Author Archives: Paige B.

About Paige B.

I'm 22, recently engaged, and currently completing a Child Studies degree at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB. I enjoy travelling, my most recent adventure was to Thailand where I fell in love with scuba diving. I love working with children, and for the most part I live a pretty simple life!

What’s Happening?

 

The Internet is a medium in which we communicate and share information. It has it’s own language in which people choose to communicate. There are many discussions and arguments about the positive or negative effect the Internet has had on the use of the english language. I can see both sides of the argument, one being that the Internet language is corrupting the proper use of our language and the other being that the forms of communication over the Internet are unique and not destructive.

I feel that I am one of the different cases that you don’t hear people talk about. I feel that the Internet has improved my writing and grammar because it gives me access to all of the information I need to expand my vocabulary and ensure correct form of language. This is because I value the quality of my writing and I also have the desire to learn and grow as a writer. Not all people share my values about this, and that’s perfectly ok. It’s not my place to force my values onto people. The Internet provides a medium for individuals to access and share information in an informal or formal manner.

Before the Internet, if one made a grammatical error, it was far less public for the world to see. The Internet publishes our mistakes and misunderstandings to the global environment. This mass exposure can be seen in many other situations. For example the volume of people being diagnosed with mental disorders. Some may believe that there is a higher percentage of  autistic people is than in the past. It doesn’t mean that not as many people had autism before, it may mean that it wasn’t being diagnosed as often as it is now. The same goes for grammatical and spelling errors. What seems like a growing problem, may actually be a more publicized problem that is being interpreted as an increase.

It is to each their own. I believe that people are becoming ignorant to the misuse of language. This has to do with more than just the Internet. A problem similar to this travels way back in time to how that individual was raised. Yes, there are many grammatical and spelling errors on the Internet and I see this in the things that I read, but I was provided grammatical education and this is why I can find those errors. I agree that I am seeing people my age making grammatical errors that blow me away. This especially bothers me when they have children. — I must stop myself because this is not meant to be a rant about parenting skills, but rather an analytical post on the effect the Internet has had on language.

There are many people that share my opinion, one blogger writes, “Though people tend to use poor grammar more often on the Internet, it will not make good grammar obsolete” [source]. They go on to say that good grammar is still needed and used in books, medical journals, company websites, and so on. If a company were to use improper grammar that would reflect very poorly on them. I feel that many people’s mistakes are due to laziness and or ignorance. Some people take social media and their image seriously, while others do not. The same goes for how we write on paper, some people make scratch notes and use their own slang because their Intention is to quickly write something down that they will be able to understand later. Personal purpose and perception are key elements that must be considered when making judgements on this matter.

In the ‘old’ days, if your writing was to be published it was edited and read over by many other people before it was made available to the public. Today, that is definitely not the case. Anyone can put information on the Internet and this immediately becomes viewable to the world. Even Wikipedia allows random people to make edits to their pages, but being a large organization it has monitors who can edit and take down any improper grammar or incorrect information. That is today’s world. So, my point is that there have always been people who make spelling errors or don’t know the difference between there, their, and they’re, we just weren’t exposed to their writing in the capacity in which we are today. It’s easy to assume that the Internet is the cause of the poor use of language… Take a deep breath, be patient, and realize that not everyone that accesses the internet is a genius. Cut people some slack! I will correct people in a nice way, not meant to shame them, but more-so in light humour. I do this because if I make an error in my spelling/grammar I would like someone to tell me!

The Internet has a language of it’s own.

There is a difference between Internet slang and incorrect grammar. I am all for the use of Internet slang, but I do not support improper grammar. I am not a grammar expert; I make grammatical errors, but I am quick to learn and I will correct myself when necessary. If I am unsure of something I will look it up and find the correct way to say what I am trying to say.

Internet slang has been around for decades, ever since Usenet was created in 1979 [source]. The recent news about the new editor of Gawker demanding that his writers use correct grammar and no more internet slang makes me LOL. I used to have a hard time accepting change, but after fighting it for so long with no relief, I now have learned to embrace it. It is not incorrect, it’s a new form of communication; almost it’s own language. With certain social media sites, such as Twitter, allowing a maximum of 150 characters per tweet, people don’t really have a choice but to abbreviate their words and use slang in order to deliver their message.

