November 14, 2005

Newswriting - We the Media 6&7

Chapter 6: "Professional Journalists Join the Conversation"

"One of the most significant differences between print and the Web is that web-based conversations transcend geographical boundaries" (113).

Discourse is an important part of effective communication. In order to understand what is happening in other pockets of the world, one must communicate with someone in the center of the event. My friend Whitney is studying abroad in Paris, currently. Whit and I converse through email; I am able to have a better understanding of exactly how hostile the riots are, what French society is like, and what the Parisians are feelings. Without this firsthand account from a trusted source, I might be left in the dust as to the problems the French are suffering. The internet makes this easier because we can send messages in real-time across the sea, something our forefathers were never able to do. Ultimately, slowing down the communication led for a gap; however, I can see gaps as being beneficial because that would contribute to a more relaxed society. Wouldn't we all be more relaxed if we didn't know every moment the Terror Alert Level shifted from yellow? Also, online news stories are beneficial. How often do we walk into the Greensburg Sunoco and get a Parisian newspaper? We don't. To search on the internet yields a harvest of ripe documents that can lead to better understand of different cultural stations.

Chapter 7: "The Former Audience Joins the Party"

"Urban planners and criminologists talk about the "broken window" syndrome, said Ward Cunningham, who came up with the first Wiki software in the 1990s. If a neighborhood allows broken windows to stay that way, and fails to replace them, the neighborhood will deteriorate because vandals and other unsavory people will assume no one cares" (149).

This comparison was interesting and noteworthy because people fix the entries on Wikipedia and debate about what belongs there. It is interesting a little slice of our mind can contribute to making history and being fixed there.

Posted by KatieAikins at November 14, 2005 2:22 PM

"Wouldn't we all be more relaxed if we didn't know every moment the Terror Alert Level shifted from yellow?"

I completely agree with you there. Not only that, but because the terror alert warning is always so high, when it is raised I don't pay it any mind. I think they should be more prudent with their warning levels so that when something bad happens, we will be ready rather than thinking they're crying wolf.

Posted by: Johanna at December 2, 2005 3:39 AM