Week 3 Questions

Posted on 14 April 2008. Filed under: Questions |

Each week, I compile your questions in a post like this. Having your questions and link here is the first step towards my recording the week’s points in the spreadsheet. It is your responsibility to alert me if I erred (did not mark an extra-credit or missed your questions).

Remember: questions must NOT be closed-ended …if the answer is “yes or no” … then think and rephrase. This will help you when you are preparing for an interview!

  1. Faith
    1) Though Gillmor mentioned that the blogosphere helps to reduce the control of the corporate world (which brings to mind the idea of political economy and big media conglomerate), how can the power of the blogosphere and accessibility to open-source information be maintained if big conglomerates start buying over the blogosphere?
    2) The editor is the gatekeeper of news in the traditional news organization. How will this change when the audience becomes the gatekeeper of news, deciding what kind of news they want through engaging in online conversation and providing news tip off?
  2. Jason (ec):
    1) Is privacy being taken from us or are we forfeiting it? By keeping online journals are we giving up the rights to our lives? [closed-ended]
    2) Is new technology a necessary precursor to the desire for increased democratization? or vice versa? [closed-ended]
  3. Jessica (turn on comments!)
    * How will the major move to internet news lead to the demise of newspapers as we know them at both the local and the national levels?
    * In what ways do/does You Tube have the potential to affect our world in world in a negative rather than positive way?
  4. Kendra (ec)
    1) According to Stefanac’s interview with Sterling, Wikipedia is becoming a very popular research tool, but questions are constantly being raised about the validity of the articles. Since the data on Wikipedia is constantly changing and improving, how and when will it become known as a credible source for research?
    2) In relation to “reputation economics” and peoples’ ability to create their own reputation, how do real authors and critics set themselves apart from novice bloggers? For instance, on movie reviews, how does one determine the validity of the post and the credibility of the author?
  5. Khair
    1. What do you think has been the impact of research and advancement of artificial intelligence technologies on blogging?
    2. What do you see as the impact of advertisement revenue sharing on journalistic integrity of bloggers?
  6. KC
    1) If Obama wins the 2008 election, will we in hindsight credit his advisors ability to mobilize donors and supporter from his online/web-based campaign efforts? [closed-ended]

    2) Can you trust a blog under the umbrella of a biased major media outlet to be unbiased? [closed-ended]
    3) Since blogs are seen as such an independent form of news reporting, I wonder what the traditional media outlet’s success is with blogging? And how would we measure this?
    4) Do Hillary supporters feel as connected through online avenues to her campaign as I feel to Obamas’ campaign? Is she utilizing the Web as well as he is? [closed-ended]

  7. Lorin (ec)
    1. As more printed informational materials like newspapers, books, magazines and pamphlets are published online, how will this change our traditional libraries?
    2. Why do so many people object to Wikipedia, do you think? Several schools have banned it as a reference site, and it’s possible it could put encyclopedia companies out of business. Would we rather have someone else telling us what goes in our encyclopedias (which describe for the most part how the world is and what happened in it throughout history) or be able to participate in that creation ourselves?
  8. Nicole B. (ec) (remember categories, turn on comments)
    1.) Do you think the police should use personal blogs and social network profiles to assist with investigations? If so, how accurate do you think they are?
    2.) Think about your own personal blog and or facebook-like profiles. Do you have information or images posted that people could twist and make you appear to be someone you’re not? What do you think the implications of this are? What kinds of precautions do bloggers and online gurus need to take?
  9. Nicole C (ec)
    1) Many professionals believe sites like Wikipedia are not credible resources. How can wikis be credible/gain credibility when anyone can edit the content?
    2) How will text messaging (SMS) further change the scope of rapid communication?
  10. Samantha
    1) Why are some people so willing to divulge their most personal and private thoughts in a way that makes them so public?
    2) Why are people so interested in reading the most personal and private thoughts of people they don’t even know sometimes?
  11. Sara1) What are some differences between the styles of journals/diaries kept throughout history?
    2) How has technology changed journalism?
    3) How can we scope out the “coolest” new blogs?
  12. Whitney B (ec)1) How is the English language going to be affected by the technical age, not only the internet, but in blogs and text messaging?
    2) How (if at all) is Web society missing out by not being able to include older, less tech savvy generations?
  13. Whitney T (ec)
    1) How would you recommend changing our educational systems access to technology to level the playing field for all children to learn about new Web 2.0 technologies such as blogging. Do you think blogging is important and lasting enough communication medium to teach in the classroom?
    2) At what age is it appropriate to introduce social media to children in an academic setting? How much discretion should teachers be given to decide what is social media and what is an educational tool? What is the risk of not allowing social media in the classroom?

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