2017 NFL Draft

The NFL held its 82nd draft for the newly eligible college football players on April 28. The draft was held in Philadelphia, which I found very exciting because my favorite team is the Philadelphia Eagles.

Going into the draft the Eagles needed to fill spots at the CB and WR position. So I believed that their 1st round pick would have addressed these needs but instead they chose to go with a DE. The DE chosen was a star in college and broke the long time held sack record for Tennessee. The Eagles fans were pretty shocked at the pick knowing that we would have to wait till round 2 to address our issues on our pass defense.

In the 2nd round the Eagles did take a cornerback, but it was a cornerback who tore his achilles heal during last college season. Experts say we might have to wait till next season to see what he can do for us. Overall, I’m not too sure how I like how Philly utilized their picks in this years draft. The Eagles are coming off a rough 7-9 season which placed them last in their division. Eagle fans always have high hopes and believe in their team so I’m hoping that the picks made this year will help us come out on top for 2017.

Fun Fact: The higher you are picked in the NFL Draft the more money you make. The 1st pick is expected to sign a 30 million dollar contract. The 2nd pick is expected to sign a 29 million dollar contract. The 12th pick is expected to sign a 14 million dollar contract. The rookie salary cap is increased every year due to increased NFL profits. It pays to be number one. $$$

Greenhow & Robelia

One of the readings assigned for this week was, “Old Communication, New Literacies: Social Network Sites as Social Learning Resources” by Christine Greenhow and Beth Robelia. They went on to talk about, “The Generational Divide” and why younger people and adults have different views on the uses and impact of the internet.¬†Younger people have always had access to this technology. And because the internet and different media platforms were always known to them, they are called, “digital natives”. Adults aren’t as understanding and accepting to this newer technology. So this article attempts to explain how new literacies are still aiding younger kids in learning. As a matter of fact, the authors argue that it can actually do more for kids, teaching skills that are usually overlooked.

Because learning/communication is being done through a different method, parents believe that it can potentially harm proper literacy (communication). This article argues this belief by explaining how people who are engaged in online networking/learning are developing important skills that go unnoticed. The internet has given us access to different ways of communication. Sending online messages, pictures, or face to face conversations over camera. I believe that, yes, sometimes social skills can be diminished because of this technology but thats not ALWAYS the case. Just because I FaceTime my parents who live in Florida doesn’t mean my social skills will be affected when I eventually see them. I view new applications and different online communication platforms as a way to to give a better experience than sending a letter or even making a phone call.

I believe, just like the studies conducted in this article, that this new type of learning and different ways of communication will become a norm to everyone and agreed upon that it is simply just more beneficial than the old ways of learning and communication.

Lady Gaga

I found the Lady Gaga video a little difficult to understand. And I still don’t know if I truly understand the full purpose.

I believe what she is trying to do is to make certain styles socially appropriate for women. For example, men are able to walk around in public without a shirt but if a female decided to do that, she would probably be written a ticket for public nudity. So I think Lady Gaga is fighting for the equality that if males are able to walk around with their shirt off then a female should be able to as well. I’m not to sure though.

An obvious belief of Lady Gaga is gay rights. I think that one is pretty clear. She is a supporter of the LGBT and loves when more people support the cause. I think that topic is probably the most talked about and debated topic. So I know for a fact that she believes in gay rights.

In the video, fans mimic her very unusual styles. Guys will dress up as her mermaid character and girls will dress up as her guy characters. I think this is a way to show support for gender identity. That your biology doesn’t determine your gender but how you feel does. Once again I don’t know for sure. The video really was hard for me to understand and this also isn’t a topic that I look into too much. My little awareness to these topics doesn’t say that I disagree with them, because I don’t disagree. I honestly don’t care. Do what you want. And if people don’t like it, then they’re the ones with the problem.

Lego Remix

Completing the Lego Mashup activity has helped me realize how companies like Lego try to influence the behaviors of young boys and girls through marketing. These companies use the stereotypes of boys and girls to push them in a particular direction. The toys that are created are made with the expectation that the kids have these behaviors or should have them.

Young girls should worry about their image (how they look), how many friends they have, and making cookies and stuff like that. Im guessing that after seeing all of these commercials and marketing tactics, they actually fall into it and worry about the things companies want them too. This limits what young girls can dream about doing. What if a young girl wants to be just as adventurous as a young boy? Or what if they would of had that mindset without the influence of these commercials?

Young boys are taught to be violent and adventurous. With toys that have to do with fighting and exploring the world. I don’t believe that companies are marketing these toys to adventurous boys but marketing it to MAKE them adventurous.

Is this wrong to do? Personally I don’t know. It sounds wrong to say girls should want to bake and want to be pretty. And that boys should want to fight and be adventurous. But thats just how our society is. And genetically boys probably are naturally more violent due to different hormone levels. So this is a tough topic to say if it’s right or wrong. I really don’t know.

United Airline

A United Airline flight was overbooked and additional room needed to be made to create enough space for flying crew members. When no one offered to give up their seat, the airline chose 4 passengers to be removed. One of them would not leave willingly and did not listen. He was dragged off the plane with many injuries given.

This incident brings up the issue on if airlines should be allowed to overbook flights with assumption that their will be last minute cancelations. Personally I don’t know if this should be allowed. I understand its a business tactic to increase profits but it does create an inconvenience for customers from time to time.

This person who was forced off the flight has sustained many injuries and I’m sure a very large lawsuit is coming to United if they don’t compensate out of court. United Airline (UAL) is also worried that this incident will scare off investors. Their stock price has already took a dip which lost Warren Buffet a lot of money because he owns many shares of the company. But we will find out if the increase in profit of the company can increase share price. I believe with the dip the companies share price took, now might be the time to buy.

Creativity Is A Remix

Kirby Ferguson completed a Ted Talk about how a singer Bob Dylan was accused of copying/stealing peoples music. People believed that his music sounded a lot like older artists. But Kirby Ferguson explains how creating something similar is actually only a remix and not really taking it.

A remix is new media created from old media that uses three components, copy, transform, and combine. But Ferguson doesn’t just believe that these are only the components of remixing but he believes that they are the components of all creativity. He believes everything is a remix.

He then got into how Apple came out with “new technology” called multi touch. But even though they say it’s new, it really isn’t. And even though they say it is has a patent, multi touch is used on many many more other items than just the Apple iPhone. Back in the day Steve Jobs admitted that great inventors steal technology. But when Android stole from Apple, Steve Jobs was very upset and said it should not have been allowed. So he admits that great inventors steal but doesn’t like it when they do it to him. (Loss Aversion)

Kirby Ferguson was explaining how our creativity comes from without not from within.