Chapter 3

I myself, am not a part of any of these such communities, but I have friend who are.  The friends who are, are a part of World Of Warcraft and groups like that.  These friends, to most, would be considered nerds.  Most would be considered socially awkward and loners.  I think their motives are the same as what motivates most people to do, well just about anything: Connections to other humans.  WOW provides something they enjoy (intrinsic motivation) and a connection to others who enjoy the same things.




Cognitive Surplus Ch 2.

I agree with the Author that cyberspace and the real world no distinctly separated.  Now days, people depend on cyberspace to get them through the real world.  People use dating sites, gps apps, restaurant review apps and just about any other app you can think of that helps people get through their day.  I feel like the net, cyberspace or whatever you may want to call it has become fully integrated into our daily lives.  You can wear you technology, hold it in your hand, and connect it to your car.
The similar difference in the web and the printing press is that both made sharing something with the public easier than it was prior to the advent of either.  The difference is, it’s much easier to access and publish on the web today than it was to publish on the printing press back then. 
When there is an abundance of things, the quality may not be as good or the object may not be as coveted.  When something is in short supply, it is rare, and highly coveted. 
I think the web has become a great source of news.  Good or bad.  I didn’t read the newspaper much until there was an online version.  I didn’t have the time.  But now, i can read it in the Dr. office, waiting in line at McDonalds, or even at a stop light (bad idea).  I am more informed than i was prior to the media being as easily accessible as it is now. 


Cognitive Surplus Ch 1.

TV and my household have a love/hate relationship.  In the Winter months, we love it, can’t get enough of it, during the summer, we don’t pay it as much attention.  Because we, as Fairbanksans, are confined to the warm comforts of inside for the majority of winter, I find it difficult to not watch TV.  We all need an escape at some point, and when it’s dark and -50, our good friend the TV provides that escape.  I feel it is getting increasingly more difficult to enjoy good family viewing anymore due to nudity, sex and language, but that is another subject entirely. Yes, there is ALWAYS something you can be doing other than veggin’ out in front of the tube, but lets’s face it, sometimes it’s mentally relaxing to just sit there and not have to really think and just view.  To laugh at what’s right there in front of you.  People find time to do the things the want to do.  Sometimes that means putting off homework until the last minute to enjoy a favorite TV show.

I think what he means when saying “more is different” is: when there is less, it’s easier to anticipate, or predict.  As more happens, the variables change. Things are less predictable.

I think LOLCATZ are at the very least accessing a creative side in people. It’s provoking a thought process that is followed by an action. In my opinion, an action, as small as it may seem, is better than inactivity that others may view as watching TV. 🙂 

Other than a Wiki at work, I use the same sites (FB, Twitter) that were presented in this class. 

Feed Reading

After using the Google Reader, I must say, I like Feed Reading.  I was very apprehensive about it at first, but it does in fact save a lot of time having all my regularly visited sites all right there on one page.  This will definitely be something that I continue using after the class.  This was my first experience with feed reading.  

Blog Review: LewRockwell describes itself as “An anti-state/pro-market site on the net”.  This site reminds me of the Moonbattery blog I reported on earlier. This is a libertarian website with, in my opinion, one-sided reporting. I get a “conspiracy-theory” feel from this blog. Here is a “story” about the Afghan president being paid by CIA.  It just sounds like conspiracy theories. The stories found here are nothing like the stories I would find in my newspaper.  I didn’t see sources cited.  It’s not a blog I would frequent.  

Blog Review: AmericaBlog is a liberal american blog. The blog reports on current news events with everything from politics to firemen saving kittens from trees.  The blog is largely liberal.  The blog bears a close resemblance to the news you would find in a local newspaper.  I didn’t see any articles extreme in either direction. As far as i could see, there weren’t any sources cited on this site. Overall I got a good feel from this site.  I liked it. 


Here is a post I thought was interesting and that says a lot about how far our country has come and still how far we have to go when it comes to black/white. 

