The importance of verification and citizen journalism

Verification is one of the main differences between traditional and new media. Journalists must be held accountable that their information is correct, checked and accurate. Entertainment, however, concentrates its efforts on what is diverting and distracting.

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Blogging history, terminology and potential

Blogs have taken on new meaning and importance in our society as evident by the fact that Plato was mentioned in the same chapter. The significance of blogging is seemingly just as important as the major transitions between orality and literacy. While some have underestimate the importance of blogging, these chapters dealt a little more with the terminology and capabilities of blogs as a whole.

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Personal Mission

I am most interested in the social and mass media aspects of communication and hope to find a career somewhere in those fields. I think this class will help me learn about how to be successful in the digital world we live in as well as give me an opportunity to be creative in a brand new way. By the end of the class I hope to have learned a useful range of new skills as well as be comfortable with innovation.

I had the opportunity to to study abroad this past semester and learned a lot about new media and how to be successful. While I was there, I had my own blog and tried to document as much of my trip as I could. This made me realize how much of a job blogging and new media has actually become. It was during this trip that I realized it would be something I’m interested in and potentially good at.

For my topic I have chosen to look into different messages and media surrounding body image. Positive body image, especially for women, is something that I am very passionate about and want to develop a voice for. I think there are a lot of very strong female role models in our society, but our culture engrains us with these negative thoughts that cause girls and young women to feel they must fit a mold.