They Say/ I Say

One of my previous nuggets that I have chosen from a reading that really relates to me as a writer, as well as my inquiry project, is, “Science has provided the swiftest communication between individuals; it has provided a record of ideas and has enabled man to manipulate and to make extracts from that record so that knowledge evolves and endures throughout the life of a race rather than that of an individual.” This nugget was from, “As We May Think,” by Vannevar Bush.

This excerpt relates to me as a writer and thinker because I view technology as something that has made communication, as well as other actions, faster and more efficient. Just like the quote, I also believe that technology discoveries have enabled us to improve upon them in order to make them better and more public. That leads me to the relation to my inquiry project, YouTube was created 10 years ago, and today it is one of the most visited websites around the world. This web space has been improved and advanced each year to allow for endless possibilities for those using it, as well as viewing it.


Progress Report

Things have been going pretty good so far, in my opinion. I have not been keeping up with the blogs like I want to, I have been creating them a day or more later than the due date, so that’s not good. However, other than that I feel confident about everything else happening in the class. Now that we are at the midterm, going into the final half of the semester, I feel the pace picking up just a bit, not too bad. I am getting more excited to research more on my topic and share what I find with everyone else.

I am not quite sure what the incubator classroom is, but I am going to guess that it is when we separate into smaller groups and discuss whatever the topic is. If it is that, I like it because it is less intimidating to share my ideas since it is only a few other people, and not the entire class. I also think it helps us generate more ideas about the topic, since everyone has a different opinion about things.


Futuring My Dream

I have chosen to focus on YouTube and how the salary of the famous YouTube personalities compare to the salaries of television stars. Looking into the future, 10 years from now, I see YouTube becoming more advanced and more popular than cable television.

In 10 years, cable tv will be a thing of the past. All of the entertainment will be provided online through either YouTube(which I believe will take over the entire world at some point) or online streaming of movies and reoccurring shows. Today, online streaming is already becoming more and more popular. For example, I received an email last week that said anyone who is connected to the VCU wifi can sign into this website(using your VCU ID) and stream live television, as well as record your favorite shows, so you can watch them later. This is just one of many ways that live television can be streamed to your laptop or tablet. Not to mention, there are numerous popular original shows from both Netflix and Hulu, which are both online streaming websites with popular tv shows and movies. With all of these new and increasingly more popular websites for online streaming, the entire population will be watching their favorite shows and movies online, while cable TV will cease to exist.


This post relates very closely with what I want to explore for my inquiry project. I want to explore the difference or similarity in the salary of a famous YouTube personality and a famous television star. I believe that by exploring this aspect of YouTube will wither confirm or deny my theory that YouTube personalities are just as high ranking as famous television stars, which means YouTube is just as popular, if not more popular, than cable television.

I would present my inquiry project question as, “How does the salary of famous YouTube personalities compare to those of famous TV stars, and how does this relate to the popularity of either space?”


Kay/Goldberg Nugget Post

One part from the article, “Personal Dynamic Media,” by Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, was, “For most of recorded history, the interactions of humans with their media have been primarily non conversational and passive in the sense that marks on paper, paint on walls, even “motion” pictures and television, do not change in response to the viewer’s wishes.” This also ties into my topic for the inquiry project.

I think this statement is essentially saying, in the past technology has not been changed to please those who are using it, and the so called, “viewers,” did not have much say in how it worked. However, this has since changed because there is more viewer participation and input than there ever has been before. Different types of technology mediums are including the suggestions and opinions of the people who are using that product, by reaching out to those who use them and asking what they could do better. For example, YouTube filters what shows up on what the user sees as the home page based on their watched video history. This helps the viewer expand their video watching habits by clicking on the very conveniently placed videos in front of them.


Interpreting My Dream

So, like I said in my “Texting my dream” post, for my inquiry project I have chosen to focus on the economic perspective of the people who have popular channels on Youtube, formally known as, YouTube personalities. I have chosen to focus more on the YouTuber, Grace Helbig, because she has accomplished many things in her time(about 5 years)on the internet. Not to mention, she briefly had a television show on the E! Network, along with her popular channel on YouTube. She does more than just make videos on YouTube, she is also a New York Times best seller for her book, Grace’s Guide: The Art Of Pretending to Be a Grown-up, and also has her own podcast, Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig, which features stars of YouTube as well as television.

Just this year, I discovered the YouTube vlogging/ Youtuber world that essentially makes YouTube what it is today. Before, I had somewhat of an idea of people posting their lives on YouTube for everyone to see, but I thought it was necessary and uninteresting. I would check out a few people’s videos every once in a while because I thought they were funny, such as Jenna Marbles. However, I have since realized that these popular YouTube personalities are actually planning to take over the world very talented in what they do, and are getting paid about 1 million dollars a year. There are too many famous YouTube personalities to count, but some of my favorites are; Tyler Oakley, Miranda Sings, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart. I want to explore how the income and fame of these YouTube personalities compare to that of actors on popular television shows.

team internet


Changes To My Blog

I have made some minor changes to my blog in order to make it more appealing and exciting. I did not realize there were so many different themes available, so I previewed many of them before deciding on the one I currently have. However, I do have to say it is still difficult to navigate around the settings and extra features on my blog. Really, I felt like my grandmother when she tries to figure out how to use her iPhone.


I wanted my blog to reflect my personality, so I chose to set one of my favorite edits of the iconic Paramore(my favorite band ever) bars as my header photo. I also want my blog to pop with color, so I chose to set the text and such as my favorite shade of bright blue. I just love bright, fun colors and if I could figure out how to make my entire blog rainbow, I would.




Computer Lib/ Dream Machines Nugget post

One passage from, Computer Lib/ Dream Machines by Theodor Nelson, was, “The things people try to do with movies, TV and the more glamorous uses of the computer, whereby it makes pictures on screens—are strange inversions and foldovers of the rest of the mind and heart.” When I read this, it made me really think. It also goes along with my topic for the inquiry paper, which is the economic perspective of YouTube personalities. Nelson, I think, was bringing light to how far society can go with the different things we discover. In relation to my topic, the videos people post on YouTube, Nelson would describe as strange inversions and foldovers of the rest of the mind and heart. I think that by this he means, what people choose to do with the technology we discover reflects their personality and how their mind works.

Another part of the reading that struck me was, “Media have evolved from simpler forms, and convey the background ideas of our time, as well as the fads. Media today focus the impressions and ideas that in previous eras were conveyed by rituals, public gatherings, decrees, parades, behavior in public, mummer’ troupes . . . but actually every culture is a world of images.” This made me think of the “now trending” news segments that are on the YouTube main feed. Nelson has made a point in saying that the news has evolved and now includes more than just political or economic topics. We have also expanded on how we can view recent news stories by making them available online or on special apps, instead of just on TV or the radio.


I really liked  ‘s perspective on the text and how it somewhat pertained to her topic. Although it did not directly link to what she chose to write about, the segment she chose can be applied to really pretty much anything in the technology world.

I also liked The Kaur Blog’s perspective on the text, even though it does not pertain to my topic or theirs. When I read the segment they chose, I felt very similarly to how they felt about it.

This post also is not related to my topic, but it made me think. I like how they chose the keyboard as something we have just gotten used to and how the way it is now is just fine for us, since it seems to have been working for us for some time now.

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