October 31, 2003

Weakness

People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.
Anatole France (1844-1924)

The best way to bend a person's will is to play on their weaknesses, evry child knows that.
That doesn't make it right.
We've been talking about the ethic dilemma that journalists go through in order to get a story. It seems to me that journalists are simply giving in to their own weaknesses when they go the distance for a story.
I found this list of ten questions that journalists should ask themselves concerning ethics. I don't know how to respond to the ethics that are involved in journalism. It doesn't make sense to me.

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October 17, 2003

Change comes Slowly

The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
P. B. Medawar (1915 - 1987)

Changing any ideal is one of the hardest things to do. I think that is one of the reasons that in It Ain't Necessarily So: How the Media Remake Our Picture of Reality the press doesn't report everything the way it is made out to be.
Part of that is the lack of time reporters have getting everything together, but I think that part of it is simply because papers know what their audiences want to hear, so that is what they tell them.

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October 7, 2003

Blue and White Ghost Stories

If God isn't a Penn State fan, why is the sky Blue and White?
Penn State Bumper Sticker

I'm a Penn State Fan. Its true, I fear. I bleed blue and white.
There is a reason for this random insert of Penn State pride.
This evening at the tail end of my life-guarding work study, Karissa, who was kind enough to help me put on the pool-cover, suggested that I make up a ghost story for Seton Hill's pool, if there isn't one already; the pool is really old.
I guess my mind-set is still a little skewed, because instead of thinking of other Seton Hill ghost stories, I started thinking of Penn State ghost stories. Cut me some slack, I lived there my entire life.
The best ghost stories always start out with some true incident and my favorite Penn State one is no different. The stacks in Pattee Library.
The story revolves around the 1969 murder that took place in the stacks that is unsolved to this day. The stacks by themselves have always been spooky. (Try visiting them sometime.) But throw in an unsolved murder and the whole thing gets thrown out of proportion. There is no specific thing telling what is supposed to happen, but everyone who has visited has a weird tale to tell. I know that I personally never go into the stacks by myself. (If you would like to hear my sister's extremely interesting tale, simply leave a comment.)
Ghost stories are interesting, they always have fascinated me. They scare me unreasonably, but fascinate me nonetheless. Does anyone happen to know some interesting ghost stories from Seton Hill? If not, let me know some of your favorite ghost stories.

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October 5, 2003

Lurking

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
James M. Barrie (1860 - 1937)

Note: When this quote appears, it means the entry is in answer to an assignment in EL 227: The Practice of Journalism.

Is internet lurking ok? I don't really know.
My immediate response is this: hell no.
However, after reading the OJR article, "Is It Appropriate for Reporters to 'Lurk' in Online Chat Rooms?" I was no longer sure that my answer held up to par.
For example, the article tells that the reporter, Jennifer Egan, lurked in gay/lesbian chat rooms to gather information about the environment before announcing herself as a reporter. To me that doesn't seem that bad. She didn't want to disrupt anything.
However, she also had to change information on her chat room entry form to insure that she would get in. What is the point of having those entry forms if no one is going to take them seriously?
So, all and all, I really don't know what to think.

Posted by Diana Geleskie at 10:24 AM | Comments (3)

October 1, 2003

Love

You don't have to like someone to love them.
Helen Geleskie (1991 - )

This is a quote taken from my younger sister. Sometimes the simplest way to understand the complex is to look at it through the eyes of a child.
Why is it that we loose sight of simplifying every emotion once we 'grow up'?

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