Well, this is it! And so begins the final blog posting for COMM 2F00. Not sure if I’ll continue in my blogging career, but it’s been an informative journey either way. For anyone who cares, I scored a 157 on the June LSAT, or 71st percentile. It’s not a great score, but not terrible considering I pretty much winged it. Now I’m starting a 2-month prep course before writing the exam again on October 5th, where I’ll be hoping for a mark in the 90’s, percentile-wise.
After reading everyone’s comments over the last week, it has become pretty apparent that all of us have enjoyed and embraced the opportunity to develop our online voice. Through learning how to better use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Soundcloud, WordPress, Storify and the other platforms this course has utilized, we are now equipped with the weapons to be citizen journalists ourselves. At the very least, I think we’ve all grown more aware of the opportunity for unprecedented interaction that is now available to us every day.
Many sports journalists will communicate with fans during games, in publically viewable conversations, giving anyone the ability to broadcast their sports play-by-play and opinions to hundreds of thousands of listeners. This last year, swimsuit model Kate Upton agreed (and then canceled) to go to prom with a high school student, who asked her via Twitter/YouTube. Another teenager asked 600 porn stars to go with him over Twitter (2 said yes). These bizarre stories have only recently had the ability to become stories. Not only because everyday people would rarely have the opportunity to communicate with celebrities, but also because these stories can be carried, blogged about, and re-tweeted by a new breed of journalists, as these stories would likely be ignored by mainstream news outlets.
And perhaps here is where the opportunity for social activism comes in. It’s even been suggested that uprisings over the last few years in parts of the Middle East, Iran and Egypt were largely caused by, or least aided by, campaigns on Twitter and Facebook. These opinions then lead to counter-arguments by journalists such as Malcolm Gladwell.
Stay tuned while I try to get a hang of this Storify thing over the next few days…