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Ch. 1 Links – Web comics round-up

NOTE: While none of the comics discussed here go much beyond PG-13 in art, they do sometimes have offensive language in them. This is a major update of a post I originally did about 3 years ago: Regular readers here … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 1 – Paul McCartney’s Baseball Stadium Concerts

In 2009, Sir Paul McCartney played a concert at New York’s Shea Stadium, which was right across the road from Shea Stadium, where the Beatles played their first stadium show. Concerts like this illustrate the huge range that group communication … Continue reading

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NFL & Sponsor Trouble – Part 2

Another day, another look at the National Football League’s violence against women and children crisis: Minnesota Vikings initially reinstate Peterson, then ban him from all team activities According to the Washington Post, the Vikings have banned Adrian Peterson from participating … Continue reading

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When the sponsors get involved, you know the NFL is in trouble

If you’ve been paying any attention to sports news for the last couple of weeks, you know that the NFL has a crisis on its hands.  A crisis of star players who have been caught committing a range of violent … Continue reading

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A Motorcycle Ride to the United 93 Memorial on a Rainy Summer Day

This has nothing to do with the media. It’s a brief story about a ride I took on my motorcycle to the United 93 Memorial on a rainy June day back in 2004. It was written shortly after I had … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

Has the University of Illinois repealed the First Amendment for its faculty? New tenured prof gets contract dropped over “vulgar and insulting” tweets. What can marketers learn from the Ice Bucket Challenge? Make it fun. Make it easy. Make it … Continue reading

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And we’re back!

After a busy summer with only an occasional post, the Living in a Media World blog is back – Now in it’s 11th year (Yup, started back in March of 2004!) If you aren’t already, please follow us on Twitter … Continue reading

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Getting Old

Years ago when I got my first job as an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University, Jack Sisco, the gruff, old director of the program looked at me and said: “It’s bad enough when the incoming freshmen could be your … Continue reading

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Dealing Globally With Free Speech

I saw a fascinating series of Tweets this morning about the conflict between public safety, ethnic violence/civil wars, and free speech around the world – especially in Turkey and MENA (Middle East/North Africa).  I’m not able to come up with a good … Continue reading

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Creativity, Tastelessness, and Grabbing the Advertising Audience

In advertising, a tension often exists between creativity and salesmanship.  An ad may do a great job of grabbing people’s attention and generating talk, but if the ad doesn’t have a solid sales message, consumers will not remember the product or … Continue reading

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