Website Editing

Hey guys! I know that we have made a bunch of new changes to the website, but I think it could still use a lot more help in the navigating realm. I found a cool way to use the search bar, which is you literally type in your name and as long as you have labeled everything you have written all of your articles come up, which is super nice. Also, I looked into the use  of creating a live chat on the website and right now, until we upgrade we cannot have a live chat. But, if we do I have found the number one program so everyone in the group or on the website can have a live chat together. I also think that the colors still aren’t great and the way the pictures work with the scrolling kind of gives me a headache, so I think we could find a way to change that up again.


~Danyela Swidler~


Research and Semester Project and Sources

Research and Semester Project Write-Up


So I was told to look deeper into two different topics. I honestly could use some help deciding on which one you guys think will provide more information in order to create my research paper. My first idea is based on cyber-bulling and the affects on students in today’s society. Whether it be all of the suicides we have seen based on people being bullied from behind a screen, whether it being people sitting behind a screen and thinking its okay to talk to people and not have any consequences or whether it be threats. There are so many different kinds of cyber-bulling and that is my setback for writing this paper. I have to ween in on one specific part of cyber-bulling but I find all of them to be extremely important.


The second topic that I found interesting is the changing relationship between media and the use of alcohol. I find that very young kids now-a-days find alcohol to be something they are allowed to use and is just so extremely recreational. What I don’t understand is how people can allow their 12, 13, 14 year old kids to be drinking alcohol or smoking weed and thinking that it is okay. No 12 year old knows how to control their consumption, better yet no 21 year old knows how to control. I do believe there is a huge connection to the media and the extremes that people have gone to and how much alcohol is a part of today’s societies. I turned 21 just before break and while I was home, we drank alcohol at almost every meal we ate out. Not that I find this appalling, but I do find it interesting that it is always a part of what we do.


As for the semester project, I am definitely going to do a blog. I am really, really bad on video and I’ve tried podcasting in the past and it is just not my forte. I will be blogging about the millennial age and social media. I think this is an ever-growing topic that we will always continue to learn about. I know that is a very broad and there’s so many different things to talk about, therefore making a blog about all the different sections of it will define exactly what I plan on doing for this idea.

  1. Bolton, Ruth N., A. Parasuraman, Ankie Hoefnagels, Nanne Migchels,

Sertan Kabadayi, Thorster Gruber, Yuliya Komarova Loureiro, David Solnet (2013), “Understanding Gen Y and Their Use of Social Media: A Review and Research Agenda,”, Journal of Service Management, 24 (3), 245 – 267.

This article I think helps my subject on the effects of social media on the millennial age and how people use social media to define ways of life. I think its extremely relative to what I want to discuss because people today are willing to exercise a lot more because of what is posted on social media.

  1. Girard, John P. and Girard, JoAnn L. Social Knowledge: Using Social

            Media to Know What You  Know. IGI Global. 2011.

I used this article to look into the knowledge of social media and the effects it has had on the people today. So I again wanted to address this towards what social media allows and lets people produce to seem appropriate.

  1. Sellas, Brooke B. “Understanding Generational Social Media

Preferences.” Mark Schaefer,

  1. Goudreau, Jenna. “How To Communicate In The New Multigenerational

Office.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 14 Feb. 2013,

  1. Lopez-Guimera, Gemma. “Influence of Mass Media on Body Image and

Eating Disordered Attitudes and Behaviors in Females: A Review of Effects and Processes.” Media Psychology, vol. 12, ser.4, 2010, pp. 387-416.



~Danyela Swidler~

In-Class Discussion 3-20

So yesterday in class, although we didn’t discuss much about what is going on in the book, or “On the Media” or about really anything going on in society, we did talk about what we want in the future for the semester project and the website. So I am just going to add some of what I think to it, even though I did give some opinions in class. I think that we should stick with word press because we are familiar with the website. If we want to revamp the entire thing and change the look and format of the website. I believe that everything on the list that we have edited down and come up with as a group to change will make the website so much better than we ever imagined it to be. I think changing what will definitely make a huge change in the way we look at the website and feel comfortable using it. I also think that for the semester project there is a lot we can and shouldn’t do in terms of how we bring it together as a group. I’m not 100% sure exactly we have decided we are doing it, but I do understand that everyone has an individual research project and an individual semester project and then a group semester project. I think that this is something we need to sit in class and talk about more in-depth because I know personally I don’t understand fully and I’m sure others in the class don’t understand just as much or as little as I do.


