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I liked chapter 2! Not as much as Chapter 1, but I still found this chapter very useful. Her are some of my notes from it.

  • Persuasive communication can get almost anything you want. If you do it right.
  • Semantics is the study of words and how they change the meaning over time (Wilcox).
  • Your message will be more clear and effective if the writer does a little research on their target audience.
  • The most important stages in Everett’s new idea theory is awareness and interest stages (Wilcox).
  • For persuasive communication to be effective, you need to use as many communication channels as possible.
  • passive audiences need really highly visual methods to keep their attention.

Thanks Chapter 2!

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In this blog from Grammar Girl, I learned on how to say the year. I know it sounds silly, but apparently there is some controversy.Back in the 1900’s it wasn’t such a controversy. It was just always said, nineteen-fifty, or nineteen-twelve. It was just easy. Now, not so much.

The question is whether to say “twenty-ten” or “two thousand and ten.” The way that sounds best is “twenty-ten”, simply because it has one less syllable than “two thousand and ten.” In other countries, such as Spanish speaking countries, say the year the long way. I am in Spanish 2001 this semester.  The way they say it is really hard to learn. Like right now in Spanish speaking countries the year is “dos mil dies” dos=2 mil=1000 and dies=10. I wonder what every other country says? I have never really thought about that, but it really does interest me.

In English speaking countries, either the long way or the short way is correct. As for Grammar Girl and the Associated Press, they are calling it “twenty-ten.”

I am surprised that the Associated Press called that “twenty-ten” the correct way to pronounce the  year. I, personally, like to say “twenty-ten” as well. It sounds a little more catchy.It is also a lot shorter to say twenty-ten.  I am surprised it is being called correct because usually the least catchiest way to say something is deemed incorrect. Thank you Associated Press for choosing the catchy  and most sensible choice! It is about time! i cant wait till twenty-twenty. That will be a fun year to say.

I wonder what other official grammar rule makers think? Let me know what you think!!

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Well, I must admit I am not the tech savvy social media techie that my PR writing teacher is, but I am trying. The only channel I am currently using now is Facebook. I like Facebook because it is centralized around what school you go to and is very popular with people my age. Because it is centralized around schools, I can easily find my classmates and other people from Georgia Southern University. I have found many study buddies through Facebook. I will be forever grateful to Facebook for that. The study buddies I have found have been very helpful.

I also really like how you can share pictures with other people. A lot of my friends love to take a lot of pictures when we all hang out together. I ,on the other hand, loose my camera easily. So, when my friends put the pictures of us up, all they have to do is tag me and I have access to the pictures. Now, I have all the pictures of my friends and I. I have loaded some of them onto my jump drive and printed them off and put them into frames. Now, my room is filled with beautiful memories of my friends and I.

I want to look into branching out from Facebook only. I would like to get a twitter account and learn how to use it. I think it would be really fun to follow celebrities. Also, since I love to share pictures, I would like to open a Flickr account.

Wish me luck on my new social media adventures! I am goiong to need it 🙂

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  1. I really like this chapter. I can tell this book is going to be a very practical teaching tool.Chapter one explains the tools we, as writers, will need and which ones are the best of their kind. For example, a writer obviously needs a computer. The book goes into the pros and cons of an Apple vs. a PC.
  2. Chapter one also discusses errors to avoid. Such as jargon and goobleygook (Wilcox) (which i had never heard of).
  3. Chapter one offers simple instructions to frequently asked questions. How long should my paragraphs be? How much is too much? What words should I use?

I really enjoyed this chapter and I am looking forward to chapter 2!

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My very first blog!

Hello world. This is my very first blog. I don’t know what quite to say. So, I will start with the reason why I am starting my blog.

The reason why I am beginning a blog is because it is a requirement  in my PR writing course at Georgia Southern University. I have never really thought about creating a blog on my own because I am not the most technological savvy person. I just thought it would be a little to complicated, but it is actually quite simple. I can already tell that blogging may become a nice little stress reliever for myself.

The only thing that I think will be complicated is thinking of topics to blog about. If anyone has any methods of coming up with topics to blog about on their own blogs, let me know!

Thanks,

Jessica

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