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Oooo. Creepy Social Networking.

Hi Downtown,

Whereas yesterday my heart was warmed as I networked with a group of four or five unknowns with respect to working on a startup weekend, we shared common interests yet our strengths complimented each other, today I took a peak at my twitter followers and am feeling less cozy. A few new followers are downright spooky as in Breast Implants or Body Building. Suggestive selling, maybe? But still. I’m not sure I like having strangers know what I’m thinking or reading.

The cool thing about twitter is that the user can block the follower. In the case of the Body Building, he or she is already busted. I clicked through to see who was behind the thumbnail, this is what I got:

This account is suspended.

This account is currently suspended and is being investigated due to strange activity.

It is a weird world out there… stay safe. xoxo Uptown.

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What is journalism for?

interesting new-media-ish way to market a story…
http://www.veryshortlist.com/web/daily.cfm/review/585/Website/novelsin3lines-translated-by-luc-sante/?tp

and then there’s the Mad Men thing… I like this one!
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/01/business/media/01twitter.html?pagewanted=print

and this in from DT: btw, just to add to this, when watching the DNC last week, there were better updates coming from my twittering friends live at the DNC than CNN

and UT responds:

The citizen journalism dialogue is ongoing. Tonight’s class, the first for the term, more or less covers the historical and ethical standards of journalism.

Question posed at end for discussion:
What is journalism for? (today’s reading assignment)
The primary purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with the information they need to be free and self-governing.Bill Kovach & Tom Rosenstiel The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect, (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2001 and 2007), 12.

What do you think? For more on the subject:

Here’s a link to last week’s “trends in journalism” talk by Academic Dean Grueskin who’s just joined the j-school faculty: http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/cs/ContentServer/jrn/1165270052298/JRN_News_C/1212609822164/JRNNewsDetail.htm#

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