Archive for April, 2010

Blog 9

 

Welcome to the last blog!! 🙂

I wrote about blogging, and my feelings about blogging in a previous blog, so I will spare repeating myself.  For the last entry I am going to focus on my Section Three, and the Great Firewall of China (as I have been promising you in previous blogs!)  So far, this is the important stuff I have learned concerning my topic:  Apparently the “Great Firewall of China” is not something new, China has been cracking down on censoring the Internet for at least a decade.  Internet freedom is therefore in control of the government, and as an article in the Wall Street Journal explains (from Landow) “China is determined to do what conventional wisdom suggests is impossible: Join the information age while restricting access to information.” The Chinese people have been subjected to the government’s control in other ways as well.  Cameras have been placed in places such as cafes to monitor web users, and to keep “an eye” on what the users are doing on the internet.  If an internet user reaches a site that is censored, they either receive a message telling them the page is not accessible, they receive a blank screen, or are redirected elsewhere (to another site). 

Through the filtering of technology, search engines such as google, sites such as myspace and facebook, are disabled and restricted from the Chinese people.  Furthermore, the “Great Firewall of China” basically consists of a list of tabooed words and phrases embedded into users laptops and cell phones.  If these forbidden words or phrases are caught in the filtering, many times the internet search, email, or conversation never reaches the intended destination.  This, as you can imagine, arouses many issues on government censorship, and raises many concerns about government control.  This concludes my segment on the “Great Firewall of China”, for more info see Section Three of my website.

Due to the fact that this is my last blog for this class, I would like to mention that I feel I have gained a lot of new knowledge throughout the journey of writing for the web.   Thank you again for everyone’s comments, insights, and encouragement.  It has been fun learning a new medium in which to write, I look forward to seeing everyone’s websites at the end of the semester!

Well, that’s all for this semester 🙂

Jill

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Blog 8

 

I am planning on uploading sound today, and then Section Two will pretty much be complete.  I am thankful I was able to collaborate two of my classes.  I have created a mini version of a Shakespeare dictionary, with pages that a reader can “flip” through.  Then I created a neat hypertext activity that allows readers to interact with some of Shakespeare’s famous quotes from the plays I have read this semester. I chose very specific behaviors to enhance the meaning of the quotes and to engage readers.  Some of the quotes disappear, some of the line grow (as if they were “shouting”, like the effect in my Box poem), and some of the lines have other attributes such as color and shake movements.

My Shakespeare class and this Writing for the Web class seem like such opposite extremes (considering the “technologies” used in both ages). .  . however, what amazes me through the journey of reading Shakespeare, and creating a website (all in one semester), is how a work from a very different century can withstand the test of time, adapt, and be relevant in the next time period.  Little did Shakespeare know his works were going to be accessible through the internet!  As Landow has emphasized in many of the readings, the foundation of technology has always been present, but we are constantly adapting and changing, growing and expanding.

Lastly, in the next blog I will be focusing on the Great Firewall of China.  All I basically know at this point is that the Chinese government has an alarming amount of control over the Chinese people.  Perhaps this will be the “persuasive” part of my essay. . .I will focus on this concept of “control”.  I do know that sites such as google, facebook, and myspace are blocked, and this disturbs me on so many levels.

Blog 7

 

I got behind on my blogs this semester, I know we talked about this in class, and I (as with many of the other students) feel that not having a weekly “deadline” was one of the reasons for my inconsistency.  I kept telling myself I would write at “some point” during the week, but this “telling” never led to my “doing”, and I kept getting further and further behind.  I also don’t felt like writing about my random ideas/progression on my website is all that important to everyone, and this was another reason I didn’t write in as much as I should have.  I like having a specific idea to explore, although I suppose I could have chosen my own “specific” idea on a weekly basis (I am not blaming anyone but myself, I just wanted to present some reasons for my inconsistencies) . . . anyway, the point of all this is that I will be writing in quite a lot this week, and I hope all I present will have some depth to it 🙂

Well, I am completely ecstatic about my Section Two.  It is almost complete and ready to upload for the world to see.  I received awesome feedback on my “Box” poem (thank you guys!). . . but wait until you see my Shakespeare project I have incorporated, sooo much better!  I feel as if I am at a point in the semester where I have really applied almost all of my knowledge (in creating a website) into Section Two (once the Shakespeare part is uploaded).  Through it all, I will probably keep the “Box” poem, since all of you gave insightful and encouraging feedback. 

I think one of the best things about this Writing for the Web course was everyone’s uniqueness!  Everyone’s ideas were so different, and I loved not having restraints on the overall web designing and material choice of this course.  It has been a privilege to basically have free reign all semester, and this “free reign” has taught me a lot.  For example, checking out other student’s websites (ahem, Wilbert) gave me so many new ideas.  I was able to think “hey, if they created that, maybe I could create this”, and I think in this aspect, we all have encouraged one another to grow.  This leads to my anticipation for Section Three!  Since we are able to use CSS, Section Three will be easier to create in terms of design, but the intensity of our argument is going to be were the bulk of our creativity lies.  In one of the next blogs I will be discussing my topic for Section Three more in depth.  Furthermore, now that I have a topic and my sources, I need to choose a point of persuasion. 

That’s all for now, more to come soon!