This week I researched and wrote some content for our chocolate website. Maggie commissioned me to write a review of Haigh’s Chocolate in Block Arcade. I really enjoyed the entire process of interviewing the store manager, jotting down lots of observations and (duh) tasting the delicious chocolate. Sitting down to write the story was more challenging since I found I the story leaning more towards a plain description rather than a critical review. Tomorrow I should receive the edited version back. It’ll be interesting to hear Maggie’s feedback.
Of all of this week’s readings, I especially liked Dr. Axel Brun’s “Gatewatching, not gatekeeping: Collaborative online news”. I thought that it brought up some interesting points about the value, but also the problems, surrounding open source websites featuring “produser”-created web content. Axel Bruns mentions such problematic issues as plagiarism, content ownership and republishing. However, I think that he forgot to mention these sites’ susceptibility for charges of defamation and contempt of court that could arise as a result of poor journalistic practices. If there is no formal editing of the articles (except for the rating systems, of course), this means that anyone could write whatever untrue, misinformed or misleading they wish. I think that some form of gatekeeping is important in order to ensure responsible journalism.
Since Brun’s article was written six years ago, I thought I’d look for more up-to-date discussion of this topic. I found that Brun contributes to two blogs. The first is Snurb, his personal blog which acts as an outlet for his observations concerning media and communications. It also serves as advertising for his new book Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage which seems to carry on this discussion of produsers further. The other blog that he contributes to is Gatewatching.org which discusses research surrounding citizen journalism.