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November 20, 2005

We the Media ch. 11,12, epilogue

I thought it was bad when the Napster guys got shut down, meanwhile the year that I was born (1984), the "copyright cartel" didn't want people to have VCR's because it would allow people to watch movies at home instead of buying movie tickets. It is sad that people are getting into trouble because of reaping the benefits of technology that was paid for out of their own pockets to begin with (215). I also found it interesting that cookies are a "sweet name" for something that invades people's privacy. At the same time, I have to play devil's advocate and say that if people are blogging or posting opinions through their websites, then they are asking for attention, even if it's the kind they don't want. Chapter 12 explained that copyrighting is a good and bad thing and Gillmor shows he's a balanced journalist in his opinions of it. He also explains the beauty of having a voice and that everyone really is a journalist. If we want changes, we have to make our own and Gillmor's tips are quite helpful. I also liked the personal touch he added in the epilogue in which he thanked so many people just for blogging or emailing him their opinions and suggestions. He has demonstrated that technology is not just a luxury, but a tool that should be used to get real discussions going.

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We the Media ch. 8-10

I learned from the beginning of the semester the importance of avoiding using certain websites (that just any enthusiast can make) as a source for class papers. Like internet journalism, it is easy to copy and paste or make claims without your own evidence. Anyone can be an online journalist with whatever they decide to post, but like the young woman who we discussed in class that blogged explicitly about her job and sex life online, it is easy to get sued. Then again, Sean Runt's presentation about the young journalist who asked some very conterversial questions became famous. That goes to show that rules of journalism in print and online are really not much different. With all the technology like the Ipod, Blackberry, etc. it is easy to access information, but like my mother some people don't have interest or patience to even turn on a computer while others make a living from it. Either way, good online journalism can be a fast way of checking the news without flipping through mounds of yellowing back issues. It is important to follow the rules of journalism regardless of what forms of technology are being used.

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November 18, 2005

ch. 6-7 We the Media

As journalist we get the great opportunity to play "fly on the wall" and absorb what is happening around us. Instead of actually being the players, we are the commentators on what goes on around us. There many traps that can cause us to slip up in our field. So much as misquoting a person or even making a fair observation can make your sources very angry as we learned from our fellow student's presentation on her writing for the Trib. To avoid that, it helps to have good editors and a strong knowledge of the rules. In Nancy's blog, I got much more clarity on this topic. She also explains the wonderful freedom that technology allows us in our writing and blogging, but "with great power comes great responsibility," so it's up to us to make sure that our blogs are "mom approved" as Mike and Katie said in class so that getting the job done doesn't involve a lawsuit.

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November 16, 2005

Of the training of black men

"And above all, we daily hear that an education that encourages aspiration, that sets the loftiest of ideals and seeks as an end culture and character rather than bread-winning, is the privilege of white men and the danger and delusion of black." DuBois again speaks out against the way that blacks are only given a basic education for fear that if they get beyond that, they will one day be smart enough to ask for more. Either way, uneducated or not, they learned to. I believe without given the opportunity to flourish, no one, no matter what race can genuinely succeed on their own. He brings up the fact that the South has a hard enough time excepting just allowing blacks minor rights and that they need to push for more. I understand that, becaue there is always more to learn and it seems that the more I read, the more I see that both DuBois and Washington long for the same thing, but each have their own approaches to it.

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Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and others

"But so far as Mr. Washington apologizes for injustice, North or South, does not rightly value the privilege and duty of voting, belittles the emasculating effects of caste distinctions, and opposes the higher training and ambition of our brighter minds,—so far as he, the South, or the Nation, does this,—we must unceasingly and firmly oppose them." DuBois is grateful, but not so postitive when it comes to looking at Washington's achievements. He notes that although Washington is making changes, he feels that he is silently putting up with racism and allowing the south more credit than do. In some ways, he thinks Washington's ideas were easier for the South to except as opposed to people of his own race. He wants African Americans not just to be educated in bricklaying, for instance, but in teaching, literacy, and an overall equal education for his race. He said someone had to teach the teachers at the college and I think wants to demand more. I think that he is right, but I think that in a way Washington's approach was more effective in the long run because it is easier to get what you want often by schmoozing than straight out demanding something. Yet, if asking nicely doesn't work, sometimes you have to step up to the plate to get it. DuBois seemed to be the man to do this. He favored his African roots and had a more radical approach than Washington, dare I say.

