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November 14, 2005

We The Media, Ch 3-5

"Tapping the power of everyone is the best approach." (107)

This of course, seems cliché, but the truth is, it works. And it could be an extremely important to the future of journalism and our nation as whole. American is based on competitiveness in everything: sports, jobs, school. This competitiveness does have a certain driving force, but I truly think that it is not the best way for society to work. Cooperation is so undermined in our culture. But when we can get past it, and realize that there is always someone out there who knows more than we do, we can get so much further. Working together helps people understand and tolerate differences between people. It also fosters creativity.

A few of us in the Drama as Lit class get together when we have a paper coming up to brainstorm possible paper topics and thesis statements. This is good because it creates a less-stressful environment where we are able to just let our ideas flow. We can help one another see the strengths and weaknesses in our own work in order to improve it.

The problem for the average person entering this cyberworld...is distinguishing between truth and falsehood." (57)

With each of us putting our thoughts and ideas and info out on the web in order to contribute to the full picture of events, as helpful as it might be, we must also be aware that not every source is reliable.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at November 14, 2005 8:03 PM


Lorin, I agree with you. Cooperation is the key! People are constantly learning and to do that they must keep an open mind.

Journalism in general is really teaching us to keep an open mind. Its teaching the readers and the journalists as well. In order to be a good journalist, you have to learn from others. You have to learn information and be able to trust the information that you get.

Posted by: Andy LoNigro at November 14, 2005 10:22 PM

The more I think about the possibilites of new media, the more excited I get about the future. It's likely that we'll see a lot of significant changes in the way the global community and all of its components work, thanks to the changes in communication. Much like the telephone and the television, the Net and new media are completely rewriting the rules.

Posted by: ChrisU at November 16, 2005 9:31 AM

You guys are right, we are living in exciting times. Things are changing and hopefully that means so will we. (well, for the better I hope!) The possibilities are endless, and I hope we use them for the best possible reasons in the best possible ways.

Posted by: Lorin Schumacher at November 17, 2005 11:46 AM

Lorin, I love how you put these chapters, especially abotu cooperation with one another is society. I also think that if we do learn to cooperate more with one another, that we would be able to tolerate and understand differences between people.
Blogging however, tries to bring together people and allows them to tell others in the world their opinion on a topic. With this, maybe they will find someone out there that believes in the same thing or has a similar opinion. But we have to be careful in trusting strangers.

Posted by: Denamarie at November 18, 2005 10:23 AM

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