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November 30, 2005

Cover Page-11/30

This portfolio is a compilation of reflections and blogs from November 7, 2005 to November 30, 2005.

Kindertransport was by far my favorite play this semester.It also generated a lot of discussion. It is an example of coverage, depth, and discussions.

I really enjoyed a line from this play. It is an example of depth, coverage, and timelieness.

In this entry I discuss one of the major characters. It is an example of timelieness, depth, and coverage.

In this entry I questioned stage directions and the audience's perceptions. It is an example of depth, timeliness, and coverage.

I had a lot of trouble with this play.It is an example of coverage and timeliness.

I thought that the comments the doctors made in this play were interesting and I hoped to never hear my doctors talk like this! It is an example of depth, coverage, and timeliness.

Comment primo on Sean's blog!


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November 28, 2005

We the Media (Ch 11 & 12, Epilogue) -- News Writing (EL 227)

I thought that all of the presentations today were really good. I was especially interested in Ashely's though, because while reading these chapters, I took an interest in cookies. I didn't know what they were either. I know that they're on my computer, but I didn't really know what they did. I think I thought that they were potential viruses? But it was interesting that she showed us how to check the cookies and how we're being tracked on our own computers. I never knew how to do that before, so I thought that was really cool. Good job today guys!

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Collision of journalism and technology

We the Media (Ch 8-10) -- News Writing (EL 227)

I thought that it was interesting that Gillmor described online journalism as a "collision" between journalism and technology. It's exactly that. The two have been forced together, but not a bad kind of forced. You know? Haha. What I mean is that online journalism came about by people's frustrations and dislike of Big Media. So, in a sense, the two were forced together by citizens to satisfy their thirst for true, accurate, liberating news. It's interesting to think about.

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We the Media (Ch 3-5) -- News Writing (EL 227)

I thought that chapter 5, The Gates Come Down was very interesting. I especially liked the story at the beginning of the chapter about Trent Lott and his basically saying that America would have been a much better place had there still been segregation. The media barely covered this story. That, however, did not stop bloggers and emailers from being outraged. People of all beliefs and backgrounds came together on the internet and talked about their feelings. I thought this was interesting because how often can you get DIFFERENT people with different beliefs and opinions together to go back and forth, on any topic that they want. In this case, though, it was interesting that the bloggers were just as angry that the media ignored this story as they were at Lott for making the comments that he did.

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November 17, 2005

...Or at least to persuade them

Schnitzler, Professor Bernhardi (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Bernh: I wish to begin my term of imprisonment as quickly as possibble. Preferably to-morrow.
Cyprian: But-
Bernh: I want to have this whole situation behind me. That is the only thing that matters to me now. The whole of these past months are as good as wasted for my work and my profession. Nothing but conferences and hearing. And what has come of it all? As a legal question the whole thing was distasteful enough: now I am about to see it develop into a political storm. And from that I shall flee, to prisonis there is no other refuge. My business is to cure people, or, at any rate to persuade them that I can do so. And to this I want to return with all possible speed.

I thought that this was interesting. You hear all of the time how prisoners who are released usually end back in prison. But someone who has not yet been to prison seeking it as a refuge? This really tells the reader how bad the situation is for Bernhardi. When I first read this line, I thought, "Wow, he really loves his job." Then I read it again, and the part where he says, "...at any rate to persuade them that I can do so." I'm kind of torn about the Professor. I can't decide whether I like him or not. It kind of made me mad that he said that. I guess it's not a doctor-like thing to say. I'd like to believe that doctors have complete and total faith in themselves and KNOW that they can help their patients. I don't know. Maybe I'm reading too into this line.

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Chapter 7 Oral Presentation

Informal Oral Presentations -- News Writing (EL 227)

Chapter 7—We the Media
The Former Audience Joins the Party

On February 14, 2004, Rex Hammock and four other small-business people went to the Old Executive Office Building in Washington to have a short discussion with President George Bush on economic issues. This session, unlike others similar to it, was closed to the press. The officials did not know, however, that Hammock was a citizen journalist. On his way back to the airport that day, he got out his laptop and wrote a long entry on his weblog. He wanted to write about his impressions rather than discuss policy. His citizen coverage became a story in its own. If there was one lesson that was obvious, it was that excluding The Media from coverage does not necessarily mean that this is the case.

