It’s Inevitable, You Have to Work Together

Business team standing hands together in the office

Group work never ends. It’s a fact of life. Whether its working on that report with the girl that sits next to you in 5th grade or working on a project for a company with your group, collaborating with others in inevitable. In any school environment it’s a standard that is followed. While working with others is a school thing, when you hit college most students think that “oh I’m in the real world now.” After all, college is a lot different than high school. But working together is always constant, you should never expect that group work ends.

Any occupation that you go into will involve group work. It’s expected and saying that it ends after school is foolish. Thus since working together is inevitable, you need to learn how to connect with others. To say that you hate working with others is to say that you are not flexible and in any workplace you need to be flexible.

It is agreed upon by most experts that working together provides a better accomplishment in the work place. When working together you need to Choose Participants Carefully, Remove Quiet Politeness, Establish Communication Protocols, Use a Specific Ideation Process, Give Requirement and Permission, Work with Respect, and Broadcast Recognition and Gratitude.(Daum, 2013)

Working together is something that cannot be avoided or talked around. You may dream all you want but its an inevitable in the work place. Instead of going against the tide work toward success in the workplace. Don’t fight it and remember:

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

~Henry Ford


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Daum, K. (June, 21 2013). How Smart People Collaborate for Success. Retrieved from


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Social Media: How I ‘hack’ it

White smart phone on a wooden table emitting holographic image of social media related icons. Blurred city background.

Social media is just a platform. Twitter is a very simple and immediate broadcast platform. Facebook is a very personal, when it comes to friends and when it comes to fan pages, a little bit less but still somewhat personal way to communicate. (Brainy Quote, 2015)

Mark Cuban

I thought that for a change of pace that I would open my blog with a quote.

Social Media is not something that I wake up in the morning and think about. I do not tweet or post on Facebook even though I have accounts in both. It just became a thing that if you are my age you need to use. Peer pressure is something that I usually don’t bow towards but in this case it is something that must be done. Now that I have gone through most of my CAP 105 class and have talked about the good and the bad of social media, I can more easily reflect on its role in the world around me and my of use of it.

In the beginning

My role in the social media world was small. I had my Facebook account, which I used sparingly as something to check up on old high school friends and that was that. I was content with my knowledge that my world did not revolve around social media. Now though, going through this class I can honestly state that I was unprepared for the role it would play in my future. I never even had a Twitter account until I needed it for my CAP 105 class. Professionally, I used email as a source of information and how I communicated with others. Using social media never really occurred to me. Sure it was probably somewhere in the back of my mind but it never really popped out at me.

How others use social media

I have noticed that others in my generation use social media almost fanatically. They act like it is the Holy Grail itself and will solve all their problems. I would like to direct you to the quote below:

There’s a danger in the internet and social media. The notion that information is enough, that more and more information is enough, that you don’t have to think, you just have to get more information – gets very dangerous. (Brainy Quote, 2015)

Edward de Bono

I would have to agree with the man. It seems that with everyone trying to know everything that it starts to lead to unneeded stress. This would be the “cost of caring”. We care so much about knowing everything about everyone we just stress ourselves out and that is not conducive to our health. In a report by the Pew Research Center the overall research stated that:

“The relationship between stress and social media use is indirect. It is the social uses of digital technologies, and the way they increase awareness of distressing events in others’ lives, that explains how the use of social media can result in users feeling more stress.”(Hampton, Raine, Lu, Shin, & Purcell, 2015)

This is what I see in other people and it honestly stresses me out sometimes. The cycle continues.

Where I am now

Now I can say that due to my increased awareness of social media thanks to this class I am honestly more prepared to face the world. I may not have used social media to my advantage before but I’m starting now. Social media, even though I think it is a pain in the ass most of the times, is useful. It all depends on how you use it though. It’s time to get smart.


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BrainyQuote,. (2015). Bill Gates Quotes at Retrieved 18 November 2015, from

Hampton, Raine, Lu, Shin, & Purcell, (2015). Social Media and the Cost of Caring. Pew Research Center. Retrieved 18 November 2015, from

header photo credit:  Lenka Horavova via photopin (license)


The ‘How To’ of the Infographic

Infographics are used to creatively demonstrate something, whether they be statistics or step by step instructions. Content is created through websites like (which I used) or The one I made was for the statistics of the 2014 Black Friday. Content is shared through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Infographics are very useful in displaying information for easier reading.

