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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

E-Books
I do not agree with the idea of e-books. To me, they are just not books. I feel that this is just the newest way to get people to spend money on something they do not need. Part of the enjoyment of reading a book is the comfort of laying down, flipping the pages, even having to find a place to stop and marking your pages. This is even more true with books you are required to read. Having the ability to make notes in your book is invaluable. This is not possible with e-books. All this being said, I believe they will be high sellers. People these days seem to think of everything as convenience. It is easier to have one reader with twenty books than having twenty actual books with you. I find this to be extremely discouraging, knowing that I will not read e-books, and knowing that the time may come where actual paperback or hardback books will not exist any longer. With the technology available to have your personal files, music and books all on one device that easily fits in your purse, it is difficult to think this will not take off quickly.
The thing that bothers me the greatest about this technology is the thought that my children may grow up not knowing the enjoyment of reading a traditional book, be it a textbook or novel. Also, computers are known to be slightly unreliable, crashing or obtaining viruses. If that were to happen you may have to re-purchase your books, or even replace the device all together causing you the inconvenience on top of the financial loss. All together I just disagree with e-books. I feel that they are just not books.

The survey results were mildly disturbing. What would happen to the world if the internet just stopped?? No one would know anything anymore. Without google, or wilipedia, how would we learn anything??? It seems as though people just forget the time before the internet. When research was done at the library, with actual books. I prefer to use "old fashion" ways of learning things, making myself a little outdated I suppose. It is my opinion that people rely way to much on the internet to solve problems for them. Again, forgetting the time when it wasn't possible for a computer to answer questions for them. Although the internet can be a useful tool, I believe it can actually hinder your learning experience if used improperly. If all you need to know is how to look it up online, what are you actually learning??

Week 2

Part 1
I think the e-book has had a low impact on the publishing houses right now, but the time is coming when people will be buying e-books instead of actual books. I expect them to start selling soon to the younger generation. I have noticed that particular age group is more reliant on electronic devices than any other group. When this happens the publishing houses are going to have to revamp what they offer and how it is offered. Instead of actual books they will have to work on a plan to sell the e-books online and decrease the number of books they print. Before the e-book readers can become best sellers they will need to be made cheaper and better along with offering more choices of where to buy e-books.

I would rather have the actual book. Using a device to read a book would make me feel like I was still working by staring at the screen. With the luck I have I would probably lay down my device and forget it or drop and break it leaving me with nothing. The book can be replaced more easily than a computer or a handheld device. I carry a book with me wherever I go.

Once e-books become the popular way to read a book, some manufacturers are going to lose some business. The publishing houses will have to lower the number of books printed, which means the companies providing the stock will be impacted also. The good impact will be the positive effect on the environment. The reader is considered a "green product".

The improved technology of the readers along with the number of places you can buy the e-books will have a positive effect. I would think the biggest hurdle is the cost of the devices. If the price is lowered I think more people would buy a device. I don’t see myself spending the money to buy one of the readers when I would rather have a book.

Part 2
The survey showed the majority of the students either use the television or internet for media information. In this day and age the computer has become a household item. From what I have learned the internet is where the masses get their news or information. It is easily accessible and easy to use which makes it a popular source. In my position,using the internet for a news source is bad. I work for the local newspaper and will be losing my job due to low circulation numbers. Subscribers are reading their news online now so newspaper sales are dropping.

E-Books: Convenience Versus Tradition


PART 1 - E-BOOKS

I have never used an e-book device, so I have no first-hand experience with e-books. I’m currently not interested in reading a book on a screen rather than a printed page. It is a fascinating technology, but I have no immediate plans to purchase an e-book device, although I’m sure the day will ultimately arrive out of curiosity or necessity.


However, the popularity of e-books is growing at a tremendous rate. According to the International Digital Publishing Forum, U.S. e-book sales have increased from $56 million in the last quarter to $91 million in the first quarter of 2010. That’s an increase of over 60 percent in just three months. So the e-book industry is in its infancy and is growing very quickly. Clearly e-books are currently impacting the publishing industry and will continue to do so. If more and more readers are enjoying their books on an electronic device rather than the printed page, then people will buy fewer printed books and the publishing industry must adapt.


I very seldom read fiction books for entertainment. I prefer movies and television for that purpose. However, I have always read non-fiction books and magazines to gain knowledge. I still do so today, but to a lesser degree, since news and other info conveniently available on the Internet (my spell-check still insists on a capital “I”). At this time though, I still prefer printed books. I have a small collection of reference books. I am familiar with how to find books through our local library, and I am comfortable with books, since I have used them for my entire lifetime. I am accustomed to picking up a book, turning the pages, using an index, etc. Concerning books, I currently prefer that which I am familiar, rather than the new technology.


