Live Blogging

Live blogging has many benefits. It makes you feel more engaged with a subject you are interested in. For example, if you are watching a music performance, you can blog about your opinion about a band on stage.  Along with your opinions, you can see other people’s opinions as well.  In addition, you can take a short video of what’s happening and post it to promote the band, hoping that other people might like the same band.  During a music award show, you can root for someone you want to win.  Live blogging also gives you current new information about something you are passionate about instantaneously.  Going back to the music example, if you are unable to watch the award show, you can still see the highlights of the show and know all the winners.  Furthermore, during live blogging if you see a lot of negative comments on something, it can change your perspective.  If you saw a negative comment on a band, it may persuade you not to explore that band’s music.

Live blogging can have negative impact as well.  As stated in class, live blogging can be additive and time consuming.  Especially if you are following a live blog on a topic you are passionate about.  During work or school, someone can find themselves clicking the refresh button to find  more about a breaking event instead of focusing on the task at hand.  Sometimes live blogging can lead to inaccurate information.  The person live blogging might not check their info with other sources before posting it. Also, the blogger can be bias. The reader never knows how credible the information is from live blogs.  For example, I read on a live blog once saying they located the Malaysia missing airplane.  I told a friend about it, and she discredited me because the info I got from the blog was false. Another example is the Boston Marathon bombing.  There was a news station that posted a picture of two men who they thought were responsible for the bombing.  In fact, those two men were just innocent spectators at the event.  The news station got into a very big legal mess for falsely accusing people for a very serious crime.  For big movie-goers and people who like books, live blogs can contain spoilers, which can ruin the whole movie or book.  For people who like music,  sometimes they want to watch the whole music award show and enjoy the suspense.  However, live bloggers can announce all the winners on twitter, ruining the experience.

Moreover, live blogging only feeds info sparsely in blurbs.  If a reader doesn’t know much about the topic or just tuned in, the reader might not understand the whole situation.  This can have a negative impact as well. Not getting the full story can send people into panic, especially for breaking news. For instance, during one of my evening classes, there was a brief message about a train accident at New Brunswick, and that someone was killed by a train.  Just hearing the phrase “train accident” I worried about how I was going to get home because I depend on the train to commute to school.

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