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About dgross74

I am very active and determined individual. I spend majority of my time with family and friends if im not already doing something to contribute to my goals. Aswell as being determined i enjoy being spontaneous and doing things out of the ordinary.

BLOGS!!!!

Historically, in order for a person to know your thoughts and be able to interact with you about a certain subject, one would have to write a letter, call on the phone, have a face to face conversation, or maybe email from one person to another. If you wanted the world at large to know your thoughts you might have to go so far as to write a book or get yourself on some nationally televised show, write a song or something. However, none of these forms of communication would allow you to instantly know how people felt about your thoughts and viewed your line of thinking. In today’s technology driven society, however, blogs have allowed for people to view each other’s thoughts instantly and be able to give feedback on whatever you are thinking within moments.  Not only can you give feedback on the author’s thoughts but you can also give feedback to other thinkers (commenter’s) as well. Through blogs one can read the minds of people on subjects ranging from politics, to fashion, to sports, and even people’s personal lives. Topics are plenty and people have plenty to say about anything and everything! Continue reading


Reflection: What I learned in 104

           All of my life I have never looked forward to taking an English class. I am hardly ever motivated by anything involved with English on any level; whether it is the reading portion, writing about what you read or writing something you create on your own. English has never ever been one of my favorite subjects and has always been dreadful and exhausting for me to get through. It is no surprise that English 104 was another tiresome experience for me and a lot of hard work and it confirmed for me what I have known all along; English is in no way “my thing”.

            Although, I don’t like English, I do what needs to be done within the class because I know that English is something I need and definitely something I have to learn in order to do anything else in life. However, I never look forward to it. Even through my dislike, I still do learn some things along the way sometimes and that has been no different for English 104. I will walk away from this class understanding two things; 1. Every audience requires that you speak/write to them in different ways in order for them to be interested in the subject and for you to get your point across effectively, and 2. Using blogs can definitely enhance the English classroom experience.

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Artifact 2: Communities within communities

In the article, Small Change, Malcolm Gladwell gives his opinion on the idea that social media’s of present day, such as, Twitter and Facebook, do not really make a huge impact in social activism as much as others would have one to believe. He gives various examples of circumstances where these outlets of social media had little or no impact and where it was sometimes made to seem as though it had a greater impact on social change than it really did. Although, Mr. Gladwell focuses on social media and its influence on social activism, it is more interesting to me to see how his article indirectly allows one to see how social media and the advances in technology over the years, (even just in my short lifespan), have changed what our idea of a “community” is in the present world.

            Looking back at when I was a child in kindergarten I can remember my teacher teaching the class what a community was. It has always been my understanding that a community consisted of people who interacted on a daily basis and lived within the same local area. When we would sit in kindergarten class and you got to draw pictures of your community you would always draw your house, maybe some buildings in your neighborhood, and the people always consisted of your family, friends down the block, maybe your mailman or the guy who owned the corner store. No matter whom you drew to represent this community it was always people you saw, played with, and did various activities with on a daily basis. You grew up understanding that your community involved the places where you were each day, whether it was home, playing in the yard or at school; your community was not far from where you were.

            As one gets older, you start to care about the happenings and the upkeep of your community so you help out when the family down the street is going thru a hard time. Families look after each other’s children and attend functions to support one another. The community as a whole makes sure the lawns are kept up and pick up garbage from the ground to keep the community clean. On a deeper note, if there were too many shootings or drug dealers on the corner (as they were in my community), neighbors  would get together to form neighborhood watch groups, advocate for better policing or try to find solutions for the youth to get involved in other activities beside hanging on the street corner. Overall, everyone cared for everyone in that small area and they made sure that if things were needed they would come together to help out in good and bad times.

In today’s society with the click of a button and thru a small screen, one’s community spreads far beyond that initial few blocks that you grew up caring about and understanding and claiming to be your small piece of the world. One can now press a button on a keyboard to bring up the internet and find out things about people down the street, from state to state and from country to country.  We can learn about injustices and do our parts to help begin change and advocate for better living standards for people who we may never physically touch but who we can contact and experience their lives in a matter of moments. We can have friends in China, Africa or New York without ever physically visiting any of those places.

