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This 6 page Class Notes was uploaded by Laura Notetaker on Wednesday July 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Jour*304 at Coastal Carolina University taught by Patricia O'connor in Summer 2016. Since its upload, it has received 8 views. For similar materials see Write for Interactive journal in Journalism and Mass Communications at Coastal Carolina University.

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Date Created: 07/27/16 is the biggest network of local groups in the world. It was created by Scott  Heifman and Matt Meker. The website consists of groups who socialize through a web page  group in order to organize meet­ups from a kayaking group, to debate, to teacher meet­ups. It is  very likely, especially if you live in a large area, to find the category you’re looking for. The way this works is you put in an area code, or the name of a town and all the groups in that area will  pop up and you can sift and search through them to find a group of your interest. It’s a great tool  used for meeting new people and contributing to certain causes. Many charities use the site as  advertisement to get attention for their cause they are supporting, as well as meeting up to raise  money. Using the way­back machine the site saw a spike in the amount of times it was archived  after 2003. The developers are constantly updating the website to make it more user­friendly.  Their Mission  (I don’t think mission should be capitalized) statement states that it wants to  revitalize local community and help people around the world self­organize. exemplifies many­to­many communication. These groups can have  hundreds sometimes thousands of people in one group communicating about a certain topic or  interest. The networking capabilities of the site are endless. Discussion forum type formats are  used for the individual groups so that they can freely communicate about the subject at hand. The collective intelligence expressed by this process hits all three major outcomes. The diversity of  the groups is pure and obvious. Anyone can join any group. So, typically there is multiple people in discussion with different opinions reaching the expert knowledge realm. Collaboration is  shown through these groups discussing where a meetup will take place or what to do about a  certain issue. People are coming together to discuss these things and come up with solutions.  Using the example from Jenkins with spoiling Survivor, we see that people came together to try  and figure out what happens before its revealed on television. Meetup has groups for certain  shows like such and people could very well be partaking in this kind of behavior.  Empowerment is achieved through numbers and there are some groups with many members. The access to these meetups make it possible for large numbers to gather for a single cause. Whether it has to do  with raising awareness or money, for both of these numbers are critical. Shirky discusses meetup in chapter eight of the book as being a sort of time machine for  classic American interest groups. Heiferman was not expecting what happened after the site was  launched. The most popular groups were anything from witches to Radiohead. The groups that  were so popular were ones that that don’t have a lot of support in the everyday real world.  Meetup gives these people a chance to express how they feel and obtain a support system. The  groups like this show us something about today’s world and what our society is like and how we  are able to communicate with one another. This builds a collective trust within each person  included in the group. Social capital is that feeling of belonging because you have something in  common with these other people, whether it’s a goal or interest. The two types we’ve observed,  bonding and bridging, are both expressed within these groups. They are like­minded in the way  that they have something in common but when their opinions are shared within the group there is room for debate. The groups are a type of small world network. People connecting through  others and finding out people who have your same hobby are out there and meetup is a way for  these people to link up. In chapter six Shirky says, “Collective action, where a group acts as a whole, is even  more complex than collaborative production, but here again new tools give life to new forms of  action.” Meetup is any number of people working together or communicating about a certain  topic. The public sphere encompasses the mission statement and the fact that communication and public meeting is encouraged. The old ways of sharing information have been tossed and these  new collaborative tools and sites allow us, as a society to speak openly and exercise our right of  freedom of speech when it comes to debate. Computers and technology have made it much easier for people to interact. When you have things like this site come along, its  (it is) generally a  positive tool in improving communities and sharing information. Occasionally, the large groups  where thousands of people are communicating they can meet up and cause quite a ruckus. (You  may want to think about re wording this sentence it sounds a little off, just my opinion  though!) For instance (place a comma after instance to make the sentence flow better!) in  1989 where 400,000 people gathered in Leipzig city of East Germany. It started off as a very  small protest. These groups can be a major threat when they are in large numbers. Another  example that used meetup for a protest was the more recent “Black Lives Matter” protesters.  When I looked up the group near New York I noticed there were several groups of that kind. I  witnessed one protest there for the Black Lives Matter march and the number of people was  unfathomable. Peace is key in such large groups, but in cases like Maryland sometimes a riot or  negative consequence can happen. We are not always so lucky. Without the interactive media  realm some things like this would be very hard to achieve. It would take much mire (more) time. Meetup can also be used for journalists. It can assist in finding someone or a group to  interview about a certain topic. If you needed a vote for a debate you could post something in the meetup group and use it that way. This is a form of open Journalism where the writer is opening  up the process of how information is gathered for storymaking.  ( Just put a space in between  story and making) Transparency is an important quality of writing and this demonstrates that by putting the stats and raw data out in the open for the audience to see. For some people, the story  becomes more personable and real when you know where the facts came from and how reliable  they are. The example Jenkins gives us is an interview that CNN conducted. Average citizens  submitted questions for eight candidates that were after the democratic party’s nomination. This  gave the public a sense of control when it came to the debate because we were able to ask the  questions in the format we chose.  Mitt Romney however did not think that this sort of debate  was acceptable and chose not to participate. That goes to show the rawness of the interview can  be intimidating. The candidates had no idea what they were going to be asked and I think for a  lot of them that was an unsettling feeling. The transparency of this type of interview could be  done from meetup. Get a candidate involved, if one is willing, set up a meetup date and ask  questions as you please.  Overall I believe meetup has been a very successful tool in interactive media. It’s  connected people worldwide that have a common goal or interest to a level where they can feel  comfortable enough to meet in public and discuss matters. I thought of one suggestion after  doing the research for this case. I think meetup should have a section for journalists where there  is a database that includes stats and information about the group you are trying to write about or  research. It would give at least some general idea of what the group is like and how popular it  might be. All in all I see this website continuously growing and improving. Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations. New York: Penguin, 2008. Print. Jefferies, Adrianne. "The Long and Curious History of" Observer. N.p., 21 Jan. 2011. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York: New York UP, 2006. Print.


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