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New Media and the Future of Journalism

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As we, the people, twist and turn while adjusting to new media technologies and the way they change our lives, industries must in turn learn to do the same.

I read an article this afternoon by Arianna Huffington in which she defends her hybrid form of journalism against the lashings dealt by the tongues of corporate dinosaurs like Rupert Murdoch. I used “dinosaurs” as a metaphor because much like Rupert Murdoch, dinosaurs did not adapt to their environment.

Journalism became stagnate during the years leading up to the Internet boom. Even after, journalists in the newspaper business failed to report on the lead up to the Iraq War and the looming financial disaster. In complicated times, we need to deploy complicated tactics.

New media has that ability to compliment journalistic practices to produce what Huffington referred to as a “hybrid” form of journalism. With the ability to incorporate words with images, articles with videos, and a public forum supported by comment boards and blogs, journalism has no place to go but up. Right?

Not if old dinosaurs refuse to adapt to the changing times and don’t rethink and reinvent their way of production. Consumers know what the want. They have seen the light, so to speak. They know what options are available. Better options.

YouTube threatens television networks who refuse to accept it as a competent competitor. The Huffington Post threatens local and corporate newspapers alike who sit idly without producing a quality website to attract online readers.

With the rise of blogs and vlogs and their volunteered contributions by citizen journalists, the rules of the game changed. No longer does the phrase, “you get what you pay for,” apply. Understandably, professional journalism comes with a price tag. Let the suits figure out the details of splitting up the tab. At the end of the day, it will be their spin on revenue generation that will make or break their existence.

Written by cor24leone

December 2, 2009 at 8:31 AM

We Am the Line Drawers

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We’ve seen the movies. Robots and machines team up to take over the world. Terminator, iRobot, Wall-E… it’s a growing trend these days. That could have to do with the expanding capabilities of the technologies we use today.

At some point, we must responsibly consider the technological grounds we have paved before movies become the new age Nastradamus. In her 1995 Wired Magazine article “Who Am We”, Sherry Turkle presents an interesting take to allow you to ponder for yourself.

How real are computers? Can we consider them to be alive? They think for themselves in more complex algorithms than the average human being. They provide a virtual playground and social network greater than any work place or college campus.

Where do we draw the line between a living and non-living object?

While computers lack emotional concept that often drives the argument leaning toward non-living, one must also consider the emotional lacking of plants and micro-organisms that are considered living.

What’s that you say about computers not breathing life? Without electricity, computers are just as dead as any mammal without oxygen and any plant without carbon dioxide. Pulling the power cord out of the wall is essentially the same as wrapping a rope around your neck and cutting off the flow of oxygen to your brain.

If you think about it, what makes plants living organisms? Sure, they breathe; but they don’t move, they don’t feel, and they don’t think.

The intelligence of computer systems is simply astonishing. From video game A.I. to robots and smart homes, the interactive capabilities we experience is similar to that we have with living beings.

In her article, Turkle compares robots to Pinocchio, a wooden puppet that turns into a living, breathing boy. Robotics is not far from creating human-like robots that perform daily activities much like we do.

It’s just a matter of time before we see robots in the home much similar to those we saw in the movie iRobot and in the video below.

Written by cor24leone

November 21, 2009 at 7:27 AM

Prepare for the future? Harder than it sounds.

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I cannot say I am surprised with the state our country is in when it comes to the technical abilities of American citizens. C.L. Selfe, author of Literacy and Technology Linked, provides good statistical information on where our country stands today with technology. Selfe points out that even though former president Clinton put the Technology Literacy Challenge into effect, the poorer parts of the country, like the inner cities which contain high numbers of poor colored students. Because there is no money in these areas, there are not many jobs, and not many people wanted to take jobs in these areas, because of the low income.

The lack of money is in direct relation to the lack of computers, and those that can teach students how to use them. Schools and the towns they reside in do not have the budget to buy computers when they can barely buy text books or pay their teachers a decent wage. So unless the government is willing to completely fund the purchase of technology for poorer public schools, or force well educated teachers to teacher in these areas, the minorities are sadly out of luck.

In terms of the literacy and technology going hand in hand, I believe that it is a matter of “out with the old, in with the new”. While I was in high school, my English teachers were often 60+ years old. We read from falling apart books filled with Shakespeare sonnets and watched fifty year old movies. Maybe as a younger generation of teachers begins to replace them, which have a better education for this time, students will be able to learn both technology and literacy.

I wish the world was as easy as asking the country to take charge and make sure that everyone has the best education possible, but there are neither the funds nor the man power to make this possible.

Written by augeregua

November 13, 2009 at 1:38 AM