A Gaming Gamble (Angel T.)

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Just two weeks ago, one of my brother’s friends was completely cut off from his favorite video game, Roblox. The reason?

“I was going through *Tyler’s tablet, when I noticed that he had over 200 followers and friends. I was a bit stunned—he doesn’t even know 200 people,” says Tyler’s mother. “There was also an ongoing conversation feed on the side of the page and what was being said shocked me. The language used was totally inappropriate for children, let alone my nine year old son.” She adds that from some of the conversation feed, such as the personal questions asked, she could tell that some of these “followers and friends” were older gamers trying to extort information from younger kids by masquerading as one of them.

In order to purchase the game, Tyler’s mother entered her credit card details. A few days after going through Tyler’s tablet, she noticed that $700…

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Music In the Internet Age Part I (by David R.)

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When it comes to Top 40 radio, it seems as if the year’s most highly rated albums have been left out, with Kanye West’s Life of Pablo only providing two popular singles and the year’s most acclaimed album Radiohead’s Moon Shaped Pool being left out entirely. In that case, what is on top? Closer by the Chainsmokers, a song that the most gracious critic would call vapid at best. So how did he get here? We were virtually dragged along by a drastically changed music industry that has become increasingly inconsequential to the progression of music as art in the last 20 years.

Since the advent of the internet, file sharing has been one of it’s primary uses; the idea that books, movies and music could be accessible on a grand scale and were essentially free excited the general public, who were sick and tired of paying for art that…

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There is Beauty in Truth (by Lule K.)

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“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know” ~ John Keats

Let’s be completely honest for a second. If the truth was always told, much less people would make money. Telling the truth and making it interesting is an extremely tedious task in which quite a few journalists do not, in fact, complete. More than you would hope as an innocent reader. So why is lying such a daily occurrence in the media? Well, to be uncomfortably honest, it’s because no one cares. Sure there are a select few of us that do further research and make sure that the writer has backup for their backup. If you do do that, then I commend you because that is more than I can say for myself. And going along with this whole honesty theme, I find that taking a writer at…

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Fabrication vs. Integrity (by Angel T.)

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We live in an era where the facts find themselves shoved aside in favor of glamor. Truth is a rarity, viewed as optional or bothersome. In a profession that, in modern times, prioritizes questions of “How many people will read my work?” or “Will anyone notice if we tweak the details just a tiny bit?”, there is one crucial question at the heart of good journalism that should be asked more often—what does telling the truth mean?

Last week in Journalism class, I watched Shattered Glass, a movie about journalist Stephen Glass who fabricated all of his stories and got caught. Aside from demonstrating the stupidity in inventing stories and passing them off as legitimate, the movie highlighted important aspects of truth in the world of journalism.

The first aspect is recognizing that without truth, credibility is lost, and consequently, so is respect and trust…

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Journalistic Integrity (by David R.)

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In the film Shattered Glass ( a film about a young journalist named Stephen Glass fabricating his articles while working at the magazine The New Republican) , what stood out to me as the most damning mistake on part of the New Republican was the magazine’s total lack of concrete fact-checking into cases that were, shall we say, less-than-airtight. The magazine’s first editor in the film seemed to make little to no effort to verify the reportings of the young Stephen Glass up until the point where a mistake was made. The movie implies that this is because sed editor trusted Glass to tell the truth in his articles, even though he had no way of verifying Glass’ stories. This point helps us understand the most important aspect of reporting the truth as a journalist; the foundation for all writing must be undeniable proof.

Such proof comes in three main…

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