Monday, December 16, 2013

Instagram

I personally do not use Instagram. I made an account a few years ago when it first came out and wasn't into it. It was just like Facebook but with photos. Surprisingly, that's what I hate most about Facebook, the constant amount of photos that people post. So there's no way I'm going to be apart of Instagram. I don't mind people who post photos every now and then. Especially if they are a good friend of mind. I'd love to see what they've been up too through photos. Sometimes they can be silly pictures that brighten your day. Usually that's not the case. As an example, every Fall season my news feed on Facebook is covered with pictures of a skinned deer hanging from a tree. Almost every day when I logged onto Facebook I'd see that. I've had to block most of the "rednecks" who thinks it's a great idea to show the world the guts of an innocent animal that they call their "trophy". I think people go too far with pictures, especially on social media sites. I don't think there's anything wrong with it, mainly because it's their right to post whatever they want, they have that freedom. Just means I gotta stay off Facebook for a few days.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Scientists & Life

Life is a very strange thing. We were all put here on this earth, just to be able to leave the earth at a random time. What's the point? Are we supposed to make an impact on the world in our life span? It's a weird thing if you really sit down and think about it. No one will ever know the answer to that, but that's what makes it interesting. If someone told me that I could chose my life span, I'd obviously say in my 80's. I really don't want to go older than that. Your body starts failing, you lose memories, and you have your Monday-Sunday pills to take. I couldn't imagine having to go through that stage of just knowing your time is near and you're surviving by the pills you have to take. To be honest, I wouldn't want to know my life span. I'd rather just enjoy life each day and see where that takes me, with no regrets.

Leading into the next question.. Does adding years to your life span make it any fuller? I mean, technically I say that's true.. But you make your life full, it's your ability. Adding a year to your life will give you more time to do things, but it'll only be fuller if you make it.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Are pranks bullying?

"Pranking" has been around for as long as we can remember. There are many different forms of pranking, some good, and some bad. It really depends on the content of the prank, and if it puts people is harms way. Doing a prank to somebody saying "oh my god your dads dead!" Is not a prank, it's bullying. If you go on YouTube and type in "pranks" you'll find pages and pages of people doing public pranks. 90% of them are all in good fun and trying to make the person smile after. There's a prank online of two kids pulling a prank on their drunk friend by creating a simulated fake coffin because they know his biggest fear is being buried alive. They do so, and their friend screams in fright and falls off the table almost breaking his neck.. Yeah their friends and all, but that's bullying.

Most bullying in general the kids say "it was all in good fun" or "I was just joking." Obviously it wasn't because of how the other person must have felt. Pranks become bullying when things get too personal and dives into people's biggest fears. You can still do a prank, just keep it fun. Sometimes doing a prank of someone pretending to be a cat in Walmart (it does exist..) can be funnier.

I can't remember a prank that happened to me that I thought went to far to where I was upset. I usually laugh about after.

I do remember doing a stupid prank one time to my "friend" Joe Nixon. He picked me up and while he was in my house, my other friend got into his car and laid in the backseat covering himself with a
blanket. We drove away and for 10 minutes Joe had no idea. Finally my friend screamed right behind us and Joe screamed back and started swerving. I've never seen somebody so scared. We all laughed about it afterwards, but it probably wasn't the best thing to do while driving.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Social Media

I can see both sides of the story. I understand why schools are doing this because there has been way too many deaths relating to social media. People can use social media as a weapon itself. Typing mean name, bullying, threatening. People have resorted to that now since it's easier than confronting the person themselves. It's important to find a way to stop this from happening, so I understand the approach the schools are going with this. Having said that, I can see it from a students standpoint. It's a complete invasion of privacy to be nosing around their personal history on their computers. What they should do is just investagate, or monitor  a possible "suspect" and see what they are doing on the social media website. Because kids do publicly put out their information and photos that anyone in the world can see. It's they kids own faults if they get in trouble for it. As long as the post or photo has relavince to the school they should get some sort of punishment. So I see this from both sides, but I'm leaning towards my idea of monitoring the "suspects" and not everyone.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Twitter Bio

I'm that guy at the boat marina pretending to know what I'm doing. #Hesinberg #Imtheonewhoknocks #MintForkingSeason

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Opening Moment:

For my opening moment, I chose the very popular story going around the world right now and that is New York bikers. A few days ago, bikers chased an SUV driven by a terrified man who was trying to protect his wife and child. The bikers eventually caught up to him and dragged him out at a stop light to beat him up. New coverage of the story states that one of the bikers may have been trying to "save" the scared man. All of his chargers are dropped as of now. I fo

I found this very interesting because in the video filmed by one of the bikers via GoPro, you can clearly see that the man trying to "save" the driver was punching the back window of the SUV looking to cause harm. I don't know why all the charges were dropped on him because he looks equally responsible for the guy getting beat up.

If you want to check out the article for yourself, click the link down below. If you can, watch the GoPro footage filmed by one of the bikers. It's easily one of the scariest things I've ever seen.

Link:
http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/02/us/new-york-bikers-attack-video/index.html

GoPro Footage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhYPD73o8kg

-Spencer Drake

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Is Creativity Dead?

I think creativity isn't gone yet in the school system. At least I haven't noticed it here. School's nowadays seem to use technology to it's advantage like writing essays easier, and doing top notch research using the computer. Also, I've noticed that you get options to experiment with other options on how you learn something. Wether it's through doing the usual research in a book, or watching documentaries or reading stories about the topic you're learning about. Another thing that is fantastic that I've seen this school in particular do, is make your own film relating to a topic. That's easily one of the most creative thing someone can do in the school system because you have to figure out a way to make the film good, and insightful on your information. I've done a lot of film projects where I got to express myself creativily with other peers and we have fun doing them, and we do well on them. I understand that people can think that creativity is gone in the schools because we have laptops or iPads, but honestly, I think creativity is only expanding with the new technology.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Interview Questions


Spencer Drake
Interview strategy:

I think what makes a good interview are really good questions. You don't want to do an interview and have it be extremely boring. Surprise the other person and ask a shocking question that won't offend someone, but you'll get a great answer. Don't dive in too personal. For example Howard Stern, who is a radio talk show host who will ask the most offensive and risqué questions possible and it has made celebrities and other people extremely uncomfortable. But the odd thing is, he is the most famous radio hosting the world and one of the top listened too networks. So people like shocking questions. Obviously we won't ask questions like Howard stern does, but I'm sure we are creative enough to come up with some great questions.

Friday, September 13, 2013


  • What does journalism look like?
 Journalism looks like a person who has to do a lot of traveling to different places of the world. They send people all over the place and tell them to go experience something so they can get the best article. When someone experiences something they can write about it in more detail. 
  • Where do you see journalism in your life?
Journalism in my life.. I think might do something involving journalism, but hopefully trough film. News related or camera operating. That would be more fun then to just write about something your boss says you have to do. 
  • Why are you interested in journalism?
I'm interested in journalism because it seems pretty fun to write about articles or choosing something to research and report on. Journalism can mean different things and different jobs so I think it'd pretty fascinating and I think it's a good skill to have in life. Journalism can be pretty media oriented and that's hopefully something I can do later in my life.
  • What are you curious to learn more about in terms of this class? Journalism in general?
Writing more creatively that really engages audiences. That kind of skill really interests me and I hope to learn more about it as the year goes on in this class.