Black Friday 1

Social Media: A Curse or a Blessing?

It started with an idea. That’s what everything starts out as; one idea that soon spreads and becomes something more. It spreads not unlike a virus and is now something that will not be going away anytime soon. Like a cockroach or maybe a fungus it’s here to stay. That’s what social media is; at least that’s what I believe. What with Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and every other type of social media platform out there, the world is expanding. Social media though is a lot more than just a platform for communication. It is a part of life, something that is there for convenience and a way to keep people entertained. True it is used for business purposes but it’s also used to spread news, to watch an upcoming video, to see who is dating who, and etc. Social media as a whole encompasses an entirety of different thoughts and actions. As to whether this is good for our generation and future generations, well that is still up for debate. These are my thoughts on what social media is and its impact on society.

I as a person do not use social media as other people in my age group due. Call me old fashioned but I don’t believe that the world revolves around social media but then again I’m just inherently lazy and don’t check what is posted daily. If I do use social media I usually use Facebook just to see how old classmates are doing. I only just got a twitter account this semester and that was just because it’s a requirement for the class. I do use YouTube frequently but just for entertainment. I don’t use social media for business purposes and I’m starting to think after taking a course that revolves around technology in the world that I need to pay more attention to it. Facebook for example, is used now more as a platform for targeted ads for businesses who for every ‘like’ they get on their page get their own self-promoter for their product. It’s good business sense and is something that I need to be aware of (Noor Al-Deen, Hana, Hendricks, p.147).

What I have noticed around me is that people use social media the most as a platform to post pictures and posts about their life. Class can just about to start and I see girls sending that final message or just post random photos of themselves like it is the most important thing in the world. This I think impacts learning as studies have shown that “by using social media in the classroom it encourages students to develop connections with peers and reinforce the collaborative nature of learning”(Gonzales, 2015). I can’t see how it is but apparently it is very important. I think that the entertainment factor is what appeals the most to people my age that makes the social media platforms so popular. The personal benefits to myself are that I use it for entertainment purposes when I’m bored. This is mostly with YouTube though but I do use Facebook to check on old schoolmates.

Overall the use of Social Media has changed society into a more communicative one through these platforms. While some believe that this has improved society I believe that it has made us more vulnerable. With everything online these days it means that anything said online stays online whether you delete it or not (Mashhadi, 2015). Someone can still see what you said and this can impact you as a person. Whether this is good or bad is up for debate but we have become extremely self-reliant on these social media platforms. I won’t lie, I’m guilty of this but luckily I know how to regulate myself otherwise I would never get anything done. I haven’t decided if this is a curse or blessing truthfully. As it is, it’s all a matter of opinion really. I don’t think we’ll really know until years in the future.  

Social Media apps

Photo by: James Howie


Gonzales, L., & Young, C. (2015). can social media impact learning? Tech & Learning, 35(8), 36.

Mashhadi, S. Q. (2014). Impacts of social media in society.Technology Times, 5(8)

Noor Al-Deen, Hana S.; Hendricks, John Allen (2011). Social Media : Usage and Impact. Retrieved from

What role should tech have at/in ArtPrize?

Technology… really is there anything else to say? Even if their isn’t I’ll talk anyway. Technology made a bid impact at ArtPrize this year, the app that allows people to vote for their favorite piece didn’t work on opening day. As the role of technology seems to expand what will ArtPrize do? How will they adapt to the growing use of technology? Will this start taking away from the point of ArtPrize which is to showcase art work? What role should tech have at ArtPrize? I will be giving my opinions and observations.

ArtPrize has always been about the art. But it seems that technology has slowly wormed its way in. That is not necessarily a bad thing but how can we enjoy the art if all we are doing is looking at our screens texting? ArtPrize seems to have its work cut out for it. Since they are using a mobile application to register votes as well as in person I believe that they will just cut out the middle man eventually and just have you register through your phone (Kaczmarczyk, 2015).The inherent laziness in people would think of this as just “Meh why do I need to search out the voting desk when I can just use my phone? Why do I need to talk to someone?”

