07/10/2011 SS – Log:

Today I attended a lecture of liberal press theory, which will help me with my case study and possibly my literature review.

First I learnt what liberal press actually means. The first word liberal stands for free, such as free attitude or to be free. Press basically stands for any type of media. By putting the two together, I got the definition of freedom of speech and the freedom to publish the free word. A process of cause and effect brings up the liberal press theory. For example, the English, American and French revolution brought about the right to free speech and therefor liberal press. The theory behind liberal press is that ideology has informed liberal press and that freedom of press is rooted in the freedom to publishing the free market. There are a number of arguments surrounding liberal press theory, one of which is that the attainment of truth, is only attained if there is in fact truth. This argument I actually agree with. Liberal press can only be free if there are fact being put forward by the media. No matter the media, truth is always found and that is the true freedom of press (liberal press). However, it did get me thinking, the media, essentially secondary sources such as newspapers and websites, are considered more unreliable than primary sources. This leads me to believe that the ‘truth’ we all ‘seem’ to see is in-fact influenced by unreliable sources and possibly manipulated. Making the media not free at all, but manipulated ideas of what is perceived to be the real truth. This is only an idea put forward by me, with no evidence to back it up apart from my own thoughts.

This piece of knowledge will have no effect on my literature review or my case study as it has no relevance. However, this sort of thing has always peeked my interest and could provide to be very useful when looking at the press and media and how it has evolved. My case study does however touch on this subject a little bit but not in the pursuit of truth but change instead.

I did not get involved in any tasks today as the lecture and discussion took up all the time. Therefore, I cannot comment on success or solution. However, I would like to be able to support my view on the truth contained in press theory and freedom of speech to be false. This means I would need research and back up what I have said.

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29/09/2011 SS – Log:

Today I got a small lecture about how to reference correctly. Not only that but I went through my 200 word pre-proposal for my case study. My lecturer gave me some valuable texts to read which will considerably help.

The first thing I learnt was how to reference properly. There is too much to explain in this but I can give an overview. I now know how to reference books, journals, websites, DVDs/CDs and articals. I have to reference them based on the Harvard system (handout = chi online). I also learnt how to cite them in my assignments. For example, I can cite quotes directly or indirectly. Directly means that I use the exact words and then use it to support one of my own points. Indirect is taking a quote and putting it into my own words, maybe my own perspective. All sources I use should be put into the reference list for the assignment and in the overall bibliography. I also managed to sort out what I am finally doing for case study after having the lecturer looking at my pre-proposal. I am comparing Alvin Toffler’s hypothesis in Future Shock with what has actually happend in todays world. More will be revealed in future logs.

The point to learning all this today was to make sure I have a concrete start and foundation to base my case study on. Learning about the correct way to reference to very important and helpful because it is a must. My uni has stated that referencing must be done correctly.

There was only one real problem when I wrote my pre-proposal and that was that I did not have a very clear idea of what to write about. This would be something to consider when I write my proper proposal.

A solution to the above could be researching and finding references before I even write my proposal. This Is something I can put in place when I write up my real proposal. If I research and gain reference lists before I start any real work, it can help me greatly.

22/09/2011 SS – Log:

Today was my first HE study skills lesson. I did not do any tasks in this lesson, I just went through two assignment briefs. These two assignment briefs are the only two assignments for the HE study skills module. The first had a deadline of the end of the first semester and the second deadline is for the very end of the year.

I learnt about what is required in each of these assignments. The first assignment (deadline – end if 1st semester) asks me to basically create a case study consisting of 1500 words. This does not include references, quotes or the bibliography. The case study can be on anything I wish. I did have a couple of ideas on what I would like to do, either the change between WWII/post-war propaganda and modern propaganda or how website design and development has changed based on updated programs (CS1-CS5) and new code releases (HTML-HTML5). The second assignment breif I went through a little bit but the lecturer said that a more in depth explaination would be given tomorrow.

The point of what I learnt today is simply to prepare me for when I start these assignments. It was very useful to know what I will have to write about and how much I have to write. It was also good to know about the deadlines as this is very important in this course. By knowing these deadlines I can plan my time accordingly. I was also great to be allowed to pick the topic of my case study. This gives me time to think about a subject that I enjoy and possibly give my own views and input towards the topic.

I cannot report on the success of the task because I have not yet been given any tasks.

I also cannot report on solutions about the tasks for obvious reasons.