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We the Media ch.3-5

"What goes around comes around," has been said for awhile and its true about journalism. It is unfortunate that journalists have to be so transparent to make sure that people know their stance so as not to get misinterpreted by the average joe reading while drinking coffee. People repeat what they hear before making an accurate judgement and just as journalists can drag people through the mud, so can the public(with journalists) when it comes to journalism stories. The media has went from simply a newspaper to blogging that magically gives anyone, even people with anti-Elmo campaigns a voice. This is a good thing because it is reference to journalists to see how people see them and for them to see where they went wrong. Blogging, tv, and radio have altered news in general because it is at our fingertips almost everywhere we go, and opinions tend to pepper stories on talk shows because they are informal. What's nice about blogging is it makes things easier to understand and gets discussions going about the issues that journalists can't always touch. Like Lorin said in her blog, cooperation can really help where things are a little blurry. If the media cooperated even with eachother, there wouldn't always be three versions of the same story going around and it's always good to have a sounding board when searching for the right topic to cover or even finding the right angle.

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November 14, 2005

The Atlanta Exposition Address

"Say what we will, there is something in human nature which we cannot blot out, which makes one man, in the end, recognize and reward merit in another, regardless of colour or race." I find this to be so true because although some people will make stereotypical comments, but then one when someone of another race helps them, they always compliment them. We are all different perhaps so that we can each bring something different to the table. Whether its musical talent, comedy, wisdom, or strength to do a tough job, people need to encourage one another. Even during a time like this, when the South was still racist, the President ran to shake Washington's hand because I believe no one can go against human nature no matter how racist. This is a pleasant change and truly marks the progress from the time of Huckleberry Finn when African Americans were just made fun of and still seen as inferior even though they were free. This seems to really mark the beginning of freedom because I think knowledge really is the only thing that can free someone's mind no matter what the circumstances.

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Two thousand miles for a five minute speech

"I said that any individual who learned to do something better than anybody else—learned to do a common thing in an uncommon manner—had solved his problem, regardless of the colour of his skin, and that in proportion as the Negro learned to produce what other people wanted and must have, in the same proportion would he be respected." I think that Washington spoke to both races and made excellent points in that we can help eachother. I think he got so much respect from even from past southern slave owners, because he didn't simply make it about race. He didn't say that white people were a bunch of predjudiced jerks, but instead he tried to understand where they were coming from. He explained it seemed that we all reap what we sow and that African American people should be able to reap the benefits of hard work and a good education. In that way it seemed, there would be a balance. I really enjoyed this reading because it was one of the first ways of combatting racism without violence or pointing fingers at one particular party, but more like Uncle Remus stories in saying that we all need to come together and get along to achieve.What a difference five minutes made.

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American Lit Blogging Portfolio Nov. 11

Coverage: I covered the most on a single topic when I wrote about Thoreau's Walden. I really wanted to learn more about him because I had a bias and I wanted to fix it. He is not cynical, but a genius in my opinion because I love his thoughts on the importance of escaping and the simple life.

Depth: I went into depth in my entry about Huckleberry Finn 1-24 because I made good points about Huck and Jim's reactions and Michelle Koss said that my blogs helped her enjoy and understand the book more.

Discussions: I got into a good discussion with Dr. Jerz and Quinn Kerno about John Henry lyrics. I had a point that I was trying to make and Quinn helped me to clarify it. I also got into discussions with Neha Bawa about racism and Huck and Jim's attitudes about it. She left me some compliments and good points.

Timeliness: My blogs on Huckleberry Finn were up always days ahead and this this probably one of the only blog entries that I've put up on Monday, they are usually up by Saturday at the latest. I really have improved on my timeliness because I am always blogging now. I respond to people's comments quick enough that I've gotten into several discussions this time.

Comment Primo: I am usually always first to post on Quinn, Michelle, and Meredith's blogs because they all bring up their own original intelligent blogs that make me see things that I didn't previously know about the text.

Comment Grande: I think my big comment was when I was discussing John Henry, because although it took me awhile to get it right, I had a very strong feeling about the message of the text.

