Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Digital Lit Post #7

After watching the Beverly Hillbillies and seeing how they did not know what certain things were. How would you explain to someone that does not know what something is.

How signs sometimes fail to comunicate.

Petroleum - A liquid mixture of hydrocarbons that is present in certain rock strata and can be extracted and refined to produce fuels including gasoline, kerosene, and diesel oil; oil

Oil - Any of various thick, viscous, typically flammable liquids that are insoluble in water but soluble in organic solvents and are obtained from animals or plants

Telephone - An instrument used as part of such a system, typically a single unit including a handset with a transmitting microphone and a set of numbered buttons by which a connection can be made to another such instrument

Airfield - An area of land set aside for the takeoff, landing, and maintenance of aircraft

Big bird - the were actually referring to a helicopter - A type of aircraft that derives both lift and propulsion from one or two sets of horizontally revolving overhead rotors. It is capable of moving vertically and horizontally, the direction of motion being controlled by the pitch of the rotor blades

Million dollars - an amount of dollars using the amount of million; start with units e.g. 1-9, then tens, hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, hundred thousands, then million.

Digital Lit Post #6

Blog: The Truth About Cars
Who is writing?
"The Truth About Cars provides no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners automotive news. reviews and editorials. Our writers call it like they see it, and pull no punches. We also provide a comments section for readers to voice their informed and passionate opinions in an atmosphere of mutual respect." "Back in the day, Robert Farago was a freelance writer living in the UK. After Autocar blacklisted the auto writer for slating then Editor-In-Chief Steve Sutcliffe (for boasting about driving a Lamborghini with his eyes closed), Farago started posting rants on Despite (or because of) Fahrenheit 451 temp replies, he created a regular series called “The Truth About Cars.” When Farago moved to the U.S., he started TTAC.

In 2009, Robert Farago left The Truth About Cars, leaving then-Managing Editor Edward Niedermeyer “at the con.”"

Who is reading?
The readers are people that want to know the latest information about cars whether it be about the improvement on the BMW M5 or how the collapse of GM happened, it is all car related threads.

What kind of language is used? Why?
The tone in completely care related however there is some new internet terminology in their posting rules that I found quite funny stating, "1. No flaming the website, its authors or fellow commentators. “Flaming” means personally insulting. For example, you are free to suggest that a TTAC editorial should consider Toyota’s green policies, but you are NOT free to say “we’ve got it in” for domestic automakers (or anyone else). You are free to argue that a reviewer should take the new Jeep Patriot off-road, but you are NOT free to call the writer biased or unfair. You are free to say Ford makes reliable vehicles, but you are NOT free to diss a commentator’s personal history of unreliable Fords.

2. No trolling. “Trolling” means making comments deliberately designed to encourage flamers. For example, you are free to suggest that TTAC should consider Toyota’s green policies, bit you are NOT free to say “Toyota’s a bunch of lying scumbags.” You are free to argue that a reviewer should take the Patriot off-road, but you are not free to say “anyone who doesn’t take a Jeep off-road is a wimp.” You are free to say Ford makes reliable vehicles, but you are not free to say “people who don’t love Fords are lousy drivers.”"

What kind of "look" is used? Why?
The look is clean and right to the point. You have the hot new articles talking about the new big news of anything car related. There are many different sections to browse from news to car or product reviews, there is even a pod cast section so that anyone can listen to the very important press conference. You can even get the latest and greatest about any vehicle by searching by make and model, making it extremely easy to find what your looking.

What is the length of the average post? Why?
The articles vary in size, they can be anywhere from one paragraph just getting to the point or 20 paragraphs with pictures to talk about what the new and what you are seeing the pictures. Regardless of the lengths, the post are very informational and it really shows that the authors are trying to get all the important details in on the topic.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Digital Lit Post #5

Blog: Kill Screen
Who is writing?
Kill Screen is a group of people from creator to contributors. Kill Screen tells about their goal by saying saying "Coupled with world-class design, Kill Screen will serve as the voice for a generation of consumers who grew up on games and now wants to talk about them with the same wit and rancor that can be found in dialogues about film, television, etc. We are a professional, curated approach that respects the time constraints of the older game player and aims right for the brain."

Who is reading?
People that are reading this are people that have video games in mind. From people that love video games to people that want to know about what video games are.

What kind of language is used? Why?
The language tone in all the post are telling you about the games in a lot of detail. They want you to get a feel of how the game is going to play out and give their opinion of the game at the same time. Sometimes they ever through in what the reviews of the game was by leading gaming sites such as IGN or Game Informer and then tell why the review is good, bad, or just one sided.

What kind of "look" is used? Why?
I fell the look is simple and to the point. It gives new daily stories along with featured gotta read stories.

What is the length of the average post? Why?
There are a lot of different people posting on this. A lot of effort is going into making this blog, so the average post can vary from 2-4 paragraphs to 10+ paragraphs.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Digital Lit Post #4

Word of Mouth to Printed Information: The world changed when writing came into play. It made telling a story more accurate because the story didn't change from person to person, the information was the same every time it was read. It also made it possible for someone to get information farther and for that information to be around long after that person has died.

Printing Age to Screen Age: Then the printing age changed and advanced to the screen age, where people can watch what is going on around the world while standing in the same place. More information can spread farther faster with exact detail because the information is instant and the viewer doesn't have to wait till the next day or week to receive the information they are after.

Broadcast media to new media: The term 'broadcast media' covers a wide spectrum of different communication methods such as television, radio, newspapers, magazines and any other materials supplied by the media and press. New media is a broad term in media studies that emerged in the latter part of the 20th century that refers to on-demand access to content any time, anywhere, on any digital device, as well as interactive user feedback, creative participation and community formation around the media content. Another important promise of new media is the "democratization" of the creation, publishing, distribution and consumption of media content. Another aspect of new media is the real-time generation of new, unregulated content

Friday, January 13, 2012

Digital Lit Post #3

In the article Becoming Screen Literate, the author is talking about how the world has changed over time form spoken word to writing and how the world is changing again. However the world is changing from reading to watching electronic screens. This author has a good point about how everything is changing, however this is a reoccurring article. Down the road there will be another article similar to this talking about how the world is changing yet again.

Digital Lit Post #2

After reading The Long Tail I realized how much the world has changed in the last fifty years. Not just the fact of how much more advanced the technology is today than it was back then, but way the world itself functions in today's society. I don't want to spoil the good read too much for people that are interested in checking it out. You can find it here, -->The Long Tail<--, it is a short comic but very eye opening. Happy reading!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Digital Lit Post #1

What is your experience with digital media?

I have a lot of experience with a large variety of digital media. In today's world who isn't familiar with the internet, television, or cell phones. However I have also had much experience with gaming, electronic commerce, E-books, and many other interactive media. I have ran a few websites for such things as my parents E-bay business or my World of Warcraft guild. Although I have never had a blog before or ever even thought about making one. I have a Facebook like the rest of the world or at least it seems that way.

What are your learning goals for this class?

I know i'm probably not familiar with a lot of the material that is going to be covered in the class, so I don't really know what to expect. So I would say that my learning goal is to learn many new things and maybe open me up to something new that I may really like.