Sarah Round FM 8:30 am QZ Video Response Convergence, new media, online. Communication has shifted from print to new media. This is seen through the introduction of online and new technology advertising. As the typical ways of advertising are decreasing in four different levels: print newspapers, magazines, radio, and television. New media advertising is increasing in the new outlets of computer and cell phone advertising. As discussed in lecture these tools used for advertising are also used for chatting. Unlike Katie Couric, the ?Did you Know 4.0? video embraces the statistics of technology, seeing the progress instead of harm with teenagers texting 2,000 times a month. The video describes the doors it has opened for popular tv websites hinted on by the increase in unique viewers for primetime television websites, no longer do people plan their lives around watching television at a certain time, they can watch it online. Thurlow?s video unpacks the negative press new media gets and the video embraces the change. More people are reading the newspaper than ever did before, by reading it online. In lecture, Professor Thurlow mentioned the products we are using now will be completely changing in the next ten years, just as the products before the ipod, and PC did. ?The computer in your cell phone today is a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful and about a hundred thousand times smaller (than the one computer at MIT in 1965)?? In the example of the dancing couple, how technology shapes us and is shaped by us, we use the internet to change media. Youtube, myspace, and facebook are three great examples of this, as people seek to make new media by making videos of themselves and making their own websites to add and control the video flow. A great example of a creation of new technology is the viral video of the young boy ?playing? star wars. It is important to realize that things we are now in a much more global universe. That things are very interconnected Book Response (Reviewing Identity and Prototypes) In Dreams from my Father, Barack Obama constantly struggles with his own identity growing up in a world of racism. His struggle is outlined in this passage, ?White Folks. The term itself was uncomfortable in my mouth at first?.I would find myself talking to Ray about white folks this or white folks that, and would suddenly remember my mother?s smile? (Obama 80-81). Unlike his friend Ray, ?white folks? wasn?t a separate group with the ?us vs. them? ideology. Being half white and half black means Obama is not defined by one group, or the other. Instead the term ?white folks? reminded him of his mother, grandmother, and grandfather. He couldn?t generalize a group that they were part of, they didn?t match the stereotype and negativity Ray held for ?white folks.? In a nation that called Crispus Attucks, a man that was 1/8th black African American, the world viewed Obama as a black man, even though he still felt a connection to the other race. He was forced to find his identity outside himself and within his mother?s family, Kenyan roots, and within his own experiences. In ?Dreams from my Father? Barack Obama struggles with his identity; as a multiracial person, as a student,resident of Hawaii and Indonesia, and as a community organizer. He is not the prototypical white, or black man of the day and is unable to label himself as such. Instead through his life?s journeys he finds a way to define himself, which is not by race, but by character.
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