Utilizing social media’s such as Facebook, Skype, Twitter and various chat sites, we have the ability to talk to and see each other, learn about the happenings of each other’s day and the various things going on in communities across the country. We have the ability to make change on a variety of subjects and we can even save lives.  Like the story told of Bhatia in Small Change, where his small community didn’t allow him to find a match for bone-marrow in order to live, one email or Facebook post can expand that small community to nearly twenty-five thousand potential matches that ultimately saved a life. I am sure that community’s of the past would have tried all they could for a person within their community like Bhatia, however, the fight to save a life may have stopped at the city limits because they would not have had access to anyone else in order to tell their story and request the help they needed, However, in today’s society, television, computers, and even one’s phone provides and endless amount of people whom we can connect with and offer help to. As a whole, we can communicate, care for one another and help each other in a bigger way, thus, expanding our community to reach around the globe instead of just around the block.  


Artifact 1: Hip-Hop Ya Don’t Stop

In our society today it is no secret that Hip Hop has become a phenomenon that no one expected. It has reached heights of success and broken down barriers far beyond anything that most people ever imagined it could. It has become its own culture and its own lifestyle that finds people of every race, age and social class being influenced by it and attracted to it. Those that are attracted to its culture and the material items associated with its makeup try everything they can to copy it in order to show everyone that they belong to its world. Whether they hear it in a song or see it in a video or on a red carpet, they want to be like it and duplicate it in any way they can. They want to rap like the hottest rapper, have the big cars, the big homes, the video chick and all the other things that are portrayed to be a part of that lifestyle. One of the most copied aspects of the Hip Hop world is its fashion and many people believe that trying to copy the fashions of Hip Hop today might just drive one to the poor house. 

Back in the day when Hip Hop first began on the streets ofBronx,New York, most of those associated with the world of Hip Hop could always be found sporting some form of a tracksuit, maybe a crisp pair of jeans or a brightly colored bomber jacket, and everyone completed their outfits with fresh gym shoes. Kangol hats were popular back then and if one wanted to impress their Kangol should have matched their outfit perfectly. Everyone wore large earrings and big sunglasses and high top fades were very popular as a haircut for young guys as well. If one wanted to be the cool kid and associated with the Hip Hop culture, these items were a part of their everyday uniform.  These items were things that could be afforded by most people, therefore, many could participate in the fashion elements that connected one to the world of Hip Hop and made one cool. However, in today’s world of Hip Hop fashion, these items are no longer even close to what is defined as the “hot item” to be seen in and many wouldn’t consider one to be the cool kid if they saw them wearing these items around. 

No longer is a fresh pair of gym shoes and a hot tracksuit enough to put one at the top in the eyes of Hip Hop’s fashion elite. In order to be at the top now, one has to be able to sport designer labels that in some cases could set you back hundreds of dollars just for one shirt. FUBU, Apple Bottom and Roc A Wear can no longer be the labels imprinted on your jeans in order for one to be known as wearing the hottest and “in” items of the day. For one to be the cool kid on the block now and be able to copy the fashions seen in the world of Hip Hop, one needs  to be wearing items from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Billionaire Boys Club, (just to name a few). Colored diamonds around ones neck has taken the place of the Kangol that use to adorn the top of the head. The shoes on ones feet are no longer the $30 pair of Chuck Taylors that kept you part of the cool crowd. To get your foot in that crowd now, one has to be wearing $200Jordan’s and other brands with even crazier price tags.

There are many who have a problem with what is know as the “bling bling” lifestyle as they believe most people influenced and attracted to the Hip Hop culture can’t really afford to be a part of it anymore. This may be true but is the real meaning and essence of Hip Hop found in a shirt label or the way one dresses? Sure, Hip Hop has made its mark on the fashion sense of the world. However, it isn’t the only way to show ones loyalty and love for the culture. As with all things in life one is given the ability to choose and if it comes down to choosing to part with hundreds of dollars to buy one shirt to keep up with today’s Hip Hop fashion, my advice would be NO!!! The better thing to do would be to take $50 bucks and go buy a pair of Chuck Taylors and a vintage tracksuit and just tell everyone that you are paying your respects to the original Hip Hop pioneers and keep the rest of the hundreds in your pocket. Any real Hip Hop lover would be able to respect your fashion sense and you just might start a new trend by bringing back the old and making it new and affordable again!


