1.) In the 21st Century, thanks to the digital speed of the Internet and the pervasiveness of social media and viral communications, organizations and individuals are always on step away from crisis. This is completely true, and in many ways can it be shown. In one article I read recently, a lot of children and middle and high school are faced with the challenge of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a great example of how one can take advantage of technology to hurt others by taking a false identity.
2.) Brittany, your top 5 tips for maintaing a well kept blog are perfect. Throughout the year, procrastination left students behind in the class and added stress towards the end of the year in order to get their blogs up to date and in order. Throughout the year we learned how to use Prezi and other forms of communication to show our work professionally and aesthetically pleasing. It is also important to note the importance of grammar and keeping a grammatically correct blog to enhance credibility.
3.) Preston, I really like the way that your blog is set up. It is aesthetically pleasing to view and makes for a really easy read, and I believe that readability is important when it comes to blogging. Having everything on your page set up in the way that you do separates your blog from others, and at first I think that attracts viewers to see what you have to say when they first open your blog.
4.) You make a lot of valid points about athletes and their comments to the media. A lot of the times I think their egos get in the way of their thoughts. Their intentions may be good, however they are of a different breed than the average human. Football is a business and like an employee in any business, you have to be careful about what you say about the company and who you may blame for any problem that may occur. Players bring negative attention to themselves, and a lot of the time can be the downfall to their careers as professional athletes. It is clear and evident that the PR professionals employed to take care of media relations for these players are not doing well at their jobs. It is the players job to perform on the game field and the PR professionals job to make sure that the players do not say anything that may jeopardize their careers.
5.) I happen to agree with you. Waking up early in the morning seems ridiculous to get the best prices on items at the store. However if you think about it, for some people, they may not have the money to pay full price for something and Black Friday is the only day where they can get the best prices on gifts or personal items that they may otherwise not be able to afford. Companies like target do a great job with advertising and there are some funny commercials out there, but some are just over the top annoying and make me question their credibility if I were going to spend my potential hard earned money. Advertising is the best way to sell a product, so I would imagine the best people for the job would make better advertisements, but apparently not.
6.) I think both parties handled this situation immaturely. At 3 years, 51 million dollars and one of the best short stops in the game, the Yankees are where I would want to be. The organization poorly “dared” Jeter to test the free agent market and see where it lead him. Emotions got involved and Jeter was told to drink some “reality potion”?, come on, the reality is that Jeter has helped lead the Yankees to multiple championships and New York is where he belongs, that is where he has built a career and built a home. But, we have seen what can happen with Lebron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers and now with the Miami Heat. MLB is a multibillion dollar industry, both players and the administration need to handle these situations responsibly.
7.) Your first point of order is very important, and I also would reiterate the same advice. However, with so many different ways of creating a lab in so many different places and on so many different lap tops or school computers it is hard to keep track of where you finish labs (my problem) and now I am trying to find ten + labs that I will not be able to post on all different devices. Technology today mixed with procrastination is not a good combination.
8.) I completely agree with you. Not only has the history of his tennis career been taken away from him, it shows that greed over powers all else. The financial sum of what was taken may not compare to the meaning behind all of those trophies, but to another person, money is the motive. In todays society I think that a lot of people are motivated that way, motivated to make the most money in the easiest way possible. The suspect will be found and the proper punishment will be served, no pun intended.
9.) I agree with everyone, he is in it for the record. I understand that it is difficult to leave a game that you love; leave anything that you love, but at this point he is ruining his name and his virtue. Brett Favre has been in the media for the last few years about his decisions to quit and then he comes back to football, and I know he has announced he would be done after this season, but I think his time is done, even though he is still and will always be considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in the game. My point of view is that he should have left the game while still on top, or as close to the top as he came last year.
10.) I also think its interesting that everyone still dwells on the past. Look at him now, he is changed and he is still literally paying the price. Even though he is making six figures, mostly all of his money is going to child support, court fees, lawyer fees, renting a house, car payments, etc. It will be long before he is the top paid athlete again, and I don’t think it will happen. He was the first player to receive a plus 100 million dollar contract. However, right now, I would have to say the Vick is playing the best in the league
11. ) I think that because Christmas is the holiday for giving, the advertisements are for gifts. But to Charlie Browns question, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” I do not think people really do understand what it is all about. We claim that Christmas is the holiday for giving and we celebrate that through gifts, but I don’t think that people really appreciate the true meaning of the gift of life.
12.) Thanks Dr. Mac. After class I have actually grown to enjoy Twitter and finding out what people are doing and what they are thinking. It is weird to think about what other people could be doing all the way across the country, especially stars, like Wiz Khalifa, a rapper that I am following. I love reading what he has to say and follow what he is doing throughout the day since we share a passion for music.
13.) This is very true. As a student in Dr. Mac’s Comm306 class, when he told us that we needed to create a Twitter account for a lab assignment and post for a week, I was upset to say the least. I never understood the fascination behind twitter, but looking back now, I never gave it a chance. Twitter, for me is now a way to communicate with those that I would never normally communicate with. I can follow celebrities and listen to their thoughts as if I were with them, or I can share communication ideas with fellow classmates. Twitter and other social networks are helping change the field of public relations and integrated strategic communication.
14.) I don’t think its bribing, its a challenge. Facebook is not a drug, its simply a means of connecting with friends and sharing information, however like Dr. Mac said, “the dangers of over-sharing are many.” It is our responsibility to use facebook wisely and to make smart choices about what we share with others. It is not always just our friends looking, we never know who may be watching. As an athlete on the lacrosse team at Queens University, it is important not to portray a bad image through pictures or comments. We have other schools to make the PR mistake, giving lacrosse players a negative connotation. (this was a post about facebook from the charlotte observer but I had to have an account to post it, which I did not know about)
15.) Banning books is a touchy subject, and I think we can all agree. There are many books that have been banned that I couldn’t imagine, like Tarzan. Tarzan was banned because Jane was sleeping with Tarzan in the jungle and they weren’t married. People overreact and overanalyze. Simply put, we have the freedom of making our own choices, if a book is offensive, do not read it.
16.) Google can come out with whatever they want, but like everything else, I am afraid that it will not be able to compete with Apple and its iPad and the iPad 2 that will soon be coming out in April 2011. Apple does an excellent job at advertising its products, and although there is a lot of blog talk about upcoming products, like a CDMA iPhone, what Apple does promote, they promote well. So, it is a concern that a major company like Google would not advertise such a product.
17.) I am from Maryland, and last year we got a pretty good amount of snow, but not a lot compared to others, however for us, 3 feet is plenty. However here in Charlotte, NC, with a hint of snow, everyone goes into a panic and I cant understand why. The worst is driving. Everyone gets so defensive and ends up creating more accidents. So for now, I ask that the snow stay away, as enchanted as it may be. Thanks.
18.) I really wish they would have chosen the US for the World Cup next go round. I think it would definitely improve an audience in America and help people to appreciate the sport. It is a great game that people in the US don’t give enough attention to. There is always hope for next time.
19.) Unfortunately as technology gets smarter, we grow more and more obsolete. That”s a scary thought. It really is a “Brave New World”. Often times, professionals work with computers all day and come home to a nice television, a smartphone, and an ipad. Our ways of interacting are ever growing, however I believe we need to take a step back…especially as I sit here blogging for communications class.
20.) This is a serious topic nowadays, yet as I sift through profile pictures of friends, I see a numerous amount of cartoon pictures. It is sad to see that rapist or petaphiles would use cartoons to attract children to facebook, but how do we know that the cartoon trend was cast by a bunch of creeps. It is important as social network users to understand when and what should be put on such websites.