Morning Fix: Service Learning Version


  • Another APD shooting. Victim's family lawyers up
  • Your child's educational funding could be restored!
  • Earth Day is coming up soon. Have your child plant a tree!
  • New stand-alone restaurant gives away more than $26,000 in free food! Oops - 2 years too late...
  • Thanks to New Mexico law, organ recipients are getting helped.

Today and the rest of this week's Morning Fix brought to you by the students of Barelas Babe's Social Media: Ethics and Design course at Gallaudet University as part of their service learning experience. Students have chosen header photos from locations on campus and/or around Washington, D.C. This is a picture of a campus building named Chapel Hall, which serves many purposes. It is one of the first buildings passersby see and it is a gathering place on the day of commencement!

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Comment by Jackson on April 14, 2011 at 7:40am
You might want them to check the date on that Chick-fil-a article...
Comment by Barelas Babe on April 14, 2011 at 7:55am
HA, Jackson. Great catch - I scanned the first date and didn't even notice the year.
Comment by Benny the Icepick on April 14, 2011 at 9:02am

The article on the APD shooting is just so tragic.  I've done work with the man's mother, and she's one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet.  I can't imagine the sorrow that family is experiencing right now.

And then you look at the comments on the KOB article - I know, I know, I really shouldn't - and you find the most callous, insensitive, presumptuous drivel.  I'm so glad these anonymous internet commenters are so closely apprised of every intimate detail of the Torres family and have a thorough understanding of the medical history of the man and family they're disparaging.

It's just sickening.

Comment by Barelas Babe on April 14, 2011 at 9:17am
@Benny - I actually used the KOB comments in class last night re: a discussion on the ethics of web moderating and free expression! We contrasted them with comments on the Daily Beast, a site with commenting policies. And then we moved to Emerson and self-reliance...
Comment by Benny the Icepick on April 14, 2011 at 9:31am
I'd be curious to hear a summary of your students' conclusions, if you'd be so willing.
Comment by Barelas Babe on April 14, 2011 at 10:17am

So as not to bore everyone, Benny, I'll keep it somewhat short. (This is for a different class than the ones posting the Morning Fix this week, btw).

The students thought that the moderators' vision for the comments page was central - whether reasoned discourse, civility, staying on topic or novel contributions. We examined a number of website comment policies in addition to the ones I mentioned. We also looked at possible reasons for not closely moderating comments or leaving it up to the community to flag questionable comments for mods. I also raised the issue of limited resources as a constraining factor on matching the comments with the vision for the comments page. We're lucky at DCF to have a community that pays attention to our established norms and policies, as well as all the superb people who volunteer their time!

Comment by hettie on April 14, 2011 at 11:39am

benny, I always end up reading comments too, even though I know better. and I always end up hoping that the people who are involved in the events of the articles don't read them, because the things people are willing to say anonymously are just plain gross. it does make me grateful for the dcf community; even if things get heated, people generally behave like decent human beings.

 

in a totally unrelated bit of news, the state supreme court issued a ruling yesterday in one of the lawsuits the governor is involved in that means a couple of people are getting their jobs back.

Comment by once banned twice shy on April 14, 2011 at 1:25pm

I am convinced that the lowest form of individual inhabits local news station comment sections.  We walk on the streets with these people--who would never say the horrid things out loud that they type into those public comment sections.

I also have a small note:  the family did not "lawyer up."  The article says they hired an investigator.  An investigator is not the same as a lawyer.

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