Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pop Culture Charley – Handicapping the Oscars

Charley Reed has done enough guest blog posts here that I’m no longer going to consider him a guest poster.  Instead, I’m going to put his great commentaries on pop media culture under the heading Charley’s Pop Culture.  Here are … Continue reading

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What to do on a snow day in media literacy class

To all the faculty out there who are teaching an intro to mass comm / media literacy class, here’s an idea for a quicky online snow day assignment built off the great Pew Project Excellence in Journalism State of the … Continue reading

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Columnists for my commentary class – 2013

Here are links to a number of columnists and columnist index pages from newspapers around the country for my commentary writing students, and anyone else who’s interested. National Columnists Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist.  His column written in response … Continue reading

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Guest Post – Do the Oscars Really Matter?

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 show South … Continue reading

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Is Carnival cruising for a PR bruising?

Updated By now, virtually everyone in America knows about the mess that is the Carnival cruise ship Triumph.  The ship suffered an engine fire earlier this week that resulted in the ship being without electricity and drifting in the Gulf … Continue reading

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Comcast completing purchase of NBCUniversal from GE years ahead of schedule

The transition of NBCUniversal from being owned primarily by General Electric to Comcast had been expected to be an extended process, with the cable and phone giant gradually acquiring the entertainment company’s stock.  But that changed this week with the … Continue reading

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Media News Roundup

Comcast buying out rest of NBCUniversal stock from GE for $16.7 billion, years ahead of schedule So, it looks like General Electric will be completely out of the media business by the end of March, according to reporting from Brian … Continue reading

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When news catches up with my long-term pop culture diet

I’ve been planning for several days to write a blog entry today about three movies from 1968 that I’ve watched over the last couple of weeks  – 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ice Station Zebra, and The Shoes of the Fisherman. Why … Continue reading

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Amazing Media Quotes

A round up of unexpected things I’ve read recently.  None of these are from The Onion! NPR Station Urges Listeners to Have Sex and Make More Listeners “Chicago’s NPR station, WBEZ, is making a more intimate appeal than usual during … Continue reading

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Free Kindle download on book about Disney’s John Carter of Mars misfire

“John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood” about what went wrong with the Disney/Andrew Stanton adaptation of John Carter of Mars is free on Kindle through Thursday, February 7th. Thanks to BoingBoing for the story on this.  

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