A Web search and 100 friends later. Friday, Mar 6 2009 

A community is a group of interacting organisms sharing an environment.   Does the Internet count as an environment?

Yes, online communities do exist and they are becoming more popular. 

It seems to be much easier to belong to an online community when you aren’t being judged by the way you look.  But instead you are being judged by what you say, how fast you become popular, and how much time you put into this online community. 

People connect, join a community, communicate and get to know each other better over time.  Just like in the real world, communication and time creates great friends which in the end form a community. 

Cliff Figallo, author of Hosting Web Communities, has decribed online communities as “feeling part of a larger social whole,” “an exchange . . . of commonly valued things,” and a “web of relationships.”   

This is the same with “real life” communities too.  Online communities are real, but most of the time these people never meet in real life.  It is an easier way to make friends and bond through one common interest may it be a shopaholic community, Twilight fanatics or hunters.  

Online communities can form groups and a Web site strictly for one common interest.  Meeting people in person at school or work makes it difficult to find a common interest that is as obvious as it is in the online world.  It takes time to get to know someone to find what you have in common.  In the online community, all it takes is a Web search.


Internet connection lost. What to do now? Friday, Feb 27 2009 

During a break between classes, I can usually be found checking my email, checking my bank account and goofing off on Facebook.  I check the clock about 3 hours later and realize I had just missed my class because I lost time doing nothing but chatting it up with friends. 

What a waste of time.

Losing internet in America would be losing American’s favorite hobby to pass the time.  It would be losing a great information source that everyone relies on.  It would be losing a bit of our entertainment with Web sites like YouTube or fmylife to make us laugh.  America would lose one of it’s favorite past times. 

Most people go crazy after not having internet for a weekend. When they notice they have an internet addiction they try to cut themselves off for a little while to break the habit.  That is how bad American’s need the internet.  The Internet has taken over the lives of many American’s.   Instead of Alcohol Anonymous meetings people will be attending Internet Anonymous meetings to help with their addiction. 

Maybe people should start trying to do other things to pass the time than to waste 3 hours on Facebook chatting it up.  There are many other, more productive, things American’s can do to pass the time that will actually have a better impact on their lives.  There is cooking, going for walks, reading a book, interacting with people in person, learning a different language, etc. 

American’s have lived without the internet up until 1990 and guess what? Those people survived without it and still got their news.  They still had friends.  They were still connected with the world.

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em Monday, Feb 23 2009 

The cool thing use to be Converse and a Jansport backpack.  Now it is all about your social networking site and how many friends you have. 

The most popular social networking sites seem to be MySpace and Facebook.  The convenience of communication seems to keep these sites popular.   The problem with the constant networking is the ability to become isolated from face to face contact and using communication through these sites.  Some people feel like these social networking sites keep them more connected with others.    

More people are becoming more interested in thier profiles, how many friends they have and how many groups they can join.  This has become difficult for online journalism because people are forming their own culture and have found easier ways to communicate to get the information they need. 

Fighting this social networking “phase” is like trying to stand in a hurricane and surivive . . . impossible.  It is about time journalists and newspapers start joining in on this cool new thing to do called social networking. 

Getting online, making a group and adding friends will add journalists to the survivor list.  Being included in the individualistic culture and making a niche for the newspapers will include media in the circle of friends.  If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

Technology updates deliver faster news Friday, Feb 13 2009 

Being in the right place at the right time no longer holds as high as importance as it did.  Being online on the right blog at the right time has become the most efficient way to delivering the news.  

Blog sites are becoming easier to use with new sites and technology to help bloggers update their pages as soon as they find breaking news.  Journalists are starting to realize that bloggers are finding news before them and they are now competing with the blog readers, according to Paul Bradshaw’s blog.  

Technology has helped develop our society into more public and online driven people.  Our world is no longer about reading the front page of a newspaper anymore.  It is about reading the latest blog to get the scoop on breaking news.  

Some journalists feel like their work is being affected by bloggers, according to another Paul Bradshaw blog. The new technology of blogging has helped journalists deliver the news at a faster pace using the blogging as a source.  It has also made a competition start between journalists and bloggers with who can deliver the news faster.

Technology with online journalism has changed the way our society is involved in with delivering the news.

How to . . . Thursday, Nov 13 2008 

Blog #11


How to be daddy’s little girl


Big brown puppy-dog eyes, the pouty lip and studders of “b-b-b-but daddy” are an easy way to get to daddy’s heart.  No dad can turn down that sweet innocent look.  It works every time. 


Since I was little, I learned how to become my dad’s sidekick.  He was always there for my protection against boys, siblings and of course I never got in trouble.  The rules are simple:.

1)      Tell him he is right, even when he is wrong. 

2)      Tell him he is the best dad, even though he is your only dad.    

3)      Always say thank you when he helps with homework. 

4)      Ask him to teach you how to change a tire. 

5)      Give him hugs just because. 

6)      Show him that you will always be sweet and innocent.    


