Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Summly in 140 words

In this week's news Yahoo purchased an app from a 17-year-old for $30 million. What could be worth so much,  you may be wondering: A program that summarizes news articles into 140 characters or less.

Is that the value of dumbing down the news?

Oh, wait, is that 140 words? I don't know. And I really don't want to count. Sorry, I'm done.

And, sadly, so is our thirst for learning....

Does reading carry power?

In Journalism 251: Understanding Mass Media, we are talking about the old-fashioned print business this week. Magazines and books are what I call "library week" in the course. They are old fashioned, right?
I consider them to be part of an important equation that has stood the test of time:
Reading = Knowledge
Knowledge = Power
Reading = Power
While reading books and even magazines seems to be a lost art by many, I believe this equation still rings true. I learn every time I engage in reading novels of all kinds (fiction, biographies, non-fiction, etc,...) and magazines often help me to delve deeper into current trends and topics.
I am a self-proclaimed newspaper person and that is not changing. However, the role magazines and books play in our society cannot be diminished. They hold vast knowledge that is waiting for any of us to consume.
We need to take the pursuit of knowledge into our own hands and power will come to all of us.