Out of this week’s readings for this course, two links were particularly intriguing: one being a YouTube video called ‘How to report the news’ by Charlie Brooker, the other was a blog post on Chris Clarke’s blog Coyote Crossing called ‘This is the title of a typical incendiary blog post’. Both of these published material attempt to capture the stringent nature of a specific media form in a satirical nature while confining within the limits of that media form. With media convergence and publishing in a transitional period, one would assume that the boundaries of different media forms are increasingly becoming blurred and mashed up together; yet, those two examples prove us wrong when we see how stereotypically accurate they are. Of course there are publishers that try to leap out of the typical structure of a media form, but I believe that it is the different limitations and formats of various modes of publishing allows for the distinction in how information, data and content is presented to the publics.
Let me take news journalism as an example. There are now so many ways in which you can access news, and the various tools and forms of publishing news modifies the settings, perspectives, styles and themes communicated to the target audience. For me, I usually first browse through daily news headlines by going through twitter feed links posted by news outlets during the day – these tweets of news contain nothing more than a news headline (possibly a tagline as well) and a link to the online version of a news article. If a news headline on Twitter gains my interest, I will proceed to click on the link and read through the online version of the news article. If I still want to find out more, I will try to search online for the same topic or event covered by other news outlets. Lastly, to gain very in-depth insight into the issue, I will look for printed newspaper articles and television news. Different modes of publishing on the same area are complimentary to each other and the distinctions in them serve as a regulatory force in allowing society to function and develop fully like branches growing from a central tree trunk.
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Brooker, Charlie (2010) ‘How to report the news’, YouTube, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtGSXMuWMR4>
Carr, David (2010) ‘Dialing in a Plan: The Times Installs a Meter on Its Future’, The New York Times, January 20, <http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/20/dialing-in-a-plan-the-times-installs-a- meter-on-its-future/>
Busfield, Steve (2010) ‘Guardian editor hits back at paywalls’, The Guardian, January 25, <http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jan/25/guardian-editor-paywalls>
Clarke, Chris (2010) ‘This is the title of a typical incendiary blog post’, Coyote Crossing, January 24, <http://faultline.org/index.php/site/item/incendiary>