Twitter: Where Stating Your Opinion Costs Money

Professional athletes have been given the privilege to express their opinion and interact with fans using social media such as Twitter over the past few years. Though this has been very beneficial for the players, teams and leagues that allow it, there have been a few issues with this medium.

JR Smith, a shooting guard for the New York Knicks, was fined $25,000 for a tweet involving his brother (Chris Smith, also a professional basketball player for the Knicks) and Brandon Jennings, the point guard for the Detroit Pistons.  Continue reading

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We Win Championships

For this blog post, I’ll take a look into a project that I helped develop on the job.

My job today, in DePaul’s Athletic Communications office, mostly involves statistics, game analysis and writing recaps. So for this part of my blog, I’m going to reach into a recent archive of when I was at Pepperdine’s Athletic Communications office in beautiful Malibu, California.

So, without further adieu…  Continue reading

Rice and Beer

While this may be an infamous late Saturday night meal, I’m not just talking about the food, here.

Not too long ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a guest lecture here at DePaul University. The speaker was none other than Jeff Rice from the Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies department at the University of Kentucky.

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Packers vs. Vikings

How many of you have watched a football game completely interrupted? Before you answer, let me explain a little more. I’m not talking about your buddies messing around with you or having to go do chores; I’m talking about what is ON the screen.

With that said, let me ask you again, how many of you have watched a football game completely interrupted? Continue reading

The Power of Trail Mix

Being connected with new media is somewhat like a bag of trail mix. There are lots of good things with both such as the way you can update your thoughts (the candy) via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram or simply checking e-mail from your smart phone. Hypermedia allows us to do things of this nature. Hypermedia can be defined as video, audio, graphics, links, and even this text all intertwined to produce a non-linear medium. This medium is full of information that is stimulated for the naked eye to see. Continue reading

A Second Life

In the beginning of Chapter 11 in Sherry Turkle’s book Alone Together, she mentions the virtual gaming world and how easy it is to get caught up in the fantasy. Instantly, I thought of this clip from NBC’s award winning show (and in my opinion, the best show of all-time), “The Office.” Continue reading

Multitasking…and then some

In chapter 8 of Turkle’s book Always On, I came across an interesting topic: multitasking. There are certainly a few ways to look at this so I’ll come at from two angles.

First off, I’d like to mention that I am a fan of multitasking, but with a purpose. As a future employee of an athletic department, multitasking will be a necessity. Whether it be getting e-mails, checking stats, updating website; it all comes together for a central purpose of informing the audience. Turkle mentions that multitasking is “…once seen as something of a blight, is recast as a virtue (pg. 162).” With today’s culture and available technology, it is important that everyone be acclimated to what is now being considered by today’s standards as a “virtue”: multitasking. Continue reading

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