The Journalists’ Fight Against Blogs

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When researching blogging I ran across the book  Say Everything by Scott Rosenberg.  I did not have time to read the entire book, but I did come across a excerpt from chapter 9, “Journalists vs. Bloggers,” on the books web page.  This chapter focuses on beliefs from journalists that blogging is nothing more than simple amusement that should not be taken too seriously.  This offended many bloggers who started blogging in response to disagreements with the media and other published documents. 

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Revisiting Informal Group Power

Part 3: Revisiting Power in Informal Groups (pg 204-205):

Power in informal groups occurs when there is an imbalance in the reliance and needs between two or more people.  There are also specific characteristics that are associated with people who tend to have power.  “These include energy and physical stamina, an ability to focus one’s interests and energies, sensitivity to others, their interests and needs, flexibility as conditions change, an ability to tolerate conflict, and to submerge one’s ego in the interest of building coalitions and alliances,” Scott and Davis, page 205.  Continue reading

The Silent Rejection

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One of the things that keeps coming up in conversations with my friends this year has been the silent rejection. It is one of the most frustrating things because you put time and energy into tailoring a cover letter, resume, and application to each specific job; only to never hear from them again. Why is it so hard to send a letter or email telling applicants that they did not receive the job?

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T-Shirt Poll

Hey,

So below is the poll for T-shirt ideas… voting ends on Sunday at 5PM.
You can vote for up to 3 ideas because there are so many options.

The Housing Market’s Downfall

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In my previous post I began to look at the history behind the housing market bubble, and its eventual downfall.  I have found the housing bubble to be particularly interesting because I come from an area in California where the bubble had a very strong impact.  Many people during that time thought that they could finance a nicer home through selling their old one.  The big problem was that they purchased the new house without selling the old one and now they can’t afford either of them.  Houses in certain blocks stood vacant for months, and a lot of homes were turned into rentals. While my earlier post mentioned some of the benefits of renting, one major downfall is that rentals cause other homes in the area to lose value because the rentals aren’t always kept to the same standard. 

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Buy or Rent: The Big Dilemma

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When exactly did the downfall of the housing market start? Many play around with dates from the 1980s to September 11, but one woman takes it back even further than that.  Alyssa Katz  wrote the book Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us and brings up housing market problems that started as early as the 1970s. It is hard to think about our problems that are well over 30 years later being so closely connected with the politics of the 70s, but Katz explains how everything is connected. Continue reading

Enron Employees Lose Retirement… and Their Clothes?

Playboy magazine is now doing a ‘Women of Enron’ pictorial spread. … Apparently the only thing these women have left to shred is their dignity.” —Jay Leno

When searching for answers to what Enron employees did after its demise, I was immediately drawn to this clip from The Daily Show. If you don’t believe them here is a link to Fortune500’s “Top Companies for 2002” where Enron is really listed as #5.  And yes, seven of the employees did pose for Playboy… there is even a documentary DVD about it.  Playgirl even decided to do a spread of Enron’s employees, just to be fair.  But what about the rest of the employees, you know the ones who didn’t know of Enron’s evils and didn’t want to show all?

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