Tuesday, July 26, 2011
My idea for project 3 is to create a website for the Communication Studies Graduate Association. This is a new club on campus and they need help getting started. The website will be completed in time for our first leadership meeting, so it will have the bare bones, but will be missing most of the content. It will added as a Texas State Club website as soon as I am finished adding the additional content.
Monday, July 25, 2011
|Chocolate Almond Cakeballs with White Chocolate Frosting (and some naked) with Cocoa Dust|
The site will feature a "Home" page along with "Places", "Fitness Organizations and Clubs" and "Healthy Restaurants"
Friday, July 22, 2011
Although it was a little cheesy at times with the host and use of aggressive music, I did learn a lot from the two videos that I didn't know before. It was also fun watching them talk about some of the start-up companies like Napster that don't really exist anymore, but I remember in my lifetime. I have a cousin that's a freshman in high school who has probably never heard of Napster, of if she has then she's only read about it. I remember all my friends having Napster accounts and I still know every song that was on the first CD I burned on my computer through peer-to-peer file sharing.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Content is the information the site/page has on it, and whether or not it's "good." This particular site, titled The Titanic Casualty Figures, contains lots of information, and it seems that the page has been completed. Although the page looks to be completed, the page does not have a date on it, the only date associated with this page is the copyright date of 1997. Since this page was copyrighted in 1997, it appears that the target audience is anyone in search of the Titanic history with the bias that men should have been the first to load the boats. The information on this page contains links to numerous sites, but the sites never come up, or if they do, they are incorrect. For example, when clicking on the like "Titanic," you get redirected to a movie trailer for Captain America, also, the link "The Telegraphy Office," is clearly outdated since it takes you to an open DNS guide. The site acts as more of a blog than an actual internet source for data, due to the fact that there is only one "source" (Lord Mersey's Report) cited.
This site was created by Charles "Chuck" Anesi. On his homepage there is a place to the bottom left to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The domain name is a .com personal site. With that being said, the site is open to the public and anyone can look at it without a password. This site does make it possible to backtrack to get more information about the author, now the only site information available is the quote from the homepage, "Bringing strange information to the web since 1995." Anesi.com does not come across as being accurate. There are little to no references to outside sources for the material on this site.
Presentation is everything when it comes to looking at a good page, this page along with other pages on the site (excluding the homepage) do not look professional by any means. Although the pages are unprofessional looking, the spelling, grammar and punctuation are well capitalized. There are a few pages that have slang terms and style, but it is appropriate for the opinionated topics. Formatting for this site is difficult, once you click on a page from the homepage, you can only use your "back" button from your web browser to get back to where you came from. The site has no navigation and no headings. When you open the source code for this page, it's interesting to find the meta tag for movie, especially when the link doesn't even work.
To conclude, Titanic Disaster is a good content, yet unprofessional site that is not credible and should not be used for citing. All internet data should have more than one outside referenced source and should not have biased information if published for "research" purposes. For content, make sure the page has a title and has a date at the bottom (or anywhere for that matter). Always check for a contact page or link, this gives you the authority to contact the person if need be. The presentation of the site is key. Professionalism is best; therefore, always look for accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation.
|Titanic in black and white: http://www.starway.org/Titanic|
The page serves as a house for Chuck’s comments and opinions coupled with factual data regarding the last seconds and aftermath of the RMS Titanic. The page contains statistical data and graphs of the members onboard the Titanic. The data is categorized according to class, gender, sex ect., which illustrates the survival rates of the passengers in the dull graphs.
The Titanic Disaster: Official Casualty Figures and Commentary page was created in 1997, it’s complete but it shows no sign of being updated since its creation. Chuck has updated his home page (2008) and one or two of the internal links listed within the Titanic page however. More specifically, one internal link- full text of the court's recommendations with a view to promoting the safety of vessels and persons at sea works and was last updated in 1998. An external link for The Telegraph Office produces an error message and redirects the user to another non-relevant site. Although, the Encyclopaedia Titanica link works and lends somewhat to his credibility. The encyclopedia titanica and the Lord Mersey's Report support his views and provide evidence for the facts and figures he lists. Chuck disputes but includes the location information for John Updike’s related article published in The New Yorker as a (working) external link.