If current trends continue, then I expect that I will someday embrace e-books as they become more prevalent and attractive. Years ago, when digital photography was in its infancy, I was already familiar with buying film, loading the film into my camera, carefully adjusting the settings and framing the right shot, manually forwarding the film and then doing it all over again. After the entire 24-exposure roll of film was full, then I would take/send it to a developer, hope the developer did a good job, pick up my tangible 3 ½ X 5 photos after a few days, and only then receive feedback whether or not I took good pictures. Then I would put the best photos in an album to share with friends and family and save for posterity. Digital photography changed the entire approach. Now we can take high-resolution photos, see them instantly, make adjustments, take as many photos as possible without any additional cost and discard the bad ones, crop and adjust the good ones and print them in any size we like. This was an amazing shift over just fifteen years or so. We’ve seen similar attitude shifts in the fields of communication, recorded music and other areas where technology has made things more efficient and convenient. The popularity of e-books will continue to grow as consumers become more comfortable and familiar with the technology.

Currently, dozens of devices allow us to view e-books. However, I believe the popular Apple iPad (and future similar devices) will be an important catalyst as the popularity of e-books continues to grow. The iPad facilitates e-books, but unlike most other e-book devices, it does much more (communication, internet, etc.). Those who own an iPad for other reasons, but haven’t explored e-books, will already have the mechanism to explore e-books, even if they hadn’t considered e-books when they acquired the iPad.


E-books are a threat to the industry, but I do not believe that e-books will ever totally displace the publishing industry. Publishers will adapt and diversify. Newspapers are in trouble, but the strong are surviving and thriving. Video definitely DID NOT kill the radio star. Radio has adapted and is doing well. Even the 150-year-old Western Union Telegraph Company survives today.


Statistics and graphs illustrating the recent rapid growth of e-books:

International Digital Publishing Forum

http://www.idpf.org/doc_library/industrystats.htm

List of e-book devices:

http://www.ebook88.com/devices.html


PART 2 – SURVEY RESULTS

I anticipated that some of the survey results might be a little different, but I also agree that most of the results from our small sample reflects both what we have learned, and my own habits and perceptions.

Of the eight questions, I’m surprised by only one of the results. Q6, “How much time do you spend on the web, aside from school?” We use the Internet for news, researching questions, social networking, instant messaging, weblogs, games, entertainment and other communication. I was surprised that only 3 out of 20 spend more than three hours a day online. I would have predicted that percentage would be much higher, especially from a sample of students in an online class.


Using the Internet as a primary source of news and information is easy and convenient, and the choices are endless. While it is great to have access to so much information, it’s become even more important to analyze and evaluate the credibility of our sources due to the sheer amount of information that is available on the web. A professional journalist stakes his reputation, credibility and livelihood on each story he prepares or presents. However, anyone can publish a website, post to a blog or forward a viral e-mail with little or no risk. It can often be difficult to differentiate between good journalism, bad journalism and even intentional misinformation, but the Internet has greatly increased the need for consumers to become more media literate.


So, to directly answer our question… I believe the trend of using the Internet as a primary source of information is good… as long as we are prepared to accept the additional responsibility to competently assess the credibility of all of the information.


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http://www.ifc.com/makemediamatter/blog/2009/06/the-importance-of-media-litera.php

Week 2 Post - Heidi

Part 1

The e-book has a great impact on the publishing industry. With the online publication of e-books the need for the original publishing companies will reduce. As more people buy portable readers and/or use their laptops and iPods for reading books, the need for paper books and their publishing will diminish. Another aspect is the “going green”; e-books are another way to save our natural resources. I do not mind using e-books or even reading online textbooks, but I still prefer to have the actual tangible book to read. There is something about lying in bed at night and reading an actual paper book, instead of reading it on my laptop that I prefer. However with textbooks, I am actually ok with reading them online and the online version is usually much cheaper and sometimes has additional benefits or bonuses that come with the online version. I think the pros of e-books are that they are better for the environment, in some cases more convenient and usually more cost effective, you can rent textbooks at www.chegg.com. The cons of e-books, for me would be not wanting to take the expensive readers to the beach or pool with me, especially with my children, in case they would get water or sand on them. They also are not as “durable” as paper books are for children to use. Another con of the e-book would be the negative impact it has on the publishing industry. The pros of original books would be the fact that normal paper books are fairly inexpensive and easy to transport – if they get wet or a little sandy it doesn’t ruin them, and if they do get ruined you are not replacing a $300+ item. Another pro of the original book are everyone is “comfortable” with them, especially for those individuals who resist change and/or technology. Some cons of the original books are sometimes the cost is more in cases of textbooks, they usually only come in one or two font sizes and the use of natural resources and negative impact on the environment. With new devices such as the kindle and the iPad the popularity is bound to increase. As more people buy these devices and use their iPods or laptops to read e-books, the e-books popularity will continue to rise.

