Category Archives: Chapter 2

Talking About Media & Body Image

This morning in class we’re going to be talking about the connection between body image and how our media portray beauty. I asked my students to take a look at some of my earlier posts about media and body image, … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

How are News Corp. and the Fox Group doing post corporate split? Better than expected.  Bigger is increasingly not necessarily better. Is there more than one standard of beauty out there? Increasingly, it looks like the answer is “Yes.”  British … Continue reading

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Return to Kickstarter

At AEJMC this year, I was part of a great panel about using Kickstarter to fund journalistic and other media projects – hence the recent number of posts on Kickstarter… Here are two more crowdfunded projects that have just popped … Continue reading

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Media News Roundup

Hawaii passes Steven Tyler Act Would ban “unwanted photos or videos of others in private moments.”  Nice idea, but do celebs really get the right to say “pay attention to me now, but not now”? How Sen. Rand Paul used … Continue reading

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Mass Communication and Fear Readings

Next week I’m going to be guest lecturing in a class about the nature of fear.  So hear are several readings that deal with the notion of how we deal with fear and the media: George Gerbner on why we … Continue reading

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What is Gangnam Style? And how did it turn Klingon?

Last fall our friend Charley Reed gave us an in-depth analysis of the insanely popular Korean video Gangnam Style.  Me?  I added in the wonderful parody video of Klingon Style!  We talked about it in class today, so if you … Continue reading

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Presidential Victory and Concession Speeches

2008 was seen by many as a high point for presidential victory and concession speeches, with both candidates giving excellent messages. Here are the 2012 speeches from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney: Obama’s Victory Speech Romney’s Concession Speech

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Truth 6 – Activism and Analysis are not the Same Thing: Numerical analysis matters

Yesterday I posted a number of predictions from pundits about how the presidential election would turn out.  The best predictions did not come from the partisans, they came  from the number crunchers who took a hard look at what the … Continue reading

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Election Day Media World

Our pundits have spoken!  And today we get to find out what we the people have to say about how the election turns out. And that means tomorrow (I hope!) we get to judge how well the pundits did at … Continue reading

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Everything is a Remix

Kirby Ferguson has put together a fantastic series of videos explaining the notion that we are living in a remix culture where most cultural products are created by recombining previous ones.  Here’s the complete series in order, along with a … Continue reading

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