Technological Hindrances on Publishing

There is a struggle, now, to be recognized for beautiful writing, and even more difficult to become as famous as great authors like J.K. Rowling or John Green. Technology has hindered this ability with self-publishing and social forums for writers to publish their works. However, John Green encourages writers to stay true to their passion and write with a purpose. “We are not in the widgets business, my friends. We are in the story business, the business of bringing light to the way-down-deep-darkness- which-is-you. And in that sense, at least, business is good, because that darkness ain’t going anywhere” (Green).

Technological advances such as easy self-publishing has made amazing writing indiscernible from the mediocre. While some self-published authors are award-worthy and just as great as the authors published through publishing houses with publicity backing them, some find an easy outlet for publishing to avoid the imminent rejection they face with publishing companies. Furthermore, while some can promote their novels well through social media and other outlets, some will fall short with this publicity tactic. “We won’t need gatekeepers or institutions to help us share books; we have Twitter for that now. But there are some problems with this idea. Many people who are good at writing novels are bad at Twitter. I realize this advantage has long been with us—Twain owed much of his success to his crazy hair and hilarious lectures—but it’s a strange and dangerous business to judge a novel by its author, and stranger and more dangerous still to judge a novel by its author’s tweets” (Green).  This could be the difference between a best-seller and a waste of time.

Writing, however, shouldn’t be all about the money and fame. It should inspire without understanding and instill hope for the melancholy. All of the fame and fortune would just be an added bonus and would be encouragement to help the next generation of people find their inspiration as well. “I believe that fiction can help, that made-up stories can matter by helping us to feel unalone, by connecting us to others, and by giving shape to the world as we find it—a world that is broken and unjust and horrifying and not without hope” (Green). Great novels withstand the test of time and can motivate someone to take a stand for what they believe in. Novels can save lives, staying in someone’s heart for the rest of their days. “Somehow, improbably, even long after they are forgotten, the stories endure. And through them, so do we” (Green).

This blog post was made in collaboration with Anna Mayer.

Advocate

An Advocate group that I have been aware of is the Latino Agency. I know about this advocacy group because they had help my friend when she needed help with her immigration paperwork. they offered legal help in order for her to understand what were the steps that she had to follow. Also, they translated from English to Spanish her paperwork. Last, they put her in contact with some lawyers that offered their service for free or at a  low cost. The Latino agency has different ways of helping to the Latino Community. The Latino Agency is a non-profit organization. They have different programs such as health services and they work really hard in educating the Latino community.

Advocacy

Lady Bird Johnson, the first lady to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, is an excellent example of an advocate. She used her power to advocate for the war on poverty, conservation, and women’s rights. Her advocacy in conservation is best know because of her work to plant trees and flowers along highways, roadways and greenbelts. She advocated for women’s rights when she spoke out about the Equal Rights Amendment and said it was “the right thing to do”. She made clear public statements about her beliefs, conveyed sincerity, and fought for the rights of others that didn’t affect her, like the war on poverty; showing that she had all the skills of an effective advocate.

Intro Blog – Week 15

  • Does it bother you that there are parts of the web that you will never know?

This morning I ran across a quote that Google CEO Eric Schmidt made in 2010. He said something along the lines of, “every two days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up to 2003.” That is a lot of information. That is probably so much information that if a search engine indexed it entirely, that we might never find what we’re searching for. He was saying this to highlight the impact of user-generated content. It makes me think that there is a lot of information that is pretty useless. A lot of the deep web doesn’t need to be indexed.

  • What do you know about the deep web, the dark web – how do you see this affecting you, if at all?

 

The only thing I know about the dark web is that a lot of illegal stuff goes on there, like drug dealing, porn, and black market stuff. From what I learned from House of Cards, you need a program to access it, like TOR (the Onion Router).

I’ve never tried to access the dark web, and I probably never will. I find the existence of it interesting, and I’ll probably pay attention to developments concerning it (the Silk Road was a big news story a while back, which was a drug marketplace), but it doesn’t seem like it will affecting me in my life.

Audio Reel

This is a big one: my audio reel.
It includes samplings of my television, Foley, and FX work, and an excerpt from an award-winning radio play I wrote, produced, directed, and edited.

About Me

It’s probably a little late to post this one even though it is my first blog post.. oops, but I still need to introduce myself..

Hello hello, my name is Ryan Quinonez. I am a freshman at the University of Oklahoma. I am majoring in Chemical Biosciences/pre-pa with a minor in Spanish. I was born in Oklahoma City, yeah nothing special. I love sports and I love the outdoors. I am an avid traveler; it doesn’t matter where I go whether it is to a different country or a different state, I love being brought to different surroundings. Being a global engagement fellow allows me to test my boundaries and comfort level. I have officially applied to my first two study abroad programs. Next summer I plan on studying in Spain, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium through two summer abroad programs. After that I plan on spending about two weeks in Croatia with my family. For my sophomore year, I plan on either studying in Arezzo, Rio de Janeiro, or to take a voyage of a lifetime, Semester at Sea, if the price is right. After college, I am still undecided on if I want to take a gap year in-between my undergraduate and graduate school and just travel.. if my mom lets me. But if not I will go through grad school and hopefully become a Physician’s Assistant. Once I become a Physician’s Assistant I still plan to continue my abroad experiences and become even more globally engaged by either traveling the world, or doing bi-annual medical mission trips to any country in need. Well that is basically my career/life plan and hopefully you know a little about me.

Chapter Three Personality

  1. What do you agree with in this chapter?

I completely agree that as humans, we have a natural affinity to interject our own personalities into our work, however as I note in the next question, I’m not sure that I agree with that.

2.  What do you not agree with in this chapter?

I don’t agree that you should always create design personas based on your own personality. Walter says that when we create websites, we do so with our own personalities in mind, but I feel that as PR Practitioners, we need to create content based on the client’s persona, not our own. We are representing the clients, not ourselves. I also feel that this approach will also prove that we are capable of being creative in a variety of ways.

Designing for Emotion Chapter 5

  1. What is one thing in this chapter that you agree with?

I totally agree that apathy is a huge obstacle to overcome while trying to accomplish goals. And when users react apathetically to your work, it can be very difficult to push forward and develop new strategies. However, by engaging in content strategy, this can be avoided, and public relations practitioners will be able to write content that is satisfying to their readers.

2. What is one thing in this chapter that you do not agree with?

One thing in this chapter that I do not agree with is that it is always best to go with your gut. I feel like there are many instances in life where your gut feeling is wrong. I know that in my own personal experience, I have faced many instances where I wanted to go with my gut, but I knew that it would be more logical to go with another option or do something else.