tl;dr Project – Considering the Rhetoric of Facebook

Toaster1)Facebook has only recently been the most popular social networking website.  This is due to differences in design and management. One of the most common reasons for Facebook was the promise of “security”. However, though Facebook thrives due to its reputation for privacy and security, its ultimate aim is to blur the definition of “friend” and “distant acquaintance.” In doing so it negates the effect of its security regulations and instead coaxes its users into a mode of public “self-broadcasting”. Second paragraph, page 2 – 160/80

2)Uniting users with an identical page layouts, Facebook doesn’t allow  the orientation of page information to be altered. These “uniforms” eliminates the need to judge the book by its cover. Users on Facebook focus on the  information presented by the thousands of  people hoping to be  potential friends. Second paragraph, page 3 – 103/48 

3) “Facebook stalking” a term created specifically for the extensive online “people watching” that has magnified this behavior past anything seen in the real world. A “Facebook stalker” will read the profile information and view the photos of someone who doesn’t have to be their “friend” on Facebook. This new extension of people-watching has. Second paragraph, page 4. 83/53

4) Facebook is not actually invasive, it does not actually breach the social standards of privacy. Facebook is a magnified and unconstrained form of people watching. Facebook will ultimately have no life altering effects. Facebook is mostly a recasting of basic social networking, for Facebook is not a forum in which people create friends. It is not “friend-building”, but rather “people-monitoring.” Its root is common in all of mankind. People are interested in people, that is one thing that I am sure will never change. Second paragraph, page 5. 169/84


Social Etiquette for the Net

Nick Kroll writes this week in Details magazine a seriously funny article about the does and don’t s of social etiquette….the new Emily Post for a new form of communication!

A dystopian Sleeping Beauty




    Just finished the debut YA novel by Anna Sheehan, A Long LonSleep, a story loosely based on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. It has all the requirements for YA fiction; unrequited  love, evil adults, strong male lead character, high school cliches. The twist in this retelling is in the setting and the characters Sheehan creates. I like that  Sheehan keeps the dystopian future believable and more importantly,  relatable to her young readers.

         I look forward to her next novel. I’m giving this one 8 out of 10.

Computers in 1945

Reading the article “As We May Think” by Vannevar Bush. Pub in the Atlantic magazine in July 1945! Found out that this article is used in library school too.

Here’s a YouTube video of Bush’s Memex, enjoy –

Readers Advisory on the web

The biggest challenge I have at work is remembering all the different books that I read (or read about)  when a customer asks me to recommend a title to them – there are so many to choose from. Instead of trying to remember everything or writing random titles down on scraps of paper I can use a blog to record & save my personal book reviews. I think this is a great way to integrate technology and best work practices! 

Here are just two bloggers offering reviews of newly published material in very different styles. When I’m done with this class I think I’ll have to keep my blog rolling with book reviews : )

Welcome to my world!

     I’m an avid reader with a strong belief in the restorative properties of retail shopping therapy. I love Entertainment Weekly,the Huffington Post, Sirus XM and lots & lots of chocolate. Music and medication keep me sane when the children of the corn come and greet me at the door, which believe it or not, is often. My husband loves to cook, talk about collecting guns and read Sci-Fi. My kids love to leave every light on, play strange games on the computer against each other and sing out loud in the shower (I have audio to prove it). My life is rich and full of love, laughter and laundry.  

Oh, and if I had a million dollars, I’d be rich.