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Writing Today and Tomorrow Final Draft

In my prezi project, Writing Today and Tomorrow, I wanted to look at what is really important when considering the future of writing. Throughout this module, I have come to feel as though the evolution of writing spaces, text and messages, and even writing itself are of secondary importance. These changes are all significant to the cultural and personal development of writers and society as a whole. But what’s more important and most important is that people just continue to write. I think it is more important that writing is valued than where or how or when people choose to write, because as long as writing is valued it will continue to evolve.

 

Final Draft: http://www.screencast.com/t/ueSegxyHou

Reflections: http://visceglia-tfwf2012-reflections.pen.io/

 

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A Writer’s Journey

The prezi I’ve created is called A Writer’s Journey Through Time and Writing Spaces. This project focuses on how the process of writing is changing through the use of technology and the new writing spaces that the technologies create. This project is influenced by the readings and videos that we reviewed in the module, as well as my own views on the evolution of writing.

This prezi is still in the drafting stage, and I haven’t added in most of the present day concerns and new skills that have been brought about in this age of new writing technologies.


Writing Today and Tomorrow

For my prezi rough draft, Writing Today and Tomorrow, I took a look at the issues facing writers in a world that is constantly changing. I also talked about how a world that is constantly changing means that the definition of “writing” itself, as well as who is a writer, is constantly changing as well. Over, I come to the conclusion that these are important things to think about, but they are the wrong questions. What is most important is that humanity continues to find significance in writing, reading, and language.


A Week Without Facebook

I sit at my laptop, staring at the screen for a moment thinking: Now what? 

After a long day of school/work/etc., I need to vegetate. I have mindlessly checked my e-mail, Twitter, the news, and the fake-news. Usually right now, I’d be browsing the latest amateur photo-shoots or stupid memes hand-selected by my friends on Facebook. But I’m forbidden to traverse those addictive pages.

I close my computer, and read a book instead.

Going a week without Facebook was an interesting experience to say the least. Before I signed off, I left a message explaining the experiment, and telling my friends to find me on Twitter. Only one did. I know my friends aren’t big social media buffs, but it was a little disappointing. After being required to Tweet three times a day, especially after being deprived of Facebook, I was (and am) starting to enjoy Twitter the more I use it. It’s fun and challenging as a writer to be witty and meaningful while being concise. Going a week without Facebook pushed me to use Twitter even more, which led me to appreciate it more than I already did. 

In terms of being a professional, going a week without Facebook was good for me. At the start of this semester, I felt like creating a Twitter account was the equivalent of selling one’s soul (in fact, I put that in a Facebook status.) But having no other outlet to communicate with my peers for a week, I now feel more comfortable with Twitter. I’m delighted with this, because I am starting to see more and more how Twitter is and will continue to be a necessary tool for anyone who wants to have a successful presence in the world of writing. 

In short, One Week Without Facebook Experiment = Success. 


Facebook Break-Up.

As a class assignment we were asked to stop using Facebook for a week. As with everything I was a little hesitant about putting my Facebook addiction on hold, but as instructed I did. After putting up my last post for the week, I was already wondering what I could be missing in the Facebook world. Pictures of the wedding I went to last weekend, my cousins depressing comments that I can’t help but reading and gossiping about, and everyones ever changing relationship statuses. To be honest staying away from Facebook has not been easy. The first thing I do after logging on to my computer is check my Facebook. All I have to do is type “F” into Google and Facebook it the first site that comes up. Even though I was sad about my Facebook break I got more homework done in half the time, I even found a new addiction. Pinterest!

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse boards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. People use boards to plan their weddings, decorate their home, and share their favorite recipes.


The Biggest & Smallest Stage

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After watching An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube” by Michael Wesch, I realized that YouTube is so much more then what I thought it was. YouTube is linking people like never before creating a community of people who are all in someway learning from each other and about themselves. It seems crazy to be sitting in your house, your school, or maybe in your closet talking to your computer camera. Whats even crazier is that video could potentially be view by millions at any given time. If you made a video to record your child’s first steps, to remember your summer vacation, to become a star or artist, to vent, reflect or inspire, to laugh or make someone laugh you have connect with someone in someway. That someone could be across the street or across the world. You video is not just what you make of it its what we make of it. 


(Still) Getting Used to the Evolution of Writing and Tech

Before I was required to create a Twitter account for Intro to Writing Arts, I was required to do so for Internet and Writing Studies (IWS) with Professor Wolff. Now, we are also creating LinkedIn, Flickr, Diigo, and separate WordPress accounts in IWS. All this is for our “Integrated Social Media Presence” project, a project aimed at helping us create one pervasive, yet consistent, professional presence across the web. I’ve never even heard of Diigo, and I’ve never been on LinkedIn’s or Flickr’s websites. I was just starting to catch up in Intro, and now the overwhelming sensation of existing in the wrong century is starting to creep back.

In reality, I know it’s not all that bad. No matter what your desired profession (creative writer and library-science-guru, for me), having a professional online presence is essential. At least, that’s what they keep telling me. I’m still trying to convince myself that it’s true, not because I don’t honestly believe that it’s true, but because attempting to run all these webpages in a professional, coherent, and attention-grabbing manner terrifies me. I’d much rather just sit here writing (with pen and paper), or reading a book (printed and bound.)

