Archive for July, 2011

Trading in My Purse for a Camera Bag: Lessons in Photography

By Carole Burns

The recent Platypus Workshop sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication taught me many things about video editing.  The piece that stuck with me, however, was something I had to learn on my own—I needed more experience with my equipment. My good friends Dan Johnson and Jennifer Janviere make beautiful pictures. They see stories in faces of individuals walking down the street or sitting in a doorway. I see similar stories in landscapes and nature. The big difference between Dan, Jen and me is the fact that their pictures could fill multiple art gallery walls. Mine are more suited for the external hard drive I’ve purchased.

Experience and knowledge can go hand in hand with photography. Of course, I know that just using my camera more will not improve the composition, it will assist me in knowing what aperture and shutter speed settings I should be using. Continue reading ‘Trading in My Purse for a Camera Bag: Lessons in Photography’

Reflections on the 2011 Marquette Debate Institute

By Jason Baron

Marquette Debate Institute

MUDI in Johnston Hall. Photo by Ben Smidt.

Although this year at Marquette University Debate Institute (MUDI) has gone great, I have to start by commenting on what MUDI did for me last year. People always say moving from novice to varsity is like being pushed off a cliff and being forced to learn how to fly on the way down. But because of MUDI 2010, I proved that notion wrong. For my first 3 varsity tournaments I went 9-0. It wasn’t until round 3 of the next tournament that I eventually suffered my first varsity loss. I am proof that the Marquette University Debate Institute will prepare someone to become a winner at varsity level debate competitions.

It is with this sentiment in mind that I anticipate even better things for this year’s program. For starters, we are focusing a lot more and getting a lot done. Plus, the comradery between all the participants here this year is so intense. Between the seven debaters and the three coaches, we all just love to joke around and have fun, but at the same time getting work done during lectures —oops, “seminars” as we’re taught to refer to them —or library time. Well, maybe we have a few comic relief points mixed in with the work!

If you ask me, having gone through MUDI almost twice I can say this: If you love debate, there is no better place to be in the summer than at MUDI.

View photos from the 2011 Marquette University Debate Institute on Flickr

Jason Baron is a participant in the 2011 Marquette University Debate Institute, held each summer in the Diederich College of Communication.  Jason, who will be a junior at Mukwonago High School during the 2011-2012 academic year, attended MUDI last year and returned this year.

The Human Brain Continues to Adapt to Our Digital Ways

By Lauren Haberkorn

Photo of mobile device keyboardWhen walking around Marquette’s campus, through the library, Cudahy, or Johnston Hall it would be hard to spot someone that isn’t texting, listening to their iPod, or doing work on a computer. We seem to constantly be multitasking.

According to a 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, young people spend at least seven-and-a-half hours a day with media (computers, cell phones, TV or music), and by frequently multi-tasking, they are packing in the equivalent of nearly 11 hours of content – which is an increase from nearly six-and-a-half hours a day, or eight-and-a-half hours of media multitasking from just six years ago! Continue reading ‘The Human Brain Continues to Adapt to Our Digital Ways’

Using Twitter as a News Source: An Editorial

By Steve Byers

TweetDeck iconWhile reading yet another breathless pronouncement that Twitter would become the new newspaper, I suddenly had an epiphany: I’m just too lazy for that news media future.

The story, from PC magazine, talks about setting up a TweetDeck alert box on the corner of my computer screen where I can monitor the latest news feeds from selected publications.

That’s where my laziness comes in. It’s not just that I’m way too lazy to set up an efficient TweetDeck that “marvelously condenses your social media profiles and data streams into one highly customizable application,” but also that I’m too lazy to keep checking the thing constantly so that news that I care about isn’t bumped by even newer news that I care about (that, by the way, is my problem with Twitter; by the time I get around to checking it, important tweets telling me Bill Simmons′ opinion about the latest NBA trade or my niece’s [name withheld to protect the innocent] latest heartthrob are long gone, bumped by the likes of “Happy 4th of July” or “Today in new ways for the @cubs to lose —a WILD PITCH,” which are the two most recent Tweets in my feed.

It’s hard work keeping up with all the social media. Facebook posts are here, then buried under even newer posts. If I just weren’t so lazy, I’d spend all my time reading the new media. Or I could just read a newspaper, either on paper or online. I will point out that despite the fact that “everybody knows” the evening TV news is dead since “everyone” watches the 24/7 cable channels, viewership for the lowest-rated TV evening news show is about seven times that of the highest rated cable channel.

I guess there are a lot of lazy people.

Steve Byers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication. 

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of Marquette University or the Diederich College of Communication.

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