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Sony’s Attempt to Appease Customers

Posted: May 6, 2011 by Abouelmakarem in Uncategorized

So apparently Sony is offering a free subscription for a year with Debix, an identity theft monitoring service, for all PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders in the US. To be honest, I don’t think I’d exactly be trusting my identity protection to a company recommended by the company who allowed my identity to be stolen. What are your thoughts on this issue?

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So our last assignment in Communication and Society was to blog about how our media consumption has changed since we first started the class at the beginning of the semester. I can honestly say that the way I consume and access the media has changed so drastically, that people have made comments about it. Let me explain. In the beginning of the semester, I would go on Twitter maybe once a week, be met with hundreds of unread tweets, have nothing actually directed at me, close out the app and not go back on for another week. Now, I am on Twitter more than I probably should be – I check it almost every hour, sometimes more, to the point that I will be refreshing my feed and have nothing new load. You know you are addicted when you’re waiting for an update that doesn’t come and you feel your heart sink a little.

In terms of reading the news, I have become a much more active reader, often switching between multiple news sources and ways of accessing the news. I have the CNN and Huffington Post apps on the main screen of my iPhone and I am constantly reading up on stories and current events, making sure to check that what each reports are facts and accurate. I also have gone back to the ‘old-fashioned’ way of getting the news: a newspaper. I think there is just something intimate about holding the paper in your hands and flipping through the pages, getting black ink on your hands in the process. Just don’t touch your face afterward.

Another way that my media diet has changed is that I am now actively blogging. Before this class, I had once run a blog for about a week and fizzled out, not really seeing the point or feeling the gratification of writing to the world. Now that I had to write for a class, it made me see the importance of blogging. Not only does it improve your writing skills, it also lets you learn how to use blogging as a useful networking tool. I now have my own personal blog running on the side – and I usually get excited about writing a new post.

So in conclusion, I would like to say that my media diet has evolved. I came into this class with an unhealthy diet of fast food and simple tastes, and now have a refined palate, a new found appetite, and the willingness to try anything and everything, at least once.

In honor of the endorsements that we usually have at the end of class, I would like to make two endorsements:

First, if you don’t have TweetDeck on your computer, download it now. It has changed the way I tweet. Although the downside it while trying to write a paper and seeing every tweet pop up in the corner. Easily turned off, but who wants to miss a tweet?

Second, I urge everyone to do something amazing this summer. Do something that you can put onto your resume of life, something that you can die knowing you did, something that cannot be bought. Make this summer the summer that you improve yourself as a person, or just improve someone’s life. Finally finish that book that’s been sitting on your coffee table. Call your grandmother and let he know you miss her and love her. Finally go to Paris and take the path less traveled.

It’s been a great semester.

Android vs. iOS

Posted: April 26, 2011 by Abouelmakarem in Uncategorized

So Android has barely passed the iPhone as the most desired phone. Being a loyal iPhone user, I have to say, however, that I am not surprised. The Android platform is much more open to customization, there are fewer constraints and locks on what the OS can and cannot do. Most of the newer Android-based phones have better features, better cameras, expandable storage options, and faster processors. It makes me think back to this Xtranormal video NSFW. What’s your take on the Android vs. iPhone debate?

Break’s Over?!?

Posted: April 25, 2011 by Abouelmakarem in Uncategorized

This Easter break has gone by in record time. I cannot believe that we only have 2 more weeks of scheduled classes in this semester. Anyway, as the semester rolls to an end, I look ahead at the massive amount of papers that I have to finish up in two weeks. I swear, being a Communications major entails more essays than an English major. Thank God I love writing!
So, unless you have been living under a rock this past month, you have seen all of the coverage of the royal wedding. To be perfectly honest, I couldn’t care less about it – in fact the only reason that I am mentioning this is because Giga Om posted an article on how the coverage may cause internet shortages and slow down service.

Now, if this wedding slows down my internet connection and I cannot access Twitter and Facebook…well, I’m going to be one unhappy camper.

Did The Media Fail Victims Of The Egyptian Protests?

Posted: February 18, 2011 by Abouelmakarem in Uncategorized

Although the protests in Egypt have died down since Mubarak stepped down, there are still the lingering effects that must be dealt with in the aftermath. There are a lot of issues that the media has failed to report on that are very important, such as children that have gone missing and those that were separated from their parents during the protests. A close friend of mine that I went to school with in Cairo has posted on his Facebook the pictures of children that have yet to be reunited with their parents. I am moved by the vigilante actions of the people, and at the same time shocked that the media hasn’t been fully utilized in that instance.
Another issue that bothers me greatly is the fact that so many women were assaulted during the protesting. CBS reporter Lara Logan was sexually assaulted when she was separated from her crew while reporting in Cairo. Not only were foreign women assaulted by men in the protesting, but many Egyptian women were (and have been) as well.
For a movement that was mainly successful due to social media, I am surprised that the effects and aftermath aren’t being solved by social media as well. I would like to see a Twitter page created for reuniting these missing children with their families, and for the women who were attacked to be able to find some sort of justice with the media and it’s lack of reporting.

Political Turmoil in Egypt

Posted: January 27, 2011 by Abouelmakarem in Uncategorized

As I was watching the morning news a few days ago, I was surprised to see a story on Egypt and the political protests that are currently underway. I read in an article that this protest has crossed all social classes, ideologies, and religions to form a unifed nation against the government. I know that the Egyptian people have been unhappy with their president, Hosni Mubarak, who has been the president now for 29 years. Yes, one can imagine that someone who has ruled for almost three decades would not be the most popular, and finally the general public is taking their stand. Being an Egyptian citizen and having lived there for over 4 years of my adolescent life, I can safely say that the government under Mubarak has been corrupt at best. I personally witnessed things that were corrupt and unjust such as ridiculous curfews imposed on the youth to keep protests at bay. They set a curfew where a group of young men (more than 2) could not be out in the streets after 10:00. My cousin was arrested and jailed for breaking this curfew – as he was leaving work (around 11:30) and in the company of my 13 year old cousin and his coworker.

I am happy that the people are finally taking stand against an oppressive regime and fighting for their rights, in a country where the elite rule the common people and take all of the resources with them. Although I do not in any way condone violence, I hope that these planned peaceful protests give the younger generations a more liberal and free society.