October 30, 2003

Russian Court Rejects Media Law

I was not quite sure what exactly was a specific current media law, so I found this on a BBC News website and I thought it sounded pretty similar to what we are discussing in class.

Since I still do not understand how to make a link between words in my weblog, I have to just copy/paste it on here. If anyone knows how to do this, please send me a blog!

BBC NEWS WEBSITE: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3227701.stm


A description of this article is that the Russian Constitutional Court has declared that media coverage of candidates running in the December parlimentary elections.

Part of the law will include journalists not allowed to express their comments and opinions on a running candidate. My opinion is that I agree with that, keep your comments to yourself when discussing about elections, I know its freedom of speech, but go in to the building, vote privately, and keep your comments to yourself or your family until the election is over with. That is always how I have been brought up in my family.

This article also mentions about a new word to add to everyone's journalistic vocabulary: electioneering-taking positions on candidates and parties, or reporting on their policies.

The court ruled though that this freedom of speech, even if the comments are positive or negative, its unlawful.


There was a quote in the article which stated, "This is a huge victory for common sense. I am delighted with the ruling, delighted with its precision and resolve."

Mikhail Fedotov
Russian journalist

*I don't understand why "common sense" is redundant throughout the article?

Overall this article is pretty intresting... please read it! Have a good weekend!

Posted by Stefanie Robb at 10:07 PM | Comments (0)

October 27, 2003

Conclusion

Thank heaven that we are wrapping up with this book, it was irritating.... some of the stories were not bad, but I am not really interested in statistical information. Plus, my presentation went sour and it reminds me of it everytime I look at the book, It Ain't Necessarily So.

Anyways, I believe that scientific information is very hard to write stories about because every day it is frequently changing. Plus, people can write in their own answers and statistics. For example, in high school, our Biology books were 5 years behind the year we were in, mostly all the information has changed. Scientific information should be updated yearly, weekly, or monthly to keep the information clear and updated. Thank heaven for the Discovery Channel.

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My New Answers to the Pop Quiz Questions

1. The rising number of people with a certain disease and a higher percentage could be a good idea because it would make people aware of this disease. Even if the percentage is high, it doesn't mean that it is a bad thing.... it could be 100% are great and healthy as an example.

2. Are children shot daily because of gun shots? a.) always b.) sometimes c.)never

1. Map and territory- statistical information is inevitably one level removed from reality, we do not learn directly about the subject of interest; instead we receive indirect information concerning reports about that subject.

2. Hedgehog interpretation- tunnel vision and blind spots are the intellectual shortcomings that bedevil the thinkers whom the intellectual historian Isaiah Berlin called hedgehogs. Hedgehogs known one "big" thing. This "big" thing may be important, but focusing on it can still blind them to many other things that are also important. A single explanation, shouldn't automatically cause us to ignore alternatives.

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My New Answers to the Pop Quiz Questions

1. The rising number of people with a certain disease and a higher percentage could be a good idea because it would make people aware of this disease. Even if the percentage is high, it doesn't mean that it is a bad thing.... it could be 100% are great and healthy as an example.

2. Are children shot daily because of gun shots? a.) always b.) sometimes c.)never

1. Map and territory- statistical information is inevitably one level removed from reality, we do not learn directly about the subject of interest; instead we receive indirect information concerning reports about that subject.

2. Hedgehog interpretation- tunnel vision and blind spots are the intellectual shortcomings that bedevil the thinkers whom the intellectual historian Isaiah Berlin called hedgehogs. Hedgehogs known one "big" thing. This "big" thing may be important, but focusing on it can still blind them to many other things that are also important. A single explanation, shouldn't automatically cause us to ignore alternatives.

Posted by Stefanie Robb at 10:16 AM | Comments (0)

October 21, 2003

Questionable Me

While reading these chapters in, It Ain't Necessarily So, chapter 6 mentions about "Polling for PBS." I have been watching PBS since I was a little kid. From Sesame Street to cooking shows, PBS has always caught my eye. Yes, it is rather a boring and always fuzzy channel.... but enjoyable and interesting. My thoughts are.... since they sell the cook books for like $70, they raise plenty of money from each book toward their programming. I think that there should be public commercials also to bring in income to the station. I believe that this would affect our children because Sesame Street is extremely educational and highly recommended to watch. Its also nice how after the years of the PBS, they have a great website/homepage and you can also shop for videos, books, memorabilia, and merchandise provide by PBS.