Charles Anesi AKA Chuck is the creator of the page, which is one of several pages located on his personal web site. The Titanic page has no contact information listed; it only has a navigation link to his home page accompanied by the copyright information. The url can’t be backtracked either. He only provides an e-mail CharlesAnesi@cox.net and a link to The Lodge of Shingebiss (Chuck's Obsolete Blog). The text provided under contact us makes it seem like he has received sexist/prejudiced comments from a skeptic audience in the past. Although the main web site lists “contact US,” he does not seem to be affiliated or sponsored by anyone. The Titanic page has non-interactive, basic and lists no affiliated members or sponsors. The only time I noticed an affilication or sponsor being mentioned was when I was on Chuck’s home page. He has the MyMeat link that claims the site is not affiliated with “Our signature Meats, whatever that is,” which makes me think the other pages he has linked to his home page (including the assigned “Titanic” page) should not be taken seriously. The Meat Raffle on the MyMeat page is odd and is not certified. Profound language is displayed on navigation link for his home page, which says” waste time at chucks home page.” Also, the inappropriate text representing the link only loads the home page a third of the way.
The lackluster page is technically user friendly, non-interactive and some of its contents can be verified. Some of the things I believe reduce his credibility include the fact that he uses several different types of font, massive amounts of text, few graphs and he bolds full paragraphs religiously. On the other hand there are no distracting advertisements, which are most likely one of the reasons why the site overall is an eyesore-no budget? Chuck’s writing style is very opinionated but the majority of the commentary is approperate for the viewers. One exception is the MyMeat page. For example, the first sentence ends in “shit” so no I don’t think this page is appropriate. Moreover, the meat raffle probability calculator is unique and definitely out there, it does work but the randomness makes me doubt the accurateness of the data it computes. There is no sound on the assigned page but Chuck’s favorite sound bytes link on his home page provide sounds and video in the Sun/NeXT .au format and utilized QuickTime. The single clip art-like image on the assigned page was saved as “titanic.gif” and while viewing the page in html, it allows you to click on it and reloads the image in another window. While I was viewing the page in html, I noticed it uses meta tags. Also, during my research I searched: Google, Ask.com, Answers.com and Yahoo and asked what was "the Titanic's last distress signal sent in Intercontinental Morse Code?” to verify the page’s credibility and found that his web site popped up on the first page of every search engine and that the answer was consistent with other site options.
Overall, I think the page is too basic, needs to be updated and needs to have some multimedia or some interactive content. I believe the statistics are accurate but like the title states-it's commentary. I think I would refer to a more credible site if I needed accurate information on this subject.
Website credibility can be difficult to some of the most tech savvy people but even more difficult for those who do not use the internet on a day-to-day basis. Millions of websites are available to view yet many contain inaccurate information, viruses that could completely shut down your computer or store your important confidential information in the server's database. Charles Anesi is a man who is interested in historic events such as war and the Titanic. He has a site that has Titanic Casualty Figures. The purpose of his website is to compare the casualty figures of men, women and children and classes from the Titanic ship sinking. I chose to evaluate this site because it does have interesting and mostly accurate information but still could be questionable.
The page is complete and Mr. Anesi last modified the site on Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 3:49:48 PM . The title of the page is: Titanic Disaster: Official Casualty Figures and Commentary. Although I am not sure when it was created, we could guess in 1997 when he got his copyright. The audience that is seeming to be reached is anyone interested in The Titanic. There does not seem to be a bias although he emphasizes women, children and survival rate based on classes to get his point across. Not all of the links work properly or go to the area that they are probably intended to, but I would say this is because the site is extremely outdated by five years and sites have changed.
It is not clear what Charles Anesi's profession is or if he is just a history enthusiast. Although when I searched "casualties for The Titanic" his site came up first which means that there are many people linked to him and that his site is viewed often. He probably did research and compiled a site together. I could not find much information on him except for his email address from his home page and a basically untouched Twitter handle. Being that the site is a ".com" domain it is quite possibly this is his own personal site that does not need to be associated with anyone or group except for himself. The site is about 98% accurate based on the charts and context. He has a reference page at the bottom of the page.
The webpage entitled "Titanic Casualty Figures" looks complete. The page was last updated and copyrighted in 1997 by Chuck Anesi. This website looks to be directed at someone looking for straight facts and content. There are no bells and whistles to entice the everyday web surfer. There are a few external links that work which verify the source's facts. The last link listed in the content however, "The Telegraph Office," does not. There is only one internal link leading back to the front page at the very bottom.
