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Pepsi Assembly

posted Oct 7, 2011, 6:27 AM by Mary Schweitzer

The pepsi assembly is something that is important. It actually sits teens down and gets them thinking about things that most likely isnt on their minds everyday. The stories they say are sad and get the point across. Sometimes you can either relate to the story or you can put yourself in the situation and imagine what it would be like, and that is really an eye opener.


posted Oct 3, 2011, 7:27 AM by Mary Schweitzer

Do you think that it would be hard living in one of the time periods before postmodernism?
- Yes, I think it would be hard. We are so used to the communication we have now..

Do you think technology will keep advancing?
- Yes, the more that time goes by, the more that technology advances. People are working right now to try to invent something bigger and better. Its a world of competition.

What is your opinion on technology consuming our lives?
- I don't think we should cut back on using technology. Its helping us better our communication.

Reaction to Documentary

posted Sep 28, 2011, 6:59 PM by Mary Schweitzer

I find it sad. The video actually made me more mad than I was. I was in second grade when this happened. I dont remember much. I remember I didnt attend Plains at this time, I went to a private school called blessed sacrament. I remember going into the hallway and praying, all the teachers were crying, and scared. I remember my mom picking me and my best friend up at school and we went to get gas, cause my mom said that gas was going to go up. I also remember when we got home watching the news seeing the planes fly into the towers. So, I dont remember much. I think its a good thing this was showed. It was kind of a reminder. 

Rwanda vs. America

posted Sep 27, 2011, 7:03 AM by Mary Schweitzer


posted Sep 1, 2011, 8:31 PM by Mary Schweitzer

1. I didn't really find it surprising about how unpopular the newspapers have gotten. They are kind of out dated compared to new technology.
2. It didn't really surprise me about people watching the most tv during the evening either. Its kind of your down time, you get home from work, or school and just relax.
3. It did surprise me that magazines are not that popular anymore. That was interesting.
4. Most people have cell phones, and they were mostly through at&t or Verizon, which did not shock me at all.
5. I also found it interesting, that most people watch tv with other people. 

Blogging Responsibly

posted Aug 30, 2011, 7:43 PM by Mary Schweitzer

    In these articles they talk about the dangers of blogging. People should be responsible when they are posting things on the internet. People should actually be responsible in general when they are on the internet. Posting certain things can be unsafe and can harm you. The internet is public, once its out there, its out there for good, even if you delete it. It is hard to retrieve all the way back. Cyber-bullying shouldn't be done either while online. If you post something mean or nasty on someone's blog or anywhere on the internet and you try to go get a job years later, they can see that on the internet and deny you.  The internet can be a dangerous place.

Chapter 1: Mass Communication A Critical Approach

posted Aug 29, 2011, 6:46 AM by Mary Schweitzer

In chapter one they make some valid points about mass communication. It informs you about the roles and responsibilities of the media. It tells you about culture, communication, mass media, and mass communication. It says that our goal is to become media literate, well in this chapter it helps you understand media and how it works. Mass communication is the process of designing cultural messages and delivering them to a large audience.In the chapter it explains the different eras of communication, such as oral and written, the print revolution, the electronic and digital era, media convergence. It describes how media has grown throughout the years. Once you know how media has evolved you can look at processes. In media we have two processes, the first one being the linear process. This is used to produce and deliver messages to large audiences. The senders transmit messages through a mass media channel such as newspapers, books, magazines, etc. Which gets the viewers to watch and give feedback. There is a second model in media called the cultural model. This model realizes that different people think differently. The media really does shape our society.  There is high and low culture, which describes the skyscraper model. You can also look as culture as a map. In media literacy there something called the critical process which includes description, analysis, interpretation,evaluation, and engagement. Which could get confusing, if you read it a certain way. What I really like about this chapter is it gives you different ways to view the information to understand the ideas. I also like how it is somewhat of a new text so it is talking about things that are recent or happening in society today. Like it makes references to Lady GaGa and how some may like her or some may think shes insane. The chapter just puts the information in a way that you can easily understand the information. It was really easy to read. The way the chapter was written made things go faster. Even sometimes the quotes on the side of the page would make things easier to understand. Overall, this chapter was a good guide and tool to understand what media literacy is all about and how it relates to our lives today and back in the day. 

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