Apple is not the first company to launch the smartwatch; however, it is destined to be the first to be used in the Health Care arena. The iWatch which launched on Tuesday have health apps that fitness gurus will be able to use to track their progress, calories intake, and monitor fitness goals. As these steps are just gateways into the real issues that may lie ahead, it is a glimpse into what we will see in the future of health care. Can you imagine having your doctor having your medical records on his wrist? What if he loses it? We haven’t discussed the HIPPA rules that such a gadget will breach confidentiality but yet we are thrilled to have such technology at our finger tips.
After reading the past years’ blogs, what I very much appreciated was that important ethical and societal concerns were explored throughout pop-culture, such as here. Even though we tend to “phase out” messages sent out by pop culture since it is so ubiquitous, it actually tells so many things about our values. Another great example can be found, here, but one thing that weakened the argument was the presence of the writer’s experiences, which, while to an extent can add value, eventually detracted from the subject.Oh, and the hypothetical twitter conversations were hilarious.
After tediously shuffling through past blog posts, I have certain recommendations for the structure, content, and style of the blog posts. Many posts that I read were simply two long paragraphs stuffed with information, anecdotes, and statistics. For example, a blog post that I read on outsourcing http://bizgovsoc4.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/white-paper-teaser/#more-3418 described personal experiences at a retail company. The blog post has some great information, but it could be more engaging, and it was really tough to read. Yes, it broached topics we will learn about in class and related them to personal experiences, but there is more to it.
I would prefer the style of blog posts like http://mg312.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/winners-of-the-solutions60-second-idea-to-change-the-world/#more-2158, which highlights different solutions to a “60 second idea to change the world”. This post is colloquial and has a good mix of external links and ideas from the author, as well as comical insights to complement the content. In order to create an appealing blog for the class (and hopefully one that people will want to read), I gravitate towards the style of the latter.
I just want to preface this post by saying that I wrote most of this post last night- and couldn’t figure out how to actually post it until just a few minutes ago. I was too stubborn to ask for help and made myself figure it out on my own. My blogging skills need some work. But I found out about embedded hyperlinks so that’s a step in the right direction.
I was clicking around the blog called Let’s Get Ethical and immediately noticed two things: creative titles, and cool pictures. Both of these components of each blog post drew my attention and made me want to at least read the 4 sentences or so that were visible. I think it’s great that a little bit of the blog entry is shown on the main page, without having to click on the title and be taken to a separate page. Continue reading Trials and Tribulations of Blogging
After looking through some of the blogs posted here, I was happy to see that a lot of the blog posts were a mix of topics that seemed to be prevalent in our own lives, and ones that are mainstream topics or issues for society as a whole. For example, blogs talked about the issues of grades in school, the benefits of working out, and the pain of parking meters; all concepts that have most likely effected our life in some way and they all sparked discussion in the comments. But other than the smaller more personal issues, there were also blogs about child obesity, and the global food crisis. I like the fact that the blog topics are able to be varied from something small we find annoying to something as significant as a global and social crisis.
In reading a bunch of really interesting article posts, I was naturally drawn to Bob’s article on “Why Marijuana Should Be Legal” coming from the Portland, Maine area where recreational use of marijuana, up to 2.5 ounces under the current referendum, is legal. I thought Bob’s starting points of the United States prison system was a crucial point to make within this argument. Although putting into perspective the amount prisoners are in jail for marijuana-related charges was important, nearly one-sixth or $11.3 billion in spending, I would have liked to seen a comparison to Portugal, who decriminalized the possession of drugs fourteen years ago. Portugal’s decriminalization of possession drug policy has drastically decreased spending on prisons and decreased drug crimes significantly. I think this article, if revised, would be way more dynamic now given the amount of other states that have legalized recreational marijuana along with their statistics on taxes collected since it was written in 2012. In 2013, according to Forbes, Colorado pulled in $2 million in taxes on recreational use and $3.5 million combined with taxes on medical use. The success of medical marijuana use in 23 states, and Washington DC, has produced millions of tax dollars, and could pull in multimillions more if marijuana was legalized. One has to question, why is something that has proved so successful for other countries, can generate so much revenue, increase state economies and increase employment still be criminalized in the United States. The answer given to this question continues to be ambiguous, and as the ethical implications of marijuana in our society change, maybe so will the legal status.
