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Sunday, May 9, 2010

About Someone else's project

I enjoyed the project about Virtual Worlds by Nadia. Through the project, I found out that virtual worlds are not only a simulated environment. As well as that they contain many specific characteristics such as community and shared space where all individuals may collaborate at the same time. There are many types of virtual worlds ranging from education all the way to MMORPGs. For educational purposes, virtual worlds can help train individuals for their perspective jobs, as well as provide the ability to go on virtual tours of historical landmarks. Virtual Worlds help with the business world immensely due to the fact of it provides good places to hold meetings without hassle of traveling to far and away places. But most importantly Virtual Worlds help with community and help individuals interact in ways never dreamed possible in the real world.

This project was presented very well and I enjoyed how nicely the slides were designed. The information was not too bulky or clustered and pictures and videos enhanced the project. Overall this was a well done presentation.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Next New Thing

Virtual reality has always been a thing of the future but I think this is the time for a significant innovation. Special glasses should be developed that look like sunglasses but when you put them on you enter a cyber world. You will sitting in your own home or office, and an avatar that looks exactly like you (flesh and bones in all) will travel in this virtual world. You will use your mind to control the actions of the avatar. So if you think about walking, the avatar will automatically start walking. You will be able to interact with friends and family, who are long distances apart and do the same activities that you would in the real world. Imagine that you can play football with your friend who moved to Alabama or even go shopping with your aunt who lives in Spain without even leaving the comfort of your home. Virtual organizations can be made so that things can be accomplished in the virtual and real world. This is the vision of the future.


Friday, April 16, 2010

About My Presentation Blog

My project deals with new media and its effect on sports. I will begin with an introduction about how new media and sports are interconnected especially within the last few years. Next I will describe how new media affects sports marketing the most especially through the internet and its fast flowing information networks. Then I will show some new media technologies that are connected to sports. Then I will describe how the major new media (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, etc) all affect the four major sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) and continue by going more in depth with each league and show some solid examples of the new media’s effect on each league. Finally I will conclude with how blogs, wikis, and Facebook are not the only things affecting the global sports. As new media grows, major athletics follows and shown every industry will follow.


Privacy & Confidentiality

New Media has a huge connection with privacy and confidentiality. As we as individuals connect on the internet to our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts, we are sacrificing a little privacy every time. Sometimes hackers may watch your activity on these sites and hack them so that they may retrieve personal information. Many sexual predators lurk on the internet and try to seduce individuals. So if these individuals know who you are they are more likely to succeed in their seduction. Sometimes people online do not like individuals who post up blogs or comments. These individuals may resort to cyber bullying which may lead to an altercation in the real world. Sometimes putting too much information can hurt individuals on these sites especially when employers can see them. If employees use degrading or awful language online, and a prospective employer sees it, you can say goodbye to your job or be docked pay if you are currently employed. The more new media evolves, the more we are losing our privacy and confidentiality, but new media is adapting to the times by creating increased security measures.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Advice to Baruch College

First off before we can apply some new media to Baruch we need to fix the wireless internet in the school. It is very slow and sometimes does not even appear on my laptop. Without a good internet connection, the new media would not work properly. Next I think professors should have mandatory twitter accounts so that they can immediately notify students if there is a change in their class. Then, we should have professors record lectures and post them on blackboard so that some individuals who do not make class, can watch it from home. Additionally, all school books should be available to be downloaded on sites that can provide eBooks, so that individuals who do not want to carry textbooks, can buy ereaders or download pdf files and place them on their PCs. Some classes should be held virtually through chat rooms, webcam chats or even on Second Life. I believe that Baruch College and other schools should transform their classes to online only so that people like me do not have to travel from Staten Island to get to class. Even though online classes somewhat dilute the experience of college, I believe it is necessary for convenience purposes.



Monday, April 5, 2010

Our Class Wiki - So Far

I have been editing pages frequently. I deal mostly with graphics so I have been adding various graphics to the wiki's pages. I have edited pages from new media and economics to new media and sports. Whatever page needs a nice graphic, I have been there to place it. I try to keep every other contributors input intact but if I feel it is unnecessary I replace it with something better. I have only done this in one occasion. I will continue to spruce each and every page that I feel needs to be changed. Who thought working on wiki would be so much fun.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My New Media Class- So Far

New Media class has been great so far. I post blogs about once or twice every week about blogs, wikis, social networking, etc. For our wiki, I have been actively editing pages with many graphics that I find over the internet. i go to many different pages on the wiki to make them all stand out. I continue to work on my project diligently with the hope that I will receive a good grade for the class. The class lessons are interesting as well. There are lots of good videos shown in class that helps us illustrate the work that we are doing. These lessons help me do my work which is more hands on than in any other class.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Modeling Reality with Virtual Worlds