Let us look at one more thing before we conclude,

Doge… 

A picture of a Shiba Inu dog “using multi-colored Comic Sans font and intentionally misspelled words” [source]

Keyword here is INTENTIONALLY. The purposely misspelled words and improper use of grammar is part of the humour of this meme. The people who make these memes are knowingly using bad grammar, which means they would have to know proper grammar.

So what’s my point?

My point is that the Internet is not the perpetrator here. The Internet is merely a canvas for individuals; each having their own sense of humour, style of language, diverse background, and most importantly intentions. The world we live in has changed, with the integration of social media, blogs, and so on, anyone can publish their writing without having it reviewed and edited. People have been making spelling mistakes and grammatical errors forever, this is not a problem that was spawned by the Internet. In today’s world those mistakes are just more visible to everyone, therefore it seems as though there are more errors, but that isn’t necessarily the case. The problem is when OMG LOL WTF IDK begin to appear in the academic writing of students, our future leaders. Being able to differentiate the context of language is crucial to conserving formal writing ability. The Internet is not the problem. People should have the right to post whatever they choose, in whatever context they would like on the Internet, but need the skills to formalize when necessary. My question is, do you have the skills to do so?

Thanks for reading my post, please leave comments below 🙂

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How helpful are your donations to online charities??

 

Before I get started I just have to say one thing to all the people that I see sharing/liking pictures saying ‘for every like this picture gets Facebook will donate $1 towards medical care for this child”. Just don’t. & if you did then you’re an idiot and we are no longer friends on Facebook. Read this article for more information about dumb Facebook hoaxes. [End of Rant]

We live in a time where we have the ability to make contributions to international charities with great ease. Most major charities have websites and a direct link that allows you to make a credit card donation. This increased accessibility allows these charities to raise more money than ever before, but there are risks involved. Many people achieve satisfaction of making a donation online without having to go out into the community to make a difference and offer their time. Is there a difference in the satisfaction received from a few clicks and a small $ donation added to your credit card statement versus time and effort being put into the community and being a witness to the value of your contribution? I can’t say that I am not one of those people who makes online donations, because I do. It’s a quick and easy, good deed for the day, feeling like I’ve helped someone and then I go about my business and back to focusing on what work needs to be done in my life and put my time and effort towards that. I have experienced the other side as well, donating my time to homeless shelters and organizations such as ‘Feed the Hungry‘. The food was much appreciated but also was the company and interaction, which is lacking from online donations. So from my personal experience, I can say that I felt a lot better driving home after serving food to the less fortunate than I did after I donated to my fiance’s Movember account. I am not saying that online charities are bad, really anything is better than nothing right? I’m just comparing the two.

I think that online charities take away from charitable actions because people have the ability to make a financial contribution in a matter of minutes. How much more valuable would time and physical work be over a donation? What does that $10, $20, or $50 go towards? I also have to mention the large amount of scams that have risen online, people setting up fake charities and taking advantage of other people’s misfortune as a way to con people into giving them money and thinking that it is going towards helping a certain cause when it actually is not.

Obviously we can avoid that by using certain sites that are protected and have strong credibility. So if donating online is something that you are involved in then be sure to do your research and know where your money is going and what it is being used for. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has up-to-date information on false charities and includes warning signs and advice on protecting yourself and your money when making donations.

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No Makeup Nomination

What started as Nek Nomination turned into RAK Nomination and now it’s No Makeup Nomination. Nek nominations involved an online drinking game where individuals post a video of themselves consuming alcohol and then nominate certain friends to do the same. Cool people (like me) joined in on a different type of nomination called RAK Nominations (Random Acts of Kindness). Click here to see my video.

Now I see on Facebook friends participating in this No Makeup Nomination. To each their own, I’m just not that into it. Some of the pictures I see it’s totally obvious that they are wearing makeup and others they may be wearing no makeup but the filter they applied to their photo is basically the same thing as wearing makeup.

A family member showed me a couple funny memes regarding this whole No Makeup Nomination trend.

