Saying Farwell to the Print Newspaper

Sunday, September 14, 2008

By: Christina Woldt

Our very first newspaper produced in America came to us in the 17th Century, from Benjamin Harris and Richard PiercePublick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestick came to print in September of 1690. Journalism didn't really take off with the first newspaper but, by the 19th century Penny Press newspapers brought news to the masses and made newspapers a popular commodity. 

Sadly, newspapers have passed their prime, they are no longer the bright shiny new toy fresh from the toy store. Newspapers are old news. Who needs stacks of paper and ink smothered fingertips when we can have the news of  the world at our fingertips. 

There are many benefits to online news; The cost of a Sunday print newspaper, in some cases, is more than an annual broadband payment; The news is at our fingertips and is virtually up to date with millisecond accuracy; Online newspapers are environmentally friendly : )
The only downfall I can conjure up is a case of poor eyesight from squinting at a computer screen all day. But what about our newspapers? Should we just lock them up in library archives or put them in a Media History Museum? 

Newspapers aren't dead yet but its circulation numbers are on a downward spiral. Though newspapers are not popular now, start collecting them because in 50 years they might be as valuable as old baseball cards.


YouTube is scolded by Sen. Lieberman

By: Katie Anthony

As a frequent YouTube user, this article really took me by shock. Sen. Lieberman (I-Conn.) made a point to YouTube saying that YouTube was too "too open to terrorist groups disseminating militant propaganda."

Lieberman specified his accusation by providing examples of videos that were actually marked with logos of the al-Qaeda along with other groups that work in conjunction with the al-Qaeda. However, to my complete shock, the company refused to remove these videos because they, "did not violate the Web site's guidelines against graphic violence or hate speech. "

In my opinion, when I think "al-Qaeda," I have a tendency to picture graphic violence given the circumstances on which Americans think of the al-Qaeda. Then again, that's just my opinion.

"YouTube was being used by Islamist terrorist organizations to recruit and train followers via the Internet and to incite terrorist attacks around the world, including right here in the United States," Lieberman said in a statement. "I expect these stronger community guidelines to decrease the number of videos on YouTube produced by al-Qaeda and affiliated Islamist terrorist organizations."

YouTube heavily relies on what's referred to as "community guidelines." Which, is just a fancy way of saying that they rely on the viewers to flag videos that the viewer deems as "inappropriate." That puts a large amount of faith in the "community" of YouTube.

Lieberman even took it a step further and wrote a letter to the official of Google (for those of you who don't know, Google owns YouTube) which resulted in a few of the videos being removed. Regretfully, however, the vast majority of the videos that Lieberman pointed out were not removed.

How does YouTube defend itself? By stating that, "while we respect and understand his[Lieberman's] views, YouTube encourages free speech and defends everyones right to express unpopular points of view."

I'm all for free speech and the right to express, but honestly, is the United States going to be at a higher risk for terrorist attacks due to YouTube?


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