Thursday, May 31, 2012
Fox News, which is continually criticized for its right-leaning reporting, is the highest watched news channel in the nation. This is a problem when American journalism purports itself as unbiased, and Fox news itself claims to be "fair and balanced." Fox executives claim that they had no knowledge of the video, that they dealt with it, and that they subsequently removed the video. This is not the first time that Fox has produced an attack ad against Obama; they played one before his State of the Union Address in January.
According to this article in MediaMatters,
The network helped launch the tea party movement, was instrumental in Republicans taking back the House in 2010, and basically served as the unofficial venue for the 2012 Republican presidential primary.
This brings up the question of bias in journalism--if overtly biased sources can claim to be journalism and news, can news claim to be unbiased?
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Huerta, along with Cesar Chavez, was the co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association in the early 1960s. Fed up with the harsh labor conditions, farm workers, many whom were immigrants, of Delano, California fought for fair wages and better working conditions. Farm workers led many hunger strikes, boycotts and protests in order to attain their demands.
Daughter of a farm worker, Huerta grew up in Stockton, California. Her organizing for labor rights helped the California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975 pass.
The United Farm Workers movement has been a key influence in many other movements such as El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan (MEChA) and helped give birth to Chicana/o theatre through the formation of El Teatro Campesino led by Luis Alvarez.
Having faced many challenges, scarifies and struggles in order to help the cause Huerta is often the face of many images and posters in support of social justice causes. Glamour Magazine even payed homage to Huerta during their 70th issue celebration by having America Ferrera pose as Huerta during a march.
Huerta is one of the few Latina activists recognized for her strength, courage and love for her struggle.
Larry Page, who marked his first year as chief executive in April 2012 said, “we have always wanted Google to be a company that is deserving of great love.” The problem is that its hard to love a company that is constantly battling privacy issues. In mid-April, the Federal Communications Commission hit Google with a $25,000 fine for impeding an investigation into its data collection practices. Google is even facing charges with the European Commission.
The only way that google can claim victory is when they play fair and stop abusing their dominance. Google has to stop giving their own products advantages over everyone else. Market Liberalization has to be implemented giving consumers a wide range of data to chose from that doesn't have google written all over it. Google will stay on top for the rest of 2012 is they stay far away from the mindset of being the one and only- a monopoly. Google...let the people choose.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Just like with Instagram, users will be able to view and upload a feed of photos from and for those in their Facebook social circles. One can swipe to see more of any album or tap a photo to increase its resolution. For someone like me who enjoys photo updates on my Facebook homepage more than any other kind of update, this application may come in handy.
This could prove to be useful for citizen journalism in a sense. For example, people will be able to post pictures of themselves at the site of a news scene, or detailed images of the same scenes. Since Facebook boasts about 900 million users(rougly 800 million more than Instagram users), it will be interesting to see how this application furthers the possibility of regular citizens playing an active role in processes of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information. On the other hand however, it might prove to be the beginning of the end for particular individual rights that come with citizen journalism. Facebook is essentially monopolizing the online social media hemisphere, while it continues to own more and more of the information that its users are uploading/sharing, personal photographs being more vulnerable to corporate ownership this time around.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Before his arrest, online activists has been calling the case to the public's attention. Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese blog service, has been a central area for the movement against Li Xingong's arrest. Bloggers are outraged by his actions and through blogging, Li Xingong's shameful actions were exposed. This kind of phenomenon was fairly new to the country since the flow of information is tightly controlled by the government.
The number of blog users have increased exponentially in China. This creates a perfect platform for online activists to voice their opinions and expose corruptions in China. They have been quite successful in spreading and gathering news. With the increase of internet and blog users, Chinese politicians start to fear they will lose control of the flow of information.
In class, we discussed about the different ways that blogging has come into play in our society now. However, as this news points out, blogging has created this completely different meaning for the citizens in China. It is interesting to see the power of Internet and how easily one can start a movement just by typing a few words online. As we post our weekly blog, we should think about how lucky we are to have this kind of privilege to post whatever we want on the internet.
