My Twitter Analysis of Alice Daer

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The person that I chose to analyze is Alice Daer. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Arizona State University, Go Sun Devils!  I honestly chose to follow her because her first name just happens to be the name of my hometown here in Texas.  I know that sounds cheesy, but it is the truth.  Her Tweet topics range from political advertisements and education based topics in one spectrum to the daily happenings of her husband and daughter in another.   After making my selection of Alice Daer, I learned that her specialty of digital literacies, social media and video games made her one awesome lady.  Especially since one of our class’ main topics this semester is social media, Daer’s quick 140 characters could easily teach us a few things.  As a former electronic technician with a degree in electronics and computer technology, I found it easy to laugh at some of her technical jargon jokes and her video game work.  

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I’d be done with this analysis really quick but her avatar can really only say so much.  The head shot that she selected to use has almost Glamour Shots style and presence.  The whole, innocent look over your left shoulder while giving a coy smile to express her playful innocence is a picture that almost any girl in America has in their home.  She wore a black top with her hair down to give the impression that she is relaxed and fun to be around.  The odd part about this picture is the fact that it was taken outside.  All of her specialty work and career objectives tend to be indoor positions, so that means she not only liked the way she looked in the photo but she may secretly wish to spend more time outside in the grass. 

Daer is an Assistant Professor, mother of an 18 month old and is an all around cool lady; her amount of tweets has ranged from two a day to close to eight a day.  Talk about your renaissance woman, I guess she has to slow down every once in a while, due to her working on a book about Social Media Literacies.  After scrolling to the bottom of her Twitter page, I found that she started up her Twitter account on June 29th of 2010. Since then she has tweeted over 5451 times to her 2152 followers and has re-tweeted a few times from the 684 people that she follows at random.  She has even asked her followers to help answer questions for some of her current students.  I would say that she is an extremely busy person because with all that she has going on, she is also a member of the graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition studies.  These are just the “hard facts” that I was able to discover from her Twitter page information. 

I went back to early September Tweets, in order to find out who Daer really is due to my lack of ability to read people by what they type.  I know, that’s a super cool ability to have and you should be jealous.  After reading her tweets and re-tweets for the past month, I can honestly say that other than her strong Democratic support, she is a woman after my own heart.  On October 1st @ 4:51 am, Daer tweeted, “Really wishing Samuel Jackson was here to tell my baby to Go the F*ck to Sleep”.  She seems to be a fan of Samuel Jackson, Pulp Fiction memes, and a dog lover to boot.  If that was all that I looked at then this paper would be a lot shorter but when she mentioned to one of her followers that, “there are 2 lives, before and after kids,” I knew she was funny.  Although, when she mentioned her love for Starbucks and dislike for the Dave Mathews Band, she instantly became a “keeper”.  If that wasn’t enough to keep me interested in reading her tweets, she goes and tweets one of the funniest Mitt Romney impressions that I have ever seen to this day (got to love YouTube).  When Mrs. Daer tweeted a link to the NPR article (http://www.npr.org/2012/10/01/162103528/presidential-campaigns-rock-the-gamer-vote?ft=1&f=1014&sc=tw) describing the use of Presidential advertisements in online video games, that solidified my thought of her being a democrat.  Especially since the main screen shot of the video game was a car parked in front of a billboard sign for President Obama.  I guess her tweets about setting up a donation site for President Obama’s reelection could have been easier clues but then again my “eagle eyes” are getting old. 

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“I’ve been sittin here, Tryin to find myself” – Kid Rock

Where do I begin?

 

  1. Twitter
  2. Blogging
  3. Web 2.0

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A few days ago, I Tweeted, “after this semester is over, who will keep blogging and tweeting?”  The funny part about that was … I only received 2 answers and they were from people that really don’t like posting.  

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I guess the others were too busy to answer or they just had to finish tweeting, blogging or finishing their homework.  

I was going to simply ramble on for about 400 words to finish out this blog but then I realized : I actually use multiple applications of web 2.0 and would probably freak out if any of them would crash.  

Simple things like Facebook, Twitter, email or Drop Box have become huge staples in my daily activities.  Sharing files on Drop Box, coordinating meeting via Twitter, “liking” statuses on Facebook and receiving multiple spam emails from all 3 email accounts; is what actually makes up the first 5-10 minutes of my day.  

