Thursday, June 9, 2016

discussion !!!!!!!!

I want to discuss technology in school and how much it should be allowed. Is it too much a distraction for students to have cell phones or does it enhance what they can do in the classroom, or set them back? I think all teachers have different opinions on this, and I really think it depends on the curriculum being taught that determines whether or not it sets them back more than it pushes them forward.

In a Boston Globe article about cell phone  use in the classroom, they refer to students use of cell phones in the classroom as "the most vexing issue of the digital age for teachers". The article talks about how teachers can deal with this issue and if taking away the students cell phone is really the most effective way to deal with the issue. Lowell High School history teacher Miriam Morgenstern explains that part of her retirement was the rising use of teens texting, snapchatting, and checking their social media during her class. She complains that it is too hard to compete for the students attention with a funny YouTube video and it is wearing her down. The article also addresses the useful ways the internet is used in class on their smartphones. Students comment on classmates English blogs, and turn their Physics homework in on an app. These are ways cell phone use can enhance how our generation learns, but overway do the pros outway the cons, or vice versa?

Friday, May 27, 2016

What Does Your News Say About You?

I do not even want to know what my news sources say about me. It is probably really embarrassing. Considering the only time I read any type of news outside of school it comes from my social media feeds it is probably really ignorant to important things happening in the world. I try my best to educate myself on important social issues that are more real in this world than Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian breaking up but really cannot help what I care about and I truly do not care to read a world about new bills being passed in this state and I think that is mainly cause I am selfish but what else can you really do? No chance I am going to force myself to sit down and watch a news broadcast about something I care nothing about when there are so many better things I could be doing with my time.

Growing up I think the only news I ever really heard was being picked up from daycare and riding in the car home with my mom and not talking when the 4 o'clock news turned on. I think that is basically the only news I was exposed to besides reading my cousins Tiger Pop magazines about the Sprouse brothers (who have both only gotten better looking with age). I would listen to my parents conversations about politics and I remember them occasionally telling me about something happening in the world that might affect my family. When the Iraq war started I remember being a 2nd grader being sat down by my parents and having basically them dumb down an explanation of what a war is and how my dad might have to leave for 10 months to go "stop the bad guys". That is probably the only news I really heard until I got a cell phone.

As much as I would hate to say it, my phone has changed my life. I am probably extremely addicted to it and rely on it more than I should. But with that, I definitely feel like I have also learned a lot of things. Although some of those things may be useless and knowing how to cut a oversize t-shirt in 14 different outfit ideas is NEVER going to come in handy I think I have also learned a bunch of beneficial things too. I think there are a lot more benefits to have the whole world wide web in our pockets every day than there are harms, if you use it correctly. Obviously some kids are going to only pay attention to their Kim Kardashian game and social media sites but their are also thousands of people that don't care to pick up a newspaper on a Saturday morning. We just need to learn to use all the technology available to us in more appropriate ways than not.  I think learning to be more tech-savvy and understanding how to do a lot more things on a computer than some of the older generations is definitely going to come in handy for us. Technology is inevitably the future and knowing this young how to already maneuver through is so well is going to help the advancement of technology as we get older so much.

Media Ownership \_(ツ)_/

The role of traditional newspaper has changed dramatically just in the past 10 years. Before you went to the internet to get all your information for news you really only had TV, radio and the newspaper. On TV they aren't constantly broadcasting breaking news, they have specified times where people come on and report. It may have been inconvenient for people, but you always turned on the radio at the top of the hour because if you wanted to be informed on the news and what was happening in the world, you listened. Then there's the people who just solely relied on getting their news every Sunday when the Star Tribune was delivered to their doorstep. Now, you can just log onto the internet and all the most recent is just thrown in your face. I think most of my news comes from the social media feeds and also being forced in history class to watch CNN students news. Not that that is a bad thing, I am happy that is part of my day because the news I read about on my twitter feed and when I slide right on my snapchat and read the stories there differ so much in basically the fact that one is important and one is not. Learning of Obamas trip to the site of the Hiroshima bombing and reading a cosmo article on school dress codes are two totally different things. As much as I hate to say it, sadly I prefer the latter. I think our generation is very ignorant to what happens in the world and I think we really only care about ourselves and stuff that happens that affects our life directly. If I want to find out something I just log on and type it in and see what people are tweeting about it. The role of the traditional newspaper now I think is for people who don't really always have access to check news sources online, and for people that are just so used to it. All older generations have been reading the newspaper their whole lives and that is just how they get their news but I think printed out newspaper publication will slowly dwindle down every year our generation grows up and does not subscribe and support the industry, until their are virtually none being printed anymore.

