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My First Stop at Political Geek Zone (Joshua's Final Project)

I really like the concept of Joshua's final project. It's a blog I would like to follow and would find valuable in real life. I'd appreciate having one stop where I could read a more detailed, educated and well-rounded version of current events. I don't know of another source that attempts to provide all counter arguments, so this idea intrigues me.

Week One

"Liar In Chief" was a post about how President Trump continues to speak untruths in his speeches. The topic is interesting, and as a reader, I would be interested in a detailed and critical perspective on this topic; however, the post ended with Joshua saying he'd update it with more - and I didn't see an update.

Week Two

"Gun Control: Myth vs. Reality"
This was a developed post on the topic of Gun Control. It contained links to sources and other articles about the topic. I liked having the links to lead me to more information. One thing I would have liked would be less bias from the author - just because that's what I thought the original proposal seemed to imply. However, I'll have to look more closely because maybe there is equal bias across all three gun arguments in this post.

After a closer look, it does appear that each of the arguments addressed are met with criticism, revealing the author's position on each topic but not giving the 3D perspective I thought the project was going to.

Week Three

"Proud Liar?"
This post picked up on the earlier post about the President's speeches and embedded a tweet from the President. I liked the inclusion of the tweet as a visual.


Josh's blog provides commentary on current political issues. Each posts contains links to sources and additional articles for a deeper read on that topic. I would value a blog like this, and it sounds like it's an attempt toget back to some of the original objectives of weblogs - where the blogger would collect several links on a topic of interest and compile them in a way that is useful for the reader. I really like the idea that I could visit Josh's blog if I wanted to know more about the topic of |Gun Control, for example, and find that he had compiled and sorted and commented on some of the best sources and articles on that topic.

His blog is set up so that you can scroll and see each post. The |most recent post is a follow-up to an earlier post, so it might be nice to have a link from the more recent one to the one preceding it if the reader wants to read them in the order they were written rather than in the backwards way they appear on a blog, but then again, that is the way blogs work, so readers might adjust to that.

The titles to each post are catchy and describe what the post is going to be about. There are no images or distinct stylistic elements going on with each post, but I think that helps keep the focus on the content which is serious even though the author takes on a conversational tone with the reader.

Josh's articles are opinionated, and so in this way, he'll appeal to a specific audience that shares his political viewpoints. This is a method of self presentation or representation and establishing himself as part of a certain political community.

The posts are pretty short. They present a bit of information, a couple of links, and a brief commentary. Nothing gets too deep or too heavy. The post about |Gun Control provided the most in-depth analytical content by introducing several distinct arguments. I think the audience for this blog would be readers who maybe don't want to get too deep into politics but want to keep up-to-date on the recent buzz topics.

The posts seem to be set up more one-sided like Josh is writing to the reader, to inform the reader and to offer his opinion. There is no invitation for commentary or further discussion. The content is mostly presented as a condensed, take it to-go version of current news items. I could see it working really well for readers who follow this blog on their phones or who tend to read their news on smaller devices. It's news tapas rather than news dinners, and the author has also included some commentary to add a little bite.
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