Monthly Archives: October 2012

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


Repost – Puppets Explain TV Audience Ratings

A repost from last April for my Media Literacy students: A great video explaining how Nielsen’s television ratings work created by data visualization agency JESS3 for ESPN.

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Newsweek to cease dead tree edition, going digital only

Newsweek (and Daily Beast) editor Tina Brown announced Oct. 18, 2012 that the long-time news weekly (is that redundant?) would put out its last paper edition on Dec. 31, 2012. After that date, it will be named Newsweek Global and be … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 9 – Mary Tyler Moore on the Dick Van Dyke Show

In the 1950s and 1960s, networks and advertisers imposed strict controls on what could be shown on television. For example, Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke played the married couple Laura and Rob Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

Do journalists ever leave a great story unreported? Ted Koppel knew about the story the movie Argo is based on as it happened and didn’t report it because he didn’t want the people involved to be killed. (Hollywood Reporter) How … Continue reading

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Chapter 8 – Movie links

Here are the links to the silent films we looked at in class this week. Great very early examples. A great scene from Singing in the Rain that illustrates the difficulty in moving from silent to talking films. Another great … Continue reading

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Girl Talk & Girl Walk Links

Here are links to posts talking about mashup artist Gregg Gillis’s performances as Girl Talk, and of the great dance film Girl Walk // All Day. Link Ch. 7 – Meet Girl Talk’s Gregg Gillis Link Ch. 7 – Girl … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Why Gangnam Style matters to us – Part 2

This is part 2 of Charley Reed’s guest post on the  global phenomenon (even galactic at times) Gangnam Style! You can read Part 1 – What the heck is Gangnam Style, anyways? here. There is no telling what plans manager Scooter … Continue reading


Guest Post: What the heck is Gangnam Style, anyways? Part 1

Today’s guest post is from Charley Reed, who does public relations work of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  He’s also the guy I turn to when I need critical analysis of pop culture issues such as censorship and the … Continue reading


When Fox Accidentally Aired a Suicide on Live TV

During the day, Fox News has been known to show live car chases for as long as an hour at a time.  The coverage typically is fed to the cable news giant by an affiliate’s news or traffic helecopter. Today, … Continue reading

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