Monthly Archives: November 2013

Is Twitter the New Nielsen Ratings?

twitter-tvI stumbled across an article today about Nielsen new Twitter TV ratings. 

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Can you remember the days the when you’d get the TV Diary in the mail with a crisp $1 bill and you’d fill it out logging what shows you watched.  I don’t really remember why it was so fun but I just remember getting so excited when it came time to fill the TV logs out.  I can remember sitting on the floor at the coffee table in the living room (on our green shag carpet) filling out the diary.  Maybe it was for the dollar, maybe it made me feel like an adult doing the same thing my parents were doing or maybe I felt like I was voting for my favorite shows – who knows.

Now there’s a twist to the process, social media is being looked at to help gather TV viewing statistics.  It makes sense; find out what people are talking about.  I’ve thought about TV producers looking at the viewer sentiment before with all the data that can  be pulled but I never associated it to that book I used to fill out.  Funny how things come back but in a different form.  I just wonder if the 10 year old’s of today will look back and say “Remember when I had to type into my phone to send a tweet?”  That kind of makes me sound old…

Here’s another example of how things change…

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The old calculator watch.

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Today’s Pebble Smart Watch

That’s all I got this week.

-B

Breaking the Cultural Divide

Last week was a crazy one.  I had 2 group projects due and each one had a presentation to go with it.   I’m proud to say both groups pulled off our presentations and we ended up with A’s.  Whew!

Group projects are challenging on so many levels; organizing everyone’s schedules so you can meet to work on the project, getting everyone on the same page so you work on your project in the same voice to make consistent points and then everyone completing their part to bring the final product together.

But there is another side to group projects that I find very rewarding.    UTD is a very multi-cultural school.   I have worked with people I would have never gotten to know had it not been for group projects.  In one of my groups this semester there are 5 of us.  In one of our first meetings we started working and I stopped and asked where everyone was from.  Zimbabwe, China, China, China and Texas – I am the only native US citizen in our group.  I find it very interesting to learn about the different cultures and to hear what has brought everyone to the US and to UTD.   One of my favorite stories is about a friend’s arranged marriage and how she moved to the US from India.  We have found we have many similarities and we grew up literally half way around the world from each other.

CulturesI find it amazing how so many international students are able to do so well in an English speaking class and give a presentation in a language other than their native one.  I’ve learned to cherish their stories, their differences and their cultures.  In our group meetings we come together as one and no one cares about politics and how our political leaders act towards each other.   What a great lesson…and it wasn’t even on my degree plan.

-B