March 07, 2005

Blogging from the White House

Garrett Graff, in the wake of the Jeff Gannon controversy, may be the first blogger to be granted a White House press pass to maintain a weblog. This controversy of Jeff Gannon causes us to raise some serious questions about the medium of blogging. One question could be: how can we discern who is a legitimate blogging journalist or not?

You may recall I explored similar issues last year with my Internet Writing class (Kaycee Nicole). These issues of legitimacy are extremely complicated and poke at a sensitive area of our Bill of Rights: the First Amendment. Before we point the finger at Graff and accuse him of something he has not yet done (and hopefully never will), please consider the blog as a corruptable--yet not inherently bad--institution. Blogging is a medium, a tool. Blogging is like a kitchen knife: usefull and constructive for many things--in the right hands. But it is not the kitchen knife that hurts people, organizations, etc.

People are to blame for bad reporting in the blogging genre. Restricting people's ability to freely blog is not only unfair, but also unjust. It would be just about as ridiculous as putting restrictions on kitchen knives. (Maybe we can save people from being sliced or stabbed??!! ) Putting restrictions on the media through which people can express themselves puts only more restrictions on how people can express themselves.

Therefore, I would argue that it is not relevant what negative effect a medium can have. Media are simply a tool we can use to pass on information, not living things with minds of their own (people). It is not very productive to put restrictions on blogging; for that is not addressing the source of the problem, the unjust acts of the people behind the blogs. Blogging can be just as powerful a medium for positive and honest journalism--so long as we control the people, not the mediation.

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February 26, 2005

Portfolio 1

Yep, it's that time again... time to dig the closets of my entries and post them on my portfolio entry! If you recall last semester, I had to blog for EL236, now I have to blog again for EL150.

Portfolio 1

This portfolio reflects my development in the study of literature for my Intro to Literary Study class.

  • Blog entries that show a sense of coverage of assigned literature.
  • Blog entries that show a sense of depth in understanding the text.
  • Blog entries that sparked discussion.
  • Blog entries that show interaction.
  • Timely blog entries.
  • Xenoblogging (work that inspires discussion or entries in other's weblogs).
  • Wildcard (random entry that stands out in my mind).
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February 21, 2005

A Cause for Schizophrenia May Be Found

For ages, psychiatry has been struggling to pinpoint what exactly causes schizophrenia. Today, I ran across an article that described the findings of Australian researchers. In summary, the researchers took an MRI of a sample of 10 patients with early signs of schizophrenia while having them perform tasks involving cognitive processes.

They found that a type of grey matter thins as the patient deteriorates in the affected areas.

What is the significance of this finding? Well, since we now have a cause, researchers can now work to possibly find at least more effective and safe treatments.

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Indulgence and the Tempest

The assigned article discussed the call for indulgence in Prospero's epilogue. The author also asserted that this could prove that Shakespeare may have been Catholic. For my agenda item, I will attempt to further pick apart the epilogue. Although I cannot go in the same depth and have not enough time to corroborate my labeling terms as Catholic, I will at least make a statement and open it for evaluation. I feel this epilogue is an appeal to the whole audience, but more specifically--and subtly--the Catholic audience.

The imagery of the entire verse seems to put a visual to indulgence. Prospero says to the audience, "Let me not,/ since I have my dukedom got/ and pardoned the deceiver, dwell/ in this bare island by your spell..." (V, i, 5-8). The island could symbolize purgatory. Dukedom, in this instance, seems like it could be replaced by salvation. And "pardoned the deceiver" is forgiving people who have trespassed against us.

"But release me from my bands/ with the help of your good hands" (V, i, 9-10)is a call for the audience to pray ("with the help of your good hands") to release him from his bonds that keep him in purgatory.

"Gentle breath of yours my sails/ must fill, or else my project fails" (V, i, 10-11) puts an image for the positive testimony of prayer. The breath and words from the prayer fills the sails to make the journey.

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