~Danyela Swidler

Multiple Truths and Multiple Self’s

In the world today we have so many different ways to communicate and so many different people who use these forms of communication differently. I find as a college student who grew up in the age of this continuous growth of technology that people’s communication has slowly gone down the drain. I find that it is very hard to have a conversation with someone in person if their phone is in front of them because they are so invested in the conversation on their phone, they can’t have the conversation literally sitting in front of them. That is definitely something I struggle with when I am home because I’m so worried about talking to my friends at school, that I can’t have a conversation with everyone at home.


Looking at the term of “multiple self’s” I think about how I talk personally online versus how I talk in person. I believe that over phone or words on a screen I am a lot more scripted and confident in the words coming out of my “mouth.” I think this is because I don’t see the person’s actual reaction to the words I am speaking and I don’t have to portray them with expressions, they are just words behind a screen. Even when it comes to school, I would rather be online writing a message than sitting in class and answering questions. Why? I think it is because I am worried about embarrassing myself in class maybe by making a comment or answering something that isn’t right or people don’t agree with. I also think it could be just because being behind a computer screen you don’t have to worry about people’s reactions or responses because they aren’t actually saying anything to your face.


~Danyela Swidler~

Podcast Choice

Screen Shot 2018-02-13 at 12.47.02 PM.pngHey Guys!! So while I decided that choosing three podcasts to provide to Professor Proctor would be a great idea, I ended up writing like a full page about each one because I was so excited about them. So, pretty much I am going to discuss actually three different podcasts on here. The first one, I actually know the podcaster. She used to be my neighbor and is now a multi-millionaire. She lives a super cool life and her and her husband just travel and workout and eat and its a really cool life. So the first podcast I am going to talk about is called The Skinny Confidential. The podcast essentially talks about anything and everything that has to do with living a healthy life, how to make and live a more beautiful life, and how to just not give a fuck about certain things in life. Lauryn and her husband, Michael, talk on this podcast to different people every week. The one that I really liked listening to this year is when they interviewed Jillian Michaels. She was my idol as a child because she always made the fat people on biggest loser skinny and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. So listening to this podcast as raw as it could be, and it is so interesting to hear about her life and how she lived through training all of these people and the suffering, the enjoyment, and the craziness of the 8 years she was on the show. Although the Skinny Confidential is really targeting females around 5-10 years older than me, I find it to be a podcast I can really relate to. Whether they are talking about business and how they obtain new clients or are trying out new products to advertise. It is a really cool company that this girl has built up since she was my age in college.



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The next podcast that I found super interesting and more similar to what we are learning in college and more relative to life as a college student. This radio station is run by one of the writers of the books “Freakonomics.” This podcast is actually a sponsored podcast and what Stephen J. Dubner does is discusses all the ups and downs of different ways to become different positions or how to do things better in order to be more successful. On the episode I listened to, it discussed how to be a successful CEO. And they went around and talked to multiple CEO’s in order to find out how to just become a CEO, the beginnings, the extensions, and the different kinds of CEO’s. One was a high school drop out, one was a college graduate, and many have had many different roles throughout in order to get to the CEO position. I found this podcast to be so interesting because you can see that this guy really wants to make you laugh and also give you the all seriousness of what a future can look like if your really trying to make a big one. He includes riddles about everyday life, he also talks about human nature such as cheating, crime, and the art of survival. I think that this really relates to the class because we really are talking about what happens on a day-to-day basis in our world and how things may not have happened in the past or how things have affected the way we go about our days. I think that economy is a major part of our world and yes it always has been but this guy takes things that many people have high hopes for and turns them into reality, which I think is very similar to Bunk and how Bunk takes hoaxes that have happened in the past and proves them to be things that could essentially still happen today. I think there are many things that have not changed in the world we live in, but at the same time we see so many changes with technology, communications, and the way of life.


