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While working on the first component of our third assessment task I came across a handy list of pointers on writing online articles that complements the extensive list of useful secondary resources already provided by Sarah.
For your viewing pleasure, a list of ‘Top 10 tips to writing excellent articles’ by Deepesh Divakaran.
Point number 3: “Valuable Information” definitely resonates with me as I find choosing a topic the most difficult step of any writing exercise. As Divakaran points out, this step is particularly vital in web writing, after all, unlike a hard copy publication that becomes a part of an archive as soon as the newer edition is set to print, an online article that can be picked up by a search engine has an element of immortality. As digital writers, we should use this element to out advantage and choose topics that will resonate with online audiences for weeks, months and hopefully many years.
I would like to start off by sincerely apologising for the lack of new posts over the last 3 weeks. But i assure you, I have very good reasons for this. Following a semi-quiet night out on the town i lost my identity: both metaphorically and literally speaking. To cut a long story short, i left my iPhone and Wallet (containing ALL my identification documents including my passport) in a cab. Yes, the two are merely inanimate object and material possessions, but i soon found out that these objects formed a momentous part of my daily life and existence. While my assumptions were correct in regards to the lacking notion of the ‘good samaritan’ and ‘good karma’ in today’s world and age, and my belongings were not returned by the taxi driver or any other party, I was somewhat disappointed that my smartphone didn’t help me in this situation by well…being smart?
Maybe it’s my ignorance or unnecessary optimism but i held an expectation that my iPhone could actually be tracked to its present location (it was actually ON for the entire day after i lost it) and find me. With the number of functions, applications and capabilities of an $800 Apple product, you’d think that a function that allows the user to keep track of this expensive and prized possession would be a given. But no. As i found out mobile phone tracking is possible, but at an additional cost and only before the fact of losing one’s phone. A little pointless? I think so.
Apart from the massive inconvenience and feeling of loss, this situation has led me to question our reliance on technology as a whole, as well as the capability of technology to meet our expectations.
Re-issuing all my lost documents, identification, cards and phone list not only felt, but was the rebuilding on my social life.
But even after my ‘traumatic’ ordeal i still haven’t made the move to save a back up copy of my phone list or documents. The sole use of technology as a method of communication and organisation is so embedded in my dailyness that i have forgotten about the alternatives.
Have you ever found yourself in such a situation? And if so, did it lead to you question your reliance on technology?