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Unformatted text preview: CS 6 Topic 8 The Internet and News, Usenet, RSS News Internet and the News Traditional Media adopting the Internet Blogging and it’s attractions Usenet Oldie but goodie. RSS Fresh News daily! Traditional Media Traditional Media: Newspapers Radio TV News New News Media New News Media: Cable CNN Daily Show Blogs Professional Bloggers Private Bloggers Many different sources, different points of views. Increases distrust in ‘major media.’ People cross-checking their news. (77% use 3-4 sources). Younger the person, the more they rely on the Internet and cable shows for news. News ‘awareness’ not determined by source, and is the same as 20 years ago. = Newspaper Readership Printed Newspaper Readership: 45.5 million. Internet Newspaper Readership: 56 million. Newspapers profits decrease from 30% to 21%, but that is still twice the average of a Fortune 500 company. The traditional media outlets struggle to make new technology profitable. Printed news paper costs delivery costs Longer time to print. Online news Bandwidth costs. Shorter time to post. Increased competition. Ten Years ago vs, Today We thought on-line news would have: Longer stories More back information hyper-linking between articles Allow greater back and forth communication between reporters and consumers. Ten Years ago vs, Today What it does have: Combination of media (video, text, photo) Easier Archiving for topical histories. (ie, ‘2004 election’) Less formal tone (sometimes) Bloggers Bloggers Bloggers as Independent News Reporters: Seen as more credible (free of Big Brother) Niche market Inside access Faster time-to-print Responsive to their readers Often more ‘personal’ news Are Bloggers Journalists? California Courts say yes. Newspapers say no (of course). They do provide access to information at a grassroots level previously only available in diaries, long after the issue is done. Usenet Post style forum. Few people use it, but arguably the ‘crème de la crème’ Sorts topics in descending specificity: sci.electronics.repair Might be easiest just to search using groups.google.com (archived back to May 1981) The Big 8: Comp Humanities Misc News Rec Sci Soc Talk Alt: not one of the big eight, is much less controlled and more loosely defined. Messages are distributed much like a peer to peer network: no central server, computers update each other with new posts. Moderated: a post must be reviewed before being released to the world (infrequent in Usenet) XML – Formatting for the Masses XML XML – Extensible Mark-up Language ‘more strict’ information structuring. Accessible to alternative devices. Not just for webpages. (data transfers) XHTML – html that meets XML standards. RSS RSS – Really Simple Syndication RSS uses XML What? ‘Subscribe’ to RSS for your favorite websites Receive updated headlines in real time Condense information into one portal How? Use a ‘news aggregator’ or ‘feed reader.’ Web-based Separate program In email program In browser program iTunes (syndicated podcasts) Web-based http://www.newsgator.com/ Google Homepage NewsFox - Firefox PodCasts http://www.scpr.org/help/podcasthelp. html ...
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