweets or just throwing out your own lines of random thoughts, your every word is monitored by your followers. Atwood says comments about her own followers, “They’re sharp: make a typo and they’re on it like a shot, and they tease without mercy.”

A major difference between everyday verbal communication and written communication online is that what you submit through the Web remains there. Sure, Atwood’s spelling errors that are caught by her followers are not that great of a concern; but when it comes to saying things that you could regret later on, you’re out of luck. Atwood even reacts to her words published in her online article,

“Oops! I shouldn’t have said that. Which is typical of “social media”: you’re always saying things you shouldn’t have said…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.”

This brings me back to Twitter and having followers. I followed Margaret Atwood today, and guess how many people are following her…392,290! That means that there are 784,580 eyeballs (thank you, phone calculator) that can be reading about anything from what she had for dinner to her thoughts on works that her fans send her to read. No matter what you decide to post online—whether it is something silly with little significance, something inspirational/informative or something you wish you hadn’t said—it will reside in cyberspace and may potentially be remembered by those who are connected to you. Even pictures are krazy-glued to the Web with the click of a mouse (what’s left of them) or a tap of a finger. My intention of this response is not to go all “Big Brother” on the idea of publishing things online. We all have posted something; it has become a part of life…and for some people, it is their life. I feel that we sometimes forget who our audience is; not only that, we don’t think before we type. We can believe that our actions online will disappear by logging out and shutting down our laptops…if only it was that simple! #besmart #thinkahead

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I was sitting in my Piano class as a sophomore in high school when I made my first Twitter account. I’m not sure exactly how I heard about this new social media phenomenon, but the idea of sending short little updates to the entire world was appealing. I tweeted my classmates as I was sitting across from them, and laughed at the senselessness of it all, but it kept me amused.

In her article, Atwood in the Twittersphere, Margaret Atwood poses an interesting question, asking “So what’s it all about, this Twitter? Is it signaling, like telegraphs? Is it Zen poetry?” (Atwood). I don’t even think that’s the beginning of explaining what this new craze is. From what I’ve seen over the past 4 years, Twitter provides an outlet to those who wish to speak their mind. I’ve come across tons of different kinds of accounts. Some actually use it professionally, like musicians, athletes, and professors. Others use it just to express their thoughts and to communicate with their friends. My personal favorite kind of accounts are ones that parody other things, such as TV characters.

As I continued to read Margaret Atwood’s article, she stated that someone sent her a tweet saying that “I love it when old ladies blog” (Atwood). I sat here and tried to picture this little old woman behind a laptop, skimming through the thoughts in her head to create a tweet. It just goes to show you how many different kinds of people are able to interact and participate in the Twittersphere or Twitterverse. No matter what coined term you use, this is a different kind of social media outlet that anyone can use. I’ve noticed that Twitter is mostly used by teenagers, celebrities, and super-fans of celebrities, but it’s nice to see the occasional outsider.

Now that I’ve sat here and rambled on about the use of Twitter who uses it, I’m finally going to get the point that I’ve been trying to make about permanence. Earlier I said that most Twitter users speak their mind and use this website to get all of their thoughts out. This is readable to anyone with an Internet connection. Tweets are basically open letters to the world. Once somebody reads your tweet, that’s it. It’s out there. Anyone can retweet it, quote you, save it on their phone or computers, take a picture of it, or send it along to someone else through different social media. Even if you decide to erase your tweet, it’s still there. Everything on the Internet has some kind of permanence.

So how does this affect an individual? You can’t take back what you say. With a website like this, which is accessible to anyone, everyone must be careful with what they say. We have the right to speak freely, but at the same time, this can be a dangerous tool. Those little thoughts that you Tweet might seem harmless, but they will always be there and may come back to haunt you one day. In short, watch what you say.

Love, Hope

PS- Happy tweeting.

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