Tag Archives: new media

An Episode of Sexting

10 Mar

Last night I watched the newest episode of the new ABC show The Deep End, and in this episode an important issue was brought up, one that my new media classes have been discussing for some time now, sexting.

There is a thin line today kids and young adults are treading over when it comes to sending nude pictures of themselves or others. Can you imagine a 16 year old being sent away for 20 years in jail for accepting a nude picture message of his girlfriend? It may be hard to imagine but cases like Phillip Alpert’s unfortunately happen. Alpert was arrested and charged with sending child pornography at the age of 18 after his 16-year-old girlfriend sent him nude photos of herself, which he then passed onto his friends. He was sentenced to five years probation and required by Florida law to register as a sex offender.

It’s important to realize the implications of such actions in today’s society. One nude photo or video could end up viral in a matter of minutes. Does it seem that the punishment for ‘sexting’ is too harsh on teens? Quite possibly. With the advancement in technology and the way we use the internet today new laws concerning the matter should be urged. The laws being used to charge these teens are the laws that upheld to the old standards. It doesn’t seem right you can charge someone with the same standards that fit the old media because times have changed and so has the way media is used. There is a panic to figure out how to regulate such issues and the best way the justice system knows how is to apply the old rules.

Back in March of 2009, almost a whole year ago, The New York Times wrote a great blog about this issue. In it they stated:

But the trouble multiplies when the law gets involved. It’s illegal under federal and state child-porn laws to create explicit images of a minor, posses them or distribute them. These laws were drafted to address adult abuse of minors, but it turns out they don’t exempt minors who create and distribute images, even if the pictures are of them (making them, presumably, the victims). In fact, police and prosecutors in several states are going after creator-victims, including in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Luckily there are people who are stepping up to take on the challenge of addressing the ‘sexting’ laws. Dakota Wesleyan University assistant professor Jesse Weins, and a colleague address the issue in a soon-to-be-published article in the Tennessee Law Review. You can read more about Weins here and here.

To learn more about other cases involving ‘sexting’ check out Sexting in America provided by MTV News and AThinLine.org.


The Importance Of Your Online Identity

30 Jan

As I learn more about new media I am always finding excellent blogs as I browse the vast internet, recently I came across an excellent blog on Careerealism’s site about the importance of YOUR ONLINE IDENTITY. As I spoke in my last blog about the importance of new media in searching for a job, this blog also touchs base on huge issues on this subject. I found it very insightful.

Career Truth #1: Brand or Be Branded (Are YOU Willing to Risk What Shows on the Top Fold?)
March 12, 2009 by sparktalk
By J.T. O’Donnell

Several people have told me lately they don’t care about their career identity online. “I should be able to do what I want,” or, “My life shouldn’t be judged by employers based on what they see on the web.” I say this: brand or be branded. You can either make sure people ‘hear what they see’ in a way that boosts your credibility. Or, you can ignore your online presence and be seen as, A) non-existent and unimportant, or perhaps even worse, B) the Dennis Rodman of the net.

Let me explain…(and trust me, you are going to want to read this story!)

A young woman reached out to me recently supposedly ‘desperate’ about her job search. Having graduated college last spring and yet to land an interview, she claimed to have ‘tried everything’ and was sure she was doing something wrong. I looked at her resume which had some things that could be improved, but her academic achievements were solid and in a specialized field. Then, I checked her cover letter. It was pretty standard, but not bad, which then made me wonder if her online identity was the issue. So, I decided to complete an Internet search on her – just as 4 out of 5 hiring managers do today. I put in her name and the school she graduated from. What popped up in the results shed some light. The #1 item in the results was her Facebook picture. It was a blurry photo of her in a sweatshirt and her eyes were closed. Okay, so it was nothing terrible, but it also wasn’t a powerful first impression.

And besides, what followed was much worse…

You see, her Facebook photo also happened to be the ONLY thing that popped up about her. Nothing related to school, nothing related to volunteering, nothing related to her field of study…absolutely nothing. In fact, the next 10 entries thereafter were for someone with the same name but different middle initial who currently writes a very open and direct blog about an alternative lifestyle subject.

