Summary of Podcast and Blog
Summary of a Podcast:
It has been a great learning experience to follow the Grammar Girl podcast. The Grammar Girl’s podcasts have helped me tremendously in the improvement of my English grammar skills (Spanish is my first language). The way that she introduces the topics and the examples she provides to support them are very helpful in my learning experience. For example before I listened to her podcast programs, I used to think that all abbreviations were the same, but they are very different.
Acronyms and initializms are abbreviations, but not all abbreviations are acronyms or initializms. All acronyms are abbreviations, but not all abbreviations are acronyms like in Oct. or Dr. which are abbreviations, but they are not acronyms.
One way to differentiate acronyms from initializms is that acronyms can be pronounced as a word like in N.A.S.A. but in the case of F.B.I. that is not pronounced as a word, therefore is not an acronym, it is an initializm.
Summary of Blog:
This blog has articles about current events that have to do with digital media tools and podcasting (vodcasting for video). The latest vodcast really caught my attention and I have to confess, I was part of the game.
On April 14, Ashton Kutcher started a Twitter race against CNN. The purpose was to show CNN that he could reach up to one million followers in Twitter (micro-blog with a 140 space character). He made a home video look alike in which he explained that one of the reasons why he was doing that was to prove to CNN that now, it is not necessary to be a part of a big network to reach a large audience. He also mentioned that CNN invited him to one of the programs and the reason was only to increase the number of audience of CNN, so he decided to show them that he could reach a large audience by using Twitter. In the video Ashton receives a phone call from one of his collaborators and is informed that he has close to nine hundred thousand followers.
This is the part in which I became a participant; I think that it is important for the big networks to get the concept of two way communication and to forget their old business one way communication. They need to listen to “us” the audience, so I took 45 seconds of life to go to Twitter, look Ashton Twitter’s account up and click on follow.