Saturday, January 28, 2012

Around The Blogosphere 28 Jan 2012

Way way back in the day - the good ol' days o'blogging - there was Radio, there was Multiply, there was LiveJournal...

And there was blogger. I started on Multiply and dabbled with LJ, but soon found a permanent home on blogger. From time to time I am going to release a few posts here and there that originally appeared on my first blogger blog "Capital Region People" - which continued to pull in 450+ visits a day long after I stopped blogging on it. Google eventually deleted it, for reasons still unknown to me. Luckily I used a program called HTTPtracker to save the first 2 years of CRP!

I'm not the first to re-release old posts... blogger Rob has been re-publishing his old Radio posts.The New York Times ::: Blogging is GOOD for you! According to the paper, research has long backed the therapeutic value of diary-keeping for teenage girls and boys. But according to a new study, when teenagers detail their woes onto a blog, the therapeutic value is even greater.

To prevent you from ramming the NYT pay wall head-on, here's a condensed version of said article:

To gauge teen's experiences with blogging, researchers randomly surveyed high school students in Israel (that's "random"? Israel? Why not the USA or Canada? Or Morocco?). 161 were picked (124 girls and 37 boys) who exhibited some level of social anxiety or stress. (Why so many girls) Average age of particpants was 15 and all claimed to find it hard to make new friends or relate to existing pals.

The teens were divided into six groups. The first two were asked to blog about their social difficulties, with one group asked to open their posts to comments. The second two groups were asked to blog about whatever struck their adolescent fancy; again, one group allowed comments. All four groups were instructed to make entries in their blogs a minimum of twice a week. Two additional groups served as "control groups" and instructed either to keep an old-school print diary or to do nothing at all.

A team of psychologists reviewed all blog articles to gauge each bloggers’ relative social and emotional state. Across all groups, the greatest improvement in mood broke out among those bloggers who wrote about their problems and allowed commenters to respond.

Noteworthy is the fact that commenters on the blogs were overwhelmingly supportive. Go figure!

Watershed Post ::: Catskills locals are makng a splash among the nation's most avid cinemaphiles at the Sundance Film Festival this week. [LiNk]

Chile: Discrimination, Media Ethics, and the Case of #InesPerez

Read this post.

Inés Pérez, a resident of a gated community that prohibits domestic workers to enter by foot, quickly became the subject of online scorn after an interview on Chilean television. When it transpired that her quote was taken out of context, the discussion instead turned to a debate on journalism ethics.

Canadians are addicted to their daily Tim Horton's coffee and new Tim Horton's coffee shops are popping up in countries all around the world. What? You never heard of Tim Horton's? Tsk Tsk! Christy Zutautas will fill your cup...

Dumb Cluck
::: They say we should balance our diets... what happens when we fail to do so? Stacey Irvine has been addicted to chicken nuggets: the 17-year old has eaten nothing else since age 2. She collapsed the other day...

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