There was an All Things Digital conference in California in which all of the main sessions were “off the record.” This restriction, however, did not stop a number of people from reporting on their blogs what speakers said (including Bill Gates and Steve Jobs). This obviously made official members of the press very angry.

These cases show that banning Media and stating that something is “off the record” does not mean that the people involved are not citizen journalists and will not immediately report on their blogs what they have seen and heard. The book notes, that the expression means little to large groups of people and nonprofessional journalists who aren’t educated in the nomenclature of what can be disclosed and what can’t.

One of the main criticisms of blogs is that many are “self absorbed tripe.” Gillmore describes this as being interesting only to the writer, plus some family and friends. He says though, that there is no reason to dismiss the genre. It’s interesting to think of weblogs as a “genre,” but I suppose that it’s just that. Two definitions of genre are expressing oneself in writing, and a style or class. Blogs are a way of expressing yourself, and it is in a fairly new and unique style. As Gillmore says, “Blogs can be acts of civic engagement.”

It’s no secret that professional reporters have many limitations. If there’s one thing that I have learned in EL227, it’s that. They are limited as far as the stories that they are going to report on, they are limited as far as space to write their stories, they are limited with time, and they are limited by libel. Although bloggers do have to be responsible and careful about what they write about, they do have more freedom than professional journalists. Therefore, bloggers have the ability to go further in depth than professionals.


We as Americans tend to take our rights and freedoms for granted. Because of the First Amendment, Americans can generally write blogs with few consequences. However, in countries where free speech is not a privilege what people blog about can potentially kill them. It can also cause the loss of jobs. China for example, tries to keep their most widely listened-to voices out of general circulation. A young Chinese woman who wrote under a pen name wrote descriptions of her sexual exploits. She lost her job as a columnist for a Guangdong Province newspaper. An Iranian man was jailed for his blog in 2003. Gillmore states that secrecy has become a very important part of large corporations. These corporations have a right to this secrecy, and Americans only have rights until the fringe upon the rights of someone else. Therefore, Freedom of Speech takes a back seat to their Right to Privacy.


Gillmore says that some people will want to make a living out of personal journalism. Many business models are emerging. Advertising, is obviously a model. Subscriptions are another. The “tip-jar” approach is the most popular. Another model is “nano-publishing” in which publications are devoted to one particular area. Gawker, for example, is a blog mainly concerned with NYC and the gossip in it. Gizmodo is another that is devoted to electronic gadgets.


Chris Allbritton used this approach very well. He is a former professional writer turned blogger. He basically asked his readers to send him money so that he could go to Iraq and cover the war. His trip started in 2002 in Turkey and Iraq. He came back and realized that he wanted to go back, so he launched a new site that he called Back to Iraq. Ultimately, 342 readers donated about $14, 500. In 2003, he decided that he wanted to go back again, and launched another site. He offered his advice to Gillmore. He said that a blogger has to pick a topic and stick to it. He feels that many blogs are too unfocused. The main reason that Allbritton was so successful, was because people trusted him from his previous work and were willing to take a chance on him, so they contributed. A blogger must develop a relationship with their reader. Allbritton’s relationship with his readers was clear by the comments that they left him on a daily basis while in Iraq. They told him of the news and events happening in America. I think this is really awesome.

These sections were pretty basic and not too controversial, but any comments that you might have are welcome!

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November 15, 2005

What the heck is going on?

I am so confused by this play that I truly can't even choose a quote to talk about. There are so many doctors that I am getting them all mixed up and then I have to keep going back to the character list page and then back to where I left off, and then I get even more confused and it's taken me about 2 hours to read this play, and I still don't really know what's happening. I don't quite understand the first Act and the "illegal operation" and why it happened. I don't understand why the Professor wouldn't let the priest in to give the girl her last rites. I'm also not too clear on the Sister's character in the play and what exactly she is there to do.

Hoch:...Well, Sister, are you going to the Ball, too?
Sister: Oh hardly, Doctor.
Hoch: Why, is dancing forbidden?
Sister: Oh, no Doctor. We are not a Religious Order. Nothing is forbidden.

