Category Archives: Chapter 10

How Lin-Manuel Miranda helped boost a tweet about insulin in Puerto Rico

The one thing you need to know about me as I tell this story is that I’m an insulin-dependent diabetic. My pancreas checked out several years ago and no longer does much.  Which means that I have to manually control … Continue reading

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How watching a movie leads to Facebook ad

I recently watched the movie The Fifth Element on TV at home, and I don’t believe I posted anything about it, though I certainly searched it for cast and crew information. Fascinating to see that such a low level of … Continue reading

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Sunday News Pops on Twitter (All media are social)

Yesterday was surprisingly busy as a news day with my Twitter feed overflowing with rapid-fire commentary on the news. There was news about earthquakes, floods, health care, the president, the NFL, and just a bit about the new Star Trek … Continue reading

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Twitter Responses are the New Autograph (All media are social)

Updated 10/9/17 We all have our moments that David Letterman called a “brush with greatness,” moments where our lives intersect with someone famous. In the past, when you met a movie star, musician or famous author, you might ask for … Continue reading

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Looking back 10 years to the original iPhone’s introduction

Today Apple is introducing their 10th anniversary iPhone along with other new products and upgrades. Here’s what I had to say ten years ago when Apple announced the iPhone.  How’s it hold up?  (For the record, it took me almost 5 years … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

What’s the story behind the possible end of Snopes? Yes, it’s a true story. Sadly, it’s a typical new media battle over who will control a web site. Truly hope this ends well. How do reporters (or anyone else) authenticate … Continue reading

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Guest Blog Post: The Nintendo Switch – Buying a $300 Console Based on Media Alone

The following is a guest blog post by my colleague Aaron Blackman, who in addition to being a forensics coach and comm lecturer is also a big fan of video and tabletop games.  E3 2017 just recently wrapped up, and after … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

How could have better design skills eliminated Sunday’s Oscar disaster? Oddly enough, the cards read by the presenters at the Oscars only list the winner in a reasonable sized type.  The name of the category is relegated to tiny type … Continue reading

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Media News Keeps Changing – PewDiePie and Playboy

One of the challenges of writing a media literacy/intro to mass comm textbook is keeping it up to date.  Even with new editions coming every two years, current events have a way of   changing the media world we live … Continue reading

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Women’s Magazines Covering Politics

Journalist Lily Herman had a great Tweetstorm the other day pointing out the big contributions that women’s magazines have been making to political journalism lately.  Without comment, here are her tweets with links.  Lots of good reporting here.  (And a … Continue reading

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