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Due to this semester’s class, we all became “professional” bloggers.  We all took some time every Saturday or Sunday to generate our feelings for whatever article that we read earlier that week.  Some took more out of the articles than others and as for me … I just tried to have some fun with it.  Who would have thought that I would actually enjoy having a blog?.

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Where do we go from here?

Some of us will remain students at UTA for a little while longer but a few of us will walk the stage as graduates. Graduates of what ever degree plan they have worked their asses off for and graduates of WEB 2.0.  

So in the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emerson –

“Do not go where the path may lead: Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

“I’m NOT crazy … my mother had me tested.” – Dr Sheldon Cooper

   Sometimes it’s hard to describe what is going on in my head to the average person but I swear that I’m not crazy … so back away from my unicorn – he gets real moody if he doesn’t have his coffee 1st thing in the morning.  I am carrying on with my blog today, even though we do not have a blog assigned.  Weird right?  I guess with the amount of homework that is due on Monday plus the hours of chores that need to be done at home, one would think that I would be on a fast paced mission to complete that work instead of rambling on and on about whether or not I am crazy.  Sure the point of having “nothing better to do at the library” while my kids read and play on the learning database could account for something but what?

 

 

 

I sat here transfering my History notes from analog to digital and found myself becoming the “old man” shushing the loud kids in the library.  Pretty soon I’ll be yelling at the kids that are walking through my lawn, oh wait … I already do that.

What the hell happened to me?

Have I taken that step off the ledge of normality and sanity?

Or can I do the Hokey Pokey and take my “left foot out … cause that’s what it’s all about”.

Maybe it’s just the high levels of stress from this semester of school, wrapped with the lack of money from job and financial aid, encapsulated with the almost empty bottle of Crown but I must go on!!!

Even if I were crazy, would anyone have really been able to tell?  I don’t keep my shaved hair in a jar, eat dry wall or chase cars (anymore), so what am I worried about?

 

I guess it’s all about how you handle every situation that is going on in front of you.  The option of solving future problems that are too far down the road would be awesome but we really never know what is going to happen today … much less tomorrow.

So I guess I’ll log off now and get back to my issues of today:

  1. Spanish Homework
  2. More Spanish Homework
  3. Family time
  4. Birthday party

Hopefully I can get this all taken care of soon or I’ll be boarding Ozzy’s Crazy Train and literally Barking at the Moon!!!

At least I’ll have my dog to keep me company.

“ME FAIL ENGLISH! THAT’S UNPOSSIBLE!” – Ralph Wiggum

“You hate to read but you’re going to be a teacher … Lord help us”, is what my wife said when I finished my registration for UTA.  Two English classes later and I signed up for English 3372 because of the interesting title of Computers and Writing.  Here I was thinking that this class was going to be about the life and writings of programmers but boy was I wrong.

  I had my doubts at the beginning until our Professor  said,”there are NO assigned books for this class.”  At that moment, Professor Hara seemed to be floating in class with her harp and wings slowly moving in the air conditioned classroom.  I swear that I almost heard 8 pound, 6 ounce baby Jesus say,”you’re welcome.”

What I didn’t hear when baby Jesus spoke to me was that we would have to read web articles, old writings about the future of our “electronic” lives, create a Twitter account and even write a blog.  I actually remember doing my “confused dog look” when the last 2 were mentioned.

I had heard about blogs before this class but actually thought that only really smart and emotionally damaged people wrote blogs and I didn’t think that I fit into either one of those genres.  As for Twitter, back in 2007, I actually thought to myself, “this crap will never catch on” but now I have to send out 10 random thoughts a day but found myself tweeting about the same things that made me wonder, “who on earth is reading my ramblings?”

I guess the little boy from The Matrix was right when he said,” Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth … There is no spoon.”

(Wait I’m going somewhere with this)

Little did I know that my classmates and I would become the primary authors that would be covered in the class.  We became the working model of Web 2.0.  By becoming an author in Web 2.0, I can say (with a grin) that I’m now part of the Matrix.  My want to learn about how computers and writing actually blended together creating something that I’m actually proud of.

What comes next is completely up to you, and you, and yes … you too.

Welcome to the web.  Don’t worry, if you don’t like it, it will change pretty soon.