a review of the class TEDtalks
April 23, 2011

Other the past few weeks our Communications Ethics class has heard a variety of student’s TED talks.  I really enjoyed how diverse the talks were- students discussed everything from polar bears to school politics.

A few of the talks were on similar subjects such as orphans, dogs, and behavioral changes do to the internet.

Alex’s talk on internet meme’s was particularly interesting I like how he used a very personal tone.  SPeaking of personal tones, Kaliope’s talk was AWESOME!  Although she didn’t rehearse her talk it came out great!! She was very personable and had a great topic.

Those were just a few highlights of the talented TED talks at SJU…

Ginger talk
April 3, 2011

For my TEDGINGERtalk, I will explain how the rise of social media had changed the way we read and react to the news.

    

Trending now: Brigid Slattery gives a talk about the revolution social media has led to in the “news” industry.  Listen as Brigid explains how this wide-spread uncontrolled forum has changed the way we hear about the news.   The rise of consumer-driven content has gotten rid of the gate keepers; letting you decide what is “newsworthy”.

ginger is exploring global ethics….
January 30, 2011

Although it is not the most reliable source, Wikipedia reports “global ethics” in the words of Dr. Hans Küng as…

“an interfaith declaration, which draws on many of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions, the declaration identifies four essential affirmations as shared principles essential to a global ethic.

  1. Commitment to a culture of non-violence and respect for life
  2. Commitment to a culture of solidarity and a just economic order
  3. Commitment to a culture of tolerance and a life of truthfulness
  4. Commitment to a culture of equal rights and partnership between men and women

This Declaration established a common ground for people of faith to agree and to cooperate for the good of all.”

 

Gordon Brown discussed the idea of how we can use social media to address certain global ethics.  Brown brought up the notion that we can use the widely available communication platforms to help the world during crisis in real-time.  This was evident in the Haiti incident, when the earthquake hit Haiti earlier this year the various forms of instant communication were more evident than ever.   Concerned citizens were urged to text in to donate money to relief efforts in Haiti.

 

I know that we could use these forms of instant communication to better the world.  This interconnected-ness gives way to an extreme form of globalization and we can use this to leverage our resources to help the greater good.

TEDxcomm class
December 10, 2010

The talks that were given in class these past few weeks have been very moving!

I found it cool that almost all of the talks referenced social media, it’s such a huge part of our life now!  I like that each person approached it in a different way.

Like Dave who tied it to companies using social media for marketing purposes. I found this very true and have noticed this myself, as a marketing major, I hate when I see a commercial and at the end it mentions where to find them on facebook/twitter.  I know it’s a popular form of media right now… but sometimes it doesn’t fit the brand.

Steve’s TED talk was so cute! I love the pictures and how he used a “love story” to show how the way we communicate has drastically changed.

Danielle’s talk about people’s facebook statuses was really funny!! I really enjoyed that one!  It’s so true! We don’t realize that what’s on the internet is PERMANENT and people who don’t really know us perceive us in terms of what they see on facebook.  For example, when I went to school I had all of these crazy statuses and pictures of me partying…and when I returned home someone at the restaurant I work in said something to me along the lines of “college has made you a party girl”…and it really made me think about what I do online.  Also, I am “friends” with a lot of my bosses and co-workers so I have stopped using inappropriate language and putting up immature pictures….or maybe I just grew up a little bit…haha

All in all it has been so amazing to hear everyone’s different views on different topics in the communications field.  Good job everyone!

 

presenTED
November 22, 2010

How Modern Technology has Affected the Language of ROMANCE

“Damn that ginger is so short and sexy“:

Student, Brigid Slattery explores the ways people use modern technology to reach their loved ones.  She explores how couples utilize facebook (through statuses, pictures, and wall comments), ichat, texting, etc to stay connected.

I made the following slide show presentation it’s a little long but let me know what you think!