Art and technology,I am starting to think it is two sides to the same coin. If tech is going to continued being used and incorporated into art then we should appreciate the artwork itself and not just point out whether or not it can be used on our phone. Interactive art is interesting and I believe that soon art will be phone accessible where you can scan the art and just look at through your phone. But I really think it takes away from actually looking at the art and feeling it actually getting an emotional reaction from the art piece. But I digress, as it seems that art and technology are slowly merging to create its own hybrid art/technology ecosystem (Herring, 2014). Its not necessarily a bad thing but while this ecosystem is slowly integrating itself into Grand Rapids we have to remember to step back, put our phones away, and appreciate the art for what it is. Whether technology is incorporated into the piece is irrelevant because appreciating art never gets old, and art itself will always be rapidly changing in society. Lets hope that you can appreciate the world of art at ArtPrize this year and put away your phones in time to see what art truly looks like in your eyes.


Herring, Todd. (2014, January 24). Art + Technology: Two events that define where we live. ArtPrize. Retrieved from

Kaczmarczyk, Jeffrey. (2015, September 21). ArtPrize 2015: How to Vote and Why you Should. MLive. Retrieved from

Art and Technology – its uses and overuses

I fell in love with ArtPrize my freshman year in college two years ago and have been returning every year since. ArtPrize is held in Grand Rapids and has decidedly put their name on the map for it. With more than 1,550 entries from artists all around the world, they compete not just to have their work displayed but to also have a chance to win $500,000 in prizes including a $200,000 grand prize (Associate Press, 2015).  Times have changed and while art in and of itself is still beautiful and unique the ideas that shape it are always changing. One push in that direction is the idea of the use of technology in modern art.

While I was exploring downtown Grand Rapids I honestly could not find a lot of technology used in the art itself. In todays society we rely on the use of technology far to much (I am a victim of this!) and I found it refreshing that the art itself was being displayed naturally rather than electronically. Of course there are always exceptions to these rules and one example would be the art work by Emeko Ikebude titled The Stream. Below is a picture taken by me of his work:

Photo taken by Alayna Cassidy

This piece is modern but with hints of technology used in the lights. The little pieces of tech molded into the art is a fine example of using technology but not taking it too far. Art is meant to be explored, looked at with such detail that we can’t help but in someway connect to it. How are we supposed to connect to art when all we want to do is connect to the internet?

Last year ArtPrize introduced a new app that would allow users to vote for their favorite art pieces, give map and directions to pieces of art, stay up to date with news concerning ArtPrize, and a slew of other options to make ArtPrize more user friendly (, 2015). This year the app itself while very helpful (I myself was using it to look around) is also what I think is a major hindrance to enjoying the art itself. What’s more proof that we are so reliant on technology that minutes before voting officially began, the ArtPrize website and essentially their app was down due to an outage and people were still going to the website and app to vote never realizing that the app was down in the first place (Kaczmarczyk, 2015). We rely so much on technology it seems that we have such major blind spot to anything past our phone or compute screens.

While I may admit that I dislike the use of technology in art I understand that it will never truly go away but grow instead. The rise of technology is fast-paced and while art itself will always have its unique concepts the use of technology in art will most likely rise. In ArtPrize the uses of technology were small but important and in the art itself what I found while exploring were smaller uses. I also have to take in the fact that I couldn’t see everything and I’m sure their were more pieces with big uses of technology but I was pleasantly surprised with what I found anyway. Technology is on the rise! Beware of computer screens and internet apps!


ArtPrize. (2015). Visiting ArtPrize. ArtPrize. Retrieved from

Associated Press. (2015, September 23). 7th Annual ArtPrize Competition Opens in Grand Rapids. Detroit Free Press. Retrieved from

Kaczmarczyk, Jeffrey. (2015, September 23). ArtPrize’s Website Crashes Minutes before Opening of ArtPrize Seven. MLive. Retrieved from

Here are some pictures I took while exploring:

Photo taken by Alayna Cassidy
Photo taken by Alayna Cassidy
Photo taken by Alayna Cassidy
Photo taken by Alayna Cassidy
Photo taken by Alayna Cassidy
Photo taken by Alayna Cassidy
Photo taken by Alayna Cassidy
Photo taken by Alayna Cassidy

Technology in Careers

10 jobs that are in the field of social media:
Social Media Analyst
Clicks and Clients Inc.