Now, is it frustrating to think she might actually be getting discriminated against because of an online search? Of course! This recent grad doesn’t have a lot of experience, which means her career identity is being branded as sub-par (and maybe even misinterpreted) from lack of solid professional online content. Yet, that doesn’t mean a person with this problem should sit in the sandbox and pound their fists. Any person, at any age, at any time in their career can build a strong online career identity. The reality is you only need 5-6 good things to come up in a search so the top fold (the uppermost portion of the computer screen that shows the top search results) is filled with positive items about you. Why? Because people rarely, if ever, bother to scroll down or click on the next page of a search. They usually assume what is in the top fold is the most relevant.

So, how do you create and/or improve your online career identity?

Step 1: Identify Your Brand’s Keywords

Do a search on yourself and see what comes up. You may find someone with your name has coveted the top fold. From there, identify what keywords you can use to differentiate yourself from this person. Should you be using your full name? Your middle initial? Your affiliation with an organization or a type of work? Figure out how you want people to find you so you can build your brand around these keywords.

Step 2: Become a Blog Reader & Commenter

Begin reading career-related content on blogs for 10 minutes daily. This will help you stay-up-to date and in-the-know. Then, start posting thoughtful, well-written, professional comments on these blogs related to your field of interest. Don’t know where to find these blogs? Go to www.AllTop.com – they are like a magazine rack of online blogs. There, you’ll be able to find dozens of blogs related to your career aspirations so that you can post comments to enhance your credibility as a knowledgeable member of your field/industry. Better still, if you are reading this, you are on a blog RIGHT NOW. So, take 2 extra minutes to post a comment and you’ll be on your way.

Step 3: Ask to Guest Post & Become a Subject-Matter Expert

Once you’ve got commenting down, it’s time to consider writing a guest blog post on a subject related to your career. After you’ve become a regular commenter on a particular site and feel you relate to their readership, contact them and ask if they would accept a guest post from you. Give them an overview of the topic you would write about. If they are interested, you can write the whole article, submit it, and voila – you are a published author on the net.

Step 4: Get Your Twitter Brand Up and Running

Finally, get a Twitter account and learn the 3 key phases for leveraging its power for your career. (FYI – sign up HERE to get step-by-step instruction on how to do that). Twittering is micro-blogging. Better still, it’s like instant messaging for professionals. It is an easy, fast way to connect with hundreds of like-minded people in a short period of time. You can be connected to 1000’s of people in a matter of weeks. Better still, you can ‘tweet’ (post short 140 character comments) to them which a hiring manager can read if they do a search on your Twitter account name. So, it’s like inviting an employer to see what you are like to converse with. A great way to brand yourself! (And don’t forget to follow @careerealism on Twitter so you can see the 14 career experts who are donating their time and providing real-time advice to career questions from our followers as part of our Twitter Advice Project.)

Does this sound like too much work? It’s really not, I promise. But, even if it does take a little effort, it’s worth it.

Here’s an example:

One of the interns in our CAREEREALISM program actually joined the marines and was deployed in Iraq. He did this so he could pay for college. When he came back to the university, he was contacted by a student who wanted to write a story about his experience. He’s an extremely humble person, but agreed to do the interview. The story posted online and it is an incredible look at what life is like there. Now, he never told myself or the rest of our team about this. Actually, with his permission, I was the one that shared this online story with his fellow interns; many of whom have become friends with him in the last year and didn’t even know he served in the war. So, how did I know? As his potential employer, I looked him up. You can imagine how much his credibility went up in my mind when I saw and read the story. And, since joining our internship, he’s also begun blogging. At this point, he has a pretty incredible top fold – and he’s only a junior!

In summary, it’s like I said…brand or be branded. Why risk having a lack of any career identity or a bad online presence just because you didn’t take control of the situation? Yes, getting your top fold to look good takes a little effort, but it can provide an incredible return on your time and energy investment.

I am lucky to say I am the ONLY Makenzie Marineau out there (at least that I am aware of ! ) so when I am googled all the articles I have wrote for the newspaper pop up along with my twitter, Facebook, blog etc. Try doing a search on yourself and see what comes up!

A Society Dependent on Technology.

2 Dec

During our project we all learned new things about the way people view and understand technology. I learned that my grandma isn’t afraid of it at 90, she just doesn’t care. We all learned different insights into why or why not technology may or may not be present in someones life. One of our group members, Jonnie Motomochi, wrote about his experience and I thought he brought up a great point about how we do take for granted technology and computers today. Everyone relies on technology so much today. Technology is so ingrained into our lives that it is hard to remember the simplicity of being a child and never having to worry about emails.