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Reported by Ashley Huang
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Over the past many weeks, our class has analyzed specific case examples of the Internet's role in providing a tool for ordinary individuals to contribute to journalistic dialogue as events emerge. One of the benefits of using the Internet to studying citizen journalism is that fact that, to a large extent, many instances of citizen and witness journalism can still be found in their archived real-time state. The website MetaFilter, which has been in operation since 1999, is a great example of being able to 'go back in time' and track real-life responses to famous events as they occurred.
The MetaFilter entry for September 11th, 2001 provides for a particularly interesting, if not immensely haunting, analysis of eyewitness reports coming together through a unified electronic medium to coordinate information on a large scale. The first post on MetaFilter occurred at 8:58am, twelve minutes after the first plane hit the north tower (listed at 5:58am in the post, Pacific Time). Following the comments in the thread, one will find users chiming in, trying to gather as many details as possible. Only a few comments down, user TNLNYC posted at 9:06am (6:06 PST) that a second plane hit the South tower, an event which had occurred only three minutes prior. Commentators begin speculating almost immediately as to who perpetrated the attacks, and whether or not they were attacks in the first place. cCranium posted the first image in the thread at 9:33am (6:33am PST), which although taken from the website of a traditional news organization, represents an early use of using social media to spread multimedia and imagery about disasters.
In terms of commentary, one of the most striking moments of foreshadow comes from user ktheory, who states that "our focus (as Americans) must not only to bring justice to those organizing this attack, but on preserving civil liberties. During peacetime, it's easier to be socially conscious and live morally. I'm most concerned that an event this drastic will cause many to replace ideologies based on reason with ideologies based on fear." Furthermore, user Doug posted at 9:51am (6:51am PST) that "This is going to be a big turning point in the history and character of this country," which is followed by reports only minutes later that the south tower had just collapsed, the first of the buildings to fall. More than functioning as a mere log of events, comments such as these demonstrate the emergence of sentiments that would later permeate our discourse surrounding this particular historical event.
MetaFilter itself is unique in that it does not represent, in straightforward terms, an "open" and free web. Since 2004, MetaFilter has charged a $5 sign-up fee for creating an account, which although potentially limiting to some users and demographics, prevents a flood of troll and spam accounts. The site also features relatively strict guidelines, aimed at maintaining the site's purpose as a literal "filter" for the most interesting content on the web. Thanks to these restrictions, MetaFilter has remained a niche community, though its simplicity and ability to foster discussion nonetheless allow it to access as a hub for eyewitness reporting when important events and disasters occur. In this sense, it becomes a moderated, yet very much fruitful, outlet for the facilitation and preservation of discussion. In doing so, users nowadays can explore these time capsules of dialogue surrounding major events since the beginning of the last decade, providing a valuable resource not only for studying the emergence of early Internet citizen journalism, but also for discovering the rhetoric that surrounded such events within the discussion of ordinary individuals.
Once, Brian Banks completed his time in Jail, he was contacted by his accuser on facebook. Originally, his accuser requested him as a friend, and naturally he refused. Later they would agree to meet each other, along with Brian Banks private investigator. Wanetta Gibson(the accuser) agreed to have the meeting recorded. During the meeting, Wanetta confessed that Brian Banks did not rape, or kidnap her. Through this meeting, Brian Banks was able to be acquitted for any wrong doing. He plans to receive payment for his time he served, by the state of California.
|Brian Banks crying after being acquitted.|
Friday, May 25, 2012
The Zeta cartel fiercely monitors the newspapers that publish stories about them. Though in many repressive countries, citizen journalism and social media can come to replace print media and provide news to citizens and outsiders, the Zeta cartel squishes this possibility as well. On September 24 of last year, María Elizabeth Macías Castro, a reporter for a local paper called Primera Hora, was murdered in Nuevo Laredo. The Zeta cartel uncovered the organized crime news she posted on her Twitter account and the website Nuevo Laredo en vivo and chose to take her out. Castro posted under the pseudonym “La NenaDLaredo”, but through unknown means the Zetas managed to learn her true identity. They left a note near the gory crime scene that read: "Ok. Nuevo Laredo Live and social media, I am the Girl from Laredo and I am here because of my reports and yours... ZZZZ." The ‘Z’s are the signature of the Zeta cartel.