Part 2

I think our survey does mirror what we have learned so far. The survey shows that we are depending more and more on the web, television and radio, and less on newspapers and magazines. I think that the trend toward the internet as our largest source of information is good for the most part. The only area that might be a concern is if someone is looking at unreliable sources for news or information, especially since it is so easy to post information out on the internet. I personally like doing research and reading/watching news on the internet since I can do it when I want, and do not have to rely on the schedule of the news on the television. I can also find articles or news stories on like just specific to what I am looking for and not have to read through the whole newspaper or watch all of the news, which is a great time saver for me.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

E-books

Presently, I don’t think that the e-book has had a major impact on the publishing industry. We are in the beginning stages of the e-book technology. I think that as the technology evolves, e-books will eventually have a large impact on the publishing industry. Personally, I would not mind reading a book for pleasure on a computer screen. I find myself reading news articles online all of the time. On the other hand, I would not like to use an e-book for school work. I definitely prefer the tangible book to look up information.

The convenience of the e-book, paired with the new e-book readers will appeal to the youth market and could impact the publishing industry in the future. In addition to saving money on textbooks, being able to carry one small reader with all of their textbooks on it would be a dream come true for many students. E-books can be accessed from any computer, so that students would not need to carry heavy books around. Then again, E-books would be much less convenient for anyone who is researching information in a book and needs to flip through the book looking for information. Since today’s youth is so tied to technology, what I consider to be an inconvenience to someone my age may not be a concern for the younger generation. For example, my son uses his iPod Touch to browse the internet and it drives me crazy to use it. Constantly increasing/decreasing the size in order to navigate is inconvenient, but it does not bother my 15 year old at all. I am sure that E-books, especially paired with an e-book reader, will change the way younger consumers perceive e-books, which will eventually affect the publishing industry.

The results of our survey do mirror what we have learned so far. I am torn on whether the internet being the biggest source of information is good or bad, because it can be both. For instance, I get a large majority of my news from the internet, as I am busy and do not always have the opportunity to watch the news. However, it can be bad because there is so much inaccurate information on the internet, that people must be very careful that they are getting their information from a reputable source.

E-books

Part 1

The e-book has the potential to totally re-vamp the publishing industry. This also has the potential to completely eliminate the need for traditional book sellers. This is not yet a reality and will not be a reality for quite some time. Most avid readers still enjoy the warm feel of a real book in their hands. There is something personal and intimate about holding a book in your hands and manually turning each page. Personally, I don’t like reading a book on a screen, for somewhat the same reason I don’t like sub-titled movies. When I make a selection to read a book, I want to read the book. I do not want to stare at a computer screen for hours on end. On the other side, if I want to watch a movie, I do not want to read a book.

I do understand the convenience of carrying 1,500 books in a package that weighs less than a standard book. But, who needs to carry 1,500 books with them in the first place? Are you going to read all 1,500 books before you get back home? I highly doubt that. The positive point to the e-book concept is lifetime. An e-book looks exactly the same forever. The pages do not get torn out accidentally. The colors do not fade. In a thousand years the e-book will still look brand new. The down side of this being that if a real book survives a thousand years it will certainly have a value well beyond that of the e-book.

With the amazing advances in technology and the ease at which e-books can be accessed, there is a storm on the horizon. As the new youth of today begin to get more accustomed to electronic sources of information and the convenience that it offers, there will be a huge shift away from paper books. These children will slowly bring about the fall of the paper book industry.

Part 2

The survey certainly seems to prove that people these days are more reliant on technology for their news than old style print newspapers. The internet, television, and radio all show relatively high hourly amount. Newspapers and magazines show extremely low hourly amounts per person. The numbers did not appear to be biased due to the wide range of ages in the survey. The trend toward the internet being our largest source of news can be quite bad. There are no limits to what can be reported on the internet and sometimes these reports are totally fabricated. This can result in a large number of people believing something that is absolutely false. The other side of this coin relates to the lack of control with the internet. When you eliminate the gatekeepers from the equation, you can truly keep a free flowing source of news. This news can reach millions of people without the Rupert Murdochs of the world getting in the way.

