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Oct. 17th, 2006

One of five areas of interests

One of my areas of interest is the effects of advertising on the culture of society. I would like to see how advertising has helped shape current cultural trends. Cultural trends seem to start with advertising. Some of the most prominent examples come from catchphrases. For example Budweiser popularized the "Wassupp" fad, Nike started the worldwide known "Just do it", and many other companies have sold their products by using these types of catchphrases. The effects of advertising on cultural trends are not just limited to catchphrases, but to many other cultural things. I would like to find out to what extent these trends have been changed by advertising. Advertising today seems to create all many of the cultural trends presented in today's society. I would like to know why this is and how this is possible. I like how creativity can help mold a society's culture. Advertising is a powerful tool of businesses, organizations, politics, and many other groups. I dislike that fact that some people are easily convinced to like something or dress like somehow without actually thinking for themselves. It is almost disturbing to see how shallow people can be and how someone will wear, eat, drink, or use something just because an advertisement tells you to. That is the power of advertising. There has been no posts on my community about this specific topic. The site does mentions in a few different posts about cultural trends, but not to the extent to where it would be beneficial to my research. The posts just mention that culture has caused or been caused by something. I am trying to bring the subject to life within the community. If I can get some people to post comments, links, or examples of effects of advertising on culture, this could be very beneficial to me.

Oct. 4th, 2006

ENC 1102 Paper

Jacob Sims
Ancheta
ENC 1102
28 September 2006

Virtual Communities within Mass Communications

A virtual community is a group of people who come together for a common purpose through the means of the internet. A field that utilizes this meaning of virtual community is mass communications. Mass communications is a field where having up to date current news and discussions is vital for success. The MIT Advertising Lab and the New Communications Review both offer a virtual community based on mass communications through similar, but different ways. The importance of these virtual communities can be measured through how and how often they communicate, the information they provide, and how much extra sources do they offer you. After evaluating these qualities one can see the advantages of both virtual communities.
One of the most important things about these communications sites is how and how often they communicate. The ways of how they communicate are important to the ease of understanding and overall communication. If one does not know how to read or post, than having the ability to communicate does not help. The MIT Advertising Lab and the New Communications Review both communicate through several various online ways. The MIT Advertising Lab offers blogs showing advertisements and discussions about ways to advertise. The blogs also offers a comments section. The comments section is important to the blogs because it allows readers to elaborate or breakdown a blog. The New Communications Review offers information through message boards, blogs, podcasts, and images. Having several ways of communication is important to the New Communications Review because it allows a visitor to the site have an array of information to choose from. In the "how they communicate aspect" the New Communications Review offers better means of communication because it offers more. Another important aspect of these sites is how often they are updated. The MIT Advertising Lab is updated around two times a week with several posts every time it is updated. The New Communications Review is updated a couple of times a week, but it has a news link that is updated daily. The MIT Advertising Lab is a better resource in the "how often it’s updated" aspect because it is updated much more than the New Communications Review.
One of the most important elements of these communities, if not the most important element is the information each virtual community provides. The MIT Advertising Lab offers examples and ideas of advertisements. For instances, in a recent blog the MIT Advertising Lab posted that a New York based advertising firm is now advertising on portable bathrooms. The MIT advertising lab has pictures showing several ways of advertising with why or how the ad is important and how it will work. Many of the examples the offer of advertisement have pictures or videos to accompany the blog. The site also contains ideas and ways to advertise. It also offers ways different companies advertise. The New Communications Review posts articles on communications. These articles tend to have specific details, but often lack a way to reach the reader. To one outside the field, these articles can often seem dull and the reader may lose interest quickly. The review also post speeches, through podcasts, on advancements in the field. The MIT Advertising Lab does a much better job than the New Communications Review because it gives many ideas and examples of advertising backed up by a visual. It is important for a virtual community to be able to keep one's interest.
The final important element of these websites, which is often overlooked, is how many extra sources they offer. It is important for a virtual community to offer extra sources. These communities should offer more ways to learn and share about communications. The MIT advertising lab offers some extra information. It gives links to other advertising blogs and media tech sites, but not much more. While these extra sites are good, they are limited in how many are offered. The site also offers archives and site stats. Besides offering message boards, podcasts, blogs, and images the New Communications Review also has other links. These links are to other blogs and recent communications articles. They also have links to other podcasts feeds and archives of previous months and years of message posts. The New Communications Review goes above and beyond a normal site's amount of extra information. The New Communications Review allows its users to gain extra knowledge on mass communications, for this reason it is the better of the two virtual communities in the "extra sources" aspect.
Similar in structure, the Society for New Communications Research and The New Communications Review offer different information. The review goes more in depth into the actual field of mass communications and offers new ideas and information within the field. The MIT Advertising Lab is focused upon the specific field of advertising. It offers useful information on new ways to advertising as well as posting old ways of advertising that continue to work. Both sites are good examples of virtual communities, but the MIT Advertising Lab's simplicity, ease of use, and straightforwardness gives the reader an advantage, since it is not hard to find the subject of the blog. The MIT Advertising Lab also gives better information with visuals and is updated much more than the New Communications Review.