Chuck Anesi, author of the website, does not provide much about himself on his website. Only his email is listed. When his name is entered into a search engine, naturally his website is shown first. Other sites are very vague about his bio as well. Any outside associates, affiliations or sponsors are not made known.
The website overall is reasonably credible. The content verifies the published statistics and information to widely known resources. The presentation unfortunately detracts from the usability and even likability of the page.
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The purpose of this assignment was to critique a site by meticulously analyzing its content. The name of the website that I evaluated is titled, “The Titanic Casualty Figures,” a site created by Chuck Anesi in 1997 that overviews the number of casualties that occurred when the Titanic sank. Overall, the website appears to be finished, providing a fair amount of information in reference to the Titanic’s casualty figures; however, the website does not show when it was last updated. In regards to the site’s targeted audience, the content does not seem to be aimed at a certain audience, nevertheless the content does show some sort of bias in reference to the survival rate of the Titanic’s passengers.
As for the external links of the site, some of the them trouble shoot or send you to a general site where you can search for particular information (i.e. Encyclopedia Titanica). For instance, the hyperlink “Titanic,” does not show the preview of the Titanic movie; instead, it previews a video of “Captain America.” Additionally, the hyperlink “The Telegraph Office” appears to malfunction because it provides viewers with a blank page. Thus, the web creator should consider updating his external sites in an effort to provide accurate information.
In reference to the credentials of the web creator, little is known about him. The only information that is provided is his name and an additional hyperlink (i.e "Back to Chuck Anesi's Home Page”) that takes you to his main website where you can only obtain his e-mail. Furthermore, the website does not offer any form of information in relations to the web creator’s associations or affiliations. Additionally, no form of sponsorship is portrayed throughout the site. Also, the site’s domain name appears to be a .com page, which may derive from a personal site (i.e. http://www.anesi.com/chuck.htm). The site also appears to be non-traceable, the user is unable to find additional information in reference to the site’s information; however, the site does offer a hyperlink that takes you to the web creator’s contact information.
In general, the site appears to be coinciding with outside sources with the exception of the exact number of passengers and recommendations from the British inquiry. The Encyclopedia Titanica affirms that there were 2, 207 passengers, while Anesi indicates that there were 2, 224 passengers aboard the Titanic. Also, Anesi specifies that the British inquiry blames the Titanic’s speed for the disaster, while the document never links the Titanic’s accident to high speed, the only recommendation that the British inquiry give is to be prudent while navigating around ice.
In regards to the aesthetics of the site, the web page does not look professional and lacks interest; instead it appears to portray an immense amount of information with graphs that are oversaturated with material and dated. As for the writing style, the site creator could be more proficient by eliminating the word “outta” and re-writing the majority of the paragraphs to sound less biased and more professional. Also, the web creator needs to spell check his information before placing it online, the word encyclopedia is continuously misspelled throughout the site. The site also lacks proper headings to adequately divide the information. The web creator should also consider adjusting the images of the site; the tables seem to be cluttered and provide more material than the information discussed in the content. Additionally, the site is accessible by using the keywords “Titanic casualties.” In reference to advertising, no advertisements are portrayed on the site.
All in all, the website is in need of an overhaul in terms of its layout design and content. The information provided by the author needs to be more professional, grammatically correct, and in conjunction with its references. Also, the graphics need to be updated and the site creator’s contact information needs to be provided. With these proposed changes, I believe that the site would be more credible; nonetheless, this site at its current state lacks credibility.
Credibility is the determining factor for the believability of a source by the receiver. Whether it is a teacher, a parent, a news reporter, a print newspaper, or a website; credibility is the difference between someone sharing our attitudes, beliefs, and values - or - thinking that we (or the newspaper's editors) are crazy or at least misinformed. Dr. James McCroskey, a credible communication scholar, created a scale for source credibility that measures items such as honesty, morality, and ethics. These same measures have been (and should be) applied to teachers, doctors, news reporters, and website developers. Today we will look at one website: Titanic Disaster, in order to determine whether or not it is credible.
