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December 6, 2005

What did we learn, how does it apply, and does it really change anything?

The end of the line, so to speak.

We've all done our part. We've read our books, done our lectures and presentations, and our minds have been expanded. What have we learned?

It Ain’t Necessarily So taught us almost to be wary of the media, noting that the "media" can stretch, manipulate, spin and modify the facts to create something that wasn't there.

We The Media, however, took the opposite route and wished for us to embrace "the voice of the people." It asked us where to go from here and concludes by telling us to begin.

So, who is correct? Well, both are. The "media," not journalists, tend to be that way and are known for speaking half-truths and making themselves or a specific person look better. However, the new technology available and growth in the media should be embraced by all, but not without question.

I have been a member of the "media" for approaching six years now. Am I an expert? Not by any stretch. I'm barely an amateur. Allow me to ask you a few questions about credibility:

1. If someone said that aborting all black babies would reduce crime, would you believe him?

a. What if he was a former Secretary of Education of the U.S.

b. What if, as Dr. Jerz pointed out, he could be referencing a study in the book Freakonomics?

2. If someone said “We're beyond planning. We're already implementing like hell.” Would you consider a quote like that reliable?

a. What if it were from Nintendo’s Vice-President of Sales and Marketing?

b. What if he cites it from Jack Welch, the CEO of General Electric?

Now, does this mean that for our feature article, should we ignore online and cyber-sources? No, we shouldn’t, but we should be extremely discerning on whom we quote, why we quote them and what quotes we use. For my feature article, I’m writing about the recent launch of the Xbox 360 and it’s impact on the gaming market as well as the American people/common family due to it’s increased price tag.

There are lots of sources out there on the Internet, but only few can be considered reliable. Some people would even consider someone like myself as a reliable source. I've got it together (sort of), and I've been in my industry for long enough to know a few things. Would you consider me as reliable if you stumbled on my LiveJournal and found this quote about SHU:

"There is no, and I mean no parking available unless somebody dies. It's reason enough to come here an hour or two early just to find parking. Christ almighty in a chicken basket."

For our feature articles, it is going to be tough to avoid online sources, but I feel we should keep them to a minimum. If possible, take a print source over online on a given day, because the online world gives every crazy jagoff with an opinion a voice and means to express it to the world.

The key difference I have found, thus far, between the online world and the print world is that the print universe is made up of actual, credited, scholared journalists, whereas the online plane, the blogosphere, is made of you and I. We might be smart, but we're not experts. Dr. jerz is an expert, but he would be a biased source for my feature article. You have to ask yourself, "Am I asking the right people and am I getting the best answers possible?"

We live in times when even the most credible and trustworth individuals are destroyed while the wicked remain on top. Paul O'Niel and Richard Clarke were shoved to side as "partisan," whereas George "Slam Dunk" Tenet was lauded as a champion of the cause. Even Mike Brown of FEMA was told he was doing "a heckuva job."

These are, as Albus Dumbledore would say, "dark and difficult times," and it is true that "we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy."

Thank you and good day.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 8:14 AM | Comments (0)

December 2, 2005

Blog Portfolio v.4.0

Blogging by haiku:

End of semester
AP handbook is life blood
Blog portfolio



Feature article.

Informal presentations

We the Media, the whole man theory.

What did we learn, how does it apply, and does it really change anything?

Trib Review, Nov 8

Trib Review Presentation

Sonic and a Pizza chain

Crime Faerie Tale

Proxies and Stats

AP Guide to Kevin getting sued Daily

Ok, Seriously

The Great Jumble of Facts.

The Long Dark of Moria

In Response to Spot News.

The Reporter's Notebook.

The Trib and Channel 4.

Why is Ther Journalism and what is the truth?.

Who journalists work for, Verification, and Indep. from faction.

Trib Review: Speech Codes.

Dr. Arnzen

Homecoming story


Readings From the Onion

Trib Review


We the Media, the whole man theory.

What did we learn, how does it apply, and does it really change anything?

Proxies and Stats

Crime Faerie Tale

Who journalists work for, Verification, and Indep. from faction.

In Response to Spot News.

Trib Review


What did we learn, how does it apply, and does it really change anything?

AP Guide to Kevin getting sued daily

In Response to Spot News.

Dr. Arnzen

Trib Review



Hank Rollins at the Byham

Please allow Myself to Introduce...Myself.

Journalistic Integrity, eh?

Xenoblogging and Interaction:

Moira and I

Nancy and I

Moira's comment to me

Dr. Jerz and Nancy

Dr. Arnzen and Mike's comments

Mike's comment to me

Blog Portfolio v2.0

In Response to Spot News.

Let's see - Mike's response to my blog

My comment in Lou's blog.

Journalistic Integrity, eh?

Videogames for Sale

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 9:40 AM | Comments (0)

Feature Article

Man, this thing is totally kicking me in the behind. This sucks. I haven't been able to get any of my interviews (non-campus interviews) and these are kind of the cornerstone of my article.

After much ado I've finally got my interview with EA today, that helps, but it doesn't make it much easier. Buena Vista should be getting back to me in the next day or two, God willing, but I'm not counting on them.

What sucks is that I've got this thing pretty well planned out, I just need some interviews (and to pinpoint my sources for facts and figures). This weekend I'm going to crush this thing.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 9:36 AM | Comments (1)


Happy birthday to Anna. Hooray.

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Informal presentations

Seriously, I can't say much about them other than that they were all great. I liked them and I think it really helped the class. No disrespect, Dr. Jerz, but it was nice to hear different voices from the front of the classroom.

I'm not going to say I liked one over the other because that would be unfair to all who presented, I'm just going to say that I really liked what everyone did.

Fun times.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 9:34 AM | Comments (0)

December 1, 2005

We The Media, the whole man theory

There's something to really be said about We The Media, but what that is I'm not entirely sure. I think, and this is just personal opinion, that it gave a little too much creedence to something, though important and useful, that is still fledgling and provided too much sentiment against the "establishment."

Do not get me wrong, I am normally one of those who lead the fight against "the man," and am always for new forms of information spreading and qualitative journalism, not quantitative.

As I said in my informal oral presentation, I think the rise of blogging has gone beyond a new form of journalism and instead has become a fad for so many people.

Blogging has been called the "diary of the 21st century," but does that really make it any good? I've used myself as an example a number of times - I'm considered a gaming journalist, but not a very good. As for being a representative of the media in videogames, I'm actually pretty well respected among the community.

The claims that blogging is the next wave in journalism, I can't agree with. Not at this juncture, anyway. I will agree that online press - places like The Washington Post and New York Times going into online newspapers delivered to your inbox - will be the next big thing. Print newspapers are a dying breed and, to be totally honest, people are more willing to read the news online than in a paper anymore. This, however, is for another debate.

It is the whole-man theory. It is each part that makes up the person, much the same with media and journalism. You can't have print and television in this day and age without cyber media. Allow me to clarify - cyber media does not mean "blogging," it means cnn.com and msnbc.com as well as blogging and places like Slate and Drudge Report. Hell, even Slashdot is a media platform.

The new day is upon is, and it is time to begin. We've had our fun with blogging. Seriously, it's time to either let this burn out like so many things before (Pogs, dancing baby, war popularity, stuff like that) or really fix it up.

Part of the beauty of blogging is that it gives everyone a voice, and unfortunately everyone has a voice that they want the world to hear. But, in the same respect, I use what I call the "Howard Stern Postulate" - Nobody is forcing you to listen to him, if you don't like what he says, shut him off. The same goes for blogging - nobody is making you read it, so, if you don't like what you're reading, then stop.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 9:18 AM | Comments (0)