Your Space For Your Thinking

Now that you have handed in your globalisation essay, signed up to the Diigo group (go back NOW and do that if you haven’t!), and had a discussion about political ideology, it is time for you to create your own blog. We will hopefully be blogging with few different classes this year – both in Australia and America. I have found some classes that are doing similar topics to us, and so you will be reading and commenting on their blogs, as they will be on yours.

To get a blog, sign up at http://www.globalstudent.org.au. You will find the ‘Create a Blog’ link about half way down on the left hand side of that site. You will need to put in a username (you can use whatever you like as long as you can remember it!) and then your email address. When you get to the section that asks you to put in the URL for your blog (as opposed to its title) just know that you cannot change the URL. You can change the title later. For example, the URL of my blog is ‘jessmc.global2.vic.edu.au’ but the title is JMC’s Classes.

Once you have signed up, watch a couple of video tutorials (you can find them here) and then publish your first post about your political ideology – if you feel comfortable doing that. If not, write a post about what interests you about international politics – what makes you sad? what makes you angry? what do you want to learn more about? You may also want to consider putting your globalisation essay onto your blog as a post too.

Please remember not to use your surname at all, ESPECIALLY not in your blog URL. First names only thanks.

When you have got your blog set up, let me know what your URL is. I’ll add it to my Google Reader and my blog. You should also add each others to your Reader account so you can easily keep in touch with what everyone else is doing, as well as commenting every now and again!

Your blog will be a place for you to display your work, write posts about anything that interests you about international affairs, embed relevant videos, add groovy little widgets to the sidebar. I’ll show you plenty of those shortly.

Happy blogging!

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Getting Your News Online

Being students of politics it is really important that we stay as up-to-date as we can with current affairs. Living in the information age that we do, this is a fairly easy thing to do. The only problem is the amount of information coming at us! It’s huge! How can we take it all in? Well, we can’t possibly take it all in and we don’t have to. Nor do we necessarily have to go trawling the internet everyday in order to check for updates everywhere. Having said that, being critical thinkers, we do need to make sure that we are always consulting a variety of sources and deliberately seeking out other opinions. 

Some major news sites:

The Age

Al Jazeera

China Daily

South China Morning Post

Washington Post

London Times

Alternative News.net

Don’t forget blogs!

Many news services also have blogging sections, but let’s not forget about the everyday people out there who are blogging as well. Or journalists who have blogs independent of major news services. Here are some interesting English language blogs to check out from around the world:

Antony Loewenstein has written a great book called The Blogging Revolution in which he travels to Iran, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Cuba & China to research, meet and write about bloggers who write and live under repressive regimes, some risking their lives to do so. In his book, there is an extensive lists of bloggers from these countries. 

Here he is introducing his book and why he wrote it:


 

You can also search for blogs on Technorati or Google Blog Search.

Using RSS to make the news come to you

There is an easy way to make all of this information come directly to you, saving you the laborious task of visiting several sites each day to see what they latest news is. It’s called RSS and it allows you to subscribe to blogs and news sites. This video will explain it all:


Your task now is to sign up to Google Reader and start adding some news feeds to it. It is best if you have a Gmail account because then you will be able to use the sharing function which can be very powerful. 

And remember, make time everyday to have a look at your reader and get an overview of major events that are happening.