Throughout this semester, we have explored new media and particularly, its effect on politics. We have done this through readings, class discussions, and blog posts. As the semester ends, we wanted to leave the blog with some final thoughts about what we think is in store for the future.
We tend to discuss the future of online [...]
Before the closing of this blog, I wanted to bring up a medium that hasn’t been discussed much: television. We’ve heard about how NPR is doing, but not much about CNN.
An interesting article I stumbled upon spoke extensively about how new media and the internet has forced print publications to change, but may entirely kill out [...]
In our last class, Vivian Schiller talked a bit about the NPR business model and how the revenue streams there allow for continued investigative journalism. However, in the corporate world where profit matters so much, it often affects the content being produced–in other words, the ever-present Editor versus Publisher conflict of decision-making based on content or [...]
Last week, a rumor circulated in the online news circles that Chief Justice Roberts was retiring soon. The rumor originated from a Georgetown Law professor who wanted to teach the lesson of reliable sources to his students. He began the class announcing that an unnamed but completely reliable source told him this news, then revealed after [...]
Continuing off our class discussion about the use of new media for the oppressed in certain countries and the ‘public image’ consequences of causing a blackout, I wanted to post some recent news on the Google/China feud.
As you may recall, there was some controversy in January between Google and China over a cyberattack that seemed to [...]
I stumbled upon an article in Wired titled “Twitter, Facebook Won’t Make You Immoral–but TV News Might,” written in response to a study suggesting that “rapid-fire media may confuse your moral compass.” Evidently, although the brain is capable of very fast reactions, human empathy takes a few extra seconds–meaning that the fast pace of news today [...]
Calhoun Masters Tea
Nicholas Thompson is coming to Calhoun as a guest speaker for one of my other classes (“Journalism, Liberalism, Democracy”) and hosting a master’s tea afterwards on the topic “Can New Media Rescue News Reporting?” so I thought I’d pass on the information to this class in case anyone was interested. The event [...]
I thought I’d make a few comments here about the effect of the New York Times pay wall that’s expected to go up in a year. All they’ve really said is that it will be a metered pay wall, and whatever the model may be might change “in response to economic conditions and reader demand.” CNet’s [...]