Monthly Archives: November 2010

Do-Gooder Project Update

My new blog, The Seattle Do-Gooder, is up and running.  I’ve made a total of 6 blog posts to date and planned to make 4 more posts before the end of the quarter.  I’ve also started a Twitter account for The Seattle Do-Gooder, which has increased traffic to my site while allowing me to pass on tidbits of information without writing an entire post. 
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The Power of Persuasion

In class tonight, we were asked to give a few examples of good persuasive writing.  Here are a few that I found interesting:

Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt
By Julie Zhuo – The New York Times

This is an op-ed piece from The New York Times.  Even though I agreed with the writer before even clicking the link, I thought this was a great persuasive post.  It hit on all the key elements of a good persuasive post and was extremely well-written.  Zhuo included links to psychological research as back-up and told a heartwrenching story about how trolls have infiltrated memorial sites.  Her call to action was also clear and concise.  She says, “Let’s start to rein in bad behavior by promoting accountability,”  and follows that up with examples of how to do it.
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NPR Makes Internet History

This past week, NPR’s Science Friday re-aired their very first radio internet broadcast from 1993.  This was really fun and interesting to listen to.  Since the internet was in its infancy at that time, everyone in the broadcast is amazed by it’s capabilities and how it connects people from around the world.  We definitely take this for granted nowadays!

Also interesting was a quick discussion about how the internet was used during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.  David Hanson, a professor of Russian politics called the internet “addicting” because ” waiting for published journal articles [was] too great a penalty.”

Text 2 Donate

For my class presentation, I decided to look into mobile giving, more commonly known as Text 2 Donate or Text 2 Give.  I work in non-profit fundraising and have heard a lot of buzz about text donations. Many have touted them as the charity wave of the future after the success of Help for Haiti.

So I was curious to find out how Text 2 Donate works. More specifically, I wanted to know how much it costs to implement and the feasibility of using such a program at the organization I work for. These are the types of things I’ll talk about in my presentation this week. In the meantime, feel free to take a look at the PowerPoint presentation I’ve put together:

Think Globally. Be Thankful.

I felt that the afterword of Ben Bagdikian’s book, The Media Monopoly, reads like a socialist manifesto.  While I understand many of his points and agree with him on some things, I don’t think our country has it quite as bad as the picture he paints.  As much as the economic and political landscape of America could improve, I think it’s important for U.S. citizens to keep it all in perspective. 

Sure, there’s a need for increased funding for public schools.  But at least we have public schools to attend – according to UNICEF, there are 121 million school-age children who do not have this privilege.    
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Thursday is the New Black Friday

I was 17 years old the first time I ventured out for Black Friday. I wanted to buy my mom a pair of ruby earrings for Christmas and Kmart was selling them for 75% off from 5 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Groggy from a lack of sleep, I rolled out of bed that morning and left the house long before the sun came up.  It was bitterly cold outside, but there wasn’t enough time to warm up the engine of my 1984 Buick Century — the nearest Kmart was 20 minutes away and I wanted to be there when they opened.
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The Ties That Bind

Open-ended questions for Week 8:

  1. In a recent article in The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell argued that “activism associated with social media…[is] built around weak ties,” and that “weak ties seldom lead to high-risk activism.” In what ways do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  2. How do you think digital media has impacted your relationships with people in your life, particularly your family members and closest friends?

Social Networking 3.0 — Myspace/Facebook Collaboration

According to The Telegraph, Myspace recently announced that they will be including Facebook Connect as part of their redesign efforts.  This means that Facebook users will now be able to log into their Myspace accounts using their Facebook I.D. and password.  It’s a truce in the metaphorical war between the two social networking giants, with Myspace finally conceding to Facebook.  Is it too late for Myspace?  Will Facebook Connect save them from becoming obsolete?  Stay tuned!

Purposefully Disconnected

Many websites now allow you to sign in using your Facebook I.D.  I’ve seen it numerous times and I’ve always avoided doing it.  It always seemed curious to me.  Why would they want me to do that and furthermore, why would I want to do that

To me, signing into another website with my Facebook I.D. is like having someone stand too close to me in the grocery line – it’s an invasion of my personal space.  I don’t really want these websites to have access to my personal information!
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Writing, In Short

Six-word memoir
Fumbling through life without a map.

25-word memoir
My grandpa counted his blessings one by one.  He couldn’t remember my name, but he could still feel the love.  I was his brown-eyed girl.