Monthly Archives: February 2011

Assignment: My Twitter Experience

For this week’s class, we had to write a minimum of 10 tweets. For my tweets, I did a little of everything, retweets, @ tweets, tweets with links to other stories. Before this class, I really didn’t have much of a clue with hash tags, but that certainly makes life so much easier, collecting a common theme and putting it all in one place for users to see.

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Assignment: Biz Stone Interview

One of the things that stood out the most to me from this interview with Biz Stone was that the effect Twitter had on the recent overthrow in Egypt. It was essential in ending the Mubarik regime and was a mass communicator that helped protestors talk to other people they have never met before to create this mass uprising against the Egyptian government. Something that he considered a “side project to scratch an itch” is connecting people worldwide to topics that they feel are important.

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Assignment: Commenting on Websites/Facebook

My comment to this article:

“Great article by Howard Bryant. Bill Russell is the definition of the word “winner” if you look it up in the dictionary. The Medal of Freedom is an extremely prestigious award to receive and Bill Russell truly deserved it. I would love to see a Bill Russell statue in Boston in the near future; he is the epitome of Boston sports. Congratulations to Bill Russell for being an amazing basketball player, and more importantly, an amazing human being.”

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Assignment: Why did I write the letters?

When I was searching for which newspapers to write my Letters to the Editor to, I wanted to focus on local publications, ones that I was very familiar with. I went through the articles in the Sunday Worcester Telegram and Gazette because that is the most informational issue compared to the other days of the week. I looked in the opinion section and found Dianne Williamson’s article, a writer who I regularly read and immensely respect. I found her article to be extremely controversial, in fact, most of the comments from the reader actually went against the argument she was making, which I found surprising. I wanted to offer another side of the argument and put my own spin on the story, which I think I successfully did. I thought that they would run the article because it is a very touchy topic and I felt, with the number of comments, that in the next few days they would put a letters supporting her argument and some that opposed her viewpoint.

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Assignment: My Letters to the Editor

My first Letter to the Editor was written to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette in regards to this article. 

“Cheers to Dianne Williamson’s Sunday February 6th article entitled “What is it with the GOP and Women?” The article was extremely well written and the fact that it was written from a women’s point of view provided additional insight. Outlawing abortion will not stop women from ending unwanted pregnancies; it only leads to unsafe practices that could lead to severe health problems for women.

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Assignment: Is There Fairness and Balance in the Letters Pages?

Editors see a policy of limited editorial intervention as the only way to ensure an open and honest debate about the varied issues that face citizens of a multicultural society. They are also eager to show that ethical aims of fairness, accuracy, and balance underpin the letters pages.”

I think this statement is very interesting and true on a number of levels. I feel that debate in most forums now is wide open and there aren’t too many limits on what a reader can say about an article or in a Letter to the Editor. I think that the only comments that aren’t published are because they are in poor taste. Letters will only be rejected if they are personal attack letters towards the writer or if the letter is racist, sexist, or homophobic that just don’t contribute to the debate in any way.

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Assignment: Intriguing Letters to the Editor Part Two

My second Letter to the Editor that I found particularly interesting was “Snow Days Prompt Appeal for a Change in School Calendar” by Christine Beagan in the Boston Globe on January 31st. This letter caught my attention because as a former high schooler, I know that when there is an impending snowstorm; the first thing on your mind is whether or not you’re going to have a school day. You wake up early the next morning and turn on the news or look online and when you find out you have a snow day you are elated. However, snow days do not help learning and disrupt teachers and their agendas.

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Assignment: Intriguing Letters to the Editor Part One,0,3692230.story

The first Letter to the Editor that I found very intriguing was “Pro Bowl Lacks Appeal” by Carl Rollberg in the Chicago Tribune. It popped out to me because I am a sports fanatic and the Pro Bowl and other All-Star games seems to be a very hot topic. I agree with basically everything the reader states in the article. The Pro Bowl seems like it’s more for the players to all get together and showcase their talents, rather than to play competitive football and keep the fans interested.

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