Reflection: I think this is my best portfolio yet, because I've finally learned the discussion aspect of it and people will actually approach me in and out of class with questions about how I interpreted something or will just say that my blogs always make them laugh. I'm having fun with this.

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We the Media ch.1-2

Gillmor makes an interesting point that as journalists, we are telling "how" and "why" while often times the newsreporters on tv are just giving the shocking statistics and headlines. He also makes we realize that once again, as we discussed in IANS, it is up to us to evaluate what we read and decide if it's worthy of taking to heart. I think blogs are helpful to journalists because they allow them to look at people's reactions to how they cover a specific topic and ways that can make it better. They also can learn what people want to hear about instead of using the same angle time after time. Sometimes when I watch the news, I feel like I'm watching the same reruns over and over, except the anchorers have better hair and the hurricanes have different names.

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November 10, 2005

November 8 newspaper discussion

I found the man going to court in his underwear to be the most amusing news story by far and I also found at the online Trib a man stole money and then attempted to give it back because he "felt bad." We all feel bad, buddy. That's called having a conscience, that's why normal people just don't bother doing things like that. Anyhow, I found it very helpful to discuss the different terms like arraignment, the defendent, etc. My boyfriend's brother was recently in a fatal car accident and he was accused of speeding, meanwhile it had been raining and there were no skidmarks to prove that. He has recovered, but his family was very angry at the police for trying to make a case out of such a sad incident. Thanks Dr. Jerz for the heads up on accidents as well as the fact that we will get time to do our court reporting tomorrow.

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November 08, 2005

Blogging Portfolio 3

Coverage: I covered the most to date in this portfolio because i blogged every exercise on time and discussed all of my topics in and out of class with href="blogs.setonhill.edu/NancyGregg/">blogs.setonhill.edu/NancyGregg/.
Depth: I went in depth the most on my chapter on proxies in IANS. I got lots of positive feedback and it's my longest blog to date.
Interactions: I talked to more of a variety of people this time, including: href="blogs.setonhill.edu/ChrisUlicne/">blogs.setonhill.edu/ChrisUlicne/ot ,Lorin Schumacher , Nancy Gregg,Katie Aikens , and more.
Discussions: I into a discussion with many people on Chris U's blog about "tomato statistics" the topic really sparked my interest because of it's regard to women. I also enjoyed talking with Nancy on Elvis' mortality, with Lorin on not living in fear, and Katie Aikens on the joy of using common sense. I really helped others and learned alot to put into my own blogs from these discussions.
Timeliness: I was the first person to comment on Katie's blog and blogged about IANS 7-10 before almost anyone else in the class because i wanted to allow more discussion time.
Comment Primo: I was the first to comment on Katie and Lorin's blogs. I also try at least once a day to leave a comment on someone from another class' blog so as to make connections that we haven't made in class.
Comment Grande: I went nuts over Chris U's blog because his presentation really got my femininist feelings fired up and I blogged a full few paragraphs on a topic that everyone seemed to have their own strong opinions on.
Reflection: I feel this is my best portfolio because michelle koss and nancy have said that my blogs have actually helped them understand things that they didn't just from in-class discussion. Also, I'm getting more comments than ever and can joke with people as well as get a better understanding of the material. i now know the secret guilty pleasure of blogging and use it as a tool. The discussions are worth it.

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John Henry song lyrics

The early version and the construction crew song are two of the most similar. In the first version though, the woman's name is Pollie Ann. In the second, her name is Lucy and not only is her dress blue, but also her eyes. He even named his hammer after her. In the first version, she takes the train to his death site, while in the second one, his woman is right there. The second is much more in dialect with words like "lissen," etc. The second one seems more like a tall tale because it goes into more detail about his strength and that the white man was his friend. I think that it wasn't really a tall tale though, because the way he is described on the website makes him seem alot more real than Paul Bunyan. He gives a good social commentary in the song, though. He talks about how being free is still like being enslaved when you're a steel driver because you are doing the physical labor while the whites bark orders still. His tale was often changed over time, I'm sure and if they made a Disney version of it, you know it wasn't all true. The second version was alot longer and surprisingly gave much more detail, which shows how stories grow through word of mouth. This song was also inspirational to many who feel oppressed. If even people on the chain gang are singing it, there must be some value to it.

