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Protein Packed Lentil Stew

Protein Packed Lentil Stew

So I’ve kind of fallen off the recipe wagon. There’s a number of reasons for this- I’ve had a few cooking fails in the kitchen, I just haven’t been inspired to make anything new lately besides soups and stews (which have largely been fails…see reason #1), and the biggest reason is because nothing ever looked … Continue reading

Memorial Day Weekend + Grilled Corn

Memorial Day Weekend + Grilled Corn

It’s grillin’ season, folks! I feel like Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, and for me, summer = time to grill. Summer definitely started for me last weekend, when I went up to a beach house in Mendocino with my boyfriend and his family for Memorial Day. Then, I came home & broke … Continue reading

Less (words) is More

Less (words) is More

Timing is a funny thing. We all like to think we have control over our lives, and I sincerely think we do in some ways…But in many ways, I think we’re completely at the mercy of chaos. The past week has been pretty tough. My boyfriend’s absence, originally scheduled from Tuesday night until Friday night, … Continue reading

New Start, New Blog

New Start, New Blog

I did it, people…I’m finally moving out! Do you know what this means?! I will be 10 minutes closer to work! I can decorate my own room! I can buy a bike! And most importantly, I will finally have a place to try out all the recipes I’ve been pinning! With my move coming sometime … Continue reading

Tucson, Politics, and Jon Stewart

I first heard about the tragedy in Tucson on Saturday morning via Twitter.  It was shocking news, but at the time I didn’t have a computer nearby and since there were conflicting reports about whether Rep. Giffords had survived, I decided to wait until later in the evening to tune in and find out what … Continue reading

Do-it-yourself journalism: “You must be 13 years old to participate”

In examining a local TV station’s website, I found that they have a “SEND it” section where all viewers need to do to contribute to their local evening news is upload a photo, video, or audio clip and provide a title and/or description. That night, the only “news” that came from a viewer was a picture of an adorable fox in a pot on a backyard porch. I have to wonder, though, what happens when regular people use platforms like this to give their take on actual important events, rather than providing silly pictures that would be worthy of feature in Will Ferrell’s film, Anchorman.

The problem with this kind of “at-home” reporting, I find, is two-fold. First, for lack of a better term, it’s a cop out by news outlets. Instead of actually going out, chasing down leads and earning the scoop, it seems that many producers and reporters are allowing their viewers to do the work so that they can reap the rewards.

I have another problem with “at-home” reporting. I think it’s a generally accepted fact that globalization has changed the news industry. With the addition of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, anyone can report anything from anywhere. The elections in Iran in 2009 and the student protests that followed are a great example. My fear, however, is that actual news organizations are beginning to blur the lines between social media and actual legitimate media outlets. Continue reading