I chose to read the blog titled “Torching the Mundane”, which can be found at http://bizgovsocvii.wordpress.com. The blog contained many blog posts related to Liberal Arts education, as well as social issues including mentally ill in the prison system and immigration issues. I found the posts related to these issues to be especially interesting. In the most recent post titled “Throwing away the Key: The Mentally Ill in the Prison System”, Abby includes a paper written describing the facts behind the treatment of the mentally ill in our society, and reasons why they have become incarcerated. She blames the inability for our nation to treat the mental illnesses in the first place as the reason why many end up in the prison system. In the paper she proposes a plan to prevent the mentally ill from entering the system as well of reforms to how they are rehabilitated so as to correct the problems that exist. These issues demand the public’s understanding in order to be corrected because of the largely social implications and discrimination that occur otherwise. The problem, while complex and arduous, may be one that Congress and we as the people should consider fixing.
I choose to look closely at the blog “Business, Government, and Society Five.” My first reaction to this page was how clean the layout was. I really like the white background with the picture headings for each article. I felt that this lay out was effective because I am a very visual person so the pictures caught my eye, which caused me to click on the articles and continue reading them. I also liked how the articles ranged in content, which made this blog a great place to go to and catch up on current events. In order to get a better idea of the content that is on this blog I read “Identifying the Culprits of the Financial Crises”. I liked how strong the voice was and how concise the material was. The article titles on the left hand side was also very useful because it was easy to read through and was broken into different categories such as “what is being read”. I liked that it showed which articles were trending because I think it is helpful to know what fellow classmates are reading because it creates a better opportunity for discussion. Business, Government, and Society Five
While surfing the blog website, I stumbled upon one called, “Fixing Our Loan Problem”, posted on December 8th by a student named Chris M. Find the original post here. Several things about this piece caught my eye. First and foremost, there was the title. This student had undertaken a task that was very applicable to his peers and Bucknell’s student body. He had commented on the nature of applying to and taking out loans from the federal government. The blogger believes that the mass of loan debt in our nation is too significant, and that restrictions for loans should be tightened. This is a strong statement to make considering the person next to him in class could be on financial aid. However, I respected that the blogger took on such a real topic. Moreover, my eye was also drawn to the fact that he used political cartoons as graphics. This seemed to get his message across in a way that was very understandable to readers. Moreover, both pictures indicated different parts of the loan debt story; one described the giant mass that most college kids are left over with, while the other pointed out the long repayment time.
Although I respected this student’s graphic features and austerity on addressing a very real topic, I did have some suggestions for content. For one, he solves the problem by saying the government should have greater restrictions when handing out money to students; they should consider things like high school grades, prestige of college, and a student’s intended major. These are all preliminary to the real world, and could restrict education to the underprivileged. Perhaps the blogger could have considered things after the fact, like subsidies for the already employed.
I read mostly blogs under the business ethics tag, and found it very interesting to see the variation in depth and context across each analysis. I liked that not every blog was about clean cut examples of ethical or unethical companies; there were some argumentative pieces that were in depth examinations of companies from a multi-faceted view. I liked how blogs often dug deep into contextual analysis of companies from a historical standpoint, and commented on the many factors behind each decision, be it ethical or nonethical. Stylistically, I liked how many of the blog posts read like a research paper but aesthetically looked less formal. Blogs incorporated classic written analysis and also other forms of media like empirical charts and graphics, videos, and images which made the overall messages more clear. One additional aspect I hope to see replicated in our class was the presence of engaging and meaningful discussion by other class participants that continued upon the main points of blog posts. On the topic of business ethics, it was interesting to see students engaged in discussion on the validity of the argument in each post, and add in elements of their own.