November 16, 2005

"We the Media" Chap. 8-10

Chapter 8
"The reporter of the future—amateur or professional—will be equipped with an amazing toolkit" (163).

Because technology is becoming such an asset (and soon the norm) in our world, the gizmos and gadgets keep getting refined. These improvements are a neccessity for the technology world to continue running smoothly. To me, it seems like it won't be much longer before everyone not only has a television and computer, but also a blog and an ipod, and a palm pilot, and their own web-cast and their get the picture.

Chapter 9
"The exposure of the deception again brought to focus a reality of the modern age: for manipulators, con artists, gossips, and jokesters of all varieties, the Internet is the medium from heaven" (174).

This is the number one, most important rule internet uses should know. We all know that there are sleazy, untrustworthy people in the world, and the web opens doors wide open for these people. Everyone should be cautious when cruising the internet. As a college student, I'm definitely aware of the dangers of using internet sources. Rule of thumb used to be, if the address was a .edu, then you were pretty safe. Now that's not even a safeguard.

The internet has allowed anyone, anywhere to post whatever thoughts and opinions they have on a subject, and from what I've found there are very little reprecussions for these violaters of internet conduct. Basically, like Gillmor states, is just be cautious. Find good information? Verify it? Get a hot lead? Yep, verify that, too. Nothing should be taken for granted, but when it comes to facts and ideas from the internet, be especially cautious.

Chapter 10
"The Meeks case was a warning shot of sorts. It was a reminder that while the Net is a medium that grants great freedom, it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Law applies online and off, and people who intend to practice grassroots journalism need to keep that in mind" (191).

Just like other journalism mediums, internet reporting can still be controlled and those that fail to follow regulations may have to face the consequences. It's understandable that individuals who commit libel via the internet may be not caught as often, but it is refreshing that at least something is being done. However, I also think that there is a stigma surrounding online journalists. Not every website should be treated with suspicion and not every reporter is out to dupe the public. Like our discussion in class, every form of media should be read cautiously. We need to inform and prepare ourselves for the "un-truths," but there is still some honesty left in the world.

Posted by KatherineLambert at November 16, 2005 08:07 PM


Thank you for highlighting the most important rule of the Internet. Sometimes, it is as though the rules could just boil down to one simple statement, exercise common sense. However, that mightn't be enough in this day and age.

Posted by: Katie Aikins at November 26, 2005 12:02 AM
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