Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Picking from articles that technical issues kept us from working with yesterday…

Is technnology is making kids better writers?

http://techdirt.com/articles/20090904/0344536106.shtml

Could it be that “Computers games may benefit students?”http://www.economist.com/sciencetechnology/displayStory.cfm?story_id=14350149

Level I and Level II

We will watch the president’s address on health care at 8 pm this evening. You may watch for “content,” what he has to say but that is not the goal of this assignment. Your goal is to learn or to hone your skills on the “template,”the purpose of which is to observe how the media presents events, such as this one.

  1. Choose a network that you normally watch that will be broadcasting the event: PBS (probably doesn’t event in “realtime” in NC), CNN, Fox or any of the boardcast networks — ABC, NBC, CBS.
  2. REMEMBER — I AM NOT INTERESTED IN CONTENT. I DON’T CARE WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS. I WANT YOU TO STUDY HOW THE MEDIA PORTRAYS THE EVENT.
  3. If the network has a pre-event segment — which CNN and Fox surely will — you may use the time slot to employ the “template.” That way you can go to bed early. Otherwise, you work will begin after the president’s speech, when the analysis begins.
  4. Here is how you will use the “template”:
    1. Describe what you see — is there a host? is he or she talking to a panel, a panel of experts or news people, etc.? You should, however, watch the president to see how he is dressed — color tie, suit — whether he is casual, forceful, friendly, partisan or bipartisan. Listen for the keywords: socialism, big government, government control. How frequently were they used.
    2. Interpret what you have just described — how does this format work? was it aimed at explanation, interpretation, or just who won and who lost? Is the post-speech analysis trying to predict the results of the speech, whether the bill will pass? What is it about? How did words like “government run health care” or “socialism” affect you?
    3. Analyze whether the program’s format worked and to what purpose: to influence you as a listener (bias) or to add meaning and depth to what is a very important and complicated media moment?
    4. Evaluate whether the program succeeded in deepening your understanding of the political process, or did the program treat the speech as a political “horse race,” with winners and losers? Did the program aim to create drama or promote understanding?

    Research is usually required — What was the public reaction and the reaction of business to President Roosevelt’s plan for Social Security? Use Bing or Good or Cuil.com

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