Hi everyone! I cannot wait until Spring Break! In the meantime, I picked up a newspaper on campus the other day that had the anti-abortion protest right on the front page. The article was titled “Anti-abortion mural polarizes” and the pictures of the event are very large, drawing your attention to the paper since it does not contain a lot of text at first. The newspaper article invites those reading it to go on the internet to the newspaper’s website to an online photo gallery for more photos or to post their comments to the story. I found it very interesting how the two other pictures that were involved with the article on the front page were those that invited you right to the internet, the breeding ground of social media. On the left hand side of the front page, there is of course an ad to find the newspaper on Facebook, the best source for Florida State news. There website is located here if you are interested in checking it out… FSView & Florida Flambeau. You can scroll down all of the posts to find the one involving the protest. Our society today is extremely dependable on social communications and these two simple examples show how it is something we cannot get away from. Even while we are reading the old-fashioned print form of media, the idea and mention of cyberspace is never far away. While I was doing some research for anti-abortion protests and social media related stories, I observed the majority of the websites I fell upon about these protests offered either a Twitters, Facebook, or blog related ad on the right side of the page for those interested in getting involved. These types of ads followed me throughout my whole search and I was tempted to visit the sites every time. One example of this is on the Delaware University’s newspaper website just beneath the breaking news alert, which also grasps the reader’s attention. UD Review.
My search led to me think about how our current President, Barack Obama, was dealing with these types of issues. When President Obama was giving the graduation speech at America’s leading Roman Catholic Unversity, Notre Dame, he faced angry protesters and was heckled throughout his speech. Activists lined the entrance of the campus, holding signs, ready to voice their opinions to the most powerful many in the nation. Even thought I feel everyone’s opinions are important I think this was awfully disrespectful and took away from the point of the ceremony. According to the article, the president acknowledged the controversy caused by his visit and appealed for those on both sides of the argument to “open our hearts and our minds those who may not think like we do or believe what we do” in the search for “common ground”. Speech