Today, I sat down to start reading my first actual novel of the semester. I realized this was the first paperback book I have read in a while, other than a textbook because I didn’t have to read any novels for my classes last semester. But, after reading a few minutes of my book, it was SO hard to stay focused on the all the sentences on all pages for some reason. And then i realized why… I have been using my Kindle for all of the past novels I have read in about 2 years. I didn’t realize how much the Kindle makes reading a different experience for me. On the kindle, it is actual enjoyable to me. And on a paperback book, it is not. Not to mention, I can read so much faster on my kindle. But, why is this? Is it because I am used to looking at screens all the time and reading from them. Is it the fact that I can change the font size to be bigger so it is easier and faster to read? Is it because I don’t have to to hold the pages down to keep them from flopping around, I simply just have to press a button? The answer is yes, to all of those questions. I kind of see this moment for me as a way I have adapted to the changing forms of media. The traditional form of reading is no longer enticing to me, and actual just bores me more. So, is this what is happening to the majority of people out there? Or, is the traditional way of reading from a paperback copy still the favorite? I am interested to look into this more. How much longer will we even have real books…..

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Hilarious, but it makes a point…

Hilarious, but it makes a point…

So I stumbled across this link/video from someone who shared it on Facebook. While watching it, I couldn’t help but think, “What if this was actually the case?” Why do girls have such a stereotype for being such divas with social media, while most guys could usually care less… Well girls do edit their pics, and take a lot of selfies…. but why don’t guys ever do this? Is it just in our genes to be like this and care more about the way we look and act on social media? Or is it taught to us by being around friends, and others who do the same things? I guess, I am just curious now why we act the way we do on social media, especially girls. Should we really care that much what our image is through texts on a screen, or a picture. I don’t think so at all. Girls need to start just being who they are and accepting that they may not get 100 likes on their instagram photo, but they are just posting it because they want to share it, and its not to impress anyone.

An interesting read…

http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2014/how-can-you-reach-people-who-will-tweet-about-your-brand.html

I was browsing around the Nielsen website today as we were discussing it in my JOMC 279 Research class, and I found some interesting findings from Nielsen about the media. I thought this one was interesting when I was reading more about it. Nielsen found that the majority of people who tweet about TV are also the majority of people who tweet about brands. This finding is definitely helpful for advertisers and marketing purposes in order for their brands to reach more people through socialization, such as Twitter. It is amazing to me how many tweets are just sent out during TV shows…. 36 million people sent out 990 million tweets…. that’s insane. It also shows that our media consumption is not just watching TV, or looking at our phones or using our computers, but it is using many different media sources at once. This article is definitely an interesting one, especially if you are looking into an advertising or marketing job in the future.

I think I am being stalked…

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Actually, I know I am… and it’s kind of freaking me out. I was just browsing around the internet this evening, and I happened to pay attention to the sides of the websites I was on (Facebook & The New York Times.com). Both of them had ads, but what really freaked me out about it was these were ads for things I had been viewing on my computer lately. It had the exact same dress from the clothing website that I shop from, along with shoes and a purse that I had in my shopping cart to buy. This wasn’t the only ad that had my recently viewed things on it… I have been doing a little research looking around for places to stay on spring break in Key West. And of course, the resort I had looked at popped up on the side.

I hadn’t really thought about the whole cookie in the computers tracking your movement from site to site, or the personal things that you like… until today. And it really is creepy. I feel like someone has just been spying on me while I sit here by myself in my room at my house. It seems to me to be a totally breach of our privacy. Is our future going to have all kinds of devices that can track our movements? And, what if this was to get in the wrong hands of some people? Although I am not the only one being personally targeted from the internet cookies and advertisements, I still find this just a bit eerie.

Transcendence: Could this really be apart of our future?

While I was waiting for my movie to begin at the movie theater today, I saw this preview. Of course, my first thought was Johnny Depp… must be a weird one. But, the trailer for the movie actually caught my eye and attention. And it also got me thinking…

The movie is about a man who’s mind is downloaded onto a computer. Although his body is dead, his mind still lives and is actively feelings and thinking. This brings him unstoppable power.

Could this actual be a realistic thought for our future? Will machines and devices have thoughts and human feelings? Better yet, will we have robots that can do these things.

The power of technology is growing… and quickly, especially with these wild ideas like the one in this upcoming film. I am a bit skeptical of the things that technology will bring in our future, and with all the unknown, will it be able to be controlled by simple humans?