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Computer Mediated Communications Assignment 1: Creating A Blog

Posted in Assignments with tags , , , on September 17, 2009 by zach-attack-shaw

1. Which service are you using? Why?
I am using WordPress.com to make my blog. I was first attracted to this server after Professor Broderick explained that while the other servers may be easier to use, WordPress.com would allow me to do more with my blog. The notion of being able to “do more” intrigued me and made me think of all the possibilities that I could do with my blog. However, WordPress.com was my final choice after I realized that the music news site I work for, Metalinsider.net, actually uses WordPress.com. This made me view the server as something more than just a tool for the every day blogger. WordPress.com all of the sudden seemed more professional, and made me want to learn how to use it even more.

2. How hard was it to set up the blog? If you had difficulties, what were they?
Setting up my WordPress.com blog wasn’t too troubling. I was able to set up my web site link (zachshaw.wordpress.com) and personal information without difficulties. After playing around with the settings, I was able to change my color theme and background to my choosing. However I am still trying to find where I would change the actual text’s color and personalize the page even further. Having some experience with WordPress.com, I was able to add new posts to the blog with out any problems. At first I was struggling to find a way to add pictures or imagery to the posts, but I quickly discovered how to. So once I played around with the settings and sidebar, everything came naturally.

3. Did you notice the opportunities for social interaction? (alternately, are you afraid that you’ll be talking to the void?)
I definitely noticed the opportunities a blog offers for social interaction for both the author and reader. The author is given a new outlet to express their own views on anything. He or she is not restricted on what they can write (or post) about in their own blog. They can discuss everything from their political views to favorite sci-fi movies. As simple as it is for an author to express their own thoughts, it is just as easy for an online user to get sucked into the postings on the blog. Readers not only can spend all day reading someone else’s thoughts, but can also respond to them by leaving comments. Blogs can stir up discussions amongst people with similar thoughts and interests, a powerful tool held by Web 2.0.

4. Given your current experience, do you think that you will use this technology after the class is over?
I will absolutely continue using this blog after the class (whether I use this exact page or create a new one). As someone who aspires to be in the Music Industry, a blog is a great platform to showcase and improve one’s writing skills. This blog gives me an outlet to publish my own CD and concert reviews as well as a place to highlight my musical talents through pictures and video. It gives me experience that I will need for a future in the Music Business. In addition to the professional aspect, it is also a simple, fun way to express my own opinions about music, pop culture and life.

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The First Post……Spooky Ain’t It?

Posted in Introduction with tags on September 17, 2009 by zach-attack-shaw

IMG_3008This is the first post from me, Zach Shaw. Who am I you ask?

Well first off, I am a Comm Major at Clark University. I hope to enter into the music business in some form (what ever form it’ll be by the time i graduate). I love to play guitar (both electric and acoustic). I work for Metalinsider.net as a News Contributer (I update the site’s news ticker with one line news items as well as contribute full articles). I have been a heavily active e-board member for the school’s on-campus TV network, Clark Cable Network (CCN Channel 11). I was co-PR of CCN but will soon be the club’s Station Manager. I created a sketch comedy show called The Kevorkian Slips, which can be viewed online or on CCN. I also previously hosted a radio show for ROCU every Saturday Night at 8pm called “Metal Minds Hour” with Mike Skowronek (a lot of scheduling problems/mishaps caused by ROCU, so I am unsure whether I will continue this sadly).

If you couldn’t tell, I am a huge music fan! My top favorites are Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold, Queen, Red hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Black Sabbath and of course The Beatles. However I love most Metal, Hard Rock, and Classic Rock and even some Pop and Hip Hop. If it has a great melody then I’m sure I’ll be hooked. Another hobbie of mine (more expensive one) is going to concerts. I’ve been going to as many shows as possible ever since I saw Alice Cooper when I was 6 years old. Name the band, I’ve probably seen them.

Want to know more? Well check back often. While this blog was at first for homework assignments for my Computer Mediated Communications Class (which I took in the Fall ’09 Semester), I am continuing to post concert and cd reviews and opinion articles through this blog as well.

Let’s have some fun!

-Zach Shaw