Chuck Anesi's Titanic website was completed in 1997 (no other dates are given). The title of the page is "Titanic Disaster: Official Casualty Figures" and the first line of text adds the phrase "and what they mean." The website is written for someone interested in obtaining data about historical events. The author's personal bias and sarcasm can be seen here: "The more primitive approach -- taken by most writers on this subject..." The site includes one external link that works, one internal link that works, and two links that do not work. The charts and data referred to by Anesi are provided and cited internally. The Wikipedia article, Passengers of the RMS Titanic, comes to similar conclusions but gives different reasons for their existence (and uses less sarcasm). Anesi's data and statistics are included in the Wikipedia page, Timeline of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, but could have been added there by Anesi himself.
The credentials of Chuck Anesi are not given on the website or the referring page, but his e-mail address is listed with the following description: "If it's to tell me that Martin Bormann really died in Nebraska or some such nonsense, please don't bother. Otherwise feel free to email me." After a quick google search I also found that he is listed on twitter as @anesi but has not posted anything in more than a year. This is a personal website with no known associations or sponsorships.
This site has some features that might have appeared professional and "tech-savvy" in 1997 but are sorely outdated now. The writing style is unprofessional, laced with misspellings, sarcasm and mockery of other writers in his field. The typeface is extremely small and difficult to read, and the images are not linked to anything else, such as source information. There is no navigation within the site; it is simply a long list of information. The source code is clean and typical of a website written at the time.
Knowing the credibility of the information we are reading will help us develop more accurate opinions of the world in which we live, and help stop the malicious lies spread almost everywhere we look today. Chuck Anesi's Titanic website meets a few of the criteria for credibility such as content and a lack of advertising or paid bias, but the outdated presentation and lack of information about the author reflect poorly on the website as an authority on this subject. If Mr. Anesi is such an authority he should update the website to current standards of html coding, and provide detailed background information verifying his credibility.
Monday, July 18, 2011
While watching the "Search" video, it was interesting to see how search engines started and then later fell; giving rise to Google. Standford seems to always be sitting on the next genius goldmine, while big wig investors always seem to be initially turning them down.
The Power People video was very informative. The battle between the music industry and Napster set the stage for iTunes. I was shocked though that there was no agreement made with Napster though to purchase music; seeing how big of an audience was already there to listen.
Hopefully the future of the web will continue to build upon user interaction and communication. It has already led to so many voices being heard. It provides a collective knowledge. I expect many changes in not only the world wide web but the world. I feel lucky to be apart of it.
The title of the web page is “Titanic Disaster: Official Casualty Figures and Commentary” and was created without updates in 1997, an ancient time in the web design era. The audience for the page appears to be anyone who is interested in the Titanic tragedy, especially with the movie coming out at that time. The author of the site, Chuck Anesi, seems to be bias on the facts he displays on his site. In the reading, he tries to dismiss other reports about the Titanic in which he claims are follies as he urges other readers not to e-mail these “ridiculous observations.” The page has other links for more information, including sites to the Titanic movie, one to the encyclopedia-titanica.org site, a link to another Titanic page in his site and another site that didn’t open. However, figures on his site and the encyclopedia site differ. The encyclopedia says that 2,207 were on board and only 712 survived while his site says 2,224 on board and 711 survived.
Looking around Anesi’s site I could not find any credentials on him. He has links to other historical events, compositions and miscellaneous rants, all written by him. The site does have an e-mail address to contact Anesi but no phone or address. There is no discussion on the site but on his blog, The Lodge of Shingebiss, comments are allowed, although the only comments made in his latest post in 2007 appear to be spam in Chinese characters. I didn’t see any affiliations, associations or anybody sponsoring his site for that matter. All of the links on the home page take visitors to other pages designed by Anesi. His site appears to a personal web site tailored to his musings.
The appearance of the site is stuck in the late 1990s. The Titanic page uses a lone clip art icon and the graphs are in ugly color combinations. The text is way too long and entirely in bold face type. The text body should be broken into sections and not in bold since the headlines are small and look similar to the rest of the text. Besides numerous writing errors, the writing style is sometimes presented in a biased, authoritative speech that seems to say his site is right and everybody else is wrong. No advertisements can be found on the site. Page source can be accessed, though, where meta tags for description and keywords can be found. All in all, the page is in dire need of updated graphics, layout design and editing.
It took less than a second for me to grant this site no credibility, and just a few minutes of checking it out to realize that I was right. Not only is the appearance outdated but the style of the author’s writing is annoying and not credible. Just like its topic, this site sank to the bottom shortly after its inception.