Hip-Hop Ya Don’t Stop

In our society today it is no secret that Hip Hop has become a phenomenon that no one expected. It has reached heights of success and broken down barriers far beyond anything that most people ever imagined it could. It has become its own culture and its own lifestyle that finds people of every race, age and social class being influenced by it and attracted to it. Those that are attracted to its culture and the material items associated with its makeup try everything they can to copy it in order to show everyone that they belong to its world. Whether they hear it in a song or see it in a video or on a red carpet, they want to be like it and duplicate it in any way they can. They want to rap like the hottest rapper, have the big cars, the big homes, the video chick and all the other things that are portrayed to be a part of that lifestyle. One of the most copied aspects of the Hip Hop world is its fashion and many people believe that trying to copy the fashions of Hip Hop today might just drive one to the poor house. 

Back in the day when Hip Hop first began on the streets ofBronx,New York, most of those associated with the world of Hip Hop could always be found sporting some form of a tracksuit, maybe a crisp pair of jeans or a brightly colored bomber jacket, and everyone completed their outfits with fresh gym shoes. Kangol hats were popular back then and if one wanted to impress their Kangol should have matched their outfit perfectly. Everyone wore large earrings and big sunglasses and high top fades were very popular as a haircut for young guys as well. If one wanted to be the cool kid and associated with the Hip Hop culture, these items were a part of their everyday uniform.  These items were things that could be afforded by most people, therefore, many could participate in the fashion elements that connected one to the world of Hip Hop and made one cool. However, in today’s world of Hip Hop fashion, these items are no longer even close to what is defined as the “hot item” to be seen in and many wouldn’t consider one to be the cool kid if they saw them wearing these items around. 

No longer is a fresh pair of gym shoes and a hot tracksuit enough to put one at the top in the eyes of Hip Hop’s fashion elite. In order to be at the top now, one has to be able to sport designer labels that in some cases could set you back hundreds of dollars just for one shirt. FUBU, Apple Bottom and Roc A Wear can no longer be the labels imprinted on your jeans in order for one to be known as wearing the hottest and “in” items of the day. For one to be the cool kid on the block now and be able to copy the fashions seen in the world of Hip Hop, one needs  to be wearing items from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Billionaire Boys Club, (just to name a few). Colored diamonds around ones neck has taken the place of the Kangol that use to adorn the top of the head. The shoes on ones feet are no longer the $30 pair of Chuck Taylors that kept you part of the cool crowd. To get your foot in that crowd now, one has to be wearing $200Jordan’s and other brands with even crazier price tags.

There are many who have a problem with what is know as the “bling bling” lifestyle as they believe most people influenced and attracted to the Hip Hop culture can’t really afford to be a part of it anymore. This may be true but is the real meaning and essence of Hip Hop found in a shirt label or the way one dresses? Sure, Hip Hop has made its mark on the fashion sense of the world. However, it isn’t the only way to show ones loyalty and love for the culture. As with all things in life one is given the ability to choose and if it comes down to choosing to part with hundreds of dollars to buy one shirt to keep up with today’s Hip Hop fashion, my advice would be NO!!! The better thing to do would be to take $50 bucks and go buy a pair of Chuck Taylors and a vintage tracksuit and just tell everyone that you are paying your respects to the original Hip Hop pioneers and keep the rest of the hundreds in your pocket. Any real Hip Hop lover would be able to respect your fashion sense and you just might start a new trend by bringing back the old and making it new and affordable again!


My Community vs Your Community

In the article, Small Change, Malcolm Gladwell gives his
opinion on the idea that social media’s of present day, such as, Twitter and
Facebook, do not really make a huge impact in social activism as much as others
would have one to believe. He gives various examples of circumstances where
these outlets of social media had little or no impact and where it was
sometimes made to seem as though it had a greater impact on social change than
it really did. Although, Mr. Gladwell focuses on social media and its influence
on social activism, it is more interesting to me to see how his article
indirectly allows one to see how social media and the advances in technology
over the years, (even just in my short lifespan), have changed what our idea of
a “community” is in the present world.

Looking back at when I was a child in kindergarten I can
remember my teacher teaching the class what a community was. It has always been
my understanding that a community consisted of people who interacted on a daily
basis and lived within the same local area. When we would sit in kindergarten
class and you got to draw pictures of your community you would always draw your
house, maybe some buildings in your neighborhood, and the people always
consisted of your family, friends down the block, maybe your mailman or the guy
who owned the corner store. No matter whom you drew to represent this community
it was always people you saw, played with, and did various activities with on a
daily basis. You grew up understanding that your community involved the places
where you were each day, whether it was home, playing in the yard or at school;
your community was not far from where you were.

