Personal Reflection

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In previous classes, I’ve had the opportunity to learn, create, and use blogging websites. Two years ago, I created a lifestyle blog to showcase my lifestyle interests. However, I was not successful with keeping up with it because I only focused on the aesthetics of the website. I realized that people weren’t viewing my website because I wrote poor content. However this past summer, I interned at a public relations firm in South Florida and pitched to different fashion bloggers. As I went through their websites, I saw why they were successful bloggers: they incorporated great copy with amazing images. After seeing the websites, I updated my blog into fashion and lifestyle blog and have kept up with it.

With this project, my goal was to create posts that were both visually and content appealing. Something interesting I learned through my blogging experience was a person needs great content on their blog. Without it, people will lose interest and not read the material. Next, choosing the appropriate media is important. With the perfect image or video, the readers can better understand your storyline. That being said the more of a story you create and convey, the more interesting and appealing it will be to the reader. At the end of the day, that is the most important I learned from this experience. When a person writes from their heart and with passion, they connect on a deeper level with the reader. Overall, I love to blog and will continue blogging with hopes of creating my own brand.

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Improving Writing & Reading Skills

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In terms of entertainment genre, I believe the improvement of writing & reading trend is irrelevant because people don’t use or practice their writing and reading skills through entertainment. However if a person promotes their company via YouTube (i.e. beauty blogger), they need to speak properly. Hence, writing, reading, and speech go hand in hand so it does affect it that aspect. For example, if I promote my brand through YouTube, I need to speak in proper English and correctly so my audience understands me and takes me seriously. Overall, improvement of writing and reading trend does not affect the entertainment genre, unless people use YouTube to promote their brand.

            Again, I personally don’t think anything unexpected happen with the improvement of writing and reading trend for the entertainment genre. Entertainment deals with services that provide online movies, TV shows, music, etc. Henceforth, people don’t practice their writing and reading skills through the entertainment genre.

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Source: http://www.teen.com/2013/06/28/quizzes-personality-trivia-teen-girls/random-quizzes/internet-text-message-slang-trivia-quiz/

Now the social media genre is a completely different situation. When people started texting, they abbreviated words and used “slang.” Thus, I believe the improvement of writing and reading trend is very inaccurate for the social media genre. For example, Twitter is a social media platform that only allows a certain amount of characters in a post. Because of this, people abbreviate and use slang in order to express their thoughts in one post. I personally am guilty of this bad habit. For instance, my notes for this project are all abbreviated. That being said, I try my hardest to text and post in full sentences and in proper English because I want people to take me seriously. Additionally, employers look at my every move on social media. If they see I post statuses or tweets in slang, they’ll take that into consideration when it comes to hiring me.

For obvious reasons, a decline of writing and reading skills are expected from the social media genre. If I go through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, most of the posts will be in slang. This affects our generation because people are adapting to using slang instead of proper English. This is the only statement I agree with: if a person’s profession involves social media, it challenges that person to use proper grammar to promote a brand online. For example, I work in the social media department at the Zimmerman Agency and I have to create Twitter copy and content for different brands. My biggest challenge is coming up with creative copy that has a certain amount of characters and using proper English. However other than that example, I believe the social media genre does not help with writing and reading skills.

Loss of Privacy

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Source: https://gigaom.com/2011/12/04/419-five-solutions-to-the-privacy-problem-why-they-work-and-why-they-dont/

As a whole, people have loss their privacy with new online technology. Consequently, the Loss of Privacy trend is somewhat accurate for the entertainment genre because online entertainment connects with your personal information. For example, my little brother recently purchased a Playstation 4 and uses it regularly. The game console allows us to play video games with other online users, stream and watch online services like Netflix and much more. However, in order to use these features, we need to enter our personal information with Playstation, such as our bank information and location. Furthermore, people can easily locate our every move, putting us at risk of a cybercrime.

            Personally, I think the most extreme, unexpected experience with loss of privacy in the entertainment genre is having access to all entertainment in one game console. That being said, hackers can access a plethora of information from one device. For instance, if someone hacks into my brother’s Playstation account, they have access to my brother’s YouTube, Pandora, Netflix account (which has his bank information). Overall, the loss of privacy trend is accurate for the entertainment genre.

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Source: http://prairieecothrifter.com/2012/06/mourning-loss-privacy.html

Before social media existed, people barely knew about other people’s lives unless they told them personally. However, social media has changed that completely. The Loss of Privacy trend is very accurate for the social media genre because people post very personal information online without even thinking twice about it. For example, I posted a picture of myself at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Miami event and I got 192 likes on the photo. With that single post, people knew where I was, what I was wearing, who I was with, and what time the event was at. Although this example is not a negative one, some people don’t realize the negative consequences from posting too much information. In a nutshell anyone can see the post, even a future employer.

            In today’s “communication world” it’s normal to know what a person is doing 24-7. In the past however, it wasn’t a normal thing. I believe this effect is an unexpected result because people have to adjust to loosing their privacy. For instance, my father HATES when I snap chat him because he thinks it’s an invasion of his privacy. However, I think it’s perfectly normal to be publicly filmed or photographed. That being said, I’m extremely careful with what I post online because I know the negative consequences with inappropriate posts. Nonetheless, I believe our lives are public more than ever and this will affect how people have to act in public.

Death of Distance

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The Death of Distance new communication trend is somewhat accurate for the entertainment genre. As a whole, people do not have to travel to purchase entertainment anymore. In the past, if I wanted to listen to music, I would have to travel to a music store and purchase a CD. However, I can purchase and download music from iTunes or stream music from Pandora and listen to my tunes. Another similar example is the movie and TV industry. Netflix, Hulu.com, and YouTube are some examples that allow people to stream movies and TV shows from their laptop or smart phone. I only pay $8 a month for my Netflix membership and have access to many movies and TV shows. Nevertheless, these examples convey how the death of distance new communication trend affects the entertainment genre.

            I believe people didn’t realize the quickness of receiving information with technology. Hence, receiving online entertainment with a click of a button is something people did not expect. For example, people can stream music, movies, and games in a couple of minutes without leaving their home. It’s a convenient service because people don’t have to travel to purchase entertainment. However, a negative unexpected occurrence with this trend is of loss profits of CDs and music stores. This affects musicians as well because they used to make great profit from CD sales. New laptops, such as the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, do not have CD players in them. Overall, this is a major change in technology, which further suggests how the death of distance is correct.

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Source: http://focusgroupms.com/our-blog

The Death of Distance new communication trend is extremely accurate for the social media genre. Social media is defined as content that is generated through online social interaction. Hence, this relatively new genre eliminates having to travel somewhere in order to communicate with someone. For example, Facebook is a very popular social media platform used by over 500 million people. With Facebook, people can connect and communicate with friends, classmates, professionals, and even with family members they have never met before. Thus, I believe this is the BIGGEST change our society has dealt with in terms of communicating with other people. Facebook is a free social media platform and allows people to connect with anyone from the world with a click of a button. The only negative effect from this new trend is the loss of personal connection between humans. At the end of the day, face-to-face contact is the most amiable way to communicate with someone-no technology will ever change that. If I’m feeling homesick, I’m going to visit my parents in person, not through Skype. As a whole, social media will eliminate traveling to communicate with others but will not eliminate the good feeling of human contact.