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Personally, the whole no makeup nomination doesn’t really excite me that much. I just googled it and there’s a link to a post that claims the whole thing is for raising awareness for cancer.  If I didn’t know what I can assume there are many others who didn’t know that either so how is it raising awareness for cancer. I thought it had to do with self love….

Another article talks about men taking selfies of them wearing makeup as a way to raise awareness for cancer. This is an evolving trend these ‘nomination’ things. I really enjoyed the RAK Nomination. It was nice watching other people’s videos of their RAK Nominations. One of the two people I nominated actually carried it out and performed a Random Act of Kindness. I feel that that the RAK Nominations really did make a difference, where as for the No Makeup, Men wearing makeup, and especially for the Nek Nominations I don’t see how it’s making a real difference in society.

Another blogger wrote a post about how the No Makeup Nominations aren’t raising awareness for cancer but she lists ways that you can raise cancer awareness. 

So now it’s time for comments. C’mon people tell me what you think? I wanna know!

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So You Wanna Be Popular?

So for the past couple weeks I have been trying to increase traffic on my blog and I haven’t experienced much success. Today I am choosing to write about what makes a ‘popular blog’ popular. From analyzing the most popular blogs on Technorati’s Top 100 Blogs List I have created a list of ways that I think will make a blog more popular.
  1. Target a variety of people.

    For example, the Huffington Post has 6 main categories and over 50 sub-categories. The site is published to accommodate 10 different regions and the information and language is relevant to each specific region. For example, today in the US edition the front page story is different from the España edition. The US editions front page story is about politics and the military (find here), where the España edition’s front page story is about foreign tourism falling in Spain’s capital city (find here).

  2. Post multiple times per day.

    Every day when you check BuzzFeed‘s website you will see new information. They post all day and every day; never taking a day off. The mass amount of posts on BuzzFeed makes it easy to spend a lot of time surfing around the site. Also, BuzzFeed’s posts are mostly short and contain lists and lots of memes, gifs, and pictures. I can rationalize reading one of their posts during my day, even when busy, because they are short and to the point.

  3. Have links that stand out and grab people’s attention.

    BuzzFeed has ‘Buzz Words’ ex. LOL, win, omg, cute, trashy, fail, and wtf. This makes it easy for people to browse the type of information they are in the mood for.

  4. Post useful information.

    The Verge has a category for posts about product comparisons and reviews for software and products. This way people feel that their browsing on your site is productive and it is a learning experience, not just for entertainment.

  5. Have more than just one writer.

    All of the blogs on the top 100 list have multiple contributors. Get a group together and create a blog; different people can post on different subjects. Have a place where your followers can send you links to interesting information they found that you could include in your blog.

  6. Write interesting titles that will catch people’s attention & post about things that people will want to read.

    Ex. 17 Easy Ways To Be Insanely Productive or 29 Dogs You Won’t Believe Actually Exist These titles create curiosity in people and are the reason people will read your post. Cosmopolitan is really good at titles that you can’t NOT read up on. For example on Facebook they wrote this: Here’s how Jennifer Lawrence is about to make history (link). 

  7.  Be unique.

    Each ‘popular blog’ offers something a little different than the next. Being a copycat won’t make you popular. 

  8.  Use different platforms to communicate with people

    This will allow you to connect with more people and increase public awareness of your blog. Posting to Pinterest allows followers to choose which categories they would like to receive posts about. This is a great way to keep followers because they will not be turned off by posts about topics they are not interested in. 

Thanks for reading my blog! I hope this information was helpful to you and if you have anything to add please comment below!!

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Go Canada Go!

Go Canada Go!

So proud of my country right now!! Now boys, it’s your time! Let’s go!!

Semifinals


The Best Job In The World

Recently, I was watching Late Night with my fiancé, D. After a funny skit D said, “Jimmy Fallon has the best job.” Even though I don’t usually like to admit it, he was right, the man really does have an awesome job.

