Technology Blog, by: David Monaghan.

Archive for May, 2006

Columnist or Reporter?

Posted by David on May 21, 2006

My journalism background. I walked backwards into writing, one day I decided to start up a website and later a blog. Now I've got a history of many various blogs, none of which have really taken off but I never started writing to be popular. You could say that blogging became an addiction for me. Once I realized that not only do I like writing but that some people might actually enjoy reading it I began analyzing my writing and what I do on my blogs so that I could be more effective.

Columnist or reporter? This is probably entirely obvious to people with a background in journalism but as I explained I have very little and I just started to ask myself, "Am I a columnist or a reporter?" Hopefully even the highest level professional journalists will agree that the difference between these two types of journalists are a bit difficult to distinguish from one another especially to the untrained (not to mention the rapidly changing technologies). From what I can tell the major differences between a columnist and a reporter are; First the motivation behind the content and second the process of acquiring and presenting the information. A columnist is the driving force behind their content and isn't expected to follow the same process of acquiring information from official or creditable sources in an unbiased way, while a reporter is expected to acquire their information from sources they can cite and is usually motivated by something like popular demand (mass media) and the search for unbiased information. Now the lines are blurry here according to some, blogs are being considered a sort of mix between these two styles of journalism and it seems that many of the people contributing content to blogs are completely unaware of this looming question.

So what am I? That't the question I've been asking myself, "Am I a columnist or a reporter?" I think the answer is obvious and I consider myself at this moment to be a columnist (at least on this blog) but now I'm starting to research what I would have to change to be considered a reporter. In any case I enjoy writing for the public and it's enhanced my writing skills (one of the real reasons I started writing material to publish). Recently I've wondered a lot how journalism might be changed by blogging and how journalism as a whole will end up in the next five, ten, twenty, etc. years. It's very interesting to me, everything that has to do with communication is under rapid evolution at an always accelerating pace. Anyway thanks for listening to my short ramblings on this, uh, column? Okay yeah, hope everyone had a good Sunday and I'll talk to you soon.

Post Scriptum. I've been thinking about the possibility of publishing in audio form, if I have something to publish but I don't really feel like writing at the time, or if I can get some friends together to talk about technology, I may even think of some other reason(s) but I'd be happy to hear what anyone thinks about such a publication here. I know one advantage to the readers or listeners in this case would be the ability to obtain the information I'm publishing while doing something which requires the use of their eyes or hands. I should also mention that obtaining information for the blind would probably be much smoother in such a format rather than through the use of a speech synthesis application. Anyway, lemme know if you have an opinion, as usual you can contact me at monaghan.david@gmail.com and don't forget that you can leave a comment for others to see. I'd also be interested in starting up a podcast with someone else, if you've got broadband and Skype we're half way there, I'm a hobbyist producer using FL Studio and Audacity and I know may way around enough of the technology to find anything we need. Don't forget to tune in later for a link to a cooking blog and podcast I'm going to start up with my good friend Scott and my Mom Jaimie (two excellent self-taught chefs) which I'll be producing, editing and writing for.


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Posted by David on May 13, 2006

OMG TISVF. Sorry, I almost got stuck there. See folks, acronyms can be dangerous and addictive, as a friend and I just found out today. Okay I'm kidding…

In all honesty; My friend Scott and I were text-chatting today over Google Talk (which I should warn you sometimes yields language which might be considered to be inappropriate for people younger than a certain age) and found ourselves on the subject of Internet Slang or terms used, manipulated and invented for use on the internet (which actually sometimes come from and are used in oral conversation but that's besides this point). So we ended up on this subject because I was looking at Answer.com's article (cited from Wikipedia) about the acronym LOL or lol. The first sentence I read was "LOL is a TLA" and I had to lol pretty hard myself. Because I was already having a conversation with him I sent over the link, we both got a good chuckle out of it. Later Scott told me he was checking out the Internet Slang article from Wikipedia and was amazed at the content, which I later decided to take another look at (we had both checked it out a little less than a month ago). After a while he mentioned something which got us both ROTFLOAO.

Here's the point of this article, our conversation over Google Talk via text messages which I have only edited to bold our names for clarity (which by the way I'm sorry if there's any I missed);


Scott: its funny, noe that i look at "lol", of all the things it says about it on the site, it never mentions anything about the fact that "lol" looks like a person laughing

l-l =straight face lol = laughing face



dob HA! now it has ears




monaghan: that's odd, I never saw that but you're right. I thought at first when I started trying to see it that perhaps it was o = head and ll = arms raised up, but that didn't make much sense




Scott: l-l




monaghan: I never raise my arms to laugh but you know




Scott: lol


hell yeah, i raise my arms and flail them around just to talk regularly




monaghan: rotfl




Scott: l-l








monaghan: lol, that's how we should do it…




Scott: what, like this: dob




monaghan: l-l.. lol……..l-l

to show, I wasn't laughing, then I was for a while, then I stopped




Scott: yeah, then if someone is trying to be funny and they are not actually funny, you could just give them a




monaghan: dob




Scott: ………………………………………..l-l

like that




monaghan: lol

heall yeah




Scott: thats great




monaghan: too funny for acronyms, I mean tffa

which could be a spin off on tff (too fukin funny)

man we are good at this internet slang shit

I'm so going to add what we're talking about here to the WP IS article



(we should just always talk in slang)

(actually we should just talk in acronyms)

lol tff miggp

(man I gotta go piss) actually I don't I just thought it sounded funny




Scott: TFG




monaghan: rotflmao


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Sex, porn, XXX, and Korea.

Posted by David on May 11, 2006

Google Trends, that's what brought me to use these words together. I was just testing out the service after reading TechCrunch.com's article about it and started trying out all sorts of things, a few out of interest for what gets searched for but most just to get an idea about how well it works. So far I'm pleased and I bet it's pretty accurate as far as Google's records go. I haven't spent more than five minutes using it, I just wanted to mention it for those who haven't taken a look.

See this search I did for "Sex, porn, XXX, and Korea" which I thought was interesting.

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