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This is one of my favorite videos on YouTube.  I don’t know how anybody takes this guy seriously.

Rob Ford, the Mayor of Toronto, Canada, is in my eyes more of a stand up comedian than a leader. Talk about a guy who doesn’t have his act together.  If you have the time and patience, I encourage you to watch the entire video.  The things that come out of this man’s mouth will leave you questioning how do some people get into a position of power?  Beats me.



If you’ve never cut a pomegranate before, you can thank me the day you do. If you have, heres a better way.

There is no fun way to cut a pomegranate. But someways are certainly more efficient than others. This video provides the cleanest separation technique.  By cutting the top off the pomegranate, you can see where the main divisions are that exist.  Then, cutting down these divisions leaves you with perfect wedges of pomegranate, which are ready to be spooned out.



If you’ve seen this video before, I’m sure you feel my pain.  If you haven’t, you will.

This video is problematic in nearly every way.  The ONLY good thing I have to say is that it spreads awareness about the ignorance that exists in today’s world.  I am not making fun of anybody in this video, for I surely wouldn’t think critically if I wasn’t taught to.  Being able to analyze a situation for what its worth and effectively problem solve is a learned skill, that is fundamental in nature and imperative for success.

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Morals: a person’s standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do.

Ethics: moral principles that govern a person’s or group’s behavior

The Internet is the latest and in many respects most powerful in a line of media, putting telegraph, telephone, radio, and television to shame. many people have progressively eliminated time and space as obstacles to communication during the last century and a half. As mind blowing as the advances brought on by the invention of the Internet, it comes with has enormous consequences for individuals, nations, and the world; the internet is full of crap.

With so much diversity on the internet, it is not surprising that it is plagued with falsehood. It should be an individual’s responsibility to keep the integrity of the information on the internet honest, but the reality is that it’s just not. A lot of people are cruel liars, uninformed, ignorant, and over opinionated by nature, and the internet is their outlet to spread their crap. Why it’s full of crap.

Ryan Rheingold, in his project dedicated to identifying falseness on the web, says the following: “The first thing we all need to know about information online is how to detect crap, a technical term I use for information tainted by ignorance, inept communication, or deliberate deception.”

Learning to be a critical consumer of Web info is not rocket science. Since there are not set rules for the internet, morals and ethics are not established. Being wary of the internet’s credibility is more than necessary. Becoming acquainted with the fundamentals of web credibility testing is easier than learning the multiplication tables.





YouTube has been around since February 14th, 2005, and has only grown since.

In their article, Jean Burgess and Joshua Green discuss YouTube as a social media.  If you were to ask me, YouTube definitely deserves its own categorization in social media.  Most social media, Twitter, Facebook, etc., have an element of real-time to them. In other words, YouTube is not necessarily a “live” social media platform.  For example, on Twitter people follow their feed to keep up on events not necessarily week to week, but minute by minute.

YouTube is to wine as Twitter is to steak.  Simply, wine gets better with age while steak goes bad quickly.

I think its safe to say that the average tweeter posts considerably more media per day than a youtuber.  Unlike YouTube, Twitter has a significantly higher percent of users who actively contribute to the media.  While in YouTube, you may have a quarter of its users contributing, while the rest utilize the site solely for exploring.

That being said, the ten things tweeted by Joe Smith aren’t likely to be as important or enlightening as a full video.  (I understand there will always exist great tweets and stupid videos, but I’m following more of a general correlation.)

Still to this day, I use YouTube as a means of learning.  More than anything else, ill use YouTube for tutorial help.  Whether its for help with my homework or learning how to fix something, ill usually find the answer to what I’m looking for.

On page 24, the authors discuss the two main categorizations when ranking videos and their creators. These are the infamous Most Viewed and Most Subscribed lists.

This distinction provides two classifications of popular YouTubers; whats hot now, and who posts the hottest things.  However, again unlike Twitter, which has live time trending categories; where you can see whats popular.  The Most Viewed list will tell you what videos have been watched the most, and the Most Subscribed will show you which users are posting the most popular media collectively.


Net Neutrality

Net neutrality– a phrase having zero meaning to me prior to this blog.

After reading the context and watching the video on Obama’s stance, I still found myself questioning (just a little) what is the point to this? How is my internet is limited? How does this effect me?

So I stumbled upon this video,

which offers a little more palatable insight on the subject.


Net neutrality is good, and something we must strive to maintain as a country. Net neutrality ensures users that they will never be stripped of basic web rights.

Such rights consist of large internet service providers (ISP’s) agreeing not to block any legal web content, throttle services, or provide any unfair “fast lanes”.

Loss of net neutrality could (potentially) be very lucrative for ISP companies! Just think, without net neutrality, businesses could pay ISP’s a x amount of dollars to have their internet services provided at a faster rate than their competition. This, however, would prove to be hazardous. The biggest companies would own rights to the fastest services, leaving our internet experience very limited.

Net neutrality is what allows us to freely explore websites such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc., with ease and convenience. Currently, ISP’s have very little, if any, control over our viewing habits. One instance of limitation exists within cell providers.  Almost all data plans are regulated in pricing brackets.  Perhaps if the President can persuade the FCC to reclassify internet service under title two of the Telecommunications Act, our internet experiences will remain free, and equal for all, always.

[Learn more about American internet usage here]





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Crap Detection

Prior to reading anything on “crap detection”, I was very skeptical as to how it was going to be portrayed.  I assumed it was going to be very dry, and tell me a whole lot about stuff I already knew.  

I was wrong. I learned a lot from Howard Rheingold, while also making several connections to my every day life.

Ever since I could remember my father has told me “don’t try to be somebody who knows all of the answers, be somebody who knows how to find them”. This almost seems to be Rheingold’s main point. Crap Detection 101 discusses that the internet is up and coming, as well as our best source for information. 

Among countless others, I use google to answer any question I have. Whether it be how to change the oil in my car or math homework, I can find the answer.  Thats the beauty of the internet and new media, and Rheingold argues this strongly. Now comes the real dilemma; crap detection.

Other than being the title, crap detection is also important because as a society, we must decipher and question the information that is presented to us.  The main, and most obvious, reason for this is that the information loses all credibility if we do not attempt to question its origin. 

As a whole, we need to constantly analyze information just to stay afloat. In other words, just to make it through our daily struggles.  Rheingold also argues that we need to take this incredibly vast source of information and use it to grow as a community. We must take advantage of the convenience we have to google whatever we want, and never stop.

Because of the new technology that we have at our fingertips, the sky is the limit for knowledge.

And it is time to finally take advantage.

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