Time Management

Plan ahead, prioritize, be organized! Words I live by for pretty much every aspect of my life. I have always been extremely organized in every domain of my life, from cleaning my room to time management. During high school and college I was always on top of my work and was able to work twenty plus hours a week. However, things took a slight change during my transition into university. Now, this change isn’t for the worse. Earlier in my life, I would make my school work my hobbies. I would remain weeks ahead in school readings and assignments. Today, I simply keep up to date with readings and assignments. My routine has drastically changed from college to university. Thankfully, I am able to keep my organized qualities. My secret, however, is not of the conventional methods such as the ones outlined in this week’s readings. I simply just live an organized life. Always stay on top of everything, that way nothing piles up. Whenever I would get an assignment, I would reflect how much effort would be needed as well as how much time I will invest in it. I then decide accordingly when and where to accomplish the task. I feel that having a good memory helps a lot. I do not require an agenda, or having to make a to-do list marking each task with a priority. I simply remember, work on, learn, reflect, and grow.

 

Sources:

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/time.html

https://student.unsw.edu.au/support-time-management

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Problem Solving

“Most struggle when they don’t know the answer, when it is actually the question they do not understand” (or something along those lines). That was the same quote I would stare at every day in grade ten during each and every math class. I can say that it would relate to my approach to my method of solving problems. When I face a problem, whether that be a person, event, thing, etc. I found it is not the answer which is the difficult part, but how to get to that answer is. My standard approach would be that of having a rational mind which can weigh a situation and any possible alternatives. I feel that I have strong willpower not give into my emotions. I can remain neutral to a situation and react according to the facts presented. However, I am only human, emotions do get the better of me sometimes.

I guess the reason why I am able to make decisions easily would be that I am always prepared. Being organized in life in general can only be benefitial. I am a very visual learner, that being said, to either explain something or learn it I would draw it on paper. However, not all problems can be faced with a diagram. It’s when life throws you a curve ball where your personality is really tested. Remaining calm and really taking a moment to step back and think is more important than what most people believe. Today, everything is so fast paced and our technology is outsmarting us. No one stops and thinks anymore, they just face something and either react, or don’t know how to react. “The readiness is all”.

Sources:

http://www.studygs.net/problem/

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_TMC.htm#approaches

http://nfs.sparknotes.com/hamlet/page_318.html

Assignment 1

I hope the presentation goes well tomorrow! Apart from the nervousness of the actual presentation part, I feel very confident towards my research. It was difficult to find a suitable article which would address the necessary information for me to present to the audience. Most peer reviewed articles I came across where so specific that it was difficult to comprehend their application of Web 3.0 where my understanding was so vague. I then tailored my research and presentation to the audience. I took a step back and figured that the audience would know little to nothing when it comes to Web 3.0. I break down any terms that may arise and take the web process step by step. I hope my visual presentation will capture the audience’s attention, and more importantly, I hope they learn something new in regards to Web 3.0. It is a subject which closely relates to this course and I would like the entire class to benefit from my presentation.

Click here to view the presentation (using Prezi.com).

Click here to view the article I analyze.

(If time allows, play 0:00 to 1:34 of this video)

Exercise 4: Social Media As Research Tools

Week 3

Section 011

Jesse Maxwell Perez, Stanley Tsai, Jodie Quach, and myself

Social Media is the contemporary virtual space for information. Content is being mass produced by millions every hour or every day. This method of researching information between users can have its perks, as well as its downfalls.

YouTube is a great social media tool which allows users to create the content. They are in full control of what is said and done in their videos. Once a video is uploaded to YouTube, it is automatically distributed to the millions of viewers. The problem with this is that virtually anyone can create content. That being said, what distinguishes content from being accurate to just outright nonsense? The answer lies with the viewers. It is up to them to determine what channels produce information of integrity and accuracy.

Twitter is one of the fastest way to spread information to a vast audience in a short amount of time. Live Tweeting is very common for every sort of event that occurs on this planet. Political voting, award shows on television, natural disasters, etc… A problem with having 250,00 tweets talking about the same thing is the overflow of information. If there is a sort of “telephone” effect to the tweets. Where one instance may begin with something, but ten minutes in, the information is distorted along the way and is rendered inaccurate.

Blogs! Just like this one! Where users or groups express their opinions to literally any subject. Posting information or personal opinions on blogs is a great way to get your voice out to the public. With comment sections, they can really spark debates, dialogues, and conversations. However, similar to YouTube, because anyone can create the content, or comment on the content, the overload of users may inhibit any positive intentions of a blog. It would be difficult to analyze the credibitily of research done using a blog because the source can remain unknown.

