Hempel, Jessi. “Are Bloggers Journalists?” Bloomberg Businessweek. March 6th, 2005.Web. Oct. 31st, 2013. http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2005-03-06/are-bloggers-journalists.
This article once again talks about what defines a journalist and whether or not bloggers should share the same protective laws, primarily the shield act. It brings in a specific example where Apple took legal action against 3 independent blogging sites for revealing information about a product that was considered a trade secret. On interesting point that the article brings up is the situation with Nicholas Ciarelli, one of the writers for one of these three blogs. Under the judge’s rule, he wouldn’t be considered a journalist even though he originally worked for a legitimate newspaper for a quarter of a century prior. So is true journalism only in the brand name that presents it? The counter argument is that since anyone can publish on blogs, the facts may be rumors. In this case, if bloggers were treated like journalists, then they could be threatened for libel. The interesting thing is that at this point, legal action is only being taken when true information is found. The big companies apparently haven’t take similar action towards these smaller blogs that say things that aren’t factually correct.
The BigK. “Is short Content= Thin Content?”
18 Nov. 2012. Google Forum.
29 Oct. 2013.
The BigK has posed a question on a forum. He runs a news blog, and his readers have suggested that the BigK and his news blog write shorter articles. They have kept readership growing and growing because of this change. The BigK wrote that their articles range from 150 – 200 words, which is pretty short. Their content is to the point which their readers love. He asked if Google values quick or long information. All the answers provided that it doesn’t matter what the length of the article is as long as it is filled with good details. The length of the article doesn’t mean that an article is great. As long as an article is rich in content, it’ll be perfect.
This proves that people desire short content. News sites usually have long articles with a lot of repetitive details. They elongate a news story as more information is discovered. But the BigK and his readers prove that shorter articles are what people desire. Readership went up and all his followers were loyal due to the change. People want quick information on all blog sites because people only desire the major details. People have grown lazy because technology is evolving and because we as humans are evolving. We desire quick and short information no matter what the story is about.
Rosen, Corie Lynn. “Are Blogs Protected under the First Amendment?”. Legalzoom. Oct. 2007. Web. 24th Oct. 2013. http://www.legalzoom.com/us-law/freedom-speech/are-blogs-protected-under.
This article makes the interesting observation that our current policies regarding information online is not keeping up to pace the evolution of the internet. The article primarily brings up several points regarding the FEC suggesting to regulate political speech in blogs by extending the 2002 campaign finance laws to the internet. It also notes how the Free Flow of Information Act, (similar to the shield laws but on a federal level) seems to separate modern media like blogs and traditional media as well as provide extra protections for the pre-internet media writers. This gives off the impression that the government is pushing towards a professional writer based media. The most interesting point that is made is the possible implications of this. Rosen says that a professional-only media would be terrible since “most professionals work for some entity and so are subject to losing their jobs, meaning that their work will be subject to the influence and so will be less objective than a private individual’s blog.” (Rosen).
Kilmas, Liz. “Do Bloggers ‘Deserve First Amendment Protection’? Sen. Lindsey Graham Isn’t Quite Sure”. The Blaze. 5 June. 2013. Web. 18 Oct. 2013. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/05/do-bloggers-deserve-first-amendment-protection-sen-graham-isnt-quite-sure/.
The blurred lines between actual journalism and blogging have created a lot of controversy over whether blogging deserves to be fully protected under the First Amendment. This is being questioned by several people one of them being Senator Lindsey Graham. He is questioning whether blogging is a legitimate form of press and therefore should it have the full protections of the First Amendment and the shield laws. The worry that Senator Graham has is about classified information that bloggers get and get paid for. He wonders whether these types of people should be protected by the Amendment. The truth is that the basis that the Amendment doesn’t protect these people is completely ridiculous. These people who happen to uncover these “classified information” are basically freelance reporters therefore they too should be protected just like freelance reporters who use traditional means of journalism. Also if this information was so easy to obtain then it really isn’t that classified since most regular news would have it too.
