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December 2, 2005

Cover Entry 4

News Writing Blog Portfolio 4

This is the fourth installment of my Blog Portfolio for 2005 Fall Semester: EL277 News Writing. For those of you that did not follow my Blog the prior to now I will give you a brief exposition about me. My name is Leslie Rodriguez and welcome to my weblog sponsored by Movable Type. I am a sophomore at Seton Hill University and as part of my EL 227 class and the New Media Journalism program I write and respond with blog entries on various topics.

These entries are then posted for public view on my blog. This entry acts as an introduction to my blog portfolio which includes selected entries that reflect on our in class discussions, published news articles and various texts that Dr.Jerz has assigned. The following topics will be examined and discussed in my blog portfolio:

The Collection
My best blog entries that demonstrate intellectual growth.
Entries are categorized accordingly.

Class Required Blog Topics (including the texts):
Coverage 1: This blog includes my first reactions to the book We the Media which was my favorite book we read all year regarding journalism. I discuss the introduction and call out the greatest enemy of journalism...CORPORATE JOURNALISM! (supposed to be bold and scary).

Coverage 2: This is an entry that regards the rules of public life in relation to the media as well as the spread of information on an open source forum such as the world wide web. The sources are from We the Media chapter three. Hacking, and password decryption are some interesting sidenotes from this blog as well as a good story about scamming Pepsi Cola Company.

Coverage 3: In this entry I discuss in depth chapter five of We the Media and cover a variety of topics. Specifically blogs and politics are mentioned in this section of the reading. I wrote about the impact that blogs had on Howard Dean's election campaign.

Depth 1: This is a very elaborate blog in which I talk about chapter one and two of We the Media. Interesting points are made about the evolution of the craft [journalism] from Tom Paine to Blogs. I also discuss history and blogging; an example being 9-11.

Depth 2/Discussion 2/Timeliness 1/:
This entry coincides with my informal oral presentation on chapter 6 of We the Media. The presentation generated quite a buzz shortly after it was given. A very long and in depth comment conversation began from Evan Reynolds and was maintained by Dr.Jerz and me. The definition of journalism is questioned...Oooo..ahhhh...check it out, it's pretty deep.

Depth 3/Timeliness 2: This entry refers to chapters eight and nine of We the Media which deal largely with proposed laws and codes of cyberspace and the technological world. I am not sure "laws" is the correct term for them. Most of them are generalizations based upon opinion and analysis of the natural progression of technology.

Discussion 1/Interaction 2: After Jenna O'Brocto's in class presentation of chapter 4 of We the Media I blogged a reflection on what she talked about. One point she made was that more and more celebrities have blogs now. Me, Dr. Jerz and Jenna all commented on the use of blogs for business purposes.

Comment Grande/Comment Informative: I left several large comments on this blog entry that was viewed by Dr.Jerz and Evan Reynolds. Contemplation and discussion commenced and we determined that context matters when writing things online as truth or propaganda. Also mentioned was the idea that corrections to someone's online work/writing are very different than personal attacks.

Comment Primo: I was the first to comment on Elyse Branam's blog entry about chapters 3-5 of We the Media.

Link Gracious 1: In this post I mentioned a link to Chera Pupi's blog and her presentation on chapter seven of We the Media. Chera spoke in her presentation about the role of citizen journalists and their importance in society in order to be fair when making news. There is also some debate about the first amendment and its role on the internet as far as publishing is concerned.

Other Entries:
Wildcard: This was a really cool site that I found where you can make your own pets and adopt them. I made a penguin named Hubie and when you click on the ice-berg he shakes and eventually falls into the water. A cruel way to treat a penguin (JK) but I found it amusing.

Wildcard 2: This entry is my own personal review of the new move Rent. Idinia Menzel, Rosario Dawson and Jesse L. Martin truly do this movie so much justice.

We The Media: Chapter 10 Blog

December 12, 2005

Something to do on your blog...

I was just rebuilding my blog and going back through the comments tonight when I stumbled upon the section of Movable Type where the comments are all listed. Well as it turns out some of them (the comments) were pending my approval. So I read through all my comments and there were about 20 new ones added to my blog from people that I simply don't know. I am honestly amazed at some of the things that they were posting, not because they were lude or vulgar (which they weren't at all) but rather because they were interacting with me in such a great way.

Several students wanted my help interpreting Shakespeare's sonnets, one girl from Canada wanted to know if I knew the origin of the word fanny pack, another girl said she was going to wear a fanny pack to school and record her peer's reactions and give them to me at a later date. I feel weird sometimes when things like this happen. I began to think about what we had talked about in News Writing (EL227) about credibility and people going online and using blogs as credible sources. These commenters wanted my knowledge and 'expertise' on something that I wasn't an expert on...ie Shakespeare & Fanny Packs. Really makes you think. If you have had a blog for a while and haven't ever checked out the comment section of the Movable Type layout, I highly reccomend it and suggest doing it. You might stumble upone some really great stuff.

