Politics and the Future of Nuclear Energy

The nuclear tragedy in Japan has raised many questions about the future of American energy policy. Click on the link below to see how fear of disaster striking at home may play a big role in the politics of nuclear energy.

Politics and the Future of Nuclear Energy

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CMIR: The Future of News

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications is at the cutting edge of technology with its new Center for Media Innovation and Research.  Also known as the 21st media lab, CMIR provides a medium of convergence for all journalism platforms. The lab has a plethora of Macbook pro computers for students with capabilities in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition, among other programs. It also has a sound recording booth, green screen, and a high-definition camera with a teleprompter.

There are unlimited possibilities of what can be done in the lab. CMIR has already hosted WUFT’s election coverage, integrating WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM, as well as several Q and A sessions with distinctive alumni and journalism personalities. It has not only provided a forum for speakers and televised events, but also a place where news platforms can work together on a daily basis.

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Citrus County Remembers Famous Elvis Movie Scene Filmed in Their Historic Courthouse

If you happen to be in Inverness this Saturday, you might run into Elvis… or at least a lot of Elvis impersonators. Residents in Inverness are going to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movie “Follow that Dream,” which was filmed in the Old Courthouse. I spoke with Historical Resourse Officer Kathy Turner Thompson about the tribute. Click below to see the story.

Citrus County Remembers Famous Elvis Movie Scene Filmed in Their Historic Courthouse

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2011 Orange and Blue Game

Gator fans had a chance to size up their new head football coach and their new look football team last weekend.

Orange and blue game among many activities in Gainesville this weekend

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The Tipping Point Review

Every day, I scrutinize my blog, plotting and scheming to find a way to make it a big hit. So how can my webpage go viral? In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell strives to answer that question. After thoroughly enjoying his book Outliers, on the formula behind genius and success, I decided to give it a try. For years, we have accepted empirical formulas for how viruses and health epidemics have spread throughout the world. But is it also possible to discern a formula for how popular trends become epidemic? In The Tipping Point, Gladwell tries to prove that there is in fact a formula made up “contagiousness, the fact that little causes can have big effects and that change happens not gradually but at one dramatic moment”. He uses several case studies to prove that it is possible to use this to create your own positive epidemics.

Gladwell begins the book by expounding on the three rules of epidemics. He lays the foundation for the book, pointing out the similarity between trends that tip. Each trend has three rules in common. The first rule is the law of the few. He uses the example of Paul Revere to demonstrate that “success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts”. Revere, known for relaying the message “The British are Coming” during the American Revolution, set off one of the greatest word of mouth epidemics of all time. Gladwell points out that it was not the sensational aspect of the news that helped it carry. Rather, it was Revere’s his personal role as a connector, somebody who people trusted and listened to, that helped the news spread so rapidly.

The second law Gladwell attributes to the spread of social epidemics is what he calls the “stickiness factor”. He uses Sesame Street to demonstrate how a show that challenged conventional thought on kids’ abilities could be so successful. The show broke the norm and that’s why it was able to grow so quickly when PBS broadcasted it. The final aspect of Gladwell’s social epidemic theory is the “Power of Context”. He discusses the drastic decline of New York City’s crime rate during the 1990’s as an example. The aging of the population, the decline of crack cocaine, and enhanced law enforcement were all factors. However, the city’s decision to fix up the neighborhood paved the way for the tipping point. After the city fixed broken signs, painted over walls with graffiti, and focused on preventing misdemeanor crimes in the area, it allowed the other important factors to contribute to a better standard of living. People just didn’t commit as many crimes in a nicer environment.

Gladwell weaves other case studies through the book such as the rise to popularity of the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood novel, Airwalk sneakers, and the resurgence of Hushpuppy shoes to show that a well positioned cult following can have the power to create popular trends. A group of middle-aged women readers in Northern California, the skateboarding subculture of Southern California, and the trendy nature of the SoHo district in New York City served as launching points for those products.

In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell shows that a successful social epidemic will have a credible and active starting point, a reason for other people to join in, and the right environment for it to take off. After landing an exclusive interview with the Pastor Terry Jones moments after his Koran burning spurred violence in Afghanistan, my blog experienced a dramatic increase in traffic. My goal over the next few months is to give my audience a reason for it to stick, and provide the best possible context for it to succeed.

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Gainesville Pastor Blamed for Killings by Afghans

Afghan officials say eight foreigners and four Afghan protesters were killed at a United Nations compound in Northern Afghanistan Friday. The attackers were retaliating after news reports surfaced that Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville had burned a Koran on March 20th. Minutes after the Associated Press reported on the attack, I spoke with the controversial pastor.

Gainesville Pastor Blamed for Killings by Afghans

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Former Senator Graham Wants To See Better Energy Policy Come Out Of Japan Disaster

As the nuclear crisis in Japan continues to unfold, it is still unclear how it will affect energy policy in the United States. I spoke with former United States Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham about the politics of nuclear energy and some of the latest political issues on the state and national level.

Former Senator Graham Wants To See Better Energy Policy Come Out Of Japan Disaster

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