This quarter has been a unique experience for me. It was my first time writing a blog. There were many things I loved about it. These include sharing my thoughts about certain topics. Also, I got to just be myself. I didn’t have to fake anything or be super formal. I could just be me.
Now, in terms of my ‘best blogs’ from this quarter, I think mine would have to be Is Fake News turning Humanity into Canis lupus familiaris? and Fifth Grade: Not Just Sweat and Puberty. I chose these two because they represent something larger than just the text that is used in them. They both have deeper meanings that can often be over-looked when reading them.
Is Fake News turning Humanity into Canis lupus familiaris? is one of my favorites overall simply because of how strange it is. No one ever thinks that they are being turned into a dog… until now. This post meets the criteria illustrated on “About Blogging” by including an outside reference to a direct quote from Matthew Gentzkow about his definition of fake news. I also reference a study done about how dogs get tricked into fake news (just like humans). Towards the end of the blog post, I reference one of our readings from class about the rise of fake news from The Telegraph. Therefore, I include one link to a reading from class and two from outside sources which add meaning and clarity to the argument at hand.
This blog fulfills the qualities of a successful blog entry simply by bringing up conversation. A blog post is supposed to stimulate conversation/discussion. By making the argument that humanity is turning into dogs by fake news (which is a controversial topic as it is) society couldn’t help by respond to the blog post with their input.
This blog is representative of the strongest features of my blog this quarter because it has the most comments on it out of all my blog posts. This further shows how ‘successful’ this blog post ended up being.
Now, Fifth Grade: Not Just Sweat and Puberty was one of my more satirical blog posts. This post had a lot of deeper meaning because of all the links to Wikipedia. So the words that I used might have argued one way, but the linking of words argued a different point of view.
It met the requirements by linking/using the Reliability of Wikipedia page that was used in class to further the argument. Then it easily met the ‘at least two outside sources’ because of the fact that almost every other word was linked to its desired Wikipedia page. But other than the requirements, this blog post showed many of the characteristics that we found in readings throughout the class. This blog post really showed the attention span that we have because of the fact that you are continuously clicking on links that drive you further away from the primary source. Also, although the wording made the article seem funny and kind of satirical, the links really drove home the reality of the world we live in today. You can find anything you want on Wikipedia. Some true. Some untrue. But it is still there.
This post is representative of the strongest features of my blog this quarter because it got Post of the Week because of the hidden meanings and deeper understanding than just what the blog read.
Writing in a Digital Age has been an eye-opening class to what is happening to our generation specifically. I am hesitant for what the future holds…