Winehouse Coroner Steps Down and Potentially Re-Opens Case.

A summary of the article below.


In London, Suzanne Greenaway, the coroner who oversaw the inquest of the death of Amy Winehouse and ruled her to have died of accidental alcohol poisoning, has resigned officially as of Wednesday after news of her qualifications being inadequate according to british law came out.  Amy’s relatives were unsure of what legal actions to take next and how to handle the news. 

Appointed by her husband, Andrew Reid, in 2009 did not cross any legal lines but could have potentially breached professional guidelines.  Greenaway had not been a registered U.K. lawyer for five years as required by the rules. She had practiced law for a decade in her native Australia. I believed at the time that her experience as a solicitor and barrister in Australia satisfied the requirements of the post,” Reid said in a statement Wednesday. “In November of last year it became apparent that I had made an error in the appointment process and I accepted her resignation.”

The local authority’s have claimed the error was made in good faith but that there will be a following investigation into the matter.  All of the parts of the inquests that are now under question have been deemed to have been done properly but are offering to hold them again if the the family of Winehouse wishes to do so.  Unsure of the sudden news, the Winehouse family has not yet decided its next steps in the matter and are taking legal advice until they make a decision later on.  The inquests could be deemed invalid if the family challenges verdict in court but a Tweet from a father , Mitch,  says “Don’t worry about coroner nonsense. We are all OK.”

 Winehouse was found dead in late July by a security guard in her bed at home.  At the October inquest, Greenaway delivered a verdict of “death by misadventure,” saying the singer suffered accidental alcohol poisoning when she resumed drinking after weeks of abstinence.  Amy, often in the headlines for lewd and destructive behavior is known to have drawn on personal demons for inspiration which have helped her create some of her grammy-winning works.  It appears unlikely that another inquest will reveal different results for the family as an empty bottle of vodka was discovered at the scene.  Amy was a five time Grammy award-winning singer with a following that covered the globe and an impact that will not be soon forgotten.



Is Twitter for Everyone?


This article gets at a question many of us have asked ourselves at point or another.  I myself was surrounded by “twits”, my insult for my friends who couldn’t stop checking their feeds, when I was in London this past summer.  They all demanded I get an account but I held strong until this semester.  I didn’t think it was for me, and I’m not positive it is yet.  We would be sitting at a pub or in a restaurant and at the table everyone would be staring at their phones laughing about the same Tweets and get into almost insider type conversations.  I found it to be very annoying, but now that I have one I understand the obsession a bit more, but I still need to find my place in the Twitter world.

When it comes to social media I’m just an observer.  I participate to some degree but you won’t see me updating my Facebook status more than once or twice a week, so why would I get a Twitter when that’s all you seem to do.  Now that I have an account I can tell why people get sucked in.  It can be addicting searching for people to follow, seeing what this particular community of users talks about and thinks about, making connections otherwise thought impossible.  It’s neat, it really is, but I still don’t think it’s for everyone.

The article makes a connection that Twitter is not for everyone and it is best suited for a certain kind of people.  People who are outgoing and charismatic seem to be the majority of users, however even the shy seem to be creeping onto the global Twitter stage.  As far as businesses go, not just people, I think that Twitter really benefits small bushiness owners and super mega global corporations.  The local business owners can find a niche in their market by offering deals through Twitter, and the big time players can be constantly getting feedback about their product or service and keep the public updated with it’s daily on-goings.

I think Twitter is best suited for the mobile person or company.  That entity that is always looking for new things or the fresh word on the street, those with smartphones or crackberry’s who can’t un-glue their faces.  For the people like me who don’t really participate in social media, but rather tag along to make sure you’re not left out it is still a toss up.  So far I can never really find anything to Tweet about, maybe I’m boring, maybe I’m shy, but when it comes down to it I just don’t think people give a shit.  I know I don’t.  So why throw random thoughts out into the global platform if they don’t really mean anything.

So here’s my final word of advice if you’re considering Twitter.  If you have a smartphone you are addicted to and you check your Facebook on it more than twice a day, Twitter is probably for you.  If you update your status’s regularly, Twitter is probably for you.  If you like hearing about things very quickly, Twitter is probably for you.  If you’re just a regular shmoe like me then you’re probably not going to see the big whoopie and get frustrated with the early stage introduction.  I suggest getting an account and making a tweet once everyday or so for a week or two, by then you should have a good understanding of where you stand on this argument and act accordingly from there.  Who knows, you could be the next big trend.



Opinion of

While Looking for some news articles to read today I took a look at  What I Like about this news site as a website in general is the formating of the headlines.  It’s easy to read, quick to find, and makes scrolling for a story simple. I also find it interesting how they incorporate social media into the articles themselves and with a side bar on the right hand side that allows you to share, like, +1, or follow whatever the article is about.  This site utilizies photographs and video nicely as well, by offering links to images and clips about related topics.  I especially like all the different categories to spend time going through and reading about.

However, I find the actual stories themselves to be too soft, in terms of hard and soft news.  Under the latest headlines the first few headlines seem to be legitimate important national news.  News about recent military action and government activities is important to know about, it is imperative to being an informed citizen. Unfortunately, as you continue down the stretch the headlines make me scratch my head and ask myself, “Is this actual news to Americans?” 

It makes me sad to think that a headline that reads “Bacon – New cure for Nosebleeds”  would ever make it to the printers, or the homepage.  This is followed by who Jay Leno is now offending, Demi Moore’s latest trip to rehab, and Tim Gunn’s sex life details…  Seriously is this what people care about or is this just news reporters trying to make a quota of stories to post?  To me this isn’t News.  When did these “News sources” become so pathetic?  The writing itself is good, seems to follow the inverted pyramid format nicely, although I have not read the majority of the articles, but it doesn’t suck my eyeballs to the screen.  Maybe I’m just whining. To be honest, I don’t even think it’s I’m complaining about.  It’s who the gatekeepers and advertisers are shooting for that bugs me.  Our News doesn’t challenge us anymore, instead of hard to swallow and tough to tangle news, we get this tapioca stuff that’s easy to swallow and always settles in our stomach nicely. I guess that’s what sells these days.  Who wants to take the high road when the low road just built a standing escalator.



About Me

I’m taking this class because in our generation the importance of mass media and social perspective on the internet has become a very important factor.  The ability to write and express ideas is probably our most important right, and even in these times when those rights are being challenged it is even more crucial to embrace them and hone them into a serious skill.  I hope this class will help me achieve a better sense of online writing and it’s impact on society and how one persons thoughts can create a social movement.

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