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And the search continues…

Thanks to Badke, my online search for information has improved from I search for information in my earlier research papers that i have dealt with. But now the biggest obstacle for me is finding scholarly sources since this is my first time ever trying to find one. Also this is my first attempt to creating a annotated bibliography. I was not here last class but I am trying my best on where to find said scholarly sources. I Know i can find some through a website called JSTOR but I am not familiar with this website and i certainly dont want to subscribe to anything.

Research proposal difficulties

Choosing a topic was difficult enough for me but when it come to narrowing it down and trying to get the information needed to write this 5 to 8 page paper will be even harder. But thanks to Badke I am able to narrow down and find the information that i will need when I try to search it in the frustrating search engines. Now i can use different strategies like using the word and, or, not to find the proper info i need for my research topic. Probably the most difficult part for me would be the annotated bibliography because it would be my first time in doing it.

Information leads to knowledge which leads to power or a felony

Its funny how people say that “Knowledge is power” which makes other people want to gain more knowledge(hopefully), but when we want to gain knowledge there is always an obstacle in your path when we try to gain or pursue it. In “Aaron Swartz: Opening Access to Knowledge” the article explains how Mr.Swartz wanted to share information with everyone that can give them knowledge but people would have to subscribe(such a horrible word these days, makes you cringe right?) to a digital library such as JSTOR. Mr.Swartz wanted to share this information and he did, but when he did somehow under¬†vague wire-fraud and computer-abuse laws,¬†he was charged with 13 felony offenses(and here I thought sharing was caring).

Why cant information just be free? Why is it that we the consumers must pay to receive information that can one day help us? 

Knowledge Oct. 7

Information and knowledge is what helps a society grow. It is important to not only have the information but also have access to the information. In the Samuelson article, she discussed Aaron Swartz, who made it his mission to promote broader access to knowledge. Swartz felt that the public should have access to academic and scholarly journals and articles, so that they could broaden and advance their knowledge instead of being limited. In the Brian Martin chapter, he discusses the factors that influence research and thereby limit it. When a group funds a specific research, it is generally to fit their agenda and to benefit themselves. Research should allow for people interested to engage with it and broaden the idea of knowledge and information.

That’s what S/He said!!

The idea of plagiarism is one that comes up frequently in academia. We are always told that using someone else‚Äôs ideas as our own is not good, for ethical reasons, however, under the right circumstances it can be acceptable. In The New Yorker article about Quentin Rowan, we see an instance where it is not acceptable. Over the years, in all the pieces he‚Äôs written, he has copied word for word verbatim from multiple sources to compose his books, essays, etc. His excuse was that he wanted to please everyone and make them believe he was a great writer. This facade reasoning is not unique to Rowan, generally when people plagiarize or borrow from others, they want their readers to believe that they are just that good. In The Chronicle article, the Hamilton College president, Eugene Tobin, had been using plagiarized materials in his speeches for nine years. His reason is not noted, but it’s possible he had the same reason as Rowan. These two articles demonstrate how plagiarizing can greatly damage your reputation and aid in losing your career, but what about the people who borrow words and phrases on a daily basis? In everyday conversations, we quote someone else, whether it be with song lyrics, movie lines, or phrases, whose origin is unknown, but should we lose too because of it?



A line taken and made your own is not illegal but is it right , and if so then what is wrong. “the Plagiarist tale” gave an excellent view and understanding on what not to do when creating a piece of work you’ll call your own. I wouldn’t see it as a simple word such as PLAGIRISM but¬† as a theft of the mind. often we use others thoughts ideas and feelings to inspire something we do but using them and reproducing them on our own is a term I wouldn’t like to call unlawful intellectual claim even to go as far to label it as identity theft.


Free expression of media and information that cuts out the editors and the over saturated bias opinions that we see in large information news papers. web 2.0 with Wikipedia zines and other media projections have rebelled against that until they get large enough that they become what they once opposed. but with the free editorial feature that few like wiki has allows vandalism of any information that is posted on the there site. with a balloon affect of the media growing it is no saying on what level free speech will hit welcome to the new millennium where we all are editors of our own in the new free world

Zines Sept. 18

Since zines are self-published prints by one or more people, they can be subject to various amounts of creativity. The publisher is free to discuss any topic they so choose without the information being censored in any. Although zines work in the same way as blogs, for example. However, the printing of a zines give it permanence, in the same way a book has permanence compared to an eBook. The problem with zines are that many people are unaware that they exist primarily because they are independent of the normal publishing system. Therefore, people are not privy to the information in vines, not through exclusion but through ignorance.

Exposing The Unknown

The World Wide Web brings everything to the light due to the merging media and information that is located in many¬†different¬†shapes and form. In the book¬†Media Convergence Networked Digital Media in¬†Everyday¬†Life.¬†It mentions(dwyer) “on¬†establishing¬†a research agenda for digital media scholars’. I feel¬†everything¬†dealing with anything is on the web and for that single reason nothing can ever be totally private due to¬†convergence¬†of physical information,¬†social¬†networks,news reportings and daily events. I find it hard to believe that in the next 10 or so years that everything we do will be¬†accessible¬†to someone located¬†anywhere¬†near this thing we call the WORLD WIDE WEB and due to convergence one thing will ¬†tie to the next

CONVERGENCE : the merging of distinct technologies, industries, or devices into a unified whole

Badke and Information

Badke starts off by saying that the first generations of information were passed down verbally. Knowledge can be lost if not passed down correctly. Badke tells us about how the idea of information was revolutionized. Inventions like the printing press had advanced the concept of information. Physical objects like books would be produced and would be sent out to the known world. Later in civilization, the Internet would be invented and it would change how we retrieve information for years to come. In chapter 8, Badke explains to his readers about methods for conducting research. He talks about: note taking, having a look at the index, looking at the table of contents etc. Badke concludes chapter 8 with the topic of plagiarism and how bad it can be for the writer committing the crime.