Sunday, October 3, 2010

New Forms of Media Publishing

There are many issues that are being placed with media publishing. Some exxamples, of course, includes the advertising network. It seems that company has realised that by using media publishing, it can give a better form of advertising to the audiences or consumers (Munz 2009). Sletten (2010) states that media publishing will go beyond the simple applications that YouTube videos now offer.

A fine example of a media publishing is Syncrospace, as shown below, is a company and website that enables the users to post various digital media and is easy for non-technical people to get used to (Sletten 2010).


The famous Wee Meng Chee a.k.a. Namewee, is one of the biggest issue to have landed on Malaysian soil. Recently, Namewee has uploaded another video based on the current happening in a school in Johore where the headmistress has shown racism (Mokhtar 2010).

It is not surprising as an anti-racist person, Namewee came up with another song to send a message to Siti Insah, the headmistress that told her chinese students to "go back to China".


Mokhtar (2010) further stresses that Namewee was doing a good job in successfully uniting the younger generations againts racism, a fact that most of the community has failed to realise. It is a known fact that rapping is one of the most effective ways to communicate with the younger generations (Mokhtar 2010).

In Namewee's defence, Mokhtar (2010) suggests that it would have been wiser if the goverment took action a lot sooner than they had. This was the reason that prompt Namewee to have done his clip and that it justifies what has happened to this country in terms of racism (Mokhtar 2010).


Mokhtar, M. (2010), "Namewee is a uniting factor", [Online], 3 September 2010, Available from -, [Accessed on: 3rd October 2010]

Munz, J. (2009), "10 Emereging Trends for Online Advertising and Content Marketing for 2010", 24 December 2009, Available from -, [Accessed on: 3rd October 2010]

Sletten, B. (2010), "Will the next revolution be democratization of online media publishing?", [Online], 13 August 2010, Available from -, [Accessed on: 3rd October 2010]

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Blogging Communities

Blogging Community basically means a group of individuals that meet up online and have the same interest and common goals that they wish to accomplish together (Owyang 2007). Owyang (2007) further stresses that these individuals also share components or ideas through the web tools and opinions through comments.

There are plenty of steps that needs to be done to create a blogging community. These are more of ways than steps to create a blogging community. Rowse (2008) clearly states that its a good idea to take the lead in posting and commenting on other blogs as a start. It is also a good idea to ask questions and make the readers feel more involved in the blog (Rowse 2008).

Aside from just making the readers feel more involved, Rowse (2008) also states that it is a good idea to reply comments by readers and also ask opinions from readers to comment on comments. By making all readers so involved with the blog, this will help create a group of loyal readers for the blog (Rowse 2008). Mueller (2009) agrees that just by replying reader's comments, this will give them a feeling of acceptance in a blog.

There are plenty types of blogging communities around now. Some examples are the personal blogging communities where real life friends are the real readers of the blogs. In this blogging community, most of the time the topics are about real life incidents or events. Readers are limited to personal friends at this point.

Above is a screen shot of one of the famous bloggers in East Malaysia, Kenny Sia. This blog has one of the most readers and is considered a blog community. The way Kenny addresses his readers is amazing. He makes sure not even one of his readers feel left out. Discussion in this blog are always on the latest happenings in Malaysia and sometimes, worldwide as well.


Mueller, E. (2009), "How to create community on your blog (for worldpress users)", [Online], 7 October 2009, Available from -, [Accessed on: 2nd October 2010]

Owyang, J. (2007), "Defining the term: "Online Community"", [Online], 28 December 2007, Available from -, [Accessed on: 2nd October 2010]

Rowse, D. (2008), "How to build a community on your blog", [Online], 26 April 2008, Available from -, [Accessed on: 2nd October 2010]

Blog Classification

There are a lot of arguements about what kind of blog is suitable for the types of content that it proposes. There are many type of issues that can be discussed in a blog. Some examples of the issues that are discussed in some of today's blogs are instructional, informational, reviews, lists, interviews and many more (Rowse 2005). One fine example of an informational issue is a political blog. (Shown below)


Moving on to devices, there are not as many devices for blogging with current technology. So far, there are two frequently used devices to blog which is the computer and mobile phone(Moblog). Moblog are used by bloggers who rather rely on their mobile phone to do the blogging (Williams 2007). These blogs are normally used for photoblogs. One example of a moblog is as shown below.


There are plenty ways of blogging. Some of the type of blogging is sketchlog, vlog, linklog and so on. These different types of blogging styles are usually just a combination of what a blog represents. Most blogs nowadays have all these styles imbedded into a blog. One example of a type of blogging style is as shown below(sketchlog).


