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September 29, 2006

Project Proposal EL 236

I'm interested in doing an events page. A page that will talk about different concerts and music events in the Pittsburgh. I think it is importatn to have pages like this because people in the age range of 18- 25 spend alot of money at events like this and need to unload from work and school. Also, I think that I would be good at a web page like this because I take an interest in what musical events come to pittsburgh and where they are.

link one - http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/main.cfm

link two- http://www.pollstar.com/tour/searchall.pl?By=City&Content=PA_Pittsburgh&PSKey=Y&Sort=Date&Date_From=Today&Date_To=09-23-2008&Market=N&Page=2

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surprise surprise

"Had a pharoh been given detailed and explicit designs of an automobile, and had he understood them completely, it would have taxed the resources of his kingdom to have fashioned the thousands parts for a single."

The article written by bush seemed kind of confusing and irrelevant as i first started to read it. I was kind of confused. I did relate to Bush talking about how in society people usually have the resources to do things. It is just not in societies need to do some things. The pharoh did not have the need for a car hence why he didnt try to figure out how to make one. As with technology, even today we still have resources to make incredible discoveries that would probably help society. Our attention now though is on what technology is doing to us presently. Though there are alwyas those out there who are looking toward the future needs of the world, most of us just want to know how to get the damn computer to stop freezing.
I found it funny how this article was written in 1945, yet he talks of word processing and the advances in it at that time. Also the discussion about brittanica and wikepedia opened my eyes to how much of an advancement that he was talking about has come true.

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September 26, 2006

Catch my attention wth simplicity!

"The Web as a medium. makes reading hard, limits context, challenges the even most eager skimmer, destabilizes and solidifies the text that acts as part of the interface."

In these chapters I learned of the importance of the text and exactly how it is used both as content as interface. I enjoyed the bulleted list on pags 64 nand 65 about assumptions about text in the age of the internet. I never realized that so many factors affect the way internet reader are able to read text. They even mention how paper is still easier for even the most accomplished skimmer to read. Also, I was able to begin to understand just how content and interface work together in everything we read on the web.
The idea of attention is more addressed in chapter 2. I found that getting and keeping your readers attention is something that is reflected on how u set up your page and write. Phrases we use in our writing will grab a readers attention. Also, simplicity will get attention and take most of it since it is a limited resource. the more simple the writing the long the attention will be towards it

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chp 2 = not that scary

I can see that in chapter two We will be doing alot with the baisc design of the homepage. Such as, playing with teh fonts, creating a background, and linking images. even though I am not even all the way through chapter 1, this book doesn't make chapter 2 look incredibly hard or scary. While every part of this is confusing to me, I am slowly getting more comfortable with what we will have to do.

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I just want the writing to be good

"Obviously your main goal should be to meet the immediate needs of your intended readers (whoever they may be), but because your site is part of the Internet, you should offer something of value to the unexpected visitors who stumble across your pages."

I am not in any way experienced with the whole creating a webpage deal. I do however understand that some things are particularlt important no matter what level you are in with making them. One thing I want to do is get a readers attention, no matter who they are. I am just following the book format for this project, but I do want to put some of my own writing style into this to give it something good. With the added knowledge that this page will be visible to anyone on the internet, I want to give whoever reads my page the thought that "yeah she doesn't really know what she is doing, but the writing is good."

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September 23, 2006

EL 200 "Going Live" Chp 1 & 2

The book "Going Live" has caught my attention more than any of the books we have used in media lab in the past. I am enjoying the specific examples it uses when talking about the evolution of live, on the spot news. In chapter one, Phillip Seib gives us an idea of how coverage on the internet and television have affected society. With statistics about the rise of the internet use among news watchers and history of how in the past use of the radio in certain live events changed news, Seib gives us a window into how the present has become the present in news coverage. I like how the examples of the Zapruder film and the death of Robert Kennedy presented live news with emotional edge. Also, my favorite part was the part about enterainment and politics and how there is a question about whether or not journalists should get the news out as quick as possible or make sure the specific facts are there first?
In chapter 2, I was pleased with the amount of examples used in explaining how news channels handle unpredictable spot news, how channels like CNN and MSNBC reach out to their local affiliates, and the actual impact those local news channels have on major stories that happen in everyday american communities. With recent examples like the Starr report, the O.J simpson car chase, and the Jonesboro school shooting all helped me come to understand more of what major news channells need to do to bring us some of the most memorable live moments in news.