A brief history:

Jimmy Fallon was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 19, 1974. As a child he loved watching Saturday Night Live (SNL) with his sister and reenacting skits. After experiencing college, Jimmy pursued a career in comedy in Los Angeles. In 1998 Jimmy Fallon joined the cast of SNL (watch his audition here). His impressions landed him a position as a full time cast member on the show in 1999. In 2004 he left SNL and then pursued a career in films; he appeared in Taxi, Fever Pitch, Band of Brothers, Factory Girl, and other movies. In 2009 Fallon became the new host of Late Night, replacing Conan O’Brien. The show has been a huge success and over the years Fallon has been nominated for many awards. He won an Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Picture Editing in 2010 and then in 2012 he won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album ‘Blow Your Pants Off‘. Also, in both 2012 and 2013 he won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host! After 5 great years, Fallon’s time as the host of Late Night is coming to an end and as of February 17th he is taking over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno. As we say goodbye to Leno we also welcome Seth Meyers (from SNL) as the new host of Late Night, premiering February 24th. (History information retrieved from here and here)

Here’s a list of some of his best skits (IMO):

  1. History of Rap with Justin Timberlake [parts 1, 2, 3 & 4]
  2. Lip Sync Battle with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Stephen Merchant
  3. At Camp Winnipesaukee with Justin Timberlake singing Africa and I Only Wanna Be With You 
  4. Evolution of Mom Dancing with Michelle Obama and Slow Jamming the News with Barack Obama
  5. Fallon as Sara, a teenage girl with a TV show called ‘Ew’ – click here for skit with Channing Tatum
  6. What a twitter conversation would sound like in real life with Justin Timberlake #Hashtag
  7. Jimmy Fallon and The Roots singing ‘We Can’t Stop‘ with Miley Cyrus and ‘Blurred Lines‘ with Robin Thicke
  8. Performing ‘What does the Fox Say?‘ with Ylvis
  9. Joking Bad‘ a parody of the TV show Breaking Bad
  10. Singing ‘Sexy Back‘ with The Ragtime Gals and Justin Timberlake
  11. A compilation of his Music Impressions and Best of Thank You Notes
  12. Late night hashtags #AwkwardDate and Screengrabs

I must say this has taken me a long long long long long long time to write because I have been watching video after video. The whole point of this post is that Jimmy Fallon is awesome and having his job would be sweet. I love watching his show, and as sad as I am that it is coming to an end, I am excited to see him on The Tonight Show. In a recent interview he said that they are “Not going to change anything,” it will be “the same show”, which makes me very happy!

Thanks for reading my blog! If you have some funny Jimmy Fallon skits that I missed please share below in a comment!!

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Cosmo: Magazine -vs- Online

For this blog I am comparing the Cosmopolitan magazine to their online equivalent. It’s been a while since I have read the magazine; I kind of forgot what the experience was like.

Here’s a list of some of the differences I noticed:

  • In the magazine I had to search for the information I was interested in, flipping through many things I had no interest in.
  • Online it was easy to access my desired material
  • I have to mention the cost… The magazine was $5.24 whereas the online experience was free
  • The magazine has a more classy feel
  • Reading online was more blunt and not ‘censored’
  • The products being advertised in the magazine feel out of reach; like it would require a lot of effort to find &/ purchase
  • Online the product information was a click away, if wanted I had the option of purchasing online, not having to leave the house
  • The magazine was composed of personal stories, articles about celebrities, and information about how to have beautiful hair or skin, to me these didn’t give me that instant gratification that I want
  • Online there were articles related to the internet, for example:
    Revenge Porn Sites
    Amazing Woman Confronts Her Alleged Rapist on YouTube
  • There were also hashtags and memes online
  • While reading the magazine, I am distracted by all of the words, ads, and other content. Online I am able to relax and focus on what I want to read
  • Also online I can easily research the information, there are links to similar articles, I can quickly search something I am curious about and I can also read other peoples comments.
  • The comments online seem more real and less staged than the ones in the magazine, which have obviously been read over and edited.
  • Online I can bookmark the information I want to keep, in the magazine I would have to rip the page out, but what if there was something on the other page that I wanted too or it has other information that I don’t want?
  • By accessing the information online I can organize it to my liking.

So what to make of this.. Yes the medium most definitely affects the message. I am an impatient person; the magazine does not suit me. I prefer the online version of Cosmopolitan. I feel that I can relate more to the content offered online.