October 26, 2003

Hedgehog Territory

What's the difference between a map and a territory? It ain't necessarily explained very well.

1.) What's the difference between a map and a territory?

This concept, while accounting for the chapter subheading, was not addressed directly in the reading. What I could make of it was that we, as readers as well as reporters, need to be wary about the ground we're covering. Regardless of how it's marked up and measured or who's controlling it, what's important is the lay of the land. An example is a scientific report. Who's paying for it may be of note, but the important matter is the information gleaned from the study. In addition, we should question its applications (and implications). The way one reporter surveys it and determines its value may not be the only sensible way.

2.) Hedgehog reporting

Based on the Greek tale of the hedgehog and the fox, this refers to the journalistic concept that a reporter can write a story based on a single chunk of information or a credible trail of insights. "The fox knows many things. The hedgehog knows one big thing." Acting like a fox allows the reporter to pack a story with more valuable information. It prevents them from getting tunnel vision. A hedgehog makes for an exciting scoop but has limited informative value.

Posted by Jess P at October 26, 2003 07:13 PM
Comments

Hi Jess,

I am not responding to your territory blog, I am responding to your comment on my site. It is very sad that the campus has been so greatly effected by the fact that the University wants more males. Do the girls have to suffer for it? Especially when it comes to sports. Why should we have to sacrifice our fans so they can take them all away and we're left with nothing. The boys team by the way for the most part is very arrogant and very self centered. Some of them are ok, however, the majority think thier the kings of the world and I am not looking foward to being subjected to sharing a small ass bus with them.

But in general, not just sports, I'm not saying its no good to expand and change but there is no need for girls to be demeaned in the process. I totally agree with you. Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment.

Posted by: Denishia Salter at October 31, 2003 01:01 AM

I'm not sure a comment is appropriate, but... The Hedgehog / Fox division is at the heart of intellectual pursuits. In fact, those people most readily recognized as intellectuals are the foxes--people who know many things well, and who usually have something to say about most of them. Hedgehogs, though, usually do the hard work of investigation and understanding, something that almost invariably has to be done with a narrow focus.

Posted by: John Spurlock at October 31, 2003 10:29 PM

When are you going to update? I am getting tired of hedgehogs. hehehe

Posted by: Amanda at November 3, 2003 06:24 PM

You are empty. I can't remember the last time you didn't have anything posted. Post before a certain prof. sees!

Posted by: Amanda at November 4, 2003 02:17 PM
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