Exercise 4

 

Steve Krug made several strong claims about how people in our age actually use the internet. He stated how web designers will spend hours attempting to make the perfect web page only for it to be musty ignored by its user (1). He identified how many people don’t actually read most webpages but while scan, or skim, the page looking for keywords to get what we need quickly (1). As we scan pages we are also very like to be satisfied with the first thing that might answer our need with the risk of being wrong because we are normally in a hurry and are willing to make a mistake as there are no major consequences (1). Lastly he talked about how in reality we “muddle through” using the internet and once we find a way that works, we will likely stick with it (1). I believe that Krug’s argument is that despite the advances and work put into websites, people will use the internet in the manner that is most convenient to them.

            I did a google search on dogs and ended up picking petfinder.com because it had the most appealing name and was the third one down. When I got on to the site I only read the largest words and scrolled down the page but nothing really caught my I because I didn’t really come to the site with any purpose (2). I went back up to the top of the screen and ended up clicking on dog breeds which sent me to a page with a list of dog breeds starting with A (2). In the search box I typed in husky which laid to zero location available (2). Ultimately, I got bored and went back to the home page where nothing else caught my eye.

            Krug’s writer seemed to be accurate since I only scanned the the home page for something interesting and clicking-able without trying to actually read any of the info underneath them. Eventually I gave up and decided to go with the easiest opinion which was clicking one of the links on the top of the page which seemed to lead to something interesting. On the second page I scanned only about half the page until I found what I wanted, a search bar. I found my method of maneuvering the site easy even though I was aimlessly searching through it.

Krug’s writing used irony as one of his strategies because I personally didn’t think that I would fall under the group of people that he described. Another strategy he had used to was cause and effect analysis. He used this when describing how many people will use the internet once and continue to use it in that way even when there is a better, or quick, way of doing it. I believe that Krug’s is informing reader on how they really use technology. His writing was meant to open our eyes as I personally found it to be true for myself as I had search a website after reading it. At first I felt skeptical as I did not think I used the internet in that way, but now feel the purpose of his writing was to inform the public about themselves.

References:

(1)            Krug, Steve. Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: a Common Sense Approach to Web Usability. New Riders Publishing(IS), 2014.

(2)             “Dog: Dog Breeds, Adoption, Bringing a Dog Home and Care.” Petfinder, www.petfinder.com/dogs/.

 

 

 

 

Intro

 

Hello, my name is Kirby Toussaint and this I the mypage I created. Over the past few months as I created this page that brought different aspects of healthcare together and seemed difficult to find the overarching theme. Ultimately I found that it had been looking be in the face the whole time as my writing had a similar underlying message. This mypage focuses on my interest on the need for change the medical field. This change being that we must be more proactive in healthcare by building a stronger bond between doctors and patients as well as putting more of the patients control in their own hands.

From my first paper I believed that mistakes in the medical field can have drastic consequences because of minor errors and miss communications. Millions of people have been negatively affected by this and i personally fall under this category. At the end of the day it isn’t one specific person fault but really the lack of reform to do change these problems. These site shows how I believe that it is possible for a positive change to happen and help create a better healthcare system.

This sites is based on the idea that health shouldn’t be something we just take care of at hospital and with our doctors. The best way to maintain a good quality of health is by being proactive instead of reactive. To do that we can no longer rely only on or doctors and caregivers. True health can be reached by making personal choices to better ourselves along with the aid from hospitals and clinics.

Thought out this site it can be seen ways that people can take their health into their own hands in a number of ways. Along with this, how we can help with the health of others around. Many people are afraid to help others that battle continuous illness and don't know where to start. In the one of my papers and my PSA i focused on one of these major problems, mental illness. Many Americans today face a daily struggle with this illness as 1 in 5 adults have a mental issue. This is a growing problem that many people face alone because of the lack of awareness and understanding of the issues it causes. When I first started researching this i was very unclear on what the actually issues was with mental health and didn’t know that there so many numerous forms of it. After educating myself on the topic I found it to be something very important to maintain health. A health body starts with a health mind. Many conditions that must Americans have stemmed from a mental illness. The problem is that the stigma around mental illness is very negative and people with it are seen as crazy and incurable. That why this site is focused on education people that health is a continuous battle that can be won through personal care and awareness.