Sep. 28th, 2006

Updated Outline.

After reading the comment from Professor Ancheta I decided to change one of my communities. I am now going to focus on comparing and contrasting a professional virtual community versus a community in a specific field of communications, advertising. I have chosen MIT advertising lab.
(http://adverlab.blogspot.com/)

Jacob Sims
Ancheta
ENC 1102
28 September 2006

Virtual Communities Within Mass Communications

I. A virtual community is a group of people who come together for a common purpose through the means of the internet. A field that utilizes the meaning of virtual community is mass communications. Mass communications is a field where having up to date current news and discussions is vital for success. The MIT advertising lab and the New Communications Review both offer a virtual community based on mass communications through similar, but different ways.

II. One of the most important thing about these communications sites is how and how often do they communicate.

A. They communicate through several online ways.

1.The MIT advertising lab offers blogs showing advertisements and discussions about ways to advertise. The site also offers a comments section.

2. The New Communications Review offers information through message boards, blogs, podcasts, and images.

B. An important aspect of these sites is how often they are updated.

1.MIT advertising lab is updated around two times a week with several post every time it is updated.

2. The New Communications Review is updated a couple of times a week, but it has a news link that is updated daily.

III. Another important element of these communities, if not the most important thing is the information they provide.

A. The MIT advertising lab offers examples and ideas of advertisements.

1. The MIT advertising lab has pictures showing several ways of advertising with why or how the ad is important and how it will work.

2. The site also contains ideas and ways to advertise. It also offers ways different companies advertise.

B. The New Communications Review posts articles on communications.

1.These articles tend to have specific details.

2.The review also post speeches, through podcasts, on advancements in the field.

IV. Another important aspect of these websites, which is often overlooked, is how much extra sources they offer.

A. The MIT advertising lab offers a little extra information.

1.It gives links to other advertising blogs and media tech sites.

2. The site also offers archives and site stats.

B. Besides offering message boards, podcasts, blogs, and images the New Communications Review also has other links.

1. These links are to other blogs and recent communications articles.

2. They also have links to other podcasts feeds and archives of previous months and years of message posts.

V. Similar in structure, the Society for New Communications Research and The New Communications Review offer different information. The review goes more in depth into the actual field of mass communications and offers new ideas and information within the field. The MIT advertising lab is focused upon the specific field of advertising. It offers useful information on new ways to advertising as well as posting old ways of advertising that continue to work. Both sites are good examples of virtual communities, but the MIT advertising lab simplicity and straightforwardness gives the reader an advantage, since it is not hard to find the subject of the blog.

Sep. 27th, 2006

Annotated Outline- Blue Class

Jacob Sims
Ancheta
ENC 1102
28 September 2006

Virtual Communities Within Mass Communications

I. A virtual community is a group of people who come together for a common purpose through the means of the internet. A field that utilizes the meaning of virtual community is mass communications. Mass communications is a field where having up to date current news and discussions is vital for success. The Society for New Communications Research and the New Communications Review both offer a virtual community based on mass communications through similar, but different ways.

II. One of the most important thing about these communications sites is how and how often do they communicate.

A. They communicate through several online ways.

1.The Society for New Communications Research through message boards, blogs, wikis and posts on the communications field.

2. The New Communications Review offers information through message boards, blogs, podcasts, and images.

B. An important aspect of these sites is how often they are updated.

1.The Society for New Communications Research is updated a few times a month and each new post is commented on within a couple of weeks.

2. The New Communications Review is updated a couple of times a week, but it has a news link that is updated daily.

III. Another important element of these communities, if not the most important thing is the information they provide.

A. The Society for New Communications Research deals with a variety of happenings within the members of its field.

1. The Society posts information about the people in the field such as committees and winners of awards.

2. The site also talks about developments in mass communications.

B. The New Communications Review posts articles on communications.

1.These articles tend to have specific details.

2.The review also post speeches, through podcasts, on advancements in the field.

IV. Another important aspect of these websites, which is often overlooked, is how much extra sources they offer.

A. The Society for New Communications Research offers a little extra information.

1.It gives information on the Inaugural SNCR Research Symposium, Awards & 1st Anniversary Celebration.

