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Connecting the dots by Jcook


As of right now I have multiple quotes inside of my paper because my paper relied heavily on the opinion of traditional journalist, bloggers, and users on social media. I am actually relieved that we are able to add images because I wanted to add some graphs that shows how our digital age is effecting our social platform. Sometimes it is very hard trying to explain my views of something to another person without that person having prior knowledge.

My goal for this paper is to make it as simple but powerful as I can. Although, I am still researching different view points of my question I think I have already figured out the solution. So now I have to backtrack my thoughts and try to connect the dots so my readers understand my position on my topic. I never thought about it before but I would not mind putting in a few video clips of the conference I speak so much about in my paper. I am thinking that if you guys are able to hear what I heard at those conferences then maybe the light bulb will turn on as it did in my mind. It was a aw ah moment I had during those videos were I knew it was a problem between journalist ethics and social media.

A few weeks ago, I attended a meeting were a CNN editor gave some great advice to people who inspire to work at CNN. She said you should find articles that you enjoy and you should practice writing like the author. Eventually, we will develop our own form of writing and we would become someone else's favorite writer. Every since she told us that I have been trying to model my work like other authors.

In the past, I received my lowest grades on my essay organization. So this time I was  focusing more on that so I can get better. My ultimate goal as a writer is to be the best I can be. I want to look back over my older articles and cringe because I was horrible then I got better and better. So I think I got a large amount of practice this semester. I do not think I wrote this many rough drafts in my life. LOL

Help Me Help Myself by Jcook

AAPL think different

Through my literature review I found out there is a strain on consumers and producers relationship. Many scholars have argued that social media played a gigantic role in the relationship coming to bittersweet end. With all the current shootings and police brutality I witness the hatred consumers harbor for producers. On Twitter, a group of activist advised local citizens to not converse with traditional journalist (Huffington Post, CNN journalist). The activists were warning the locals that the journalist would twist their words and/or leave out important information. I wanted to investigate the truth behind those statements. I wanted to know why consumers rather report the news themselves and spread awareness via social media versus getting it broadcasted on the news circuits. For this research project my question is “Why are consumers not willing to be just consumers anymore and is there anyway to satisfy both the consumers and producers?

Furthering my research I found seminars called Media401 where journalists from all different avenues came together and discuss issues. One issue that stood out was a topic about how to define journalism. Some of the members believed that journalism is transitioning to citizen journalism while others believed that traditional journalism is something that cannot be altered. The reason why journalism has only one definition is because ethical guidelines placed upon real journalist. There is huge difference between activism and journalism. One is going to give consumers’ information just how it was giving to them and another is going to investigate the story and give out what is needed not wanted. Journalists are expected to report a certain way and as consumers we should respect that.

Being that we are all connected on this blog it allows me a chance to get some feedback/ opinions on this topic. I would love it if everyone would tell me his or her answer for my research question. Please give supporting reasoning for your answer. I do not mind if you link your resources because that will give me more sources to connect with the ones I already have. Also, in 2-3 sentences answer, “What changes need to be done in order to restore the original reader/publisher relationship?” Basically, how do we get back to allowing the professionals do their jobs? And how can we stop so many people from feeling like it’s their responsibility to inform the public about problems.

What I want my readers/ peers to get from my research is how to accurately use social media. They should be aware of the ways to get involved with local issues and what to expect from traditional journalist. They should know the correct procedures in citizen journalism because they not the professionals and unlike the professionals they have no ethical guidelines to follow. I want to bring consciousness to how we post, tweet, and share information. Hopefully, as a generation we can restore the consumer/producer relationship we had before the digital age.

Blogging with Jcook Post #8

For the sake of this class and all college  students across the world, I am going to say creativity/originality is the best way to determine claims to copyrights.  Now before anyone attempt to Spartacus kick me let me explain myself. What if you were assigned to work in a group project with some of the worse people you could imagine? No one is willing to pull their part and they leave you to do all the work. You know this is a very important project because judges from different school districts will be grading your work.  You email your professor and express your grievances and y'all both decide it would be best to change your group. However, the only problem is you have been sharing files with your old group so they have some of your materials. You do not think anything of it so you use the same ideas you came up with in your new group. One the day of the convention your old group goes before and they are using all your ideas. You become outraged because now your new group is at jeopardy of failing and potentially because eliminated because your ideas was used by someone else. By now its too late to explain that those were your ideas and they had used them without your permission. Your group presents and gets eliminated. Your professor pulls you to the side and say that you use someone else's idea and made your school look bad so their will be consequences.  Of course, you intend on telling her that those were your original thoughts but because they did not use your exact words who should be punished? In my opinion the old group should be punished! Right now in my English 1102 class we have been assigned to do a annotated bibliography and research paper. One of our requirements is to cite our sources. If we did our entire paper without citing our sources we would receive a ZERO! Is it possible to do your entire paper without citing source? Yes it is. But I am sure no one in my class is a expert at anything because we do not have a college degree so the information we gather is from someone else thoughts. A crazy thing I brought to my professor attention is because our work had to be published on storify is our projects protected? Should a high schooler cite our project if they find it on the web? Or should they be able to pass our hard work as theirs? Should we even care since they are not making any money from it? I started to wonder how would we know if they are getting paid for it? What if they use some of our thoughts for a essay for a scholarship and win? Are we entitled to half of the scholarship? Copyrighting is a touchy subject and no one is ever certain. That is why no two copyrighting court cases are the same. Me personally, I would want my intro, summarization, results, and conclusion protected by copyrights.