As a conclusion, different types of style defines a blog and this differs from the type of information that is being shown by the blogger. The most universal blogging that can be used for almost any kind blog, whether its informational, personal or anything at all, is the normal blog from a computer. Moblog is not suitable as it limits the posting ability of a blogger. Style of blogging comes down to the genre of the wanted issues being blogged.
The survivability of the blog all comes down to the content of the blog (Liew 2008). Liew (2008) strongly suggests that the style and elaboration of bloggers are the reason readers are prompted to read again, not the style.


Liew, W. (2008), "10 types of blog content elaboration [Part 2]", [Online], 9 April 2008, Available from -, [Accessed on: 2nd October 2010]

Rowse, D. (2005), "20 Types of blog posts - battling bloggers block", [Online], 29 November 2005, Available from -, [Accessed on: 2nd October 2010]

Williams, D. (2007), "Blogging Definitions: Types of Blogs - Part 2", [Online], 23 October 2007, Available from -, [Accessed on: 2nd October 2010]

Benefits of Blogging


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The graph above shows that the blogosphere at the moment stands at 133 million blogs being recorded worldwide. It is said that the blogosphere, worldwide, was a shocking growth and it has placed a role in influencing the any subject in the world, from business to politics (McLean 2009).

The trends of blogging as of late, pretty much does not differs in different regions or countries (McLean 2009). Lately, one of the most popular trends that can be found in blog is advertising within the blogs (Sussman 2009). Sussman (2009) further stresses that most bloggers advertise on their blogs to earn money as they have been reported earning from the advertising.

There are many kind of blogs. These blogs are divided into five different types of blogs, which are the collaborative blog, tutorial blog, travel and cultural blog, fashion and lifestyle blog and personal blog (Belardo n.d.)

Among these blogs, some can be used to produce a prevalent blog. An example of a prevalent blog in certain countries is the blog stated above in the picture. This blog is an example of the current issues that are happening in Iran. This blogs states the facts of the Sharia Law in Islamic Rebuplic of Iran and how brutal the punishments in store for the guilty party. Some of the punishments include burying alive, massive hanging to death and stonning.


Belardo, M. (n.d.), "The five types of blogs / Which one suits you best?", [Online], Available from -, [Accessed on: 2nd October 2010]

McLean, J. (2009), "State of Blogoshpere 2009 Introduction", [Online], 19 October 2009, Available from -, [Accessed on: 2nd October 2010]

Sussman, M. (2009), "Day 4:Blogging Revenues, Brands and Blogs:SOTB 2009", [Online], 22 October 2009, Available from -, [Accessed on: 2nd October 2010]

Friday, October 1, 2010

What is good powerpoint presentation?

Slide 1
Slide 2

A good PowerPoint presentation should include good layout and good content. Those are the basic attributes that a PowerPoint presentation should consist of.

Above is an example of a good power point slide. As can be seen from it, the colour scheme of this slide is perfectly suited to enable readers and audience to see the points well. Russel (n.d.) stresses that it is not proper to use caps when making a statement as it gives the implication that the presenter is shouting at the audience. From this slide above, it is obvious that the word "two" is underlined instead of capitalised.

From the slide above, it can be seen that the background of the slide is very simple and this makes it easier for the audience to read them (Marquez n.d.) Aside from just the background and layout of this slide, the font chosen is suitable as it is simple and easy to read as well (Marquez n.d.)

Bear (n.d.) suggest that slides within a PowerPoint should be consistent and changes should not be applied to the font and background. From the 2 slides above, it is clear that this slide is a very consistent one indeed.

There is a single flaw in this PowerPoint presentation and that is referring to the way the content is being laid out. A perfect example of this is slide 2 where the content of that slide is too wordy. Most audience cannot read as fast as the presenter presents (Orzel 2006). Orzel (2006) strongly suggests that keeping the text to a minimum is more proper for a presentation as audience will be tempted to read the slides instead of listening to the presenter.


Bear, J.H. (n.d.), "Before you create a powerpoint presentation", [Online], Available from -, [Accessed on: 2nd October 2010]

Marquez, Z.L. (n.d.), "How to make a good powerpoint presentation", [Online], Available from -, [Accessed on: 1st October2010]

Orzel, C. (2006), "How to do a good powerpoint lecture", [Online], 6th November 2006, Available from -, [Accessed on: 2nd October 2010]

Russel, W. (n.d.), "10 tips for creating successful business presentation", [Online], Available from, [Accessed on: 1st October 2010]