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Digital Media and Our World.

My mandatory reading notes for Blogging, and project number 2 a bit late.
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Wade Sandstrom

on 18 February 2011

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Transcript of Digital Media and Our World.

Some believe that blogs will transform journalism Others feel that the two media are only compatible if they coexist and compliment each other. This is known as cultural determinism Cultural determinism is the theory that our social structure is shaped by it's media Blogs encourage civic involvement Blogs are inherently democratic, they give normally passive people the power to debate at the news source. These debates will cause people to take more pride in government and society, and help revitalise our culture. Blogs also allow us to hold politicians more accountable for their follys by giving us a voice. In other words, it's much harder to bribe a blog to make you look good than it is to bribe Fox News etc. Blogs also challenge the mainstream media by allowing us to participate in journalism ourselves, and challenge and undermine the "Gate-keepers" of the media industry. The Case Against the Blog Though it often fails (Fox News), journalism attempts to remain objective. Blogs are often colorful and influenced by the opinions of the author who is not held to the same standards as journalists. Where do they get their information? The news? Their friends and family? Invent it? Some critics are concerned that since many blogs are ad driven (payed for by sponsors), bloggers may be restricted from reporting anything negative about their (employers), damaging their objectivity which may already have been in question. Blogs take a great deal of time to maintain. Does the blogger who has enough free time to blog properly have anything worthwhile to say? Because blogs are time intensive, and because their information is often gathered by just one or a few individuals, it's very easy to fall behind and become irrelevant. What do I think needs to be done? I believe what needs to be done is already happening. I think Blogging is too flawed to become our sole source of information. Most news outlets already incorperate a blog or wiki type device into their websites. This allows the news to be reported in a way most people can trust, but also allows the consumer to participate in debate and make corrections if neccesary. This way false or skewed information can be caught, and those responsible can be held accountable immediatly. Social and traditional media probobly work best while working hand in hand: a symbiotic relationship. Sources.
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/sites/cyber.law.harvard.edu/files/webcredfinalpdf_01.pdf

http://www.problogger.net/archives/2005/12/06/how-bloggers-make-money-from-blogs/

http://www.gerrymcgovern.com/nt/2004/nt_2004_08_23_blogging.htm

http://www.thebettyfactor.com/2008/07/16/blogs-vs-professional-journalism-are-lines-being-blurred/

Blogs as a challenge to traditional media? Arguments for and against. A research paper By: Marcus Leaning. How Will the Rise of Social Media Effect Journalism? How Will It Effect Us? The Power of the Blog Fox News Sucks Some believe that they will replace it.
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