Summarizing and Responding to the arguments in the text–First Online Post

This week’s work will require you to respond (or post) as well as comment on the readings.  Here’s the details:

Reading: Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations
•Chapter 1 “It Takes A Village to Find a Phone”
•Chapter 2 “Sharing Anchors Community”
•Chapter 3 “Everyone is a Media Outlet”
Responding online
•Overall argument of the text so far…
•Brief chapter summaries (topic & thesis)…
•Reaction (agree, disagree, uncertain)…
Responding to each other (Commenting)
•Choose someone’s post to “comment” on (start a conversation).  Acknowledge or summarize what the writer (or poster) has said, and then assert your own opinion, reaction, or response.
Here are the steps to become an author, post, and comment on the course site:
  • Receive emailed invitation to your USERNAME
  • Press “accept invitation”
  • Add a “new post” to the course home page:
  • “Leave a Reply”. To comment, you will click on a blog post and then press “comment” to reply to the post

You can see the comment tab below this post “Leave a Reply”.


One thought on “Summarizing and Responding to the arguments in the text–First Online Post

  1. Z E K E U G O H

    C H . 1

    In “It Takes a Village To Find A Phone”, the first chapter of Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky, Ivanna, loses her phone after having rode a New York City taxi cab. The phone is retrieved by a young teenager girl, Sasha. Ivanna and her friend Evan were able to see who the finder of the phone was by the pictures that Sasha was taking on the phone—they were uploaded to the new replacement phone that Ivanna had bought after losing the previous one. They then tried to reach out to the young Sasha, but instead of doing the right thing and returning the phone to the owner, she refused and threatened to assault Evan and Ivanna. Evan was determined to get the phone back for his dear friend, so he then threatened to try and expose Sasha to the internet. Sasha didn’t care.
    Evan started a blog about the incident titled, “StolenSidekick” that blew up with over a million hits worldwide. He had the thousands of readers’ support. After getting all the help from followers online, and even the NYPD, the finally got arrested and the phone was back to the rightful owner.
    I found the very first chapter of Here Comes Everybody very interesting. The story reeled me in and kept me drawn. I thought it was unfortunate that Ivanna lost her phone on the cab. I don’t see how Sasha could’ve been so idiotic. They obviously exactly who she was and having seen her picture and having her email when they kindly reached out to her. Did she really think she was going to get away with theft, when the victims had her information?! If I were her, I would have felt like, “Damn, the jig is up!” and would’ve had no other plan than to return. Being a young and dumb teenager, she probably didn’t realize the consequences of “finding” a phone.

    C H . 2

    The second chapter of the book, “Sharing Anchors Community” didn’t have too much in it to keep me engaged. I was only able to read up to the birthday paradox.
    It was unusual, but interesting—for so long. It covered paradoxes. The example of the odds of 36 people in a line sharing the same birthday was pretty interesting. I think if i were in that position, i would definitely take someone up on that bet. I like to take risks sometimes. It gets the blood rushing!

    C H . 3

    “Everyone is media outlet” is about how in our society everyone disregards professional news that is broadcasted in a very organized manner, because we can all make our own news. Tools such as facebook and twitter allow us to be connected with what we choose to be connected with. We all make sites like these our main sources of news feed so other big programs like the 10 o’clock news or ABC news become irrelevant to us.
    This was an interesting topic for me as I myself am studying for a mass communications degree. It makes me wonder if what I will be broadcasting or trying to inform viewers about will be acknowledged or not. But I don’t have to try and be traditional use just TV to broadcast my news. My fellow reporters, journalists, and communicators should all take the internet and use it to our advantage. Just use it! No one really reads newspapers anymore.

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