All posts by thadturner

Group Blog 1 – The Many Faces of Metro: Cultural Awareness and Its Importance in Today’s Culture

Cultural awareness is something that is both important and even detrimental it seems in our culture today. With our culture becoming increasingly more diverse, and the Midwest becoming more and more multicultural it would seem that creating awareness about this and informing the populace at large more would seem a great necessity.

Social media is one excellent manner in which one can bring attention to the issue of cultural awareness and diversity. Finding groups on Facebook and YouTube that support and allow for this and wish to improve on it are some ways to support and make steps forward in this regard. Also addressing the challenges one faces with integrating or attempting to integrate into a new culture would be another effective method of bringing about and creating cultural awareness. Also searching for other blog pages that address this issue in detail, both locally and nationwide, is another effective way to go about addressing the issue of cultural awareness and diversity.

Two groups on Facebook that it would be noteworthy to look up would be The Many Faces of Metro and Humans of New York. These groups are mainly about informing the public about cultural awareness and depicting it in a more benevolent fashion. Numerous blog sites addressing diversity in American culture would be worthwhile looking into more as well.

While it is good to address the reality of this issue and want to see it in a positive light, this may not also be healthy. It is good to look at sites, groups, and blogs that may view this topic in a more critical light and may possibly see the flaws or possible misconceptions that may arise if one does not look at this in a panoramic manner. Issues such as racism, sexism, negative stereotyping, and harm committed to either the majority or minority cultures are issues that one should always be aware of. It would seem that when looking into this topic the issue of primary importance should be having respect for differing viewpoints than one is used to hearing.


Individual Blog Post 1: Marketing and How to Effectively Build a Community

When it comes to social media and marketing, in today’s world, with venues such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram, it would appear that there is a demand and this would be the most effective means of going about marketing a product or attempting to build and establish a community.

This could develop into something if one has effective strategies and the means of being able to do this. One author in particular goes into detail about how community building is the one of the more effective methods of marketing a particular product. With some though this may pose as a challenge, especially with limited funds and only some rudimentary knowledge about a particular topic or product. Another author affirmed in an article that without money or fame marketing is almost destined to fail. Indeed, it does pose an obstacle and one with either or both of these certainly has an advantage over someone who does not.

In this day and age knowledge does equate to power. Sometimes having limitations in funds and knowledge will become an advantage inevitably, as one will dedicate time and energy to attempting to market something and become all the more dedicated to learning about it. Also being able to establish a solid community to market this idea or product would be a crucial element in this process as well.

In developing a community to market a particular idea or product one must be able to establish a base from which to work off of. It would seem that certain characteristics such as respect for the other members of the group, trustworthiness, and being able to exchange ideas effectively and disagree at times without losing it would be the best characteristics of a particular marketing group, as well as tolerance of individual differences that may and quite possibly would exist among other members of that group. If these core principles can be established then a foundation or base can be built on from there.