Rough Draft of Project

Courtney and I were having difficulty finding a good song to go with your presentation, but we decided to put this one in here for now.  We had considered another song, which I will provide the link to so we can get the class’s opinion on which one they like better.

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Response to Kate

Since coming to college, I have thought about the importance of language in more ways than one. Language shapes the person you are and helps create a persona that others see. Each person has their own unique story about how they learned to read or write. Not everyone is from the same place or has lived in the same area their whole life. As you have said, all of these factors play into how language shapes you as a person. For example, reading and writing has always been so important to me. I have lived in the same town my entire life, but coming to college has exposed me to so many different dialects and opinions. This has changed the way I view language. It has changed the way I view my own dialect. Everyone is unique and language is just something that adds to someone’s uniqueness.

What is Global Communication?

After reading numerous articles and looking at various websites this semester, I think my definition of global communication is the ability for countries around the world to interact and use language in a way that is globally understood.  Communication is not just the act of physically talking face to face anymore, but using the internet and social media sites to communicate with others.  The advances in technology has allowed for global communication to expand as well.  It is easier for individuals to communicate that live on different sides of the world.  It is easier for news to spread and cultures to be understood.  Global communication is not just about a universal language that is spoken across the world, but it is about the ability to take various languages and use them to communicate with others.

Should English Dominate?

In “Finding English, Finding Us” and “He Speaks in Your Voice,” I saw a big idea that both articles were trying to portray, the idea that the English language is borrowed and has been shaped throughout time.  Words are used and created from pre-existing languages. In “He Speaks in Your Voice,” the author states that “words are like fashion…language is up for sale” (259).  This statement is especially significant.  If we were to sit down and think about specific words that have changed meaning over time, it would not take long before we would realize that “language is up for sale.”  Just thinking about the Word Origins assignment that our class had to do at the very beginning of the semester shows the importance of this statement and how it reflects language.  For my assignment, I did the word bachelor and that one word has been around for centuries.  Bachelor has not retained the same meaning since its first appearance.  In fact, in today’s society the word is more likely a reference to the popular reality show than to the more contemporary meaning of a man who is unmarried.

The English language is not unique in regards to how it originated, but it is unique in the fact that so many people believe it should be the global universal language.  The English language originated from previous languages.  English is a product of variety of words that have existed since the beginning of time and words that have continued to change throughout the years. People believe that English is something that will change the rest of their life and this is true to some extent.  Learning a language is essential to the communication process, whether that is English or any other language.  Words are key to everyday life; without words, we would not be able to talk or write.  In “Finding English, Finding Us,” the author says “we lived the dream of bettering ourselves through English.”  The author lived with the “accent of the immigrant” and believed that English was the key to his future.  It was the key to his success.  This might be true, but having an “accent of an immigrant” should not hold one back from bettering themselves.  It should make someone proud of where their family originated.  Unfortunately, I think so many people have been programmed to think that if they do not speak English, they will be held back in life.  People in other countries will learn their native language along with English, but people in the United States rarely learn another language other than English.  Is something wrong with this picture?  I am not sure of the correct answer, but I do believe that English should not be held above other languages.  We must remember that English would not even have existed if it hadn’t been for the borrowing and changing of other words from a variety of languages.

Ultimately, I am not trying to bash English.  I love the language I speak and I am glad that I have the ability to read and write because of it.  All I am saying is that English shouldn’t necessarily always be viewed as the language of choice.  If you speak a language other than English or if you grew up learning your country’s native language, it is important not to forget this fact and simply speak English.

Multimedia Assignment (Courtney and Michelle)

Screen Culture

A new trend is rising and that involves the use of the screen.  Just thinking about how much individuals use screens in everyday life is astonishing. Screens are also used for a variety of purposes.  It is not just about the television screen anymore.  Today, we are so reliant on our cellphones and computer screens that we almost forget how we would survive without them.

For this project, we want to explore this topic from the time we were little kids to the technology we now have today that involve the use of the screen in some way or another.  We are more than likely going to use Prezi to illustrate this change with the use of Youtube videos, images, and sound.  We want to explore how the screen culture has affected people globally and how screens have shaped communication.

