Video vs. Text

Growing up I always made videos with my friends. I would stay up for hours editing clips and making sure the sound was just right. Then, I would say that I was pretty good at making videos. Now, I’m a little rusty but still remember the main concepts. I still enjoy making videos, although I do not do it very often.

Videos can show so much more to a reader. You can see how a person is acting and hear what they are saying. This can make the reader, or watcher, interpret what is said in the video much differently than if it was just written on text. This can make a huge difference in what you think the meaning is. You can also hear the tone of the text, which is just as important. You can also see how someone is acting. All of these concepts can make a video easier to understand rather than reading written text.

Video can be made in a variety of ways. When watching “How to Properly Watch a Movie at Home,” it is like you are watching a movie. There are different scenes, voice overs, comedy, and expressions. It goes from scene to scene, showing the watcher how to do something, and explains it perfectly.

“Birthday Girl” is a type of timeline video. It starts in the present, but shows you back in time though multiple years. It also has an “interview” of Elyssa talking to someone else, so the watcher can interpret two person’s instead of one.

“Unity” is kind of like a slideshow of still pictures with voice over. It shows pictures that represents what she is saying to give it meaning. This video is informative and powerful by seeing multiple pictures.

Each of these three examples show different ways to make a video. This is the beauty of video. You can make way in any way you like, but in text, there is only one way to write. Video can be so much easier to understand, and its fun to watch. Of course videos can be boring as well. If there is nothing to watch or if there is a monotone voice, the video will drag on. Text can be boring too or it can be great to read and be just as informative. It all depends on the reader, but I will always prefer video.

Teens and their privacy

danah boyd talked to many different teens. She said teens rather be out hanging out with their friends rather than sitting on their computer. It’s that teens spend their countless hours on social media when they can’t be with their friends, not because they rather spend their time starring at a screen. They would rather connect off-screen, but parents don’t see it this way.

“Although many adults believe that they have the right to consume any teen content that is functionally accessible, many teens disagree.” (pg. 58)

Not only parents, but adults in general, feel the need to see what kids are posting on social media. An example of this is when boyd interviewed a fifteen year old student. The student was annoyed that her teachers would go on her Facebook page to see what she was doing. The student made it clear that she would never go on her teachers Facebook page, so why would they go on hers? She felt it was a violation of her privacy, and it is.

Teens need their own privacy. When their parents were young, they were free to go out at night and be home before dark. They had a lot of their own privacy. The difference is that it wasn’t online. Now, they tell their kids they can’t go out and be home before dark because of how dangerous it is to go out, so then their kids go on social media. And when they do, their parents want to see whatever they are posting, giving them no privacy at all.

“Yet, for the teens that I interviewed, privacy isn’t necessarily something that they have; rather it is something they are actively and continuously trying to achieve in spite of structural or social barriers that make it difficult to do so.” (pg 60)

Teens want their on space to be themselves, and nowadays that is online. I believe it is important for parents to let their children have their on space. It is important for their kids to learn for themselves and grow. If a parent is keeping them from being acting as a teenager or getting on them for little things they do online, they won’t learn themselves what they believe to be wrong or right.

I do believe that there is a time that parents need to check in on their kids. I think it is important to know what kind of people their kids are friends with and if they are being safe online. This video is a mom saying how she wants her kid to have privacy, but there is also a time to “snoop.”

It seems that there is this constant curiosity from adults to see what kids are posting online these days. But why? To keep talking about how teens are “out of control” or “addicted to social media”? Maybe adults give teens a hard time because they didn’t grow up with technology, so they see it in a different perspective.

However, I think adults need to give teens a break. It is not our fault we grew up with technology.


Is Google God or Satan?


“Without its search engine, and the other engines that have been built on its model, the Internet would have long ago become a Tower of Digital Babel.” (156)


Google has become our major search engine. We can look anything up, whenever we like, wherever we are. If we need an answer to a question, or a problem, Google is there. If you want to know why you’re having certain symptoms, Google is there. If you don’t know what to get your mom for her birthday, Google is there. It seems that Google is there for literally anything you may need, and at any time. From credible websites, to random people commenting on Yahoo, to Wikipedia, their search engine will bring you to thousands of websites that relate to what you are typing in that search box. Is this a problem? Or is this good to have?


“Google is, quite literally, in the business of distraction.” (157) This is how Carr sees Google. He may be right, but I believe this applies to a certain extent. When it comes to learning or reading books, Google is a distraction. It is a distraction when you should be learning a certain way. For example, Carr mentions reading books online. Carr says when we read online, “we read faster than ever.” And I believe this to be true. When reading online, “we’re no longer guided toward a deep, personally constructed understanding of the text’s connotations.” When he said this, it reminded me of when I read poetry every week for a class I took. For me, to truly understand the poem, I had to decode the text. I needed to understand every word and how they related to each other. I had to run my fingers under each line of the poem. I had to circle or underline words that were strong in the poem. This is why reading from a book, and not online, was better for me. I learned by physically holding the book and reading it. However, this is where the greatness of  Google came in.


When reading a poem, or any type of text, if I don’t understand a word, I Google it. This broadened my knowledge of words I had never known before. This helped me understand the poems. It is just like a dictionary, but better. I can look up the words easier and faster. I don’t have to flip the pages of a dictionary to find word after word. I could find what multiple words meant in minutes, and understood the poems faster. Although Google allowed me to do this, it does not mean I forgot what the word had I meant. I applied it to my reading.


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Carr says Google is neither God nor Satan, but I think it is both. Google can be good or bad, depending how you use it. You can let Google erase your ability to learn, or let it strengthen it.


It’s up to you.

Why are Reading Books Hard?

Everyday when I enter my room, I see my bookshelf that is filled with unread books. I bought these books between the time of 7th grade to freshman year of high school. I don’t think I have boughten a book since, unless it was a book for school. All of these books I wanted to read, and never did. Why? I still say I want to read them, but I just don’t. I always say I don’t have enough time for that, but If I don’t have the time for that, how do I have the time to sit on my phone for hours?
The first six chapters are filled with amazing information, information that really makes you think. But the idea of not being able to read actual books struck me the most. When Carr was explaining how he no longer can read a book, and giving examples of other people who can’t read a long passage, I was lying in bed doing the exact same thing. I could not focus on what he was saying. I kept thinking of other things, distracting myself. I even kept looking up at the page number to see if somehow, magically, I got from page 1 to page 114. I wanted to be done reading.
When I come across long articles, ones that are on the internet of course, I look for a video that will sum it up for me. If there isn’t, I may just exit out of the article, or skim through it to find the “good stuff” I’m looking for.
In another class I am currently taking, we have to read out of a magazine and are quizzed on what we read. I find it so hard to hold the magazine and just read. I’ll start skimming through it even when I know I will be quizzed on it. I know I should be really reading it and studying it as I read, but I can’t find myself to do it.
When I start a new class, I always hope they professor will be using a powerpoint and not the textbook. I only want to know the important bullet points of information. It is like my mind is closed off from understanding all the concepts and only wants to know “bullet points.”
How Carr pointed this out right in the very beginning I think is very important. I never truly saw this in myself until he brought it up, and as I kept reading, I was trying to be better. I relate to this in so many ways, given the examples of above, and I am surprised how much I try to get around reading something. Many other people feel this way as well. I found this article written by Hugh McGuire. He discovered how hard it was for him to read a book, and that many other people feel this way.