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This blog was created for a class I am no longer taking.  Thanks to all the folks that have stopped by and left comments.

Please view my new/old blog at mderoberts.wordpress.com for latest thoughts, resources, pictures and multimedia endeavors.

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So, I’ve already done one post about a Facebook uprising and how its users are not so subtly dropping hints about what they want from the interface, but here’s another example of how people are using Facebook’s own product to communicate feedback. Read More »

I had an interesting article set in front of me about how companies are using social media and some stats based on everything from their intended use to their understanding of these tools.  The article sent out surveys to about 7,400 marketing executives and is based off of the 271 respondents (answered between June 25 and 30, 2009), which was published in the October 2009 edition of PRWeek. Read More »

I just left the Communications Building at Elon.  What started off as a way to spend an afternoon, observing a video production for some Broadway guy, turned into wonderful time spent with music and storytelling.  I was in for way more than I planned. Read More »

Here is an article I found thanks to classmate, Steve Earley, which discusses how the leader of the newest popular group on Facebook, “Change Facebook Back to Normal,” is merely an 8th grader. Read More »

Fall break was a breath of fresh air from grad school and now that the batteries are recharged, I’m ready to have tackle some of the bigger projects of the semester which are due in the next week. Read More »

So there are a lot of viral videos out their, whether their purpose is to inform, advertise, or evoke emotion, like this one.

I came across one this afternoon that I really liked.  Check it out: Read More »

Grad school is a lot of work, but you can’t let yourself be completely consumed.  After all, all work and no play make Johnny a dull boy, no?

There is a crew of us that stay at school until such late hours that it’s pretty damn silly.  Whether we are doing work for a big project, attempting to get ahead, or simply enjoying the distractions, you can’t complain about good company.

This week was off to an intense start thanks to a Flash project.  Needless to say, here at the end of the week, we are all pretty wiped.  Fortunately nothing too grueling was due today, but people were still at school pretty late last night.  Some were actually doing work, but a couple of my classmates boycotted work in favor of sanity.  Instead, they went down the block to the library and rented the entire The Beatles Anthology.

I joined them throughout the night, taking extended work breaks to enjoy great music and watch some amazing footage of the Fab Four’s domination.

I love music.  This is a statement of absolute truth, which cannot be faltered.

All personal interests aside, it was really neat to watch this historic footage because of all the old media.  The cameras, the television show, and how people interacted with one another.  Sure, some things have not changed fundamentally, but pop-culture of the 1960’s was completely different for humor and presentation.

You can’t not watch these movies and think about audience.  It’s everywhere.  In between shots of the band being chased by their fanatics and intimate studio sessions, was where the audience came to play.  These folks were not only talented musicians that had a product, which not only sold itself, but they also had a way of captivating a crowd.  The charm, the genuine interest in their fans, all this leads to the groundswell.

Well, maybe something’s aren’t meant to be analyzed too much, but this was a fun night and I enjoyed sharing a moment with a couple of people from school and exchanging thoughts about what their music meant to us.

Twitter is launching a project that is inviting a small group of volunteers to translate tweets.  An article on Mashable didn’t quite say how many translators will be involved or what languages will be available.  They did point to taking baby steps, as Twitter doesn’t seem to be jumping into a massive undertaking like Facebook, who is translated in about 70 different languages. Read More »

Recently my class met with Ellyn Angelotti, Interactivity Editor and Adjunct Faculty at the Poynter Institute, via Skype.  I had a chance to ask her one question, so I went for something that interests me.

How will multimedia change the format of journalism? Read More »