Thing 5 – Twitter

I have never used Twitter before, partly because I lived in mainland China through the end of 2012 and couldn’t use it and partly because I was resistant to try after moving to Hong Kong in 2013. It didn’t help that it was the favourite medium for Donald Trump, and the news stories that contained twitter feeds as sources for political news really turned me off. It also didn’t help that I had a terrible time setting up my Twitter account for Thing 5; nevertheless, I forged onward in Churchillian fashion and got my Twitter account online: @CamMoriarty.

Now that I have gone through the Twitter website and checked out its features, I think it is a good means to follow contemporary media, celebrities and entertainment news, which is related to my research on radio broadcasting in China before 1949.  Following Twitter will help me not only better understand the media today, it will also serve as a way to reflect on the media before the creation of television and the Internet in a different way. I can also follow media from mainland China, which ironically can’t be accessed from there, and my favourite stars and media in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

 

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Thing 2 -Getting Your Blog Started

A blog is a wonderful thing! It’s funny that I think so now. I have always been wary of reading them, no matter whether the blogs were personal or political. However, I like the idea of a blog as a way to write about my research interests and share them with whomever is interested. Now that I have a blog, I feel that they are empowering and are a good way to stimulate creativity. A blog is truly a wonderful thing!

Thing 4 – Pulling in Information

Feedly

I have never used RSS feeds before. I tried once when living in Beijing but found it very frustrating because I couldn’t access many of the feed sources. However, Feedly makes it easy.

I’ve set up my favorite subjects to follow: History, China news and China media. I’ve always just randomly searched google for those topics before. The sources on Feedly are the same. Now those sources come to me. 😁

Zetoc

I think Zetoc Alerts will make my life much easier looking at the English literature in the field. The timely updates will let me scan what’s new in the field in the English literature and read anything related to my disseration topic right away. I just wish that it also included the huge amount of Chinese journal articles in our electronic Chinese collection.

Pocket

This application is a gem! I’ve always emailed myself story links but have never found a good way to save and store them. This software  does the job. I can save things on the go and then save to Zotero on my computer if I want to use an online news story as source with the punch of a button – Presto!

Thing 3 – My Online Identity

I’ve never thought about how I appear online until today. I was a bit apprehensive when I began to google my own name, but was surprised by what I found—

  • I had to check my pulse when I saw an obituary of a person with my same name. I felt relieved when I could feel the beating of my heart
  • I appear to still be a lecturer at my old school – Centennial College, Hong Kong. My profile is still on its website, even though I left there 3 months ago. I really liked Centennial and am flattered that they have kept me as a faculty member online; however, I’ll need have my profile taken down when I begin my new job search in a couple of years
  • I was pleasantly suprised to find news stories and photos under my Chinese name – 莫毅怀 – when I was working in the Chinese sports industry at NBA and IMG
  • My appearances in the 1985 and 1986 Indiana High School State Wrestling Championships have been published in a book and on online
  • I was happy to find that my Facebook page doesn’t appear on a Google search – I want to keep that private – but my LinkedIn pages does

Learning about my online identity has been very useful, especially how to think about why I use the internet. I found the Vistor and Resident mapping method in Thing 3 very useful to analyse my online behaviour. I now have a better idea on how I want to craft my professional persona online as I move forward in an academic career.

Thing 1 – My Goals for 23 Research Things

My goals for 23 Research Things are simple –

  1. Learn more about new technology and applications for sharing ideas
  2. Develop an understand the strengths and weaknesses of each medium
  3. Learn how to use the various things in 23 Research Things
  4. Communicate more effectively in different mediums

I’m eager to learn more about the technologies, software and techniques in this programme. I must admit that I’ve never been good with technology or software applications, and this seems like a good – and fun – way to learn.

I’ve never blogged before and creating a blog is quite exciting. I look forward to writing about the 23 Research Things and hope to make it an important part of my routine over the next eight weeks. Well, here we go!