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I saw Julie and Julia and I’m starting a Blog!

Well, no actually, I didn’t see the movie. I read some spoilers and reviews. I don’t particularly wish to see this movie. Please feel free to convince me, as David Weinberger said in our interview earlier today…we all disagree. But there is no doubt Julie and Julia has created a big splash in the blog-o-sphere.

The Winner of the Julie and Julia Competition is…Well, blimey. Who knew that the chance to win Julie & Julia and a cookbook would turn out to be the most popular competition and most commented on entry in the entire blog’s history? That’s amazing The Medium is Not Enough Blog

The blog craze is hitting America! Watch out!…Wait…I thought that already happened…or did it? Julie and Julia is the first feature file to feature blogging. Suddenly, blogs are popping up everywhere, inspired by the story.

Could this be a step towards more citizens understanding the meaning and power of the blogosphere? Dr. Weinberger said that the internet is a more democratic model than the previous mass media model. So I say go for it! Go for it everyone! Remember that the internet is an economy in and of itself, where one has complete freedom and accessibility to create and distribute any product they please. Like any other marketplace, it rewards hard work and dedication. The ease of attaining and designing your website is a small step, like creating a bank account. It is up to you to keep increasing your funds, advantages, resources.

Anyways, more thoughts on blogging to come. Tis’ the tech on my mind at the moment. Quite refreshing in comparison to 1984 reality fears.

Watch the Julie and Julia Trailer! [Filmofilia.com]

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The Story So Far: The Internet is a Run Away Train

March 5, 2010 2:00

21 Cortes St Apt. 1, Boston, MA

The Writing Game with Danny, Zach, Heather, and Courtney

My roommates Zach and Danny are screenwriters. “The writing Game” is their creation. Each played chooses a song, in our case, five players ~25 min writing sesh. The following is the product of my stream of thought reflection on my goal, and what the heck is goin’ on in my life.

I have lots of goals going on in my life at the moment. Some times it feels to hard to breath. I am going to attempt to “vocalize them” digitally on this machine right now.

I am concerned about the impact on technology in the world today. I am working on a website Tech4thought.com and I’m learning a lot about the Internet. It is not nearly so terrifying to me as it once was. The possibilities are endless, but just like all other things in this world; it takes hard work.

Ellis, my partner and I started with a Directed Study proposal. We approached our philosophy Professor Tracey Stark and pitched a documentary about privacy in the Communication, in which we would research the impact of virtual technology on society. We realized the topics we wanted to pursuer were essentially “digital” and this was our true interest.

You see Ellis and I had both taken a philosophy class with Dr. Stark called Minds, Media and Technological Change. The class took the technology to a multi faced terrifying journey into the virtual world, evoking tremendous emotion and passion on all accounts. We realized….There is something to this technology stuff.

Wait, I should rephrase. I realized technology was perhaps the most profound influence on society and it scared the living shit out of me. And Ellis, we’ll he was always fighting for virtual reality. Ellis knew ands still knows far more than I about the Internet’s Real Society, way before we started this project.

He taught me the Internet is good. We have achieved more than we thought we would so far, and we are learning so much about the vast secrets of virtual reality. These secrets we only know because we submerged ourselves.

I am now trying to embrace my virtual identity. I am Kelly, tech4talking. 4tech4talking,  tech4talking, 4tehc4talking….wow…try to type that 6 times fast. Get it right tech4thought.com Tweet it…I am Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly I am Kelly. And I have some thoughts on tech. So me and my friend Ellis started this website…tech4thought.com

Yep, so as serious as I once was. Well rewind, when I was a Political Communication student, or a Propagandist as I like to think of it. I couldn’t keep going on with simply convincing people of things we know are wrong. I understand the work of political campaigns is very important in our society, but I think there are some serious changes that need to take place. Changes to THE SYSTEM ITSELF. Political Campaign Communication is in need of creativity, and the power of the Internet should really be fully realized in its terms.

There lies the intrigue of the Internet. I once thought it didn’t matter very much. I learned to type slow, and tediously. I wrote my papers as long as my teachers let me. I am still a poor typist by most people my age’s standards. Of course my typing skills are better than those of my parents generation. That’s just statistics I guess.

Anyways, The Internet didn’t seem like a big deal, I was the last one on the train everytime: email, Facebook, Myspace, Aim, and now Twitter. But the Blog is a unique form. Product content produce content produce content, the audience will come. Seems a little like basic Capitalism, supply and demand….we supply….theres always demand….its the internet….a divine entity. We are swimming in its waters….we are learning its secrets….We hope to break through somehow. And Talk about Tech….Talk about Wisdom…Talk about the life we really life, in front of screens, plugged in…power sources controlling our lives….in Silence….so quiet and in line.

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Bank of America Impersonator?

The downside of virtual identity.
Just a moment ago I attempted to pay some bills online. As I logged out of the site, I received a terrifying notification from Firefox. This site is not trusted, and may be an “impersonator” of Bank of America. Are you kidding? Not okay. The alert may simply be a security measure, to remind me to double check. Still though, I think now would be a great time to get my FREE ID SCORE courtesy of Identityforce.com
Identity theft is happening everyday. We should all take it upon our selves to check our score and make sure we are not victims of identity theft. Scary I know, but I’m gonna give it a shot. Stay tuned for my results!

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ETIN Phone System: FAIL

Stupid Stupid Phones. Oh I’m sorry ETIN, I meant, Bob Batchelor’s phone service, author of an article we discussed this evening. (Our apologies to Mr. Batchelor, we hope he will join us in conversation at a later date). Tonight we did indeed experience some tech difficulties.  We were immersed in a tech device we did not understand.

Other things I don’t understand:

Why can’t anyone work anyone elses phone? Try and make a call on someone else’s phone. Inner monologue: (grrr…how does this button work….wheres that send….why arent there numbers? Is this a keyboard…? Damnit I cant work this thing!)

Why cant all cellphones have the same charger? (… I hear their coming out with something like that soon).

Why is it so easy to buy a domain but so hard to link it to the site you made?

Why cant I just have a landline?
Okay fine ETIN its not your fault. I blame….us for not understanding technology better. We felt pretty stupid. Especially me, because I’m always forgetting to push “on”.

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Book Review 01: Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks is the personal memoir of Ethan Gilsdorf, a former gamer struggling to discover the role fantasy plays in his life as well as society. He wonders if, “pervasive escapism has infantilized an entire generation” (22). Many of us ask ourselves the same question. Do we watch too much T.V., see too many movies, Eat too much junk food? Despite these concerns, we remain optimistic, that our fantasy worlds help us to find a better sense of self. This is the same complex Ethan faces as he asks Why Fantasy?

Ethan begins in Oxford, England, investigating the stomping grounds of J.R.R. Tolkien, he then attends a LARP (Live Action Role Play), Medieval Role Playing Games, Gaming Convention, and finally MiddleEarth itself; New Zealand. Look forward to charming characters throughout the story; who inspire hope in fantasy we all have. (Note: My favorite part is in Gilsdorf’s description of older D&D players as a herd of Santa’s, rushing from table to table at a convention).  J.R.R. Tolkein believed society needed modern myths. Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks is a fascinating glimpse of why.

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