Discussion: the impact of blogging technologies on traditional communication
- Reading summary
- Project time
- Take 10 minutes and read one of your classmates, someone whom you haven’t yet read
- Leave a comment (class participation, not required comment count) – include a question, either to the author or to the class
I know that most of the time there is a perceived level of objectivity in news reporting, but these things don’t happen in a vacuum and someone’s opinion is bound to influence stories. I think we recognize that as readers and it is therefore only natural that we find blogs to be more authentic and credible as a result. At least it’s clear which way political bias leans in blogs and it makes it easier for readers to understand how a post may be skewed.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the future of mainstream media begins to look a little less like a circus, and more like organizations who have to compete with more raw, real, and altogether better, though smaller, news sources. In competition, in my world I’m painting in my mind, mainstream media will start concentrating on unfettered, hard news. Pandering to drama will become a thing of the past.
Politics makes me sad. It really does. I get very frustrated because politics is all about getting your way and doing what’s best for the people whose hands are in your pockets, not the people you represent.
The million dollar question is, how do we integrate the web 2.0 into the existing structure? My personal opinion (and I’m pretty sure the economy would crash, again, if this advice were to be followed), is that it shouldn’t… The change I am suggesting is not just that we give up on local papers and local news channels – but we need a bigger culture shift. Be comfortable with listening to something and give credence to words and ideas and thoughts and feelings that come from something other than CNN and ‘brought to you by…’ pictures. It’s different than our parents past, and different from their parents. This is still the infancy of the Web 2.0 revolution, and right now it’s only the media that we are discussing, but we are in an in-between stage right now, and it isn’t far enough. I’m willing to walk down that path, because the only other option is to turn back.
- Andrea on Graham
- Ava on Dana [KG -> point out benefits of themes that provide permalinks for comments]
- Ben on Graham
- Benjamin on Charles
- Charles on Tim
- Cheryl on Glenn
- Doug on Charles
- Glenn on Charles
- Graham on Kimberly
- Jasmina on Katie
- John on Tasha
- Katie on ChrisA
- Kimberly on Ava and Zach
- Megan on John
- Shelby on John
- Tim on Graham
- Zach on Kimberly
I’m glad the author referenced the @BPGlobalPR Twitter feed at the height of the Gulf oil spill. To me, reading that every day, was like taking Jon Stewart, The Onion and Twitter, and mashing it with our collective frustrations and need to cope with the insanity and stupidity.
My Grandpa is a retired politician. He retired about 20 years ago. I remember finding a bunch of pot holders in an old box at his house when I was a kid. They were red, white and blue and they had his name on them, along with a small elephant silhouette. That was part of campaigning back then. When I asked him about the pot holders he said, “The idea was to try to get women votes.” Because of course that’s what a man of his age would say.
The second finding I was intrigued by stated that blog readers perceive blogs as a more credible source of news than any other medium, including newspapers, TV, and radio news. One of the reasons for this is because complex information is presented in a manner that is understandable and relevant to their audience. That is the exact reason that if I were to want to start following political news, I’d turn to blogs.
1. Discussion questions (small groups and then larger group)
- Why might readers perceive blogs as more credible than traditional news sources?
- How has politics been affected by social media?
2. Tips questions (small groups – summarize and comment on this blog post w/group member names)
- How do you find blog(s) that you follow? [political or otherwise]
- How do you evaluate a blog [political or otherwise] before committing and subscribing to it?
- How do you find blog(s) that you follow? [political or otherwise]
- There was a study finding in the “Why Blog?” paper that stated that blog readers perceive blogs as a more credible source of news than any other news medium. Why do you think this to be true? (If you even think it’s true.)
- What do you think it would be like [what would it take!] if something as big as CNN just completely abandoned television and went fully digital?
- What does it mean that politics has been affected by social media?
- How does politically concentrated blogging activities compare with offline participation in politicians campaigning for office?
- How do you evaluate a political blog (before committing and subscribing to it!)?
- what other arguments are there that support separating amateurs from professional?
- [flipped] how will formal news agencies affect blogging?
- Why does a political candidate get positive attention for taking full advantage of social media, when they likely don’t even know the login/password to their account?
- What would encourage consumers to look past their preconceived ideas?
- why do people never question the validity of anything in the media about politics? What gives them the “approval” stamp?
- How can we awaken people to other conversations when they’re not necessarily wanting to be open in the first place?
- What exactly makes a source credible?
- what impact do you think is being made through using social media?
- 15 fake and funny Twitter accounts, 2009 (via Kimberly)
- Impact of blogging on society and politics (Europe, 2007, Slideshare)
- How Blogs and Social Media are Changing Public Relations and the Way it is Practiced
- Technorati, Technorati State of the Blogosphere 2011
- 8% of the blogosphere is made up of corporate bloggers
- 13% of the blogosphere is made up of entrepreneurial endeavors
- About 30% have worked in traditional media
- Techmeme, Memeorandum, MediaGazer
Pick one of these questions and write post before we reconvene on Wednesday. Categorize as “assignment”
- What does it mean to be a citizen journalist?
- If we were to write a code of ethics for political or organizational bloggers, what are some things it should contain? How might the two be different? Here’s an example from 2002 and an example from 2007; here’s the SPJ code of ethics and the Washington News Council Tao of Journalism. From Slideshare: Do’s and Don’ts for Political Bloggers (Barcelona, 2010)
- What significant digital trend is likely to impact journalism next? [students respond]
- Work on projects solo or with project team members or ask me questions