Jeffries, Duncan. The Guadian. March 11, 2013. October 17, 2013. Web.<http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/mar/11/technology-internet-pupil-attention-teaching>
This article pretty much just rehashes a study done by Pew Research Center, and also brings in another researches done and talks about them. One researcher stated that, while young children do have the ability to have longer periods of concentration, leaving them alone with technology can be detrimental because they do not acquire the ability to communicate with people. Another researcher compared two groups of people, one that moved into an urban down and another that lived a “traditional existence”. The researcher said that the urbanized group did not fall far out of her expectations, but she was surprised at the traditional group at how exceptional they were able to concentrate on one thing for a long time. And yet another researcher said that there is no doubt that technology has hindered children’s ability to learn do to the fact that answers no longer have to be researched; a simple Google search will do.
Neither of these new studies are all that groundbreaking, but when almost every research agrees that technology has hindered attention span today, not much really would be.
Keliher, Michael. “Duets Blog: Is a Blogger a Journalist”. http://www.minnpost.com/minnesota-blog-cabin/2010/05/duets-blog-blogger-journalist . May 25, 2010. Minnesota Blog Cabin
In this article the author seems to be in favor of journalist as being the dominant force when it comes to who should be considered a writer. But the author takes a turn when making reference as to why the line has been drawn in the sand and why there is even a distinction between the two sources of writers. He states that consumers of news rely primary on journalist of newspapers and magazines rather than bloggers because they can trust their information being that their work is published in a prominent source. And also argues that bloggers can be bribed and persuaded into writing good things when reviewing such things like hotels, books, albums, etc. Also the author bases his claims on the standards that the FTC holds bloggers to. He states, “The FTC seems to view bloggers as second-class citizens of the journalism community…” This article takes the direction of placing the blame on the law as to why there is even a divide between bloggers and journalist.
Hourigan, Triona, and Liam Murray. “Investigating the emerging generic features of the blog writing task across three discrete learner groups at a higher education institution.” Educational Media INternational. 47.2 (2010): 83-101. Web. 15 Oct. 2013. <http://ehis.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=25a1e269-615f-4caa-8f38-25b73fd6e193@sessionmgr11&vid=2&hid=7>.
Using blogs as tools in higher education is investigated. Different groups of students participated in course blogs and those blogs were then analyzed. Differences in blog usage were found according to the different purposes each course had and how it correlated with using a blog.
Cho, Sook-Hyun, and Se-Joon Hong. “Social Behavior and Personality.” Blog User Satisfaction: Gender Differences in Preferences and Perception of Visual Design. 41.8 (2013): 1319-1332. Web. 15 Oct. 2013. <http://ehis.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=5a3d8d01-d6f4-487a-b8ed-294a7ce786f0@sessionmgr111&vid=2&hid=7>
This is an article in which gender differences in blog user satisfaction were investigated. There was no statistical difference according to gender in how information quality and navigation quality influenced the satisfaction of the participants however there was a difference in response to the visual aspect of the blog.
Jeremiah Owyang. Web-strategist. December 27, 2011. Web. October 10, 2013. <http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2011/12/27/end-of-an-era-the-golden-age-of-tech-blogging-is-over/>
Well, this is certainly a different way of looking at the shorter attention spans we’re facing. I was always of the line of thought that the short attention spans and blogs were perfect for each other; after all, blog posts are generally pretty short and very abundant for an age group facing this “crisis”. But this author thinks that our short attention spans will bring the demise to the “Golden Age of Blogging” and he shows four trends to further illustrate his point. This article has certainly at least questioned my line of thinking about this topic. I believe this information is fairly reliable (he does provide hyperlinks to show where he found his data) and unbiased (I certainly don’t think that the author wants to see the end of the blogging era). I feel like this article is sort of like a count point to my argument, something that can certainly be useful in an essay, and so I can find a way to intertwine this in my essay with the other sources.
Baker, Natasha. Reuters. August 20, 2013. Online. October 3, 2013.
In this article, the author discusses how we use apps. Over a one year period from July 2012 to July 2013, a study found that people opened apps 39% more often, but were only actually on the app 26% less. Raj Aggarwal, who conducted the research, stated that this is probably because apps are adapting to our shorter attention spans by giving consumers information much quicker. Vine allows the user to share videos as long as they are six seconds or shorter. Instagram has also allowed users to upload videos, but as long as they are 15 seconds or shorter. I believe that this information is credible and useful, although it does not go in depth about the research that was conducted and its findings (like my last source). This further supports my argument that social media, and technology as a whole, has lowered our attention spans significantly. It also adds the extra wrinkle into it by stating that businesses are catering to this by changing their smartphone apps.