Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Why all the fuss? Here's why.

The notices from the media cognoscenti about Doug and the bloggers are well-deserved.
I suspect, however, that some might be wondering why all the attention, all the fuss?
I see two main reasons. One is practical; the other, philosophical.
As Doug has written before, using this medium to engage students in an exchange about their lives moves journalism instruction into an unexplored zone. That, in turn, interests media professionals and academics who are looking for innovations that might complement their own efforts. In addition, because many of you are posing questions that have a familiar ring to media folks, hashing them out is especially intriguing. Please keep it up.
The free exchange of ideas is civil society in action. Here at A J-School Year, the marketplace is open. And, as we've seen, what you post here -- be it about senior semester or student media -- resonates beyond this group of bloggers. But how far? Just imagine. The senior semester posting spurs someone to reflect on his own level of commitment to "the group" which in turn positively affects others' performance in his class, dormitory or neighborhood. Or, after reading the student media posting, a young lady reflects on her commitment to free speech / free press issues and decides to start a community group that critically reviews local and national media. The members of this group go on to be wiser and more capable media consumers and decision makers. The point is, we have no idea how far out the ripples will radiate.
For that reason, please continue to be as sincere and thoughtful in your postings as you have been. Craft them carefully, leave space for others and room for doubt.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you please set up an RSS feed for this blog? I don't see it anywhere on the page....

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet irony.

A j-school blog that allows anonymous comments. Go figure.

In this day and age when the use of anonymous sources is being hammered both internally and from outside watchdogs this blog allows anyone to toss in an anonymous comment.

Not that the great grey lady really believes their overwrought policy, which is too precious by half.

But that's for another discussion, possibly when y'all are delving into that other journalistic myth: objective reporting.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Doug Fisher said...

The decison to allow anonymous posts was mine in the interest of provoking discussion. I judged the pros and cons and decided that requiring someone to set up a Blogger account just to post a comment was overly onerous. And, as we have seen, it is quite easy (and polite) to sign one's name to a comment even when posting anonymously.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Doug Fisher said...

I've moved a link to Blogger's Atom feed to the right rail. I'll try to set up feeds in Feedster and Feedburner, but Feedster has been sporadic at best in skimming Blogger for RSS (though it seems to do a decent job if you access the feed through its Web site), and I've yet to be able to get Feedburner's to work on my other blog in Net News Lite. If anyone has other sugestions, please e-mail me at dfisher@sc.edu.

11:55 AM  

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