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blogs, youtube, wikipedia

Written By: princesspayg on December 11, 2009 1 Comment

blogs, youtube, wikipedia

Before taking the French 24 course blogs have had little importance to me, personally. I have created blogs of my own like live journal and an xanga, but they quickly faded as other social networks began to emerge. I realized that rather than blogging, I was using the blogs sites more for keeping social ties with friends. I will admit that I did used to write and journal about my feelings and personal whereabouts, which now I feel are rather unnecessary for me. I do understand that people need to express their feelings in some way, I just did not feel comfortable revealing myself to all of my friends or anyone else who could possibly access my page. Others may not be as private, but it just seemed ridiculous to do looking back on what I used to write on my page. I think I did it more for the attention and comments people could respond with, but only if it was positive feedback of course. Even now I do not care much about blogging and prefer to not do it, but I realize that there are more important issues that could be talked about rather than an individual’s life.

Youtube on the other hand, is something I appreciate much more. Despite some of those trivial and pointless movies people post, it is a form of entertainment that I enjoy. For instance, I don’t have a TV in my dorm, so when everyone was talking about the Kanye/Taylor incident at the MTV Music Video Awards, I simply went on Youtube to see what had happened to evaluate the situation myself. Youtube has kept me up to date and has also made people known for their talents. People can become recognized through Youtube and I think it is an excellent opportunity for them. Although it can take up much time just looking up and viewing movies, I think it’s fair to say that many of us have this page as a favorite on our computers. Also, throughout the semester my sociology class has put up movies from youtube that are related to the subject material we were currently learning. Educational film clips are also presented on Youtube like the ones shown in my sociology class not just the silly films people deem as entertainment. Youtube can be an entertainment distraction from doing things like work at times, but at the same time they can also be educational and informative.

Wikipedia. Wikipedia, I think, is a great source for general information about nearly anything a person might want to know. However, it’s downfall is that people can change what is written, and so sometimes the information may not be as accurate as one would expect. Overall the site is very helpful, but there are also other resources on the Internet that are much more reliable than Wikipedia (LA Times, CNN, etc.) I do realize that Wikipedia has been increasing their credibility, but with the precaution of having misleading information, it is difficult for me distinguish what is true or false on the website.

Compared to printed resources, the Internet as a resource is simply much more efficient than looking up quotes or information from printed resources. Printed resources are clearly more traditional, but the Internet has provided everyone to browse with the convenience of only a single screen rather than pages of a book. I do prefer to read long excepts or book in their printed versions though. However when it comes to looking up information and researching, the computer and Internet are definitely useful tools to take advantage of.

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One Response to “blogs, youtube, wikipedia”

  1. daveski on: 20 December 2009 at 6:59 pm

    It’s interesting to me what you write about the entertainment value of YouTube vs. blogs, and the question of privacy. I hadn’t really thought about it this way before, but it seems like people (often, though not always like you point out) do some pretty ‘private’ stuff on YouTube, and show more about their lives with video and sound than they could ever do with words. And yet a lot of people seem to be OK with that. And yet, in a blog post, where your face isn’t in there unless you really want it to be, somehow it’s a more vulnerable space to be in. Are words somehow more private than even our own images? Hmm….

    One of my friends is helping out with an English class at San Francisco State Univ., where a lot of the students posted readings of poetry as YouTube videos. Pretty funny and interesting stuff, and not something I’ve seen a whole lot of! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZan25U5hNA (link at right to “More from English158SFSU”

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