Did NBC and other Media outlets have an obligation to show the Virginia Tech Tape?

The latest firestorm to effect the Media is the broadcasting of the materials sent to NBC from the Virginia Tech Killer, Cho Seung-Hui.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2UYsRG0-fw

Yahoo! News has published Second-guessing on use of Cho pictures by David Bauder giving a enlightening spin on the ethical issues. City Journal has also published a strong opinion piece, in Mass Murder, Martyrdom, and the Media
by Nicole Gelinas. What do you think, should the media outlets have published the video, or was it an abuse of public trust.

Imus, Imus, Imus.

imus1.jpg Well what could we possibly say about this topic that has not already been said! The issues that Don Imus, his comment and his dismissals have raised, as they pertain to the Media, are staggering. FAIR in the essay, Rallying Around Their Racist Friend asks some interesting questions of the Media and their relationship with Imus. At Accuracy In Media, the opinions are more conservative–but just as controversial. Another interesting player in this quagmire is Media Matters for America , a watchgroup that pushed the story into the limelight.

Newsweek, who’s journalists admit to having a close working relationship with Imus, discuss the Shock Jock and his place in the Media in a series of articles listed below:

Imus: Race, Power and the Media

Cose: What will we learn?

Rugters Team Stands Tall

Fineman: Something In (And On) the Air

Even the CCNY’s The Campus has covered the story with the CCNY Community voicing their opinions in Imus Spoke, Now It’s Our Turn. Arthur Banton’s piece, Imus Opinion– Redefining Racial Epithets is sure to stir some controversy, as will Kenroy Cherrington’s piece Imus Opinion–Overblown .

So what do you think?

So are you a Digital Native, or a Digital Immigrant?

How do you use digital technology? Marc Prensky in his article Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Part 2  opened a discussion on the way generations ‘see’ the digital world. His philosophy and conclusions are some what controversial, so check them out and decide if you think his points are valid. Feel free to post here your thoughts.

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