Googling my name.

Following May 24’s class I decided to google search my name just to see what shows up if an employer, or school division were to do so. I was somewhat surprised but also disappointed to what comes up. When I google my name the first thing that pops up is my Facebook profile.. Alright.. I did a major sweep of anything on my Facebook so no unprofessional photos, or posts appear and you essentially need to contact me before you can see anything. Next are just some old profile pictures and what not, then theres my youtube account. Then there is my youtube account; again there is nothing unprofessional on there just some guitar videos, video game montages, and old embarrassing videos of myself. What is left on the first page of my name is basically my social media forms so twitter (which is professional and being used now), Instagram (which is also the same as Facebook, I have to allow someones ability to look at my stuff), and my old Vine account (lol). Last of the first page is a relation to Darren Dreger who is an NHL player given that we have the same last name.

This is the part that disappoints me, on the first page I have no professional outlook of my lifestyle and personality that may benefit me to an employer. It takes going to the second page to see a link to my bio on WordPress, but even then there is no professional vision on my first page. This is where I see the importance of building a strong digital identity because you want to direct someones attention to the best image of you; as we know the internet could possible harness a lot of unprofessional, disgusting personal information about yourself if you aren’t careful because anything posted to the internet never leaves. So having it difficult to find this information by having the positives on the first page is by far one of the better things you can do for yourself as a digital citizen.

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Early 2000’s Youtube

After watching the excerpt from Michael Welsch, and the presentation from Alec Couros on digital identity it got me thinking of how far we have come with social media. Back in the early 2000’s when I was first introduced to youtube it was a much different website then what it is now. Back then videos were only ever 5 minutes long max because the servers couldn’t hold enough data for a video longer than 10 minutes. The videos were so grainy that it was as if you were looking at the pixels, and for the most part the videos were flash videos (cartoons), or video game skits. Now youtube is on its way to having 4k resolution and there is billions of accounts all unique and such.

The reason I am referring to old youtube is because of how much the internet impacted the world with such a simple concept. When you think back to the old youtube videos such as the “numa numa” video or “star wars kid” normally the only way for people to get that video were through chain mail and what not. However, there was this website that allowed there to be a community that anybody in the world could access; because of this community these videos were able to circulate around the world and essentially create the youtube that is to this day the leading video community in the world.

With this being said I can see the positive sides of the internet and how many people you can reach out to so easily because of this digital community. I can contact an educator in Arizona that could give me ideas on lesson planning rather than you know.. Having to fly to Arizona (Idk why I would that was just an example). The positive to this is the world is more open then it was before social media sites were created when such resources were only possible through word of mouth. Now we can just as easily find possible lesson plan ideas on Pinterest as making Kraft Dinner.

Lets do this…

Alright! I did it. I finally did something that has been in my interest for basically my whole life. I am currently renting a drum kit!!! For my ECMP 355 learning project I am going to work on becoming a drummer (which is something I have always wanted to do).

So first thing off, I have drummed before in my life which means that I have a few basic beats in my head; I also play guitar so I have a natural rhythm going on. However, this is the first time I ever played an acoustic drum kit.. The sound, feel, and overall placement of the heads are all different from what I am used to (and thats not even a lot!). So you could say I am basically starting from scratch with natural rhythm

 

IMG_4071    (It actually didn’t take that long to set up!)IMG_4072

Second off I am renting in the meantime (I wish I could buy but I have no money). The guys at long and mquade also said that renting is very good for beginners because you have yet to discover your sound, let alone the basic rhythm down. So with renting has its complications.. they forgot to give me some serious components: my seat stand (its called a throne lol), a leg for my bass drum (the biggest one), and a ride stand (one of the bigger cymbals that make that “ting” sound, so I need to get those covered before I can really go at er.

Last of all I want to leave the people who read these with a little treat/ a control. I want to have the same song I am covering in my first post, and also my last post to sort of show my progression. If you’re somebody who knows me, “Stressed” Out from Twenty One Pilots is the answer to my life at this moment, with that being said I want to be able to drum to the sick beat that is “Stressed Out”. So I am going to leave this blog with the video of my first  drum cover ever 😉 ENJOY!

Twitter Talk.. #idk

Just a heads up this is a blog on all social media not just twitter.

So as I have stated before in previous blogs I am an introvert. Only like interacting with small groups of close friends and what not; This also applies to social media. I avoid forms of social media (I barely even use Facebook) because 1.) I am an introvert and 2.) I think its a waste of time and destroying society. Now it seems like I am jumping the gun here and completely bashing social media but I have my reasons for both using it and disliking it. I do understand the important, and beneficial side to social media. Forms of social media such as Twitter, and Facebook are great networking tools given that employers pretty much put a face to your digital identity. It is also perfect for getting a professional profile to your name considering that in todays society that social media is EVERYTHING.

Every living thing seems to be revolved around social media which directs me to my negative beliefs of social media. It can get very messy; Social media is basically an option for a**holes to say whatever they want with no real consequences. Not saying that I am a softy that doesn’t want to get bullied, I just don’t like associating myself with negativity most of the time. I also still have a gut feeling that social media is destroying society in the sense that when I go for supper with my parents, Ill put my phone down (giving respect to my parents) and they will be typing away doing whatever they do on their phones. I feel like people should not be glued to their phones 24/7 in order to get social media fame over actual socialization.

I understand the benefits of social media, and I am ever growing into a more digitally active individual (I actually got a twitter account),However I still have my doubts. I understand there are methods to avoiding negativity on the internet (somewhat) but I still feel like the proper way to interact with people is to actually talk to them face to face, rather than on a screen.

This video sums up how I feel about social media; Though I am still open to discussion and what not!

 

 

Hello Hello

Hello everyone that will be taking ECMP 355 with me during the spring semester. My name is Brayden Dreger and I will also be taking ECMP 355 (hence why I am making this introductory post). A little about myself I am an adventurer, an introvert, and a musically inclined individual. I love camping, fishing, hiking, snowboarding basically anything outside I will do because I would rather be outside than inside. Most of the things I do are actually by myself or in a small group because surprisingly I am an introvert and most likely will tend to myself which sort of digs into my idea of a technological presence. I play guitar very well, and believe that I am musically inclined because of the level that I enjoy music (I really like music). I love Marvel movies as my learning project for ECS 210 was a voice over of the new Civil War trailer (inside joke kinda)

I avoid most social media forms such as Twitter, Facebook, and even Instagram (Ill post one every three months lol). That is why every time I take a class that involves blogging, I become a little less introverted (technologically) because I am enforced to have a presence online. Apart from me never really going out with huge crowds of people I consider myself a very down to earth, and outgoing individual with great ideas. If you are interested in viewing my Instagram here is my account.(the links in the word omg)

I look forward to the rest of this spring semester because for once I have a feel for blogging (after ECS 210), and think my presence will be greater in time.