A Requiem for a Piano

Bryan O’Mara is the vice president of O’Mara Meehan Piano Movers, a company that that been in O’Mara’s family for generations. O’Mara became a member of his families company in 1987, but it has been operating since 1874.

Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart became immortal legends through their mastery of the piano. People would crowd theaters just to hear these artists play these instruments, but in the 21th century they are becoming a distant memory.

The multimedia elements of the article creates more of an emotional response, grieving over lost furniture. The lead of the text draws the viewer in with its intriguing wordplay. The first two sentences pull in the reader,

“The Knabe baby grand did a cartwheel and landed on its back, legs poking into the air. A Lester upright thudded onto its side with a final groan of strings, a death-rattling chord.”

This description personifies the piano, and we view it as alive. Author Daniel Wakin creates the image of the piano as a living thing, by using phrases that are actions. He refers to the piano performing a “cartwheel, poking, and groaning,” all of which cannot be performed by inanimate objects.

Wakin also says that a trash-transfer station is one of the places pianos go to ‘die,’ which is another way he makes it seem like the pianos are living things.

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Using Social Media as a Journalist

Social media creates countless new ways for writers tell stories, it’s evolution has been a breath of fresh air for journalist.

We use social media to search for stories and as a way to share published work. Journalists create news packages online so they can share them directly with their audience. Friends and followers can see recent posts on their user feeds and stay updated on the day’s events.

This means that readers will not have to browse through news websites for certain stories, the reader just needs to keep an eye on their Facebook page and/or Twitter feeds.

Journalists are now able to update stories and events as they are unfolding.  Microblogging via Twitter allows users to convey messages with a 140-character limit. This began the idea of publishing stories immediately to get the word out, and then following up once more reporting has been done.

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President Obama’s Drone War

On CBS Sunday Morning, President Barack Obama’s administration was defending its use of mechanical drones on suspected terrorist. Obama’s use of “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” has stirred controversy since he first mentioned the existence of these drones back in January 2012.

Warfare continues to evolve as technology advances, and the president’s administration has been linked to drone strikes dating back to 2004. Prior to 2004, the MQ-1B Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper drones were used mainly for surveillance in Pakistan.

The remotely piloted drones include visual sensors which allow those operating them to hone in on targets from miles away. The Reaper is armed with four hellfire missiles, each complete with its own guidance computer. The ability to lock onto targets from a distance is a critical advantage on the warfront.

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Welcome to my blog

Hello,  welcome my name is Ryan and this is my first post on my new blog. I enjoy writing so I hope you enjoy reading. I created this blog for my multimedia course with professor Steve Fox. I am leraning how to create and operate my blog effectively so I can keep my audience engaged. I think multimedia is an amazing tool to tell stories in new and innovative ways. I hope to supply my audience with plenty of audio and visual components to attract new readers. Feel free to follow this blog and my twitter @RyanPBemis