So she's a sister, but not in a religious order? I don't understand. Thank goodness for peer's blogs and class discussions. Bear with me tomorrow guys...Comments are WELCOME and NEEDED!!!

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November 13, 2005

How would they know?

Wilson, Fences -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

I don't really have a single line or quote, but I want to talk about the comments, like on page 456 telling about Rose and how she feels. Also, at the beginning of the play when They introduce Troy and Bono and talk about how Bono is loyal to Troy and is usually the talkitive one. I know that we discussed stage directions in the past and Dr. Jerz said that the versions that we read are the ones meant to be read, not seen, therefore, there are more stage directions and things like that. However, these aren't really stage directions, they're more explanations of the characters. How would the audience know these things? It's not like these things are obvious, Wilson goes into depth telling about the characters. Some authors use narrators to do this job, but Wilson doesn't. So how would the audience know?

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What, how, and why

We the Media (Intro, Ch 1 & Ch 2) -- News Writing (EL 227)

"Consumers of news learned the what about the attacks, thanks to the television networks that showed the horror so graphically. Then we learned some of the how and why as print publications and thoughtful broadcasters worked to bring depth to events that defied mere words."

Dan Gillmor makes a good point. He explains television broadcasting and newspapers in a way that I hadn't thought of before, but now that he brought it up, it makes sense. Television tells what, and newspapers step in to tell how and why. If that doesn't make you appreciate journalists over television reporters, I don't know what would. Putting it in these words made me think about the extra work journalists have to put into their stories.

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Cover Page 3-Newswriting.

I have compiled the following list of blog entries that demonstrate my ability to comprehend and discuss the assigned reading from 10/24/05 to 11/7/05.

In the first entry, I realized that feature news writing is a lot more like the writing that I am used to. This is an example of coverage.


In this entry I realized that all of the things that we have read thus far say the same thing-negative stories are more liked by readers than optimistic stories. This is an example of coverage.


This entry was a result of the first oral presentations in class and the debate we had in class over who was "bad." In this entry, I made a conclusion. Neither the scientists nor the journalists are bad-as long as they both do their jobs. This is an example of coverage.


This entry is an example of depth, coverage, and timelieness. I question the use of proxies and whether there are any statistics that can be trusted. I also give the authors credit for doing their jobs well.


In this entry, I question the use of polls and ask whether there is any such thing as a "non-biased poll." This is an example of depth and coverage.


In this entry, I discussed the issu of crimes and how there is no way to tell how many crimes are committed. This is an example of timeliness, discussion, depth, and coverage.


In this entry, I asked whether there are any positive statistics used, and decide to go on a search to look for some. This is an example of depth and coverage.


In this entry I talked about details and how I liked the idea of using details as opposed to a word to convey a point. It is an example of timeliness, depth, coverage, and discussions.


I commented on Denamarie's blog and participated in a discussion about how people love drama.


I participated in a discussion on Chris' blog about how if newswriting were subjective, it would be horrible to read.


Comment primo on Dena's blog!


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November 10, 2005

Bolt, A Man for All Seasons -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

MATTHEW:All right, so he’s down on his luck! I’m sorry. I don’t mind saying that: I’m sorry! Bad luck! If I’d any good luck to spare he could have some. I wish we could all have good luck, all the time! I wish we had wings! I wish rainwater was beer! But it isn’t! . . . And what with not having wings but walking-on two flat feet; and good luck and bad luck being just exactly even stevens; and rain being water—don’t you complicate the job by putting things in me for me to miss!

Matthew is a very interesting character. This line shows his true character, along with many other comments that he makes and things that he does. This line especially though, shows his guilty conscience. He feels bad that More told him that he will be missed, so he creates this idea that he is nothing to be missed (which he probably isn't) and that More saw through him all along and the only reason that he could possibly say these nice things to him is because he was trying to get him to stay for cheap. How selfish...

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November 8, 2005

God is too subtle...

Bolt, A Man for All Seasons -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

"God's my God...But I find him rather too subtle...I don't know what he wants."

