106-Year-Old Beverly Man Receives High School Diploma

good for him! what a cute geezer!

CBS Boston

BEVERLY (CBS) – Mayor Bill Scanlon declared Monday Fred Butler Day in Beverly.

The city’s oldest resident, 106-year-old Fred Butler, finally received his high school diploma in the Beverly High School library.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

“I thank everyone responsible for this, I certainly appreciate it,” Butler told a large crowd gathered for the ceremony.

Butler dropped out of school after eighth grade to work in order to help his mother pay the bills.

“He’s a kind and gentle soul,” his niece Helen told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens. “He took care of his siblings and helped his mom as a young man. He’s always been there for everyone in the family.”

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Wikipedia, to me, is a quick source that can define a word or event that I am unfamiliar with. I would never reference Wikipedia in a college paper or in anything, to be honest. But, it briefly explains something that I am unfamiliar with and am interested in knowing what it is. I know that Wikipedia can be edited by any consumer. But there are such editors that keep an eye out for outrageous statements that could be made on a Wikipedia page. They may not catch the error within seconds or even minutes, which is a downfall for consumers that do trust this “free encyclopedia”. 

www.youtube.com – Broadcast Yourself

TV provides “immediacy” because it is immediate information that news reporters can obtain and it is aired as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Youtube is considered the “medium of record” because it is the same type of information that news reporters report but it is on the web forever. Anything that is posted on Youtube is on the web forever. Most grandparents or parents tune into TV, while teenagers and young adults just “youtube” a current event. 

There are some good and bad qualities, I think, with Youtube. Good, in the fact that you can post all kinds of videos on your own personal Youtube account. You can obtain information on current news or even old news. For example, while reading Levinson’s (2009) chapter on Youtube, I read about “Obama girl”. In which, I never even heard of that hit video on Youtube during Obama’s election. So automatically, I went on Youtube and searched it, then watched it. I wouldn’t say it was a good thing I found it, because it was a very different video posting. Don’t know why someone would even do that? Very strange. Since I was able to do such a search that was updated 4 years ago, make Youtube that more fascinating. The bad in Youtube, is when you have ridiculous people who write hurtful comments on literally every single home made music video. I just find that unnecessary. What are they doing with their lives?! Get a life, please. However, those people that do post not so good home made music videos, get ready to receive some of the harshest comments. There are crazy rude people out in the world. 


Levinson talks about “citizen journalists” and how bloggers can also be referred to being called such a name. Anyone can be a blogger so if you want to look fancy on a résumé become a blogger and write “citizen journalist” and refer to yourself as one! What’s great about new new media is that it gets instantly sent out to people to view. Back in the day people had to go through numerous people just to get a written piece out in the world. Wile now its only with a click of a button. As Levinson writes “blogging combines the best of both – the personal growth of email and the long and wide reach of mass media”. However, the huge downfall of blogging ones own thoughts and opinions is that it last forever at the click of a button! Watch out people! People might try to ruin your lives! JK. But seriously, pictures, comments, posts, tweets, blogs, emails, etc. are going to be online forever even if you go back and delete it. There are people out in the world that may copy what you wrote. I know, I freaked out too when I read this; it’s true though. SIDE NOTE PEOPLE: please do not write nasty comments on people’s posts, it has to be one of the most annoying things ever. It’s so petty. Another side note: I think that people should be banned for writing rude and pointless comments. I know people can be reported on social networks but I don’t know if that is put into action on YouTube videos because people are really brutal sometimes. Does anyone know how reports even work? And do they actually get banned from that specific network?

TBT… MySpace

Once I read the title of Chapter 6 I immediately said out loud “what a throwback”, which then lead me to title this post “TBT…MySpace”. For those of you who don’t know what TBT stands for, it simply means “throwback Thursday”.

When reading the first sections of Levingson’s chapter on MySpace, they seemed to all be negative, like “Irresistible Appeal of ‘Friends'”, “‘Cyberbullying’ on MySpace”, or “New New Media Provide Medicine for Cyberbullying”. Then I started thinking about all of the past news stories about MySpace. Once it started to grow, it seemed like people were using it for different reasons and it was almost frowned upon to use one because so many abnormal things have happened with people using MySpace, for instance cyberbullying. People started to create fake accounts to see if people they knew or didn’t know would accept their friend requests. Apparently there are a lot of naïve people out in the world because that is why those news stories came about, because naïve people accepted friend requests from people they didn’t know and started chatting with them, in which that “friend” found out a lot of personal information from the naïve person. One might think you don’t have to be smart to have an account on MySpace or any social network for that matter, but you do.

Levinson mentions that MySpace’s description was “a place for friends”. However, there have been so many occasions when people have bullied another through MySpace. In whose right mind would it be okay to create a fake account just to bully someone?! Why go through all of that trouble?! And how does someone actually have the time for that?! And not only were fake accounts made for bullying, some people created accounts to check in on specific people. For instance, a faculty member in my high school created a MySpace or Facebook account (I forget which one) to make sure that students weren’t posting things about teachers on their walls. Would that justify making a fake account?

Lot of questions on this post. Feel free to comment, bloggers!

Get excited bloggers… First assignment for new media! FOLLOW ME & COMMENT

In my spring semester of senior year, I decided to take two communication classes (Organizational Communication and New Media) my first time enrolling in communication classes, ever. New Media sounded of interest to me because part of the course description was about Facebook and Twitter, in which I am a consumer and producer of both! The first assignment was to read the first chapter of Paul Levinson’s text, “New New Media”, and produce something on your personal blog in which we created for this class. FOLLOW ME if you are interested with what you have read so far!

According to Levinson (2009), new new media is completely different than new media and old media. “A newspaper or broadcast medium” would be considered old media, while an online component of a newspaper or broadcast medium would be considered new media. I interpret Levinson’s terminology of old media as physical media, like physically buying a newspaper at a convenient store and holding it. As for new media, I interpret it as reading a published document online. But since the topic is mainly about new new media, I will express how I interpret his definition of the term. To me it seems like new new media is like social networks, where people are able to post their personal viewpoints on anything basically. For instance, when I post a status on Facebook or tweet something on Twitter. Levinson writes that new new media “enables any consumer to become a producer”.

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