Blogg Review – The Kindness of Strangers

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Edgar Casillas

09-04-13

Blogg Review – The Kindness of Strangers

“ Hot Chicks dig Smart Men” is a very unique blog. Not only is it funny and truthful, but also has real world problems and situations put to life. The author tells the truth and is not afraid to offend nobody. That’s why I like her blog page, and exited to read her new material every day. As of her blog post “ The Kindness Of Strangers” not only is she series about this situation , but also gives a lesson and gives advice of reflection to the reader. We all hate it when people are rude and selfish to us, but we don’t know what they’re going through in life. As the author says “you just don’t know what people are going through. It hurts no one to err on the side of kindness, and it might just ease someone’s pain.” It’s important to be kind and always be nice, even to those angry people.  Don’t only be nice to nice people, but also to those who are the contrary. Who knows, maybe we can make a difference in their lives if we treat them with kindness.  Above all, this posting gives us advise of change for good. Not only to ourselves but to our country and the world.

Rating of quality criteria

Interesting topic-10

 Format clear and easy to read-10

Content catches reader’s attention and creates questions-10

Quality writing-10

Images-10

 

 Edgar Casillas

Reading Response: Tab 1 (Pg. 1-6)

Upon reading pages 1-6 of Tab 1: Writing Responsibly – Tools for the Information Age – in the book Writing Matters, has opened my eyes in understanding how to become a better reader and a writer. We live in an age where concept of media revolution exists (as my blog partner, Laura, has pointed out in her post). This means we must be multiliterate – meaning we must be able to read, write, and know how to access multiple media online. One thing that stuck out to me while reading this section is how far man has come with the sources of literacy and technology meshing together. Hence, Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press was one of the first steps that would lead to our huge media revolution that exists today. I also found the idea of “code shifting,” switching from medium to medium, to be engaging to read. It’s as if code shifting is part of our conditioned nature, because we use it practically every day of our lives, it’s fascinating to realize. 

I found that as a student, the main thing that stuck out to me from this reading are The Responsibilities as a Writer. The four areas of responsibility consist of: 1) To your audience. 2) To your topic. 3) To other writers. 4) To yourself. I have almost always been aware of the first three responsibilities as a writer, but I never really focused on the fourth one, to myself. In order to make my writings interesting or catchy, I realized at times I would try way too hard, and end up not sounding like myself, rather someone completely opposite of me. In order to keep my paper(s) original as well as keeping my “avatar,” or persona, I need to work on representing my paper so that it best represents myself and my writing. Another factor that caught my attention is how it talks about how many students think of themselves as “bad writers.” This I can relate to, because I constantly have writer’s block, or at times when I’m given an assignment, I can barely think of anything to write about or how to write it for that matter. I feel like some people not only have endless ideas to write, but intriguing things to write, and at times it gets me frustrated that I’m not like those people. However, I’ve come to the decision to think of myself as a writer-in-progress. Rather than shutting down and telling myself I can’t, I need to motivate myself and tell myself I can.

Byline: Moon Choi

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Blog Review

Laura Berry
9/4/13
Blog Review

I must admit I had gone through the whole list of links and avoided this one thinking it would not be of any interest to me and yet its content caught me off guard! I assumed it would be all about online dating: chauvinistic and critical. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The name itself was intriguing, “Hot Chicks Dig Smart Men” and when I opened it I was immediately absorbed with its captivating topics and entries. Like a good book you cannot put down I wanted to imbibe the books entirety. The layout was appealing with bight color and flare, with many personal artistic abilities from her family as well. The language used was of variety; her strength of character is very evident within her words. It was serious at times when it came to politics, reading, the military, and her daughter’s recent suicide.  It was humorous as she discussed that, “when a woman is of a certain age her innards must go!” It is laced with these types of comments and humorous caricature. I felt like I was swimming through an ocean of emotions as I continued to read this blog. The visuals were amazing with many family moments portrayed. You can tell they are near and dear to the writer’s heart. She addressed a wide variety of topics making this blog popular and easy to relate too.  Her writing style is uniquely her own and yet also displays a well-educated mind that is passionate about herself, her family, literacy and her country.

