Irish and Italians in New York

Paul Moses, a Brooklyn College graduate, returned to CUNY in 2001 after a 23-year career in daily journalism. He recently wrote a book describing the history of Irish and Italians in New York. He recently was interviewed by WNYC and he describes their relationships when first coming into NYC.

Paul Moses tells how two of America’s largest ethnic groups learned to work with each other through tough times. The book talk about the various locations ht Irish and Italians fought such as the Catholic Church, at construction sites, and even in the streets.

In his book Moses discusses that Irish and Italians were made to seem that they were only immigrants and there was no way they could be considered American. He compares it to the Mexicans of today how they are demonized and made to feel less.

The relationship between the two cultures starts off rough but the similarities between both groups start to bring the groups together and lead them to become closer and closer. Moses eloquently describes the relationship and growth of both groups to create a captivating story about the two groups and the progression between both.

The racial tension between both escalates the drama but the storytelling puts it into a different perspective that you would have not got otherwise. Moses is a top notch writer who clarifies exactly what it means to be Italian or Irish at the time. This book will have you your eyes glue throughout.

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West Indiana Parade Racial Injustice

Another West Indian Parade turned violent again this year. The question now is should the parade be banned all together? According to the media which highlights all the negatives about the parade;it should be stopped. These types of video lead us to believe that these parades are only filled with violence.

If you watch this video you see that they start off the story they focus on the worst parts of the parade instead of talking about what the parade does for the community and the sense of pride the Parade gives to those who are part of the West Indian Parade.

Another reason that the West Indian Parade got a bad reputation is because of the shooting of Carey Gaby, who was the aid of Governor Cuomo. Gaby was unfortunately in the mix of a crossfire and was shot by a stray bullet. I understand the magnitude of the accident and how no shooting should be accepted but my question is would this have been as big of a deal to the rest of the city if there was two random people who were shot.

Why is it that when it’s a gathering of people of colors the media portrays the crowds as thugs and just looking for trouble but when it’s reversed the media makes the situation smaller.

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(Photo by Eric Parker via Flickr)

Why aren’t images like this being shown in the media to show people who are enjoying their culture at a festival. Would we say the Thanksgiving parade should be cancelled because of random acts of violence? I highly doubt that would happen. But could it be that as a society we feel uncomfortable with the West Indian Parade because of the way that the culture dresses or the way they dance. This is an injustice if it is the case.

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(Photo by Eric Parker via Flickr)

The land of the free really seems to have it’s limits on freedom of expression. I think a few bad apples can ruin what is a great experience for many others. Once we stop the generalization of the masses by the few I think we can make sure there are significant changes

Age of Transformation

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How many of us journalist have heard the saying “Journalism is dying?” I know I’ve heard it more than a dozen times but that’s not the case at all. Transformation is what’s happening. Journalism is transforming from typical journalism to one that’s a lot more complicated. This type of journalism is sometimes referred to as the digital age. Where now people consumer journalism through cell phones and social media rather than traditional news outlets.

As Mark Briggs puts it in his book “Journalism Next”  we have to start think of it as “bottom-up” journalism instead of “top-down.” What does that mean? It means that now it isn’t the top news stations delivering there audience the news but its these new independent stations delivering the news for the people. The process is messy throughout change but journalism can thrive.

Now for us young journalist we are the driving force to keep the conversation going.

How?

We can keep the conversation going through so many outlets now weather it be through using social media to reach out to others and share the word. But more importantly we can keep blogs and write on aspects that are important in our community. Journalism is all about interaction between the publisher and his audience. It’s not just a one way conversation and the new wave of journalism helps there audience keep the conversation going.

Blogs have changed web journalism. They have evolved the conversation but not only is blogging the way to go but micro blogging as well. Micro blogging is usually sending out a brief overview of breaking news usually under 160 characters  sort of like a text message to get your point across. This helps to curate in formation so that the most important conversation is being had.

Now with social media like Twitter you can see all the information that is out there in an instant moment. It is instant new news happening right in front of our eyes. Now you may be wondering how do you know which information is reliable on twitter?