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EL 200 "Going Live" Chp 1 & 2

The book "Going Live" has caught my attention more than any of the books we have used in media lab in the past. I am enjoying the specific examples it uses when talking about the evolution of live, on the spot news. In chapter one, Phillip Seib gives us an idea of how coverage on the internet and television have affected society. With statistics about the rise of the internet use among news watchers and history of how in the past use of the radio in certain live events changed news, Seib gives us a window into how the present has become the present in news coverage. I like how the examples of the Zapruder film and the death of Robert Kennedy presented live news with emotional edge. Also, my favorite part was the part about enterainment and politics and how there is a question about whether or not journalists should get the news out as quick as possible or make sure the specific facts are there first?
In chapter 2, I was pleased with the amount of examples used in explaining how news channels handle unpredictable spot news, how channels like CNN and MSNBC reach out to their local affiliates, and the actual impact those local news channels have on major stories that happen in everyday american communities. With recent examples like the Starr report, the O.J simpson car chase, and the Jonesboro school shooting all helped me come to understand more of what major news channells need to do to bring us some of the most memorable live moments in news.

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A simple kind of page

"Provide meaningful subheadings, bulleted lists, and bold keywords.
Conventional print prose is designed for sequential readers who will start at the beginning and move sequentially to the end. Such writing develops extended ideas via a series of good paragraphs joined by transitions. Each sentence helps to build the paragraph; each paragraph supports the chapter; each chapter drives the book towards its conclusion."

This is the one thing about this whole making a web page thing that I actually like. I'll admit right here I have trouble and am confused with the coding that comes with making a web page. I am much more interested in the topic and the writing of what will be on the webpage. While I do not have partner yet I do have a few ideas in mind about what would make a good webpage. I know mine will not be fanciful in any way, since I don't know what I'm doing when it comes to the buildiing process, but I do know that the actual writing will be something I will hopefully do well. I'm sure through this work I wil learn to become more familiar with web coding, but for now give me more writing.

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Style Is Everything, people

"People rarely read Web pages word by word; instead, they scan the page, picking out individual words and sentences"

As soon as I saw the title and the first sentence of this article I had to say to myself, "that's so right." How many time have you been at a website for a class or up late doing hwk and you scan through a website only looking for the most important information? It happens to everyone. I don't know if I've ever actually thought of how that connects with the design and writing of the web page. After reading Nielsen's article I can see how these designs are present online and how I have actually seen and past over the majority of them.
I find the promotional writing and scannable are the kinds of style I usually come across. Scannable is something that is just plain easier to understand in some cases. I believe that certain style of design and writing will work for certain subjects for websites. I mean the bolding and linking on this artilces site actually worked for the site. It made me look more closely at it and actually click one of the links. Writing style on the internet is much more efefctive to people then they think.

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September 22, 2006

You gotta crawl before you can walk

"E-mail readers were very primitive back when they were used mostly by geeks who didn't need no steenkin' icons or menus. Newsgroup postings were plain text -- no icons, no graphics, no navigation buttons. This wasn't some odd retro choice -- it was the command-line interface. You typed something to the computer, and it typed back to you. That was how computer interfaces worked (and it was a great improvement over paper tape and punch cards). "

OK, I now feel better about my prior trouble with understanding usenet. It just seems that it was such an old style that I just plainly did not understand it. Even in Professor Jerz's quote above, I still know what the word interfaces and newsgroups mean. I do not understand how an online community like UseNet could have been so plain. I mean if there wasn't half of what we can do to our blogs and myspaces now, then what did you do? It also seems kind of odd that things were in such broad topics and not singled down to specifics. to me that is what the internet is all about, specific information.
I can appreciate that everyone has to start somewhere. you have to crawl before you can walk and that goes for all things in life, even online technology. Still, I can not begin to imagine Professor Jerz being at all lost in online blogging at anytime. I mean i thought he was born automatically knowing all of this. : )

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Privacy Not Included

"Reid writes, tools like Deja News "encourage a holistic projection of self into the virtual landscape." Coherent and persistent online identities, she says, increase the sustainability of online communities by deepening bonds between the members. "

