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Propaganda Experience

posted Oct 14, 2011, 7:06 AM by Rachel Goedecke

    Propaganda is information that is designed to influence public opinions and behavior. The word is Latin, but took on new meaning in the 17th century in the Catholic church. In the 18th and 19th centuries, propaganda became a greater importance in the political area, with the growing of literate people, so the freedoms of press, speech, and assembly were demanded more. World War I was when they started using propaganda as a weapon to shape people's opinions. In the United States and Germany, propaganda became a term used with lies, and manipulation, during this time.  Hilter wrote, 5 years after World War I,  "Propaganda, is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert."
    Modern propaganda is used by advertising, communication, and mass psychology, by using techniques and strategies. It is always biased in ideas, by achieving a particular side. They only show one side to weaken or strengthen a case, and edit anything that could be percived as bad out of their advertisment. It is not always successful, it depends on the audience, and the message.

Blogging Responsibly

posted Oct 7, 2011, 6:33 AM by Rachel Goedecke

Blogging today can be very dangerous. Most students do not have their profiles set on private so everyone who goes onto the profile can see every conversation thats on the page. 'They are not hiding anything, say its private' said Ms. Nancy Willard. "Girls talk about their ideal guy and post provocative photos. Profanity and cyberslang are rampant. Kids discuss parties and alcohol, the teachers and other kids they hate, or engage in inane chats: "How R U? I miss u gurl."" These are just some of the examples of the USATODAY article gave. Anything anyone posts on the internet is permanent.

Pepsi Assembly

posted Oct 7, 2011, 6:33 AM by Rachel Goedecke

I think this assembly is a good way to show the control, and thinks that can happen when you lose it. I always think they are sad, because they usually have a lot of sad stories, either from parents who have lost their child, or from the students that have made a bad choice, in them. I like the music and the movie clips in them, but I dislike the sad stories, they are kind of depressing to me. Yes, it was effective, because it showed what can happen if you don't pay attention when your driving, or what words can do to others. This assembly showed bad choices, and gave ways to not do it, or get around them when they happen.  
I think the purpose of the movie clips, and the music was to keep us entertained. Its probably the best way to keep a lot of students quiet for a couple of hours with each other without talking. If I could change anything i would have changed the amount of talking from the one guy. It seemed to me that he talked a lot and the video just came back to him, they could have had multiple speakers, and the could have talked about one subject and been done. Another thing, is that they could have had like a skit type thing instead of so many different stories.


posted Oct 3, 2011, 7:25 AM by Rachel Goedecke

Do you think it would be hard living in one of the time periods before postmodernism? Why or why not?
    Yes i think it would be hard, because I am comfortable with all the inventions that we are living with today. As in: my cell phone, A/C in the summer, contacts, and my digital camera. My camera is waterproof, i love being able to take it in the pool and take pictures under the water.
Do you think technology will keep advancing? To what extent?
    I think technology will keep advancing. I don' t think there is a limit where it will stop, people will keep coming up with new ideas to create new things, that others couldn't even dream of.
What is your opinion on technology comsuming our lives? Should we cut back on using technology? Would we be able to survive without it?
    No, i like all the new ideas coming out, and i dont want to have to live without it.

Survey Reaction

posted Sep 19, 2011, 6:34 AM by Rachel Goedecke

This survey had a lot of trends in it, on information, magazines, and news. The way most people receive information from the survey was the internet. And there are not many people who still read the newspaper at all, but the few that do read it some, read the state journal register. The survey asked what section was the one that was most enjoyed, I was shocked when I saw someone liked to read the obituaries. More people said they read magazines daily, but not newspapers, was another thing that shocked me. Most people who read magazine read fashion, and 'gameinformer'; and look for entertainment, and the fashion sections. The people who watch local TV, mostly watch ABC and FOX news at midday and evening.

9/11 Video

posted Sep 19, 2011, 6:13 AM by Rachel Goedecke

 The movie was very upsetting to me. I remember that day by just the shock everyone was in. No one believed it was real. The world trade center, the pentagon, and the plane that crashed into the field, all had innocent people in them. The comments from the video taker in times square were the most realistic to me, they were shocked and very jumping toward the war suggestion, and later people were taking it all back saying that the war was pointless, in later years. I was in the first grade, I remember at like 10:00 in the morning the annocement saying that the tower had been hit, and because of that everyone was supposed to 'hid under their desk', at the time that seemed so weird to do, and they didn't explain any of it to the students, and the teacher kept saying "the towers were hit?" We were all looking for answers, but now from the video I see that the people in New York were right there and didn't have them any more than we did in the middle of Illinois. As we finish this movie getting the comments of the takers, they are all shocked by the tragedy, they captured on camera.

Chapter 1 Mass Communication: A Critical Approach

posted Aug 29, 2011, 6:46 AM by Rachel Goedecke

Chapter 1 Mass Communication: A Critical Approach.
    Chapter 1 starts by telling the reader about the 'rally to restore sanity', before the 2010 nation's mid term elections.  This rally was the largest press critism that was recorded in history. 'It is common to hear complaints about the mean-spirted partiasanship that thrives in our politics.' They talk about how TV used to stay neutral or 'objectivity', to appeal to the largest percent of their audiences; but with the new technology (like the internet, and/or smartphones) TV now has to appeal in other ways. In the reading, it says that our job is to describe, analyze, and intrepret what we watch, and hear; but not as critics, but as informed consumers.
    In the first subsection, it asks What are the roles and responsibilities of the media? With so many problems in the world today, and the media taking force to shape our culture, along with our democracy. But the media tells and sells stories that lead them to exploit, or to misrepresent it. 
    The chapter goes on to talk about our culture. Culture can be viewed as more than which we lie and represent ourselves at a certain time, it is defined as the symbols of expression that individuals, groups, and societies use to make sense of daily life and to articulate their values. We use culture when we listen to music, watch TV, read a book, or go on the internet. Is any of this art? Mass media is the cultural industries that produce and distribute cultural products to people. Mass communication is the process of designing messages or ads to getting people interested in the product. Culture, mass media, and mass communication's interrelasonship is: culture is the idea and the actual thing, while mass media produces and spreads it, and communication is the messages that help spread the new product around. 
    The culture as a skyscraper model was what select others think of culture. They believe that everything high culture is, is classic plays, poems, and art. And low culture is reality TV, celebrity stories, and video games. Some people would agree that this is culture, just by someone else writing it. I think everyone should have their own opinions, and their own skyscraper of culture. Because everyone likes different types of culture and everything is culture, by having its own impact on history.

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