Writing Descriptively with Jcook

Jamacia Cook

English 1102

Blog #4


The first thing I thought about as I read this article was grade school children. I was thinking why is it important to teach college student how to right? At this point they should have the concept of writing a decent and readable paper because they have been doing it since first grade but as I analysis my previous thoughts I seen that they were very closed minded. Each and every college student comes from a different learning environment so we should not conclude that every student should know the basic skills of writing. Maguire’s argument has a very valid point. In order to get someone's creative juices flowing it is best to give them a topic and tell them to use all five of their senses to describe the setting.


When I was a senior my AP Literature teacher would required us to think about our favorite place and describe every “concrete noun”. Gradually, our papers became better and more students became comfortable with wanting to read their papers out loud. As a student, I struggled with not being able to write a decent paper because the topic was too broad. All my teachers would say this thesis statement is not clear and you should narrow your topic. I do agree with Maguire’s characterization of student writing because it's exactly what students need to get over that “I cannot write a good paper because this topic is not clear” or “I do not know how to write” phase. In my English 1102 class, my professor Ms. Wharton told us that our in class assignment would be to describe how literacy and technology relates. She did not try to constrain us to a specific topic and because of that our class discussion was very productive. We got the chance to see everybody viewpoint on the topic. Although, they were very different point of views they were similar in a way as the class begun talking.

When Maguire began to characterize students as objects I did not take offense because I do it every time I am trying to explain something. For instance, if I am conversing with my friends about a new song I might say, “ I love how the beat lays on me” or “ that beat is stupid”. It's not like I am trying to offend the writing or the artist it just the only way I know how to explain my emotions. I believe the most valuable thing about Maguire’s article is the brief exchange of ideas with him and another professor. He was able to elaborate on her feelings and prove why his argument is valid. She said, “Ideas are what matter," Bernadette said confidently. "Getting them to define and handle ideas is what's important, not things." Prior to that piece of information this article seemed as if it was bias. He had only found articles that were in his favor not one article counter-argued his theory. The way he wrote this article is similar to the Rosen article. They stated their claim and then had supporting details to back it up. My question to my English 1102 class who disagrees with Maguire’s argument and why?

Defining Literacy with JCook

Defining what literacy is has become a difficult task because a few years ago being literate meant being able to read and write a just enough to get what you need accomplished. According to Ohio Literacy Resource Center, to be considered literate now means being able to read and write on a certain level to solve problems and make decisions in your personal life and your work place. Also, it is important that adults are proficient at math, as well as knowing how to use technology. Just knowing how to read and write is not enough to be considered literate.

I want to touch on the topic of “knowing how to use technology” because I know from personal experiences that every person with a smartphone do not know how to properly work them. In Ivan B article The U.S.A. Loves Smartphones, but only if they’re Expensive he wrote, “nearly 60% of Americans Adults own a smartphone.” This article help prove my theory about Americans having smartphone because its popular and/or expensive not because they are essential to their business life. In the past smartphones were used by corporate Americans who wanted to be able to take their “office” on the go with them. Now statistic shows that 41.6% of smartphone users over the age of 13 owned an iPhone, making it the most popular smartphone in the country. (Ivan, p.1)

Reading this article made me wonder, “if knowing how to use technology is essential to being literate how come 11 million adults in the US have limited literacy when over 60% of American Adults own a smartphone?” Then I started to think about my grandmother who recently got an iPhone 6 Plus and called me over to set up her phone. SET UP HER PHONE! Wow! So I asked my grandmother, “Why did you get this phone?” Her answer was because she wanted to be able to get on Facebook and connect her Candy Crush with her Facebook friends. Here I am thinking why is she paying for all this data but she does not know how to work her phone or compose an email. If we compare my grandmother to the new definition of literacy she would be classified as someone with limited literacy because she do not know how to use technology. That is why we have 11 million adults in the US with limited literacy. They are not taking their time to figure out the use new technology but they are buying it because everyone else has it. So technically, everyone is illiterate in one way or another. The computer geek could possibly be illiterate because without his computer he does not know how to read aloud. He might find himself stuttering or mispronouncing words because his computer has always highlighted words that were used in the wrong tense.

Instead of downloading Candy Crush and other fun games we should download sentence structure games or math solver games. If you asked me I think that technology hinder us to a certain extent. When we go to compose a sentence we have auto-correction and auto spell check. So nobody is really being great scholars and memorizing textual rule of thumbs. Americans have a different mentality then the rest of the world that is why we are so low on the literacy proficiency list. So my question to the class is, “How literate are you? Could a full time college student be considered illiterate because he/she rather stick to the basic literate skill instead of being technology savvy or vice versa?”