I'm not really too into this play yet, but this line was interesting to me. I wonder what it would have been like to live in those days when there was controversy over religion and so much corruption in the Catholic church. I thought about this over and over, and came to the conclusion that it depends on the person. If you're willing to look and search for God's signs, you will find them. If you're willing to accept them as God's signs and not mere coincidence, you will see them. But we as humans can't help but feel the same way at times. We hear from our preists and preachers and we read in the bible what God wants from us, but does God come and talk to us directly and tell us the exact decisions to make and what to do in every possible scenario? Probably not for the average person. So we wonder. What does God really want? So if you agree with my opinion, does that mean that More isn't as holy and as good a person as he thinks he is since he's not seeing God's signs? Or was it simply too hard to see in that day and age with all of the corruption and evil around? And has our world really changed ALL that much from those times? It's interesting to think about.

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November 7, 2005

Cover Page-Drama

For those of you who aren't familiar with a blogging portfolio, I have compiled the following list of entries that I thought were important to my blogging development. They date from October 3, 2005 to November 7, 2005. Please keep in mind Dr. Jerz that I had knee surgery on October 4 and was not able to provide my best work.

The first entry is on a play that I have read many times in the past. It is an example of coverage, depth, and discussions.

This second entry was right in the middle of my surgery week, so I kind of had to fend for myself when reading this play. Thank goodness for your notes Dr. Jerz. It is an example of coverage and discussions.

The third entry was also the week that I was out of class. It is an example of timeliness and coverage.

The fourth entry generated a lot of really good conversation. It is an example of coverage,timeliness, and discussions.

Hamlet is one of my favorite plays from Shakespeare. I also studied this in high school and it was nice to hear what other people thought about it. It is an example of coverage, depth, and timeliness.

It was interesting to hear about the views of an African tribe on Hamlet. It is an example of timeliness, coverage, and depth.

I had a very hard time with this play. I was searching too hard and looking for some hidden meaning that simply was not there. Thanks to the conversation back and forth between Dr. Jerz and myself, I made some connection. This is an example of timeliness, discussions, and coverage.

I really enjoyed this play. This entry also generated a lot of conversation. It is an example of timeliness, coverage, depth, and discussions.

The ending of this play generated a lot of emotion and opinions of the characters. It is an example of timeliness, depth, and coverage.

This last play was the best play we have read thus far (in my opinion of course). I had such a powerful response to it. My entry also generated a lot of conversation about people feeling the same as I do. It is an example of timlieness, depth, coverage, and discussions.

I commented on Andy's blog and participated in a large conversation.

Comment primo on Denamarie's blog!

I also commented on Sean's blog. This was another heated conversation.

Another comment primo on Dena's blog!

Can you beleive it Dr. Jerz? My wildcard is an entry from Newswriting!
This is actually something that I feel is important for news consumers. It also generated some conversation.

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November 5, 2005


Samuels, Kindertransport -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Wow...that's pretty much all I can say about this play. I read it through two times so that I could get more out of it, but as I was reading, there was just so many things that were running through my head. There were so many thoughts and feelings and there's definately too many to talk about here. Basically though, there were two lines that really made the whole play for me. The first:

HELGA: We all die one day, but jewels never fade or perish. Through our children we live. That's how we cheat death. Otherwise we're really finished.

HOW POWERFUL! I absolutely love that line, and I don't even have children. But it immediately touched me. Mainly because I know that my mother is planning to give me her jewelery and has already given me some pieces, and when I read that, I thought about her jewelery in a way that I never had before. I thought about myself in regards to her, in a way that I never have before.

I know that we have no way of knowing what Evelyn must have gone through and must still be struggling with internally. We can not put ourselves in her position and say what it is we would do if that were us. But we also could not know what her parents went through and how hard it must have been to give Eva up for her own safety. We will never understand that unless we would be faced with the same decision when we have children. But these lines brought out so much emotion:

EVELYN: I wish you had died.
HELGA: I wish you had lived.

I don't even know what to say about these lines. I think that they say so much without any further explanation. But, wow.

Sorry this entry is so long guys, I just had SO much to say. This doesn't even begin to cover it.