Even as an adult, the rules don’t change.


Walking home from school, I dial dad’s number.  He answers as he reads the caller ID which I had changed to “my favorite.”  A general introduction of how are you is exchanged and his next words are “what do you want?”  I innocently reply with “nothing daddy, I just wanted to call and say how much I miss you.”



How to ghost ride the whip


Cars driving on their own has been a common image strolling through the Central Valley. 


The Bay Area hyphy movement has spread throughout California and has left its mark.  It has become the newest trend of coolness. 


1)      Put the car in drive or idle.

2)      The driver and passenger must exit the vehicle.

3)      The driver and passengers dance beside the car or on the hood or the roof. 

4)      Blast E-40’s song “Tell me when to go.”


  Driving up and down the hills of San Francisco makes the stomach nauseous.  Dodging in and out of traffic to race time places oneself in the video game Frogger.  Then time slows down as a low rider Cadillac is being driven by a ghost with a man dancing along side shaking his dreads singing “tell me when to go.”  I just witnessed a ghost riding the whip.     





Who is the new president? When did this happen? Friday, Nov 7 2008 

Beat #10


            Standing next to a devil, Raggedy Ann and autumn, I watch as three Sarah Palin’s walk pass the long line at Normal Street Bar within 10 minutes.  Combinations of hearing the devil yell “go McCain and Palin” and autumn booing the college students dressed as Palin, made the environment a little tense.  A fight was about to break out and I was surprised because I didn’t think college students cared so much about politics.        

            My entire life, I have never understood politics and I didn’t care to understand them.  This year was completely different.  I found myself reading the paper and watching the news to get new updates about the presidential candidates McCain and Obama.  This election was so important to our country not only because we were electing a new president but all the history that was made in the process. 

            History was made Nov. 4, 2008 and I watched it happen.  Barack Obama was announced as the first African-American to be elected as president of the United States, according to US News and World Report.  Joe Biden was elected as the first Roman Catholic to become vice president.  An estimated 136.6 million Americans voted this year which is the most votes since 1908.  Certain states received a higher turnout for African-American and Hispanic voters.  Obama raised more money in his campaign than any other presidential candidate.  History was made.      

            I remember watching the rat race on TV as the news stations would total up the electoral votes after every state.  There were times I would get really nervous and there were times I was sure Obama was going to win.  I remember when he was announced as the new president. I screamed and yelled to my room mate saying “Obama won.”  We shared our excitement by dancing around the house. 

            We watched the speeches by McCain and Obama and both brought tears to our eyes.  It was nice to see the country coming together with hope in their eyes for change and a new beginning.    

Story time Thursday, Sep 11 2008 

 Blog #2


            Anxiously pressing the redial button time after time with no answer had left a Chico State student worried about her father, who was a pilot.  After the fourth time with no response she had no choice but to wait for a returned call knowing of his safety after the attack on U.S. soil. 

            Shawna Rubottom, senior, remembers waking up the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 as if it was another typical day of her freshmen year in high school.  As she was getting ready she received an unexpected phone call from her mother asking “have you looked at the news lately?”

            As her sister turned on the TV, she soon realized that an airplane had struck the twin towers.  Her first thought was to call her father who was flying to the East Coast that day.  After about an hour wait, she received a call from him letting her know of his safety.  He was stuck in Chicago because all the flights were cancelled. 

            “I was scared my dad was flying one of those planes,” she said. 




There was nothing but dead silence in the vehicle as the passengers sit on the edge of their seats attentively listening to the radio.  The Chico State student was speechless as he listened to a report from the Pentagon as the third plane shook the walls and the reporter said “it felt like a bomb.” 

            “It was the most quiet I have ever been in my life,” said Rusty Steel, 5th year student. 

            He remembers being mad as he woke up 20 minutes before his alarm was to go off, because his mom was shouting on the phone with his father.  He got up to figure out what the ruckus was all about and saw the attack on the twin towers on the TV.  All these questions overflowed in his head trying to make sense of what was happening. 

            “Who did this?” he asked himself. “How are we going to figure out who did this?” 

            With questions unanswered, he continued to get ready for school and went to class.  Class went on as normal and only small talk of the attack went on between lessons.  Steele asked to watch the news to answer his questions that have been lingering around and a math professor refused. 




Babysitting a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old is typically a difficult task when you have to entertain them with repeats of the same cartoon movie but this day was more difficult when non-stop questions were asked about the panicked adults and planes crashing into buildings.  After fighting her urge of watching the news, Chico State student Erica Spangler answered the questions with “everything is OK and your mom will tell you more when she gets home.” 

            But the truth was that she was “baffled” and couldn’t believe the attacks that had happened earlier that day on the twin towers.  She felt like it was unreal. 

            “It was like watching a TV show,” she said. 

            It didn’t hit her until later that week when she went to the football field for a candlelight visual for the victims and family members that were injured or killed in the attack.  It felt surreal to her. 


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