Speculative Fiction Story Outline

Monday:

08:00 am JACK (newspaper reporter) Today’s story is on ISIS.

08:20 am MARY (TJN reporter) @jackhay let’s talk. I want to see if we have similar story ideas.

TUESDAY

12:00 pm Lyle (avid Twitter user): THE FACT THAT @jackhay STORY DIDN”T MAKE SENSE SUCKS

1:00 pm Jack: @wildLYLE I’m sorry you feel that way.

WEDNESDAY:

4:30 PM Mary: Join @TJNNews tonight at six for new ISIS information.

4:32 TJN (News station) Retweed Mary’s Tweet

4:35 News Newspaper (Newspaper affiliated with TJN) Retweeted TJN’s Retweet.

6:05 PM Lyle: DUDE. YOU HAVE TO CHECK OUT @marywell STORY.

Thursday

9:00 am Jack: Check out my new story. Thanks for the help @marywell.

10:00 am Mary: Great article. Anytime! @jackhay

11:00 am TJN: Retweeted @jackhay and @marywell tweet.

11:05 am News Newspaper: Retweeted TJN’s retweet.

Friday

8:00 pm To stay up on the latest ISIS news over the weekend, visit Newspaper News website. (website link)

Saturday

7:00 pm Jack: Check out the photos from today’s interview.

7:05 TJN, News Newspaper and Mary Retweeted @jackhays tweet

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Character voice sketches

Jack

(tweets are simple, straight to the point, does well with grammar, has a good understanding of ISIS situation, usually not helpful but is for Mary)

Jack: Check out my recent story.

Mary

(tweets are generally longer, uses phrases to relate to her audience better, is great at responding to tweets, tweets mainly to Jack because they are helping each other out)

Mary on Twitter: @jackhay thanks for the help on this piece. If you haven’t seen it yet, view it here!

TJN

(newsy tweets, mainly tweet links to Mary’s blog or stories, tweets are great at grabbing people’s attention)

TJN on Twitter: Today our reporter Mary gives us the latest news on ISIS.

News Newspaper:

(retweets mainly TJN tweets since the newspaper was bought out by TJN, doesn’t Tweet a lot only occasionally, retweets most of Jack’s articles or photos)

News Newspaper on Twitter :RT@jackhey read my latest article on ISIS.

Lyle

(Doesn’t care about grammar, is really interested in articles written by Jack, gives feedback to everything in caps, says dude a lot)

Lyle on Twitter: DUDE, JACK YOU ARE SO RIGHT

Speculative Fiction Character Descriptions

Jack: a reporter for News Newspaper. Helps Mary out quite a bit with her stories even though he shouldn’t.

 

Mary: a reporter for TJN. TJN is similar to any American broadcasting company. She gets most of her information from her main source Jack.

 

 

TJN: A nationally recognized American broadcast company that is known for its high journalistic standards.

 

News Newspaper: a newspaper in America that Jack works for. It does an okay job at reporting accurately but sometimes it goes too far to get a good story.

 

Lyle: follows both TJN and News Newspaper on Twitter. He is the guy that responds or retweets all tweets.

Three favorite projects

My three favorite projects are the Aunt Diane tweets, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and the You Suck at Photoshop videos. I liked all three for different reasons. The one thing I really noticed was that I picked them all because they made me laugh.

The reason I really liked Aunt Diane tweets were because they were incredibly random and comical. I couldn’t stop laughing when I was reading her tweets. I liked that there didn’t seem to be any order to them and just that they were on random topics. I also really liked that sometimes she would throw in tweets about current culture events and make them humorous.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries also made me laugh. I personally really liked that they made a modern day version of a classic novel. The one thing that really got to me about this account though was the level of humor in it. It was really dry humor but that made it really interesting. I also really liked how this account just started appearing everywhere on social media and that so many people liked it.

The You Suck at Photoshop account I liked for a different reason. I can relate to it because I personally am terrible at Photoshop. I kind of liked the use of humor in making fun of the people who can’t do it. It also, at the same time, teaches you how to actually use Photoshop which I found useful. I also noticed that there was a character theme found throughout. Whether it was the background used on the computer or Donnie’s wife who seemed to be constantly nagging him, or just Donnie’s attitude in general there was a specific theme found throughout each video.

Henry Jenkins Response

What I found interesting about Henry Jenkin’s outlook on transmedia relating to audience engagement was how we are responsible for sharing and posting what we find. That shouldn’t come as a surprise because you are in control of what you share and how it affects others it just seems strange to me that we don’t exactly think about that before it’s shared. I don’t exactly think that because I share a photo of  the world’s fluffiest dog that all my friends will believe it. I guess in a weird way that’s how I understood  Jenkin’s outlook. I personally don’t like to believe that because I am friends with someone on Facebook or follow someone on Twitter that I am narrowing my knowledge of how I learn about current events.

In Jenkin’s two part interview, the focus is solely on the narrowing of an individuals information gathering. While I agree that news can be learned from social media, I don’t believe that this is how all people get their news. I would like to think that people don’t believe everything they read. I would also like to believe that people spend their spare time actually researching news.

If I see an intriguing story in my news feed, I will read it. It’s easy to do and yes, the story is put right at my finger tips. To be honest though, there is a pretty good chance that if one of my really good friends likes a news story on Facebook I will be more likely to read it. Not necessarily because I find the news source to be incredibly reliable, but because if we are good friends we generally share the same interests.