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October 20, 2003

It Ain't Necessarily So...

While I was reading these chapters in the book, It Ain't Neccessarily So, I came across the article on "Of Butterflies and the Temperature Rise." This mini article mentioned about how the climate in different areas make butterflies become extinct. I agree with this statement because I researched the information from Camille Parmesan. She had many sources to back up her article on, "Climate Extremes: Observations, Modeling, and Impacts." I do not believe that this should be a front page story, maybe in a Discovery Channel magazine?

Also, with the sperm count theory.... I believe that this is a topic that would catch many eyes in a newspaper, little topics like this are what people like to see on the front cover. Boring stories that are important always go on the front page, but once it comes to a little topic that is not very vital, then it goes on the page with the horoscopes.

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October 17, 2003

Bad Day

GRRRRRRRR!

I was wrong, its only 10:30 am and I am already having a terrible day so far. I was so pumped up to use my Seton Hill ghost story for our oral reports for Journalism. But I have to use a crummy story from the book. Don't you love it when you get all pumped up over something and then your heart sinks to the floor when you can't do it? I guess my 8 minute oral report will change into 8 minutes of boring hell. Feel free to fall asleep during it, I'm not a happy camper right now.

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My horoscope for today or for any aquarius...

Aquarius

Stay calm, Aquarius. Yes, someone might have just spilled mustard on your clean white shirt. Yes, a child may be screaming at the top of their lungs while you're trying to get some work done. However, these are things that you cannot control, so why get upset? There is very little you can do to prevent other people from getting on your nerves right now, but you can make sure that you don't overreact. It's highly unlikely anyone is deliberately trying to irritate you; it only seems that way. (www.astrology.com)


***All I can say is, is that I do not really think that a certain "person" is getting on my nerves, but school in general is. I have homework up to my waist every night and I constantly lose sleep to do this dreadful thing called, homework. For instance, yesterday, I went to school at 9:30 to find a stinking parking spot, then I didn't even have class until 11!! After that I went to class then straight to work and then home (not to relax) but to do homework until 1:30am. Sounds busy? Yes, my full name should be: Stefanie "Stressed" Robb. Oh well, hopefully something good will come out of this day, I doubt it because I haven't done my Journalism homework yet.*** "Don't worry, be happy."

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October 14, 2003

Oh, bye bye blondes!

This artice entitled, "Blondes 'to die out in 200 years' " was very interesting.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2284783.stm

Until there is evidence or the year of 2202 occurs, then I will believe this "blonde fib." Thank heavens I have no worries, I am a permanent, true-born brunette. I pity my mom, she receives all this bad feedback because she is a blond.

I agree.... I think the extinction of blondes is because of hair dying, mostly everyone prefers being a brunette, because we are the best and we do not have a bad reputation.... I want to see some dumb brunette jokes???

Yes, if you have two dominant blonde genes, you'll most likely receive a blonde baby... but sometimes, its any color hair: brown, black, or even red??? Whatever comes out and you get, that is what it depends on.

Well until I see some evidence... I guess I don't believe in this article of blondes dying out, unless they love to use their Clairol Hair Dye.

Posted by Stefanie Robb at 04:43 PM | Comments (0)

October 10, 2003

Halle Berry Split up and Oh Britney Spears!!

Yes.. Halle Berry announced that she separated from her husband, Eric Benet. Who the heck is this man and what is he doing with a gorgeous and popular actress like Halle? This is Halle's second divorce... her previous marriage was to Cleveland Indians outfielder, David Justice (Have to check this man out). Of course the reason for this break up is because of "martial disagreements." Paaalease, probabley someone sleeping with someone else. Oh well, Halle, you go girl!


Now on to the big story... BRITNEY SPEARS.
Yes, I'll admit, I still own all of her cds and I have posters still taped up on my walls in my bedroom, I guess I am a teenie bopper. I personally do not like Britney's attitude and new trend. Here guys... Britney appeared topless on the cover of Rolling Stone, posed naked (except for a boa) in the fashion issue of the New York Times Magazine and wearing no panties in the magazine Esquire. What is this world coming to?

I don't have much to say about... oooo wow, she is a role model, children look up to her. Hey, she can do whatever she wants to, she's a millioniare, if I had money like her, I would pose nude for every magazine in the world.

I believe she wants to be just like her role model... Madonna (Hmm, we can obviously see that through that wonderful tongue touching kiss at the Mtv Movie Awards of this year.)

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