tirsdag 29. november 2011

My Edublog Nominations

Every year it is difficult to find the best blogs, but this year I have decided to nominate in the following categories:

Best Student Blog:
I have chosen to nominate Martine's blog because it has the most inviting layout, and the blog posts are interesting and well written.

Best Teacher Blog:

Best Group Blog:

mandag 14. november 2011

Blogs and Tweets

My blog 

This year I have learned a new way of sharing and submitting my homework. Instead of handing it in on paper or in a folder on the internet, I post them on this blog. Before, my impression of blogs was people sharing boring stuff about their perfect lives on the internet. But after having my own blog in full blossom, I realize that blogs are useful for so much more.

Every week I have to share one blog post as homework. I think that it is quite educational to write an article each week, both for my writing and to reflect on new topics. But what I think is most exciting about blogging is to watch the statistics. I found out that my blog has had 277 visitors from all over the world. Among them are Russia, United states, United Kingdom, Brazil, France, Finland, Canada, Germany, Norway and Ecuador. But although it is instructive and exciting, it would be nice to have some variation of homework tasks.

But blogging is not the only thing that I have been introduced to by my teacher. Today I activated an account on Twitter, a web site where you can share what's on your mind and follow interesting people. Twitter has never really been of my interest, but when I made a Twitter account today, I got very in to it. It was exciting to discover new ways of communicating, and to explore different functions on the website. At the end of the day I had gained 15 followers, and I am following 25 persons and sites myself, so far. To check out my Twitter profile you can click on the blue link on top of the page. 

News of the World - "Thank You & Goodbye"

Rupert Murdoch
The competition between the newspapers is tough and intense, and most of the journalists are willing to do whatever it takes to get the best news first. However, some years ago the tabloid named News of the World showed us a new way of gaining stories. News of the World (NoW) were accused for using phone-hacking to get the most juicy news, which appeared to be right.

News of the World started it's career as a broadsheet by John Brown Bell in 1843, and made it all the way to become a tabloid in 1984. They mainly wrote about celebrity scoops, and their affection for sex scandals was to give them the nicknames "News of the Screws" and "Screws of the World". But after 168 years in circulation, NoW's  director Rupert Murdoch had to cut an end to the tabloid. They were caught  hacking voicemail messages, only to get the best and most extraordinary news first. But even though NoW was the one to get caught this time, I don't think that they are the only news paper using this metode. 

You can wonder how anybody ever could unveil their immoral 
way of collecting gossip. For years there had been rumour 
of the illegal actions.  But in April 2011 the people who claimed 
they had been exposed for it as well as the world press forced Mr. Murdoch to admit it.

Milly Dowler  (13)
The provoking factor that revealed the scandal, was the case about the murdered teenager Milly Dowler.  When Milly disappeared in 2002, everyone thought she was murdered. However, her phone showed recent activity, so the investigators and her family lived in the hope that the missing teenager was still alive. But later on, investigators found that Milly Dowler wasn't the one using her telephone, it was the News of the World who was deleting the read voicemails, so that they had room for more. This case was the starting point of nine years of lawsuits and interviews against the newspaper. And on 17 August 2011 The News of the World's last edition signed off with headline "Thank You And Goodbye".