Class for 16 February; Weblogs for February 17 to 23

One of the things I have said in class is that, although we are learning about (and learning how to use) new (networked) information technologies, it is not the technologies themselves that are most important. Rather what matters most are the social networks that produce and use technologies that matter most.

As we read in the We Media report about how the ways “audiences are shaping the future of news and information,” think about what the report (and your own experience) suggests about conversational technologies and how they do (or perhaps do not) change social relationships, particularly with respect to creating and using news.

In class today, let’s consider the following questions:

  • As students (most of you) in a journalism program, what kind of social relationships have you learned are part of the process of creating news?
  • What are some characteristics of old and new information technologies, and how might those characteristics affect the social relationships suggested above?
  • Have you observed or experienced any such changes? Can you offer any examples?

For your weblog entries due February 23, write two entries as usual (a couple of paragraphs or so per entry):

  • One entry should address journalism and new information technologies
  • Another entry can be any topic of your choice

Note: When I look at your weblogs, I look both to see that you fulfilled the requirements of the assignments and to see that they show you are using the weblogs as spaces to “think out loud.”

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