Tag Archives: journalism

Extra Post #5

14 Apr

Commentary on class Del.icio.us link

Its interesting to read that some people think traditional journalism may cease to exist. Now, while I don’t think that the media of the past is the media of the future, I don’t think traditional journalism will end anytime soon. Yes, The Seattle Post Intelligencerhas gone online, The New York Times is losing money, and many local newspapers are folding, regular plain old media has been on the radar screen since the beginning of time and its not going away. It is, however, adapting and changing just as the world has since G-d created the world – or Earth evolved from a primordial soup whichever is your cup of tea.

Because times are changing, why shouldn’t media – specifically journalism? Newspapers didn’t exist way back when, but town criers did – I’m sure the men and women of the middle ages didn’t think that “newspapers” would catch on to become the main stay of journalists. So why should we think that the internet or social media could become the norm for traditional media? I would say traditional media is more about who’s discussing what than the format in which its being discussed. A New York Timesreporter writing, blogging or vlogging is just as much a reporter as a blogger breaking news. But that doesn’t mean that blogger is always a reporter.

For example, the Del.icio.us article makes some interesting points — specifically in the quote below: 

“Unedited blogs are rapidly becoming news sources. Much of it is scary stuff, from nightmarish economic and financial meltdowns to chilling war attractions to come in the Middle East. The collapse of daily print journalism is a threat to democracy itself. How to distinguish between clutter and good stuff is a constant challenge as attention becomes a scarce resource.”

It’s a little dramatic (IMHO) to say the collapse of daily print media is a threat to democracy itself, but journalism in the future will be constant and ever-changing so how will we sort through the clutter? Good question. My guess is its going to be up to each person to decide his or her own definition of “traditional media.”

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Response Post #11

14 Apr

Iraq War – See No Evil Hear No Evil?

I remember talking with a friend of mine in the fall of our senior year in college about the possibility of going to war. It was 2002, and he had joined the Army’s ROTC program earlier to help pay for college. War with Iraq was just a matter of time, and I couldn’t imagine someone I knew fighting – after all, I was in grade school during the first Gulf War, and I wasn’t even a twinkle in parent’s eyes during Vietnam.

Fast forward a few years, and this friend has done two tours of duty in Iraq and faces a third tour within the next year. Each time, he was deployed for more than a year. And he’s not he only one I know. My friend’s husband has been deployed to Qatar so many times I’ve lost count, another friend was on the raid that captured Sadaam Hussein, and unfortunately, my childhood best friend’s fiancee was killed in 2005 just days before he was supposed to come home, and two months before their wedding.  

The Iraq War has caused an unbelievable amount of animosity between the United States and the rest of the world. Many countries/peoples feel we have no business in the Middle East, much less Iraq, others feel that the US has done the world a favor by dismantling the regimeof Saddam Hussein. While I understand everyone’s point of view, and respect people’s opinions, there’s one idea I can’t get behind: all this access to the front lines. I’m sorry, but we are a country at war, and if our news coverage details troop movement, operations, personnel changes and other sensitive material, you can bet that the enemy – Al Qaeda or Iraqi insurgents – are paying attention. To me that just sets our troops up for failure. I’m all for covering the war and embedding journalists to profile and learn from our troops, but I just don’t agree with the in-depth vlogs, blogs, and stories about what’s going on on the front lines. It’s a recipe for disaster, and the last thing we need is to give our enemies more ammunition to hurt us.

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