This topic reminds me of when i was younger and I remember the "do not call" list controversy. In the past people were upset that just their telephone numbers were being put out to companies without their knowledge. How could something so personal be out in the public is what people thought. In todays society, with everyone online saying everyting they could say about anything you could think of, ofcourse it will be accessible for anyone. That's just the nature of technology. It will help us out in many ways, but harm us in just as many ways also.
I think Reids idea that people in online communities become closer because they are all hiding behind some kind of fake online persona is right on. Bloggers, gamers, even pedophiles, all exist in these online worlds where their words and actions will be on the web for everyone to see. Sort of a big brother concept, but sort of not one. If you know what you are putting on the internet, then you should know or have a general idea of who will have access to it....everyone. Including government, police, FBI, etc. Privacy is not something we have in all corners of life now and especially not in our online life.

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September 1993?? JAnuary 2005??

Ok i know it's late but im not gonna lie here, I really did not get this reading at all. I'm guessing that UseNet was some kind of online commhnity similar to facebook that just did not work out?? Am I on the right track? I did not get the date coding at all. How did "Eternal September" fit into this? Wow, I gotta admit I feel like a lost freshman again. It's kind of embarrasing. Comments on what the hell I just read would be highly appreciated.

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September 19, 2006

The future is coming on

This artilce was very entertainng but is kind of a prediction too. Im sure in years to come people may "unearth" ancient pieces of technology we hold dear today. I liked how the professor talked about the writers of the email using full spelling of words and now smileys or emoticons. Actually, rarely in any itext do i get a full correct spelling of any word.
I look back now and sometimes ask myself what life was like in the early 90's. I dont remember even seeing a computer until about 2nd grade, and it was a giant piece of crappy machinary. I do not think that the computers of today have much in common with the technology of the late 80s early 90s. I'm sure someone will look back in 20 years and say alot of the same things mocked in this article.

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Maturing Online

"Reading Boyd's essay made me feel my age. This is not a bad thing... at 37 I'm still a young scholar, but the online landscape I've been studying for years is changing faster than I can master it. I'm realizing that each time I teach "Writing for the Internet" or "New Media Projects," the course will be practically brand new."

I think any student who uses the internet on a daily basis can appreciate professor Jerz's awareness that the times they are a changin. I guess it must be hard be teaching classes that involve the internet and how it affects us when the internet is always changing. For the older generation, todays technology is overwhelming, especially since it involves their children and their childrens communication skills.
I guess a teenager finding themsleves these days is measured in their myspace or facebook page. After going through several online identities they find one that suites them. I think even in myown past I was a little lame in my online use, but i have matured in it in the past few years. I can actually thank Professor Jerz for helping me mature in how I use the internet.

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MySpace - Social experiment

"For many teens, MySpace is the first asynchronous messaging system that they use regularly. Sure, they have emails but those are to communicate with parents/teachers/companies, not with friends. People check in daily to see what messages they get. This was starting to happen on Friendster, but server slowness killed this practice. This will make it quite tricky for teens to fully leave MySpace while their friends are still using it."

I think this article really looked at Myspace and Friendster as social experiements, rather than fad websites. the way Boyd explained the differences between the sites and the users who are on the them, I felt like i was learning more about how people react with eachother online. While I am not on and never have been on either of these websites, I have see the effects it has on people my age in a social aspect.
People my age do get on Myspace to find out about the opposite sex. People meet people and become attracted to the via the internet. I've also seen that it is a place where people of all kinds can be accepted into one community. the popular jock and the creepy goth kid can actually both be apart of a community of thousands of people. It is a new step in socializing for people in our generation. For many people out age, it is the only way to connect to people. I kno I only use email to communicate with professors or my parents, the rest of my communication is through facebook and iming. I've seen individuals glued to their computers for hours chaning their page or adding a video or song in hopes that their friends, or that certain someone, will notice and aknowledge their changes.
Myspace gives people a chanc to be a part of something big and popular no matter who they are, it's true. I noticed Boyd talking about how it is now a fad, how it has so many ways it can grow. I agree with him because with the amount of people who are really interested in this page, they will find their own ways to expand it.

