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Propaganda

posted Oct 14, 2011, 7:10 AM by Amber Skeeters

The web site was very interesting to me.  I never realized how big of a role propaganda played in the holocaust.  I mean, Hitler did blame losing the war on America having better propaganda.  Hitler shaped the opinion of a whole country with advertisements.  He turned the German's against the Jews with books and posters!  It was crazy to learn that. 
    I thought the web site was highly informative, but a bit bland in design.
        An example of propaganda would be the American government persuading the public to join the military and conserve food during WWII. 

The Pepsi Assembly

posted Oct 7, 2011, 6:30 AM by Amber Skeeters   [ updated Oct 7, 2011, 6:40 AM ]

My opinion on the Pepsi assembly was that it lacked the intensity of years before, but it was still relatable.  I liked that they talked about relevent issues, but I disliked that it wasn't something I will remember.  I think they would have communicated the point better with attention grabbing videos. They used the movie clips to get your attention with something popular and familiar.  If I were directing it, I would have put more stories, more videos, epic music, and a skit, maybe. 

transitions

posted Oct 3, 2011, 7:27 AM by Amber Skeeters

1.  It would be hard to live in an earlier era because i wouldn't be able to use things I've grown accustomed to. 
 
2.  Technology will never stop advancing.  We've been advancing since the beginning of time. As long as we have the resources and intelligence, it will never stop. Things we have now will be obselete.  We could have projectors instead of tvs.
 
3.  We are not taking technology too far.  We are simply making use of our resources.  We are moving into the future.

The 9/11 Documentary

posted Sep 16, 2011, 11:00 AM by Amber Skeeters   [ updated Oct 14, 2011, 6:51 AM ]

    This documentary was diiferent than any other I've seen.  It made the events of 9/11 real.  It wasn't some narrator walking us through the facts.  It was real people and their very real reactions.  It showed us 9/ll through the eyes of bystanders.  It changed the way I think of 9/11.  Instead of thinking about black and white information, I remember the videos of people seeing the tragedy with their own eyes. 
    I've been to New York City before.  I've seen Time Square and some of the other places in the documentary.  It was crazy to see those places I've been under attack.  This video deffinately helped me put myself in the witnesses' shoes. 
    

survey results.

posted Aug 31, 2011, 6:34 AM by Amber Skeeters

1.  More people get news on the internet and tv than anywhere else.
2.Students do not read the news paper very often if at all.
3.Most people only read the local paper.
4.Entertainment and Sports are the most popular content.
5.People are less interested in the news.

Mass Communitation and Our Culture

posted Aug 29, 2011, 6:46 AM by Amber Skeeters   [ updated Aug 29, 2011, 7:12 AM ]

    This chapter was all about mass media and how it has evolved.  It gave a detailed history of mass media in out culture.  I had never really thought about how much we have advanced in my lifetime, or in all of history for that matter.  It was a (mostly) interesting article that was extremely informative.  
   I learned about how the printing press basically created mass media. The printing press gave us the capability to make books very quickly.  It made them inexpensive and more common.  Books were the first things to pass ideas to great numbersin a short time span.  Soon we had inventions like the telegraph and the radio which made communication instantaneous.  The internet and television have had the biggest impact on our culture and the way we live.  We can see whats going on in the world by pressing a button.  We can communicate with someone a thousand miles away in seconds. 
    The television and internet have spread popular culture throughout our country.  Tasteful and artistic works (or high culture) such as ballet and opera have been diminished from our society, as shown on the skyscraper model.  We spend our time watching jersey shore and American Idol.  We get our news from Comedy Central.  Our cultural values and morals have taken a nose dive over the years due to the popularity of low culture.  Our society has gone through many changes over time because of mass communication. 

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