I got to thinking, what if the past centuries inventors were too lazy or never existed? If our generation wasn't so technologically advanced, It's hard to say where we would be? Maybe still cooking over a fire outside? As for the Keyboard idea that was shot down because it "exceeded the labor to be saved by its use, since all it could accomplish could be duplicated by sufficient use of pencil and paper." Now, if that keyboard idea was never attempted and successful, I'd be writing all this with a pencil. Actually I wouldn't be writing this at all, because the topic wouldn't exist. However, technology has influenced the way we live. I can't think of the last time, I physically wrote a report for school or even if I did. Without computers, our lives would be completely different. We might as well as live in the 80's! Haha. But think of how people react when the power goes out at their house? They can't check the weather online, or order pizza from the Papa John's Website. Our little worlds revolve around computers and they have changed our lives dramatically.
September 2006 Archives
I like the idea of cutting paragraphs and sentences short. I think the text brings up good ideas on how to do that. Adverbs are pretty irrelevant to website text. Also getting someone's attention after entering your site is vital. No one wants to have a white page with black letters as a resource. Chances are an individual will quickly hit the back button after glancing at a bland site regardless of whether the site is informative or not. For someone experiencing too much attention grabbing graphics may have the same reaction as to a bland and dull site.
Hot Text: Chap. 3&4
When you're internet surfing, one thing you don't recognize right away is the writing. Most people are distracted by the graphics and colors. No one really realizes how important the writing even is, because it's writing....it never changes. However it must be appealing and short so that people see the point and move on. It's something I've never looked at before.
It's great to get past the basics and actually improve or decorate your site from bland to colorful and attractive. However, I struggled for the basics.....Let's just see what stress this brings.....:)
"In a recent study John Morkes and I found that 79 percent of our test users always scanned any new page they came across."
I thought I was the only one who didn't read word for word. I assumed it was some kind of attention deficit disorder when I wouldn't read every word. Glad to know I am part of the majority this time! It's so hard to focus on the screen to read word for word. If you put your face too close, you'll see bloctches of color the rest of the day. Other than my wondering eyes and mind, that's another reason I don't do it! :)
I've been aware of the dangers of posting your thoughts and opinions online. I know that the record of those comments will linger in the world wide web for a very long time. However, It's weird to think that people can refer to your blog entries 10 years from now. Based on your actions a decade ago may not define who you are now. People are used to posting their thoughts online:
"If you have a meeting over lunch and you air a strong opinion, you wouldn't expect someone to come back a year later and read your statement, letter for letter. People got used to expressing themselves in that kind of venue. Now the expectation doesn't map with the reality."
I don't want other people to look back and see how nieve I once was. The past is the past for a reason. What is private anymore? What cannot be recorded? Will people have secret microchips planted in their ears to hear your private thoughts next?
I think it is all about the fad. Usenet was popular but eventually it became even more popular, therefore something new was created. It is odd to think that the internet is so new, yet at the time so undeveloped. The internet is outdated everyday if you care to look at it that way. New things are evolving to expand and process the internet in different ways.
I was amazed to see that the smiley first appeared in the 80's. I thought it would have been older than that. I like the original :) sideways smiley, but it's even better on instant messenger when it actually has a round head and a face! :)
I love using emoticons! :) They make my emails and letters bring out my personality, therefore allowing the reciever to see the kind of friendly email contact we can have. What is better than smileys and winking faces to brighten your day?
I thought the tips for the email was useful and helpful. I was able to correct one mistake I had been making. :)
blogging is new to me, but I know enough to keep my opinions to myself. Even though they are my opinions and cannot change the world or anything, I know that some people could become highly offended by them. I don't want to cause any trouble with having my opinions posted online, so I try to keep it as nuetral as I can, or at least keep my most opinionated issues for verbal arguments.
"In May 2005, two swimmers at Louisiana State University lost their scholarships for making disparaging comments about their coach on Facebook."--Based upon this issue, Facebook is just another way to ruin one's reputation. Everything online can be seen by anyone. Posting degrading or angry comments online where there is proof is such a dumb thing to do. Although, many people don't think anyone will see it, but they do.
