Week 14 Discussion

Heath Nicholson

What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?

As far as rights, we have the legal right to put anything we want that doesn’t breach the slander/libel/intellectual property laws. Our responsibly on the internet however are formed by ethics. We have a responsibility to help police and report material that might “cross the line”, a “line” formed by ethic and values. We need to do so because it is impossible for our government to successfully take this responsibility without violating our constitutional rights.

Individually, we are accountable for everything we put on the internet. Therefore it is in our best interests to consider what future repercussions our present actions might yield.


Week 13 Discussion

Heath Nicholson

Based on your media log, and the kind of media you use on a regular basis, what are your responsibilities in using media?

The first responsibility that comes to mind in media responsibility is that we can’t believe everything we hear or see. It’s a good practice to remain aware that there are hidden agendas everywhere and much or the information we receive is driven by money – not intrinsically motivated truth-tellers. After thinking about it more, I realized another responsibility I have: not supporting terrible television. For example, I make it a point to keep the channel away from “Teen Mom” and similar programs at all times. Aired television depends on what the audience wants to watch. And for some unimaginable reason people tune into “Teen Mom” consistently, prolonging its existence.

To summarize my responsibilities I would say that I feel we need to remain aware that media is not all fact and that our behavior determines what networks choose to air – so view responsibly.

Week 13 Concept Definition

Heath Nicholson

Exogenous Vs. Indigenous Media Productions

Exogenous vs. Indigenous Media Productions, to me, can be defined respectively as news stories created from an external source vs. news stories created from an internal or “local” source. The reason I highlight “local” is because I think if a news story is internal it can be either something produced within the same city, state, or country, depending on the story. For example, if the story being considered is the Green Bay Packers season, I would consider anything produced within Wisconsin an indigenous media production and anything outside of the Wisconsin an exogenous media production (especially Minnesota).

On the other hand, if I lived in Greece and the issue at hand was the stability of Greece’s Economy I would consider “Greece’s Only Option Is Default”, an article by Daniel Hanson in the Wall Street Journal produced outside of Greece, an exogenous media production while any media production created in Greece would be indigenous. It’s interesting how much the story may differ simply depending on where it is produced.

Greece’s Only Option Is Default: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324352004578133100503267698.html

Week 12 Concept Definition

Heath Nicholson

First Amendment Rights: 2001 U.S. Patriot Act

The Patriot Act was created and spurred just over a month after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In a general sense, this act allows the United States government to delve much deeper than it previously could into our personal privacy in order to combat terrorism. While we might feel violated in some ways be the Patriot Act, many feel that it is quite necessary for the security of our country. But, is it constitutional? According the Supreme Court, most of it is. In an article I found on NBCNews.com part of the Patriot Act was deemed unconstitutional because it discards the need for probable cause when issuing search warrants. However, the remainder of the Patriot Act was extended until 2015 by President Obama.

I found something really interesting about the Patriot Act, formally known as the USA PATRIOT Act – you guys might have stumbled upon this if you used Wikipedia while researching. This stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. I just thought that was pretty cool!

Article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20999950/ns/us_news-security/t/judge-rules-part-patriot-act-unconstitutional


Week 12 Discussion

Heath Nicholson

To what extent have your CJ105 concept definitions relied on copying definitions from Wikipedia and other Internet sources – is that plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using another person’s expression of an idea without giving the true creator his or her due credit, and rather taking credit yourself. I don’t the “stolen” idea has to be copied word-for-word in order to be plagiarism. To further explain what I mean I will reflect on some strategies I used to “un-plagiarize” my writing early on in my high school days. The following is sentence from Wikipedia’s page on plagiarism: “The modern concept of plagiarism as immoral and originality as an ideal emerged in Europe only in the 18th century”. As a youngster I would have simply used Word’s thesaurus tool to swap a few words. I think there is a very fine line between plagiarism and one’s own work, so fine that some people might accidentally plagiarize. But, if it was done accidentally one could argue it is indeed original work. I better stop there before I confuse myself further. In closing, I try to combat plagiarism trying to learn an idea first, then putting it down on paper as it comes naturally.

Week 10 Discussion

Heath Nicholson

Procrastination got the best of me in Week 10

Which of the five types of convergence media do you understand least – and how does it affect you?

Multi-platform convergence makes the least sense to me. I understand that it is companies operating in ways that create a win-win situation, but I don’t understand the steps a company would take in order to decide which company to make a deal with. Obviously, utilizing another companies publics in order to spread more awareness of your own company is beneficial. But deciding which company would be difficult. Using a competitor’s resources would be the most desired, but I doubt that would happen. For example, if I’m a clothing retailor, it would be hard to decide which company to target. Everyone wears clothes, but what company’s customers would want to buy my specific style of clothes? It sound like massive audience analysis is necessary!

Week 10 Concept

Heath Nicholson

Effects of Media: Limited effects

The idea behind Effects of Media: Limited Effects is somewhat explanatory in its name. Basically, it is the theory that although media can persuade with logic, emotion, and credibility, we (the audience) are only willing to listen and be persuaded to a certain extent. Media’s effect on us is indeed limited.

I think it’s interesting that we limit our susceptibility to becoming influenced differs between different demographics. For example, I found an article in the New York Times which explains that the Middle East remains unstable. This is obviously an important issue, but with the 18 – 22 year old demographic that makes up UW-EC students this is not a “mainstream” issue. Whereas older demographics, such as my grandparents, have been paying close attention to this international news story. Our demographic has largely been distracted by the recent elections, which limits the amount of foreign affairs we read into.

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/world/middleeast/syria-war-developments.html?_r=0