Last Blog

It’s sad that we come to an end in our Journey. To the Seniors, congratulations, I hope you guys do big things in life and live your dreams. One more year and I’ll be out there in the big world too, making that mulaaa. This class was a very memorable and exciting one. I must admit that I did learn a lot from this class. It opened my eyes to view media in a whole new different way and I appreciate this new outlook. I couldn’t have asked for better people to share this class with. I might not have shown it but I loved taking this class with each and every one of you, it was a great experience. Talking to Justin Peters and getting a shout out from Dr. Miami ( i think his name is) was 2 of my favorite moments in class. If I could take this class again I would just because Professor Proctor is the realist out there :). This class also helped me with the laws of copyright, trademark, and other laws that I need to know for the type of business that I want to run once I get out of school. This class also introduced me to the community and world of blogging. I never blogged before I came into this class and it is actually something I think I coulg get in to and keep going with. Well I hope everyone enjoyed our class ! Enjoy your summer and seniors goodluck in the real world.

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-Sarah Kelley


Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s success

Tim Berners- Leee is the inventor of the World Wide Web. He created the web in 1989, after he graduated from Oxford University. He founded the Web Foundation, which goal and mission is to serve humanity. Tim is an activist for privacy, freedom and openness of the Web. Aaron Swartz saw Tim Berners- Lee as his hero and he spoke highly of him. He wanted the Web and information to be free just as Tim did so we could educate ourselves freely. Tim invented the Web while at CERN ( The European Organization for Nuclear Research). His first web client and server was written in 1990. He is now a Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering, teaches computer science at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT), and is the professor in electronics and computer science department at the University of Southampton, UK. In 2011 Tim was named to the board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation, a global private foundation which goal is to better human welfare. Also he is the president of London’s Open Data Institute. In 2013 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for creating an innovation that has impacted the world in such a powerful way and innovations in engineering that has been a global benefit to humanity. Tim Berners – Lee has accomplished and still is accomplishing things is his life that he probably never dreamed of. He is a successful and smart man who has gave something to the world, we can say, someone else never has.


-Sarah Kelley


PIPA( Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property) a proposed American law, known as the Protect IP Act was introduced May 12, 2011. The PIPA Act withheld a stated goal, “of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to rogue websites dedicated to the sale of infringing or counterfeit goods, especially those registered outside the U.S”. The Senate’s committee passed the bill but Ron Wyden, the Senator, placed a hold on it. The PIPA Act is an actual rewrite of COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act), which didn’t pass in 2010. With PIPA as a threat to the internet entrepreneurs and the computer user community it lead to protests on January 18, 2012. Aaron Swartz actually spoke at one of the rallies to protest against this act. From the the amount of protesting people did Senate Leader, Harry Reid, postponed the vote on the bill. He wanted all the issues about the bill be fixed and resolved before voting and legalizing it. Even though the passing of this bill had a lot of protesters, there were people who wanted to see this bill passed and supported it. The PIPA ACT was supported by copyright and trademark owners in business, industry, and labor groups. The US Chambers of Commerce also supported the passing of this bill. The supporters of this bill felt as though that the people who were against it just didn’t fully understand what the bill represents and they look to deep into it.

-Sarah Kelley


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For our Final Project, Alyson and I created geotags. The first one was made for Quad Jam. I created Ace Hood from scratch in Illustrator, which took about 4 hours. Even though we crossed our fingers for approval our geotag was not even viewed in time for the event. Since we could not get this geotag approved in time, and it was our final project, we decided to make a buzz feed on how to submit geotags the right way so other people like us won’t make the same mistakes as we did. We also decided to create a new geotag, but this time weeks in advanced, for graduation.

How long did it take you to gather all the resources to complete the idealist ?

How do you personally feel about Aaron Swartz ?

-Sarah kelley


Aaron’s Law

After Aaron Swartz death, two years later law makers were trying to pass a bill, for the second time, that will soften the terms or lay off the penalty of data theft. They call this law, Aaron’s law. Aaron’s Law is just a reintroduction of the same law lawmakers were trying to pass in 2013. Hopefully this time congress will push it through. Aaron’s law would help keep low level violators out of trouble with the government. As of right now, hacking or accessing an computer without permission of owner is a federal crime, which can lead to hard time for a minor lawbreaker. Aaron’s law will narrow down the CFAA, which is Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, so small minor violations like breaking a software’s service agreement will not lead to hard jail time and federal charges. Aaron’s law is supposed to reform the CFAA and not focus on minor lawbreakers such as Aaron Swartz, but to focus on the real computer hackers and threats to national security. The CFAA is harmful to computer researchers like Swartz because it exposes researches to liability and punishment at the same terms and level as the dangerous big time hackers. Aaron’s law will be able to protect them and not cause minor lawbreakers to end up like he did and take their own lives just trying to make information accessible for everyone.


-Sarah Kelley

The Internet’s Own Boy


“Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, our shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them to until we have succeeded, or we transgress them at once” written by Henry Thoreau. What Thoreau meant by this was are we going to sit around and let the government get away with unjust laws and decisions or are we going to take a stand against it. This is a perfect quote that sums up Aaron Swartz because it has everything to do with what he believed in.

From a young age Aaron was already smarter than most. At the age of 3 he was reading books and also that’s when computers got involved in his life. At the age of 12 he created a website called The Info which is similar to the platform wiki, which is a place where anyone can add and edit information. At age 14 he was apart of a project called RSS which got him noticed by a lot of people. In high school he thought that the teachers weren’t helpful and smart enough to help him so he dropped out. As he grew more opportunities came his way for he was a computer programmer everyone wanted.

Aaron always thought computers were magic. He wasn’t one of those programmers who did it for the money but he did it for the good. Aaron’s role model was Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web and instead of making profit from it he gave it away for free. Aaron admired that about him and felt that everything in society should be open for everyone.

In 2012, Two bills by the name of SOPA and PIPA were introduced. Aaron and three powerful groups of internet activist pushed hard to stop the bill and they succeeded. He was one of the spokespersons and he funded the groups that protested against these bills. Backing up In 2010, Swartz downloaded million of journals from JSTOR. JSTOR decided not to pursue a case against him and told the U.S Attorney office not to do so as well but they did anyway. The government found him as a threat and that’s when things went down hill. They wanted to make an example of Aaron Swartz for all the other computer programmers out there. Assistant U.S Attorneys of Carmen Ortiz searched all of his “internet crimes” or “computer frauds”and just built his up his charges, 13 exact.For 2 years straight Swartz was under pressure from the government and he just didn’t want to do it anymore so he committed suicide.

All the crime in the world and the government focuses on a person that intends to do no harm towards national security or to others but to help and educate them. Aaron’s death was a tragedy to all and the government literally caused this man to take his own life. Why couldn’t the government just sit down and talk to Swartz and be open about his policies ? Rather than letting their fears undermine their decisions. Was it right for Carmen Ortiz to still pursue the charges even though JSTOR told them to drop it? I believe if they gave Swartz a stern warning about his actions and the next time there was an infraction there will be a penalty, that would have set him straight.


Sarah Kelley




Power and Knowledge

Michael Foucault, a french philosopher, who addressed the theory of the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions.  Foucault was one of the first people to realize that power does not always have to be a negative or repressive thing that makes or forces us to do things that we don’t want to do, but can also be a needed, productive and positive thing in society.  Power comes through different forms of knowledge. For example, art work, poetry, structures, and pictures. As an artist, myself,  I agree with Foucault. For example all forms of art are therapeutic to mind. There is power that comes through. Power to sooth, excite, bring tears and all other types of emotions.Everyone views art differently. As a artist I like to promote my art. So I created a website to share my art and to see if any of my pieces were powerful to anyone.  When I glance at the comments, some people just look and see a job well done. While others look and interpret their own meaning within my art. The people that have a knowledge about what I am drawing or writing about are the people that are going to get more out of it.  A person could look at something that they have no clue about and it has no effect on them but once they see a object that is known to them, the object possesses more power to them than the other. As Foucault said, with knowledge comes power, they are one and the same.

Sarah Kelley


Social Media and Relationships

Social Media has a great impact on relationships today. People look to social media for approval on their relationships. Are they cute enough ? Do they fit the criteria of favorite couple ? Social media also causes a lot of stress on relationship as well. With the privacy of social media now it is impossible not to think about who your boyfriend/ girlfriend is talking to or who pictures they are liking/ commenting on behind their backs. A display of this is the new song that was recently released by Yo Gotti called Down In the DM. This song is a perfect example of how social media causes stress in relationships because as Yo Gotti says, “yeah this your man I hate to be him, it go down in the DM”, meaning that yeah a girl can be in a relationship but if she’s stunning then men will come from any and everywhere to just get a piece of her. Sliding into females’ DMs on instagram is a very common thing now and days.

I have to admit, in my relationship now, I have had a few people hit me up on social media in my messages to talk to me even though they knew I had a significant other. It is a distraction especially if the person is a very attractive person but if a person wants a relationship to work they will make sure that happens no matter how hard it is. Many relationships end quickly because of the unfaithfulness this generation is subject too.

Sarah Kelley


12- Year-Old sued

A 12 year old New York girl, Brianna LaHara, was sued for illegally downloading music. Of course, this was something she was unaware of, she just thought it was fun. She believed that it was OK because her mother paid a service fee for the website. When the association was asked if they knew Brianna was 12 the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) responded saying they don’t have personal information of individuals they sue. Under the federal copyright law she can get sued up to $150,000 per song, which is ridiculous. Since Brianna agreed to stop illegally downloading music the RIAA said they would lower the charges to as low as $3,000, which is still a lot of money for a little girl heedless of what she has done.

I feel as though when they found out that she was 12 and was not aware of her wrong doings they should have dropped the charges. That is like if a 2 year old grabs a toy off the shelf without the mother looking and they walk out the store with it. If they get stopped the police are not going to arrest a 2 year old for doing a crime that he is unaware of. Now if he was of age then that is a different story. So is it right or ethical to sue someone not of age and knowledge of their misconduct ? Or do we revert back to our laws and believe everyone, no matter of age, is responsible for the actions they take.

Sarah Kelley