Monthly Archives: March 2012

“The Media”

Remember when you talk about “The Media”: The bestselling newspaper is The Wall Street Journal. The top-rated radio talk show host is Rush Limbaugh, who has more listeners than the top four liberal hosts combined. The top cable news channel … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 11 – Fun Commercials

During the advertising unit, I often interrupt the lecture for a “word from our sponsors.”  Here are a few of my favorites: Nissan “Toy Story” Nike “I am Tiger Woods” Levis “I Think I Love Your” by Michael Bay Levis … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 8 – What should the documentary Bully do about its R rating?

The documentary Bully has been getting a lot of attention this week for the R rating the MPAA assigned it. As of right now, the MPAA (who does the ratings) says that the documentary on bullying deserves the R rating for … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 8 – Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven’s Gate

Michael Cimino’s epic failure of a motion picture Heaven’s Gate is credited with/blamed for sinking the United Artists film studio.  Some claim it was a masterpiece.  Me?  My wife-to-be and I saw it on our first date back in 1981.  The … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 8 – Top of the Movie Box Office

As members of the audience, the actual amount of money a movie makes at the box office probably shouldn’t matter to us.  All we ought to care about is whether we liked the movie.  But with box office information  constantly … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 7 – Coverville Podcast

I’ve been listening to Coverville at least half-a-dozen years now and continue to be amazed at the fascinating covers host Brian Ibbott comes up with.  Here are links to several classic episodes from over the years: The Joshua Tree Album … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 7 – Listen to UNK student radio KLPR

Student radio KLPR-FM broadcasts at 91.1 FM as a service of the Department of Communication at University of Nebraska at Kearney.  It is scheduled to be broadcasting at 3,800 watts in the Fall of 2011 and has a reach to … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 7 – Audio Industry Reports

Every time I work on a new edition of Mass Communication: Living in a Media World, I wish I could have it updated with the latest statistics about the industry.  I can’t do that yet, but I can give you … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 14 – When is a headline offensive?

There’s a heartwarming story that’s been up on the Interwebs this week about President Obama giving a speech on energy policy at St. George Community College.  Stephon, a deaf student had front-row seating for the event, got to shake the … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 7 – Lyle Lovett in concert

Texas singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett told Billboard.com in 2008 that despite selling more than 4.6 million albums, he’s “never made a dime” from his recordings.  Instead, he’s made all his income from performing and touring.  So why does he record?  It’s … Continue reading

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