hamlet: Claudius

At this point in the play i am truly impressed by Claudius’ acting skills. If it werent for the ghost of Hamlet’s father i would have never suspected him as the murderer. He seems compassionate for both his wife and Laertes in an extremely natural way. ” She’s so conjunctive to my life and soul/ That, as the star moves not but in his sphere , I could not but by her.” He tolerates Hamlet because of the love he has for his wife. Where Hamlet thinks Claudius killed his father solely for power… maybe there was more to it. Also When Laertes finds out his father died, Claudius soothes him admitting to be equally sad about the events. He even tries to relate to Laertes in a fatherly manner by offering him advice to ” Break not our sleeps for that. You must not think/ That we are made of stuff so flat and dull. That we can let our beard be shook by danger,. And think it pastime. You shortly shall hear more./ I loved your father, and we love ourself;”In doing this he is winning Laertes over and sorta showing that he is human. By showing this it makes Halmet look psychotic .

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Chapter 7 blog


By: P. Tittle

Ethics of the Indulgence Era

The establishment of ethical boundaries for a boundless generation.

The 21st century is a period known for its frivolousness and sense of entitlement. As the years progress these feelings are being applied to a variety of fields and professions, which raises the question of ethical boundaries.

Most recently, computer-based journalism has adopted this attitude of constant gratification. Although computers have been incorporated into much of daily life, for journalists computer-based communication and its ethical territory is unexplored.

News organizations in particular are under fire because, “nearly all traditional media worldwide have created online services, offering new ways to reach potential viewers,” said Dorothy A. Bowles and Diane L. Borden, writers of Creative Writing 6th Edition.

Because information can be transmitted so quickly editors are being questioned on whether or not the information they are positing is ethical.

“Is it ethical to forward a rumor about the death of a celebrity or should the publics’ comments on news stories be monitored or curtailed?” questioned Bowles and Borden.

As these questions arise, news organizations are exploring the ideas of ethics and what their job as journalists are. In fact many newspapers have decided to revise their own codes in order to maintain their standard of ethics in the computer age.

Because of the need for instant news and the ability to access news at any moment, the quality and validity of news is also being questioned. In the past, good journalists agreed that properly identifying the source of the story is an obvious ethical must. However, because anyone can submit information online under an assumed name maintaining ethical standards is a constant battle said Bowles and Borden.

Because of subjective cultural values and varying ethical views, an online code of ethics may never exist. However, through the proper teaching of print journalism and ethical standpoints, there is hope that one-day boundaries can be determined.

For a professional standpoint on computer ethics click here to hear Dean Wright, Reuters Global Editor for Ethics.

Also for all you social media users: Are you ethically social networking? Click here to find out!

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Chapter 11

The magnitude of multimedia

Imprinting and impacting readers everywhere

In an era desperate for information it only makes sense that websites would investigate new forms of engagement for readers to enjoy. 

Richard Curtis, longtime managing editor for design at USA Today said, “Multimedia recognizes that people learn in different ways.”

Websites now not only include the narrative, but also want to reach users visually. Audio and video can convey the same information in a different way attracting a different type of user. Multimedia can also integrate supporting evidence from other websites that contribute to the original article, or explain the material in a different way. 

Many college websites use multimedia to assist parents, students and friends in finding out information about their campus. Check out the University of Maryland’s website for some examples. 

To facilitate use, designers believe it is important to incorporate, “page titles, logos, author information, a date and easy acces,”said Dorothy A. Bowles and Diane L. Borden, writers of Creative Editing 

Page titles assist readers in indicting what the page holds. Bowles and Borden believe that because users can access or enter a document from anywhere via the Internet, its important to be able to identify the site and where it came from. Each page should also have a homelink for the user to use incase they get “lost” during their search. 

Similarly, pages should be signed by the author to help identify credibility. “Clickable e-mail addresses will encourage feedback, which commercial sponsors appreciate,” said Bowles and Borden. Likewise, they should be dated so the reader is aware that the information is current or not.  

Multimedia is a new engaging way to entice new readers, who expect instant information, while keeping old readers happy through the traditional narrative. The future seems bright for multimedia users who are now able to broaden their horizons with the click of a mouse.


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