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Smartwatches: Time for the Everyday Action Heroes (German)

Teaser, English Translation:

If you want to know what time it is, do you check your wrist or pull out your cell phone? 

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Those carrying a cell phone at all times often give up wrist watches. Yet, the larger modern smartphones grow, the more bulky they get. Now, the watch is making a comeback to the wrist as the clever, networked smartwatch. The Stiftung Warentest has tested five different smartwatches. Paul-Christian Britz on test results, tech gadgets and the dangers of increasing interconnection. Continue reading

(Net)-Working the Conference: The Name-Tag Experiment

I’m looking for a job! Did you know?

No, of course not, it’s not like I am wearing a sign around my neck that says so, do I? Well, actually… why not?

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After the Death of Journalism in the US: Reinventing Reporting on the Web (German Summary)

Yaay! My thesis is finally done done done!
I have yet to figure out whether I can put it online or whether my professors need to have it marked before, but I wrote a German summary, which surely will be no trouble if it appears online ;).  Continue reading

The Public Data Ferret

Digging!

Digging is one of the crucial elements of investigative journalism! While I’m digging on material for my thesis on investigative journalism, I ran into this little fellow here: The Public Data Ferret!

Why I dig the ferret? After the incredibly funny and cute cats that www.icanhascheezburger.com spit out of Seattle, the city has now brought a second line of animal cuteness on the way. And this time, it’s incredibly helpful, too!

Although a lot of information from government (more in the US than Germany) is publicly available, that does not mean it is easy to find or maybe you will have to ask for it first! The Public Data Ferret has set out to change that and serves a collection of data on different topics, currently limited to the Seattle area.

While the ferret seems to be living in a rather limited environment at this time, I feel positive that he is going to grow quite a family from this point (he’s a rodent after all, isn’t he?). I think it’s an idea worth spreading!

Go fetch! 🙂

Newspaper Headlines for the Apocalypse

On days when research for your paper is dull and the sun is shining outside, you appreciate a little distraction.

Here is a great quote from an address on freedom in cyberspace by Allan Neuharth that made me laugh today 😉

Newspaper headlines for the apocalypse:
New York Times: WORLD ENDS, THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES HARDEST HIT.
Wall Street Journal, WORLD ENDS, DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE HITS ZERO.
Washington Post: WORLD ENDS — WHITE HOUSE IGNORED EARLY WARNINGS, UNNAMED SOURCES SAY.
USA Today, WE’RE DEAD, STATE BY STATE DEMISE (PAGE 8A), FINAL FINAL SPORTS SCORES (PAGE 8C).

Thank you, Allen Neuharth!

Carnivor Going Meatless, Day 2

Day two of my little experiement. The camera is still crappy video and it really needs a wide angle.

I’ve added a planning calendar to the equation and I’m starting to collect recipes! I’m hyped about all the recipes I can get, so let me know if you have a got one. Simply post it here or anywhere else and I’ll try it 🙂

This time, I’ve added a fade-in and fade-out, getting myself back into the basic functions of Adobe Premiere. Also, thanks to Filiz, I have found a Codec that works for YouTube with the Nokia 5800 XPressMusic. It’s the H264!

How do you improve your video skills? By taking video!

Whatever you plan to do, just start! Right now!

Updated

Video is not your strongest feature? Yeah, mine either so far…

but see the post for more 😉
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Who is more objective? Investigative vs. Objective Reporting

Chad Raphael describes journalism as made up of different genres. He compares the genres of Investigative Journalism and Objective Journalism as follows:

“In objective reporting, journalists must seem to efface their own interpretation of facts… and seem to balance competing versions of the truth… investigative journalism more openly distinguishes between villains and victim, asserting its own moral authority.”

I wonder if that is true – and if it is: what’s better (or worse?)

The way this is written makes it seem as if objective reporting is faking a truth by not overtly taking a side (must “seem” to efface) while investigative journalism’s flaw is that it does show who’s side it is on.

Am I getting this wrong?

You think  “The Truth” is out there? I’ve debated this with Journalism teacher Jay Rosen.

Don’t Underestimate the Printed Web! – Lessons from the Library

Print is dead – online lives! Right?

The printed web: Books on investigative journalism, online journalism & digital life

You would think that with a growing online culture, actual printed books become less and less important. Well, at le

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What is the Message of YouTube? Or – After the Gutenberg-Universe: The YouTube Galaxy

What is the Message of YouTube?  How will it change TV? And what does Marshall McLuhan have to do with that?

I just wrote an essay for a class in culture and media theory at the University of Mainz going into these questions. I’m deliberating what the YouTube Universe will do to classical media, its models of communication and the power relationships involved. And what the “Message” of YouTube really is.

The essay is German, but I’m sure it’ll be even more fun if you google-translate it 😉

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