Questions, Week 5

Posted on 24 April 2007. Filed under: Questions |

All Questions At 11.05. Colleen – no post; Justin – no questions; Matt – no post; Mineko – no post; no questions last week.

  • Is the verification process (inserting hyperlinks, checking facts) put forth in blogs is really reasonable to assume of readers?

  • Is a possible downside of blogging that journalists who rely on bloggers for fact-checking or tips on stories are influenced by a “tyranny of the majority”? Is majority always right?

  • Do you know of any government blogs, chatrooms or wikis where politician really engage in conversations?

  • In Dispatches on page 94, it says “in best- case scenarios, citizens are learning to sort throught the rich body of information, making independent decisions … in the worst-case scenarios, [they]choose only sources that reinforce their predispostions, entrenching polariazation and narrowing the debates.” I wonder, in percentages, how many people are becoming more enriched and informed vs. those who who are using the information to just build upon their narrow-mindedness. Has anyone or is there any way to poll this and find out the effects of all this information as being positive or negative?
  • In We the Media pg. 63, Gillmor asks “will journalists who do participate in the online discussion of their work … hit the law of diminishing returns?” I don’t really understand what this question is asking.
  • Chapter 5 of We the Media discusses “Meetup” a web site for people to gather and talk about lifestyle topics like “knitting, medical issues,” etc. but later became a place where pro-Howard Dean bloggers became connected. Is Meetup now a political site or is it still supposed to be mainly for lifestyle issues?
  • How do you think the internet, specifically the blogosphere, will change the way journalists cover stories during the next 10 years?
  • Should journalists be part of the online discussion surrounding their work? If so, to what extent?
  • How can journalists use the internet and other media to make their work more transparent? Can you think of any good examples of the way this is being done now?
  • Could fundraising through the internet lead to a smaller dependency on interest groups?
  • Can sifting through every bit of information on every event or person lead to problems?
  • What is the most important role that blogging can play?
  • At what point is new technology an invasion of privacy? Does this apply to corporations or should they have complete transparency with the public?
  • Is objectivity or trying to reach objectivity in news ruining journalism?
  • Do you think that readers want to know what the author of the article really believes? Or do they just want the information?
  • What negative aspects do you see with the rise of citizen journalism?
  • In the case of Walter Cronkite, do you think his reported words would have altered your thoughts on news events?
  • Do you think citizen journalism crosses the line of objective reporting and advocacy often? How does this change the way you think?

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does citizen journalism apply most directly to alternative news media?

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