I liked how the video brought up the fact that Yahoo! and Excite forgot about being a "search" engine and just used their ways with ads. I think it was Google's calling to step in a show them what a true search engine is all about. (Sorry, I go googley over Google). I also enjoyed hearing how they (Google) said they would be BIG, big as in $10 billion in revenue and they have reached just that (well pretty close to that).
I loved the part about the web "connecting individuals." Although, sometimes I feel like a private person, having social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+ makes me feel connected to the outside world.
This video took me back to high school days when it referred to Napster, it surprises me how extreme some artist took this, as we all know, people get free downloads ALL the time, and not just music!
Themes and Future:
Common theme throughout the videos were the guys (literally, all of them were dudes) and they were all from Stanford/Silicon Valley area, with the exception of Mark and Shawn.
For the future, it's almost predictable that Google will still be in the lead above all other search sites. Also, I can see Google+ taking over Facebook, if they play their cards right :D
I still remember when Yahoo!, Excite, and Netscape were all prominent names in Internet. It's so interesting to see the evolution of what has now become the Internet as we know it today.
While watching the second video, I heard several interesting facts I was unaware of before viewing "Search". I like the attention getter--imagine a world without Google--and the fact that 10 years ago Google did not exist. Perhaps more interesting is the fact that five years ago most search engines like Yahoo! and excite were not being utilized either.
I enjoyed learning how Yahoo! emerged and became a successful company. For example, I found it fascinating that Jerry and David's inspiration for Yahoo! all started because of a fantasy basketball league. It makes me wonder if they would have been as successful if they never changed the name from Jerry & David's guide to the World Wide Web to Yahoo!.
I believe the Internet will continue to offer several opportunities in the future. I think it will become even more user friendly and a necessary form of communication. I believe people, but more specifically Americans, will become even more dependent on the Internet as its possibilities expand, even to an unhealthy level. However, I hope more sites like YouTube and digg emerge and transform the way we communicate and interact on the Internet. Another trend of the Internet is that it is helping bridge the digital divide in the US. While more Americans gain access, I believe they will become better informed and more media literate.
Part II and Part IV of the documentary “Download: The True Story of the Internet” provides an insightful look at the emergence of search engines like Yahoo and Google as well as the rise of the Internet as a power tool. I was impressed to know that before Google, the Internet was difficult to navigate and middling in obtaining information. Luckily, as time progressed, search engines began to optimize their resources by becoming better sites than their predecessors. With time came improvements and companies like Yahoo and Excite paved the way for Google, the first search engine to not overly saturate their site with advertising. Thus, it is interesting to note how search engines have become a prominent tool for marketers and the general audience.
In addition to the emergence of search engines, the decline of old media and the rise of a new form of communication via the Internet paved the way for people to embrace their creativity and opinion with sights like YouTube, Blogger, Facebook, etc.
Interesting events marked a pivotal role in the development of the Internet as we know it today, some of which include: the revolutionary impact of Yahoo by being the first search engine site to successfully make revenue through advertisements; the development of Google through the linkage of sites by making content easily searchable and universal; the decline of traditional media and the up rise of a new form of media through sites like YouTube, MySpace, Blogger and Facebook; the invention of the MP3; and the creation of the fastest spreading software, Napster.
Some of the common themes that emerged from both videos were the creation of prominent sites like Yahoo and Google from “Internet Utopians”/young students at Stanford University (i.e. David Filo, Jerry Yang, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page) who saw the web as a blank canvas full of opportunities; the need to obtain financial investors for their emerging projects; and the adaptation of certain processes from other search engines (i.e. Google’s mimicking of GoTo’s keyword search). These commonalities not only made advances to the Internet but also created controversy.
All in all, these videos show the trajectory of the Internet and the outcome of various ingenious choices. Today, everyone is connected to the world via the web and the need to be the best search engine or social media site continues. Currently, the web offers a form of medium for people to express themselves and become an author in a click of a button. For this reason, it is reasonable to assume that stronger search engines and social media sites will continue to be developed in an effort to meet the need of consumers and be the first at the top of the list.
For more information, please visit: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/download-true-story-internet/ew to view Parts II and IV of "Download: The True Story of the Internet.”
