Haiti – A Tourist Attraction?

Posted: January 20, 2010 in travel
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Who hasn’t heard about the Haiti earthquake disaster stories spread out all over the media? News about that magnitude of earthquake travels fast.

I found an article published through MSNBC posted on Twitter that asks the question, “Should cruise ships be taking tourists to Haiti?” After seeing this article, my first response was, “No, of course not.” I thought it was insensitive and thought only the travel industry would benefit.

However, when I looked at the argument and discovered that the industry is actually helping the Haitian people, I opened my mind. I’m not sure I completely changed my mind, but I can see a viewpoint I wouldn’t otherwise see if not for this article.

What do you think? Read the article and leave a comment if you want to be a part of this discussion. Does the article change your mind? You can also vote from the article to voice your opinion.


Costa Rica

Posted: January 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

Located in Central America, Costa Rica is a facinating country and a huge tourist attraction. Until I come up with my own investigative reporting information, here is a ready-made YouTube video called, Costa Rica no Artificial Ingredients.

Costa Rica is a paradise. One of the incredible facts in the video is that they did away with their army for half a century. What a peaceful place.

Costa Rica made it on the newly published New York Times article, The 31 Places to go in 2010 (number 15.)

The primary reason for my own interest in Cost Rica, is to earn college credits for learning Spanish at a school there called Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI), which is a Spanish immersion school. I figure the best way for me to learn Spanish, from what I’ve heard, is to completely immerse myself in the language.

One of my dreams has been to hang-glide off one of the beautiful mountains in Brazil. After watching this video, Peru looks good too. Age is a only a state of mind.

See the article and video here…

Happy New Year!

Posted: January 3, 2010 in Uncategorized
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As the new year, 2010, begins, I’ve decided to start it fresh with a new subject for my blogs. My previous goals will change, which were to write about OSU and journalism for my social media class last fall semester.

Looking at my stats, I’ve noticed no one looking at my blog lately, and I can understand because it’s been awhile since the last post. I’ve been thinking about what to blog about since my class ended in December. An interesting Web site is Baby Blog: 100 Suggestions for blog subjects. It was an interesting list. You can see it at http://webupon.com/blogging/baby-got-blog-100-suggestions-for-blog-subjects/. However, I’ve decided to do something it does not suggest.

What I’ve decided to do is explore travel. So, the next posts you see on this site will be about travel.


Posted: December 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

I am taking a social media break for Christmas. Enjoy the holiday!!!

All About Words

Posted: December 10, 2009 in Uncategorized

Words are powerful.  They make or break relationships.  They express emotions.  They motivate or demotivate people.  They bring life or death.  They bring joy, peace, grace, deliverance, need, greed, restoration, trust, distrust, stability, instability, interest.  They educate, inspire, create, produce, direct, guide, protect, rebuke, and heal.  What are your words today?  Do you know the power of your words?

Social Media Blog Trend

Posted: November 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

“Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks” – Author Unknown (Moneysmith, 2009).

Blogs are great social media. Online blogging promotes effective two-way conversations, so companies and organizations can connect with clients and customers.   Their audience, in turn, responds with comments that many times can make or break a company.  Blogging can build a great reputation, or destroy it.  Blogs are a powerful relational vehicle.  Many books are written for guidance and instruction on keeping and maintaining an effective blog.  If it works to the company or organization’s advantage, then the audience will most likely promote your company or organization and its product or service.  Social media takes center stage in creating communications unheard of before the digital age of computers. Information can be quickly accessed online through the Internet.

Social media tends to level differences in race, gender, and social status.  In the book, Momentum: igniting social change in the connected age, the author explains the leveling effect of social media, that social media “has upended traditional definitions of power and control.  For women, people of color, and young people, the connected age has astounding implications for their access to and power in areas with previously formidable barriers.  These barriers are gone, but the trends toward more access, opportunities, and power for people historically on the outside looking in will continue”  (Fine, 2006).

Historically, in the 1800s, slavery and race issues, women’s rights issues, and Civil War issues prevented accurate and unbiased news.   Government restrictions stifled a reporter’s freedom to write regarding the above issues.

In 1832, Virginia legislators reacted to the Nat Turner rebellion and to abolitionist publications by enacting a law that punished those who wrote books or pamphlets, ‘advising persons of colour within this state to make insurrection.’  The law provided for punishment of thirty-nine lashes for the first offense and death without benefit of clergy for the second offense (Folkerts, 1989).

Even in the 20th century, barriers existed between race, gender, and social status.  Civil rights protests caused division in the country.  Martin Luther King was assassinated for his stand for racial equality.  Women fought hard for jobs that were typically for men only.  Then they had to fight for equal pay.   The fight for freedom has been costly.

Is it any wonder why blogs are so popular after so many years of conflict over communication?  Power and control are given to the people.  Not just certain people, but anyone who wants it.

Reasons for blog popularity: A blog is easy to create and easy to maintain.  All you need is a connection to the Internet; libraries provide this service for free.  There exist several Web sites that provide free blog space.  And, for the most part, no one controls what you say in your blog, so the posting of commentary is immediate and uncensored.  You have a completely free and easy way to express your freedom of speech.  You have the means to supplant media controls on what is published.  You can potentially influence elections, reverse a corporation’s swing on the stock exchange, and uncover the lies of politicians, chief executive officers (CEOs), and presidents.  You can erode institutional power (Duhe, 2007).

Technology changes the face of business.  Some facts about social media: Follow this link to see Did You Know 4.0 on YouTube.  Social media is big business today.  On the video it reads, “What fits in your pocket now, will fit in a blood cell in 25 years.”  Incredibly amazing achievements will be available in future technology. 

Think of the impact of social media and the last presidential election.  The video claimed President Obama raised $55 million for his election using social media for his campaign.

Carolyn Grisko explains how journalism changes with social media in the video Social Media The Big ShiftSome of the highlights of what she said, “Newspapers are disappearing.  Television broadcast news is rapidly changing too.  Journalists need an integrated plan to be effective to an audience.  People want two-way conversation”  (Girsko, 2009).

Advertising online is interactive.  Social media, including blogs, contain advertising.   It is still big business.  The ads entertain as they inform, as in this ad for Macintosh computers.  The desired message is clear in this video ad.  PC’s have more problems than the Mac.   Online advertising creates a more lively way of getting a message across.

Through all the technology changes past, present, and future, people learn there is no need to fear change.  Change brings new discoveries.  It keeps thoughts and ideas fresh.  The best part of social media is the ability people have to communicate without old barriers of the past.  

News and information spreads at an incredible speed today and at a greater distance.   Businesses will need to learn social media or be left behind.  Even now, new technology is being developed and the old is being replaced with the new.   Gina Trapani wrote,  “When I look out on the blogosphere, I don’t see lots of inconsequential blogs. I see lots of possibility” (Trapani, 2009). The future appears to be bright with many possibilites.