Progress Post 6

Since the very beginning of Pub 101, and the beginning of my blog site, I have always been concerned with my audience. In every presentation I have attended, and from everyone I’ve talked to about creating my own website, I have always walked away with the clear fact spinning around in my head that your audience is one of the most important things to focus on. Once you figure out who your audience is, everything else will follow. This sounds great in theory, but in reality it appears to be much more difficult. Continue reading “Progress Post 6”

Essay: Is Social Media Democratic?

             Democracy, in one definition, reads: “The principle of equality of rights, opportunity, and treatment…” and in theory, social media and the internet in general are excellent examples of this, simply because we live in a digital age where everyone is included and treated equally. Although this tends to be the understanding for most, it is definitely not the case for people with disabilities. Yes, technology has come a long way, and it has brought many advances in a wide array of industries, including accessible technologies. However, now that we are in the time of the internet and social media, there are websites being created in the blink of an eye, constant changes being made, and an increasing need to be connected (literally and figuratively) online, those with disabilities are falling through the cracks. As unfortunate as this is, we must first review the specific rights of those with disabilities, since rights and online accessibility form a continuous loop. Background information is thus provided to refer to while exploring the shortfalls of the internet. Continue reading “Essay: Is Social Media Democratic?”

Peer Review 2

While checking out ReRouted.ca I really liked the design choices I saw. The first thing that drew my attention was the photo grid of the progression of removing the football helmet. I liked this for a couple reasons: The blue of the helmet and the yellow of the shirt is very eye catching, and it also told a story that works extremely well with his “About Me” statement, about him discovering the person beneath the helmet. I also really liked the overall grid choice that appeared throughout the entire blog – it looked nice, made navigation very easy, and you didn’t have to scroll to find anything. My only suggestion about this is that I noticed that there are photo grids for blog and mini assignment posts, but not progress posts, so maybe having the photo grid for every section of the site would be a good idea to keep it uniform. A side note about the photo grid which are links to posts, it reminded me of an Advent calendar which was amusing! Continue reading “Peer Review 2”

Blog Post 6: No Exit

book cover for No Exit. An extremely snowy road at night, lit only as far as the headlights of a car, the top half of the image is the black night sky with blowing snow and the words "No Exit" in blue text, the bottom half is the snowy road.Welcome to today’s Book Nerd review of No Exit by Taylor Adams. I was first drawn to this book when I read the description that HarperCollins Canada provided through my Facebook newsfeed. The description caught my attention almost instantly: “A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do? We can’t think of a better book to cozy up with in the middle of winter. No Exit by Taylor Adams is a brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman.” How could you just scroll past that? Especially when the words “kidnapped child, edgy, no help for miles” and “thriller” are in the mix. I follow many authors and publishing companies on Facebook, and I am so glad I do because if I didn’t I would have never found this extremely thrilling book. Continue reading “Blog Post 6: No Exit”