Ethics vs Humanity

I will be talking about Clay Shirky’s , “Everyone Is a Media Outlet” and *Rebecca Blood, “Weblog Ethics”. In “Everyone Is a Media Outlet” Clay is basically talking about how everybody is a media outlet, even Facebook and blog sites are media outlets that regular people post their opinion on and share products for free, in other words people are doing free labor for companies and they don’t even know they are doing it. The article defines a professional and why we need them, it says, “A profession exists to solve a hard problem, one that requires some sort of specialization. Driving a race car requires special training-race car drivers are professionals. Driving an ordinary car, though, doesn’t require the driver to belong to a particular profession, because it’s easy enough that most adults can do it with a modicum of training. Most professions exist because there is a scarce resource that requires ongoing management.” Professionals are simply here to give us the facts and sell something for a current event for the public.  

“Rebecca Blood’s, “Weblog Ethics” is a very surprising article to me, it talks about how journalist are not suppose to interfere with their subjects life no matter what is going on. This article defines journalist that says “Journalists — the people who actually report the news — are acutely aware of the potential for abuse that is inherent in their system, which relies on support from businesses and power brokers, each with an agenda to promote. Their ethical standards are designed to delineate the journalist’s responsibilities and provide a clear code of conduct that will ensure the integrity of the news.” in other words it is saying if you’re a journalist during a war and you see someone get shot you can just take a picture of them and not help them because you’re not suppose to take a picture for something in return, you’re suppose to be take the picture with no strings attached because that is not your job to help them, it also says “Weblogs, produced by nonprofessionals, have no such code, and individual webloggers seem almost proud of their amateur status. “We don’t need no stinkin’ fact checkers” seems to be the prevailing attitude, as if inaccuracy were a virtue.” in other words it is saying if you’re just a average citizen and you’re taking pictures of someone getting shot you can help them and still post the picture.  

These two articles correlate because the first article is talking about what a professional journalist is and the second article is about the ethics of a journalist, these two articles go hand and hand. The first article and the second article puts ethics before humanity, which is sad but it’s life. 


Shirky, Clay. “Shirky_Everyone Is a Media Outlet.pdf.” Google Docs. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

Blood, Rebecca. “Webblog Ethics.” Rebecca’s Pocket. N.p., n.d. Web.


“Advocates Call for Schools to Stand By Undocumented Students”

This article is about calling universities to advocate and stand by undocumented students due to the recent election and the changes he is making about undocumented people in the United States, this article is written by Jamaal Abdul-Alim and it is about a recent panel that was at George Mason University talking about how we should stand by undocumented students and do everything we can to help them. It says “Being an ally is not an identity. It’s an action,” Vaquera said. “Those educators that want to be there and support the students, we need to do the homework, be with them, make ourselves available, and make yourselves available in your university and make it known that you are a person who wants to help, learning, staying up to date and providing support.” which is very true, this article will be a big help because not only is based off of a event at George Mason University but it is also talking about a major topic right now that relates to my topic. This article is the heart and soul of what the Mason Dreamers believes in so this article will be extremely helpful to explain what Mason Dreamers stand for and their mission.

“The gift of education”

This video is very reliable because it was on the Mason Dreamers and it was made by the members of the organization. It talks a little about what Mason Dreamers is and what they stand for, it also compares the financial aspect of college with undocumented students and students that were born in the United States. It give multiple stories of actual undocumented students and how much of a struggle college is for them, there is one guy that talks about how his mom was a janitor for Mason when he was little and she would bring him to work sometimes to show him the campus and she told him that he would eventually be student and he is about to graduate from Mason very soon. They also talk briefly about a student that couldn’t keep attending Mason because they couldn’t pay for college and since they are undocumented they can’t get many scholarships or much help financially. This video will help me with my research because it taps into your emotions and shows real life stories about real lives of undocumented students.

The official Mason Dreamers website that the organization made themselves is a very helpful and a reliable source. This website was made in 2011 when the organization was developed, it contains content on the current executive board members (the internal and external presidents and vice presidents, Treasurer, webmaster, public relations chair, student support coordinator,  etc.), they also have a intern team which are students that are not part of the executive board but they still help the organization and still have a “title”,  the history of Mason Dreamers (when it was developed, why and there mission), and like all websites it contains contact information, for undocumented students to contact them or for people that want to be involved in the organization. This website will be useful to my research when I talk about the history of Mason Dreamers, what they stand for and what resources they have have for undocumented students.