Rating of quality criteria:

Interesting topic-10

Format clear and easy to read-9

Content catches reader’s attention and creates questions-10

Quality writing-10

Images-10

Laura Berry

Reading Response ( tab 1)

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Edgar Casillas

09-04-13

Reading Response ( Tab 1. pg. 1-6)

As a modern teenager, I see that technology has increased throughout the years.  I would have never imagined a page or a book as a website. The internet revolution is increasing each hour, as of all the new ideas and personalities.  This was the thing that stuck me the most.  The computer is spelling or misspells, and we ignore it or don’t even care, have much more possibilities   to steel other peoples thoughts and express them in our papers, and more. Out of all these negative effects on computer and internet revolution, there are many things that are positive as well. Writing and reading is not a struggle, but can be tuff if you don’t follow the guidelines to perfect yourself and “ let the elevator take you up to success.”  It’s important to give respect to yourself and others as writers and readers. That’s why I feel that when choosing a subject to wright, it’s not only interesting to you, but to others.  Writing clearly with a logical structure, writing appropriately with a visible vocabulary, and making claims that impact the reader  will make us better writers. As and always, acknowledging your resources by providing readers with information, ideas, languages, or images that one has gathered from someone else, and giving them credit for it. More and more teenagers are tweeting, facebooking, and texting; but do all follow the guidelines to be a better writer?  Lets ask the internet for an answer.

Edgar Casillas

 

 

 

Laura B-Reading response-tab 1

Laura Berry
9/4/13
READING RESPONSE
Tab 1(p. 1-6)

What stuck out to me the most was the concept of the media revolution. Surprisingly, you must be multi-literate to accomplish this. I’ve realized one is required to possess the ability to access multiple media options online to become proficient and efficient in life. One new point for me is the term “code shifting” adjusting my message to someone for their understanding. I’ve never heard it referred to that way.
Perplexing, at first, is learning the responsibilities that come with writing, to readers, topics and other writers and especially to me. I never thought about it like that before but it all does make sense. It is like writing with integrity to make a point, keep it interesting to readers, using logic and clarity. I feel that so many things in life require our time and everyone’s time is valuable so if they are taking the time to read my thoughts and views I should not waste their time by bringing unsearched, unimportant information or ideas that may waste their time. Just with this first assignment it has already opened my eyes on how important writing and excelling in it should be. I have noticed in my job when someone’s writing abilities are not the best, as with mine as well, so I’m glad to be attending this class. I have always realized the importance but see it even more clearly in beginning “Writing Matters” reading. It is also very apparent to me, even more now, and the many, many areas of media available to us in just a click or two! I am excited to begin exploring all these options first hand. My particular career in the past has not needed to pursue multi-literacy until recent years so I feel a bit out of touch and anticipate that this class will change my experiences.
I’ve noticed a few important points in this reading, first as mentioned, the responsibilities as a writer: to audience, topic, other writers and myself,” but also the responsibility to other writers when I use their work and acknowledging credit where credit is due is imperative. I must remember to do it accurately, precisely and with proper documentation as well as in a manner unbiased and respectful. Lastly, I would like to “take myself seriously”- as this text states is the fact that I do not feel like a very good writer with inexperience in multi-literacy. I anticipate this will change as I change the attitude that it is actually possible for me and very well worth it!

Laura Berry

NiB Quality Criteria

We believe that in order to have a quality blog, you should have:

1. Interesting topics

2. A format that is clear and easy to read

3. Content that catches the reader’s attention and creates questions

4. Quality writing

5. Images that add to the content of the blog post

Therefore, upon reviewing the website “Nerds in Babeland,” we as a group, believe  follows all of the criteria listed above. The layout of the blog site is very clear and attractive to the eyes. The content is varied in nature, because it talks about different things and not only focuses on one set idea. In this way, this blog site appeals to many diverse readers. Overall, it is a well put together blog full of different information and reviews – of the nerdy type. 🙂

Byline: Lily, Edgar, Laura, Moon

 

NiB: Comic Review: Two of Doctor Who – Reading Response

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Upon reading NiB Comic Review of “Skyjacks,” our first reaction is of intrigue from not knowing what is going on, yet we get a glimpse of the story line about a mystery trip and a “flying robotic pterodactyl.”  We feel that this review is well written and clearly states the important “must knows” of the comic. In a sense, we feel that it makes us want to read it compared to the other comic, “Nemesis of the Daleks.” 

With the review of the second comic, we felt that we received a brief overview of the comic, stating the main ideas, and how they played throughout the comic. It seems like the author really feels what they experienced personally with the comic is not worth recommending to others. Because of this we feel like we won’t be reading “Nemesis of the Daleks” anytime soon.

Byline: Lily, Edgar, Laura, Moon