Bootcamp

These two weeks have been a kind of whirlwind; there was a lot of information we covered that I had never really thought about before. I figured I knew enough and was already pretty well-adapted to posting things online and interacting with others. RSS feeds may come in handy in the future, and copyright and infringement laws are definitely something to note, especially since I spend a good amount of time on the internet. And who knows, maybe I’ll get a grown up job that incorporates these concepts!

Blogs, in general, are also more interesting to me now. Using YouTube, I follow vlog channels, which are video-blogs, and they seem to have a more carefree, daily-living type of theme, whereas blogs, at least in this class, have a more intellectual, deeper meaning within its posts.

The work was generally pretty easy, if one could keep up with the deadlines (whoops). I’m definitely going to try posting more regularly, which I think will help me grasp the concepts more readily.

Other work:

 

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a much larger concept than I first realized. You see it on the news or in passing on websites but artists, designers, authors, companies, etc. all have rights that others must be careful not to infringe upon, and these are serious matters. On the website WIPO, “Intellectual Property” is a term that means “creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce”. Once these “creations of the mind” are copyrighted, patented, or trademarked, any use of these works without permission can and are subject to legal action.

Take Taylor Swift for example: I feel like I see her name all the time as she tries to enforce copyright laws on the use of her music, and even trying to trademark her name and song titles/lyrics against vendors profiting off unofficial merchandise.

Understandable? Yes.

Another thought: being a fan of YouTube, and its creators, there are always issues that pop up where ideas for videos or content is deemed “stolen” or “copied”. A few years ago, a popular channel received backlash after they attempted to trademark the term “react”. Their channel focused on reactions from certain types of audiences to pop culture, historical events/figures, trends, and anything shocking and amazing. Trademarking this term on such a platform (entertainment videos) would be very problematic considering the vast amount of channels that use this reaction format; almost anyone could infringe on this trademark. Buzzfeed also receives a negative reaction among YouTubers because their video concepts are “stolen” from smaller channels and are redistributed to larger audiences in attempts to gain more views.

These being types of social media platforms, it’s hard to draw the line between intellectual property and “trend”, at least I think so, especially in the evolving world of technology and media. Some are clear-cut, and others are ambiguous.

Anyway, these were just some thoughts I had on the subject.

RSS

A little late to the party, but in reviewing RSS and learning what RSS can do for bloggers and/or other people that subscribe to numerous feeds, the use of these sites, such as Feedly, can really pin down large amounts of information in one painless place. Functioning and multitasking online is made simple considering how easy it is to subscribe to these outlets. Though I’m not one to use much sites outside of my regular social media platforms, I was still able to find a couple sites I do enjoy and simply copy/paste them and see all their regularly-posted articles and videos in one accessible place. Maybe RSS feeds can be something I can use more readily.

Hello!

My name is Marena. New to blogging, not new to sharing my life online.

I am a student at Bemidji State University, a senior (FINALLY) and I am an English major. I greatly enjoy books upon books and the English language.

I don’t necessarily have a coherent theme in mind for this blog, so I hope ‘Nonsense’ will cover my somewhat random array of interests such as books (obviously), quotes, music, YouTubers, innumerable fandoms, movies, travel, thoughts, work, classes, assignments, etc.

That being said, this is a classroom assignment so I really hope to learn more about content writing, and using social media and the web in new ways.

Maybe this will be informative, maybe it’ll be entertaining. Hopefully, it’s interesting.