What’s for Breakfast? Website Content Analysis!

In this post I will look at three websites, one non-traditional news site, one digital portfolio and one that has content I like.

1)  Non-traditional news site: Reddit.com or reddit.com/r/news

Reddit is a website that is built on user-submitted content. It allows users to post pictures or information and other users can vote up or down the content as the see it. Here are the main points to remember about reddit:

Pros

*Reddit does not filter out content based on political leaning of the poster

*Reddit allows the users to determine what they feel is important

*Reddit routinely gets breaking news faster than television and often faster than journalists on Twitter

Cons

*The layout of Reddit is terrible. It feels like being in 1995.

*Anyone can have a voice, so racist, sexist and homophobic language will sometimes show up (although it is usually down-voted)

*While the real news does come faster than on TV, often time you have to sift through fake stuff and conspiracy theories to find it.

*There usually are no social media links since Reddit acts as its own social media site.

2) Digital Portfolio: jameswarfield.com

James Warfield is a designer, photographer, director and digital media producer. He does a wide variety of things which can be viewed on his website.

Pros

*The site is very well organized and it is easy to see what he has done

*There are Twitter and LinkedIn links on the front page, plus a ‘share’ icon that has links to every social media site imaginable.

*The site is very aesthetically appealing

Cons

*The copy write on the site is for 2011, so it might be a little old.

*There is only one picture on the front page of the site.

3) A website I like: Memebase.com

Memebase is a site that compiles ‘memes’, a type of widely-circulated internet humor. While memes can be pictures or video, memebase usually sticks to pictures.

Pros

*Memebase has its social media links at the very top of the page, plus it has one for each post, so you can share them easily.

*Each post also has a permalink, making it easy to identify a certain post and find it later

*There are easy-to-navigate tabs at the top of the page that will help users find content that is as specific or general as they like.

Cons

*Because memebase is more of a compilation site and less of a user-generated site, the images there have usually been circulating on reddit or imgur already. They are old.

*There are a lot of pages to click through, so while finding a certain type of meme to view is easy, scrolling through all of them is not

*The ads for the site are embedded to look like the actual memes, making it hard for adblock to get rid of them and easy for you to accidentally click on one.

My Top 5 Ways to Avoid Copyright Violations

An increasing problem in online communication and publication is copyright violation. Many texts are available to Internet users and the temptation is there for people just to copy and paste what they have read into their own work. Even if you had free access to the document, this kind of action is usually in violation of a copyright law. If you get caught in violation, even if it was unintentional, you stand to suffer academic, professional and legal repercussions. In order to help you avoid violating these laws, I present this list.

1. Use a site that supplies copyright-free material like Creative Commons.

If you use a site that supplies copyright-free material, you will never violate copyright laws. It’s ok (legally) to use that text.

2. Assume anything you read online (and certainly anything in a book or magazine) is copyrighted and treat it as such.

Never make the mistake of thinking that something is not copyrighted just because you can’t see the © symbol. There are many types of content that are Intellectual Property and copyright-able.

3. Always cite ideas that you got from another text.

It’s perfectly fine to be inspired by the ideas in another text for what you want to do in your next research proposal or paper, but you need to acknowledge where those ideas came from. Don’t pretend like you made up the idea because a( you probably didn’t, and b( even you did, you should still acknowledge other people who have done similar work.

4. When using text from a source, always put that text in quotations.

It’s never a good idea to pretend like someone else’s phrases and sentences are your. Make sure that anything taken word-for-word from another source is put in quotation marks to indicate that it’s not your own.

5. Cite quotations.

This follows from the previous point. You should always cite your quotations from other texts. Never quote something and then forget to put down where you got it from.