Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Wikipedia Assignment

Some of the definitions I found from Wikipedia, so my group decided we are going to link a few words like "marketing" and "blog" to other wikipedia pages, but still have our own definition too.

Present: Definitions for Blog, Flog and Parody Blog


1. “A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and web links.”


2. “A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a ‘blogger’.”


1. A fake blog.

2. “A fake blog (sometimes shortened to flog or referred to as a flack blog) is a marketing tool designed by a professional advertisement company to promote a product in a fashion one might find on a fan site or in regular blog entries.”


- (this Wikipedia definition to “fake blog” is good. We should put a link to it.)

3.  Can also mean, “to beat or strike with a rod or whip; to whip; to lash; to chastise with repeated blows.”  [1913 Webster]

Parody Blog:

1. A genre of fake blogs. Written ostensibly by a celebrity or other noteworthy individuals but is in fact a parody of him or her. www.

2. “A satirical blog where the public is mostly aware that it is fake.

Examples: “Osama’s Bin Bloggin”

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Code of Standards in PR


Honestly I don't believe we can have real "humaneness" in a capitalist society that leaves so much up to the free market. The free market is where NAFTA and WTO come from, which have caused really horrible effects of Globalization. Globalization is really complex but I guarantee that the free market is causing a lot of the really bad parts of globalization.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Do one to others...

In class last week we talked about how different religious texts and philosophers have the golden rule, whether its "Do one to others..." the point is that you should treat other people the way you would want to be treated. We talked about how relative and subjective that saying is. The way you want to be treated may not be the way someone else wants to be treated due to culture etc.

I liked Kant's version of this saying the best. He said that you should ask yourself "Would I want everyone else doing this?"
I think it is empowering on an individual level because I immediately thought about boycotts.
I don't drink Coca Cola products because it is an evil company who is responsible for numerous human rights violations in Latin America and India. I boycott Coca Cola and people think I'm silly because 1 person can't change anything. If these people who think I'm dumb for boycotting coca cola looked at the world through Kant's version of this quote, they would have to boycott coca cola because if everybody boycotted Coca Cola, they would be out of business or would have to address their human rights violations.
So, thank you Kant.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Groups we identify ourselves in

In class this week we had to create a list of groups we belonged to and get with a partner to discuss what we have in common and more importantly, what we don't have in common.

My list looked like this:

Woman, Chilean, American, sister, daughter, activist, friend, leader, student, generation Y.

My partner and I checked all the things we had in common (even if we hadn't originally written them down.) Then we discussed our differences.

One of the first things we did not have in common is that she is Catholic and I'm agnostic.
Two things really hit me because of this conversation. First, I hadn't written down "agnostic" on my list because it's not a religion, I am not a devout follower of "agnosticism", but it was natural for her to write down "Catholic".
Secondly, she did not know what "agnostic" was. She hadn't even heard the word, which really reminded me how closed off people are. We only hang out with people who think like us quite often.
My friends all know what agnosticism is, I had never before had to explain the basic definition to somebody, while she had never had a conversation where agnosticism had been brought up.
Human interaction is so weird and interesting.

After our conversation I realized there were a lot of things that we would have not had in common but I did not put down, like that I'm a vegetarian, and a Spanish-speaker (I just assumed that because I wrote down I was Chilean it would be understood that I speak spanish, but it wasn't.)
Being a vegetarian is something I'm don't often think about unless I'm eating with my family or at a restaurant with no veggie options.

I'm a lot of things that I'm not constantly aware of.