Journalism has a side that goes unspoken sometimes. The side that no one wants to talk about, the side thats not just incredibly hard to read but also hard to write for the journalist. That type of journalism is the sad news, the news thats very hard to write about and when you read it, it often brings you to tears. One journalist that is good at writting those pieces is Diana Sugg. We read some of her pieces and wow is all i have to say…. The pieces are so deep and emotional they are very hard to get through one paragraph. The stories about children becoming sick and dying is just horrifyingthe thought of parents having to bury their children are never easy thoughts. We all know someone who has died too young, we all know parents who are struggling with the sickness of their child or the loss of their child. It’s something that I would never wish upon anyone, something that I wish we could eliminate from this world.
Dian says in the one piece that sitting in that hospital room with 12 year old R.J., writing this piece on his struggle to fight, is something that she struggled with and often wondered, “Am I doing the right thing?” She pointed out that she felt as though she and her photographer, Monica were “vultures.” She did not elaborate on this but knowing what a vulture is and does, I think she’s using this metaphor to describe herself pushing and pressing for more information and more to happen to strengthen her story. But at the end of her writing Dian said that she thinks she did the right thing doing the piece because, RJ stated that he liked having her in the hospital room with him and having someone to talk to. Im not sure i could ever do anything like this, it would be to hard for me to see kids like that. So im honestly very impressed with the work of Dian Sugg.
This week we had to reed the first three chapters of BLUR by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosentiel. it was interesting to see how our communication has evolved. I don’t think many people realize fascinating it is. Sadly, this is just a really easy topic to let slip through our minds.The authors explained and we discussed in class that our communication evolved in this order: speech, cave paintings, writing, printing press, telegraph, radio, television, and finally digital technology. Each step that our civilization has taken has gone hand and hand with how our communication has developed. Each step just as important as the next because with each step we took, we become more advanced with technology and how we communicate. One of the transformations that i found very intriguing was cave paintings to writing, because that step in communication is remarkable how we transitioned from communicating through pictures to talking and communication to words which is much more common now.
The other transformation that i was impressed with was radio to television. Why you ask, because going from everyone huddling up around the radio for the nightly news or for a statement from the President. Then the television came in the 1950’s and changed all of that. They could see the news and see their President, and that was a huge change. The nightly news networks became a huge success. This transformation led to our 24/7 news, which some argue is a good thing and some argue it can be bad.
Just sit back for a moment and think about what our generation has then go and ask your grandparents about what they had, and think about how different they were and how fortunate we are and how much different our grandchildren’s generation will be. Thats just how fast our ways of communicating are changing, and its rapidly happening.
As our world grows more technological advanced, so does age level of kids starting to use technology. I see more children playing with I pads and I phones more than ever. That being said that has a direct correlation to the use of social media. I didnt have any knowledge of social media till i was in the 7 th grade and i made a facebook and that was a big deal. Know kids are on all types of social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap chat. This brings up the question of whether kids relationships with people on line are more evolved than their friendships off line. I think that with all the social media we have today more and more people are going to be more connected with people online that they will be in person. Some people don’t have as great communication skills as other do. For an example growing up i wasn’t afraid of talking to strangers and meeting new people but my brother was, he had his friends but if you asked him to go talk to that person over there that he didn’t know he wouldn’t be able to do it.
I think because of social media, this problem is becoming much greater than it use to be. People are using social media to develop friendships, and relationships more and more, and by doing this we are loosing the art of going out and meeting new people. Having this being said now you have people using fake profiles to “Catfish” people. But the main thing we are losing by using online to talk to people more is the face to face interactions. When you are talking over a computer screen you can just wait to think of the perfect response and you cant show true emotion over a computer screen. The text might say one thing but the true emotion could be a whole different thing. Thats why i believe that we should still be using face to face interaction to meet people. This is one reason i choose to have my interactions with people i don’t know face to face, because then i feel like i get to know them better that way. The only people communicate with over text or social media would be my friends and family. The plus side to social media is maybe that you develop relationships with people you normally wouldn’t have because you never would of met them face to face. Overall i would choose to stay away from communicating this way, but the world is gravitating toward using this method more and more.