(Educated) Gossip Under a Magnifying Glass

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This portion of our reading discusses the freedoms of journalism, and weather or not they should be limited.  It would be absolutely impossible to do such a thing after a prolonged period of time with no implications of a restrictive media watch.  Besides the fact that we as a people decide what we want to watch on television, no one person should have the power to say what another person or group of people can talk about.  The news in my opinion is simply an exponentially larger scope of a gossiping group of people.

Refreshingly Informative, But a Bit Sluggish

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Looking at this site I momentarily felt like i was back in middle school.  I am not sure if there is a specific age group being targeted here but this certainly seems "chile friendly".  My only real complaint is that the video's are a bit slow.

Another Gulp of Sugar Free Lemonade

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My attention was quickly drawn to the videos at the top of the page, but was then soon followed by disappointment at the sight of their inconsistency.  I once again attribute my lack of interest in my upbringing mainly being in the age of web 2.0.  A picture to me encapsulates what the article is trying to convey.  I do not expect sights to be overly saturated with images, which could in tern leave less room for substance, but it just is not grabbing my attention.

It gets the job done, but it is BORING.

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In this age of the so called web 2.0 the number of people who are willing to sift through a bunch of textual links is rapidly declining.  The appearance of the web page does not offer the eyes of the visually inclined any sense of relief, besides a few sporadically placed pictures that are just about as interesting as class on a sunday.

Links:The Silky Connections Holding Together The World Wide Web

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In my opinion links in a news article, or any article for that matter maintain the continuity of the internet.  Someone who is reading up on hammer's may also be interested in nails.  The links in the chain that is the web hold it all together.  
Though anonymous sources have been notorious for taking unwarranted shots at people who were unaware and or undeserving of such, they have often proven useful.  Imagine yourself with a world changing secret that you felt was imperative to our existence, however you have a great fear for your life should you be named as the source of this knowledge.  In a situation of such extremes news organizations should have some kind of process to maintain their credibility as a news provider, while respecting the wishes of their source.  They are as follows: 

1. The story was of great significance and absolutely unavailable in any other way. 

2. Another reputable news organization had already published it and it was in 

general circulation. In that case, it would be published with attribution to the 

news organization that had originally published it. (Editor's note: Some people 

might regard this approach as a cop-out -- as a way for a newspaper to publish 

unsourced material without breaching the anonymous-source policy for its own 


3. If one of USA TODAY's most veteran and respected reporters developed the 

story, and it came from a highly trusted source with a history of honesty and 

reliability. In that case, if the reporter could convince the editor that the story 

was solid, then the reporter would be allowed to write it under his or her byline 

and state it as something "USA TODAYhas learned." This technique -- used 

very rarely -- put the onus squarely on the reporter, not on the source. And 

even in these cases no unattributed direct quotes were permitted; the reporter 

was required to "translate"or paraphrase what the unnamed source was saying 

and state it in his or her own words. 

Media Misleads the Masses?

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In all of our roundtables, the frequency of errors was cited as a major reason why the public is increasingly skeptical of what it reads. 

I personally think that there should be a lot stricter rules, and regulations put in place to restrict news organizations from releasing news stories that are not exactly precise.  With such control over their viewing, or reading public news organizations should be more sensitive to their followers, and less concerned about being the first to break a story as it leads to errors. 
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