The End is the Beginning

March 25, 2009

My original plan was to do this presentation in class. When that didn’t work out I decided to post it here accompanied by a voice over explaining the individual slides. I wanted to do it Civil War-style…kinda like in a Ken Burns’ documentary when the soldiers’ letters home are read aloud. But alas, my technological prowess does not work outside the realm of Mac, and because I do not currently have my Mac, I couldn’t add the voice over. However, I think the presentation is pretty self-explanatory. Just in case, though, I’ll provide short descriptions of each slide below.

SLIDE 1: The theme for this presentation is geared around a tribute to my favorite literary greats and combining wisdom of the past to approach the way of the future. The title of the presentation is taken from James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. (pictured in right corner: James Joyce)

SLIDE 2: Before taking this class I thought I had a pretty good grasp of new media. It turns out that I didn’t really know all that much.

SLIDE 3: My original plan for the course was to write a blog about the Barack Obama Administration. However, although it was a good idea (I think), the course requirements didn’t lend themselves to it. Therefore, while I kept the name of the blog, it became more of a comment about my NMDL learning experience. (pictured in right corner: John Steinbeck)

SLIDE 4: Taking the NMDL course allowed me to learn the skills necessary to be an effective blogger. The quote is mine because I’ve always believed if someone else has already said it best, there’s no reason to not to use it for yourself…on the other hand, if you can say it best, don’t hesitate to speak your mind (so I did). (pictured in right corner: Super Obama)

SLIDE 5: Having already had some knowledge of new media from prior experience I knew that it was possible to learn by experimenting. The NMDL teaching process does just that…by having us dive in we were able to learn by doing. (pictured in right corner: Ernest Hemingway)

SLIDE 6: Social networking sites like Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter aren’t just for everyday socializing but can be used to effectively promote yourself and your organization.

SLIDE 7: Social bookmarking sites allow you to take your favorite sites with you wherever you go and promote stories and sites personally important to you and professionally important to your organization.

SLIDE 8: Search engine optimization and marketing allow you to maximize the endless potential of promoting yourself, your organization, or your product on the Web.

SLIDE 9: For better or for worse (I think for better), Google is continuously developing new ways to expand itself into more areas of new media. Everything from its original intent as a search engine to search engine optimization to document sharing, email, and much much much more.

SLIDE 10: Podcasting is a fantastic way to get your message out in a fun, entertaining, informative, and convenient way. RSS feeds funnel everything one could want into one place.

SLIDE 11: The NMDL is a real weapon in the competitive professional world. The skills learned not only look good on resume, but are more than applicable in today’s fast-paced, technologically evolving marketplace. (pictured in right corner: William Shakespeare)

SLIDE 12: The New Rules of Marketing & PR… by David Meerman Scott and Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds, while being the primary texts for the course, are also two guides that can help anyone, from beginners to experts, in the new media world. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

SLIDE 13: While many people may think they won’t understand the finer points of new media, no one should hesitate to get their NMDL. This course should become a fixture at MSU and it should be the NMDL alumni that spread the word. It was definitely one of the best classes I’ve had the opportunity to take.

SLIDE 14: There is no SLIDE 14, I’m just superstitious. NMDL 4 LIFE!


A Portrait of the Blogger as a Young Man

March 6, 2009

James Joyce, from whom I creatively borrowed the title of this blog entry.

What began as a simple blog about the deeds of our 44th President for a class assignment morphed into an exercise of personal digital growth for your humble narrator. Having slipped a bit from its original intent of commenting on Barack Obama, (hence the title of this blog The Obama Comment) this weekly narrative became more geared to class expectations, but opened the door for a truly constructive editorial in the future. The following is a tentative outline for how I plan to tell you all (at least my classmates and instructors…or fellow NMDL passengers as I like to call you (starting now)) the story of how I went from a naive Internet adolescent to a confident digital young man (or man-child):


1) “The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Man Often Go Awry”

To begin with I’ll give a rundown of my original intentions for this blog, how I plan to resume those plans following completion of this course, and why it’s better that I waited anyway.


2) “The Shortest Answer Is Doing The Thing.”

Here I will give an outline of what I knew, what I didn’t know, what I did with this blog, and what it taught me.

Shakespeare, Bill

3) “Why, Then The World’s Mine Oyster. Which I With Sword Will Open.”

I’ll conclude by explaining why I think New Media Drivers License is not only a great course, but why I believe it’s necessary for anyone entering public relations, and the field of communications as a whole. I will also describe how I see what we’ve learned as giving us an advantage upon entering the world of employment and a leg-up on those we with whom we will be competing.


4) “”My Advice Is, Never Do Tomorrow What You Can Do Today. Procrastination Is The Thief Of Time.”

This has nothing to do with my presentation…I just wanted to point out that I finished this week’s assignment ahead of time.