Okay, guys. This is my first attempt at my project proposal for my Weblogs and Wikis class, the class that forced me to fall in love, for better or for worse, with electronic media of all sorts. My iPhone is a godsend and a curse, but I go on Facebooking, Twittering, Instagramming, Pinteresting, and etc.ing…. You get the drift. Anyway- if you’re reading this, you should know that I intend to keep this blog well after I finish this class. I want to alway update my FIRST EVER BLOG. I don’t even remember what my first email address was. I want to not only remember my first blogosphere experience, as rocky as it has been, but to KEEP UPDATING MY FIRST EVER BLOG REGULARLY, for as long as I possibly can. I know. I’m weird.
So here’s the proposal. My poli sci roots are so tingly 🙂
This is what I will be working on for the rest of the semester. I welcome any and all feedback, but please- I spent two days in an airport in Houston this week, so go easy on me:
Email Address and URL for project
Discovering Bias Patterns in Old and New Media
I will watch MSNBC and Fox News at 6 am and 10 pm daily and post intriguing events to my Twitter and Facebook. I will review my Twitter and Facebook feedback and record it on my WordPress blog; the conclusion of each WordPress blog post will reflect on how the project and posting/feedback process oon Twitter and Facebook affects me personally (how keeping up on current events affects my life).
I am going to watch the 6 am news and 10 pm news on both MSNBC and Fox News. Historically, these news channels are on different ends of the politcial spectrum, with MSNBC on the left and Fox News leaning fairly into the hard right.
I intend to document and record the reports that I see on my personal Facebook and Twitter accounts so that I can track my feedback and possibly detect patterns in Old and New Media. I will see if my New media posts are attracting attention via my left or right posts (depending on which news channel’s reports I will post about.)
I believe this experiment is possible, as there are individuals on both my Twitter and Facebook whom I have not met face to face. For example, there is a friend on my Facebook account that I have never met face to face whom has far-right political views, while I personally have fairly id left views. For this reason, I am going to keep my WordPress blog conclusions for recording how the project is affefcting my personal life.
This project will be unique in the fact that I am integrating it into my personal life. I know that I have Facebook friends and Twitter followers, whom I do not know, who have very differnet political views and will comment on my posts. I will follow the bias that I notice in the old media (news channels) and track my feedback from my new media, in order to track the political bias in both types of media.
This project is going to affect my personal life, as I have always wanted to be hyperaware of current events. Too often I feel myself absorbed into the Bemidji Bubble. It will be nice to branch out. However, I am prepared to deal with any backlash the project may cause, because my political science background is quite interested in the main idea of the project: new and old biased media.
I will watch MSNBC News at 6 am and 10 pm and Fox News at 6am and 10 pm ( I have a DVR, a necessary tool for this type of research, so this is a realistic proposal).
I will post on my personal Twitter and Facebook accounts on various news content from the news channels I will be observing.
I will keep a weekly blog for recording any and all bias patterns that I may find between the two news channels, any and all patterns I view in feedback from Twitter and Facebook posts and also how this project is affecting my personal life. I think that this will be the most unique part of the project,. It will give my writing a personal touch that may connect with any readers the posts may attract. These blog posts will be once per week, on Sunday,
Contract for Grade
•750 pts (B) for a focused blog, including searching for subjects to blog on (online or off), with links to online material when appropriate, 3 – 4 times a week, about 500 words or so a day. For a wiki, focused, well-linked.
I will post on Facebook and Twitter 4-5 times per day and write a well detailed weekly report on WordPress.com. On the side, I will be keeping very detailed notes in order to find any patterns in my posts/feedback.
I’m getting a late start, so starting from tomorrow March 15 to Monday April 2 I should have a culmination of 95 posts between Facebook and Twitter, related to the news I watch at 6 am and 10 pm. I will most likely do two posts in the morning and two posts at night, one on each Facebook and Twitter.
I will have three well detailed blog posts reflecting on my observations and how the project is affecting my personal life.
By April 16th I will have doubled the posts on all media sources and begin to work the observations into a
well sorted conclusion.
By April 25, because I the late start, I will try to have made an additional 20 posts while finalizing the project and drafting a final WordPress blog on my observations in any bias patterns I have found between my old and new media sources.
My presentation on finals day will consist of a background of how the project started, how it progressed and what I got out of it. I will review my final WordPress blog, which will be 1000-2000 words.