A Learning Experience. By Jonnie Motomochi

Two words: Dwight Payne. This guy was “the man” as I like to call certain people because they’re simply awesome. Dwight falls into both categories, especially the awesome category. He opened up seniors to show a side of themselves that I could not believe, and still can not believe.
Dwight was helping others out with the computer, the internet and any question they sent his way, he would answer it the best way possible. As he said himself, “I sometimes don’t know the answer to their question but I will Google it or look up a video tutorial on YouTube.”
Dwight Payne showed me that seniors actually do want to learn and they do want to try new things. At first, I was a little reluctant about the idea of throwing the idea of the internet at seniors. I thought it would be extremely difficult to find someone, in our short period of time, who would volunteer and just throw themselves into our project: Bridging the Gap. However, Dwight did just that. We even got footage of a webcam conversation between Dwight and his friend in Maryland, Shari. When talking about computers and technology they mention how they still can not believe how far it has come in such a short period of time. “Imagine what it will be like in ten years or even five years,” Shari stated.
Again, they are completely right. Where will the internet technology be in five to ten years? What about 20? I think my generation takes for granted what we have. I asked that question to Shari, via skype, and she agreed. She talked about how amazing the webcams are and how great it is to talk for free anytime, anywhere in the world.
I realized we do take all the technology we have for granted. Computers, the internet, Facebook, Skype, Twitter, email and instant messaging all seem like a part of my life now. Look at all the online quizzes the students have to do now around the country. Majority of professors post everything up online including notes, tests, and the syllabus. Everything students do for school is online. Think about it. Students register, buy books, register for dorms, register for email, find transcripts, read homework and lectures, all online. Seriously, I do not think Oregon State University or other universities could survive without a computer or the internet today. Everything is too dependent on it.
There was a lot I realized from chatting to Dwight and Shari, and it was enjoyable to see how much they loved talking to each other through the internet. It is truly mind boggling how much we have taken for granted and to get an understanding of how fortunate we are to have all of this equipment available to us. Imagine the next generation of children, how fortunate are they going to feel about their new and improved technology?

Butt-kissing defender? Or mystery genius | What type of web commenter are you?

22 Oct

While reading this article post by ABC’s Michael Malone, What Type of Web Commenter Are You?, I couldn’t help but laugh uncontrollably.  This gave a good vision of how new media is affecting the newsroom today.  Not only are writers blogging but most articles that are published in print end up on the web with, uh oh, comment boxes.  Yes I even have had comments left on my stories, but rarely do I actually go through and check them.  I have already come across a few web commenter types on my blog though.  Take this comment for instance that was left on my third EVER blog post.  I was a bit nervous about blogging at first and well this comment sorta threw me into a whirlwind of second guessing myself and my opinion on the matter.  I had taken a excerpt from a Thomas Friedman book I was reading that I believed to be true and wrote my opinion on the matter.  But someone disagreed.  Maybe a unacknowledged expert and troll?

So Thomas Friedman is using Pascal’s Wager to argue for a “Green Revolution”? I’d like to see more “green energy” and “protect” the environment, but there’s no such thing as free lunch. What are the opportunity cost in doing this? If I spend most of my days training for triathlon, then I would need to give up time for, perhaps, reading about climate change.

Also, check out http://www.skeptic.com/the_magazine/featured_articles/v14n01_climate_of_belief.html

chenb — February 27, 2009 @ 10:42 am

After reading my very first comment on my blog I will admit I was put off a bit on this whole blogging thing.  I took offense to it instead of looking at with humor like Malone.  I did respond in a very positive and open-minded way to the comment but never heard back.

While reading this piece I thought about what type of commenter I was.  Hmm I didn’t really think I fit into any of the categories, but then again I might not be as of aware of my own commenting type.  I figured I was more of a butt-kissing defender with a hope to become that mystery genius.  I really did enjoy how Malone discussed the issue media is facing today with more public interaction and opinion.  It is true that if you have an opinion about a particular news story it wouldn’t be hard to find a way to make that opinion heard online.  This also leads to people, like myself, who find stories and blog posts then write an entire new blog post about that one.  I enjoy what the web and comments offer to media today because it allows for more people involvement and perspectives to been seen, even if they were just a illiterate tough guy.