I don't really see any danger in people being able to choose their sources and being exposed to only things that interest them besides the fact that if someone is only reading about stuff that interests them how are they supposed to learn about other things that are going on around them, to me it's a little selfish or ignorant. If you really want to just read about things that interest you, fine. But I think you should take some time to learn about something else. I think no matter how much fun you have reading quirky news about your favorite celebrities you should try and equally educate yourself on the stuff you may not be as interested in that is happening in the world because I think a lot of people would be better off and basically the whole world would be if most people were more informed on important economic and political issues. Our generation can't really expect to be ignorant to all this their whole lives and someday expect to be the next president of the united states. We need to inform ourselves on issues and mistakes being made now or else we are basically screwed when we are expected to be the law makers and judges and such.

In my future I will most likely not subscribe to the newspaper or anything because there is no chance I would read it. Why pay extra to waste paper and have it brought to my home when I can just download a free news app and get the same information on my phone wherever I am without having to carry around a huge thing of papers.

Fake News !!!!!!!!!!!!!!@@@!@!@!!!!!

I really enjoyed this unit on satire news. I love reading ClickHole and like websites and just the weird hilarious stuff they come up with this. Before this I was not aware of what The Daily Show put out there or was. To me this is definitely a way of news and an efficient one. I like that there is humor in the way they tell the stories and a lot of sarcasm but at the same time you are still learning about things that are going on. It makes people interested enough to read or watch it but then also they are actually being educated in a form. I do not think that it is overall a better way to have news reported. People still need the real facts and if they have all sarcastic and (somewhat) twisted facts it would not end well. When people talk about the news with other people and are discussing things they wouldn't really be able to have a genuine conversation about it because the facts would be real, but not always completely accurate.

I think traditional media outlets could definitely benefit from adding a little satire to their webpages and such. I do not think all of the new on their should always be satiric because people in older generations that have been getting their news from this source their whole lives and are used to it would most likely not enjoy it, and would probably think it is stupid. I don't think that they can change their ways too much. Yes, that would increase viewers but, then there would be the regular viewers who would decide that they don't like the way they're reporting now and then switch to a different news source. But adding a little bit of satire to a blog or news website I think would be beneficial for millennials and the younger generation because basically we love humour. I just think satire is very useless when there is no truth behind it. I get you have to twist it a little bit (and sometimes a lot) but I think overall it should cover a important topic, with actual facts. But that is only if it is on a traditional news site. I think ClickHole and the Onion should keep being their own outlandish brand because that is what people love about satiric websites like that.

The fact that only 10% of teens have an interest in news surprises me. Teenagers are always informed of what is going on because of their social networking. Although they might not be sitting down and watching the 5 o'clock news (because yes, it is boring), they still are informed but just have a different way of getting it. The only reason I think that they are saying that it is reported poorly is because it's not what they are used to and it's mostly facts and no humor. More teenagers would enjoy news sources like The Daily Show. On the other hand it does not surprise me at all that 66% of teenagers only get their news from the front page of whatever their search engine is on their computer. Most teenagers get on the computer to look up answers to their homework or check social media not to go to their favorite news reporting website and read all the breaking news stories.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

chu chu chu oice

Every human on this whole earth no matter black, white, red, orange, yellow, tall, short, skinny, fat, makes at least 59 choices every day. The choice to go to work or to stay home. The choice to pick the boy with the blonde hair or the brown hair. These are normal choices for every one. Journalists are faced with different choices. They have to choose whether to write the front page article on a suicide in the middle of Times Square or to write about the woman who adopted 500 puppies. They can play it safe or, they can risk it all. Although not everyone goes through this, journalists have it sometimes tougher than others. Covering someones untimely death may be hard and risky and edgy, but thats what people read. A respected journalist is able to bug people and in my eyes I think thats what they should be doing. Every article they write I think should make people mad and if I was able to write like that I would be proud. Although you are making people mad you are making them think enough about your article to stir up peoples emotions and make them feel something towards the article enough to say to their friend "Hey, did you see what _____ posted in the New York Times the other day? Absolutely terrible I hate them!" As much as some people would not be able to handle being hated by people, I think as long as they are talking about you, you are doing something right.

