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Sarah R.


posted Oct 14, 2011, 7:03 AM by sarah ruwe

I learned that propaganda started out by illistrating religious issues and then later changed to political and war. I also learned that after WW1 America did not support the use of propaganda.
I liked that it actually talked about and showed the Nazi Germany side of what happened in the war. In a lot of things I have seen it talks mostly about what the Allies did to stop them, and not what Germany did to keep themselves going.
I didn't really like this subject, but for being something I am not interested in the website was good and had a lot of useful information.
Last year in American history we had to make our own propaganda to get people to help or join the war. This website would have been helpful at that time to look at more examples of the different kinds of propaganda out there.

Pepsi Assembly

posted Oct 7, 2011, 6:24 AM by sarah ruwe

I thought the pepsi assembly was good, but not as good as years past. I think it was a good topic to talk about because teens need to be in control of their actions and decisions. I think it was good to show the extreme cases that they did, but I think that they should have shown some other situations that everyone can relate to. I think they should have shown someone that maybe use to bully others that had a change of heart because I feel like that wasn't shown and I know a lot of people that can relate to that. I thought the assembly was sad, and it really made me think about what I do everyday that could affect someone both negatively and positively. It could be as simple as saying hello or goodmorning to someone just to make them feel better.


posted Oct 3, 2011, 7:27 AM by sarah ruwe

Yes I think it would be hard because I am so used to using all of my communication and ways of technology everyday and it would be hard to life without it.
Yes technology will keep advancing, phones keep getting better and are able to do more.. I mean who knows maybe one day we will have 3D phones considering we have 3D TVs which I never really thought we would have. Also almost every movie has the option to watch it in 3D or just regular.
I think technology does consume our lives, but I think that is a good thing. I like that we use computers and different technology to do everything. It makes everything faster and a lot more accurate.

9/11 Reaction

posted Sep 18, 2011, 8:02 PM by sarah ruwe

I was shocked to see how much terror really went through all of the people. I was only in 2nd grade, so I didn't really understand what had happened. I was surprised that after the first plane crash that some people already thought it was terrorists and that we should go to war. The video was really interesting, and it made me realize everything that really happened on that day. It really made me think about how much has changed since this all happened. It also made me much more aware of the things that can be so easily forgotten. Hopefully with our increased security, a terrible event like this will never happen again.

Reaction to Media Survey

posted Aug 31, 2011, 6:24 AM by sarah ruwe

I found out that the majority of people get their information from the internet. It did not surprise me that most teens are interested in social networking on the internet. I was surprised to see that some of the older people still use the internet daily, even though they use it for news. I also found out that the older people still read magazines mostly for entertainment, not just for news.

Are you blogging responsibly?

posted Aug 30, 2011, 2:12 PM by sarah ruwe

What are some of the potential dangers of blogging discussed in these texts? Which of these concerns are legitimate? Why or why not? What other dangers are there in blogging that were not discussed in the texts? What should students keep in mind in order to practice responsible blogging? Suggest 2-3 rules you think would be appropriate for the class to follow as part of a blog policy.

Blogging can lead to predators stalking a young person. If you aren't careful the things you say in a blog could come back to hurt you when you apply for a job later in life. These concerns are legitimate because if your personal info is out there for anyone to see it could attract the wrong type of attention. Also, if a job wants to hire you and then reads a blog that you wrote that is inappropriate they might not hire you. Blogging can be a way to bully someone. The blog can be a person's outlet, but if the person says mean and hurtful things then it isn't actually helping anyone. Students should remember that this stuff is out there for everyone to see and it stays out there for a really long time. 

Rules for the blog policy: 
1. Use the same language you would use towards your teachers.
2. Never use your full name or personal info in your blog (address, phone, etc.) 

Chapter 1 Mass Communication: A Critical Approach

posted Aug 29, 2011, 6:41 AM by sarah ruwe

This article started by talking about the different kinds of mass media and how it intertwines with communication and mass communication. I thought it was interesting how it talked about how the print era came about with the invention of the printing press. I couldn't believe how much the printing press changed the world, not only for literature, but for the economy and the advancement of media. Then it talks about the digital and electronic era. To me, the telegraph seems like ages ago and like such a useless piece of technology, but the telegraph really started the electronic era. Today we use digital communication for everything. It is weird to think that our iPhones and computers started from something like the telegraph. 
    The linear model of mass communication is completely true and is displayed in my daily life. In high school, the sender could be a friend sending a mass text message (mass media channel) to a group of his or her friends (receivers). The feedback would be what the friends respond to the sender. This can be good because the sender can send out mass quantities of info very quickly, but it can be bad because in a text the reader doesn't know how the sender is saying something, and the receiver could take that information the wrong way and get upset. This is also an example of how powerful media can be. Another way media is powerful is that a TV commercial can cause someone to donate money to children in Africa or help the victims of a natural disaster. I think it is great that we can communicate such powerful messages so quickly and efficiently.
    I did not like the culture as a skyscraper concept because most people do not fit into just high culture or only low culture. For example, I like reality TV shows which is low class, but I also like to read an occasional classic lit novel or look at art. I thought the culture as a map was a much better portrayal of people in general because it allows a person to be "all of the map" or like multiple things.
    I thought the values in the modern period were easy to understand, but it was hard for me to understand some of the postmodern values. I felt like it talked about the postmodern values, but I didn't understand some of them. I thought the critical process was a good way to break down something and really look at the different aspects of it. I think if I start using the critical process it will help me have better formed and more well rounded opinions because I will look at both sides of the argument.

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