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  • What Was Once Science Fiction…

    Posted on January 31st, 2012 halliedominick No comments

    During the 1960s, it was possible to rent a book from the library regarding computers. (Who knew?) What was even more surprising was that this book would be stored under the genre “science fiction.” Today, when we think of science fiction we think of aliens, space ships, and robots. (Not computers?) We all know that computers are far from these things. What was once science fiction has remained science but become transformed from fiction to reality.

    We have partially brought to life what was referred to as “man-computer symbiosis,” an idea first proposed by J.C. R. Licklider. This was an idea that encouraged a loving relationship between man and his computer. Not only would the computer aid man but also work in partnership with man.

    Whether we are using the computer for simple problems (Microsoft office) or complex problems (the Internet), it has become our “go-to” electronic. We “go-to” the computer if we have any sort of question needing an answer. Writing an essay in Microsoft office or finding information on the Internet for this essay have transformed from what was once the exception to what is now the rule. We were not conscious of this transition as it was occurring. If this shift was possible, presumably the next step would be that one day the computer would become more intelligent than a human. The computer may stretch the human brain beyond it’s limit. It may at some point outsmart humans. With this, our hope is that the computer would work in partnership with a human. I would compare it to doing homework with a friend in class. The computer may have the answer to a problem that the human was not able to reach on their own. From here Licklider’s idea of “man-computer symbiosis” will have been fully fulfilled.

  • Going Viral… In A Good Way.

    Posted on January 26th, 2012 halliedominick No comments

    In this day and age our society seems to share one common goal. People want to achieve huge success in a small amount of time. The easiest place to achieve this is online. Whether it be through a website, a blog, or a YouTube video. This requires a little effort and a lot of luck. However, the little effort can be channeled in a direction that grants you a lot more luck. In an article on entitled “7 Priceless Tips On How To Go Viral,” Megan O’Neill outlines 7 strategies in our to achieve huge success. The 7 priceless tips include:

    1. Create viral, shareable media.
    2. Understand tha tmost things are not viral.
    3. Target the bored at work.
    4. Target the freaks and maniacs.
    5. The Mullet Strategy – business upfront, party in the back.
    6. Big Seed Marketing – because your content won’t share itself.
    7. Learn markting from the mormons.

    These tips highlight a lot of simple points you may not think to address before launching your viral campaign. The first tip addresses the fact that if you intend to have your idea go viral, it must be share worthy, full of humor or controversy. It is also important to realize that not everything will go viral. Your odds for success will increase with the number of ideas you propose. Most of these viral websites, blogs, or YouTube videos are targeted at a group of people entitled the “Bored At Work Network.” These people sit in front of there computers day-after-day with nothing to do but pa rouse the internet. In order for the “Bored At Work Network” to stumble upon your creation, it may be a good idea to get big personalities such as Perez Hilton to get a glimpse of your work. However, though your aim is to create share worthy ideas, full of humor and controversy, it is important to look professional up front. This way your audience will take your goal as serious as you do. In order to have a following you may need to create an initial audience. This is referred to as “Big Seed Marketing.” Using this strategy you would pay your initial audience and hope that word-of-mouth and positive talk would help spread your campaign. When starting off, putting money into your campaign can only prove fruitful. Last, realize that your campaign will not go viral on its own. The article references the Mormons vs. the Jews. It says that Mormons promote their religion. As evangelists they partake in activities like mission trips. Jews on the other hand keep their religion to themselves. This has resulted in a more favorable view of Mormons over the past 60 years. With the combination of these 7 tips it seems a little more doable to achieve huge success in a small amount of time.

  • The Computer Is More Modern Than We Thought.

    Posted on January 25th, 2012 halliedominick No comments

    It’s hard to imagine life without the computer. It has become such a central part of our lives as human beings that it would be almost impossible to live without. The article in The New Media Reader entitled “Inventing the Medium” by Janet H. Murray states that “the computer is simply the largest medium human beings have ever invented.” The computer seems to have all of the answers. Whenever we have a question or concern the first thing people think to do is Google it. How have we become conditioned to do so? It was as if it was a gradual process we were unaware of. A recent episode of modern family addresses this issue. The Dunphy’s decide that their family has become to computer dependent. In order to become less computer dependent they set a rule of no computers for 1 week. Without the use of the computer the Dunphy’s daughter, Alex, gets a poor grade on a research paper. Instead of the use of internet for information she must use outdated encyclopedias at the library for information. This just proves that the computer has truly become one of the most reliable sources at our disposal.

  • American’s Opposition to SOPA and PIPA.

    Posted on January 20th, 2012 halliedominick No comments

    On January 18th, 2012, the controversial bills entitled Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) caused a wave of opposition from popular media websites. Websites such as Wikipedia, Reddit, and Google chose to blackout their sites in order to inform the American people about these two bills. Many Americans were unaware of what these bills contained before the popular online websites helped spread the word. Both bills had the intention of stopping online piracy. Many Americans were outraged. Americans felt as if the their government was attempting to censor information similar to communist China. Suddenly #SOPA and #PIPA were trending on yahoo, google, and twitter all over the world. With the trending came a public outcry. Google launched an online program in order to show the public opposition to the bill. This online program allowed individuals to sign a petition against both SOPA and PIPA ( The online program is still available and I encourage all who are outraged to take action and sign the petition as well.

  • First Post.

    Posted on January 17th, 2012 halliedominick No comments

    As a Facebook and Twitter user I would consider myself social media savy. However, blogs are a form of social media that I have not pursued. It is not that I do not find them interesting, I am just not much of a writer. I am hoping that a course I am taking this semester, From Memex To YouTube, will help expand my writing skills. From Memex To YouTube is like no other course I have taken at Virginia Tech. It aims to help one understand how the internet has shaped cognition and learning. After taking the course I will be able to fully understand how the internet has added to the advancement or the decline of our society.