What I took away and a few things I hope you’ll take away too!

Firstly, let me say that I’ve never operated this many social media platforms simultaneously before in my life, and I’m not going to lie it’s definitely a bit overwhelming. My eyes have been staring at this screen for quite a while by this point. I’ve got so many tabs open in my web browser I have 2 different ones open and the tabs fill up the screen end to end. But simultaneously, this project has shown me how truly useful social media can be in terms of advancing yourself as a person in a social and business aspect.

That saying that all publicity is good publicity seems to hold a lot of weight among the social media world. When it comes to sites like Tumblr and Twitter, once your name is trending whether it’s good or bad there’s attention being drawn to your account and incentive for to gain new followers. The sheer numbers of people on the sites alone (By the end of next year there’ll be 750 million active Facebook users, twice the size of the US population of 311 million [http://www.acegroup.com/us-en/assets/ace-progress-report-social-media.pdf]. It took me absolutely no money to set up any of the social media accounts that I did for this project. Celebrities can save so much money while still being followed by millions of people. It takes companies nothing to own an account, and they can pay an extremely cheap cost to get their sponsored tweets forcibly placed into users’ timelines based on demographics. A friend of mine loves eating at TacoBell and follows them on multiple social media platforms, including liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter and Instagram. The reason brand loyalty and recognition go up so much via social media networking is because the consumer sees it so often on their computer, phone and/or tablet. I wasn’t really conscious of this at all before I did this project.

All of the research that I did wasn’t just entirely observational. I actually actively participated in my own little test for my research. I work as a club promoter part-time for a company called Black Card Nightlife. I’ve organized a decent number of parties for different occasions, but usually birthdays. The first way social media plays a hand in this is that I can use Facebook to see when people’s birthdays are to contact them ahead of time to see if they’re interested in booking a party. Next, I can organize the events via Facebook events I create which organize the guest list and dole out the information for me easily. But an even easier way this site work for me is to put up a status to let all of my Facebook friends see what I’m in the business of, here the status:


I had 3 different people reach out to me about setting up parties for them in the next 2 weeks and that could end up being anywhere between $150-$300 in my pocket. I tweeted about it as well and I just wouldn’t have been able to reach as many people without these online social networking tools.

For a while there I was really concerned with getting data from my fellow peers and expertise from professors social media is one of the most accessible things available in modern society today. It’s almost always free and anyone can figure out how to use it if they sit down with it for a long enough time. I realized the best lens to observe this topic from was a personal one. I’ve been a Twitter user since 2009 and a Facebook user even years before that. Of course, my personal observations wouldn’t be nearly what they are without the filtering I did with the information I found in my research, and I understand the ceiling potential for entrepreneurial success with social media, and it is incredible. A recognizable brand, a big enough network and an attractive enough online persona to make people want to scroll and read, the possibilities are endless.

Thanks so much for joining me on the ride for my presentation, and keep on networking. I look forward to continuing to use these accounts later on down the road and see what other observations I make can help contribute to the conversation between society, business and social media. 🙂


Social Media Can Portray the More Human Side of Celebrities/Strengthen ties to a company

The Forbes article mentions increased brand recognition and loyalty being the first 2 biggest advantages to utilizing social media. Obviously I haven’t met the vast majority of the celebrities I follow on social media. And although I don’t feel any more physically or literally closer to them based on their tweets or photos they post, it does bridge a certain gap. The friends that I know in real life post things about their daily lives. Whether it’s as average as the meal they’re eating or something more extravagant like para-sailing, it bridges me closer to them while we are apart. Obviously accomplished musicians and actors and other celebrities are probably posting more extravagant things than what my civilian friends are doing. But simultaneous my favorite celebrities posting funny pictures or tweeting things I can relate to works wonders for my fanaticism. I feel that I can identify with them better which draws my attention closer to their posts on social media. Then, when they do release an album or have a concert or something of the sort, it’s more likely to catch my eye and I’m more likely to endorse their product or buy tickets to the shows. The other day, Amazon, a website I’ve used many times, got me to click on a link for a watch sale for a watch I’ve owned once before because it was on my feed. When I clicked the link, I had no plans on checking on buying a new watch but it passing by on my twitter timeline sparked the idea in my head, and this happens every day to a lot of different people on a multitude of social media platforms.

Haynes Reassessing Genius

There was a very specific section of Haynes that stuck out to me as we continue to discuss the idea of genius involved how we’ve been trained to think of genius. The middle of the left column on page 67 (along with the entire article) makes a great point that we are taught to idolize genius. It’s almost perceived as something impossible to achieve and reserved just for the gifted view. The truth of the matter is that the “flights of exceptional thinking” Haynes says geniuses experience are experienced by many. I can confidently say that I’ve had many flights of exceptional thinking. I feel that I think deeply and possess a rather expansive mind. This piece has inspired me to arrive to the conclusion that once you’ve attained a certain intelligence level there is genius dormant inside you. It’s all about whether or not you find it and explore it. Someone may or may not be an extremely winning football coach but they may have become the owner of a self-owned business and used some “genius” to do just that. I feel like daily life should be incorporated when measuring someone’s genius. Someone may be a genius in social settings and really good at talking to and connecting with people. By no means do I wish to discredit people that are recognized as geniuses, I’m just tired of them holding onto all the crop.

