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Blog Post #8

From the looks of things, most of the ALA banned books were banned for straight up stupid reasons, but I have not read any of them.

Banning these books, as I've said, is really stupid. Most of the reasons seem to be related to religious fundamentalism.

I don't have a bookshelf nearby.

I've read Game Informer, that's about it. I still read it from time to time, as it has offered unique insight into video games.

As a consumer, this whole publication revolves around advertising for upcoming products, so, in all, most of the advertisements are for games, and gaming systems.

Media Blog Project #2

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In April 2017, Pepsi launched a controversial ad staring Kendall Jenner. It showed various imagery invoking protests against President Donald Trump as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. The ad was almost universally panned accused of using minorities to sell soda.

First off, you can follow along with this ad here.




In this 2 minute and 39 second long commercial, it basically showed an Asian man playing a chello, a Photographer wearing a Hijab, and a bunch of protesters holding signs such as "Join the Conversation" and "Love"..... oh and Kendall Jenner at a photo shoot.

This add tried to mix both "Bandwagon" and "Famous Person Testimonial" techniques into the ad, along with images invoking BLM, Anti-Trump Protests....but without actually using any of BLM's slogans.... or actually having the protesters hold any signs other than the ambiguous. That is where the ad failed to make an emotional connection....while still invoking the consequen…

Blog Post #6

I currently do not subscribe to any newspapers. As far as local news goes, I usually get it second hand from friends of mine, though I do read The Commuter. Sadly, I usually don't get much local news, except over Facebook, from my friends and family, a character flaw of mine.

I do not subscribe to any news publications at the moment, however I do make an occasional donation to Democracy Now, around $10 each time. I am willing to do this because Democracy Now is an independent news outlet, and I am willing to support independent media.

Personally, I think I am a 3 when it comes to being well informed. I personally am going through some issues right now, so I am unable to be as informed as I'd like to be.

As far as The President's opinion on news media, I do think that he does have a right to respond to stories he disagrees with, however, throwing a tantrum on twitter is the wrong way to go about it.

Of course, The President's threats to "sue the media" are abs…

Week 5 Questions

What I found interesting about RiP! A Remix Manifesto is the fact the movie itself is indeed open source, meaning that it does not go against its principles of how it is distributed.

As far as limits on the press go, the press should have limits when A. lives are in danger and B. they're printing outright slander. As far as limits on speech go, it really only applies if you use that freedom of speech to, say, scream the word "fire" in a crowded theater. 

Specifically, I'd like to bring up The National Enquirer a second rate supermarket tabloid you can find in any grocery store. Most of the articles featured on the cover are outright slander, and I do not think they would be protected under the first amendment, and they should have to pay out financial compensation. 

Wikileaks is in fact a mixed bag. It has done some good in the world, no doubt, however, Wikileaks has taken some questionable actions as of late. In late 2016, they did released a data dump on Saudi Ar…

Media Blog Project #1

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This week, Game Of Thrones entered it's 7th season. Based off A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by George R.R. Martin, this Fantasy series is one of the most popular shows of the decade.

I watched the Season 7 Premiere on HBO at 6pm on July 16th, 2017. Game of Thrones is a drama.

During this episode, characters are reintroduced, though some barely receive any screen time.

Arya Stark is once again introduce disguised as Walder Frey, the man who murdered her mother and brother back in season 3. She then proceeds to murder every single member of House Frey, then tells Walder's servants that "Winter has came for House Frey" before leaving his banquet hall, grinning.


After the opening credits, we get a view of the white walker horde, which no doubt will appear later in the season, but alas, they do not receive anymore screen time this episode.



We then get to see Bran and Meera, however, this scene largely serves as a pointless romp in "Remember these guys?"…

Week 3 Questions

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I think Wendy's campaign to market to Millennials is working well, specifically on Twitter. The marketing team is more or less spot on with their unconventional (and sassy) approach to engagement with the Twitter Community as a whole.

Some examples of @Wendys on Twitter Responding to Twitter users:

https://twitter.com/Wendys/status/870371736931278848

https://twitter.com/Wendys/status/880848910188761088

https://twitter.com/Wendys/status/880817390438817792

https://twitter.com/Wendys/status/880447448589766657

This approach has also led to wide spread coverage from much of the internet, specifically, Twitter themselves explain #NuggsforCarter:

https://twitter.com/Twitter/status/854416760933556224

In the end, @carterjwn did get his free nuggets.... and a place in the Book of World Records.

Wendy's entire twitter campaign managed to break through the noise by taking a risk that paid off. The Wendy's Twitter is one of the most talked about on Twitter.

On the subject of advertisi…

Week 2 Questions

Forgive the late posting Rob, I've been through a lot this week.

As far as organizations I follow, I mainly follow Democracy Now for my news because I find that since they have very little corporate backers, and their news is very factual.

As far as the best tweet I've seen recently, I think "Despite the Negative Press Covfefe" wins the "Stupidest Thing I've Ever Seen The President Tweet" award.

As far as if I think social media is good or bad, I was a member of /r/SandersforPresident back in 2016. /r/SandersforPresident was probably one of the biggest reasons for Bernie Sanders' Presidential run to be as successful as it was. /r/SandersforPresident helped organize large phonebanking efforts and had donation links on their page. So Social Media is a key tool to getting people organized and motivated.

As for Sherry Turkle's TED talk, I found it interesting dealing with the feelings of loneliness. I have to say that it does kinda represent me, but…