Greene gear and foam-filled fun

Wednesday was by far one of the longest days I’ve had in a while. The moment I swallowed my last bite of morning yogurt at breakfast, we were off to Stony Brook’s news broadcasting room (which had TV 10/55‘s old broadcasting set), and after that, we learned how to use Final Cut Pro, visited TV 10/55 and Newsday headquarters, stopped for a little Carvel ice cream, and then ventured off to watch the Long Island Ducks game.

At Newsday’s headquarters, we met assistant mobile news manager Herman Wong. It was sick to see someone so young already engaged in the craft, and I enjoyed having him as a speaker. He told us “The scarcest resource today is human attention,” which is something I know firsthand. How many new Spongebob episodes have I blown off because the first three minutes were too dull?

However, something he said after that unnerved me a little. When we asked him for his thoughts regarding the physical newspaper versus the new media on the web, he told us he never read the paper and followed up with, “Why would I read yesterday’s news?”

He was referring to the way the Internet is so much quicker and update-able than the traditional paper, which I guess is useful, but I’m too sentimental to ever completely disregard anything. I mean, I hope in the future that we’re not going to see the all-American man sipping his morning coffee as his dog carries his iPad to him. There are so many pros to the traditional newspaper, like the fact that it’s written (many times) with so much more detail than a quick Twitter post is. The Internet, sometimes, just isn’t very reliable. A media student at my school once updated his Facebook and Twitter with, “SNOW DAY TMRW!” as an experiment and almost 75 percent of my peers believed him. Within minutes, I saw little 8th graders spamming up my News Feed with, “omg snow day :) ”s and “yaaay no skool”s.  Of course, the OP (original poster — yeah, I know acronyms) was lying and admitted just an hour or so later, but the next day, we still had a few missing underclassmen, which just goes to show you how crazy this social networking system is (or how silly 8th graders are).

Boys are silly.  Photo by Kristen Lee.

Boys are silly. Photo by Kristen Lee.

The Ducks game was kind of funny. For starters, I never knew Suffolk had a baseball team.  Plus, I always thought the Ducks were a hockey team (I was not that far off). Nevertheless, I arrived at the game sufficiently pumped and decked out in our super-intense Greene Team gear.  All of us had to wear our Greene Team T-shirts, which in the end was amazing considering that I got lost from my group about ten times and probably wouldn’t have ever found them if it hadn’t been for their blindingly green attire. And though Sarah Elsesser, Brionna Cook, and I had a mini freak-out in front of the hot dog stands, in the end the game was exciting, and the stadium was amazingly cute — they had money called “Duck bills” which just made me giggle, and I got to buy a foam finger shaped liked a ducky’s foot!

Duck "bills." Photo by Kristen Lee.

Duck "bills." Photo by Kristen Lee.