Are we now in the post-blog era? Andrew Sullivan, the most well read blogger in history, retired on Friday. Some have already declared this the turning point in blogs; they argue that blogs might still exist if they're specialized, but we're entered a different way of consuming media. Is that accurate? Our panel debates it:

  • Tom Belknap, longtime local blogger of DragonFlyEye
  • Doug J, pseudonym used by a Rochesterian who writes for Balloon Juice, a site that attracts 50,000 views a day
  • Leonard, also protecting his identity with first name only, who writes for Balloon Juice and his own site analyzing the 25th Congressional District
  • Leah Stacy, Nazareth professor who teaches about blogs and modern media

What do our media consuming habits say about us? The pejorative term is “binge watching,” and it refers to watching an entire season of a show in one setting. Or it could refer to watching the entire Star Wars series in a weekend, or reading the entire Harry Potter series in a short burst.

Nazareth College professor Lisa Perks has studied this phenomenon and she has just published a book about it, called "Media Marathoning: Immersions in Morality". She believes there are positive aspects to it. But is it good for our health? How is media changing? Is appointment viewing dead? 

This hour, we cover two topics with the same guest. Justin Murphy from the Democrat & Chronicle joins us, he covered the activities that happened after the Puerto Rican Festival ended. First we will talk about the post-festival activities despite the efforts to keep them from happening. Then, we will discuss the methods Justin used to cover the activities as an example of how media outlets are expanding the ways they cover stories.

Need to Know Rochester: ROC ONE Teen Media Academy

Sep 4, 2012

One group of Rochester City School District students will be returning to class with a deeper understanding of how the media works. WXXI’s Carlet Cleare takes us inside the Roc One Media Academy, where students spent the summer writing stories and advertisements.