Module 6: Storify

Hello everyone, this is my last post for the course. I choose this topic because it’s relevant to my topic area which is economy and labour. So the topic of my article is corporate tax rate and employment.

The corporate tax rate became a hot topic of discussion in the lead-up to the 2012 president election. It is something that most of us should care about since as a newly gradate student, finding a job is the first concern. However, the high corporate tax rate has certain affect on employment rate, which will be further explained in my article.

Here is the link to my storify article: Does lowering the federal corporation income tax rate create jobs?

Hope you enjoy reading it and have a good summer.

Module 6: Summary

As Hermida said, “truth and reality are what Zelier describes as the “god terms” in journalism.” Socialized or communalized media really has had a great impact on journalism today. The traditional print Newspaper Company such as The New York Times had experienced a tremendous affect on its operating model. With the dramatic decline of revenue, here comes with a problem: should these newspaper companies completely remove the print media aspect and then move completely into digital media or a hybrid of both. Another factor that we concern about is although social networking spread information faster than any other media; it still enables the spread of unreliable and false information. Like alenasaric commented, she also had read so many incorrect posts in social network tool, yet they were reposting many times.  This just explained why 49.1% of people have heard false news via social media. I agree with she said “this is quite alarming since a false message could spread like wildfire on the Internet”. Alenasaric also pointed out Twitter’s unbelievably rapid way of spreading news. I believe that is the positive side of the social network. In the rapid development of today’s society this technology is essential. If human can manage discipline of verification of posts on Twitter, it will be the loudest public voice.

On the other hand, I agree with ap09ti mentioned in her post, “the defining factors between citizen’s journalism and journalism is very important because there is a difference!” Social media empower individuals to participate in social change through sharing and commenting activities. However, after read kkuhl2013’s post I found out the huge difference between “how traditional and new media covered three nuclear accidents.” New social network provides readers links and updates from full angle, which is totally different experience compared with old school media. I also enjoyed reading kkuhl2013’s comment, like she said, “ it will be interesting to see how political figures, activists and governments utilize this form of communication.” Since social networking increase voter participate and facilitates political change.

Module 6: Initial Post

As the last topic of this course, we will discuss whether us would be encouraged to participate more directly in citizen journalism and/or social activism due to the emergence of those new opportunities? Nowadays, social media is impossible to ignore in our life. It is everywhere, from a piece of article to the election for a president of the nation. People’s future is in the hands of the president; the president’s future is in the hands of the social network. The article of The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy found people’s participate rate has significant rise because of the emergence of social network. Also the social network provides new channel to the candidate to communicate with their supporters and have better chance to present themselves to the voters. Its said that the “Cyberspace is unavoidable, and yet cyberspace is unregulatable. No nation can live without it, yet no nation can control behavior within it. Cyberspace is that space where individuals are, inherently, free from control by real space sovereigns.” (Jenkins, Thorburn, 2003).

“Twitter is affecting the way news is gathered, disseminated and consumed” (Hermida, 2012, p.660). I am not really using Twitter, but as a regular user of Weibo (Chinese Twitter) I fully understand what it feels like. Too many people will post every tiny piece of their daily life on Weibo. A picture of their meal, a picture of the tree they saw on the street, or repost a happening event from others. Given the speed of information is disseminated on Twitter and Weibo, we obtain tons of information every minute, and sometime we have to let ourselves pause for a minute to think about whether the news we just saw is true or not. “The development of Twitter as a channel for breaking news and the use of material from the public in professionally edited publications poses a dilemma for a profession based on a discipline of verification” (Hermida, 2012, p.663).

Social network has its positive side and negative side, and it’s our job to determine which side will stick with. I will participate in social activism due to the emergence of those new opportunities, but I will very careful about the information I post online. The reliability is the most important. And I would love to see how government use social network as a tool to communicate with people, to hear from people.


Hermida, A. (2012). TWEETS AND TRUTH: Journalism as a discipline of  collaborative verification. Journalism Practice. 6:5-6, p659-668.

Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn. Introduction: The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy. in Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn eds. (2003). Democracy and New Media. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. p1-17.