The final podcast that I had looked into and listened to a few is the BuzzFeed Internet Explorer. I figured that finding a podcast off BuzzFeed would make sense because I definitely read at least one, maybe more BuzzFeed articles on a daily basis. They always give me some sort of entertainment, so why wouldn’t a podcast about the internet be exciting as well. This podcast uses adult themes and uses those themes to tell a bunch of young fans about these themes. Although this podcast is not often, it is really funny and interesting and it talks about all the worst things on the internet. The last episode I listened to talked about the predictions of 2018 and what awful things will come up on the internet during the course of the year. This podcast is by Kate Notopoulos and Ryan Broderick and they just find the funniest things and the weirdest things that happen year round. They find everything from Politics to “Dicks out for Harambe.” The internet has so many different “corners” and I found that they really dive deep into the future and past of what is so weird and what is actually normal for today’s day and age. This relates to what we are talking about in the class because we are able to talk about the internet and its effects on the world. Such as the video we watched last week with the girl being pulled off the train by a cop. Less than 10 years ago you would never see a video go “viral” like that. It wouldn’t show up on every single form of social media and it would not be such a controversy. Some will say she was wrong, some will say she was right and the cops were too aggressive. But, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I believe that is what has made society change so much in recent years. People are more willing to hide behind a computer screen or telephone and express how they feel about certain things going on in society. I think that this is definitely detrimental to society. Sadly it isn’t controllable at this point because technology is only going upwards and relationships are disappearing and turning into online fake relationships where people “catfish” and pretend they are someone they aren’t. I think the internet has become a scary place and this podcast definitely dives into the “scaries” of the internet.

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~Danyela Swidler~

Response to Class Discussion 2/12

Today in class we went into a lot of discussion on Red Wine and how it helps improve health or if it is just a misconception. We listened to the podcast again and discussed how in 1991 Red Wine was confirmed to lessen heart disease. It was also learned during this podcast that France and America have been compared and contrasted when it comes down to coronary heart disease. In 1991, a study was done on the differences in the two countries and how one may have so much more heart disease than the other. The statistics proved in the French Paradox are that Americans not only consume way more cheese, butter, and fatty foods, but they also drink a lot less wine. The statistics also showed that there are almost double the amount of deaths by drinking and driving in France. Although these stats both have two major differences in meanings, we see that there are both benefits and risks to drinking wine.

Another discussion from class today was: drugs of choice. Whether people choose coffee, alcohol, marijuana, and even cigarettes. Almost everything that is used in today’s society is linked to addiction. Whether they be legal or illegal people will find ways to make use of these products in order to fulfill their addiction. I have had plenty of discussions with my parents and grandparents about addiction and how they have affected the lives of people in our family or friends that we know. We found that almost everything in today’s society can have some sort of “addictive” personality. Whether it be drinking Diet Coke, whether it be smoking weed or vaping, and whether it be addicted to even working out. As much as I want to believe I am not addicted to coffee, I 100% rely on it often multiple times a day. I also wish to believe that I am not obsessed with working out, but I really  can’t go without more than a day or two without working out. Even though my working out personality isn’t “as addictive” as my coffee drinking personality, it is still an “addictive” state.


~Danyela Swidler

Response to Class Discussion

Last class there were a few different discussions roaming through the room. The one that really caught my eye is the differences in the ways that millennials use media to define their way of life versus the way that Baby Boomers define their connection to the world. We talked about how you typically see the Baby Boomer generation more involved in using paper newspaper and the television to keep up to date on all that is going on with politics, sports, the news, and day-to-day reality. We also saw how millennials use their little phones or tablets and even computers and one tap on the keyboard and the use of the internet will get them to any information possible. If you want to know about the Kardashian’s, google has the answers. If you want to know why Larry Nassar is going to prison for 175 year, google has the answers. And if you want to know about the SuperBowl tonight, google will tell you who wins.

The differences in these two societies is that millennials take full advantage of information that already has the answers provided online, where as Baby Boomers will make it their effort to make sure they read the paper and that is as much as they will know. They don’t necessarily care to talk about the pop stars and their relationship drama or baby daddy issues. The millennials care to know about the unimportant gossip about people they don’t even know but wish to be.


~Danyela Swidler~

Partner Introduction: Taide Acevedo

In class yesterday, I had the pleasure of learning about my classmate Taide (pronounced like Tie Die almost). She is a senior at Manhattanville with a minor in Communications. She is also the Assistant Resident Director of Spellman Hall. She has been a Resident Director since I was a Freshman here at Manhattanville. Taide is very hard working and I learned that she has not 100% decided what she plans on doing post college. Taide also is a member of the Manhattanville Club Rubgy team. She speaks very highly of them and really has found a love for Rugby. Taide is extremely outgoing and she will most definitely kill it post graduation from Manhattanville College.


-Danyela Swidler