Response to Nigel

I think Chad Ochocinco is trying to make himself feel more appealing to fans by tweeting about offering them free dinner if they were the first 200 to respond. After reading your post, I see why you have mixed feelings about the fact that he isn’t really talking about football anymore. It might be because he doesn’t want his Twitter to relate to that aspect of his life. I watched a YouTube video about how celebrities use social media. At one point, the person being interviewed about this topic stated that celebrities sometimes don’t like to post Facebook posts or tweets about what they became famous for or are still famous for because they want to be relate-able to fans. This might be what Ochocinco is trying to do, but I guess we’ll never really exactly know.

“Life on the screen is an everyday, natural practice…”

I was reading “Tomorrow will not be like today: Literacy and identity in a world of multiliteracies” by Bronwyn Williams, and a specific sentence caught my attention:

For many adolescents, “life on the screen is an everyday, natural practice–they know no other way of being” (Kress, 1997, p. 167). 

I think this sentence sums up our world today.  The screen is what individuals turn towards for information, entertainment, news, research, communication, and so much more.  The screen offers endless possibilities for education, politics, news broadcasts, work places, retail stores, the entertainment industry, etc.  Ultimately, I think the screen culture is our present and our future.

The “Screen Culture” as a Trend

In my public relations class, we are split up into various groups and have to look at trends around the globe.  My group’s trend topic is the “Screen Culture.”  As a group, we look up various research and articles on this topic.  So far, I have found so many new inventions and possible innovations for the future revolving around the screen.  For example, there is a supermarket chain in the U.K. that offers customers the opportunity to watch sports on their iPad while they shop.  Customers can put their iPad on a dock that is attached to the shopping carts and listen to sports through the dock’s speaker systems.  In case anyone is worried about customers being distracted while listening to sports, the shopping carts also offer front bumpers to avoid serious injury with other carts as well as a beeper that alerts customers that they are approaching shoppers.

I also read an article on the partnership between Adidas and Intel to create screen technology that shows off Adidas products in smaller boutique types of stores.  Currently Adidas and Intel is testing out whether this will work, but they hope that this new product will attract more customer’s attention and make them want to make purchases.  The touchscreen will feature over 8,000 products made by Adidas and allow for customers to tap on products they like and zoom into the shoe.  Some shoes even have videos featuring athletes wearing Adidas products.

I just think it is so amazing that we have all of these possibilities now because of technology.  Technology is everywhere; it is global, national, regional, and local.  It doesn’t matter whether you own an iPad or you have a touchscreen phone.  More than likely your life has been affected by the screen culture in some way.  The screen isn’t just about new inventions, but it also about the products we already have.  Facebook, Twitter, and the online world are only available because of screens.  Movies and television can only be seen because we have screens.  Apple products revolve around the  best screen capabilities.  Ultimately, I could say so much about the screen culture and how it has affected my life, but that could take so many more pages.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the screen and how that will affect the way I live my everyday life.

Instances When I Use I…




Post-Its or Cards to friends




Teacher Evaluations

Applications-Scholarships and Job, Leadership Positions at School (sometimes)

With my personal section of instances when I use “I,” it is all about how I want to present myself to others.  This is not necessarily instances of professional manner, but they are definitely instances where I still want respect from others.  For example, I do not post things on Facebook or Twitter that I wouldn’t mind others reading or knowing about me.  Even though Facebook and Twitter are both in the personal category, I do not necessarily share a large amount of personal information with others online.  I am not the type of person to constantly update my status or send out tweets, but when I do it is usually about something that is funny to me or something that affects me in some way.  On the other hand in the school and business category, I use “I” in a very academic manner.  In instances where I am filling out applications, I use “I” in a manner where I am trying to “sell myself” to whoever I know will potentially be reading it.  I want them to see what I have accomplished, what I want to do with my life, and how much I have learned since being in college.

Response to Jessica

I think it is sometimes hard for people to grasp global concepts that are not affecting them. For example, the issue in Saudi Arabia with women driving is not something that Americans would really relate to necessarily because we do not have to worry about people punishing women if they are caught driving.

Another issue with global news is that sometimes people who are not affected by the issues going on in other countries will not understand why the people are not standing up if they believe they are being treated in an unfair manner. It is not so easy for the Chinese people to show backlash towards their government because there government is not ran in the same manner as the United States government. I am not trying to say that it is easier or always acceptable for Americans to stand up against the government, but I do believe it will be viewed in a much different manner than if the Chinese people were to do the same.