E-Books and their impact

Part 1

Until recently, just about the only thing that anyone would read on the Internet in terms of books were the previews of actual books they were going to buy on a retail site such as amazon.com. The e-book has made the distribution of books very cost effective, convenient, and quick for potential buyers. Though many harp on about the eventual demise of the print sources, I say that it will never happen; at least not in our lifetimes.
How do I feel about reading a book on a screen? Honestly, it doesn't bother me because that's not how I primarily learn. However, I would say that for a kinetic learner, it will take sense of touch out of the equation. It may seem absurd but the more senses you involve in your learning, the more likely you are to retain your information. Personally, I would prefer the tangible aspect of a book that is mine so I can write notes to myself along the side margins.
Certainly, I'd say that America is a country of convenience and consumption. Faster is always better and bigger is generally more favorable. Although it's nice to have books delivered in digital format, it's just not the same as the real McCoy. Not to mention, all generations prior to the current one, grew up with books as their primary source of written literature.
A few pros of e-books are: Rate of distribution, printing costs are reduced/eliminated, and anyone has access to them as long as they have access to a computer terminal. Some cons of e-books are: Not everyone is computer savvy enough to know how to get an e-book, some people prefer a paperback product, and e-books are not accessible if the power goes out or your computer malfunctions.
Everyone here has probably at least heard of the Kindle that Amazon.com sells. It offers thousands of books for a fraction of the price of a paperback and has recently(if I recall correctly), to offer textbooks as another of it's genres. Products like the Kindle will continue to impact the world we live in as technology progresses further and further.

Part 2

The results of the survey confirm what many already believed. The Internet is a vast source of information but everyone has to be careful. Anyone with the know how can post whatever they want online and be(for the most part) anonymous. Additionally, there are also persons out there who want to intentionally cause harm to others for personal gain. Not all sources are credible. Despite that, knowing some methods to determine credibility can go a long way for someone sorting through all the junk to find a gem that's worth looking at.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Week Two

Part 1:
I think e-books has a low impact on the publishing industry. E-books have a low impact because people are still leary about the e-books. The publishing industry thought years ago e-books would be the hot new thing but realized it did not take off as predicted. I would not like reading a book on screen because I would have to take extra money to go buy the necessary electronics to be able to read e-books. I would not like reading books on screen because if I have computer malfunctions then I would not be able to finish my assignment. Yes I would miss the tangible aspect of a book because for 23 years I have read books and I am not use to e-books. With e-books it does have it's conveniences such as the e-book is in one location, can not lose the book, also many e-books can be stored in one spot and it is cheaper. The pros of e-books are their cheaper, space saver and do not have to worry about losing it. The pros of books are do not have to worry about computer malfunctions, can come back to the spot you left off and do not have to take out extra money to buy electronics. The cons of e-books are cheaper but may have to pay so much per page, and may encounter computer malfunctions. The cons of books are takes up to0 much space, may be expensive and wear and tear. The recent change in technology that may impact the popularity of e-books are the Google Print Library which would put all the books on a searchable database. This would be popular because with one hit of a button they can find and purchase books without leaving their home.

Part 2:
Yes the results mirror what we learned as to where we get our information, entertainment and news from. Many people turn to newspapers, internet and T.V. for information. Many people turn to music, movies and internet for entertainment. I think the internet is a good source for information. The internet is a good source of information because it has accurate websites that give accurate information. On certain websites the information is updated daily. The Internet is convenient to where you can look up all different kinds of information in one location without having to go to the store to buy different magazines, newspapers or books. I also think the Internet can be a bad source for information. The Internet can be a bad source for information because like wikipedia people can change the information and it is not accurate. Many people do not know wikipedia is not accurate so they may believe what they read. When people are sick they tend to look up their symptoms to try to diagnose themselves. That is not a good idea because they may worry themselves over nothing.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Week One

Hello my name is Natessia Summerfield, and this is my last quarter here at COTC, if all goes well. My degree will be in Business Management with a dual major of Human Resources and Office Administration. After completing my associate I plan to attend either OU, or OSU to complete my bachelors concentrating in Human Resources. I hope to be done before I'm thirty, which gives me 3 years. I have two daughters that are 5 and 6, both will be in school this fall, I don't know when that happened! Time flies.