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September 17, 2006

webpage = scary

After Monday memories floated back of how scary making a web page actually is. I was on a roll and then all of a sudden I was stopped and confused like the rest of half the room. It just comes with someone who does not know alot of what exactly goes into making a any web page we look at. After reading through castro's chapter one I now see that just adding the label of a photo requirescoding. Also, changing the fonr size and adding little breaks in between words is a process one must learn.
I was also curious to see how we will be using photo shop. That makes a little more familiar to me, but not alot. The little area "extra bits" also helped me understand some of what is happening with this web design thing. Professor Jerz's entry on the clas website also made things seem a little less scary for tomorrow. I just think that this web design is something u either know already or do not know, and if you do not know it you will definitly learn this semester.

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September 14, 2006

"E-mail's ambiguity has special implications for minorities and women, because it tends to feed the preconceptions of a recipient. "You sign your e-mail with a name that people can use to make inferences about your ethnicity," says Epley. A misspelling in a black colleague's e-mail may be seen as ignorance, whereas a similar error by a white colleague might be excused as a typo."

I myself have been in situations where it gets confusing to understand people over the internet. I've found myself being offeneded or thinking someone was mad at me because the one of their IM seemed mean when maybe they were just being sarcastic. People have also read my wrongly too. I've come to say "it's hard tp pick up via the internet," when someone doesn't get what i mean. I've even received emails form certain professors where I feel like they were being a little sarcastic when they probably weren't.
Emotion and the internet are two things i don't think work together. Yes we have smileys and emoticons and things like that, but emotion through a machine wil never work. I mean when i read the bit about minorites being perceived wrongly, i thought it was rediculous. If someone signs their name as johnson how would you know if they were black or hispanic or white? im sure my online teacher thinks i am white girl because she has never seen me and my last name isn't that "ethnic." I do not think in todays society either that a person with an ethnic name really gets that offened over a misspelling of it. People misspell white individuals names all the time. All in all, the lack of emotion in email is not the end of the world, it is just another example of how the internet has taken over a little bit more of society.

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September 12, 2006

enough is enough is enough

The actions of professor Swissler just show why i would not want to be any kind of teacher. While i do believe that those students did give her a hard time alot, she had no right to freak out on them as she did. Teachers talk to us about online conduct and appropriateness, yet here we have a professor coming down to the level a mad student. Kind of lame if you ask me. I'm wondering if firing her was exactly the right thing to do. The school seemed to have done it very quickly. I just know that her behavior was not appropriate on her own terms. I mean the professor is supposed to be the real adult, right.

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It comes with the territory

Many other professors who have taught online also report that they have developed something like an obsession when it comes to their online courses -- a mixture of curiosity and a sense that if they don't keep logging on, they might fall hopelessly behind. Many say their online teaching cuts into other activities, such as research and time with family.

I was surprised to read in this article how professors who teach online courses seem stressed because of the amount of emails they get. I liked this particular quote becuase it seems to me that now they know how on top of certain courses one has to be. I think that this article showed me that professors need to be just as on top their game as the students. Grenci certainly seemed to still be breathing while teaching his course.
I can see how taking online courses would be takign away from a more traditional learning experience. I feel like i am learning more in the classroom interacting with the class then just being pushed off to trial and error it on an online course. My professor of my online course seems like she has so much more to do than myother professors because she can only geth through to us via email or what she has alreayd put up on the course website. I can't say I feel bad for a professor in such a position. It comes with the territory and technology.
However I don't feel that the 24 hour response rule should be put into effect for professors. I know many of them get alot of emails, especially at midterms and finals. to respond to 50 in one day is alot to ask. Students also need to better monitor appropriate questions to email. As I have said before, a response is what many students just ask for.

