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Sometimes reality has a way of sneaking up and biting us in the ass. And when the dam bursts, all you can do is swim. The world of pretend is a cage, not a cocoon. We can only lie to ourselves for so long. We are tired, we are scared, denying it doesn’t change the truth. Sooner or later we have to put aside our denial and face the world. Head on, guns blazing. De Nile. It’s not just a river in Egypt, it’s a freakin’ ocean. So how do you keep from drowning in it?

-Meredith, Grey’s Anatomy

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On The Online Version of “Isacc Claims Fatality as Thousands Forced to Evacuate”

It is truly amazing how the print text and an online text of the same article can differ.

The same article can be found on CNN’s website (http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/30/us/weather-isaac/index.html), and it is very different. There are more details, pictures, and even videos that sit along side the text, making the article feel warmer.

I don’t know if it’s the coldness that is associated with reading news in black and white, but my feelings really changed after seeing the article online. You can see images of the rising water, making the scenarios seem more vivid and emotional. There are also personal interviews with affected families, showing that the news source actually cares about the people that it is reporting on.

Overall, I would rather see my news online with pictures and media than in print. It jsut seems more human to me.

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On “Isaac Claims Fatiality as Thousands Forced to Evacuate”

This article was a very fast read. As a lover of all things fiction and artistic, it is difficult for me to really emmerse myself in news writing because I feel that there is so little emotion.

“(They) were rescued by a neighbor on Wednesday. ‘We were in susvivor mode.’ he said.”

“(He) thought he and his family would be safe after Isaac made landfall until he saw the fast-rising water. At that point, he knew he had to get his family out of their home.”

These quotes are about people litterally fleeing from their homes as water rises quickly, yet I am not blown away by the emotion that I expected there to be when discussing such a serious situation. Maybe it’s just me, but I like seeing the actual story behind the tragedy, not just a cold report on what happened.

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Is Mass Communication Getting a Makeover?

When I first began reading today’s texts, I noticed that they were a little dated. When you think about history, 17 years doesn’t really seem like that long ago; however, 17 years for the Internet is a long time ago. Think about it. When President Bill Clinton was in the White House, he only sent two emails, and one of them was to ask his secretary if he was sending it correctly. Crazy right?

In the text, “Convergence and Its Consequences,” the writer asks this question:

“How, specifically, is convergence transforming the nature of mass communication, leading to a reexamination of the term ‘mass communication’ itself?”

The text goes on to describe a time in the future when Internet users would have all kinds of different resources at their disposal. Search engines, hyperlinks, and advertisements would combine to make their Internet experience come alive with options. When I really think about it, this has already happened.

I am currently typing in my iPad. As I type there is a little bar in the top right corners where, if I were so motivated, I could Google my assignment and see what other people have to say about my reading. All of this could happen as I am sitting outside a coffee shop, perfectly connected as I watch this dreary Atlanta Thursday begin. Is this what this author is describing when he talks about the convergence of company and Internet?

The idea that a user could be completely immersed in products with just one click seemed like a really far out idea, but it really has happened. There are ebooks that come alive with products, songs, and maps as you read. Though some would say that this is just supplemental to the reading, it really is advertising. As the character talks about a song she loves, it floods your earbuds, and you soon find yourself purchasing the song through the easy link to iTunes. The J Crew sweater is conveniently hyperlinked, and with one click your are swept away to buy your own sweater. It is truly amazing how much technology has changed, but I am wondering if it has changed the meaning of mass communication.

I don’t think so. In this text, mass communication is described as largely accessible communication and information. This is still true, but there are a few new fun features added. The purpose of the internet and technology is to connect with other people, and we are able to do that now more than ever.

If this is the change that has occurred within only 17 years, we’ll totally have holograms by the time I’m 40.

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My Mother, My Self.

There are very few people who know my mother the way her family does. To the outside world, she’s this professional, successful Children’s Minister turned business woman who always faces a challenge head on with a smile, but to her family, she’s something more. She’s a spunky, enthusiastic woman who can out-cook anyone (she makes Ina Garten look like a 5 year old with an easy bake oven) and has an almost obsessive love for anything related to the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. She’s the one who pats our cat, Gabby, on the head and starts shredding a Rotisserie Chicken for her saying, “This cat needs attention. And chicken.” She’s the one my sister and I turn to while shopping to ask, “Does this look ok?” She prides herself on being the youngest looking 50 something in her group of friends (and believe me, it’s true). She’s the matriarch of the Yancey clan; she is always cooking elaborate meals for our family and then brushing of the compliments saying, “it was easy” (my two cousins and their girlfriends are VERY appreciative of her Sunday night dinners). But lately I’ve seen a new side of my mom, a side that makes me excited to see what she’ll do next.

Since she founded a non-profit foundation, my mother has been radiating excitement. Every time she talks about her foundation, she has this glow about her that seems to spread to whoever she’s talking to. When she received the news that her foundation had been approved, she literally squeaked and danced around our kitchen. She tells stories about people who want to work with the foundation and people who want to donate to it with such enthusiasm, you end up smiling and being just as excited as she is. I’ve always known that my mom had a gift when it comes to people, but I never realized how amazing she is with having a vision and making it a reality.

It’s become more and more obvious to me how similar my mother and I are. I know for most people this thought makes them cringe and reevaluate themselves, but for me I’m trying to embrace it. Our stubborn, never-give-up attitude keeps us successful and motivated. We are both constantly looking for ways to help people. For me, it’s being the best sister that I can be to my sorority sisters. For my mom, it’s changing the lives of children and their families through the churches that her foundation supports.

The hardest part of college life isn’t the school work or juggling responsibilities. That stuff comes easy for me. The hard part is being away from my family and seeing what progress my mom is making with her new career. Lucky for me she’s always just a drive up 75.

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Perhaps.

When my mom talked me into volunteering to make a custom website for her new foundation, I thought I’d make it within an hour and then move on. Turns out, there’s a lot more to websites than you’d think.

I’ve never really known exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I always thought that it would just come to me. But as I progress further in school, I’m becoming more nervous about figuring things out. Perhaps my interest in graphics and websites is more than a hobby. Perhaps it’s not. Perhaps I should stop worrying and just focus on school.

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