Posts tagged ‘Controversial’

May 2, 2012

Yellow Journalism and Scare Mongering

My final post is concerned with the term “yellow journalism”. It describes a type of journalism and publication which uses large headlines, big pictures and sensationalist terms to appeal to readers. The British Press has somewhat of a reputation when it comes to its obsession with tabloid newspapers, especially when an interesting and controversial story is made public. I am writing about the origins of yellow journalism and its perks and pitfalls when it comes to subject matter. Yellow journalism has also been described as an instigator in moral panics or scare mongering and I shall be providing examples as to how this type of journalism is beneficial and dangerous.

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March 23, 2012

Freedom of Speech vs. Journalism

The term ‘Press freedom‘ encompasses so many different aspects, from the right to free speech to the protection of journalists in conflict situations. Freedom of speech remains debated between news organisations and political and social groups. Should press freedom allow journalists to report on what they wish or are journalists exercising freedom of speech too liberally?

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March 13, 2012

The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz- Critical Review

The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz is the eye-witness testimony of solider Denis Avey. Captured in Libya and sent to the camp E715, it neighboured the concentration camp Auschwitz III, Buna-Monowitz. There he claims to have switched places with a Dutch Jewish inmate and stayed within the concentration camp for a night on two separate occasions. Avey’s account boasts a voyage of an out-spoken, laddish soldier, drawn into the war by the promise of adventure, eventually turned into an emotionally-repressed and fearful individual. While many books have been written by survivors of the Holocaust, this book explores the man who risked his own well-being on a task which was spurred by his need to bear witness to what events were unfolding within Germany’s secret camps.

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March 2, 2012

The Journalist and the Law: How to avoid being sued

There is a delicate balance between journalism and the law. The law has adapted to fit to the new types of media which encompass our world but the balance remains as to how the law can regulate the media when the media is the outlet which brings the information to the masses. If there is a need to know and a need to share, is the law there protecting or hindering?

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February 23, 2012

Journalism and Social Media: The New Frontier

I have previously written about the advantages and disadvantages of living in a world when Twitter and Facebook have become crucial tools in the journalism field. Making points about the speed of reporting and the misinformation that could be spread around when reporting using social media, I have not fully explored the advantages of such a tool. While reading ‚ÄėThe Big Book of Social Media‚Äô edited by Robert Fine, many advantages of social media are discussed and how it has helped release a new type of online journalism. One that celebrates independence and recognition.

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February 16, 2012

Straight from the Source

As a report is released in the UK today citing the protection of whistle blowers and sources as a priority, it is always important to distinguish which sources are considered reliable. Credibility within the news and journalism cycle is always paramount. If you do not get a reliable source when writing or broadcasting a piece then you run the risk of being disciplined, fired or even sued. The question always is, what makes a source credible?

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February 1, 2012

News Journalism and the Social Media: Reporting Events in 140 Characters

The internet has undeniably changed the way we write. Blogs, online Newspapers and Magazine websites have formed a new tool of communication in which one piece of writing can reach thousands, if not millions, of people all around the world.

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December 15, 2010

Is virtual reality just fun or dangerous?

Anybody else born in the 1990s will remember the Sims computer game which created a virtual family which you could control. A popular 3D website is ‘Second Life‘ which was first¬†launched¬†in 2003. Last month, up to 21.3 million were registered with ‘Second Life’ and one can wonder, is virtual reality safe or dangerous?

Some individuals have a problem distinguishing fantasy from reality as has been seen by many crimes, especially concerning children, where the media influences have been a problem. Most in the UK will remember the case of Jamie Bulger in 1993 where the young two-year old was taken from a shopping centre and subject to torture and was finally murdered by two other children, Robert Thompson aged 10 and John Venables also aged 10. It was suggested after the murder, in court, that the two children enjoyed watching ‘Child’s Play‘ which was a disturbing film and that’s when the question was asked, can media influence actions?

In 2007, the popular television series CSI: New York, made an episode entitled ‘Down the Rabbit Hole‘ where a trained assassin was using ‘Second Life’ to track down victims by gaining their trust through the game and meet with them. In reality, several claims have been made against ‘Second Life’ regarding their privacy settings and their avatars. Some have argued that ‘Second Life’ can’t force people to log out of their Avatars so they have no control over how much time some people are staying at the site. This could have bad consequences for the fantasy vs. reality debate but also imply serious health risks. In 2007, Islamic militants were suspected of using ‘Second Life’ to hunt down new recruits and to practice real-life terrorism in the virtual reality world. This in not uncommon with the increase of technology and the availability of social websites where people are free to roam and talk. It’s unclear how many Islamic militants were hired from the avatar website but it’s clear that it did work.

There are even more examples of individual behaviour which can effect others. In Cornwall 2008, a woman was granted a divorce from her husband when she found him conducting several affairs with avatars in ‘Second Life’. It’s hard to believe, but I found several other divorce cases where the spouse was having an affair on ‘Second Life’. It’s unfortunate but that’s what being another character all together can do to some people. They forget they have real-life consequences.

However, some have claimed that virtual reality sites have positive¬†implications for individuals who use it. ‘Second Life’ has been praised by many for building a strong online community. You can help build a community space for yourself and there have been projects for the community such as building a replica of the Eiffel Tower. The site also encourages people to search for their existing friends and then make more friends through them. The virtual reality element helps make the impossible possible. You can travel around by teleporting and even flying to a destination. The community is made real by even having their own currency called ‘Linden Dollars‘. It has been praised by postmodern surrealists who love the ever-changing scenery and the complex characters.

There is the danger from virtual reality websites such as ‘Second Life’ where the online community can become a reality for those who find it hard to distinguish from real life. Even though there have been cases of criminal activity linked back to the users on the site, these are apparently isolated cases. Mostly, people praise the site for it’s escapism and individuals can delve into a world of flying, avatars and projects. It is fair to say that most people need an escape from everyday life such as watching the television, having a stiff drink or participate in a virtual reality world. As long as those who can distinguish between their online life and their real life do not pose a threat, then it can be just seen as harmless fun.

December 13, 2010

Paparazzi vs. Celebrities

Who hasn’t had a skim through a magazine and seen a celebrity in a¬†compromising¬†position? Or had a look on HeatWorld or Perez Hilton‘s blog to read the latest celebrity gossip? Many may just think of the images as a¬†crucial¬†element to any article or feature but now there are several celebrities who have said that they want the “stalking” by the paparazzi to stop so they can live a normal life. Should celebrities been granted more privacy or, having their careers made by the public, should they just accept that this is the lifestyle of being a celebrity?

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December 13, 2010

Are student protests helping or hindering?

University Students all over the UK have been participating in protests in the last few months to protest against the proposed rise in University fees under the coalition Government. These protests have been posted in news all across the Country but some have claimed that the protests are getting out of hand after protestors attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla last Thursday. These events have sparked a major security concern over the royals and it could be claimed that the student protests are hindering the image of students more than helping the cause.

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