Posted by RachelPrichard at 9:59 PM | Comments (1)

what's the deal with email and professors

"The stakes are different for professors today than they were even a decade ago, said Patricia Ewick, chairwoman of the sociology department at Clark University in Massachusetts, explaining that "students are constantly asked to fill out evaluations of individual faculty." Students also frequently post their own evaluations on Web sites like ratemyprofessors.com and describe their impressions of their professors on blogs"

I always knew that you talk to your professor in more professional way then you would talk to just anyone. Whether it is through email or not, you need to show a certain amount of respect. I've come to experience, after a year in college that how to email the teacher is actually on the mind of alot of students. I've been asked numerous times by my friends how exactly they should ask a question to a teacher. sort of a What do You think kind of question. I do not think that these teachers should be so concerned about how they ansewer their emails. just please ansewer us.
In my own life, it depends on the professor basically on how to write and what to write to them in an email. Some of my professors are very exact on what they want us to ask them and how to reach them. Others are just nice enough to answer quicky in informal sentences. I have never had a complaint myself about how i emailed a teacher and i really have no complaints on how they reach me. Even though they may worry about their evaluations, i've seen students fill those out without even looking. While, email ettiquiete is important it is also a need to realize that email is meant to a quick form of communicating.

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September 9, 2006

"we have CEOs of major corporations who lack the basic writing skills to pen a simple, in-house memo in plain-spoken English. We see marketing swine get paid princely sums to lie about their products in language so bloated with jargon that their lies -- and even their half-truths -- are unintelligible. We see company flacks churning out impenetrable press releases that no editor in his right mind would consider reading, let alone using. We see business reporting reduced to the trite and formulaic because the reporter is either too uncritical or too lazy to take a hard look at what lies behind the smoke and mirrors"

I have experienced some of what Long is saying myself. My mother is a social worker and was a student at a liberal arts school like SHU years and years ago. My mother has interest in my journalism major because she complains that many of her own colleauges have little to no writing ability. She says that from going to such a college since she was required to write so much; she learned how to write well and better than most students at bigger universities. She has told me that knowing how to write is important in the world today at any job. I take her quite seriously, considering this woman is editing her own boss' reports.
having journalism as a major i have already had a flair for writing which is being fed more each year at SHU. I remember in my thinking and writing class last year. after a thorough session of peer editing i did think to myself, "Wow, like none of the students have that good of a writing ability." The funny thing was that several of them went to more private and prestigious high schools than I had come from. I think that the public needs to not only be exposed to good writing in all fields, but also needs to be taught early on that good grammar and writing ability is something that will help them in life. One would think that multi million dollar corporations would have a group of professional wiriters to write their press releases or that people in higher athourity would have better writing skill. The lasck of good writing skill in our scoeity is something that should now be looked at seriously

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Ahhh the good old days of Paper

Growing up in the technology of my generation has actually had an effect on how i few the "old school" form of text or paper as I believe they call it. In highschool, i was taught to embrace books and read as many of the classics as i could; even though my friends were telling me to go to sparknotes.com and just get the summary really quick from there. I admit that I agreed with Golub when he said that he could read pages of a book for longer then he could stare at a computer screen. I found myself with bloodshot eyes during the end of last semester after looking at webpage after webpage. But people like Golub who can still appreicate and revel in the idea of a paperback book should be appreicated. My own mother still goes to her own used book stores and is in heaven whenever barnes and noble is having a half off sale on books. She is one of the last people i know who still reads an article on paper more often then seeing a computer screen.
I admit that in the summer I try to read a book since i do not have to stare at the computer screen for hours each day, and it feels pretty good and relaxing. You would have never heard me say that in highschool after having to read Shakespeare of To Kill A Mockingbird. I guess with age comes an appreciation for the simple things in life. One of those simple things to my generation is the idea of paper.

"At annual meetings I had colleagues tell me that they really like it and are interested in digital scholarship but they still (and presumably unlike me) enjoy reading actually physical books."

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September 6, 2006

Blogging at SHU

I remember when i first started blogging last year for my first college course i was not too excited about it. I felt lost and confused about blogging. A year later here i am chatting away on my own blog and enjoying it. In the past year I have seen how facebook and blogging have affected SHU and the effect it has had on the student body. Ive heard stories about how so and so wrote this on his blog or how oh no camps us security might be busting people for havng pics of them drinking in the dorms. It's all natural and normal to me now. I even remember when this article first came out last year and how excited Professor Jerz was. I have to admit I felt a sense of pride in knowing that SHU is one of the schools embracing such a now popular form of communication.
This semester I am actually taking writng for the internet as well as communication theories and technologies. Im beginning to see in many ways how this new form of communication is really a part of many professions students here are going into. So we need to understand how to use them properly and resposibly. I liked the quote from the professor from Aiken used in the article saying, "If they present themselves as intelligent thinking human beings, they will be rewarded. If not, then they won't be." That pretty much sums up how people will perceive anyone they see on the internet whther thru a blog or not.

