Journalism: I Will Survive, or Will I?

In today’s modern society there is an incredible array of choice today in how the masses achieve their information and news. News comes to us from TV, radio, news papers and increasingly, from multiple websites available, and now with blogs becoming so increasingly popular, one may question how journalists plan to fit into this high-speed media landscape? And ultimately, what’s the future for journalism?

There are all sorts of kinds of journalism. You’ve got internet journalism such as blogs and online newspapers, gossip journalism, with websites like Perez Hilton, there are reporters, commentators and a lot of amateur content with personal opinions of the masses. I think this is an age, because of the information overload, where there is probably more focus on commentators, analysts and opinions to try to make sense of the amount of information being steered in the direction of the masses. Journalism has changed from being a conscience means for information to a way for advertising and for commercialism. Unfortunately war sells and peace doesn’t. You try and sell a story of peace and all the public is interested in is the war over seas, and not the feel-good piece on dieting. That’s the problem. The media has drastically changed, thus causing a threat for the future of journalism. The increase of amateur content raises the hurdle of what can be constituted as a legitimate source of information. Can a consumer trust the journalist who has done the research or the average Joe-blow who happened to be at the right place at the right time with his camera phone?

Journalists bring the news to the people, because if a bomb happens to go off in Iraq, and nobody knows about it, than is it still considered terrorism? Is it only terrorism if the knowledge of incidents in particular is spread worldwide to the masses to await a negative reaction from the people in regards to the opposing country? This shows the ethical distinction of whether or not a situation is in fact blown out of proportion due to media coverage, or if it is just information brought to the attention of the consumers.

It’s also the responsibility of the audience and of the citizenry to start understanding the effects of terrorism; it’s also the move from professional to amateur. The inclusion of technologies like digital cameras and camera phones certainly have created their own circumstances around how professional journalists actually need to go about collecting their information, and doing their jobs properly. Professional to amateur content is probably one of the hardest circumstances the journalists of today are dealing with in order to make way for the future of journalism and information broadcasting in the years to come.


Screw the laptop


I was quite happy when Professor Strangelove told us we were not allowed to have laptops during our lectures. Out of the 36 courses I have taken at the University of Ottawa, this course is one of three that prohibited the use of laptops during the lectures. And I applaud these three professors!

Now being a Communications student, I should be in horror that I cannot log into Facebook, read Perez Hilton or even surf the web….all during a lecture….which my parents are paying $ 50 to my institution each time I sit down and listen to a professor teach me for an hour and a half. I guess I should be paying more attention.

Now I will admit I have brought my laptop to lectures, just like any student does. My reasoning was that the professor was going through the material way too quickly for me to write it by hand. I prefer writing by hand because I am someone who is very visual and it helps me to grasp the material better writing. I picture myself actually writing my final exam as corny or even old school as that sounds. But hey, this method has never failed me.

However, something I guess is disappointing to admit is being a 4th year student at uOttawa and I still have never used the university’s Wi-Fi. Not once. But I know, the moment I get that Wi-Fi installed to my laptop, I will end up being one of those zombies you see in class, not paying attention to the professor while surfing the Net. There goes $ 50 of my parent’s hard earned money.

I guess you should say I should get with the times and bring my laptop to class or at least get Wi-Fi. But if not brining my laptop to class is a better opportunity for me to get an A because I am paying attention versus getting a C because I wasn’t. Well then, it’s not hard to choose the more successful method of learning for me.


Offline invites Online Reality into their homes thanks to YouTube.

The idea of Internet fame is funny at first when you think about it. Internet identities have such a bizarre reputation that the thought of becoming famous from something posted online seems far fetched. It can almost be said that one blogger who uploads her weekly “vlog” (Video Blog) on Youtube can have an infinitely higher number of views than an episode of the latest MTV trash Reality Shows. In my opinion, Youtube has become its own generation of reality TV, following people world wide as they go about their regular mundane tasks, but add their own little quirk to make it watchable for a consumer audience; that’s raw reality TV; and something worth watching.

The ShayTards are a Youtube Channel that I personally have been subscribed to on Youtube for over 5 years. I have watched them grow as a family through the birth of two of their four children, I’ve seen them get fired from jobs, gain new experiences,  pay off their debt, and most recently, Shay Carl has become an entrepreneur by harnassing the one skill he does best- Vlogging and making videos on the internet.

Sound bizarre? I dare you to watch one episode without being charmed by the beauty and honesty of their family. I dare you to watch another and tell me you don’t feel a personal attachment to them. Its weird to think that this family has opened themselves up to be watched  by people world wide, and believe it or not people are watching…with over 75,000 views a video, Shay Carl is amongst some of Youtube’s Heavy weight competitors, making collaborations with Philip Defranco, Ray William Johnson, Michael Buckley, and Charles Trippy, to name a few.
According to Forbes Magazing, “Sometime this year, online video comedian Shay Butler and his family’s Youtube channel will likely pass a half-billion upload views. At the heart of that success is a quintessential man-child. Butler, best known as ShayCarl, has created a series of reality shows that could draw comparisons to a cleaned-up Osbournes, adds a dash of “Tool Time” sensibility and finishes with a question that sparks many classic American family sitcoms.” Shay goes on to recount his journey to Internet stardom. He recounts the instant connection he felt with Youtube, he explains, “I loved the feedback and the gratification was instant. I would film some random thought I had about hand sanitizer or gas prices or me dancing in my wife’s old uni-tard and I would upload it and people were instantly there to tell me if they thought it was funny or not. I loved the communication and the community of it all.”

I personally have never been a fan of television shows, and have always found it hard to keep up with a series of a specific show. But my prayers were answered with one little websites initiative to keep things short, simple, and to the point; and the point was entertainment. Laughter is the best medicine, and what better way than with a simple click of a button to instantly catch up on your weekly giggles.

Youtube subscriptions are the television addiction I never had. Being able to have videos catered to my liking, sent straight to my home page stunned me.  Started in 2008, I have been following the ShayTards religiously without missing a video; that’s 3 years of daily vlogging. Something that I, one day, wish to accomplish. To know someones life as intimately as I have learned to watch and get to know this family is a great feat, and an amazing thing to think about having such a connection with someone who lives

One thing that sticks out in my mind that is repeated in the ShayTard videos is one simple phrase, “ if life’s worth living, its worth recording”

To Read Shay Carls full Epic rise to Internet Stardom ;

Click Here!


Or do yourself a favour and subscribe to Their Channel on Youtube.




Why I don’t film myself on YouTube

The voyeurism of YouTube doesn’t appeal to me. Yes, you can find me on Facebook and probably know some information of my personal life such as my age, what I study, the jobs I have, and what I’m up to depending on what I update my status to.

However, I find it hard for someone like myself to be filmed. I will admit that I will have a bit of a hard time being film for our video project in the upcoming weeks. Maybe it’s because I don’t like to embarrass myself in front of the camera or even the public eye. Ultimately, my reasoning is I don’t want people to judge me for what they see on film. If they need to judge me, judge the real me. Because as we have explained numerous times in class, what we see on YouTube may not be real. Instead, what we see on YouTube is what they think the public wants to see.

YouTube is part of our confessional society. Do I want to confess that my mother is a drunk, that I have slept with this many people, or what my views are on the name Place d’Orléans? No. If I will confess something, I will confess, but not for the entertainment of the voyeurism of YouTube. The only way I’m confessing is while having a mature conversation with my close friends and family, who I know will not judge me for the real me.