I love the media, although sometimes it can be frustrating or annoying, it is interesting to hear what people put into keeping themselves and others entertained. I don't usually let the media influence my decision makings or opinions, but will watch and usually make comments aloud about what I think. Hopefully someone is in the room with me, or you may think I'm strange. I am usually pretty busy and never have time to sit down with the television actually, except in the morning with my coffee, and then the news is always about horrible shootings, and accidents so some mornings I opt out of it. I do read the local news paper daily, browse through. Again, I never let it sway how I feel about things, just read it to stay informed if you will.

Global Warming
I do not follow global warming much, I am the one when it comes up in the news, that is when I turn the channel. I believe that it does exist, but I also think that this is what is supposed to be happening right now, and the entire population will never believe or care about something all together. I don't mean to sound negative, I just believe that everyone will always have their own separate beliefs and if half think that it isn't a big deal, then they aren't going to try and correct it. I also agree with some of the other posts, that it is not all man kinds fault. I think that many things contribute to it, and maybe there is someway to slow it down, maybe not.
The National Geographic states that there are solutions that may be able to decrease the temperature to 2.5 degrees warmer if we would cut emissions, use solar power, natural gases, and etc. These are all fine and dandy, however getting the entire population to agree and contribute to this is not likely.
The State of California states that the earth had a balance of carbon emissions for the past 100 years, but now is off the charts and increasing. The solution is to reduce greenhouse emissions drastically but they do not state how they suggest to do this.
To me, this is saying what everyone is saying. There is a problem, it needs fixed now, and what might fix the problem, but it seems like a debate on what will be the best way and how to rally the troops, in a manner of speaking.
This site, was interesting because they state Myths, and then facts under them. Whether it supported, it can be hard to tell. Internet is so easily posted on, and manipulated. They state that scientists say that global warming is to uncertain to figure out how to help. They also say that that is a myth because most scientists agree there is a problem, they just disagree on how big of a problem, how to solve it, and who is the factor in contributing to the problem.

My name is Monica and I am a Business Management major with an option in Office Administration. After graduation, I plan on attending Franklin University and majoring in Human Resources and Administration with a minor in E-Commerce and continue working full-time at COTC in the Gateway to assist students, staff, and faculty when necessary.

Being realistic mass media, in my opinion, does not usually influence my way of thinking. There is no cable in my home and I rarely read a newspaper or listen to the radio, only because I am so busy with work and school. I know most people think one would listen to the radio in your car on the way to work however; I only listen to XM/Sirius radio because of the lack of commercials. One thing I was taught, as a young child is not to believe everything you hear and even less of what you see on paper. Research is the way to go when it comes to knowing the agenda’s and status of what is going on in the world. The responsibility lies upon the individual to know and understand what is going on and to verify their research is accurate.

Global Warming

First off, I can tell you that global warming does exist, in my forty-five almost forty-six years on this planet I have heard many speakers and heard many things regarding global warming. While growing up right outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania there were and remain many reasons to fear what is happening to our beautiful planet. One thing is all the major oil refineries located on the east coast, in Philadelphia alone, right on the Delaware River you have Conoco/Phillips, Sunoco, Neats Foot, and let us not forget the dreaded BP refinery. These are only a list of a few refineries right on the river. The barges, which travel the length of the Delaware River, house fuel, which will be delivered too many filling stations throughout the country and have been known to have mechanical issues as well.

The pollution associated with these refineries is killing off wildlife and have been linked to various cancers within the region. Furthermore, the drilling to acquire this “black gold” is damaging our planet as well. Imagine taking a baseball and drilling a hole into the center of its core and extracting what is inside. If you throw that ball, will it spin the same? No, because it is missing its core and that is what happens when we drill the earth changes. Based on information published by the “Environmental Protection Agency” global warming has been going on for over twenty years. (EPA, 1989) http://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPURL.cgi?Dockey=50000WXR.txt

All of this information is linked back to research managed by numerous individuals some of which attended MIT, PIT, and even Harvard University. These individuals have conducted various tests in researching global warming and are published individuals in their particular fields. Their research goes from “Air Pollution”, to “Mining”, to “Oil Spills”, to “Water Pollution” and these researched items are all a part of the big picture of “Global Warming”. These research documents show us the various effects each research study has on our environment and how it reverts to global warming. (HEARTLAND 2010) http://globalwarmingheartland.org/research.html