I think this all goes back to privacy on the internet. Nothing you do or say online is private and there is where people begin trusting others that they shouldn't. Laura K. Krishna asked: "are u for real or not." She began to trust this faceless guy to help her cheat through college. Cheating and plagiarizing is one thing, trusting a stranger is another.
Myspace is one place that can be extremely dangerous for young chlidren. For one, they post pictures of themselves and personal information. Again, I think it is the parents' jobs to monitor the children's internet access. "When “Dateline” surfed MySpace, we found scenes of binge drinking, apparent drug use, teens posing in underwear, and other members simulating sex, and in some cases even having it." When young kids, just barely teens are posting this nonsense, it is time for mom and dad to hit the control button and take charge of their youngin's actions.
I hadn't known how the dangerous the internet was. I was always careful myself but I think parents should monitor their children's acts on the computer. They are responsible for their children's acts on the internet. The internet is the outside world and no one is going to care for them but the parents, therefore, it is their job.
I am always up for using proper English and correcting grammar. That's just the way I always was. Writing online has become so different. Many people do not care about what they publish on the internet as they once did in writing.....
True that the print on the computer screen saves a tree, but we can spare a few now and then for our paper resources. I will admit I like to read things off of paper alot better than the computer screen. There is so much more you can do to the piece of paper that you can't do to text on a screen. "You can underline, highlight, and annotate paper in a way that is still impossible with Web pages." Webpages would need to be saved and are harder to reference to rather than a handout in a folder.
I am amazed at the availability of the proffessors here at Seton Hill. I would never think to do what they do like sitting at their home computer checking emails from their students. If a professor is willing to do that, we should all be grateful and not take advantage of their extra help by asking for a lesson plan via email. There should be courtesy when it comes to the extra time Proffessor put in to help you.
When I read emails, especially from someone I have never met, I cannot dechiper what their specific tone, emotion, or if they are using sarcasm. Emails are different from reading a story or a book, you have to communicate back to them. "Not only do e-mail senders overestimate their ability to communicate feelings, but e-mail recipients also overestimate their ability to correctly decode those feelings." It's all in the guess of what you think or believe the person is getting at. I try to keep a normal sounding tone, so it seems neither excessively cheerful, or harshly scolding.
I found the Castro step by step very useful. I consider myself instruction illiterate and with the how-to easy directions, even I was able to follow along!
I found the HTML follow up very helpful. The visuals made it easier to compare to my own work, in turn enabling me fix my mistake and move on.
Aside from the comical view of emails in the 1990's, the main idea I got from it was things were still changing as rapid as they are now. People back then may not have been used to emails, but now we are trying to adapt to new developments like cell phones, blogs, chat rooms, etc.
The same thing happened with Yahoo Instant Messenger and Hotmail messenger. Those were two different instant messengers but once AOL came along, everyone switched to that. Just as Friendster was the fad and now Myspace, probably means, a combination of the two will come out in the near future.
From my own experience from working in an office over the summer, I often had to check my emails from the different team members. The ones with the appealing titles caught my interest first, whether they were work related or jokes. I always opened them first. To the sender, their job is to make the email sound and look appealing, lke an office competition as to see whose email will be opened first.
Freedom of speech is redefined by blogs. People's opinions are one thing, but when there's print evidence, others' actions will be more aggressive. For instance, the opinionated list of why Seton Hill should not have a football team, displayed by an average student is now physical evidence that one cannot deny. There is always the aspect of denying the opinion you gave verbally, but with posted writing for the public eye, you have no chance of claiming it wasn't you.
When using Facebook, one has to watch how they distribute their online "identity." One of the many reason I use facebook, is to look at pictures of people, where they've been, what their hobbies are, etc. So many pictures involve violence, drugs, and alcohol. Sometimes these pictures may be just "fun and games" but no one will know that because it all looks realistic. Assumption and judgement are two qualities everyone has and when your "fun and games" are displayed for the public, a reputation develops in the negative sense. Maybe next time, one will think twice about displaying a questionable image of themselves for the world to see.
This is my very first blog.........:)