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Blogging between the Lines

In the article blogging “Between the Lines” by Dana Hull discusses how the media caught on to blogging slowly. The best person to blog for a newspaper is the editorial staff, but with writing opinions the author must be careful not to offend anyone. With blogging for a newspaper or television station, libel is always on the table, and laws are still not up to date with social media.

With more people than ever on Facebook and Twitter, it seems as if the law will never catch up to social media. Social media sites are growing at a rapid pace. There are cases in court right now over social media, but how does the supreme court handle a case when there very few or no laws to police it?

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Blogs Failing in an Empty Forest

New York Times reporter Douglas Quenqua article the death of blogging is interesting. The article was published in 2009, but it seems as blogging has taken off instead of declining. In the article Quenqua interviewed with different bloggers about their experiences. Majority of bloggers would prefer it to become a full time job (who doesn’t) expect for a seventeen year old fashion blogger. She stopped blogging because she gained attention after the Wall Street Journal wrote a column about her. “Her final post, simply titled “The End,” said “She just didn’t feel like blogging anymore.” Most bloggers use it as a personal diary, but that personal online diary can cost you. Ms Nancy Sue stopped blogging because her friends thought she was referring to them in her blogs. “Before you could be anonymous and now you can’t.”

When I first glanced at this article, I was under the impression that it would give tips about how to become inspired on how to stat blogging again or at least a few tips. The article did help me understand that many people have moved to Facebook and Twitter instead of blogging. It is easier to Facebook or tweet becasue “Some bloggers find themselves too busy-what with say homework..or perhaps even housework or parenting.”

Why I Blog?

The author was a amazed at how blogging changed the way people write online. He was so accustomed to doing it one way, but others insist on doing it others way.
He points out that blogging is not about how your feeling today, but also making a difference in the community. One blog can change the way people think about an issue. The best part about blogging is that it is instant. Words can change in seconds. Blogging is changed the way online news works. Some news organizations have blogs, especially in rural areas. One must be cautious when reading blogs.

Branding

In the article by Maureen Tkacik aspires to become a great journalist. She starts out in the gossip sector in college, and even tried to take on the chief of police in Philadelphia. She quickly discovered in some instance she could end her career before it started. She worked for other media outlets and can to the realized that gossip was helping the media lose value. She wanted her peers to take her seriously so she start investigative reporting, but that back fired. When Tkacik started writing her book she needed to brand herself, which started the “Moe Tkacik brand.”

Today media is all about branding. Every news outlet has a slogan, rather the company is known for the breaking news or putting their viewers first. What happened to just reporting the news and informing the public.

The New Era

In The New Journalism: Goosing the Gray Lady by Emily Nussbaum, I discovered the New York Times website needed some work. It made me sad the way editor treated the IT guys. All they wanted to help improve the online operation, so the Times survive could some how survive. The advertising and  stock had already dropped, and things were not looking great. Change is always hard, but if that change is going to be the life line to help keep the company afloat embrace it with open arms. I also learned that it is hard to be an IT guy because people expect you to pull an idea out of no where when in reality coding takes a lot of time. Online newspaper is the NEW ERA. I hate it.

Newspapers are Dying

The Death and Life of the American Newspaper is a very interesting read. Eric Alterman starts with a brief history of the newspaper, and expanded with theories.

Newspapers were the number one source for readers, television, and internet have since taken over, therefore  newspapers are dying print wise. In a statement, by “State of the News Media” report “the local paper is not viewed much differently than the New York Times”, in 2007. I have to disagree with that statement. Local newspapers are still thriving, local people rather read their local paper rather then a regional or national paper. The news is happening in their community. The editor of the local newspaper is your neighbor; they come over for dinner. I still read my local paper every week.

In this article, I learned about Walter Lippmann and John Dewey theories, and Alterman even used examples to help clarify them. Lippmann theory  is that only the “elite” to know critical information. Dewey theory is that everyone should have the same information.

Joshua Micah Marshall and the Huffington Post proved both theories could work. Marshall “was almost single- handley responsible for bringing the story of the fired U.S. Attorneys to a boil” a scandal which ended the the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. During Hurricane Katrina crisis, Huffington Post referred to reports from New Orleans that some people there were “eating corpse to survive”, by the activist Randall Robinson. She could not support her claim, HuffPost told her to post a retraction immediately.

Immediate posting is the best tool of the internet, when a mistake is made. Readers are able to leave comments, and start conversations with others from anywhere in the world. The internet is cripples our social interaction, though. When the majority were reading the newspaper, water cooler talk was a big part of the day. Now you do not have to see the person you disagree with them.  I hate the fact that the newspaper is dying because I love reading the paper. But the  main concern is the survival of journalism value. Anybody is able to create a blog, and filled it with more opinion than fact. That is really scary, but Rupert Murdoch was right in his speech “news and information were tightly controlled by a few editors, who deigned to tell us what we could and should know,” were over. No longer would people accept “a godlike figure from above” presenting the news as “gospel.” Today’s consumers “want news on demand, continuously updated. They want a point of view about not just what happened but why it happened. . . . And finally, they want to be able to use the information in a larger community—to talk about, to debate, to question, and even to meet people who think about the world in similar or different ways.”

Ads

BP in the news once again. BP found contaminated gasoline in Illinois. The cost to repair the damage for drivers ranged from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The interesting part about this article is the bold green underline text. One of these words is car dealership. I wanted to see where that it would take me, so I clicked on it. It did not take me any where instead an advertisement pooped up for Lexus. At one point it even showed a twenty second commercial. When you click on the word call an advertisement for a new android phone pops out, it the phone has a battery life 21.5 hours of battery power. I have never seen advertisements of this kind before.