Module 5 Podcast

Hi class,
Here is an article that I am willing to share with you. I found this article on The Daily Caller, it’s a news and opinion website based in Washington, D.C., US. The content of the article is about U.S. corporation tax.
The reason why I chose this passage is as a business student, I more or less have heard about the high corporate tax in U.S., and also this issue attracts a lot of controversy, especially its impact on the economy. I found this article just gave me a clear idea how high corporation tax affects the economy; it also provided a lot of facts to prove that high corporation tax can result in economy loss. Hope you could get more ideas about this after your listening 🙂

Fores, B. (2012, October 1). Study: High US corporate tax rate hinders growth, drives jobs overseas. The Daily Caller. Retrieved from

Module 5: Summary

In summary, this week’s topic forces me to think about my mother country, China. I am not here for complain any thing just feel sad that China’s development has to base on break the copyright law. In the meantime, I really appreciate lifeofascanner’s comment “In this case I feel piracy was needed in order to be intuned with other countries. The part that can not really be defined is where the line between needed piracy and the because you don’t want to pay piracy. In some cases you gotta do what you gotta so.” And I feel grateful that all my group members understand my point of view and support me. Thank you!

Okay! Let’s back on track. Digital intellectual properties are so important to a country or a company even an individual’s future. There are many reasons motivate people engage piracy “1. To share culture/content, 2. Sample content before purchasing, 3. Inability to afford content, 4. Desire to undermine copyright law and the content industry.” (Steinmetz, Tunnell, 2013, p.56) I think the most of piracy is due to inability to afford content, which also the reason why piracy business is booming in China.

I couldn’t agree more on ap09ti’s comment. She states, “Being techniquely advanced is very important in this day and age and will be a great advantage to you.” Technology is key for tomorrow. A new technology can change everything of human life; can change the order of society, even change the law. Also as alenasaric said “I too agree with you that perhaps our ideas on copyright and piracy are a bit too strict and that we should loosen them to encourage creativity. Furthermore, with the Internet being so widespread, it is becoming increasingly difficult to police stricter rules.” In today’s world, we are nearly impossible to shut down all kinds of piracy actions. The best solution might be we accept it as part of our life and part of our culture. Before we strike the piracy we have to understand it, figure out the cause and effect, and know the importance to the society. Simply copy everything should be prohibits, but creativity should be supported. Loosen the copyright police might not be a bad thing. People have to open their mind and achieve a better future.


Steinmetz, K., K. Tunnell (2013). Under the Pixelated Jolly Roger: A Study of On-Line Pirates. Deviant Behavior. 34 (1), pg. 53-67

Module 5: Copyright

Since copyright law about recorded music industry and the practices of consumers is the topic of this week, then we have to get China involve in this. As a Chinese, I am not proud of people call us “the master of copy industry”, unfortunately it is true. We are really good at it. However, we are not some troublemakers or just do this for fun. We were out of options in the first place. Take Microsoft Windows XP as an example here, it was released worldwide on October 25, 2001. The retail price of the Home Edition in North America market was $199.99 for full version and $99.99 for an upgrade. However, the price was over 3000 Chinese Yuan (nearly $352 us dollar) in China mainland, which is more than one-month salary to a middle class worker. Microsoft didn’t consider China’s national condition when they set up the price, which led 90% of consumers couldn’t afford the price (I was one of them). China’s piracy industry started booming since then. Microsoft not only “inspired and stimulated” Chinese devote to re-produce other’s work, but provided major motivation to such actions. Other countries’ government accused the Chinese government does not take any practical approach to manage the rampant piracy, but they never think about what will China looks like today, if there is no pirated Windows XP 12 years ago. Chinese government realized that they already behind Americans several decades on economic, military, technological and many other aspects. They want to catch up. Just like (Steinmetz, Tunnell, 2013, p.59) stated “One’s inability to consume media content at high levels translates into being left behind others who are hyper-consuming.” Every country needs to develop, and its people need job to feed their family. Sometimes they just have to let something go.

Moreover, new social technology builds an expressway for sharing media content. According to (Bradley, 2006) “As a combined P2P/IRC network, Napster is a means to circulate content rather than being, itself, some form content.” Internet has brought about the revival of a read-write creative culture. With the advance of digital technology, media creation has been democratized, and suddenly, the tools of creation are readily accessible to anyone who has access to a computer. I fully agreed with Larry Lessig’s point in his TED Talk video. I am not defending piracy here, but we have to stop choking creativities when media creation has been democratized. I am not supporting the action of piracy, but I support those creativities based on other’s creations, not stealing. We have to find a balance point for media creation. A point can satisfy both the owners of recording business and the new media culture creators.


Steinmetz, K., K. Tunnell (2013). Under the Pixelated Jolly Roger: A Study of On-Line Pirates. Deviant Behavior. 34 (1), pg. 53-67

Bradley, D. (2006) Scenes of Transmission: Youth Culture, MP3 File Sharing, and Transferable Strategies of Cultural Practice. M/C Journal. 9(1).