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It’s been nearly a week and somehow I have managed to live without my beloved Facebook.  I thought that without the distraction of Facebook I would get so much more done, but I didn’t.  This has been an exceptionally difficult week for me on many levels and part of me wonders if being disconnected has contributed to how I have handled things in my life.  Facebook is my guilty pleasure.  I get to stay in touch with my friends despite my crazy schedule.  It provides me with an avenue to stay up to date on all of the exciting things that are going on.  We share laughs and tears, we complain to each other and and cheer each other on.  On some level those seemingly insignificant connections allow us to feel special or important based on something as simple as a “like“.  I think not having that outlet to vent and get feedback has made coping with the craziness of my life much more difficult this week.

I have tried to embrace Twitter and I don’t hate it as much as I did initially, but I do not get that same feeling of connectedness from Twitter that I do from Facebook.  I’m sure that the reality that most of my friends don’t tweet plays into that, but I feel that Facebook is a much more personal forum for sharing.  The limitations that Twitter places on you to be short and sweet with what you have to say makes me feel stiffled as well.  Needless to say I will be counting down the minutes until Friday at 1:30 when I can return to Facebook and catch up on all of the exciting things I have missed in the last week.

Kris Alexandre

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I have avoidance issues.  I am always the last one on board, but once I get there I am usually all in.  I wanted no part of Facebook, but after much cajoling by my friends and family I gave in.  Now I absolutely love Facebook.  It has allowed me to reconnect with people I may have otherwise never seen or heard from again.  It’s a great way to see what is going on in peoples lives while still maintaining some degree of distance on both a physical and emotional level.  I go on facebook everyday, usually several times a day.  If I can’t check my facebook one day, I will troll through the comments from the previous day once I get back on.  A few years ago I signed up for Twitter, but it really held no appeal for me so I stopped using it.  I recently signed up again as a requirement for two of my classes this semester.  Since I don’t have a smartphone it’s slightly more complicated to use.  My biggest complaint would be the limitation of characters.  Sometimes I like to ramble a little.  I guess on the upside though, I may learn to be more concise. While I realize that Twitter is more about the here an now, do I really need to know what you had for dinner last night or what color your dog’s poop is?   Maybe with all of the tweeting we’ll be doing over the course of the next fifteen weeks, I will have an epiphany and begin to love Twitter.  For now though, I think I’ll stick to Facebook.

Kris Alexandre


By redefining the visual and conceptual spaces of writing, cyberspace
has become the term to describe almost anything that can be done on the
Internet and with electronic communication. The sites being visited are
bringing tons of information to the foreground.  Each writing space is
seen as a material and visual field because it is generated by the
interaction of materials and what the people want. The electronic style
is the contemporary writing space that refashions the earlier ways of
writing – papyrus roll, the codex, and the printed book. The readers are
the ones who help define the properties of the writing spaces, since they
put such high demand on the text and the technology.

Writing is when the writer composes a way to express his or her thoughts. The mind may also be seen as a writing space because we do such large amounts of thinking. Just because it simply is not written down does not mean it won’t be at one point in time. The interactions with people may also be seen as a writing space. We all learn things from others, so who is to say that what takes place between those interactions will not end up on some form of paper or technology?

Blogs and tweets are also seen as writing spaces. They are used as a way for the writer to express their feelings, share their lives, share what they feel is important, or even just share what they think is interesting. With blogging and tweeting, others are able to view what is being written within seconds. Once that tweet or blog is posted, it is out there for the entire internet world to see. Many are worried that strangers can see what they are posting, but that is generally the point of blogging and tweeting. One wants to either get their point across or they want opinions on something or they just want to see others who share the same interests. There are many reasons to blog or tweet, but if one gets too personal, many may not be interested.

Not only are blogs and tweets just for fun, but they also can be used on a more professional level. Students in a certain field of study can “follow” a major figure in that field of study and learn more and more everyday about what is going on. They can even interact with those people and ask them questions. Having those professional people out there, makes it much more exciting because one can see that tweets are not for just what someone ate for breakfast or what they are going to do over the weekend. The tweets of professional people are most likely more about how successful they are now, and what things were like when they were in the shoes of a student. It would be great to see advice being given to a student interested in that field of study. It is just a great way for people to interact in general.

Not knowing much about Twitter, is where I’m at right now, makes me that much more interested to see what is out there for me. I feel as though I am a step behind everyone else because I do not have “followers.” But I am willing to learn, and I as I see technology changing every day, I must jog to try and keep up.

-Megan Daly-



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