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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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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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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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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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Banned Book Week

It’s the American Library Association’s annual Banned Book Week, which draws attention to books that have been challenged in libraries or classrooms over the last year. I’ve long had somewhat ambiguous feelings about Banned Book Week.  On the one hand, … Continue reading

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Thinking about Anne Frank

When my family went to Europe five years ago to visit our son who was studying in Germany, one of the most profound things we did was visit the Anne Frank house where she and her family hid from the … Continue reading

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Books, Books, Books

This week I’m going to be talking about books in class. Here’s a link to all my recent posts about books!  They include items on The Hunger Games, memoir fabrications, e-books, Amanda Hocking’s success at e-book publication, and the history of the … Continue reading

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Questioning The Hunger Games

So the movie of The Hunger Games is out, and it’s been an enormous success.  Here are some questions the movie might raise: That whole death lottery things seems familiar.  Haven’t I read that kind of story before? Yes, in … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

I’ve been so busy putting up links to go with the upcoming 4th edition to Mass Communication: Living in a Media World that I haven’t had time to question anything lately.  So here we go: Does Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander pay … Continue reading

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