To Blog or Not to Blog?



         I Believe that blogging is a way to outlet your thoughts and get them heard by others. I like to think of blogs as diaries on steroids. I definitely think that blogging has an impact on our society. According to statistics, ” 6.7 MM people publish blogs on blogging websites, and other 12MM write blogs using their social networks. I probably read at least five blog today, through links friends have posted on or shared on Facebook, whether it be about food clothes new movies or celebrity gossip. I do expect The practice of blogging to increase, mainly because of how much Time people are on the Internet. According to statistics, 81% of the U.S. online consumers trust information and advice from blogs. – I have inserted a link (https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/advisor/top-blogging-statistics-45-reasons-blog-180101993.html) that gives 45 reasons/statistics on why you should blog. –

          This leads me to my next point, the “Power to publish.” I think it is a good thing to let people polish any thoughts or ideas to everyone for two reasons. Reason One, the first amendment.it is our rights as Americans to practice freedom of speech. Reason to, peoples view on certain matters not only give us different perspectives on a subject, but it also helps eliminate ethnocentrism. 

           Unfortunately, with all the good that comes from the “Power to publish” there is also a downside. For example, in an article by Kathleen Parker, – of the Washington Post – she talks a bout the negative effects of blogging.she uses an example about Gov. Nikki Haley, Who falsely accused of tax fraud. This rumor “begin with the blog item, then was tweeted by The Hill, it Washington political news paper, and reported in short article by The Daily Beast,”!according to Ms. Parker. However, there are a few things wrong with Miss Parker’s finger-pointing at blogging. It is not solely the fault in idiot bloggers who started the rumor, it is also the fall of the credible new sources who ran with the story. I blame the journalist for the escalation of the rumor. Unfortunately, because of laws such as the fair report privilege and shield laws, reporters can basically report whatever they want with little to no repercussion. Newspapers and reporters are supposed to be reliable sources, not some random person but the keyboard.

             In conclusion, blogs can be great sources of informational pools of knowledge and great sources of communication. But there is a saying “don’t believe everything you hear”. I think the same should be updated to “don’t believe everything you hear or read.”

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Television 



         My “favorite” theory is the displacement theory. The displacement theory consist of limited resource perspective. That means the amount of time we have constrains communication activities. According to Nielsen data, 98% of households have at least one TV, and the average American watches 35.6 hours a week of television. This data  it proves that’s we have at least 35.6 hours of constraints from other communication activities. 

        Another concept of the displacement theory is the participation in new communication domain takes away from the old. For example, 48% of households have DVRs. This has caused nearly 1/4 of viewing to timeshift. Where is you used to have to watch commercials in now a days you can skip right through them.  Furthermore, in agreement with the idea that new communication domain takes away from old is The early stages of TV development. The electronic television to get away from the mechanical or television and eventually made it obsolete. 

      As for the future of TV, I think it is safe to say TV is not going anywhere anytime soon. According to statistics TV ad spending is up. More money is spent on TV ads then all others combined (I.e. Streaming, etc.).  However, I do think the number of people who “cut the cord” Will increase. I think this will happen because the benefits outweigh the cost. It saves you more money to just stream in Lou of buying cable or satellite. Also if you stream you pick what you want to watch and you don’t really have to worry about commercials, unlike cable or satellite.

E-Books and MOOCs

Communication technology has become a big part of the education world. Nowadays you have to be somewhat tech savvy in order to excel in school. In every single class I’ve taken, I’ve had to use communication technology at some point in time. When writing a paper for college teachers require you to use MLA format, which requires a computer. I also have to use a computer to turn in assignments. Like now for example, I have to keep a blog for this class which also requires a computer. I personally believe that technology distracts from what is most important in education. Back when I was in grade school I didn’t have access to google. I had to look things up the old-fashioned, which was by searching through the library’s Book catalogs. When looking up information manually you are more likely to retain the information. When it came to writing papers I literally had to write the paper, using a good old pencil and paper. Having to actually hand write a paper helps with spelling and grammar, because you actually had to know how to spell and how to use a word properly. Now with the ease of autocorrect when texting or spellcheck on word documents, you don’t have to pay attention to grammar and such. I can honestly say I have forgotten how to spell a lot of words that I have previously knew how to spell because of these technologies. Not all things about technology bad. There are good aspects like e-books are useful, because you can access them from any Comm Tech device. If you have a hard copy book and you forget it at home then you have no way to access it. MOOCs are another great benefit of communication technology. I have found MCOOs most useful when I study abroad. I was able to do my homework assignments and take exams on my own time. These MOOCs are also really  useful for people who work a lot of hours and can’t afford to is work.