Posts tagged ‘Internet’

March 29, 2012

Citizen Journalism and the Age of Misinformation

Citizen journalism has blossomed in an age of internet resources. Twitter, Facebook and news sites such as Now Public  enable anyone with a computer to become a journalist in its most basic terms. They report on events if they’ve witnessed them and they can upload photos of what they’ve seen and all this information is distributed around the public domain. However, I should make it clear that citizen journalism is not limited to the internet. In print publications, they rely on photographs and images, many of which are provided by citizen journalists.

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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 12, 2012

The freedom of information: Extending expertise in news features

Whilst news is constructed around a specific event and follows the criteria relating to the inverted pyramid of news writings who, what, where, when and why, the news feature is something more of a longitude,  wider picture. It is the complete story on a recent topic and while it is written with similar urgency to a typical news story, it is based around the additional facts with provide the reader with more information. This post is looking at what to include and effective examples of news features to illustrate.

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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 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 11, 2012

Hitting a deadline

Most jobs entail a certain level of concentration and commitment. Most jobs also have deadlines, numbers you have to reach and reports you have to get drafted. However, in journalism the concept of deadlines is slightly more heightened to the point of thinking of each piece as a time trap.

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January 9, 2011

Website Comparative Analysis- NGI Creative and Advertech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The internet has been expanding since the 1980s and since then has become a prime location for business and its consumers. This growth in information technology means that many businesses can manufacture an online company website. Advertising has always been involved with popular culture ever since the 1900s when the photographic element was combined and now many sites show pop-ups or sidebars for advertising a business or a product. The internet can help a business or product by appealing to its demographic audience and the types of advertising. ‚ÄúThe multimedia aspect of the web content is more closely related to the types of advertisements with which they are familiar- such as colour spreads in magazines, boxed advertisements in newspapers and commercial breaks in TV and radio.‚ÄĚ (Barrett, 1997) This means that with the internet, a demographic is easy to reach with advertisements and the consumer psychology of relate-able layout and design is easy to implement.

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January 9, 2011

Apple Company- Timeline

Initially started in 1976 by Steven Wozniak and Steven Jobs, the company ‘Apple‘ has suffered against corporate business and individual distress to become the house-hold name it holds today as well as a business worth more than $200 billion.

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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.