Category Archives: Chapter 4

Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

What would the Jerk Store say to the Oxford English Dictionary? Quite a bit, actually.  The OED gives us the history of the Jerk Store and other Seinfeld references. What should you watch when you’re done with A Charlie Brown Christmas? … Continue reading

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When Words Matter

The words we use matter intensely.  Sometimes they tell others a lot about who we are.  Sometimes when we use the wrong words we hurt people we hadn’t intended to.  And sometimes we don’t have any idea what the actual … Continue reading

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Advice to Writers

Ten suggestions for better writing from famous writers:

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Pre-class and In-class video: Talking About Books

Several videos for our discussion in class this week about books.  And yes, I’m running about a week behind in class.  There was way too much to talk about in the business chapter! History of the Printing Press Back in … Continue reading

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Basic Kindle e-book reader on sale for $49

If you’ve been thinking about buying yourself a Kindle e-book reader, today might be the day to pull the trigger on it.  Amazon has them on sale right now for $49 for the smallest, lightest, most basic version.  (There’s a … Continue reading

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Pop Culture Roundup

World’s Oldest Romance Writer Passes Away at Age 105 And she so doesn’t fit into your stereotypes.  (Unless your stereotype is of someone who was supposedly conceived during an affair with a Russian duke… DiGiorno pizza gets good response to … Continue reading

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Reposting – Questioning The Hunger Games

Last evening I went to see the movie Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games with students in my media literacy class.  As you all no doubt know, Suzanne Collins wrote the hugely successful young adult three-volume series that … 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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Media News Roundup

USB ports replace cigarette lighters in Hyundai cars As if we needed any more proof that mobile media devices are addictive! iPhones are more important than cigarettes! FAA backs letting people use mobile media during take-off and landing And they … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 4 – Portrait of an Attempt to Ban a Book in Minnesota

Omaha author (and former newspaper columnist) Rainbow Rowell did not grow up well off.  She wrote back in her column back in 1997 that, “We went from desperate to poor.  And poor felt so good.” In Eleanor & Park, her award-winning … Continue reading

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