As one gets older, you start to care about the happenings
and the upkeep of your community so you help out when the family down the
street is going thru a hard time. Families look after each other’s children and
attend functions to support one another. The community as a whole makes sure
the lawns are kept up and pick up garbage from the ground to keep the community
clean. On a deeper note, if there were too many shootings or drug dealers on
the corner (as they were in my community), neighbors  would get together to form neighborhood watch
groups, advocate for better policing or try to find solutions for the youth to
get involved in other activities beside hanging on the street corner. Overall,
everyone cared for everyone in that small area and they made sure that if
things were needed they would come together to help out in good and bad times.

In today’s society with the click of a button and thru a small screen, one’s
community spreads far beyond that initial few blocks that you grew up caring
about and understanding and claiming to be your small piece of the world. One
can now press a button on a keyboard to bring up the internet and find out
things about people down the street, from state to state and from country to
country.  We can learn about injustices and do our parts to help begin change and advocate for better living standards
for people who we may never physically touch but who we can contact and
experience their lives in a matter of moments. We can have friends in China, Africa
or New York without ever physically visiting any of those places.

Utilizing social media’s such as Facebook, Skype, Twitter and various chat sites, we have
the ability to talk to and see each other, learn about the happenings of each
other’s day and the various things going on in communities across the country.
We have the ability to make change on a variety of subjects and we can even
save lives.  Like the story told of Bhatia in Small Change, where his
small community didn’t allow him to find a match for bone-marrow in order to
live, one email or Facebook post can expand that small community to nearly
twenty-five thousand potential matches that ultimately saved a life. I am sure
that community’s of the past would have tried all they could for a person
within their community like Bhatia, however, the fight to save a life may have
stopped at the city limits because they would not have had access to anyone
else in order to tell their story and request the help they needed, However, in
today’s society, television, computers, and even one’s phone provides and
endless amount of people whom we can connect with and offer help to. As a
whole, we can communicate, care for one another and help each other in a bigger
way, thus, expanding our community to reach around the globe instead of just
around the block.


bloging for all or none

The CWHS Life is what I chose to use. For those of you who
do not know what The CWHS Life is, it is a blog formed on tumblr.com, meaning The
Chicken Wangz and Hot Sauce Life. It was created by a man called Black Magic
for people to understand his thoughts on certain music, art, humor, and general
ideas. Some may use blogs for informing people or other things, but on the
other hand blogs can just be used to express random thoughts or comments as well.
The quality of this blog in particular contains interesting topics to skim
through but it pretty much stops there. The relevance of the topics alone do
not really tie in with the name until you can spot the creator’s first comment,
“CWHS is not just a name…its’ a lifestyle get with it.”

The original poster does most of the commenting on this
blog. The commenters, or should I say followers, only like or dislike his
thoughts and do not really comment. To comment on any of the post you do not
have to register with tumblr, so there is really no privacy on that, but you do
have to register to actually make your own blog or follow someone. With a
policy like that the comments can turn out to be effective or ineffective. In
this case I do not believe they are ineffective because the topics are not
something you can improve on or have a real conversation about besides, “I like
this” or “I do not like that”. The comments will not be that effective if the
posts are not revealing any information worth hearing either.

Ultimately I think the basic guidelines for blog commenting
are really depending on the relevance or importance of the blog the creator had
in mind. If you choose to have a blog like The CWHS Life that really only gives
its opinion on media, there are no effective or ineffective guidelines.
Although if you have a blog that could comment on media or worldly views and
could actually hold conversations among the other commenters, then it would be
very effective for many. Overall blog commenting is not something that is
needed for anybody and everything.


ME In 2021

Its 2021 and I live in a house, in Chicago, Illinois with my boyfriend, two kids, and a Labrador retriever named Buddy. I work in the field of computer engineering with a major engineering company. Working with this company I am determined to strive and be at the top of the bar, especially being a female engineer. I am very active and love to be around a lot of people. Besides taking care of my family I spend the rest of my time with my two best friends Chanelle and Brittany. At the end of the day I will continue to strive to be the best.


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