Well one of the ways to start figuring out what is the most reliable source is fact checking those who are posting. You can see if they are a reliable source by checking if they can be trusted. You can look at what they have posted recently and all these factors will help you evaluate whether what they are saying is true or not.

So is Journalism dying?

Tradition journalism is phasing out and now is evolving into something that better informs citizens. The age of the internet is the age of transformation in which social media, blogs, and citizen journalist are keys to being informed. Now we no longer follow the agenda of what news corporations want us to hear but the agenda of the people. This new age will evolve how we listen, talk, and react to news and if we keep learning from each other journalism will be the strongest form of DEMOCRACY!

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My website will focus on the different aspects of journalism. It will touch on the ever changing technology that leads to the change and advancement in journalism. Weather we like it or not journalism we all take part in some form of journalism.

With SB XLVIII Loss, Manning’s Legacy Unchanged

Fans filed into Metlife Stadium on February 2 to watch Super Bowl XLVIII, the most anticipated sporting event of the year. The Seattle Seahawks’ top-ranked defense faced off against the Denver Broncos and their top-ranked offense, led by quarterback Peyton Manning. The stage was set for Manning to leave his mark on history as one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history.

Unfortunately for Manning and the Broncos, the Seahawks were the ones who left a mark on history. Seattle’s defense outplayed Manning in every aspect possible, routing the Broncos 43-8. The loss pushed Manning’s career playoff record below .500, to 11-12.

After the game, skeptics began to doubt Manning’s place in history. “Peyton should definitely be in the discussions of greats, but I could not put him ahead of quarterbacks like Joe Montana or Terry Bradshaw,” said Charley Casserly, an analyst for the NFL Network.

Manning, a five-time Associated Press National Football League Most Valuable Player, Super Bowl MVP, and 13-time Pro Bowler, has a résumé that speaks for itself. The question is not whether he’s a Hall of Famer, but whether he is the greatest QB in history. The critics don’t see Manning as the greatest of all time, but the statistics prove otherwise.

This season—the sixteenth of Manning’s career—was arguably the best season a quarterback has ever had in the history of the NFL.

According to MileHighReport.com, Manning set a new record for passing yards, 5,477 in a single season, which surpassed the previous record of 5,476 yards thrown by Saints’ QB Drew Brees in 2011. Manning also set a new record for passing touchdowns at 55, shattering Tom Brady’s previous recording of 50, which he threw in 2007. The Denver Broncos, with the aid of Manning, also shattered the single season scoring record with 606 points this season.

Many skeptics have pointed out that most of Manning’s eye-popping statistics are from the regular season. But, what about in the playoffs? Statistics still show Manning’s success, even with his sub-par win-loss record in the playoffs.

CBS Boston took a statistical look at all of the quarterbacks who have played in at least three Super Bowls. Manning had a 68.2 percent completion percentage, which was better thanTom Brady (64.5 percent), John Elway (50 percent), Joe Montana (68 percent), and Terry Bradshaw (58.3 percent), who was 4-0 as a starter in the Super Bowl.

These eye-popping statistics have all come a couple of years after Manning had four neck procedures and missed the entire 2011 season. Manning was not sure if he would ever play at the same level as he had in the past. “I had my concerns, because the doctors just couldn’t tell me anything definite. They wouldn’t say, ‘You’re going to be back at this time, at 100 percent strength level,’” Manning told the media during Super Bowl week.

Now, at age 37, Manning is in the home stretch of this career. He trails only Brett Farve for passing touchdowns and passing yards in a career. According to Pro-FootballReference.com, Manning is only 6,874 yards away from tying the record for yards and 18 touchdowns away from surpassing Brett Farve’s all-time passing touchdown record.

Unlike the sports media, Manning isn’t too worried about his legacy or being considered the greatest QB in history. “I’m not sure you can have a legacy when you’re 25 years old, or even 37. I thought you had to be like 70 to have a legacy,” he said, according to ProFootballTalk.com.