2. The site also offers links to other bloggers and an archive of previous posts.

B. Besides offering message boards, podcasts, blogs, and images the New Communications Review also has other links.

1. These links are to other blogs and recent communications articles.

2. They also have links to other podcasts feeds and archives of previous months and years of message posts.

V. Similar in structure, the Society for New Communications Research and The New Communications Review offer different information. The review goes more in depth into the actual field of mass communications and offers new ideas and information within the field. The Society for New Communications Research offers more information on the people and committees within the field than the actual field itself. Both sites are good examples of virtual communities, but the New Communications Review outshines the Society for New Communications Research.

Change

I have changed one of my communities to the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR.org).

Sep. 25th, 2006

Websites

The two websites I have chosen for my assignment are New Communications Forum (http://newcommforum.typepad.com/newcomm_forum/blog.html and the New Communications Review (http://newcommblogzine.com). I chose these two communities because they were the most professional and they had the widest variety of ways to communicate. Both include blogs and other forms of communication guided toward mass communications.

Sep. 19th, 2006

Annotated Bibliography

Jacob Sims
Ancheta
ENC 1102
19 September 2006
Annotated Bibliography
Edupodder Weblog: Emerging Technology and Mass Communications 6 December 2005. 13 September 2006 <http://weblog.edupodder.com/2005/12/emerging-technology-mass.html>.
This website is a weblog for a class at San Jose State University. It deals with mass communication and its involvement with technology. The website has blogs in the form of podcasts. I would not recommend this site to anyone. This site is strictly for the students of that particular class. The podcast are of the professors lectures.
New Communications Forum 2005: Blog University 30 September 2006. 13 September 2006 <http://newcommforum.typepad.com/newcomm_forum/blog.html>.
The New Communications Forum is a virtual community for people in the business in public relations, marketing, or advertising to discuss and find new techniques and information in their field. The websites main way of communication is through blogs. The downside of this website is that it has not been updated in a year. I would recommend this site to someone researching public relations, marketing, or advertising in the past few years, but for up to date information I would not recommend this site.
New Communications Review 13 September 2006. 13 September 2006 <http://www.newcommblogzine.com>.
The New Communications Review is a large virtual community for the communications field. This community has many ways of sending its message. The site contains blogs, discussion boards, podcasts, and a variety of ways to search through past entries. This is a good virtual community because professionals come onto the site to discuss using actual facts. This virtual community is regularly updated. I would recommend this community to anyone researching or majoring in the field of mass communications. The site is very informative and well organized.
Ohio University Communications Blog 12 September 2006. 13 September 2006 <http://www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/commblog/>.
The Ohio University Communications Blog contains informative blogs to keep students up to date on the happenings in the world of mass communication. The site offers several blogs on a variety of things happening in mass communications. The site also has podcast and an archived history. I would recommend this virtual community to one studying the field of mass communications. The site presents itself in an easy to read manner.
VCU School of Mass Communications 3 June 2006. 13 September 2006 <http://blog.vcu.edu/masscomm/>.
The VCU School of Mass Communications blog is a blog presented to its own students. The site does have insight into the mass communications field, but it is mostly a site dedicated to the students at VCU. I would not recommend this site as a viable source.

Sep. 13th, 2006

Virtual Community Definition

The definition I found is from Dictionary.com. The websites states that a "virtual community" is a group of people who interact via Internet Web sites, chat rooms, newsgroups, email, discussion boards or forums. I agree with this definition, but I believe that it should include at the end that it is for a common purpose. I believe a community is people who gather for a similar reason.

Sep. 4th, 2006

In class essay

The first thing that comes to my mind when I ponder modern technology is the advancement of the internet. The internet plays a major role in my life and will continue to play that major role way into my future. I cannot predict the future, but I can use information from my past to help understand where I may be.
The internet is how I applied to U.S.F., it is how I paid for U.S.F., and it is how I keep track of my progress at U.S.F. From these instances I know it will only become more of a staple in my life. I will continue to use the internet for websites like my.usf.edu and Oasis. These websites will help me register and manage my courses for my degree.
The internet is not only useful in my academic life; it is a big part in my social life. I communicate, shop and find entertainment using the internet. With such a variety of websites I can spend several hours on the internet.
The internet is not always a good resource. The internet cuts away from a person to person, face to face contact. The internet is causing people to rely on it too heavily and therefore decrease some social skills of individuals. The internet is full of viruses and if one who is dependent on the internet contracts a virus it could be devastating to his life, at that moment.
The internet is a great place for my lifestyle and has made the biggest technological impact on my life.