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November 29, 2005

Tribune-Review (Nov. 29) - News Writing

I read “Defendants Dominate Saddam’s Trial” by Nancy A. Youseff. The article shows the defiance of Saddam even though he and his co-defendants are on trial for the murder of 150 people and face execution. Saddam even went as far as to yell at the judge and tell him to order the police to make sure the elevator is working so he wouldn’t have to walk up four flights of stairs (he could never survive Seton Hill).

It struck me as odd that the judge would let Saddam yell at him the way he did. Saddam is no long in power and is a prisoner. It makes you think that the people of Iraq are still terrified of Saddam. It only reassures me that the decision to take him out of power was a good one.

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November 17, 2005

Informal Presentation

Chapter 6: Professional Journalist Join the Conversation
We the Media by Dan Gillmor

Chapter 6 begins with Gillmor explaining that the Media needs to become part of the "conversation" of news.

"My readers, I realized, had become my collaborators."

Gillmor challenges the Media to become more involved with its readers.
"There is no plausible excuse for leaving out contact information when the articles are posted on the Web."

Gillmor spends alot of time dealing with journalist's blogs. Those of
Slate (Microsoft's online magazine)
CyberJournalists.net
Dan Gillmor

Event Blogs
-Discussion of a set, predetermined subject on a blog.

We Do Not Blog.
Kevin Sites
former CNN journalists who was covering the war in Iraq.
Started a blog and CNN forced him to stop writing his blog.

"CNN.com prefers to take a more structured approach to presenting the news. We do not blog. CNN.com will continue to provide photo galleries, video clips, breaking stories and interactive modules as ways to involve readers in learning abou the war."

Ultimately this incident hurt CNN more than Sites who went to work for MSNBC where his blog was welcomed.

Trust?
Alot of people in class (including myself) has questioned whether or not this new age of journalism can be trusted. Gillmor covers that briefly at the end of Chapter 6.
He says, "No matter which tools and technologies we embrace, we must maintain core principles, including fairness accuracy, and thoroughness."

Conclusion
Blogs give a whole new aspect to the journalist. What was once their audience is now another person checking for accuracy and giving suggestions to the journalist.

Sidenote
Graham Bensinger
19 year-old Freshman at Syracuse University.
Had the interview with Terrell Owens that ended up costing him his season.
Bensinger is a freelance journalist for ESPN.com. Started his journalist career online.
Visit Bensinger's website:
G-Sport Radio

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November 10, 2005

The Thoughts of Your Heart

Bolt, A Man for All Seasons -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

MORE: You have your desire of me. What you have hunted me for is not my actions, but the thoughts of my heart.

This shows the great injustice that was brought upon More. He is exactlly right in saying that he has done nothing wrong. How can they convict him on his thoughts when he has never let his thoughts be know? Can they read minds? It is scary to think that someone could have been executed in that time for merely their thoughts they keep to themselves. Obviously King Henry felt so threatened by More that he needed More to be killed. The only thing this shows of the king is he is selfish and unmerciful.

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November 8, 2005

A Man For All Seasons (Act I)

WOSLEY: (From behind, grips his shoulder fiercely) Thomas we're alone. I give you my word. There's no one here.

MORE: I didn't suppose there was, Your Grace.

WOSLEY: Oh sit down! (He goes to the table, sits, signals MORE to sit. MORE unsuspectingly obeys. Then deliberately loud.) Do you favor a change of dynasty, Sir Thomas? D'you think two Tudors is sufficent?

This sounds as though Wosley is trying to set More up for something. Conspiracy against the King probably. I think there was someone in that room and that Wosley deliberatley spoke loud so they could hear him, in hopes that More would do the same. I think there is something fishy here.

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November 6, 2005

Portfolio

Coverage

Lucifer, Bearer of Light
In this blog I discuss the importance of God naming Lucifer the "Bearer of Light" and then casting him into eternal darkness.

There's a Price?
Here I talk about Faustus, in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, not believeing that Lucifer would want something in return for giving him all that he wants.

Hamlet's Revenge
This blog is about the part of Shakespeare's Hamlet that really put the play's actions into motion.

Depth

Shakespeare in the Bush
Here I discuss the old man's willingness to make peace with Bohannon when she gets frustrated while trying to tell her story to the council.

Interaction

What Happened?
Here I did not understand how in Doctor Faustus they were able to enter Vatican City.

The Glass Menagerie (Finish)
Here I left a comment on Lorin's blog about the significance of the unicorn breaking and losing its horn. I think it is one of my best blogs.

Discussion

The Future, Past, and Present
Here we have a good discussion about the relationship between mothers and their children.

What Happened?
Here is where Dr. Jerz helps me better understand Doctor Faustus.

Timeliness

Sure Thing
I didn't understand it but still had to blog about it.

Move!
I blog this really early and had two great comments.

Xenoblogging

The Glass Menagerie (Finish)
Here is when I offer my opinion about the symbolism of the unicorn in The Glass Menagerie.

The Glass Menagerie and Machinal
Here Chera and I compare the mothers in The Glass Menagerie and Machinal.

Wildcard

News Writing
Here I blog my feelings of a presentation in News Writing one day.

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November 2, 2005

Move!

Williams, The Glass Menagerie (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

TOM:...You know what happens? People go to the movies instead of moving! Hollywood characters are supposed to have all the adventures for everybody in America, while everybody in America sits in a dark room and watches them have them!

I think this shows Tom's frustration with the situation he is in. I think he is on the verge at this moment, he is ready to go. He is so sick of seeing everyone else live the life that he wants to live and he just wants out.
At the end when he leaves you almost feel happy for him, happy that he was able to leave. On the other hand you sit there and wonder how he is able to leave his family behind, especially his sister. You can understand his need to get away from his mother for a little but I don't think if I was in his situation I would be able to turn my back on my sibling.

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November 1, 2005

The Future, Present, and Past

Williams, The Glass Menagerie (Scenes 1-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

AMANDA: You are the only young man that I know of who ignores the fact that the future becomes the present, the present the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret if you don't plan for it!

I really haven't liked Amanda at all through the first five scenes but this line by her is so great. It is probably the only bright or smart thing she has said the entire time. Most of the time she seems ignorant and senseless but at this particular moment in the play she seems much more wiser than she is. I hope there is more lines like that to come from her.

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