Tagged: annotated bibs

Annotated Bib 7: Blogging With Authority!

Park, David W. “Blogging With Authority”. International Journal of Communication, Vol. 3, 2009. pgs. 250-273. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/355/308.

In this article, the author argues that the success of news and political blogging hinges on how much bloggers have mangaged their positions. The key aspect in his argument is that if blogging is journalism, then it should be managed as any other form of journalistic communication, such as television, newspapers and radio. More of the focus is on gaining advertisements and making blogging an actual job. Credibility and authority fall upon the operated of the blog, and if they are found to be a credible and reliable source, then they can be considered a part of the journalistic norm. Especially in political blogging, getting the right information helps an author become a valuable source. Authority is central as well, as the blogger has a sense of autonomy to print whatever news he or she pleases, yet if the news is inaccurate then the blog will suffer. Interviewing a variety of bloggers and their blogging types, Park found differences in how bloggers portray news and information, and if it is considered blogging.

Shopping and shorter attention spans?

Hamm, Trent. The Christian Science Monitor. Web. October 10, 2013. Seen October 30, 2013.

Coincidentally enough, the author of this post is a guest blogger! Anyway, the author brings another perspective to the shorter attention spans we have today that I never thought of: shopping. According to the author, he says that people should take 10 seconds to think before making an impulsive purchase, because the shopper can usually talk him/herself out of it. But since 2000, attentions spans have gone down 33%, from more than 10 seconds to less than 10 seconds. This means that people will probably be making more impulsive purchases (according to the author’s “10 second rule”). He then gives three things that he does to help improve his attention span. They are single-tasking more, doing activities that require more focus, and prayer and meditation. I don’t know exactly how much the last one helps, but hey, whatever he thinks helps him, go for it.

As we do more and more of these annotated bibliographies, it is getting a little harder to find really credible sources because they all pretty much say the same thing about this topic. It is a pretty much a fact that our attention spans are getting shorter at this point.

Does too much TV lead to shorter attention spans?

Elias, Marilyn. USA Today. April 5, 2004. Online. October 25, 2013.

This is a little late, but better late than never, amiright? Anyway, this article states that how much television a young child watches can have detrimental effects on his or her ability to pay attention, or their attention spans in other words. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for children under 2 years old, and no more than 2 hours a day for children older than 2. According to the study, children ages 1-3 who are “frequent TV viewers” were more likely to score in the top 10% in concentration problems, impulsiveness, and restlessness. I guess I’m not too surprised that researchers found this out, although I do not think that watching too much TV is the sole reason for shorter attention spans. I actually think it is multiple causes that lead to children having this problem.

Always Annotating Awesome Info

Monaghan, Beth. “7 Tips for Making Your Content Mobile.” PR Daily News: Public Relations News and Marketing in the Age of Social Media. Ragan Communications, Inc., 27 Aug. 2013. Web. 24 Oct. 2013. <http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/7_tips_for_making_your_content_mobile_15094.aspx&gt;.


My thesis states that people enjoy short content. People are always quickly on the run and moving, so they prefer reading short articles while gaining the most out of it. We are constantly updating and wanting quick information.

Monaghan states that the usages of mobile news apps have shot up from 600,000 daily users to 800,000 daily users. It makes sense. Globally, so many people own smart phones. She states short tips that readers want; she discusses tips that businesses should take when using these apps to deliver their news. The major ideas she pointed out were short content, easy to e-mail and tweet, and sticking to the facts. She believes there should be a maximum of 400 words while having nice content. It makes total sense. People are always on the run and always wanting the latest info. Quick and brief information are amazing. Also visual content like photos and videos that get a story across are greatly wanted.

Monaghan is a trustworthy source because she is the principal and co-founder of a Marketing and Media Company. The website, PRdalily itself is credible because it has all sorts of communications, media, and other consultants.

Annotated Bib 6: Catablogging

Pedley, Paul. International phenomenon? Amateur Journalism? Legal Minefield?: Why Information Professionals can’t afford to ignore weblogs. Business Information Review, 2005. http://bir.sagepub.com/content/22/2/95.full.pdf+html

This article argues that there are certain areas of information professions have many uses for blogs, while others don’t. For librarians and informative professions, blogs can be important for disseminating information that isn’t necessarily related to current events–more historical based events. For current events, a blog is updated as the event is happening, maybe good for a quick reference or to understand what is going on, but not to critically analyze historic events. That begs the question of how much time in between posts determines whether the blog can be used for informative or critically analyzed uses. One of the weaknesses of weblog journalism is the amateurity of the author. The author may have a particular bias and omit or alter facts to fit the audience who the blogger is writing for. Cataloging blogs makes them useful for current affairs to compare to with past events, because the blog is updated often. There are also legal implications from blogging such as workplace etiquette and journalistic integrity issues, leading blogging to become less like journalism. But Pedley argues that because corporate companies are now using blogs, blogging is becoming more mainstream journalism.

Annotated Bibliography 4

Stavrositu, Carmen & Sundar, Shyam S.  Does Blogging Empower Women?  “Exploring the Role of Agency and Community”.  Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication  Volume 17.  Issue 4  (July 2012):  369-386.  Web.  17 Oct. 2012.

In changing my paper focus to what blogging does for women in general, this article defines two theories.  This article discusses how women who blog develop a strong sense of agency from blogging.  Blogging gives them a sense that they are competent and confident as well.  The article also discusses how blogging gives women a sense of community.  Readers are invited to interact with blogs in commenting.  By reading what other women have to say and feel, a sort of bonding occurs forming a community with fellow readers.

Creative Commons-the other way?

“CC licenses demonstrate an alternative and positive approach towards copyright attitude towards the sharing of (and wider access to) ‘knowledge’ and information.” Here Creative Commons proves itself to be more positive in aspect of sharing works of art as opposed to traditional copyright law. CC also allows users to gain access to an even wider audience than traditional copyright law would allow. This article goes on to say that CC licenses promote a European system of operation that translates into “Author’s rights.” What this means is that CC licenses are modeled to protect and secure the rights of the creator of any work without destroying the creativity that others can make in addition.

Suthersanen, Uma. “Creative Commons-the other way?.”Learned Publishing. 20.1 (2007): 59-68. Web. 17 Oct. 2013. <http://docserver.ingentaconnect.com.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/deliver/connect/alpsp/09531513/v20n1/s11.pdf?expires=1382069536&id=75888552&titleid=885&accname=Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey&checksum=FA779AF2A9AD431FF945AC6C432373D8>.