  • MS Office advanced experience
  • Familiar with common social platforms such as: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram etc.
  • Analytical – You’re not afraid of CPL, CPC, Conversion Rate and ROI analysis. You can read the stories behind the numbers
  • I am not fully integrated into the social media society as I barely use and tolerate it. Hopefully I can gain experience through classes and by starting small and working my way through jobs that are similar but not the same

Marketing Copywriter
Optoro- Washington DC

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, advertising, marketing, English,  (or comparable work experience)
  • Book of work and 2-3 years of copywriting experience, which demonstrate the ability to use words to evoke emotion
  • Comfortable with content production and how copy relates to design
  • MS Office experience
  • As this requires at least two to three years experience with copywriting I need the experience to work in that environment. I personally believe that I would not do well if I didn’t start out with a job similar to copywriting and design as I am not familiar with content production.

Staff Writer
Wendoh Media

  • Be familiar with the creation of making a blog.
  • Be up to date with news.
  • Reporting/writing for a similar publication : 3 years
  • Build a following for content via social media and other tools
  • While this job does appeal to me and I definitely would want to consider this job I fall short in the experience of making blogs as I was only introduced to this last year and it was sparse at best. I would need to gain experience by starting out small by maybe starting my own independent blogs and when I get enough followers than start sending them out to possible employers.

Marketing Writer and Social Media Specialist
Market Motive

  • Need to be comfortable using Google’s Drive, Docs, Sheets, and all that that implies.
  • Using a tool like Hootsuite and/or Buffer to manage multiple social accounts will give you a head start.
  • You need to know how to research, compile, organize, and present sometimes complicated information in an accessible way.
  • This would be a good job but again requires some experience. I  would start small in groups and work on blogs including facebook and linkedin. I need better managing skills as well.

Media Relations/Writer
Mary Free Bed

  • Skills to explain, interpret, and present technical/medical information in lay terms
  • General knowledge of rehabilitation service and principles of marketing and sales
  • Outstanding writing skills for multiple mediums
  • 5 years prior experience
  • This would be a good start up job if it was maybe offering to newer to people. Besides experience the requirements are fulfilled through my writing and advertising classes.

The Baltimore Sun Media Group

  • 1 year writing experience
  • Experience with the makings of a blog
  • Advanced use of social media
  • I definitely would be interested in this job. It would be a good way to gain experience with writing and uses tactics from advertising to writing as I am trying to get people to read what I write.

Lead Writer 
Seasun Games

  • Work collaboratively with the Art and Gameplay Design and Cinematic Teams.
  • 5 years prior experience as an entertainment writer
  • This job, while it sounds interesting on an outer level, would not be something I would excel at. Even if I had experience in social media writing and blogging I have no design experience.

Content Writer

  • Fully-developed addiction to news and information with an interest in researching new ideas and topics
  • Extensive use and knowledge of AP style
  • Firm understanding of writing for the web and SEO
  • I need to learn what SEO is to work hear. This would be a lot of group work and my knowledge I’m afraid does not equal the people I most likely would be working with.

Social Media/Content Writer/and Aggregator

  • Must be savvy with the ins and outs of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus, and YouTube
  • Ability to navigate the web, and understand how to gather good articles on many given topics
  • Excellent copy writing, spelling, written, and oral communication skills.
  • This job appeals to me as what I would be doing is finding articles and coming up with catchy titles for them. It would be good group work and I would have a better understanding of working for a social media based company.

Technical Writer
harvey, llc

  • Technological experience with graphs, screenshots, etc.
  • Partner with other teams technical writers to assure consistency in terms of style, format and grammar.
  • Proofread and edit documentation to ensure consistency of language and style, as well as correct application of templates
  • This job is very fast-paced and while I would enjoy to work there I do not have the experience working at that level yet. If I could I would start with smaller groups to pick up ideas for this job.