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  1. Nov 2016
    1. Nowhere is this better illustrated than by the fact that the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission publicly prods broadcasters to engage in their legal right to editorialize

      This is one of the main largest reasons this speech is so memorable. Murrow, not only addressed the issue, but he called out the person responsible live TV.

    2. This just might do nobody any good. At the end of this discourse a few people may accuse this reporter of fouling his own comfortable nest, and your organization may be accused of having given hospitality to heretical and even dangerous thoughts. But I am persuaded that the elaborate structure of networks, advertising agencies and sponsors will not be shaken or altered. It is my desire, if not my duty, to try to talk to you journeymen with some candor about what is happening to radio and television in this generous and capacious land. I have no technical advice or counsel to offer those of you who labor in this vineyard the one that produces words and pictures.

      I love the intro that Murrow uses. He knows that his speech might fall on deaf ears and may indeed be unhelpful, but he will not be daunted in his beliefs and his choice to express his opinion and thoughts on what he feels is not only an important event for him, but for his country. however in today's modern digital news infrastructure, his concerns are somewhat of a moot point now. in order for any web based news source to function online, they need revenue to function and to remain online. The easiest way is to advertise. While this is the easiest way to gain revenue, the payoff is much smaller. The only way for sites like these are able to still function are if they continue to give space to ads. The biggest downside is that with so much space taken over by ads, the real news at the center of the site is harder to see beneath the haze.

    1. This is where a series that started out as a pretty sharp media satire adds another layer, and somehow gets both sharper and much, much darker.

      Most dystopian novel series start out this way. Many begin with a world where something happened which caused a major political shift for humanity, everything seems fine on the surface, there is a hidden evil agenda and the only one who can save the world is a messianic figure who symbolizes discontent with the social norm.

  2. Sep 2016
    1. From all the jails the Boys and Girls Ecstatically leap— Beloved only Afternoon That Prison doesn’t keep They storm the Earth and stun the Air, A Mob of solid Bliss— Alas—that Frowns should lie in wait For such a Foe as this—

      I can really see the argument here. Poetry is really a wild art form. Its structured, but supposed to be free flowing. It is literally an ambiguous art form.

    1. How are evolving technologies (like the iPad) helping to enliven (or disengage us from) the materiality of literary texts?

      Well for one thing it allows us to store all of the most referenced and revered canonical texts of humanity on a single device. In short it makes things more convenient to access. If I wanted to read the Dead Sea Scrolls, I'd have to become a world famous historian who specializes in dead sea antiquities. Nowadays, i can pull up a digital scan of the scrolls as well as a translation into Ebonics on my phone. Ten times more convenient.

    1. The “domain of one’s own” isn’t owned; it’s leased

      Which is kind of messed up. I agree with Maha, the system is misnamed. It should be "A domain of one's own as long as you remain in school and have the money to pay for it when you graduate." Another thing, "the false promises of an ownership society"? I can't help but feel like the author says that in order for us to move forward as a species we have to make everything everyone's why do I have to give up something, even if I rent it, just because someone else owns it. the whole point of a rental agreement is that you pay to own something for a period. That is the actual definition of the word rent. If Ms. Watters wants to own her own website, she can. She just has to write her own code, design her own graphics, set up a legal copyright for the site, program her own html coding maintain her own server as well as a wide variety of other jobs to ensure she can have one. However, most people will want someone else to handle the nasty details of webblog management. which is why unless website programming and owning a server becomes incredibly popular in the future, I see people renting a blog space for quite some time.

    1. It is great for a university to offer students a domain of their own. But once they graduate… They have to pay for it themselves.

      I actually did not know that. So does that mean if I set up a new blog and graduate with that blog registered UMW will send me a bill? That sounds kind of messed up if we need it for class and grades.

  3. Jan 2016