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Later, Google emerged with an improved style of web searching that displayed web sites in descending order according to the number of its links. Google is now worth $200 billion and its founders are ranked in the top 30 richest people of the world. In Google's early days, the now dying Excite search engine could have bought it for just $1 million. Doh!
Following the creation of mp3 music files, Napster exploded onto the internet and started a music revolution. Napster is known as the fastest spreading software ever. Other sites followed, blossoming interaction among individuals rather than corporations.
A common theme among both videos was the Stanford University connections, where Yahoo, Google and mp3 software emerged. Another theme was that investors didn’t see much money potential with many of these web sites.
In the future, I foresee the internet to continue to drastically affect big media revenue as intellectual property becomes fair game. Also, the onslaught of web sites that store personal data will catapult privacy concerns.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
I am definitely a Mac user. I have always loved using them at school, but I just acquired my own MacBook about a month ago. I couldn't be happier! This is one of the best purchases I have ever made.
As far as hobbies go, I enjoy traveling, concerts, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. I also have a shopping habit that keeps me pretty broke. I have a boyfriend named Shawn who I spend a lot of time with. I work at Spud Ranch, a local restaurant here in San Marcos. I've been working there for more than 2 years. Currently I am working to pursue a career in freelancing. I specialize in writing and graphic design.
If you'd like to find me on Twitter, my username is rachel.nelson.
I'm the oldest of three and my siblings mean the world to me. After graduation, I bought myself the best graduation gift ever--I rescued my dog Kaiya from an animal shelter in Houston. It's hard to imagine looking back now how I ever survived college without her!
I thought the video was informative and interesting. I didn't know that packets and other related ideas were developed and being used as early as 1973. Also, I was surprised to hear that in 1983 the proliferation of the Internet began to change the way we communicate and who we communicate with.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
My name is Fletcher and I’m a senior Journalism major with a minor in Business Administration and I’m set to graduate in December. I grew up almost my whole life in the Cedar Park/Round Rock area of the north
To follow me on twitter find me @flizzled
Finding the right college or degree program for you can be as simple or as hard as you want it to be. Most universities have similar degree programs for certain majors within a college. In order to find the requirements for a degree in journalism at The University of Texas I began and ended my search as follows.
Are you an avid listener of American alternative rock? If so, you might be interested in Wilco, a Chicago based band composed of rock and country roots.
Wilco was formed in 1994 by Jeffy Tweedy and three of his former bandmates after the break-up of Uncle Tupelo. Since then, the lineup of the band has changed over the course of the years and has included a variety of bandmembers, which include: Jeff Tweedy-guitarist and vocalist from Bellville, IL, John Stirratt-bass player from Mandeville, LA, Glenn Kotche-drummer from Roselle, IL, Nels Clines-guitarist from Los Angeles, CA, Pat Sansone-multi-instrumentalist from Meridian, MS, Leroy Back-multi-instrumentalist from Chicago, IL, Mikeal Jorgensen- keyboard player from Brunswick, NJ, Ken Coomer-drummer from Nashville, TN, Max Johnston-multi-instrumentalists from Austin, TX, Brian Henreman-guitarist from Festus, MO, Bob Egan-multi-instrumentalist from Chicago, IL, and Jay Bennet-multi instrumentalists from Rowling Meadows, IL.
This information was obtained by Googling the name "Wilco" where I stumbled upon the band's main page http://wilcoworld.net/, which had little to no information. Upon visiting the band's page, I decided to return to the Google search page and click on Wikipedia where I found a substantial amount of the band's background information. After doing so, I then searched for the bandmember's names by inputting "Wilco's bandmembers" on the Google's search tab. Subsequently, I then clicked on this website http://folkmusic.about.com/od/artistssz/p/Wilco.htm which provided me with the names of all of Wilco's band players. After obtaining their names I decided to individually Google search them by using their first and last name in addition to the word biography. By doing so, I obtained a series of sites that provided me with the bandmember's background information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Tweedy;http://www.starpulse.com/Music/John_Stirratt-P128834/Biography/;http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Glenn_Kotche.html;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nels_Cline;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Sansone;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leroy_Bach;http://folkmusic.about.com/od/artistssz/p/Wilco.htm;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Coomer;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Johnston;http://www.factorybelt.net/brian.htm; http://www.answers.com/topic/bob-egan;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Bennett.
And thus, this is how I obtained the information listed above.