Our ever adapting youth

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Within our generation digital media has become the forefront of nearly everything we conceive and interact with. If you need to verify information just send an e-mail. If you want to read the latest headlines check the Internet. What are your friends doing? Check the battalion of social networking sites waiting for your membership.
Within my college career the amount of laptops I witness in a classroom is staggering and it is only becoming more frequent. This alongside with what follows: the idea of multitasking. Sit in the back of a classroom and just witness what your classmates are viewing on their laptops while simultaneously taking notes and "comprehending" teacher's lectures.
This is all everyday for me and every student currently enrolled in post secondary education, but this feature covered far more than just the basics, it delved within the articulations it so hastily tried to say our generation can no longer formulate. Most notably it documented how different nations are reacting to medias affects upon youth.
According to neuroscientist Gary Small, "The United States is behind when it comes to focusing on this problem." South Korea holds the throne for teens and young adults who horde to the beast that is the Internet, but they also lead the way in proactively teaching students netiquette and computer responsibility.
What is truly frightening about this entire feature is the notion that children typically remember virtual experiences as real within the measly time period of two weeks. This is followed by the segment confronting the ethics behind drone attacks.
The soldier featured in this segment almost seemed in denial that he may have killed a civilian. He never hesitated when pulling the trigger, and it was made easier due to his location geographically and how he was viewing the events.
Watching this video made me realize how integrated technology is becoming within our society. It goes so far as to claim children can hover in between the virtual and real world without hesitation or discombobulation. This could be a huge danger to humankind, or it could be the stepping stone to better prospects.

Sarah Lindsay angry after short track disqualification

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According to a BBC report, British skater Sarah Lindsay was fuming after being disqualified from the 500m short track speed skating race. She was disqualified due to making contact with the same skater twice. Both of which were at the beginning of the race.

I enjoyed this lead because it left a little to question. It caused me to delve deeper into the article and actually peaked my interest. It could be noted that this is a poor lead, however, for the exact same reason I enjoyed it.

Chinese teenager Zhou wins gold

According to a BBC report, Zhou Yang of China coasted to victory in the women's 1500m short-track speed skating at the Winter Olympics. Zhou, 18, is the world record holder for speed in the 1500 meter, with this being her first visit to the Olympics.

I really enjoyed the lead to this article due to its direct delivery. Within the lead you know everything you need to about what happened in the 1500 meter race. Then within the rest of the article it gives background on Zhou.

According to a Star Tribune article, Hennepin County puts sheriff's request for cell-phone tracker on hold. The Hennepin County Board put the request on hold due to concerns of illegal searches being conducted by police. The device under question, known as KingFish, can track the location of any cellphone. This is the only requested device which did not make it past the board. Board Chair Mike Opat said he still was not sure whether the device was susceptible to abuse. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul has a KingFish device. Only a small number of people know how to use it, however, due to the expense of training.

This news story has a lot of impact towards readers since most of the population owns a cell phone. It also falls under the category of proximity since it is relating to the area if Saint Paul.

British journalist Paul Martin held in Gaza

According to a BBC report, British journalist Paul Martin is being held in Gaza. A Hamas spokesman verified that Martin was arrested due to violating security, although further details were not given. According to the article Martin was held for two weeks while attending a court hearing.

The largest category this article pertained to was immediacy. According to the time in which this article was posted, it only happened three hours ago. This is a major indication into how fast and immediate the BBC as a news organization operates.

Drunken man steals ambulance with patient inside

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that a drunken man stole an ambulance from a Wisconsin ski area with the patient inside

Minneapolis may clamp down on hosts when teens drink

On Wednesday Minneapolis opened debate concerning penalties on hosts of parties in which minors were drinking. This Minneapolis proposal would make it a misdemeanor to host a get together which had minors drinking. Even if these minors did not have anything to drink, but intended to, hosts could be penalized. Misdemeanors require a payment of $1,000 or 90 days in jail. Peoples void of these penalties include religious gatherings or parents who allow their children to drink under the guidance within their homes. This proposal comes from what some skeptics view as a loophole in our current system. Being able to put blame on the host gives police less time to waste.

This story has a lot of impact for residence of the University of Minnesota. Seeing as we are all around the age to drink, we will all be effected by whatever law the legislature decides to pass. It also has proximity since it has to do with state legislature. It also hosts conflict. Their are student groups going against the proposal while advocates are trying to get it into law.

Air-pollution alert in Twin Cities, advisory for central Minn.

On Thursday the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) issued an air-pollution health alert involving Marshall, the Twin Cities and Rochester. This alert also covered, although to lesser extremes, areas of central Minnesota. Fine particle levels have been elevated recently in the Upper Midwest. Increasing moisture, high pressure and southernly winds are helping to form high concentrations of fine particles.


This story has quite a bit of impact for its readers. You can't really get by a day without breathing, and with the current concern on climate change this story also has impact on current media trends. It also has proximity because it lists an alert for the Twin Cities area, in which we live. Since the article came out on February 4th, the next day after the report, this story also has immediacy. It could be more immediate, however, since it is an online post.