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February 20, 2007

mblog on public posting-due march 8

As I walked around Couzens Hall in search of a public posting I noticed that a public posting bombarded almost every wall. Since there are always so many postings I usually always ignore them and walk right by them. Advertisements usually never go without notice because they are so publicly displayed. In my case, there were too many postings that I simply ignored them and walked right by. The posting I picked up is about a Charity Basketball Tournament on March 10, 2007. Almost all the posting that I saw in my dorm highlighted the point that if you show up at this event you can get a free gift. The notion of free gifts attracts people to attend the event. The public posting that I picked up is not visually appealing and is cluttered with too many words, which makes me not want to read it. Public postings can both negatively and positively work. In the case of the posting I picked up, it negatively worked due to the crowded walls and crowded text. The positive effects of public posting can be shown in reducing speeding behavior on highways. This is shown in Ron Van Houten’s article on public posting in reducing speeding behavior. He says, “During the daily posting condition a highway sign was installed which provided feedback on the percentage of drivers not speeding yesterday and the best record to date. This sign was then covered and reintroduced. Results indicated that the sign was effective in reducing speeding behavior”(http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1308145). If Couzens Hall were to simplify the postings that went up I would be more inclined to actually read the posts.
As I try and search for a connection to my family and public postings, I ponder upon family vacations. To keep me from asking, “when will we be there”, my mom would ask me to count all the public postings on the road. That memory will stick with me until I pass it on to my kids. Public postings mark events and places in ones life.

Posted by chloe at February 20, 2007 05:01 PM

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