As much as I would enjoy the making-people-mad part of journalism that is not always the way people go. Some journalists make the choice to go with a very soft and nice article that people skim through and smile at and say how cute, but anger will always over power that. Let's say your boyfriend cheats on you, you still love him but you are SO angry at him there is no way you can still be with him. Love, in my own opinion, is one of the strongest emotions you can feel and yet anger still overcomes it. So personally, if my world ever ends up coming to be a journalist I think I would make the choice to write edgy articles that piss people off because in the end, anger over comes all other emotions, even love.

The Future

This week we have been working on projects talking about and showing the different ways we think journalism could potentially be headed in. Although a lot of these may be extremely outlandish and odd I do not think there was a single idea that was outlandish enough to put past this world. The things we have discovered and the technology we have invented are unreal and thinking back 50 years I bet some of the resources we have available to ourselves, with easy access, are things that our grandparents never would of even thought possible. Now, with the evolution of all these devices and enhancements to our devices come with different ways of hearing of current events.

The way we went about trying to think of ways that journalism could head into was inserting a chip into your occipital lobe after age 18 and then the viewer can see whenever they choose to whatever they want to, right through your eyes. The viewer would have to option to turn it on and off and others would not know when they had it on. Once activated they would have an option between local news and national news and other extra extensions you can get installed, for lack of better terms. The viewer would be able to essentially zone out and would be able to hear if they are watching a video with extra parts of the chip that connect to your hearing, although that would be extra.

Another group who's project I was able to look at designed sort of like a tablet app. When it was opened you would have multiple choices as to what kind of story you would read and then the app/tablet would alter to what you really enjoyed. I think they were going less into the future than we were and thats ok because what they talked about was really something I can see someone inventing now but I don't know how many people would buy a tablet just to watch the news when they could slide right on snapchat and read the same stuff a lot more easily. I liked the thought of how convenient it is but I am not interested in the news enough nor do I watch it on a daily basis so I feel like it would not have much use for me.

Reflection: I joined my group kind of late because I was gone for 2 days so Brian and Karrisa already had the idea, but I helped make the project slide show on Google slides and that is all we really had to do. I talked to them about the project a bit too which was kind of cool because Brian had some really smart ideas and thoughts about the whole thing.


Monday, February 22, 2016

The Survival of Tangible Journalism

The tangibility of any type of journalism is slowly diminishing, for the good or for the bad? Although the good or bad is all opinion, the underlying factor is we are seeing more digital journalism than not. The American Press Institute reports that 69% of Americans get their daily news online. The leading way of viewing the news from the 1,492 surveyed was the television.

Can journalism survive like this? I think through the easy access of news now, journalism will thrive. People always have their phones on them and the accessibility is an advantage. Even teens are looking at the news when they are bored and have nothing else to do, they can slide right on their SnapChats and click on different news sources and slide through and view stories that interest them. I believe this is wonderful and the easy access and what news they use makes young adults interested and engages them  in something they may not of given any time to view otherwise.

In my previous paragraph I focused more so on just journalism and not the outlets it is offered. As to the survival of the newspaper, I think that will not last too much longer. I am pretty happy with this, probably only because it saves trees and their is no use to really prints out thousands of copies of a paper for people to view something they could view on their phone. Although this is going to slowly make humans more attached to their electronic devices I think this is something that is happening whether we like it or not so may as well embrace the ways our electronic devices are being used positively more so than the 'negative' ways. They are being used to learn more and engage people with their culture.

As to what journalism is; I think this is extremely flexible. Journalism is really whatever the reader/viewer wants it to be. Journalism is different to everyone and what they perceive as journalism which can vary between all types of potential journalism. In my eyes I think anything talking about current or relevant issues is journalism. I believe it should be true. In no way are trashy tabloids journalism when they are putting out lies, that's bullshit. It is basically written gossip and the 'journalists' that write tabloids are basically trash that are desperate for money or to make a name for themselves even if it is based off projecting lies to naive Americans trying to believe the worst out of the people they adore and idolize. Some of these stories may be the truth but I really do not believe it is journalism when they are trashing and bullying people, no matter their social ranking. Recently The National Enquirer recently posted a story on their website called "Die, Daddy, Die!" this story may be a true story but it is trash. That is not journalism. Stories as stupid as that cannot be called journalism just because they are just so idiotic. That may contradict other beliefs but personally, I just don't think so.

Sorry, that was a heated paragraph but one thing I think Americans need to realize. Deciding what is and isn't journalism is really up to the reader, and what people want to read/view is really all up to them. I think I have used the word journalism the maximum amount of times one can in a blog, so let's end with that, journalism.