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November 06, 2005

John Henry a symbol of physical and sexual strength-wow!

"Like Paul Bunyan, John Henry's life was about power - the individual, raw strength that no system could take from a man - and about weakness - the societal position in which he was thrust. To the thousands of railroad hands, he was an inspiration and an example, a man just like they who worked in a deplorable, unforgiving atmosphere but managed to make his mark." I went to http://www.ibiblio.org/john_henry/analysis.html to get a better understanding of what I'd read and found his story to be interesting. His songs were not only a way to set the men's minds at ease, keep rhythm, and amuse, but also how he vented. I think working on the railroad was again like being on the plantation again when blacks were doing the tough jobs and whites were barking orders. The website said that he that the steel hammer was a phallic symbol and in a 1933 book "John Henry A Folk-Lore Study," historian Louis W. Chappell maintains that the ballad's sexual symbolism is "abundantly and unmistakably clear." Whatever he is, John Henry's ballads are a social commentary as well as a picture of what his legend is and I enjoyed reading about him.

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Mullet jokes, hunky jokes, etc. are not the same as real racism, sorry kids!

I say this because when a minority talks about racism, a white person will often chime in with "well I've been called a pierogie eating hunky or people make fun of my "Hitler" moustache,so I understand." No you don't! I hate that. People with moustaches were never kicked out of restaurants. The first thing I thought of when reading Brer Rabbit, I immediately thought of Briar Rabbit and "Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder," rang through my ears. Then as I read the assignment through without skimming, I realized that these happy memories of Disney came from Uncle Remus. I felt so bad when the actor couldn't even attend the premier because of racism. I think that Brer Rabbit was like whenever people took Jim for being stupid, he managed to get his own way with Huck many times, simply by using the right words and wit. The Tar Baby reminded me of the way that many slaves couldn't stand up for themselves and when they did, it was usually in a way that went right over their owners heads. Finally, when Uncle Remus explained how people became white, Chinese, and mulatto it made me laugh. Even now, kids who haven't seen people of another race will often repeat stereotypes about them. We often say things that we don't recognize as racist and I think Uncle Remus was trying to show us where it all began. These stories were meant to be entertaining but perhaps just like Brer Rabbit, the person that wrote about Uncle Remus was using their own wit to make fun of how we all stereotype eachother. Everyone says they understand what racism feels like but I think just cuz you have a mullet and people sing "Achey breaky heart" when you board the schoolbus does not mean that you should make yourself out to be Rosa Parks. (sorry, I had to use a stereotype to make fun of stereotypes).

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Ch. 9-10 AP guide

On clichés, George Orwell took a typically severe line: "Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech that you are used to seeing in print." I found the chapter on cliches particularly helpful because it is hard to do anything without using a cliche and often it is easier to use a cliche in news writing to save on words. on a website a girl asked people to send in phrases that they thought were cliches and ended up with one too many "your mama's so fat" jokes and 80's terms like "facial." These people should be shot or better yet take a look at the AP guide. The "goat yogurt" and "blossoming" of countries and other crap mentioned when it came to the subject of adding too much color was quite amusing as well. In creative writing you are encouraged to describe vomit or perhaps kleenex in earth-shattering, vivid words, so learning to simply go with the "see dick run" way of describing action in news has been quite a leap for me. Find any cliches?

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November 04, 2005

Ch. 10 and conclusions

"Tunnel vision and blind spots are the intellectual shortcomings that bedevil the thinkers." (164)As the authors said too many objective forces are used like "infectious diseases are becoming more deadly," don't we know they're dangerous already? The authors suggest that ideological or methodogical motives are used. No one wants to blame a victim and dare say he's jobless because he's lazy, for instance. As reporters it's up to us again to search for the right supporting factors. "Caveat lector-let the reader beware." (195) As readers and reporters as I've said before, I've learned that we must make our own decisions and decide if we want to freak out over killer bees, build bomb shelters, worry about disease, or perhaps think we're starving because ramen noodles and beer are our only sustenance. It ain't necessarily so, but if the price is right and you've checked it out, more power to you!

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