How different photos can produce a different effect.

20 Nov

Remember my earlier paper about the Newsweek cover article sent from heaven? Well, here I attempted to switch the photos around to see if having a different front cover and headline could effect how the image is percieved and what emotions it invokes.

The original cover:

 

The alternative image:

 

The new cover for Newsweek, photoshopped by me.

 

If you are interested about stereotyping in the media, especially of Arabs, check out this great video of a book/documentary by Jack Shaheen entitled “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People”.

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Instapaper part 5: References

20 Nov

All content on this section on the Instapaper application was retrieved from their website.

Arment, M. (2008-2011). Instapaper. Retrieved from http://www.instapaper.com/

Instapaper part 4: Wrapping it up, pros and cons.

20 Nov

Instapaper has a very practical function considering the amount of information individuals encounter while using the internet, specifically due to the increased amount of sharing and linkage between people online, facilitated by factors such as social media and networking.It has become difficult for one to do all of his or her reading in one consecutive online session, and one needs to find a good time to read.

This application is useful for many different kinds of people, such as people who like to read and find information on the internet, but perhaps encounter the different articles or pages at inconvenient times. It is also useful for those who use social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, and encounter many links to different pages throughout the day. It is a great application for anyone from the Internet generation, as most have mastered the art of multi-tasking, and usually tend to be doing many things at once while using the Internet.

Perhaps the only negative aspects of this application is that it does not support PDF files, and that the owner does not believe that the app will reach smart-phones other than the iPhone. Also, for those of you who are also conspirational, you might not like the idea of all your readings posted on one site! Who knows who could be watching….

Instapaper part 3: How to use the app.

20 Nov

In this section, I will give a detailed description of how to use the application. Instapaper is relatively easy to use, and I will be describing its function as a web application rather than an iPhone app (as I do not own an iPhone). Its purpose is to allow individuals to be able to easily save online pages for later reading, no matter what website one is on. After creating an account, which requires nothing more than one’s email address and a password for the site, a user has full access to the features of the site.

1. To be able to save a webpage on the accounts’ database, the user must drag a bookmarklet from the homepage that says “Read Later” into their bookmarks toolbar. Alternately, on Internet Explorer, one must right-click the bookmarklet and choose “Add to Favorites”. Here is an example:

© 2008-2011 Instapaper, LLC.

2. After that, whenever a user is on a page that they would like to save for later reading, they can just click on the “Read Later” bookmarklet that will appear in the bookmarks or Favorites toolbar. This will save the page to your Instapaper account indefinetly.

© 2008-2011 Instapaper, LLC.

I know it seems way too simple, but that is the beauty of this application! Simplicity is key.

All the other functions are accessible on the homepage, where there are 4 possible options: “Browse”, “Unread”, “Liked”, and “Archive”. One the “Browse” page one can see articles liked by friends using Instapaper, as well as a daily selection of articles either chosen by the editor or those with the greatest amounts of views. The “Unread” page allows the user to see the articles they have saved that haven’t been read yet. The “Liked” page shows articles that the user has liked, and the “Archive” page saves all the articles that have been read (unless deleted by the user). One can also create folders for the pages saved, and any page being viewed can be saved directly to that folder. Here is an example of the homepage:

© 2008-2011 Instapaper, LLC.

Instapaper also has a sharing function, which allows one to link their accounts or to share individual articles on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. The application also has a function whereby a user “Like” an article, which can be displayed to friends. This is relatively easy to accomplish; the user must click on the Account button on the top of the Instapaper homepage, and choose which of five available sites he or she would like to link their account to. For example:

© 2008-2011 Instapaper, LLC.

And that’s about it! Easy enough, eh?

Instapaper part 2: The idea and the mastermind.

20 Nov

Instapaper is an online application that was created in January 2008 by Marco Arment. Although starting up with a small number of users, that number greatly increased later that year with the development of the App Store for iPhones, and later iPads. According to their website, Instapaper currently has around one million user accounts.

Instapaper is funded solely by the creator, and makes a profit from the iPhone app, advertisements on the website, and optional user subscriptions of $1per month. One can find the app either through Apple’s app store, or on the website (www.instapaper.com). His main idea behind the application is to keep it as simple as possible (which might be frustrating to some of you technology lovers).

More to come…

Instapaper part 1: A simple web application for all you procrastinators out there…

20 Nov

So I have recently discovered this simple Web 2.0 application called Instapaper. Its purpose is to allow individuals to easily save online pages for later reading, no matter what website or computer one is on. Instapaper has a very practical function considering the amount of information individuals encounter while using the internet, specifically due to the increased amount of sharing and linkage between people online, facilitated by factors such as social media and networking.

Personally, I consider one of the significant reasons for using social networking sites is too see what interesting articles my friends are posting. It has widened my scope of sources of reading and news, but due to the abundance of pages shared on a daily basis, I never have time to read them all and tend to forget about them. Instapaper does provide a solution to this, by allowing you to save these articles from anywhere and at anytime for later reading. It has become difficult for one to do all of his or her reading in one consecutive online session, and one needs to find a good time to read.

For my next few posts, I will be describing this application more thoroughly, by describing its functions, how it is used, and its pros and cons. I hope it can be useful for all you readers as well!