Review: Moonbattery is described as “Critique, commentary and discussion of left-leaning political factions” on it’s site. This blog “reports” on issues such as gun-control, weapons in school, and other issues that are forefront in the media.  There was an article about a boy who was suspended from school for bringing a swiss army knife on a week-long school camping trip.  The blog “reported” the kid was threatened with expulsion, had the police called on him, and was confined for the remainder of the trip.  It posted a picture of the boy, who looked about 9 or 10 with the 2-3 inch long swiss army knife.  It reported outrage and disbelief that this could happen.  That the knife was a tool, and so forth.  I agree that the situation was bad for the kid, and maybe the administrators overreacted, but the fact is the kid broke a rule.  The kid failed to abide by school policy and was punished for it.  The blog was set on bashing the policy itself without acknowledging any wrong doing by the kid or parent.  I didn’t see any sources cited. I wouldn’t look to this blog for news so to speak.  The blog had pictures of the President, with a caption contest, pictures of the First Lady, mocking her.  While entertaining and though provoking, I wouldn’t call it a reliable source of news, it’s very one-sided.



Blogging and Jounalism

Are bloggers journalists?

I believe that some bloggers are journalists.  I do not see the housewife blogging about her day to day life and family vacations as a journalist, but I guess to some, her posts could be considered “news”.  


Why or why not?

I believe “news” is in the eye of the beholder.  I consider the start of the summer tour of my favorite band “news” but others may not.  I think that the word “journalist” has a denotation that you have went to school, have a degree and work for some sort of publication, but the connotation nowadays has taken on more

Bloggers have been responsible for breaking and carrying news stories that have resulted in senators losing their jobs and possibly changed the course of the last presidential election. Is that good or bad?


Maybe bad for the senators who’ve lost their jobs and the candidates who’ve lost, but good for people who were more informed than they would have been otherwise. Blogs are another source for information. Just like any other outlet, if the source creditable then the information will fly.  

Should bloggers have the same rights (to access events, interview, etc) and protections (not to have to reveal their sources) as nespaper and television reporters?

I’m not sure if there is a licensing procedure or some process for journalists that grants them the protections and rights, but I would say if there is, then as long as the blogger goes through the process, then why not grant them the same rights and protections

In your answer, consider a few hypothetical scenarios based on real-world incidents:

Scenario One: a reporter for a major newspaper reports, using anonymous sources, on a falsified government document. When the government agency attempts to force him to reveal his source, he refuses… and is protected by a “shield law” that he does not have to reveal those sources. A blogger breaks the exact same story at the exact same time. Should he receive the same protection? Would your answer change if you found out the blogger had been running a news and politics blog for years? What if she’d never posted a news story before but stumbled onto this one?

I feel like there has to be a standard.  Like I mentioned before, I’m not sure if there is licensing or some process journalists have to go through for this protection.  IF there is, then I feel to be protected, everyone has to go through the same process.  I guess as a measure of fairness?  I’m not sure how to put it, but there needs to be a standard. 

Scenario Two: A blogger applies to receive press credentials so he can get into a political event. He is denied, because he’s “not a journalist,” even though many reporters are allowed in who have fewer readers than the blogger. Is that fair? Would it matter if, instead of news bloggers and newspaper reporters the same situation arose at a fashion show with a writer for a fashion magazine and a fashion blogger?

There should be a set standard for credentialing. 

Social Media and Revolution

I agree with both.  Social Media isn’t absolutely needed, but it sure does spread the word fast.  Had there been twitter, texting and other fast forms of communication back then, things could have changed faster.  

I think technology matters a LOT when it comes to politics.  I remember being my sons age (12) and not having nearly as much information he as when it comes to politics.  He had so many facts and questions during the elections.  Technology has made this information easily available to EVERYONE.   I just don’t remember being that into elections when I was his age, and I have to assume it’s b/c the info wasn’t as readily available. 

There are potential dark sides to everything when in the wrong hands. 

Diigo and Flikr

  I definitely like flickr.  I see myself using this a lot.  I got lost a few times just browsing all the photos by other users.  I understand the concept of Diigo, but I really don’t see myself using this all that much.  Both sites are apart of this interconnected social world we are all linked into.