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November 3, 2005

Always negative...

It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch 10 & Conclusion) -- News Writing (EL 227)

"The Census Bureau reported that income inequality has been growing steadily since 1968."
"Scientists at the National Center for Infectious Diseases calculated that deaths from infectuous diseases rose by an alarming 58 percent in America between 1980 and 1992."
"The health advocacy group Citizen Action released a study of American child mortality that singled out poverty as the critical variable."

I noticed a trend in this book. All of the statistics that they use as examples are negative statistics that are clearly not 100% accurate and are misleading and have the potential to scare a lot of readers. Are negative statistics the only ones that are used, or are there some statistics that say that America is not going downhill rapidly? This is definately something that I'm going to pay a lot more attention to when I read statistics. I might actually go searching for some that although they may be innaccurate, they might make me a little happier about our country.

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Williams, The Glass Menagerie (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Tom: I’m a member.
Jim: The Union of Merchant Seamen.
Tom: I paid my dues this month, instead of the light bill.
Jim: You will regret it when they turn the lights off.
Tom: I won’t be here.
Jim: How about your mother?
Tom: I’m like my father. The bastard son of a bastard! See hoe he grins? And he’s been absent going on sixteen years now!

Can I express to any of you how bad I wanted to jump into this play at this moment and punch Tom right in his face? I understand that his mother is a bit much to handle and that she tries to control his every move, but IT IS STILL HIS MOTHER! and Laura is still his helpless sister! How could he do that to them? Especially Laura! I know that his ending speech shows that he does care about Laura, but at this point, I seriously could not believe how much of a jerk he was. Throughout the whole play before this comment, I kind of sympathized with Tom. I couldn't stand Amanda. But as the play went on, I began to see how desperate Amanda truly is. She's scared. She doesn't want to not be supported, and she certainly doesn't want Laura to not be cared for and supported. I said in my previous blog that I was unsure about Amanda's true intentions for her children, but seeing all that she went through to make things look nice for Jim (for Laura) and at the end of the play, how she comforts Laura gently, showed me that she truly does want what is best for her children.

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November 1, 2005

It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch 8 & 9) -- News Writing (EL 227)

"But this shorthand summary was somewhat misleading. In fact, we don't really know how many crimes are committed in the United States. All we have is varying counts of how mnay crimes are reported."

This is a very good thing to point out. I don't think I ever really thought about it before. Which means that the authors are doing their jobs right? But seriously. There is NO way to tell how many crimes are committed in America. The only way to get an ESTIMATE is to add up all of the crimes that were reported. Is it a problem though, that Americans are not getting an accurate report of crime? Considering that the crime number is rather high, and there are still committed crimes that are not reported, is it important for them to know the REAL number? Or will it scare them for no reason? I'm not sure.

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What IS true?

It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch 6 & 7) -- News Writing (EL 227)

"We're all aware that different surveys asking questions about the same set of issues can result in startingly different responses."

Once more, the authors tell us the same thing-Don't trust the numbers or the statistics. People use polls as a way to support their opinion. The way that poll givers ask questions can greatly affect he poll taker's answers. DON'T ALWAYS TRUST WHAT YOU READ! I understand this. I really do, but correct me if I'm wrong, there is NO way to guarentee a non-biased poll or study and you can not trust a single statistic that you read. Right? I'm genuinely asking. Is there any way to be sure that the numbers you see in polls or statistics are true? This book has done a great job in proving to me that you can't. It's kind of sad though. Do we really have any idea what's going on in the world? Probably not. Because we trust the statistics and studies that we read about to tell us, but they're corrupt. I don't know what to think.

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Williams, The Glass Menagerie (Scenes 1-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

"In memory everything seems to happen to music."

I like this line from the intro. It's so true. There are so many times that we'll hear a song on the radio that we haven't heard for a while, and we go immediately back to a certain time or memory. I can pretty much pin point the exact year that a song came out because of the memories that come back.

Also, did anyone else see a lot of similarities to Machinal? Amanda and her comments and actions toward her children remind me a lot of the Mother in Machinal. Also, Laura's nervousness kind of reminds me of Young Woman. I don't know, just a thought.

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