Occupy Wall Street — what is it?

Has anyone else asked themselves this question recently? I have.

I knew, in short, that it was people protesting/rallying/coming together/etc. about to economic crisis.  I knew it was, well, on Wall Street, and I heard about some of the police action that was taken.  But, I feel like it hasn’t really been made known several things…like, how it started, who made it start, why (other than the economy) they started it, how it branched to other cities/continents, and other things of that nature.

Have I just been tuned out of the media, or has the news on this been a bit hush-hush?

I did a bit of research on the sites I will list below, but I’m still feeling fuzzy about it. I did find out that it was mostly spurred by the revolution and happenings in Egypt, which were started by a gathering of people.  Though, I feel like those incidents received more media coverage than this is, perhaps that is why it did so well?  More people were informed about it?

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Does the Kindle Fire strike a match or strike out?

Basically, I’m looking for thoughts on the Kindle Fire. Simple as that.

Ever since Apple announced the iPad, and since I got my fingers on one at an Apple store, I’ve been dying for the day that I can make that purchase myself. I’ve always thought, I don’t need one, but my life won’t be complete without one. Ohh, the ways of Apple. I digress. When Amazon announced that they were coming out with a tablet, I was intrigued. I’ve played with my mom’s Kindle and enjoyed it slightly, and I’m a huge fan of Amazon. I felt this was promising.

However, with today’s news, I was a bit disheartened. Yes, it’s cheaper. It’s $199, which beats the Apple iPad and Blackberry Playbook by hundreds upon hundreds of dollars, based upon which iPad/version/3G/Data/Storage/etc you purchased,. But, is the price difference worth it? I read an article posted on CNN that pointed out all the differences, which were basically all the “downgrades,” in the iPad vs Kindle Fire….

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The Musical Magic of Spotify

And why I’m sad I didn’t know about it sooner.

I have been a music connoisseur and seeker since the days I can remember.  I would go out and buy CDs of musicians and bands I had never heard of, or only recognized by word of mouth, just to simply take in all that they were and created.  I would scour online for free downloads, music, albums and everything that I could possibly find by any artist I knew (or didn’t know, in some cases) even a little bit about.

With the birth of iTunes, I was so happy to have all of my music in one, organized and simple to use space.  Especially a space that  could house so much music!  The one downfall, though, was money.  As we all know, it doesn’t grow on trees, and as a student, I definitely don’t have a budget to afford buying music to my heart’s content.  This became a problem over the years, even with Pandora and YouTube and other music sites where one can listen, but not keep on a computer.

Another thing I was always very interested in was sharing my music with friends, and hearing the music they were interested in.  Particularly those friends of mine who liked a wide variety of artists, especially ones that I had not heard of or listened to before.

Then, this week, I was introduced to… SPOTIFY. To my dismay, I had not known about this little speck from heaven sooner….

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The NEW Facebook Timeline

There has been SO MUCH hubbub lately over Facebook and its new News Feed.  Then, today was the F8 where the spoke about even MORE changes.  As most Facebook users, I was skeptical.  I was even a bit angry and frustrated by the change at first, myself.  However, I got over this frustration and realized that they were trying to make these changes for a reason.  I would adapt and cope and learn to love them like I have the past countless updates.

BUT! When I heard about the announcements at the F8 I became EXCITED!  I was interested in this new way of viewing profiles, or seeing things in a “timeline” with photos and featured content, and a scrapbook of your and your friends’ lives.  I was so fascinated and ready for this to launch.  Then, to add to my joy, I found that Mashable posted info and steps on how to get the new Facebook Timeline NOW before it rolls out at the end of this month. So, of course, I jumped on it.  And I’d like to share my experience with you, or more so, my images! Because, after all, we’re more about aesthetics and how nice it looks and how easy it is to use anyway, right?  That has to have something to do with Diffusion of Innovations (and by has I mean, IT DOES.).  So, here it is.  Here are four screen shots of my *NEW* Facebook Timeline, which will only be seen by me until it rolls out to all users at the end of this month.  However, my only regret is that I didn’t “take the tour” first before I set it.  Maybe I’ll have this opportunity again when it officially rolls out…

 

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In addition… [Music Education Matters]

Right after I posted my previous post about the importance of music education and the arts, I went on Facebook and found a lovely article that one of my friends (who is also now an intern at VH1 Save The Music — contact me for more info, if interested in the internship!) posted.

Karl Dean, the mayor of Nashville, launched a new program for the Nashville public school districts called “Music Makes Us: The Nashville Music Education Project.”  The goal of the entire project is to redesign music education as it is known today, and make Music City an innovator and leader in the way music education is approached and taught…. Continue reading →

Music Education Matters

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Yesterday morning I had the pleasure to attend an event at Norman Binkley Elementary school with VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Energizer and country singer Jimmy Wayne.  This event was part of VH1 Save The Music and Energizer’s “Positive Energy” campaign, where the two partnered together to give musical instruments to select schools throughout the nation.  Now, if you know anything about the Save The Music Foundation, then you know that this is their mission and goal, that they are an “organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.” (STM.com).

Now, as you might know, I had the privileged to intern with STM this summer in Manhattan.  In my “About” section, I go-on about this probably a bit more than I should.  But, it’s with good reason.  It was truly life changing and eye-opening for me.  It not only opened doors and windows and all these other outlets for me, and showed me ways I could use what I was learning in the class room, or how happy I could be with a future profession, but I was also working for something I felt passionate about — music education…

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Decisions & Definitions

So, as you may or may not know, this blog was partially an “assignment” for my Social Media in Public Relations class.  However, I don’t view it as much as an “assignment,” but rather a challenge.  I’ve always been interested in blogging, but I’ve never quite figured out how to fit it in my life.  Or how to blog about something that people, other than my close friends & family, actually care to read on a regular basis.  Or — bum bum bum! — how to pick a solid topic.

If you know me relatively well, or even have just known me for a short time, you also may or may not know that I am TERRIBLE with decisions.  It’s a problem.  With that, comes the difficulty of deciding on a cohesive and copacetic topic for this (what I hope to be) very lovely blog of mine.  And yes, this deciding of a topic was an “assignment…”

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