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  • A jaw-dropping case of being painfully out of touch with reality was to be found in this Chicago Tribune article, carrying the subtitle “TMZ leads with early details, while Los Angeles Times and AP do the heavy lifting”, in which we read nonsense like:

     

    Gossip site TMZ.com, owned by Time Warner, was out in front with Jackson news and digital-era pipelines spread the word, as has happened before with other major celebrity news stories. But it was old media stalwarts that did the heavy lifting, with giants such as The Associated Press and the Web site of the L.A. Times, sister paper of the Chicago Tribune, reporting the fastest, most credible information on the emergency call for paramedics and ultimately his death.

  • "hybrid" and "converged" media landscape
  • the participation gap--the ability to meaningfully use digital technologies and new media--impacts participatory behavior and civic action far more than the digital divide
    • Shelly Blake-Plock
      Shelly Blake-Plock on 2009-06-22

      It's not about whether you are using a Mac or a cellphone, it's about whether you can use whatever you've got it a meaningful way.

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  • The only antidote to the government's control of digital and new media tools, this paper shows, was the widening of the networked public sphere to include Pakistanis in the diaspora and global media sources
    • Shelly Blake-Plock
      Shelly Blake-Plock on 2009-06-22

      Once the images and video are out there beyond the border-controls of a particular state, blocking is moot as far as building global awareness goes. The trick is getting the information out into those channels.

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  • To supplement reporting by New York Times journalists inside Iran on Saturday, The Lede will continue to track the aftermath of Iran’s disputed presidential election online, as we have for the last several days
    • Shelly Blake-Plock
      Shelly Blake-Plock on 2009-06-20

      This is the future of newsreporting: a synthesis of professional reporters in the field, a variety of bloggers, and Tweets and other social media supported by citizens experiencing events and commented on around the world in real-time.

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  • we can’t wait to begin to teach ourselves and our kids how to make sense of media that we ourselves have to edit.
  • verify and reverify
  • But the reality is that we as an educational system haven’t been doing a very good job of it.
    • Shelly Blake-Plock
      Shelly Blake-Plock on 2009-06-20

      Not to mention the fact that Tweets and blogs often have their own symbols, language, and references. Can't teach crit thinking/editing/writing in this sphere without understanding that; it's useless to teach how to read a Tweet critically merely by using printed text methods of critical engagement. The medium itself actually means something. Which is exactly why teachers and students should be actively engaged in reading blogs and Tweets.

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