So I must say, while I truly am frightened by the upcoming weeks and the new skills I will have to learn, I’m also excited. I want to be able to join this group of elite, tech-savvy geniuses who have their online presence ironed out perfectly and wrapped with a bow. Authors are now required by publishing companies to create and maintain their own websites. Self-publishing, particularly on e-readers, is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to sell one’s work. I want to know that these are things I am capable of doing myself.

I suppose it’s finally time to just put on the work gloves and get to work with the internet.


Are Game Designers Responsible for Video Game Addiction?

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Video game designer David Perry claimed in a TEDtalk he gave in 2008 that rather than improving the visual and audio aspects of video games, game developers were focusing on “emotion, purpose, meaning, understanding and feeling. …can a video game make you cry?” Their goal, according to Perry, was to create a gaming experience that mimicked, and even surpassed, real life. If you were to take a moment to step into the universe of World of Warcraft, The Old Republic, or a non-MMO such as Diablo or Call of Duty, you might argue their goal has been achieved. The question is: at what cost?

Perry’s own presentation included a 8-minute video description of life as a video game addict titled “As Real as Your Life” by Michael Highland. I found it incredibly interesting that as a game designer himself, Perry did not directly address this as a social issue. Many people still don’t believe that video game addiction is legitimate, but in fact the American Medical Association determined that 15% of America’s youth (or 5 million kids) may be addicted to video games. This is to say nothing of the 20-30 something’s, who are in fact the average-age gamers.

WebMD describes video game addiction as an addictive behavior, akin to gambling. Criteria to meet the addiction include:

“1. The person needs more and more of a substance or behavior to keep him going.

2. If the person does not get more of the substance or behavior, he becomes irritable and miserable.”

In 2010, a 16-year-old in Philly beat his mother to death in her sleep because she took away his play station. Obviously, not every gamer becomes so obsessed as to lose their grip of right and wrong, but there is an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to those who have. So while gamers become more and more immersed in fantasy worlds and characters developed for them by designers, are the designers to blame when things go wrong?

As the creators of this new phenomenon, I think the game-designing community should at least acknowledge this growing addiction and its negative effects. For example, the fact that Perry showed that video to the audience, and then glossed over it, implying that he only hoped to create more addicting games in the future (and even stating he hoped his daughter would enjoy games) seems odd and irresponsible to me. They didn’t create this monster on purpose, but it’s still been created. Someone has to do something about it.


Twitter, Facebook, Spaces, and Limits

Twitter has always seemed to me to be the height of egocentrism. Why would anyone, even my close friends, be interested in what I’m thinking 24 hours a day? That’s why until this class, I fervently stuck to Facebook alone, and even then I went months at a time without logging on.

I told myself Facebook wasn’t like Twitter because there were so many more ways to interact with people. But really, instead of Twitter being a boiled down Facebook, I think Facebook is a glorified Twitter. For the longest time imaginable (until about two weeks ago) I absolutely refused to believe that any sort of serious writing could take place on either one. I’m willing to admit I was wrong.

I once took an autobiographical writing class in which we had to come up with a “Six Word Memoir” that summed up our entire lives. Mine, appropriately enough, was “wrong many times, admitted it once” (though, now I suppose it’s twice.) Trying to summarize my entire life in six words was one of the most interesting writing projects I’ve ever encountered. This is one of the biggest advantages of Twitter, and I would say the biggest disadvantage of Facebook.

Twitter forces you to be concise. Anyone can do that, but as a writer, you must also find ways to be witty, original, and provocative. You should make every Tweet meaningful and as intriguing as a six word memoir; even though your writing is confined, it should be crafted well enough to gain followers.

Facebook doesn’t place this limitation on you. You can ramble on for ages, and I must admit, the moment I see someone has posted something longer than a paragraph, I typically check out. Because of this lack of limitation, Facebook is a breeding ground for false information (way too many of my friends post way too many chain letters.) The one place I have to give Facebook credit is the Notes section. The ability for a writer to share a piece of creative writing, a personal story, or just some information with specific people is a great tool. You can draft, edit, repost – it’s a miniature blog on your Facebook, except most people don’t post consistently, and instead of trying to get followers, you decide who you want to see it by tagging them. This is the one advantage Facebook has over Twitter, the ability to share longer, drafted and revised works with a carefully selected audience. Twitter is challenging with its 140 character limit, but there are times when larger spaces are needed.


Facebook Vs. Twitter

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When I found out that I would need to make a Twitter for class I was a little hesitant. I already have a Facebook, why do I need a Twitter? I thought as I entered my information into the white rectangular boxes on the Twitter homepage. I slowly click the yellow sign up for Twitter button. I stare at the page with a blank expression. What now? I manage to change the background color and attempt to make my first tweet. I’m not sure if my hesitation to Twitter is because I don’t know anything about it or because I am content with Facebook. Random people can follow me and see things that I am tweeting is slightly strange to me. In the Facebook world you can pick and choose who can see your status, profile, and photos. I am a daily Facebook user and check my Facebook at least three times a day, sometimes more on my phone. Facebook allows me to chat with friends, message people privately, upload photos, like photos and comments, create and respond to events, and so much more. 

Is anyone else having this Twitter hesitation?

Any Twitter lovers want to share their insight to the Twitter world.