The End Run Around The Information Gate Keepers Week# 3 Global Net Activism


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  • You do express your point pretty well, as do a lot of blogers on: Arianna Huffington, but I wish you could add a little more references on huffington as I find some of your points a little 'unconventional' and would appreciate to know of documented similar opinions. I<m not asking that you do research until next Friday but ...
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The End Run Around The Information Gate Keepers Week# 3 Global Net Activism

  1. 1. Global Internet Activism Week#3 The End Run Around The Information Gate Keepers Trebor Scholz | LCST 4014 A | Spring 2009
  2. 2. Political Activism, Advocacy, and Art Activism week 2 week 1 Access, Censorship, Social Media, and the week 3 Alleged Democratization Citizen Media: from of Society Seattle to South Korea War and Social Media: Serbia week 5 week 4 War and Social Media: Iraq, Gaza week 6 Spring Break week 7 War and Social Media: Counter-publics Iran, Afghanistan in Iran week 8 week 9 Cell phone-enabled Citizen Media in China week 12 activism: Philippines Burma week 11 week 10 Japan, Singapore A Better World in Second Life? week 14 One Laptop Per Child week 13 Cyber Publics in India week 15 Mobilization Trebor Scholz | LCST 3073 A | Spring 2009
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  4. 4. Citizen Media: from Seattle to Seoul week 3 Feb 10, 12 Required Readings: Dorothy Kidd, quot; A New Communication Commons,quot; Martha McCaughey and Michael Ayers, Cyberactivism (London: Routledge, 2003) 47-65. Gillmore, Dan. We the Media. Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People. 1 July 2004. Chapter 1: From Tom Paine to Blogs and Beyond. 6 Jan. 2009 < book/ch01.pdf>. Case Studies: OhMyNews, IndyMedia, Riseup’s Crabgrass, Trebor Scholz | LCST 3073 A | Spring 2009
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  6. 6. in-class: 12 mins link on slideshare 55 mins
  7. 7. Citizen Media: from Seattle to Seoul week 3 Feb 10, 12 What is citizen journalism? What are its advantages and downfalls? Trebor Scholz | LCST 3073 A | Spring 2009
  8. 8. Erick: (response to Gilmore) Is there a place or need for large media networks such as CNN, NBC, Fox? (response to Kidd) Keeping in mind the Internet's capability to amplify the voices on all sides of the political spectrum, what then of “the opposition”? Are they also empowered? Joe: Could popular activism websites (i.e., IndyMedia) become the equivalent of the corporate broadcasters? Should not we consider them as a monopoly also? Calvin (response to Gilmore): If forms of grassroots media have really been around for hundreds of years as Gillmore argues, why has it only recently become such a buzzword and movement according to the mainstream media? Elena: Should independent journalism and non-professional news be labeled with a disclaimer as they are often just as partisan as the sites that they react against? Lauren From my experience of listening to Democracy Now, it is almost as biased as FOX News. They also seems to be pushing an agenda, no matter how different an agenda from that of corporate media.
  9. 9. Chris: [I’d] say that [Indymedia] would probably get more hits to a video of their content on YouTube than they would on the front page of their site. Why is this? Peter: Is independent media more objective than corporate media, or does a stated or implied goal of countering corporate media indicate an equal degree of bias? To what extent are technological developments responsible for the success of the IMC? Could such a network exist without the Internet? Trebor Scholz | LCST 3073 A | Spring 2009
  10. 10. The Caring Problem
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  12. 12. Who Writes the First Draft of History?
  13. 13. Controlling what people think: editing history, selecting narratives from: Manufacturing Consent, Naom Chomsky
  14. 14. All The News That’s Fit To Print Benkler, chapter 6
  15. 15. Gate Keeping Absolute Dominance Is Over
  16. 16. “Twenty-two years ago, Trent Lott, then a House member from Mississippi, told a home state political gathering that if the country had elected segregationist candidate Strom Thurmond to the presidency ‘30 years ago, we wouldn't be in the mess we are today.’ The phrasing is very similar to incoming Senate Majority Leader Lott's controversial remarks at a 100th birthday party for Thurmond last week.” Trent Lott, resigned Nov 2007
  17. 17. The Lead-Up To The War In Iraq (2003) Who did a better job reporting Colin Powell’s February 2003 speech in front of the United Nation The New York Times or the plethora of blogs?
  18. 18. -Buzz Group Break- What question would you most like to have answered regarding the topic of the lecture today? Of all ideas and points you have heard so far today, which is the most obscure or ambiguous to you? What is the most contentious statement you heard in the lecture so far?
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  20. 20. “OhmyNews was influential in determining the outcome of the South Korean presidential elections in December 2002 with the election of Roh Moo Hyun. After being elected, Roh granted his first interview to OhmyNews.”
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  22. 22. very large team of writers. local news by locals
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  30. 30. bloggers, academics, writers, journalists, columnists, opinion makers, CEOs, closed circle of users, ad revenue shared, everything is edited (posts and comments), no pay, focus on high quality writing Content Management System South Africa
  31. 31. Research blog post - 2000 words (include word count) - due Feb 17 before class, posted to NING blog (tagged with name and “essay1”) before class (no late submission) - focus on one argument - send me one paragraph about the topic of your blog essay in the body of an email before Friday - evaluation: logic, clarity, referenced research vs. unsubstantiated claims - spelling, grammar, structure
  32. 32. Trebor Scholz Twitter: trebors Blog: Delicious: Flickr: LibraryThing: