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Kyle B.


posted Oct 17, 2011, 10:50 AM by Kyle Bergmann   [ updated Oct 17, 2011, 11:09 AM ]

To see the bits and pieces of a time in history that most would rather forget shows how times can abruptly change, for better or, for most times, worse. Observing the photos, posters, and artifacts from the times of the Nazi Empire shows a darker side to human nature, one that somehow was started by a man who would eventually rise up to become their tyrant leader. It's true that these simple relics of a time burned into history can bring fear and hatred to many people, even to those who weren't there during the time. I admit, I too feel a hint of dread just by looking at these images from over seventy years ago, but it's mostly because of the thought that one man, who saw himself as a superior being towards all others races, could influence so many into following his path of national discrimination, eventually leading to full-on war. But it wasn't just his wartime experience that made Adolf Hitler the symbol of Nazi control. He also relied on a factor that even we still used to this day: Propaganda. Propaganda is basically the influencing of a certain group of people in order to benefit a person or group. Hitler used multiple propaganda during his time as Chancellor of Germany to help gather people to his causes. After the end of WWII, propaganda continued to be used to influence others from other nations and groups. Propaganda is even used to this day, but to a far less intimidating manner. today, we use propaganda to support groups with benefits, such as advertisements for Newport Cigarettes and even the Pepsi Generation While it does have a dark history of its own, propaganda has been a major influence throughout the years for many subjects, even media. It only depends on the purpose to the cause that defines the propaganda.

Pepsi Assembly

posted Oct 17, 2011, 9:24 AM by Kyle Bergmann

The Pepsi Assembly we all watched on October 6, 2011 basically seemed no different to any of the past assemblies we've seen in the past, teaching us good morales and responsibilities for controlling our own lives. But the unique thing about these past few assemblies is the usage of multiple forms of media, such as hit songs, new to well-known movies, and events in pop culture. The reason for adding these to the videos is to relate media to actual life events. Even though we don't always gets charred by pirate ships, chased by roadrunners, or faceoff against mythological and extra-dimmensional beings bent on destroying humanity, we can sometimes feel as if we were living an extent of the experience. But how far does this define reality? just as said before, the video is meant to relate to the actual life-changing events that are bestowed upon people, just like the ones who discussed their stories during the video. But unlike the events that are shown in the movies or sung in the songs, the people who share their stories have experienced what it's like the feel Death's hand or has lost someone dear to them to such. Either way, the evolution of media has allowed us to see life-changing events in a completely new form.

Blogging Responce

posted Sep 12, 2011, 9:21 AM by Kyle Bergmann

I believe it's most unnessesary for any single person to put too much on a single blog. Take the girl from the Chicago high school who would blog about her feeling on African Americans and gay marriages. If she has a problem with something, she should have just kept those feelings to herself; not publish them on the Web for anyone to read.
Then there's the gruop of students from another Chicago high school who blogged about how much they hated a certain teacher and posted threatening blogs towards her. Again, they should keep their feelings to theirselves, but to blog about threatening a teacher is a completely low level to go.

Ch. 1 Responce

posted Sep 12, 2011, 9:21 AM by Kyle Bergmann

I see it both nessesary and unnessesary to know so much about media communication. It seems silly to focus on multiple categories when it's simpler and easier to understand a certain degree of the matter. I prefer to stay with the more modern forms of media, as a way to stay updated and aware of what's going on in the world.

9/11 Reflection

posted Sep 12, 2011, 9:21 AM by Kyle Bergmann

We must always remember the day we were pushed towards the brink, no matter how treacherous or frightening it was for all of us. After ten years to horrific memories, ten years of unforgettable nightmares, we show our respect with the commemoration of the 9/11 Memorial on it's tenth anniversary. But is it truely nessesary to advertise so much on the event for marketing and media purposes? There's always a line that divides what is best and what is too much, and the events of 9/11 and its aftermath comes right on that borderline. It's up to the people who are/were most affected by the event to make the true decisions on what is right and wrong.

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