December 20, 2005

A Christmas Gift For...Me

Well according to my friends and family I am rather difficult to shop for when these pesky holidays roll around. Lucky for them this year I made a small list of things to buy. Mind you, without this list they would be a bit lost when trying to decide between Mean Girls and Serenity for a DVD choice (for the record that would be Serenity). I think the best gift that I have gotten this year so far is the one that I got for myself. I have had the notion of buying a digital camcorder for sometime now and well, Saturday night I decided I would make this happen. I bought one on e-Bay for $132.50 ($157.48 after shipping and insurance fees). I stumbled upon it while just browsing auctions that were about to end. It had 32 minutes left when I found it and was priced at $63.00.

The heading read: NEW 7-In-1 6.6 MP DIGITAL VIDEO CAMCORDER CAMERA MP3/MPEG /1.6 LCD/ PC Camera/ card reader/MP3.

To make a long story short I battled out the last 10 minutes in order to win it and I expect to get it by Wednesday. I was so excited because of the multiple functions it has and the fact that in my field this kind of device can always come in handy, especially the digital camera and voice recorder. I plan on getting a memory expander card for it as soon as it arrive so I can store up to 8 hours of video on it. Also, I need to buy some blank data CDs. This is going to be wonderful and I am so excited (thats the geek inside talking).


December 25, 2005

Happy Dec. 25th


December 29, 2005

Beautiful Sky...

I took this picture the other night on my way home.

Christmas Kitty...

These are some pictures of my cat Charlie under the Christmas Tree. He loves sleeping on the skirt and playing with the presents.





December 30, 2005

Background: Video Games & My Experiences

yoshi11.gifLET THE FUN BEGIN...I am very excited to be taking the MWG: Video Gaming course during this J-Term (beginning Jan.2). I knew this summer when Jerz told me about the course that it would be right up my ally. I ordered my books and corresponding materials last week and they have begun to arrive and I started reading/skimming through Brenda Laurel’s book Utopian Entrepreneur. It seems like an interesting first hand account of a programmer/designer that had a dream. Then again, everyone that creates a video game has some kind of dream. Laurel’s dream was just one that had a significant social purpose. I am really excited about this course, so I decided to blog about my personal experiences with video games over the years.

Though I have not played too many of the games that came out over the past 2-3 years I still love the “classics”. (I know that seems like a line from Jerz’s page, but it’s true) Ever since I can remember I had an interest in video games. Xbox is about the only system I’ve touched recently and the game I played was Mortal Kombat. I think my Dad (not a nerd or geek by any means) and I (a self-proclaimed geek) paved the way for my family’s interest in gaming. My mom was the only one that never got into it. I enjoy quest adventure games as well as combat games. Dad likes the sports games and my sisters have a variety of wacky tastes.

The first system my family ever owned was the original Nintendo that came with the standard issue Duck Hunt/Super Mario Brothers combination game.

A screenshot from Nintendo's Duck Hunt

Then I picked up a Sega Genesis one Christmas and that was sufficient for a few years. The next system we bought was Playstation. I never showed partiality towards one brand. Sony, Sega, Nintendo...whatever was hot at the time I wanted. Since the Playstation we have yet to purchase a new system. Personally I feel like the market is moving so fast in one direction, if you hop on the next big thing (ie: Dreamcast...failure) then you are going to get screwed. Spending all that money on a gaming system that will be dead in a year is not a financially productive use of your money. I’ve found that though the classic Playstation system is dying out, you can still get the original big games for a cheaper price now. I’ve seen the Tomb Raider games for as low as $10.99 at KB Toys. And mind you, this was one of the system’s most lucrative games.

Computer simulation games have been a big part of my experience as well. While in elementary school I used Apple computers quite a bit in their early stages. My favorite computer game was The Oregon Trail, the original version with the very poor graphics.

A screenshot from The Oregon Trail

Handheld gaming systems also played a large part in my childhood. I started out with Disney handheld games with only a few buttons that were for Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. These games were fairly easy. I eventually bought a Gameboy, the original clunky grey one with no color and a greenish brown screen. I got as many games for it as I could, but eventually the non-color original Gameboy died out. Very rarely do you hear about a game coming out that can be played on this system today. Only Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance rule that market today.

I became interested with virtual reality as well at one point and convinced my parents to buy me an R-Zone system as well as a Virtual Boy (made my Nintendo). The R-Zone (Reality Zone) was actually a flop as far as mass popularity was concerned. I only had one game for mine before I got tired of it. Now, the Virtual Boy was a different story all together. I still play it to this day when I am bored. I have tried to find more games for it, but sadly it was also deemed a commercial flop.

Currently I am playing the Buffy the Vampire Slayer game for Gameboy Color. The game I purchased at a second hand gaming store for $12.00 and the system belongs to my little sister. I bought the game because of my Buffy fanaticism and solely for that reason. I am hoping that I can somehow tie it into this course and possibly my final project in some way shape or form. Meshing academics and Buffy worked well for me so far in EL236 and this summer with my Arthur Miller & Buffy Essay. So in hopes of a wonderful J-term class experience I am ready to push START and let the game begin.

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