News organizations today, while trying to affectively become more innovative, are finding new ways to be immersive and interactive. Infographs are not as immersive, but they do change the age old model of graphs and line charts. Even with the use of line charts and graphs, they updated it to convey information easier.
For example, take this infographic on the BP oil spill and the flow of news that followed. (Click to enlarge.)
This graphic has a lot of numbers that could easily be lost in an article, but through the use of color, sizies, and mediums, the data is made digestable. Time magazine has been using more infographics as well and many news papers rely on them today. However, as this following infograph shows, they aren't new, as can be seen from the New York Journal infograph in 1898 which displays an image explaining the explosion behind the U.S.S. Maine.
and the use of the infograph is not necessarily new, but more and more employers are also starting to receive infographic resumes. It depends on the industry, but in areas of publics relations, marketing, and graphic design, the infographic resume has become the choice in making oneself stand out in the job market. Now take Esquire magazine who applied the augmented reality technology to their magazines. In this demo video, we can see how the technology can be applied to an everyday magazine, making it more interactive and this technology can be applied to infographics allowing users and readers to take what information they want. Which is likely to be the next step for infographics, news media and technology.
Let's face it. Everything is a business, and one needs to make himself effectively. Social media, which can loosely be defined as the web-based and mobile based technologies which are used to communicate between organizations, communities, and individuals, is the way to go in our now "digital age."
In a world where social media perpetuates through the veins of nearly every individual, celebrity, or business, how can an entity make himself stand out amongst the crowd of the World Wide Web?
The Financial Times has encompassed all the tools and strategies needed to create an effective social media presence on the Internet in five easy steps. Considering that over 70% of businesses worldwide already use social media in one way or another, these tips will be vital in leveraging social media for business.
1. Put IT in the lead.
Though this tip only really works in a business aspect, it is still important to understand the role of understanding the needs that would like to be met by utilizing social media and how to acquire and make use of what technology is available to do s.
"Social media strategies require IT to take a strong leadership role in the development and deployment of systems."
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wired has written an article about where all this information goes. We never really think about what happens to the information that we input to any device we mostly care about the result. There was discussion over user privacy concerning the personal data that Siri uses such as location, addresses, and names. IBM in particular was on alert because of the issues that Siri presents to their company. If the e-mails contain private messages the company is worried about where that information will end up. Another globally known company, Google has had to face problems like this as well. Their solution is to make their user data anonymous after nine months.
This issue is not a new issue for the public to be worrying about. IBM should not have to be worried about banning Siri but instead should come up with a different solution. There are many different ways to protect your company's valuable information such as privatized e-mail. If IBM really has an issue with information going through Siri, its employees should just not use the voice control and type it out like we used to before Siri and the difference isn't that much, you just push more buttons. There is really no need to use Siri in the office other than maybe scheduling meetings and finding directions to your next client and things of this nature. IBM and other companies concerned with controlling leaks of information sounds more like an internal problem than an iPhone app problem.
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If only I could write about stuff like this all day.
Cracked.com, a popular online magazine that posts humorous articles and infographics that satirize popular culture. Their popularity has risen from writing about popular culture in a critical perspective that is not usually seen in online publications.
Although the information presented in Cracked articles is mostly entertainment and humor driven, the odd thing about "America's Only Humor Site" is that it is not a blog forum. Cracked used to be a magazine similar to Mad magazine, but started only publishing online in 2007. Another odd trait of Cracked.com is their articles are backed by accurate facts and many of the writers post links to sources within their articles.
Another factor that is unique about Cracked.com is the writing style that emerges from each writer's clever opinions combined with their use of accurate facts. Most of the articles come off seeming like common sense to think a certain way about a subject, when in fact it may not be to most readers. For example, take a look at this exerpt from Cracked.com's article, "5 Reasons You Should Never Take Advice from Celebrities":
"The number one cause of stress in the average person's life is money, mainly because all of the other things you worry about (your job, your degree) are just other ways to worry about money. So when we get advice from Gwyneth Paltrow on "what to get the man in your life," it's incredibly hard to not burst into fits of psychotic laughter like the black guy from RoboCop. Seriously, take a look at what she suggests and tell me you don't want to punch her in the face:
This writing form is persuasive and his reasoning is far from objective. However, many readers can relate to this author's assertion without truly agreeing with his claim. Most of Cracked.com's audience, comprising of mostly college-aged males, may get the pop-culture references and understand the stratification of income between celebrities, such as Gwenyth Paltrow, and the average person.
This form of writing, the humorous use of popular culture references and the interesting subjects written about are what keeps me interested in reading from this website also weekly, and possible guidelines to aid my own persuasive writing skills. It also adds credibility for a website that promotes itself as predominately a humor website.
Many readers learn from these articles while being entertained with the humor. Readers also share the articles they admire on social media sites to inform others of the information. By writing intelligent and amusing articles, Cracked.com's readers create a lot of the promotion for the website and gain even more readers in the long run.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|Google Doodle from May 23, 2012.|
In the last twelve years, Google has created over 1000 "Doodle" designs for their search engine home page. Each one is meticulously sketched, colored and finessed by a creative team known as the Google "Doodlers." Lately the company has enlisted engineers and designers to animate these images and in some cases, like the May 23, 2012 Moog Synthesizer Doodle the creations are becoming increasingly more interactive.
In addition to being festive and fun, the Google Doodles are chosen specifically due to content and timing. The cultural occurrences represented by Google vary from memorializing historical figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. to informing users about events like the 50th anniversary of the first man in space and Earth Day. Most commemorate social or historical phenomenon and are linked to information about the subject for further investigation should the viewer desire to learn more.
|Various Google Doodles.|
This lends to analyzing Google's current role in making news, reporting news, or controlling news . Although influenced by news and current events, often the chosen Google Doodle will actually spark journalistic coverage of the topic as is the case with the Moog Synthesizer Doodle, and others like it, where an article will be written about the Doodle itself. In these cases, it appears that Google is actually creating news by generating interest in a story through visual and programing platforms.
Essentially they are accomplishing all three simultaneously.
Google creates a Doodle to visually represent a story of interest which may or may not be presently covered by news media. The Doodles in turn are written about which causes that story they wanted told to be written about as well. Breaking this down further, here's what Google has just accomplished:
- they became a journalistic force by choosing to tell a story through their infographic Doodle without having to actually be a journalistic entity
- they instigated news coverage by generating their own story and being written about, thus manipulating media consumption
- and they spread their brand through the very media coverage they generated
That is a huge amount of power and influence for a little doodle. There is clearly more to these Google Doodles than meets the eye, although they sure are fun to look at.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
It is groups like Anonymous that have been bringing attention to these particular issues and the dangers of government attempts to silence and censor the people. The idea of censorship affects media since it has existed and with new forms of media such as the internet the question of who owns media and who controls it has become more relevant then ever with copyrighted materials being used millions of times a day to create new things.
Barry Diller, chairman of IAC and an investor in Aereo had interesting and poignant remarks regarding online video, one which I will remark on. Mr Diller pointed out that congress needs to be vigilant and protective of the current Internet structure which allows anyone to be a producer and to provide their content directly to the viewer. Mr Diller stresses that no one should be allowed to stand between the individual media producers and their audiences. This is one of the main things that separates the inter net from traditional forms of publication in that an individual can produce a media and self publish it for free, not including access to a computer and to the Internet. The producer does not have to engage with the publishing industry in order to distribute to their audience. That is what Google is for!
These ideas and fore thoughts are excellent topics for the senate to be fielding as they have the power to regulate the Internet and our communication paths, all 500 channels of it.
Journalistic poetry or as the article, Poetry, and Journalism of the Spirit , in the Mantle refers to as spiritual journalism that has provided an alternative medium to express heavy content in a new light and some may argue in a more impactful way than traditional journalism. The intersection of poetry and journalism has often been critiqued as separate spheres that should not intertwined. The late American poet and journalist, Archibald MacLeish states, "What matters …is the truth of the feeling – the feel of the truth.” Therefore , is it not the duty of journalist to seek the truth and report it?Traditional journalism often uses an objective form while poetry tends to have a more emotional significance but there is a common ground between journalism and poetry that brings a different perspective to events, especially events of crisis.
The Arab Spring influenced an increase of new poetry blogs. Many political bloggers reporting on the Arab Spring switched their existing blogs to poetry blogs in order to protect themselves from imprisonment, torture or censorship. It often difficult to convey emotions and critically engage an audience through traditional journalism but poetry can bring in a more human aspect that not only informs the event but also gives the reader a deeper understanding of one’s position in this world. Although poetry may obscure facts and dates it still encompasses the overall mission of journalist to provide an accurate truthful account. Spiritual journalism is a form of citizen journalism that empowers people and gives a voice to those citizens who are directly part of the news story. Spiritual journalism can be used as a tool for citizens to tell their own account of their story without the risk of misrepresentation that traditional journalism often creates. Therefore, can poetry be recognized in the Journalism world? or will it continue to be cast as only an art form? Libyan-American poet Khaled Mattawa’s poem on the aftermath of Muammar Gaddafi’s death
Students along with unions and other organizations took the streets this past weekend with the help of social media such as twitter and youtube. Students created youtube videos to help promote the march and also popularized #MarchaYoSoy132 or I am the 132 March on twitter. Videos from the march continue to be uploaded to youtube as students continue to voice their thoughts on the corrupt campaigns run by politicians and media systems. Students are more supportive of Left candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also known as AMLO who is currently behind Pena Nieto in votes.
|#LG hashtag on a Facebook post|
Monday, May 21, 2012
The interesting thing about Foursquare is that it is a form of social networking that allows for you to learn about nearby locations and review them. The app/social networking site is just that, it allows friends a space to share their experiences at different businesses or restaurants and even explore the best items to get. This beer glass allows for a quick and easy check in as well as quick and easy reviews of the place.
This allows for the user to promote or critique the business or their experience, it is a more interactive way of conducting advertising. Or is it just free advertising for the business? This is where the line begins to blur. We may be entering a new form of social networking where we do all the advertising for free, by simply checking in and sharing the information with our friends. You have to admit, it is a very clever way of getting people to promote your business, since we quite self-absorbed and convinced everyone cares where we are and what we are doing.
Nonetheless, we have proved we do care what others are doing and where they are doing it, otherwise there would be no need to have a "check-in-here" button. Either that or we are desperate to earn the points or badges or special rewards for checking in to certain places. No matter the purpose we are finding new ways to be more socially interactive with one another, maybe this is the step we need to take to promote actual physical interaction with one another through the use of social media. We simply check in and encourage others to join us and experience somewhere new, or a regular favorite, thus using a social network to allow for actual social interaction in the physical world.
Not only can we self-promote while promoting the business we are at, or encourage social interaction, but we can share with others hidden gems of the local area, finding new places we never knew existed. Who could imagine so much could come from a beer glass?
The real question is, is this just a new form of the same old popularity contest or will it really be able to help provide us with insight to the best mom-and-pop diner down the road? I am sure this will take some time to catch on, it it actually does catch on, but it could provide us with a more interactive way to participate with advertising and sharing information about local businesses. It is a fast and easy way to check in to places, and a more interactive way to us QR codes. Only time will tell if it can be truly effective, but in the meantime I suppose we will order that dark ale and pull out our smartphones and check ourselves in to Facebook, Foursquare, or Twitter and hope someone comes to join us for a beer.