This paper is focused on Twitter, not only as a social media platform, but also as a tool that can be utilized to help your business. This paper aims to break down exactly what twitter is, and then expand from there to elaborate on ways that twitter can he both helpful and harmful to your business. I will then focus on twitter as a personal public relations platform, and finish by incorporating everything together expanding on the effectiveness of twitter. #intro

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Commons, taken from An overview of the Knowledge Commons: Charlotte Hess et al., also referred to as a shared resources of a group of people, can be large or small, and with or without bounds. To me, this speaks whole heartedly to the idea of what the Internet is. Today, there is so much knowledge and intellectual property available in this “commons” know today as digital media. The question however, is more along the lines of do people have rights to these commons? I argue yes, that once you write, or effectively publish to any medium, it can then be translated to digital media and then placed into the commons.

The idea is presented that one persons knowledge doesn’t subtract from another persons capacity to use it. This refers to the ideas, thoughts and wisdom that come from reading the internet and digital media, not the internet itself. The internet itself is the good, the information . Now the question arises, is this applicable to digital media? Is digital media still considered a commons? Yes. It is a shared resource with open access. 

Is the internet changing things such as higher education? YES! I can answer this emphatically because of the basis of the class I am taking this quarter for Family Psychology. I am raising a ‘virtual child’ online. I answer a set of questions, each with a specific and different answer. Based on how I answer these questions, my child grows into a certain type of person. How I raise my child correlate to how she does in school, and excels in social situations. It is crazy to me, but it is also a very good tool that allows me to apply the ideas I am learning in the class to real life situations. Understanding that aspects of the class a relevant to raising a child.

But is the internet taking over high education? I don’t believe so, but with digital media becoming an intrinsic part of our society, and thus becoming a more important reliable tool for higher education. With the advancement of these technologies, we must also advance our idea of education, and must change courses to be more cohesive to all available medium options. 

the true voice of the people

I am inspired by the question I am asked to respond to: ‘What does it mean to be a citizen journalist?’ I have taken a few classes at the UW emphasizing the importance of citizen journalists, and I can appreciate the tremendous efforts these people make.
Personally, I believe it to mean that the person is providing an alternate perspective to that of the mainstream media, generally from a first hand account. Being a citizen journalist can take many different mediums, in the form of a blog, a tweet (micro-blog), or even a simple photograph on flickr. These accounts generally depict the side of the story not often covered by mainstream international media, and approach topics countries don’t want covered by anyone, specifically journalists. Generally, being a citizen journalist is a risky endeavor, but one that is necessary for getting the voice of the people out for the world to see.

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I am still researching my project. I now have 5 sources, and 2 scholarly sources. I am starting to outline my paper to keep myself on track. I am progressing nicely on my project, and staying true to my timeline.

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I found a great website that outlined exactly the differences between typeface and font: taken from fontfeed stating that: the physical embodiment of a collection of letters, numbers, symbols, etc. (whether it’s a case of metal pieces or a computer file) is a font. When referring to the design of the collection (the way it looks) you call it a typeface. I think the line here is blurred rather easily (one with a collection of the whole and the other with a specific design), and thus makes the two terms interchangeable.

My personal blog has what seems to be at least 2 different types of font, Helvetica and Arial, and many different sizes, 12pt, 14pt and 16pt. I found a new font that appealed to me: it’t titled ‘camphor’ I like it because it is bold, and easy to read. But it still has a distinct character that you can tell it isn’t helvetica — which is EVERYWHERE after watching that video! You can see my font

I, like many people, have not used flickr ever. I find it to by a simply mysterious realm of web 2.0 that is still as yet, undiscovered to me. But after doing these readings, I have a much more profound respect and new admiration for flickr. I think the main reason I am not a member of the flickr community is because I don’t take photographs and in no way would consider myself a photographer. Furthermore, I am impressed by the claim the first article, a case study of web 2.0, citing flickr as the most commonly used example of web 2.0.

Digital photography is a wonderful medium that can truly capture a specific moment in time. Be it horrific or happy, the broad spectrum is covered by flickr.And on top of that aspect, it is citizen journalism at it’s finest. All of the photos are shot, and uploaded by citizens of the photography community. It is a great timeline for events, for you on a personal level, or the world on a much larger scale. But then the question arises, as it is presented in the third article, that anyone can then be a photographer. That the ‘framing of the average and mundane’ occurs. I hardly believe that to be the case. Yes, this does allow others to take photographs that might not be of a professional grade and quality, but the chances are these people are working towards learning and understanding aspects of their medium that can make them better at what they do. Or perhaps, they are simply real people taking real photographs.

There still are, and always will be critics of every aspect of life. However for me personally, I appreciate flickr as a medium of varied uses and opportunities. On a professional level it can help to expand your social network, which is the most important way of expanding yourself as a business. On a personal level, it is key to holding on to valuable memor