The Many Tools of Today’s Journalism

Communication Types

Reading the “Read-write Web” chapter, I enjoyed several of the points the author made. I especially liked the point brought up that for the last 150 years there were only two distinctions of communication: “one to many” and  “one to one.” This is a little foreign for someone like me because I grew up around the Internet. But what a difference! How much more communication can be added to the world when many can interact with many! It goes back to the familiar idea that everyone is a journalist and a contributor on the Internet today and that has transformed everything from business to relationships.

Mailing Lists

I had to use Wikipedia to get a better understanding of the mailing lists. It’s definitely something I missed during the rise of the Internet, so I had no idea of what it was, and why it was used. And I certaintly haven’t heard of Yahoo! Groups.


The section on “Wiki” was also very informative. I personally had no idea that there were other Wikis other than Wikipedia. The only other “Wiki” that I came across on the internet was WikiHow in the search engine, and I just thought that was some play on words. It was definitely informative to know that there are all sorts of “Wiki” sites (I even went to the WikiTravel site to see what kind of information would be there and how it worked). It was also interesting to know that Wikis are used in companies and classroom settings as well. I know that we have Blackboard for online classrooms, where students can all publish their work in the same place, but also, I could relate this to GoogleDocs, where (if shared) everyone can edit and collaborate on the same document together, quite similarly to Wikipedia’s procedure.

Internet Radio

This chapter was written around 2004, so it surely surprised me that the author wrote this, when we have many online music radio stations currently, such as Pandora Radio, iTunes radio connections and other online radio station waves:

“But the entertainment industry has all but killed the possibilities
of Internet radio, at least the kind with music, by persuading
copyright regulators in the U.S. to impose unaffordable royalties
on Net radio. (p. 36)”

Along with this progression, I even had to laugh at the section where the author mentioned that although video production is becoming cheaper and cheaper, uploading it is really expensive because of the bandwith – not so true now-a-days with YouTube huh:) How much can change in a year…

Questions (In reference to “The Read-Write Web” chapter):

1. What are some of the programs and technologies that have emerged since 2004 that the chapter doesn’t take into account in terms of the many-to-many and few-to-few communications?

2. Other than mail lists, Wikis, SMS, and blogs, what other tools can journalists use for their advantage?


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