Journey to Digital Literacy

How do you measure literacy? We easily think of how to read and write, but we often forget about the ability to communicate digitally. My journey through Digital Communications has taught me just that. Digital Literacy Glynda Hull, professor of literacy, says the following of digital literacy: “… [an] urgent need: to expand our conceptions…

Digital Inequalities: Social Inequalities Amplified

Social inequalities are easy to think about. If you are in poverty, if you are a minority, if you are homosexual, a woman, or disadvantages in society are fairly obvious. However, inequalities in the digital realm still occur and can be just as dangerous and contribute to the aforementioned areas on a larger scale. Age…

Website Design and App Usage

In designing a website, we’ve come to a movement where simple beats fancy. A great example of this is Windows 8 and the geometrical design’s that accompany it. However, when building a website, user friendliness beats aesthetic every time. A user would rather navigate your website easily on the device of their choice, and also…

Pageants>Football

Pageants still hold relevance in today’s society. Millions of fans pile into football stadiums and watch men literally trample each other to win a game, and their morals are never questioned. While pageants do promote the betterment of young women through confidence building, scholarship, and service, they are competition. Beauty queens train to look their…

Plan Ahead: The Foundations of Video Making

When setting out to build a video, whether it be fiction or a documentary, the best thing you can do is to plan ahead. Planning ahead in all aspects of video and editing, from the script to editing deadlines, can change the quality of your video. Todd Chappell writes in “Video Production Primer” a step by…

Glitz and Glamour or Brains and Service

In the pageant realm, there are two major pageant systems: the Miss Universe Organization and the Miss America Organization. Both hold a lot of relevance, but accomplish two very different things. The Miss Universe Organization works alongside the Miss America Organization to promote the betterment of young women and service, but the contestants are more…

Swimsuit Competition in Pageants

Should the swimsuit competition be included in pageants? The relevance of the swimsuit portion of competition in mainstreamed pageants is a much debated question. While some would argue that the swimsuit competition is an unfair measure of beauty, pageant participants would say that it is an outlet through which they can demonstrate confidence. Pageants Without Swimsuit…

Relevance of Pageants Today

“They’re so fake!” “Why would you spend so much money on something so meaningless?” “They are promoting a negative body image for young women!” “It’s rigged!” These are all statements I have heard time and time again while competing in pageants. Without knowing much about what it really takes and means to compete in a pageant,…

Grabbing Attention in the Digital World

Both Carroll and Felder discuss techniques to help digital communicators harness their writing schools into an eye catching medium, that will allow them to be noticed in the market. Carroll sees the best way to come to this result to be through design and editing. Felder differs, as she sees planning and drafting essential in…