Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and political figure, Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of many awards and honors. She was a columnist for New York magazine and co-founded Ms. magazine. In 1969, she published an article, “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation” which, along with her early support of abortion rights, catapulted her to national fame as a feminist leader. In 2005, Steinem worked alongside Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan to co-found the Women’s Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content. Steinem currently…
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My best friends and I took advantage of a long weekend to relax at a real old-Florida campground. Our site backed up to a river which was hung with oaks and Spanish moss, and as we sat in our camp chairs, we witnessed a grey heron fishing. It was real. There was nothing “virtual” about this experience — real people, talking the old-fashioned way, face to face. We were full from an amazing dinner, and some were full of spirits as well as spirit. I can’t say why, but one friend pulled out her i-phone and began reading back months worth of text messages between her and my other friend, both present. She read the texts literally, with all the texting errors of spelling. As real life interactions with friends often do, this one became a hilarious experiment in turning stilted text language into communication fraught with meaning and subtext. How? With the inevitable addition of voice. The live voice of my friend, narrating a play of her own text conversation, with exclamations, intonations and interjections. How can we inject that kind of voice into virtual conversations? Is it possible?
According to the Association for Career and Technology Education (ACTE), journalism falls under the Arts, A/V Technology & Communications career cluster, which includesDesigning, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.
Journalism is the only course in the Florida Arts, A/V Technology & Communication Career Cluster Curriculum Frameworks scheduled for deletion in 2012-2013. It is currently “daggered,” which I suppose means that in 2011-2012, Journalism is mortally wounded yet on life support. It is quite difficult sitting by her bedside, knowing there is no hope, but I have to keep the heart alive somehow even though the brain is dead.
Journalism as we knew her, at least in secondary schools in Florida, will soon perish, but her vital organs can be donated.