First Paper Prewriting

  • Speak about family and background
    • My parents have worked so hard to get me the opportunities that I have and although I’m a creatively predisposed person, I have no interest in being a starving artist. I feel like the starving artist association. I’d love to be that writer with a nice house and a fed family that writes a novel every 3 years and remains financially stable. I respect those writers. My heart isn’t in it enough to walk that path. *
  • I feel in love with the idea of being a published author because of the reward that came with the end result, not the process to achieve it*
    • I really enjoy the idea of being successful and that is my overall priority with what I do with my life
  • My friends since freshman year, appropriately enough usually business majors would say “no one knows how to write anymore” as a positive to my major I suppose for future career-seeking
  • My friends doing civil and mechanical engineering may think that my classes are easy and my major isn’t serious. In my experience humanities majors always get this rap. What my Whitman and L.C. Smith College of Engineering friends don’t get is that I plan on doing as well for myself as they are in the future. The way I see it is that anyone in a major because they think there’s minimal work is probably already financially set after they graduate.
  • This paper is an example of releasing the creative flood gates and doing what writing is intended to do, conveying true feelings into an enjoyable message to be delivered to an audience

DouA_Swearigen Blog Summary

-We need to consider the levels of multiculturalism that are entering American higher education when it comes to teaching about/prosecuting against students for plagiarism.
-The printing press called the ownership of the extreme amount of works dwelling in the public domain
-The idea of owning thoughts and ideas baffles a lot of the rest of the world
-Augustine, similar to Plato, thought that one found truth and not created meaning, hence once again making the idea of owning ideas baffling
-“Copying an author” in the ancient world translates to teaching craft and composition
-Aristotle’s references to his inspiration for rhetoric never unveiled a true self-identity but was flavored by a lot of different tastes and shades of imitation from speakers before him and from his time
-The idea of ownership among authorship is so American
-How can inter-cultural work ever truly be fruitful and unfiltered when copyright law and fair use muddle the exchanges of such things thanks to Western influence

Copyright v Plagiarism

Herrington explains the significant difference between copyright infringement and plagiarism in Chapter 4 of Intellectual Property on Campus,  copyright infringement protect the method that an idea is expressed and plagiarism is when someone claims authorship to an idea that isn’t theirs (Herrington 82). I understand one example of the difference as follows: If the Lucky Charms cereal brand copyrights the slogan “They’re magically delicious”, they have indisputable further authorship rights to that company slogan. That is the way they’ve chosen to express that idea. Plagiarism would be for an off-brand cereal company called for example, Unfortunate Quips to claim that they have the rights to the idea’s origination. Obviously infractions like this one are important to the legal aspect of plagiarism and copyright infringement. But the intellectual property in the academia sphere is presently more applicable to me.

As for the difference between the two concepts in an academic setting, it is possible to plagiarize without violating copyright and to violate copyright infringement without plagiarizing. According to Herrington, reproducing a product found in a public domain even when it isn’t copyrighted is an example of plagiarism (Herrington 107). The inverse case of a copyright violation without plagiarizing begins with duplicating or using products in a public space without receiving appropriate permission, even when attributing credit (Herrington 107). An example of this would be the html coding people used to decorate their Myspace profiles. Myspace is a public social media website and any images borrowed websites that did not give specific permission to be used for such purposes were violating copyright. These violations happen so frequently that my guess would be the vast majority of social media users have committed copyright violations, and have absolutely no idea that they’re doing it.

Summary of Chapter _1_, Identity & Agency

My summary of chapter 1 is actually based on my identity as well. My overall feeling on this piece is definitely negative. Is the reason a selfish one? Maybe that is true. But thanks to my identity I can’t help it. I won’t question the validity of this article’s content. She uses real life stories and quotes and gets valid examples from different creeds of people of their life stories. My problem with the article is the rather drab language speaking on a topic that’s been beaten over the head for me. Yes, I understand, these are things societally arranged that no one including a half black/half Hispanic denies deals out unfair adversity to minorities in our country. It’s just tough sitting in so many classrooms being one of few minorities surrounded by white students. I don’t feel uncomfortable or anything of the sort. By no means is my life perfect, but I live pretty luxuriously and relatively carefree on this campus. It’s frustrating because I’ve been sitting in classes for many years having this same conversation. Things don’t really seem to be getting any better. And my problem with this article as well-articulated and evidenced as it is, is that it doesn’t make a leap into providing a solution either. At this point in my life, through the inter-cultural interactions that I’ve experienced, I feel like this article is meta-knowledge. I mentioned before you might consider that selfish. I understand that a predominantly white and well-off student body benefits from information like this. I’m just over it. And I don’t mean that I’m done trying to enhance and advance the overall well-being of my race. I mean I’m over reading the same academic perspective from the same kinds of people outside of my race. I don’t mean to attack Dorothy Holland, this has just been close to bubbling over for a long time.