Friday, December 13, 2013

Reading to Kindergartners

On Thursday I went to my mom's class to visit her and meet her class for the first time. They were a rambunctious group, but that's okay. I walked them back from lunch with my mom and volunteered to read them a book, something I enjoy doing with my mom's class.

Initially I was going to pick, but then my mom remembered that the Star of the week needed her book read. So I was shown the book, a small Lion King book that could fit in the palm of my hand. I began reading. I had them on the edge of their seat, with a story most of them knew my heart! It was so neat to see how engaged they were with a story they had probably heard a hundred times, but it was like they were hearing it for the first time.

They would predict what was going to happen next, ask questions, and were over all very interested in the plot line. After being in Writing for the Digital age, it was neat to see how much these kids still enjoyed reading, like the project about the kids interviews that we saw. They loved hearing the story. My mom said that they could probably be read to all day and be content with just that.

On Graduating...

Tomorrow is the end and a beginning for me. I have been talking about it all semester and it is finally here, graduation day. The light has finally appeared and I am not sure how I feel about it. I am excited to graduate, but now what? I have always had a plan, until now. I just know I am going to apply for jobs, but where will I work? Until now I knew what I was going to be doing from day to day. Now it is a lot of unknown. I have come to embrace that it is okay to not know. It can be intimidating at times, but you learn to go with it.

I have also learned that there are a lot of people out there that care a lot for me. They ask me how I am doing, offer to send my resume to company x, y, z and so on. They reassure me that something great will come along. I know they are right. I think that for now I am just going to enjoy being a graduate and a little R&R from all the homework, late nights of studying, pulling my hair out because it only took 3 hours to grasp a concept, and I am going to just enjoy a little but of life. I have a lot of living left to do, something I discussed with a friend a week ago, no sense in worrying that time away.

So here is to a new chapter. An unplanned chapter, but one that is in a good brainstorming session.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Always On

Social media is always on. It is open for business, good or bad, 24/7. It does not have an off switch. This is something as a PR major that we explore constantly. How to manage the "always on" media of today's world. This is especially difficult because there is no equation to tell you that you have successfully dreamed up an amazing social media plan. It is all trial and error. A plan that you think is fantastic may fail miserably, while a plan that you think is not the best works with flying colors.

As a PR specialist, it is our job to always be aware of what is going on. From current news to pop news, we always have to be at the ready. I could honestly never give up my Facebook or Twitter account in fear that I would miss something big. It is not that I have to be posting constantly, rather that I need to be in the "know." This is "always on" media at its finest.

Always on means that you want to be the first to break or react to the news. This is both good and bad. It is tough to have all the facts that quick, but you are expected to know everything you can, as soon as you can.

What is Freedom?

On the banks if the Ohio River there is something very special. A symbol to many of the past and how far we have come. The Freedom Center is an embodiment of resurrection from a past that is unspeakable. Yet we are living in a present that still has many aspects of that past still living in our neighborhoods.

The Freedom Center is a symbol of how everyone should be free. Free to choose where they want to live. Free to live the life they pursue. Free to not be kicked out of their homes. Free to the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Where is the happiness in OTR? In the boutique shops that are owned by those who are apart of gentrification or how about in Washington Park where the voice of the people was not heard. 

Freedom is a complicated thing. With freedom comes great responsibility. We have the choice, with freedom, to live our lives as we please. That is what we are told at least. Freedom is something we are told to cherish and cling to. What about those without freedom? What do they have to cling to? What do the residents of Over the Rhine have to cling to when their neighborhood is being taken over?

Many Over the Rhine Residents are deprived of these freedoms. With such an iconic center in Cincinnati that embodies these ideals why are the residents of the neighborhood deprived of these basic freedoms? Freedom should include the choice of where you want to live, not someone taking over your home. Freedom is having some say in the development of your neighborhood. Not being pushed aside and ignored.

In a country founded on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, where are these rights for the resident’s of Over the Rhine? Doesn’t everyone deserve these parts of freedom as well? A home. Food. Adequate space. Where is that? Where is their freedom? Their freedom is lost in translation of a “new” neighborhood that is victim of gentrification. Or succumbing to 3CDC and a gauntlet of boutique shops. Over the Rhine served as a haven, now it is slowly becoming anything but. So what is freedom?

How Fast Will it Go?

I have been working on a project for another class creating a social media plan. The company I chose to look at was terrible at managing their social media. The Facebook page was made up of their material with negative comments flourishing and unanswered at that. Many would sit unanswered and fester with customers.

It was amazing to see more and more people band up against this business negatively in such a short amount of time. It was the same story over and over again, but from different people. The company chose to address each comment directly which is good, but it seems that they should be posting an apology at this point with how much negative feedback that is occurring.

I believe that this most interesting bit from this all is how fast people can rise an issue over social media, whether it be a social issue or just the matter of getting their order fulfilled from a company.

Not so permanent writing...

Writing can offer many of us an escape from the everyday. However, most of what we post on the internet, including this blog, are here forever. They will forever be accessible and saved somewhere on some server. What if that was not the case. What if there was a space where you could write to get things off of tour chest, but they disappeared as you wrote them? Well there is such a place.

Today we were shown,, a site that allows you to type and it all disappears into nothing. It is not saved or can be seen by others. This is a place to let out everything and see it all dissipate into thin air. All your worries melt away.

I think that this space is really neat. It is like a diary that your siblings could never read. A place that you can just let it out without judgement. Writing should be freeing, just like this site allows you to be.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Live Tweeting for a Class

I love Tweeting so I loved Marc's idea of spending a class Tweeting. I think that this would help perfect the skill for the class as well. We could implement a hashtag that we would like to use and go from there. It would be neat to do a scavenger hunt with that. It would be an opportunity to learn more about NKU as well.

Tweeting is a good opportunity to learn how to get a snip of information out in a small amount of space. It also is a good way to remind yourself of what you have done like Dr. Alberti noted. I think that Twitter is the food for those who want their information simple, not a shoot the bull kind of manner.

I also like how Marc would like for us to discuss the drawback of the digital age. What he did himself on texting and driving earlier this semester was very interesting and opened the eyes of many of us in the class. I think that this would also be an area to explore with the class.