What about getting information from tweets or by friending sources on Facebook or Instagram in order to gain information? The transparency of social media can easily turn salacious, or at least blur the lines between journalist and source. The internet gives overlooked voices the ability to connect directly and in real time with journalists, or to publicly complain about what they read. And as a result, journalists are subject to a new system of checks and balances, not just from their editors but from an engaged and connected audience.
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And for journalism to better serve audiences, ethical standards that have bound us for decades must be re-evaluated. Do the old rules of keeping your opinions separate from your work still matter to modern consumers? How do journalists reconcile their increased access into the private lives of sources, through social media, and keep a professional distance? Kelly McBride, vice president of academic programs at The Poynter Institute, says the ethical code of journalism is part of an ongoing conversation.
Kate Brown, the first openly bisexual governor in US history. Publications such as The Advocate and Out have specific political slants, and they lean toward asking. There is, however, an important distinction to be made between sexual practice and sexual identity. The solution, says Petrow, is asking about identity in a manner that applies to anyone: Do you have a partner or spouse?
The problem is when we depend on a label as the only thing that defines us. Jase Peeples recently wrote an op-ed for Advocate. Since Falahee plays a gay character, fans speculate about his sexuality in real life. But his interviewer, Shana Krochmal, also disagrees. As a contributor to Out and executive editor of ETOnline. And that includes sexuality. Beyond the ethics of directly asking about sexuality, journalists can now search Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms for information that a source might not want to tell a reporter.
Is it appropriate for a reporter to peer into the lives of their subjects, just because social media gives them a wide-open window?
Journalists now write for audiences that are increasingly socially active and capable of engaging with reporters and editors on their own turf. That year-old from Kansas could tweet about something he believes the writer did wrong, and within an hour that tweet could go viral.
This question is further complicated when sources are underaged.
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McBride says journalists and editors for the most part no longer question the use of social media, but rather how the platforms are used. Semel says one of the first times The Washington Post first used social media was during the Virginia Tech shooting. It uses fittingly empty words for a scene that is similarly devoid of substance.
A room full of gay men isn't somewhere I'd be even if they're all different. A room full of clones is downright unbearable. For further evidence of how self-limiting gay culture can be, click-through the ancillary links of CircuitNoize.
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You find that self-expression is fine, but only within a strict code of physical and psychological parameters. But it's not just niche publications like Circuit Noize that perpetuate this image. The national gay magazine Out , which is much more mainstream in its look and newsstand placement, has a stereotypical website too Out. The top offering is on love handles. The description reads: A Revealing Report.
Well, that's awesome PR at a time when homosexuals are trying to gain traditional marriage rights! The inside of magazine regularly includes groupings of guys who might not be nude, but are close. Again, the trend is short military haircuts, smooth tanned chests, and luminous teeth: This image isn't only found in the media.
There are plenty of gay clubs and bars in New York that are filled with gay clones: I fall somewhere in between. But I refuse to deplete my bank account by commercially predicted increments: What does this have to do with me going on a date with someone's OGF? I can discern a gay-culture believer in the first 30 minutes just by asking a question: Or by listening carefully: I'm not saying I want to date someone with the bland, flabby comportment of the "Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.
I have my own brand of shallowness. I just don't want it to be the same brand as that of every other homosexual. Ultimately, it's a matter of priorities.
Being gay is obviously a requirement for a guy I date unless he's bisexual, but that's another essay. But sharing a preference for the same sex is not an ipso facto point of connection. So, if you have an OGF to set me up with, please remember this: I'm not going to have a successful dating spell with a guy who defines himself by his sexuality. Because I don't. Stephen Milioti is a freelance writer and editor based in New York. He has also recently worked on freelance editing projects at Time Inc.
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