I am a journalistic optimist

November 28, 2010

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I didn’t think it was possible, but when it came down to examining the future of journalism and free speech in our democratic nation, I came out with a glass half-full. In Jay Rosen’s discussion of journalistic authority, he sees the internet, in a very Shirkian sort of way, as breaking down barriers to connect […]

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A House Divided

November 21, 2010

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My home provides a living, breathing example of the digital divide. I live in a duplex – split between the upper and the lower unit – in Greenwood. My other half and I live in the upper unit. We are both under 30, have college degrees, and each bring in an income. In the other […]

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Digital Divide: Updated Numbers

November 21, 2010

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In Andrew Chadwick’s chapter “Access, Inclusion and the Digital Divide,” he puts forth many reasons to explain the digital divide, from education to literacy, to age, income and race. All of his arguments and the statistics he illustrates put forth very real reasons why there continues to be a substantial difference between those that have […]

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101 Reasons for the Digital Divide

November 21, 2010

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World English Dictionary digital divide — n informal the gap between those people who have internet access and those who do notFrom Dictionary.com In it’s most basic definition, the digital divide represents a discrepancy in access to information technology. The reasons for this gap are almost innumerable. I chose “101” only to illustrate that their are multiple studies putting forth multiple reasons for why this divide exists and continues to exist. […]

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Digital Advocacy: I-1107

November 7, 2010

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Considering what Joe Trippi and others have said on the role money plays in political campaigns, I think the writing was on the wall for how the voters would deal with 1107. ($16 million from the American Beverage Association to get 1107 on the ballot and subsequently pass it.) Nevertheless, a look at the digital […]

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Do I get it?

November 1, 2010

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Prompted by the first part of Joe Trippi’s book, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, and as self-proclaimed realidealist, I asked myself “Do I get it?“ It being the impact and potential of how digital communications is changing and continues to change our world. Trippi, even as a seasoned and sometime cynical pol, sees the […]

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Politics as usual?

October 23, 2010

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I officially have mixed feelings about the potential impact of new media on political movements and campaigns. In response to this week’s readings (Chapter 7 “Explaining the Adoption of Web Campaigning Practices” from Web Campaigning, Chapter 6 “Decision 2004: The War for the White House”  from Douglas Kellner’s Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy and Dennis […]

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