"If they present themselves as intelligent thinking human beings, they will be rewarded. If not, then they won't be,"

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Facebook Faux Paus

I recall how i first started my facebook my freshman year. I sat on my bed while my friend Shannon filled in all the information for me because i thought it would be too confusing for me to use. Here I am a year later and about 60 seconds ago i just check my facebook and wrote someone a comment. It's crazy how Facebook has taken over as a normal part of college life. I have alot of friends who are addicted to they Myspace and have facebook, and some of them are now starting to get just as interested in facebook as they are in myspace. But of course with your own online identity comes the responsibility of using it properly and showing yourself in the right light.
I admit there are things on my facebook that could be changed in the case of a future employer looking me up. But if they did decide to google me not only would they see my early college year silly antics, but alos the blogs ive written, Setonian articles i have written, and even what im writing at this moment. In my opinion, if one is going to be silly or foolish with one piece of online resource, perhaps they should balance it out with something positive for your online persona. Im not saying that if you post pictures of yourself doing something questionable witht he law that if you write an insightful blog entry it won't matter. Be smart with what you put out on the internet. the fact that facebook is a college related sight..i wouldn't be surprised if Deans, professors, or security does look at some profiles. I know for a fact that certain Lacrosse players got in trouble with their coach last year for joining a certain group that claimed they "ran from campus security and were never caught." Students need to be aware that the people they think would never see this stuff could very well have access to it. Rule of thumb, if you wouldn't want your mother to read or see it, don't put it up ont he internet. Chances are she probably has figured out how to log on to Facebook by now also.

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Kushner teaches stupid girl the hard way

I thought that Nate Kushners blog about his run in with the plagiarist was PRICELESS!!! In my opinion this girl obvioulsy deserved whatever has happened to her because of her stupidity. Did she honestly think that just because "hindu" is in someone's profille, that they are experts on such a subject. Also, the fact that she picked a complete stranger on the internet who probably could have used all the information she gave him to hack her to bits is yet another reason that this girl got what was coming to her. If she did not see that Kushner was obviously messing with her, then she deserves the discomfort of being caught.
Now to the morale of the story. Obviously it is wrong to plagiarise and no one should do such a thing. This story is an example of how one should definitley think before one writes. Especially if the work is being handed in to a professor or published. There are always consequences to faulty writing and Miss Laura Krishna will soon find out.

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September 5, 2006

Jerz Smiley weblog

The idea tha Nobakov actually had the thought of a smiley in 1969 is yet another surprising thing to me. I guess there has always been a world wide need for emotion in important documents. I mean if a world leader thinks that there should be one thendoesnt that say something about how technology and society are so closely related. I guess i could see Bush using a smiley in some random document if he really needed to. I am just yet again surprised at who and when these smileys actually started being used.

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Internet and organizations

This topic takes me back to memories i have of my father. Growing up my dad was the director of SAMS (South American Missionary Society) and within his job he was always communicating and meeting people from all over the world. I remember once finding a voice recorder in his desk..like the ones we use for the Setonian. I pressed play and he had memos playng. Nowadays my father doesnt work for that organization but has a new one that also requires many international connections. he is the kind of guy who is always hooking up his laptop at a restaraunt or messing with his treo ( his little pal pilot). So i asked him how exactly he stayed connected to the people in his organization years ago. He told me that regular mail and normal phone calls were the only way he was able to stay connected. He said writing a letter to Colombia oe Argentin was a long process. With the invention of email he and people in his organization now connect so much faster and to so many more people. His organizations website now allows people from all over to donate money to a cause they could not have seen years ago.
Even my fathers treo 650 allows him to write and send emails while sitting on a plane to sudan. He has even learned how to send me and my brother text message and writes to us when he is unable to talk on the phone. With1000 contacts in his treo he is able to text email and send pictures to any one of his colleagues in any country. I feel that the internet and other technology has really made some organizations such as my father visible to the entire world in a way they could not have been seen 15 years ago.

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