Remix alert!

This post immediately caught my attention as i connected it to the TV series that i have seen in the past The Vampire Diaries. One of the main characters, Elena has a ‘doppelganger’, Catherine. Each looking identical and sharing a lot of the same qualities, it adds another layer the the plot of the story, as Catherine is an immortal vampire and Elena is a human who fell in love with Catherine’s past lover, Stefan (who, no surprise, is also a vampire).

Anyways, it caught my attention because as i am assuming this grown man doesnt spend his days watching an intense love story between a human teenage girl and immortal handsome vampire, he opened up the idea as a writing prompt. He’s applying it to something we can add to, in our own words.



CIP 5: Sullivan and Heilker

Illustrate: Heilker brings up a valid argument when saying that there is an influence of genres on the way of being, more than just categories that we use to differentiate between the parts of our lives on a daily basis. Sullivan introduces the idea that blogging is a new technology, replacing the print newspapers, and allowing for an expansion on the ideas we so often have, more freely.

Authorize: Both Heilker and Sullivan have experience to back up both ideas that they claim to have in their essays, Heilker’s being that he has had experience within different things in his life that have shaped him to be who he is today, and Sullivan, being the blogger he is coming from journalistic writing, has that credibility to his advantage when explaining how blogging is a new form of writing. Each bring up interesting points on their topic, as well as use information to elaborate and inform the reader on where it came from and where its going.

Borrow: When Heilker brings up framing, he could easily be describing how Sullivan frames his work when he talks about how blogging is the new form of journalism. He (Sullivan) makes a point of organizing his essay in a way that constantly keeps the reader thinking about how this is all applied to our every day life.

Extend: I feel as though Sullivan could have gone more in depth about what he meant when he stated that, “Words, of all sorts, have never seemed so now.” because in a way it is vague, and could have been extended into a more satisfying and full thought. He touched on this multiple times in his essay, and it left me wondering whether or not words have not always been ‘now’. Heilker could have tried to gain more experience to establish his credibility, seeing as how i feel like he was knit picking from the works of other people and adding his own experiences in his way.

Counter: Although blogging and journalism could be subcategories to a bigger category, they do relate in a way. It could be that they have been based off of each other and that’s where Heilker gets his idea that the world is a direct influence of genres and many items can go back and forth from different categories with similar interests.

  1. How much credibility can we allow Heilker, when Sullivan exceeds him greatly in terms of having more experience?
  2. Could there be a common ground when speaking about genres, as well as blogging and the amount we have learned from both authors?
  3. Does blogging impact how we interact as a society?

Malcolm Gladwell, author of one of my personal favorite business novels, spoke at TED discussing the remix on spaghetti sauce and how it changed the way we look at every day things. We decide to see things in a new way once it is introduced to us. We as a society do not know what we want until we are told, as he will explain in the video.


Issue: Recently, my attention was reeled in by an individual on tumblr. whose relationship has overcome a large amount of discrimination against her sexuality and even more about the fact that it is a long distance relationship. The fact that she must go through a long distance relationship, in itself is an accomplishment seeing as how it has been fairly successful from what I can see in her posts, but to add the aspect of discrimination against her sexuality (she is a lesbian woman), on top of the hardships of her not being able to see her girlfriend on a regular basis, makes it all the more difficult. The question I have come to from this, is, are we really as accepting as we tell others to be? Why is it such a big deal that a woman has an intimate relationship with another woman. Or man with man.

Over the past few months, I have noticed an incline in her posts about her girlfriend as well as the negative comments they receive. A user by the name of railroadsoftware has replied to her posts with crude opinions of her relationship, such as “I wish you didn’t think being gay was okay.” and, “you should be ashamed”. I personally don’t agree with the users comments. He very well could have just scrolled past the post, unfollowed the user and moved on with his day, but the fact that he chose to be negative about it and quite possibly upset the poor girl, just baffles me. What kind of world do we live in where we tell our youth to “accept everyone”, yet go in a whole other direction and corrupt them with absurd stereotypes and hateful comments so easily slurred without any remorse or concern about who it effects and how it may do so. There have been hate crimes against gay people, as well as people of different race, etc. and for what? What does it do? All it does is make the world a darker place for the families that have to go through that remorse. I applaud this individual for not letting railroadsoftware dictate who she can love. She replies in the most dignified ways each time he or anyone else attacks her with hateful opinions. To the comment, “You should be ashamed”, she replied, “Who are you to tell me who I can and cannot love. What if it was myself who was bashing you for loving a woman, (assuming you have a significant other)? I am proud to love Fran, and will love her until the day I die. Love has no guidelines. Get a life.”

There was an exchange of comments back and forth, others defending her, as well as a few other users who took the opposing side.

In the end, I don’t agree with the fact that there was such a heated discussion against the lifestyle she chooses to lead. Has society really come to the barbaric banter about sexuality? It has nothing to do with their individual lives, nor does the way the choose to live theirs have anything to do with hers.

To go back to my original question, “Are we really as accepting as we tell others to be?”, I could go on and on about it in many ways, but I believe that society is very hypocritical in one way or another especially on social media where you can hide behind an anonymous comment, where you have no reality of confrontation.

IOS Observ.

There were many things I found interesting about this topic, although the three that stood out to me was the majority of the user make up are people who are very outspoken and have a lot to say about the stuff they are passionate about (or strongly against) to the point where they post about mainly that.

The second of my inquiries was that the users are most active in the  late hours when you would think people would be in a deep sleep.. Nope. They thrive in their activities (blogging) for hours on end and it is well known. I have seen posts that address this with comments such as, “Tumblr is life.” and, “Who needs sleep when you have tumblr.?”. Quite humorous, and very accurate.

My final observation that I found the most interesting is that Tumblr. has no restrictions. You can post anything your heart desires, with the chances that there will be large amounts of users that feel the same way, as there are millions, most possibly, billions of Tumblr. accounts.