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Fredericton Community 2.0

Posted: April 19, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in Uncategorized

A basic idea of what you`ll see when you get to the site.

Fredericton is the kind of place that most people consider “the ideal town to settle down in” or in which to start a family.  It’s been named one of the “Cultural Capitals of Canada”, has around eighty thousand inhabitants (according to the Fredericton website’s Census data), and the average age is thirty eight.  About twenty percent are bilingual.

Fredericton has a lot of internet-technology businesses, and most people are very polite to one another.  (The stereotypical East Coast politeness applies here.) One of the popular places to gather is the Boyce Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning.  I have always seen Fredericton as a mix of many different cultures, but with strong roots in its East Coast Heritage.

Fredericton is home to the St. John River (running through the middle), and has many avid exercise enthusiasts who make use of the woodlots, walking/cycling trails, and large park.



Do the gains match the losses?

Posted: March 31, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in Uncategorized

The most optimistic thing I learned from the Pew Research Center’s overview of the state of the media:  More and more jobs.  They are mostly online jobs though, and it comes at the cost of less and less print newspaper jobs.


Media Graph

Posted: March 23, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in #9 Japan


I decided to choose a few well-known news organizations,, and create a graph, that shows whether or not they use a certain type of social media or otherwise to deliver coverage.  I found that it seems to be necessary to use all types of media, because every news organization I checked uses every major type I came up with. 

 I’d like to ask the class to suggest one or two more News Outlets for the Graph, as well as one or two more forms of media I hadn’t thought of.

  I noticed that all these different coverages are pretty much the same story over and over, but presented from the different forms of media to appeal to a vast and diverse audience.

I think the most unique stories being told are the ones where a reporter has lots of time to make the best use of their selected media; print, television, radio, etc.  The features are the ones where I am completely wrapped up in what’s going on.  I appreciate completely  the usefulness of short news updates via twitter, but I’d personnally much rather be told a more personal story, or shown images that affect lives, rather than seeing a small amount of words trying do justice to amazing events.

Information is scary… to those in power.

Posted: March 15, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in #8 Wikileaks

Wikileaks, and all the hype surrounding it, tells me that people in power are afraid of information.  More specifically, of information being in the hands of the public.  It allows the public to form strong emotional opinions based on mistakes or controversial things that have been done, said, or planned.

Journalists are purveyors of information.  That has been the case for centuries.  Some of the major things that have changed are the mediums, the speed with which messages can be conveyed, and the many ways the public can show their opinion on news or information.

Wikileaks is also a purveyor of information.  But it is being viewed by a lot of people as a “vigilante”-style info site.  And I think that the people in power affected negatively by Wikileaks want it to be seen this way, and try to perpetuate that image.


A site that points out Journalists’ mistakes-

Posted: March 5, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in Uncategorized

I heard about this site on the radio today.  The editor, Craig Silverman (a Journalist), thinks that Journalists/Reporters have a hard time admitting to mistakes (because our credibility rides on accuracy).  So he made this site, and then a book, with all sorts of mistakes he found in newspapers or reports.  At the end of the book is a page you can mail to him with any mistakes you find in his book.

The “First” Phenomenon

Posted: March 3, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in #7 Ethics

Go to almost any video on Youtube, any article on a humour site, and chances are very good that the first comment posted was just someone saying “First”.  If someone else beat them to it mere seconds before, the next comment is usually “Fail.” or “Pwned.”  You can easily apply this to many news organizations, too.  Not in a literal sense, but imagine that the news organizations are the internet commentors.  They want to be the first one to cover a story, and also be the one to call out another news organization on inaccurracy or mistakes. (more…)

#6 Twitter- “@Class: #Twitter has surprised me.”

Posted: February 22, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in #6 Twitter

I’ve had a Twitter account for almost a year now, and I’ve made a grand total of 10 tweets. 3 of which were made today, and were retweets.

The reason: I didn’t appreciate Twitter until today.


#5 Not-For Profit News Source: Joggers

Posted: February 15, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in #5 Not for Profit

I’m going to state the obvious here, with the first not-for-profit news source that comes to mind:  Bloggers.  Ther’s been debate about whether or not they are actual news sources, but they have sometimes found/uploaded stories before the big networks.  Sometimes the big networks use their footage or photos. 


#4 Egyptian Revolution

Posted: February 7, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in Uncategorized

To me, the thing about the revolution in Egypt that relates the most to the communications and media revolution is the media and technology itslelf.  Technology and media today are constantly evolving, and journalists in Egypt are using this to keep the world updated on what’s happening.


#3 Propublica

Posted: February 3, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in #3 Propublica

When I first started reading through one of Propublica’s invesstigations, I thought to myself: “This is great, we’ve got  a news source that answers only to itself.”  It reminded me a bit of Wikileaks.  Then the negative implications of Propublica sunk in. 


#2 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Posted: February 2, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in #2 Zen and Web 2.0

I immediately related to Pirsig’s words, because he started out by talking of traveling through the country, something I did this summer on my bicycle.

It made my state of being immediately calm.  I got out of my desk chair, and laid down to read.  I forgot all about the distractions on my computer, and let my mind play me images of what was going on in Pirsig’s work.


#1 Media Diary

Posted: February 2, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in #1 Media Diary

Here is today’s schedule, in terms of media use.

-8:30AM, Woke up to Alarm Clock Radio