As of June 23, 2010 the U.N., “science body on climate change has released a list of 831 scientists who will write its fifth report on global warming. “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” received “3,000 nominations” and the authors were drawn from fields including meteorology, physics, oceanography, statistics, engineering and economics, the Nobel Prize-winning body said. The IPCC has been censured by a number of individuals for mistakes in the IPCC’s preceding reports. “An independent review of the fourth report released in 2007 is currently under way.” The IPCC’s fifth “Assessment Report” will be separated into three parts “covering climate observations, the impact of global warming and strategies for responding to climate change”. They will be released between 2013 and 2014. The new report will have a more diverse group than the last report the IPCC had completed. Many with be from various countries around the world and including women, this will be the first time many of these scientists will be working with the IPCC. (PHILA. INQUIRE 2010) http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/features/science/96960869.html

Why would these research studies continue if there were not issues with global warming? There have been over thousand of research studies done to support the importance of global warming and unfortunately not enough being done about the situation. I can remember when winters were much harsher than they have been in the last ten years. The polar ice caps are melting a predominantly colder climate melt, if that is not warming then I do not know what warming is at all. Hundreds of scientists cannot be wrong!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Global Warming/Week One. Michael Milewsky

My name is Michael, I am 28 years old and am majoring in Businesses Management Technology/Human Resources.
I watch a lot of news and read a lot of news articles as well. The most certainly affect the way I think and my views. I try and watch as many different news channels as possible to get different takes on issues from people who have different agendas. In the end, I make up my own mind on who I believe is correct, or who is more in line with my belief system.

Listening to the news, reading the papers, and asking opinions of others throughout the past few years have swayed my opinion on global warming in one direction, that humans are not the main contributor. In fact, the earth has been warming and cooling naturally for millions of years. Obviously, some of the things that humans do and some of the products they use, are not “great” for the environment, but they are not causing the polar ice caps to melt. There are many reasons that I do not go with the flow, and believe what the mainstream media tells me, these are just a few.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) is an organization that is driven by politics and is not an objective scientific body. Its conclusions are untrustworthy. There is still a lot of scientific debate about global warming. Computer climate models are unreliable. Changes in energy from the sun drive climate change on Earth, not carbon dioxide. Earth's temperature has been warmer in the past. It is not hotter than normal, therefore manmade global warming has not yet been proven. It has also been shown that the earth has actually been cooling of the last decade and the poles are gaining as much ice as they are losing. The IPCC is a political body which employs scientist to make a report. The politicians get final say on what goes into the report- this is very disturbing to me. Scientists who actually believe in global warming regularly warn the IPCC that their conclusions are the most extreme of the possibilities and to tone down their language. These scientists are regularly dismissed by the politicians. Anything that is regulated by people who have no real knowledge on the subject (the government) makes me want to investigate to see what the real motive is behind all of the harsh language.

A lot of people seem to believe that all climatologists believe in man-made global warming. The fact is, most climatologists probably agree, but climatology is a very small field funded by government organizations. Those who disagree openly, receive little funding but they do still exist. Weathermen, chemists, physicists, foresters, solar experts, engineers and thousands of informed people recognize the issue isn’t settled, which is another big reason I am very skeptical on the issue.Some people argue the fact that the earth’s natural bodies of water and other things contribute more carbon dioxide than humans ever could. For example, the oceans contain 37,400. I tend to believe it is in politicians best interest to push a certain agenda whether or not it is factual or not. Al Gore, may seem to know what he is talking about but, a lot of what he has presented has been debunked.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hi, my name is Jason, and I am majoring in Business Management with Marketing, for now. To be honest, I really do not like most of what is required for the program. I have always been more of a hands-on guy. I have worked most of my life as a carpenter/cabinet maker. I lost my job due to military deployments and the current economy. As mentioned, I currently serve in the Army Reserves, and just returned from my second deployment to Iraq. I have never been a person to mess with computers, so this is all new. Thus, I am slow and very uncomfortable doing this kind of stuff. This being said after this quarter I plan on changing majors to nursing, and hoping to get on a med flight or a trauma unit. That is one of the many skills that can transfer from the military, theirs not much need for a guy who is better with guns than most anything else. The media in general annoys me. It is ridicules what is reported today through all media outlets. Plus, so much of the media is embellished to where it is more fiction than anything. I personally just focus on actual facts, rather than corrupt stories from bias media outlets. Wow, I sound cold and callused.

Global Warming

Global warming honestly is something I know very little about. I hear the phrase mentioned quit often but pay little attention to it. What I do know is that it is caused but Hugh amounts of carbon gases released into the atmosphere. This topic really has not concerned me all that much. Do I believe it is real and happening, yes. However, I do not believe that it is all mankind’s fault. The infamous “They” want us to believe that man is destroying the planet a little at a time. I do not believe this is true. I have seen some studies that feel that we are just witnessing one of the Earth's many cycles. Some scientist feel, and I agree, that we are still coming out of the last ice age. That this is an inevitable stage of the Earth’s cycle. We as humans are just smart enough to see what is happening, and react the best way we know how, panic. We see that our cozy, prosperous way of life is being threatened.

Many studies have shown that in the past few years our temperature is actually cooling. Since recorded history our climate has always warmed and cooled. Civilizations have risen and fallen due to climatic changes. Some believe that a long drought in Egypt was the cause of the collapse of the mighty Ancient Egyptian civilization. The Mighty Romans struggled through decade long droughts. Did they drive cars, or have huge factories? So what caused their warming issues? I believe I have heard somewhere that a normal volcanic eruption or even venting gases from the Earth itself it the biggest contributors to our CO2 issues, not man.

Are we to dependant of fossil fuels? I would say we are heck I drive a big gas hog truck with a V8 motor, why, because that is just what I want to drive. Do I need to, no, but do we need half of what we have? We as humans should do our part to find clean more efficient ways of life. But, not to the extent of giving up the things that better our lives. There should be changes made and soon, but let’s not use the polar bears and penguins as the reason. Let’s do it because we are capible to do so.

http://dsc.discovery.com/search/results.html?query=gobial+warming

http://www.nasa.gov/worldbook/global_warming_worldbook.html

http://www.isthereglobalwarming.com/

Week One ( Global Warming Blog )

Week One / Global Warming

Hello Everyone,
My name is Timothy Murphy. I am kind of continuing where I left off in '04 I have been back now for 3 quarters. I am a Sales & Marketing Major currently I originally started taking classes for Small Business Management, and then realized how much the business degrees have diversified so much now at COTC and saw that I could truly expand my education in a stronger direction. This was an area I felt I was best suited for. I have waited tables now for going on 3 years. It seems that it's a great way to hone your business skills believe it or not! I like it because I work directly with the public. I would love to someday be my own boss or possibly take a career in marketing. If that should ever fail I will do what I have always wanted to do and that is own and run my own lawn service with different areas of expertise, like excavation, tree removal, landscaping, and so forth. I love being independent and outgoing I golf in my spare time when I don't have school or work. An I love to learn and truly strive hard to get the education it's taken me such a drastically long time to get. Other than that everyday is brand new and I look to seek the best out of everything. I hope this class is another building block to a truly hopeful great future.


Global Warming
When looking at the aspect of Global Warming I generally have to agree with some of our more famous politicians. Although this does not mean I feel no connection to that party I will say someone like Al Gore has a good truly precise and educational viewpoint on the current situation of our earth and it's rapid climate increase. If you look at our ice caps in some of the northern mountains let's say 20 years ago then you will see how much they have depleted in size. Look at the Glacier's that were in places like Yellow Stone Park that used to be immensely mammoth in size, but are now lakes at the foot of a great mountain. Even Place like Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa are showing major effect's and photographic proof of the worlds sometimes skeptical claim to global warming.
The reason being for global warming is simply due to carbon dioxide warm our earth's surface and trap solar heat into the atmosphere. This causes a devastating increase to temperature, What I think some don't realize it causes it to change when the season's change. So not only is this going to make the summer's hotter it is also going to make the winter's colder. It is also due to a depletion of the ozone or holes into our ozone that protect the earth and keep carbon dioxide from escaping causing a green house effect and well for our earth to sustain a normal habitual habitat.
We have done this by burning a over abundant amount of fossil fuels into the air. Other causes are from clearing large amounts of forest's. Including the drastic amount of rainforest's that have been used up that are needed for a greater part of the world's biggest contributor to our oxygen. So more or less what I am trying to say is that we ourselves have contributed to overdoing the greenhouse effect, buy releasing large amount of toxic gases into our atmosphere making it a un-natural process. Meaning, if we sustain normal levels of greenhouse gases it's good and can help but if we over do this it in lay men's terms causes us to suffocate our on supply of oxygen and other natural factors needed for the earth to balance a healthy process for life to flourish. Allot of this has been seen in the later part of the 20th Century when the global surface temperature had increased traumatically. An whether some believe it or not this is what could cause sea levels to rise, dry spells in many places, and of course the ice caps to melt and glaciers to continue to fade away. Again pointing to extreme weather changes all coming from the bigger picture of global warming itself.
Ways we can stop this from continuing to be our own nightmare that we have created are simple reduce pollutants in our atomosphere. We also need to keep from using things that give off a ton of pollution, reduce our own everyday waste. This basically saying that we need to truly recycle, and find ways for alternative energy sources. This is a process scientist's call mitigation of the climate, more or less reducing toxic and harmful gases into the earth's natural environment. An bigger solutions come from the forces that drove us here in the first place. Factories, Company's, and other big spenders in the industry that use numerous amounts of waste and well gases, other pollutants into the air in there everyday cycle of production. These places need ways and I believe most now are, finding ways that will curve CO2 emissions into the air, finding filter's for gases that help clean them before they are exposed into our atmosphere. Political input also has more of a direct impact than most people think, the rescources and ways they can reach out are many. Some are stepping up though the United Nations itself have created many orginizations to directly address these issues and find solutions that can decrease the effects if not any but all changes with our earth's climate and the effect's of global warming. More or less we all need to do our part because this isn't for the weak hearted, it's something as I said the skeptics will sooner or later have to come to terms with and hopefully join the cause to make this world a better place and a cleaner one most importantly.
Some of the site I researched before posting were:

Week One

My name is Sarah Lynn Raymer but you can call me, Sarah Lynn. I have been a student at COTC for a year now. My major is Business. I graduated high school in 2009 so you can say I am young and ready to learn. I am 19 years old and I have two sisters and one brother. Some other family members that I have are my grandparents, who are kind enough to let me stay with them during my college years and my father, who I just met a few months ago. I also have a wonderful mother, who is taking this class as well. I love music and play oboe/english horn and C clarinet. I hope to continue school after COTC for music at Ohio University but not sure on that yet. Another thing, I hope to join Religious Life and help with music and be able to help in the office. That is the reason I am here at COTC studying Business. The media today, I believe has a big impact on the world especially, the internet. As for me though, I could live with most of the media today and it would not affect me.
Global Warming
Speaking about the media, global warming has been big in the past few years. To start off, global warming is the increasing of the earth’s temperature. Many believe that it is happening because of the burning of carbon dioxide and other fuels. A few years ago, the earth’s temperature started to rise causing the polar ice caps to start to melt and some river beds to start drying up. As the temperature is rising, as some believe, it is also said that radiation is staying on earth and not going into space which is a danger to humans and other creatures. More people would know it as the greenhouse effect. I could go on with many things; they are saying that is happening to the earth but I will continue on.

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/global-warming/gw-overview/

As I look at the other blog postings, not many seem to be against global warming. I have been following the media for some time to prove my point that I am going to make. Global warming is just a way for the government to control things. To prove my point, I am going to talk about scientists who have been studying global warming for fifteen years or more, starting with Professor Richard Lindzen. I am going to make it short to the point but in his research, he has proven that, even as the earth’s temperature is rising, radiation is still leaving to space as it has in the past centuries. In fact, Linden, also said that it is moving at a faster rate than in the past years.
Other scientists that also been studying global warming for the past years say: temperature is going down, carbon dioxide is not increasing as fast as people say, the ocean is not warming, sea levels are not rising, polar ice caps are at a normal level, and the ice caps have been rising. I will start with the temperature. In the studies, that is in the resource below, say that in what people of global warming are looking at are the facts that say that the temperature is rising two degrees higher every ten years. However, in the past seven years, the earth has become four degrees colder and is dropping even more. As for carbon dioxide, sorry to get your hopes up, it is rising but it is slowly rising. In the graphs, in the resource below, show that the ocean is not warming. In the past four years, the sea levels have not risen. As for the ice caps, it has been normal and as a matter of fact been rising for the last thirty years. This only proves that global warming is a theory and not the facts. There is even more facts in the resource, that I have not even said, that proves that point.
http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/originals/co2_report_july_09.pdf

As for the governments in the world, it has been spending money for global warming and has not done a thing. To tell the truth most of the money has been going to advertising.

http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/global-warming020507.htm

Now I am not against finding different energies than gas and oil. I believe that research should continue that but as for saying global warming is happening, it needs to stop because as in the facts I said above, global warming is fake. Finally the fact of the matter is, maybe it is not us that are causing any changes but maybe it is the earth who is trying to take charge.