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Human Spam

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Don't be human spam.

Austin Kleon could not have used a more effective word.

Nobody likes spam (nobody normal anyway) whether its in this form

or this form

and especially not this form

Spam in all capacities is terrible, and don't trust anybody who tells you differently. It all belongs in the trash and there it is nothing but something that hopes to be something else.

Pluralistic Ignorance

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"Where do you want to go eat?"
"I don't know..where do you want to go?" (Knowing that I wanted Outback)
"I think I could do Outback."
"Oh awesome! That's what I wanted."
"Well, why didn't you say that in the first place?"
"Well...I just thought that you thought......."

We have all had these conversations, aloud or in our heads before we voice our opinions. They could be about steak or sex, rompers or race issues. No matter what anybody tells you, they don't want to rock the boat.

Ambient Contact

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Ambient contact.

Clive Thompson discusses this idea and describes it basically as being aware of what was going on in a person's life just based on their social media posts. You gain an awareness of their train of thought and the lives they lead. You become aware of their favorite things and can almost intuit what is going on their life. It reminds me of a scene in Tina Fey's Mean Girls where Karen, the on sight air-head says "It's almost like I have ESPN or something." Yes. We all have ESPN. But now, with ambient contact we can all have ESP.

Too Stressed to be...anything other than stressed.

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Kawaski and Welch most likely describe chaper 13 as the hairiest chapter in the book because it is without a doubt the most stressful and complicated thing I have read in my life. I've said it once, or twice or a million times, but I do not like complex technology mostly because I don't really understand it. Just reading it gives me so much stress and anxiety that I feel like I can pass out.

Be yourself. Unless you can be Kanye...Then be Kanye. Or maybe a slug.

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Tell your stories. That's what I got most out of the latest readings from Austin Kleon's book. Not only do you nee to get good at showing your work, but also expressing yourself and talking about who you are. Kleon suggests that you should be confident when talking about yourself at a party or describing what it is you do. My favorite part from this selection is probably the use of a Kanye West quote, because nobody has self love like Kanye West. The deepest love that can be achieved is one where someone loves you like Kanye loves Kanye.

Consumers

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In Clive Thompson's Public Thinking chapter in his book, "Smarter Than You Think">, he makes a point that really stood out to me. He says "Literacy in North America has historically been focused on reading, not writing; consumption, not production." This is something that I have never stopped to think about. One of the biggest parts of American culture is the consumer mentality that so many people have.

Design on Campus, XOXO Gossip Girl

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When creating this blog and looking through everybody else's work, I realized just how unimaginative I am and the amount of creativity I lack. I realized that when I think design, I think specifically of something printed off and plastered on a board somewhere, but fail to realize that everything is, in fact, designed. That aside, I found some really interesting posters on campus that go along greatly with Chip Kidd's Go (which is a crazy interesting book and makes me consider changing my major).

Should You Write A Book?

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In Kawaski and Welch's Ape the first chapter on "Should You Write a Book" really struck me... As I first went through the reasons I felt like I might just gag from the over sentimentality of the reasons to write a book. When I read "To Enrich Lives" I just imagined some great teacher baking cookies filled with wisdom, knowledge, and insight. To me, that is the most cliche reason to write a book on the face of the earth (maybe I am just a cynic). I feel that "intellectual challenge" and "to further a cause" are equally cliche, so at that point I was ready to put the book down and just drink the strongest cup of coffee I could find.