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PBS There is a lot more you can learn about HTML. And the best place to turn for complete information on any topic related to Web design is, of course, the Web. The following sites offer helpful tutorials so you can learn more about HTML.

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CONGRESS APPROVES SPENDING TO FIX AIRPORTS

Local airports will be receiving millions to build and upgrade.

Congress has authorized spending $564 million as part of the government’s “Let’s Get Back to Work” program to both build new airports and fix existing airports. Local projects will be getting a share of the spending, which will be used to create employment opportunities for laid off construction workers and engineers.

The following is breakdown of local awarded funds:

  • $3.8 million to New Ulm Municipal to build a runway extension.
  • $2.3 million to Blue Earth Municipal to repair their runway.
  • $96,000 to Le Seur to buy land.
  • $62,000 to Waseca for a taxiway.

Airports in Rushford, Jackson, Fairbault and Owatonna will also be receiving funding. ├ČThis is a small price to pay to help folks out who want to work,├« President Barack Obama said.

Opponents to the increased spending point out that the “Let’s Get Back to Work” program might end up costing $1 trillion.

HOW TO MAXIMIZE TWITTER SEARCHES

How does Twitter, in this day and age, change the way a person is able to get up to speed on a topic they don’t understand or yearn to learn more about? What tools are available out there for people who want to gain knowledge on a current controversy, like the Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen kerfuffle that broke out a couple weeks ago and exploded all over social media? I’m going to take some time here to answer those very questions, giving links to sites that will help others streamline their information quests on Twitter.

The first and most obvious tool is the basic Twitter Search, where you can type in a keyword, say “Planned Parenthood”, and the engine will pull up all posts that use that keyword. This is kind of scattershot, because so many people have weighed in on the controversy, and most don’t have any new or unique information to add. If you want to know how Keith Olbermann or Joe Scarborough feel about the entirety of the situation, this is a good tool. If you want to track the progress of the controversy, from start to finish, you might find yourself wasting a lot of time sifting through opinions by people you never heard of. Plus, all the matches on my search seemed to be of celebrities and news media personalities. Apparently, Twitter values there tweets more than yours or mine.

Tweetscan is a simple, easy to use tool that gives us a word cloud, which is beneficial if what you’re researching is a current, hot topic. Even though the news cycle has cooled off on the controversy, “Planned Parenthood” is still relatively large in the cloud, being beat out by only “skiing” and “Topeka”, which I find a bit odd for trending topics. Nevertheless, Tweetscan seems to have the opposite problem of Twitter Search in that it doesn’t discriminate, and thus you are reading tweets from folks all over the globe projecting their opinion, sometimes educated and most times very emotional. Again, there is no real way to track the controversy, from start to finish.

Then there is Twendz, where a person can watch the enormity of a controversy play out in real time, as posts matching a topic of your choosing pop up, one by one, as they are being tweeted. While I’m not sure if there is a filtering device, the tweets I saw pop up when I entered “Planned Parenthood” seemed to be more substantive than those on Tweetscan, even though they were also from regular folks. What’s more, the hashtags that popped up, like #defundPPNNE, #Komen or #PP, where ultimately the best way to track a story from its inception. By clicking on them, I was presented with a wealth of information that I could follow back to nearly a month ago, when the whole thing began.

In the end, it comes down to the hashtag. All of these sites can be very useful in finding the tags most relevant to the topic you are seeking out, but it is important to research more than one tag, because many are used by folks who share an ideology, meaning the whole story is not presented and opinions are often misconstrued as facts.

THE NEW YORK TIMES IN 2012

I recently saw the film Page One: Inside the New York Times, and it felt appropriate for me to comment on it because I’m taking classes at Minnesota State University, Mankato to earn a degree in journalism. It got me thinking about the battle between old media and new media, the newspapers vs. online publications. I’m not sure whether I should be embarrassed to admit that I’ve never bought or read an edition of the New York Times, although I’ve certainly read articles that originated there, often linked through sites like the Huffington Post. I do respect their contribution to the history of journalism, but I’d be lying if I said I’d suffer if their place in modern media was lost. Like most aging entities in the birth of the information age, adaptation is necessary for survival. That it took the Times so long to realize that their business model (which I cringe to refer to it as because of the corporate overtones) was dying.

The documentary is wonkish in how it asks us to sympathize with characters that seem somewhat disillusioned by the direction of modern journalism. Hearing David Carr’s story of his internal struggle to embrace Twitter is humorous and sort of pathetic all at once. There is a sausage-making feel to the film, which doesn’t necessarily beg sympathy for the characters and their paper, but it doesn’t endear them to us either. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what the documentary was trying to say. I personally find the film versions of real journalistic endeavors, from the good (All the President’s Men) to the bad (Shattered Glass), to be more inspirational in their execution of showing the value of journalistic integrity. Unless your a Times subscriber or find yourself devoted to the paper in some way, Page One is a bit anemic. To assume that anyone who respects solid journalism feels automatically loyal to the Times is pretentious, and if the point of this film was to garner sympathy for the suffering institution it fell well short.

All this being said, I do hope the Times finds a way to navigate the current landscape of reporting, and I consider them to be a relevant voice in journalism as long as they continue to seek out stories that matter to the fabric of humanity. Being unimpressed by this documentary doesn’t mean I can’t wish the best for a paper and those that work hard to maintain its standard of quality. In the end, the New York Times is just a title. It’s the reporters that work there now and over the years that make the paper great, and they will surely find another outlet for their ability if the Times ever does meet its end. For a paper that has prided itself on helping to shape the American conversation, the New York Times should’ve been able to forecast the revolution of online media and blogs. For their sake and the sake of the people who really do hold the paper dear, I hope they haven’t waited too long to adapt.