One of the biggest collection of information on the internet would be wikis. Although they are jam packed with information, the same problem arises questioning if said information is valid. One specific example is that of Wikipedia. An extensively large collection of information that can be edited by professionals in their respective fields. This site is a great resource for preliminary research, it gives a general overview of almost any subject. Wikipedia is benefitial for research because it provides external sources relating to a pertaining topic. This method of triangulating resources is an efficient way to determine whether the information is accurate or not.

Click here to view the presentation.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microblogging

http://webtrends.about.com/od/web20/a/social-media.htm

http://www.youtube.com/

http://nms.sagepub.com/content/14/8/1269

Exercise 3: What Makes A Good Blog?

Week 3

Section 011

Jesse Maxwell Perez, Stanley Tsai, Jodie Quach, and myself

A blog is defined as “A Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis”, and a good blog will abide by these standards.

Our homework for this week was to compare two blogs; one that is useful for research and one that is not.
http://digitalfaun.tumblr.com/, titled Digitalfaun.

http://harrymitchell.tumblr.com/post/61729397534/some-pictures-from-the-past-two-days-in-new-york, titled Harry JR Mitchell.
The Digitalfaun blog is an example of a blog very useful in order to research about photography as it has statements of the pictures, and the history behind them. When analyzing photography, it is important to have background information on it, as it is vital to the critique that the photo will be receiving. This blog also contains overall opinions of the artist, allowing you to see insights into the style of their photography
The Harry JR Mitchell blog is not an example of a bad blog, but a blog that would not necessarily be useful in carrying out research. The context of this blog is only photos taken by the artist, and no information about the artist or descriptions of the photos. Recording research from this blog would be difficult as you have only your views to reflect on.

A blog is most useful when all information is given, so the viewer has a solid idea of the blog inside and out.

I would like to have a simple blog. The look of the blog would not concern myself too much as I will be concerning with the content. A website, perhaps, would have my greater attention for the aesthetics. My blog would have a simple interface which is easy to navigate, allowing users to browse through the content with ease, thus allowing them to read more of the content produced. I like the “Tag Cloud” feature on my blog already, it emphasizes recurring subjects. My blog would not focus on pages so much, more with the categories and archival features that makes a blog so easy to navigate.

Click here to view the presentation.

Sources:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/blog

http://harrymitchell.tumblr.com/post/61729397534/some-pictures-from-the-past-two-days-in-new-york

http://digitalfaun.tumblr.com/

Interactive Communication

Politics have always been a mystery to me. But seeing how relatable political communication is with the communication of this class was an interesting read. Today, communication plays one of the biggest roles in accomplishing any sort of task in the online world. Networking users together through a dialogue over a blog post, video, or other medium plays a vital role in communication today. With this specific field of politics, it can reach an even greater audience with its use of interactivity. I found it pretty humorous when the article went into detail of politicians using blogs. I just cannot picture an actual politician typing a blog post which can make or break their career depending on what they will post. However, I guess it does reduce the “distance” between myself and a politician. Before blogs, I would only see pictures of them in the newspaper or on television. Now, they are performing the same online functions as I am, giving them a more ‘humble’ look. Which I guess is good for ratings. A good quality to the blogs is that each post can spark debate and discussion. Unfortunately, you can mask your identity online and spam must be incredibly present with political issues. Having such figures of authority communicate with the world using a common medium seems like a contemporary concept. It makes politicians seem more “human”…

Source:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2012.757633#_i5

Group

I feel that writing a blog response for my “group experience in class” would be vague, because it seems non existent. I must say this, I have an extremely bias view of group work in school as negative. Throughout high school and college, not one student I was paired with would spend much of their efforts towards most group projects. When I am passionate about a subject I will take lead for the project if no one steps up. Not to say that I take full command of a project. Most group projects just need a little “push” to get things rolling. However, because I am usually the one that does the push, my fellow “collaborators” tend to lean on me every step of the way.

I was optimistic that this will all change when I would collaborate with fellow Ryerson New Media students. I was wrong. The same problem keeps coming up. I’ve learned not to take anything personal, which was very benefitial. However, I want to learn with fellow students, however, if my voice is passive, the group will not achieve high results. All this being said, my weakness for group work would be that I go into projects with negative connotations. Instead of demanding, I should ask and listen to fellow group members.

Sources:

https://academicskills.anu.edu.au/resources/handouts/group-projects

http://www.canberra.edu.au/studyskills/learning/groups

http://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/personal/working.asp

http://powertochange.com/students/academics/groupproject/