I don’t completely agree with Jenkins. Sure, I do read news on Facebook and Twitter. But I am also just as likely to turn on the tv and watch the news or go online by myself and find an article.

What I really find odd about the whole Facebook debate and the so called filter bubble that only shares with us what it thinks we want to see is even when we choose our news sources, we’re still choosing. We choose a source that we think is most accurate. Just because one thing is on one news source, however, doesn’t necessarily mean it will be on another news source. There is still definite favoritism for one station over another and that is still a bias. I am still choosing what I view. I guess I don’t believe that my news habits are solely defined by what my friends share on social media or what I choose to watch. It’s my decision to be as informed about things as I want and that’s not really up to any of my friend.s

 

 

 

Bourdaa, Melanie, and Aurore Gallarino. “Henry Jenkins Explains His Vision of Transmedia and Audience Engagement.” Transmedia Lab. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2014.

Jenkins, Henry. “Critical Making, Social Media, and DIY Citizenship: An Interview with Matt Ratto and Megan Boler (Part One).” Confessions of an AcaFan. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2014.

Jenkins, Henry. “Critical Making, Social Media, and DIY Citizenship: An Interview with Matt Ratto and Megan Boler (Part Two).” Confessions of an AcaFan. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2014.

Blog entry#3: first look at two sources

For my first blog entry this week on ISIS, I decided to compare BBC and ABC coverage. It was completely different right of the bat. When you search ISIS on both websites, you find different articles.

In my opinion, ABC had written a lot more articles about ISIS than BBC. In the list that showed the most current articles, ABC had two for every one BBC article. I also found it interesting that BBC listed their editors choice where ABC did not. The content was also completely different, which makes sense due to the fact that the news networks are based out of different countries.

When it comes to content, I also realized that ISIS seemed to be the focus in ABC articles whereas in BBC articles it would be included but with other topics. ABC also had videos posted on their website. I didn’t notice this with BBC.

The biggest take away I got from comparing the two was that it is interesting to see how two different countries report on the same news topic. There are obviously different things that seem more prominent in certain stories based on the country. For example, ABC had plenty of articles talking about President Obama’s strategy where I didn’t really see that on the BBC website. This makes complete sense due to the fact that ABC is an American station while BBC is a British station.

Post #2: why social media tools like twitter are interesting on big topics

One of my group members and myself both posted a link to the ISIS Twitter feed. I figured that since we both did it, I would look at it this morning. I looked over it quickly before I posted the link and I would like to talk about the differences I found and what I liked about it.

I have had this Twitter feed open on my laptop for maybe two minutes. Within those two minutes, there is already 40 new tweets. With this kind of topic, a topic that is so large and draws vastly different opinions, it is interesting to see just how fast new information is given to Twitter users. It’s different because you are looking at Tweets from people all around the world and you are also looking at major news organizations presenting the story angle for today.

Using Twitter may be a good way to see some news. I use it to keep up with our local news channels all the time because since my phone is always on me  I always have access to Twitter and can keep up with any breaking news stories a local channel may put out there. I think Twitter can be used as a good tool, but I also think that you are sifting through a lot of information. The other hard thing about Twitter usage, is not everything you find on there will be accurate. I think if you’re trying to find the most accurate information, Twitter is an okay place to start, but I think people need to realize that not every Tweet will produce accuracy.

What I have learned so far; blog #1

I reviewed six articles from three different classmates. What I have learned is a lot because the ISIS situation is something where even if you know a little background information, it’s a lot to make sense of. What was most interesting to me, was how vastly different all the articles were. Each article I read focused on a completely different aspect of the ISIS and I found it to be incredibly interesting. I am going to talk about two things I found really interesting in this post and then two more things I found interesting when I make my second blog entry.

I will be the first to admit that I really didn’t know a lot about ISIS before my group decided to look into it more. So I can honestly say that I learned a lot from the vast majority of articles my group mates and I found. In looking through most people’s articles in my group, I realized that for the most part there was a huge difference in articles. I think that with a topic as big as ISIS it’s easy to find just totally different opinions and an incredible amount of topics.

All six articles I chose were vastly different. The one thing I really noticed was that most of my group mates found things on similar news sources such as Time, Fox News, etc. I posted the whole Twitter feed instead of finding one article because it was interesting to see so many tweets with different topics/opinions. I had a hard time linking any of our articles to social media however.

10 current event links

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/washington-risks-falling-syrias-isis-strategy-again-n202841

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/08/world/isis-fast-facts/

https://twitter.com/hashtag/isis

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/09/14/348416487/isis-are-not-muslims-they-are-monsters-cameron-says

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/isis-video-showing-beheading-triggers-international-response

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/26432205/exclusive-isis-fighter-worked-at-minneapolis-airport

http://abcnews.go.com/International/british-pm-isis-beheading-theyre-muslims-monsters/story?id=25491141

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/world/middleeast/kerry-visits-egypt-seeking-aid-in-isis-fight.html?_r=0

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/09/wh-chief-of-staff-expresses-confidence-iraqi-army-can-take-on-isis/

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/09/09/isis-speech-obama-has-long-history-downplaying-threat-from-islamic-terrorists/