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Why We Blog

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Title: This post is in response to the blog post posted on http://www.murcha.wordpress.com entitled “20 reasons why students should blog” by Anne Mirtschin.

Comments: This was a clever option for us to read and comment on, because of the fact that we are students, blogging through NMD 100. I liked the blog, especially the format which was easy to navigate. It was also aesthetically pleasing, which reminded me to remedy my own blog of the generic look….

I have never blogged before, and have found it to be an excellent tool in helping me understand new media topics and technologies because of the need to understand it well enough to write about. She is right in saying some deeper thinking is required, or the blog suffers. I definitely feel that desire to make my blog accessible and readable, and therefore I find myself working harder on it than I would on a regular written assignment. I hope to make my own personal blog after I complete this one, continuing to hone my skills as a writer and as a blogger, and becoming a more involved and informed student of new media.

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Copyright Law and Exclusive Right

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Title: In this post, I’ll be commenting on a youtube video called “Understanding Copyright Law and Exclusive Right” by Maggie Lange.

Comments: I found this video interesting and informative, but not necessarily that surprising. I’ve heard about music copyrighting before, and how difficult and unnatural the whole process is. I didn’t know about the mechanical copyright clause, but it makes sense to me.

In my opinion, we should have some structure to intellectual property, so artists can protect what is theirs. Yes, the system does screw them over, but that means the system needs to be refined and rethought, not thrown away all together. Sharing is all well and good, but when you can’t claim rights over a song you wrote or painting you created, that’s gone too far.

This is a problem we’re going to see more of in the future, and is worth some careful consideration. If we can solve these problems before the issue snowballs and becomes so large that nothing can go through it, the problems we have today will seem minuscule in comparison. I don’t have the answers yet, but our generation or another must figure this out.

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MediaStorm

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Title: In this post, I will be commenting on an article that can be found on http://www.wemedia.com called “MediaStorm: Story, art, passion,  purpose” by Andrew Nachison.

Comments: I looked at MediaStorm’s website after reading the article, and found it to be a highly interactive media experience. It was very visually pleasing and interesting to watch. The information you were receiving was presented in a very friendly and engrossing way that allowed you to process the information in a painless fashion. The subjects of the information were very diverse and interesting as well, from the tale of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Starbucks coffee. I think this kind of media will become more and more prevalent as time goes on. The focus will be on multimedia, allowing the audience to become engrossed in the story. It seems MediaStorm had that revelation long before I did. This is a company I definitely would like to work for in the future.

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LinkedIn

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Title: In this post, I’ll be commenting on the article posted on http://www.nytimes.com titled “LinkedIn, the Social Network That Gets Down to Business”  by Miguel Helt.

Comments: This was a really interesting article. Before I read this, I had heard mention of the site LinkedIn.com, but nothing more. I had thought previously that the only social media tool that businesses were using was Facebook, and maybe on rare occasions Twitter. After reading this article though, it seems almost obvious that the business world would create something that would be more focused and directed towards business and employment, cutting through all the other stuff that simply gets in the way, such as when someone is going to grab lunch in the Union.

I found it very interesting that LinkedIn.com is a resource that is more than simply a place to post a resume, but can also be used by businesses to find an audience that is tailored to them, and would be interested in what they were doing. The potential benefit of the site is incredible to both the unemployed who are looking for a job, and for the employed who are looking for a chance to further their career. Since businesses can post new openings for jobs where the previous employee got promoted, employees can now look for openings made available through the application of social media such as LinkedIn.com. A really informative article.

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