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Snapchat users can now share Discover content

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Post by Paityn Langley

Announced on Tuesday, a new Snapchat feature allows users to share stories from Discover news channel. Simply by pressing down on a story, users can add a comment or an emoji before sharing with friends.

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North Charleston police to wear body cameras via mayoral executive order

Posted by Paityn Langley

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A 33 year-old white cop, Michael Slager, was charged with murder for shooting and killing a black man, Walter Scott. After being pulled over for a broken tale light and confronted, Scott ran away from Slager. It was then that Slager shot and killed Scott.

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Tom Ford, self-proclaimed objectifier

Posted by Molly Lamoureux

If you know anything about anything in the advertising world, you know that sex sells. Tom Ford knows it too.

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#IndiasDaughter: The Media Ethics Debate Facing the BBC

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On March 5th, British Broadcasting Company made the decision to air the documentary, India’s Daughter. The film is based on the 2012 New Dehli gang rape and murder of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh. Controversy in India began due to the documentary’s interview with Mukesh Singh, one of the four men convicted and sentenced for the murder of Jyoti.

In 2012 the uproar of gender activists protesting the murder of Jyoti brought voice to gender discrimination within India’s society. Now, the BBC documentary has brought opposition back to media lime light.

Activists against the release of India’s Daughter have expressed fear that the interview with Mukesh will weaken the court case and cause change of opinion amongst the jury.

Due to the backlash, India police ordered a court junction blocking the films India debut and any publication of the interview in the media.

The debate on India’s Daughter raises awareness and question on media ethics and censorship. During the recent censorship debate over Sony’s film The Interview, a satire film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, Sony’s decision to override threats allowed the movie to be released as scheduled.

The ongoing debate over the ethics of India’s Daughter brings to question, should society censor sore subjects?

The BBC documentary of India’s Daughter is available for streaming online.

SNL pokes fun at ISIS

“50 Shades” leading lady Dakota Johnson hosted “Saturday Night Live” last week. She starred in a skit that has been almost as controversial as “50 Shades” itself.

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Johnson’s skit, a spoof based on the Super Bowl’s Toyota commercial, portrays her leaving her teary-eyed father in the car as she leaves to join ISIS. Yes, you read that correctly. Instead of leaving to join the Army, Dakota Johnson gets out of the car to join the gun-wielding men of the terrorist group. After an emotional car ride, the father asks if she needs help with her bags. At 1:02, she says, “Dad, it’s just ISIS.”

Here is the skit.

I can’t tell you if the video was funny or not; you’ll have to decide for yourself. What I can tell you is the internet went ballistic after this.

Flurries of tweets and posts overflowed newsfeeds, even before the episode was over. Many people tweeted that ISIS is nothing to joke about, saying they turned off the television before the episode was even over. Most of the coverage of this situation portrays the negative opinions.

However, there were others who posted that ISIS should be mocked.

Actor Taran Killam tweeted ‘Proud of this.” 

Fox News host Tucker Carlson responded by saying he appreciates comedy that pushes the boundaries. He suggested that SNL come up with a skit that mocked transgender bathrooms (in response to this bill, proposed by Kentucky’s Senator Embry in January). He went on to say that even a joke mocking something as ridiculous as the proposed bill would never happen.

“You will never, ever see that. Why? Because it’s just too far. There actually is a line, it’s just a different line than most of us perceive,” he said. Read more about his thoughts from The Independent.

Everyone seems to agree that there IS a line, but no one can seem to decide exactly where it is. My question, then, is do you think it’s possible to have a line, or is it really just a judgement call? And if it is a judgement call, what would you have said about running this skit on SNL?

Brian Williams: Does he deserve a second chance?

Last week, NBC anchor Brian Williams confessed to altering details of a news story in which he originally claimed to have been shot at while in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003. He admitted the fabrication after veterans of Iraq challenged his story. Many of his other stories are now under investigation, including one in which he claimed to have seen a body float past his hotel while covering Hurricane Katrina.

Since the emergence of the scandal, Brian Williams has made a personal decision to temporarily step down from his position at NBC. In an online article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal Brian Williams is quoted, saying, “Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.” The entire article can be found here:

How can Brian Williams claim that he has made an effort to be trustworthy throughout the entirety of his career if he has fabricated details of multiple news stories? Should Brian Williams permanently step down from his position, be fired, or be granted a second chance? The public trusts journalists to provide them with a fair and accurate report of the news 100% of the time. Brian Williams has grossly violated this trust.

The Wall Street Journal concluded their article by stating, “If Mr. Williams’ admissions drives viewers and advertisers away, NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp., will be faced with the difficult task of either rehabilitating his image and credibility or finding a replacement.” Whether or not ratings drop for NBC, Mr. Williams violated the trust of millions of viewers. Is that something that can ever be repaired?

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Toiling in anonymity

We can all name writers we admire. But can you name an editor?

Writers get the byline and the glory. Editors toil in anonymity. There is no Pulitzer Prize or Ellie for editors. Clark and Fry discuss this in “Coaching Writers, ch. 5.” Make sure you’ve read the chapter, then let’s tackle the questions they ask at the end of the chapter:

Is it necessary for editors to suppress their own egos and work in the background? How, then, do editors have fun and gain satisfaction?

Is there such a thing as a typical “editing personality,” or is that a myth?

Post your initial response by 6 p.m. Tuesday, then return before class Wednesday to read your classmates’ responses and respond to at least two.