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CONFLICTS ON THE TOWN SQUARE FORUM: What to do?

Original post made by resident, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jun 30, 2009

I noticed on a lot of threads that people get upset when discussions get involved and emotional. Some people have even suggested taking the Town Forum down. Except for the few abusers (need I site Cholo), blogging is probably one of the greatest innovations of journalism and the Town Square Forum is a wonderful example. Think about it. Don't you enjoy seeing the diversity of views on any given subject, or being directed to a piece of information that expands your views on a subject? Aren't you glad to know what the PUSD is doing when it rehires its managers as opposed to spending it on the kids? Would you really want everyone agreeing on an issue? That's what they do in Iran, or N Korea. It's called dictatorship not freedom of speech or freedom of the press. I say embrace the diversity and the divergent viewpoints. I congratulate the Pleasanton Weekly for its stellar forum. I have become a more informed citizen of Pleasanton.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2009 at 8:56 am

The concept of normal people interacting with the news is now called CITIZEN JOURNALISM. Here is an article written by Ariana Huffington on the topic.

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 30, 2009 at 9:23 am

I totally agree citizen commenting is great, informative, gives people chance to feel involved and makes them more engaged in other civic matters. This is what Tom Jefferson meant.
Learning the'poor'school district uses lousy judgement spending new money for ANYTHING other than students is much needed information.
Commenting is definitely needed when idiots like dingbat Huffington mouth off....she's not the final word on ANYTHING. I've met her. I know.


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Posted by mary
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2009 at 10:02 am

Nancy "Dingbat Huffington". Now that's funny. Although, I bet she would be up in arms if she saw your post. LOL.


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm

I wouldn't call what's happening on PW Town Square "citizen journalism." Lies and opinions should not be mistaken for journalism. And I hope that people who read these forums realize that there are no fact checkers here. If you believe everything that's written on these forums, then you probably believe everything that written on the internet.


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Posted by Martin
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Mary,

Did the citizens who broadcast at the risk of their lives from Iran do fact checking? I don't think so. Yet, it is one of the most significant examples of journalism on record. Check your facts on fact checking.


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Posted by Yo Martin
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2009 at 8:34 pm

How do you know what was true and what was not true in those "broadcasts" from Iran?

"most significant examples of journalism on record."

Hardly.


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Posted by Ignore above post
a resident of Laguna Vista
on Jun 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Ignore any comment by the moron "Yo xxxx"


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 30, 2009 at 11:08 pm


I didn't see any 'broadcasts' from Iran. I saw emails and cellphone videos.. hard to call them 'journalism' or 'broadcasts'!

unclehomerr..


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Posted by Yo ignore
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Anyone can say ignore "...".

That wasn't journalism. It was unedited tweeting, and cell phone calls. Do you know what the word journalism means?


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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm

While the citizen reports in Iran were not from journalists, the reporters at tv and radio stations and at newspapers had to make judgment calls about whether or not to mention a particular tweet or publish a particular photo. Ideally, that includes fact checking -- was the tweeter actually in Iran, did others report the same events occurring, did the photo come from a reliable source, etc.

Of course, some reporters follow the conventions of journalism well, and others -- not so well.

If I get upset or emotional when I am reading or writing on these forums, I do my best to walk away from the computer till I'm calmer. I also think it helps that I post under my full name. That disciplines me to be polite, because I know that if I'm rude, it's on record. I can't hide behind anonymity.

Even just to use your first name, like Stacey or Mary or Nancy or Karen or Martin do on this thread, can sometimes lessen the emotionalism. Not eliminate it, but lessen it....


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