We think of the Internet as the virtual world but it is more than that. Second Life is a website that literally provides a second life on the Web. You can create your own avatar or virtual representation of yourself and stroll around virtual towns, businesses and meet other individuals like you. Some people create businesses where you can create a product and sell them for virtual dollars as well as for real money. These products can vary from art to exercise equipment. These businesses help foster creativity as well as that you can design your avatar to look like anyone even they look nothing like you. People can purchase their own land and build a castle if they choose. People can voice their opinions and help make the site better. This is similar to the article Twitter Serves Up Ideas From Its Followers, where many individuals are encouraged by Twitter to help the site grow.
Some people even pursue relationships with individuals from Second Life. Though these things sound good, relationships on the internet can be dangerous, especially since Second Life shows nudity and sexual encounters virtually. These things need to be regulated so if young individuals join the sites, they are not subject to these encounters.
Maybe in the future, we can enter these Second Life and connect on the internet and do things

that we would not normally do in our real lives.

Twitter Serves Up Ideas From Its Followers by CLAIRE CAIN MILLER, the New York Times, October 26, 2009. Available at:

Twitter Discussion

I enjoy Twitter because it makes discussions very short and to the point. Blackboard discussions can linger on and does not force you to make a compact answer. This is the same with an in class discussion.That is why I want to continue with the Twitter tradition and keep my blog short and sweet. Thanks Twitter!!!!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Social Networking

The main purpose for social networking is to connect with individuals. Whether they are friends, family, or coworkers, social networking sites are made for connection. These sites give people a presence in the virtual world, a second life that many individuals dream of having. Imagine being unimportant in the real world when it comes to sports or news but online you are the voice of reason and everyone wants to be your friend or possibly even a business partner. Some companies create their own groups or pages to get followers involved with them. Some individuals even use these pages to apply for jobs or attend events that will help them attain a job. In Tweeting Your Way To A Job, individuals are creating posts about their jobs like Amanda Casgar who is constantly posting wine in hopes of a job opportunity. She even filmed a video resume in order to impress her employers.

Movies and celebrities post tons of events where regular people have a chance to meet stars or get freebies. These sites are beneficial because they are able to keep you up to date on what's going on whether or not you see these certain individuals or companies everyday or possibly never. Though sites have great qualities there is a dark side to them. Sometimes putting too much information can hurt individuals on these sites especially when employers can see them. In Obama, Kanye West, and the Trouble With Twitter, Barack Obama made a degrading comment about Kanye West antics at the Video Music Awards. This comment was supposed to be off the record but it appeared on ABC News who tweeted about it. It was very embarrassing and shows that privacy is a concern. Thankfully social networking sites are constantly reminding individuals to be mindful of what they say and are able to eliminate the predators that lurk online. Social networking sites are the here and now it is possible that many individuals might just live their lives through these sites without ever leaving home. Maybe in the future, we can enter these sites virtually with almost a lifelike feel where we can talk and connect on the internet and play sports or poker while not even leaving the comfort of our homes.


"Tweeting Your Way to a Job," by Laura M. Holson, The New York Times, May 20, 2009. Available from

"Obama, Kanye West and the trouble with Twitter", by Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2009.,0,3179288.story


Monday, March 8, 2010

SN Sites

Facebook: My favorite of the social networking sites. It seems very professionally done especially since this site was for college students first. Facebook has very good security settings that enable me to let certain individuals view my page rather than having anonymous individuals see my page. Any friends who want to be added can only be added with my permission. On the bottom right hand corner of the Facebook site is a chat box where you can talk to any of your friends and you can even show that you are offline if you so choose to be. Virtual gifts can be sent to any friends as well as any quizzes that you take on the site can be recommended to them. Any videos or articles can be posted as well. I also like how Facebook suggest what groups to join. I enjoy Facebook because it has a very neat design.

Myspace: I used to use Myspace a lot before I discovered Facebook. I would recommend Myspace to younger individuals (below 16) because you can place fun themes on your pages and compare them with your friends. Facebook really does not have that yet. Though customizing backgrounds are great, it still makes the page more annoying, with tons of color schemes popping up and creating problems with videos and bumper stickers that you can place. I believe the security settings are not that great especially when the site had started because many people were posing as fake individuals and creating a lot of problems especially when there was many sexual predators around. But Facebook may also have this problem but I believe it is more heavily regulated. In the beginning, many videos and pictures for Myspace needed an embedded code to place them on your page. To my knowledge Facebook does not have that and you can just placed a link to the site and usually the video or picture appears on your wall and disappears as the wall adds more content.

