Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Research Topic?

What is the best video game console?

This is a topic that I do have some prior knowledge on, and one of my strengths is proving why my choice and reasons are better. One problem that I am facing is that with this topic I can be strayed from the point really fast and that many people have different views on what is better in their own way. I like how some people choose which system is better, just on price, looks, or even sounds but I feel that many people do not have all the specs or information that they need to know what system is actually better.What I would like to look at first is the uncommon things, like Roberts says to do, not the main points which everybody talks about but the other reasons behind it. Something like this could be how easily it can be hacked or how easily it can be remodeled.

My question may not cover what I exactly want to go over but right now it covers the point of what I am trying to say. I want people to look at odd reasons why one system may be better than a different one. I feel this will be a good topic that I will be able to find many different views and opinions on, and can also find a lot of good information to back my different points.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Gladwell Blog

  Gladwell asks if plagiarism is really stealing, and when it is considered plagiarism.  Gladwell talks about without plagiarism, using, tweaking, or changing other peoples work we would not have half the stuff we have now.  Music would not be the same, books, or even plays would be different if we took every little detail into aspect.  To me Gladwell seems to be saying we need plagiarism but we need to accredit the person or work we are using.  He goes through explaining different cases in which the person was not accredited or when they were, and all the different loop holes and feelings there are behind plagiarism.  By loop holes I mean there are really easy ways to use or copy other work without having to get permission or give credit to them.  But with that said it is really easy to make a mistake and plagiarize someone else and not realize it.  This can be an honest mistake, a careless mistake, or someone just trying to cheat the system and Gladwell goes through a lot of these different things.
  I was really bored by this piece that we read by Gladwell, it was really slow and did not interest me.  I know that this is a fine feeling but I also learned some things from the piece, such as all the different ways you can plagiarize without feeling like you are.  The example he went through with the play, Frozen shows how someone can easily accredit someone for their work but then not think they are plagiarizing someone else.  This really made me realize how easily I could plagiarize and not think I am because I feel that it is not someones work but it may be public writing.  The piece was boring but it did make me think about how plagiarism is all around me and how it effects everyday things.