Friendster: I never really used this site. It looks like more of a dating site than it does as a networking site between friends. I would not use this site unless many more of friends used it and as of this date I can barely find any of them on here. When I was searching for my friends in NYC it kept giving me people from Russia which is kind of weird especially since they are not near each other. They are lots of annoying ads that are on the sides that really tick me off as well. It is similar to a Myspace but not as creative so I would stick with Myspace.

LinkedIn: This site is mainly for professionals. It is a social networking site for working individuals. It is very neat and provides information about their education and where they have worked. It also shows what they are interested in for work and what kind of opportunities they are waiting for. This is definitely recommended when it comes for companies to search for possible applicants. You can even pay to have your LinkedIn account be better so that you may request more individuals or send mail and have priority service.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Blogs vs. Wikis

Blogs and Wikis are all the rage on the internet. Though blogs and wikis seem to provide the same thing: information, they do it in unique ways. Blogs are similar to journals, where they place news or their views on events in their lives or around the world. It is considered an alternative to journalism. People are able to comment about their ideas towards the blogs right on the same page, which ensures a collaborative effort. Blogs are controlled by their creators where if unnecessary information is provided, the creator will get rid of it and knowingly have what the user had published. Blogs are not necessarily always helpful. In Stung by the Perfect Sting, a model was bashed by anonymous bloggers, which in turn can become real world bullying.

In wikis people provide information in a certain web space, where users are allowed to edit content constantly. This is ultimately team collaboration. Everyone has a chance to change wiki information unlike with a blog, but if unnecessary information is provided, many users do not know whom placed this information. Since wikis are friendlier to users, any information provided is open to the public for which in a blog, if the creator has a bias with the information, he/she can dispose of it. Wikis are especially helpful when dealing with team or group projects. As with blogs, wikis are not always helpful. In A Rorschach Cheat Sheet on Wikipedia, Wikipedia is hurting psychological studies that involve Rorschach test by posting the answers on the internet.

Ultimately these debates on wikis and blogs are important because they bring together individuals who have a common goal in finding the answer to the world's questions.


"A Rorschach Cheat Sheet on Wikipedia?" by Noam Cohen, The New York Times, July 28, 2009. Available at

"Stung by the Perfect Sting," By Maureen Dowd, The NY Times, Aug 25, 2009. Available at:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Old Media vs. New Media

Old Media vs. New Media

New Media can be described as simply as blogs, wikis, Facebook. But new media is not only that, it is an improvement upon old media. So eventually the new media of today will be the old media of tomorrow. Here are some examples of old media compared to new media.


Old Media: Television

New Media: Hulu where TV shows are streamed. Additionally there is TiVo where you can record shows and skip commercials. Also there is YouTube where individuals can star in their own web shows.

Old Media: Radio

New Media: Podcasts where radio shows can be downloaded and placed on mp3 devices. Additionally internet radio is available where you can create and personalize your own radio stations.

Old Media: Newspapers

New Media: Blogs, Newspapers online, newspapers made of blogs (The Printed Blog)

Old media: Networking with clubs, sports, friends in school, workers

New Media: Online Social Networking: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace where you can create groups, forums, etc and discuss anything and everything. Second life is a site where you can live in a virtual world and buy and sell goods like in real life with real or virtual dollars.

Old Media: Literature (Books, Poems, Encyclopedia, etc.)

New Media: E Reader where you can download books to a special device and read them. Wikipedia is a site where anyone can edit information about anything and everything.


Podcasts: New Twist on Net Audio, Wired, Oct 8, 2004. available at


The Impact of New Media on the Sports World

My project will deal with sports and new media. Sports and New Media have been intertwined for the past several years. Athletes have their own Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, blogs, etc, where they connect with regular people like you and me. Teams set up pages where they can communicate with fans about events and possible team opportunities. Marketing campaigns for teams have been increased several times over due to new media. I plan to research my project through looking at various articles, looking over athletes Facebook, Twitter, and blog accounts, watching athlete’s personal video blogs, etc. Hopefully this will lead to successful project where we can understand the impact of new media on sports.



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What is New Media?

This is my first blog about New Media and I am learning that New Media is more than just blogs, wikis, Facebook. It is an upgrade over old media. Old Media such as television, telephones, radio, etc. Sites are being dedicated to radio and TV. In “Who Needs a TV? I’m Watching on a Laptop,” shows are posted on Hulu where individuals can watch shows and see if something is missed on regular TV. People can create their own radio stations on sites like Pandora. The Internet helps new media grow. People constantly update themselves on twitter, Facebook, etc and the internet delivers this to cell phones and computers. Social networking sites are providing connection outside of the real world. New Media is a new dynamic and it is improving our quality of life.


"Who Needs a TV? I’m Watching on a Laptop ," by Laura M. Holson, New York Times, December 3, 2008; Available at