Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising

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Com 140: Trusting the media: Noam Chomsky: Manufacturing Consent

These videos are related to today’s discussion about Issue 8. We will watch in class, but there are hear for you to watch again.



The entire documentary should be available here: http://www.hulu.com/embed/eajSk7w6smi6fM7gmkNnFw. (Segments continuing from what you watched are available on youtube as well.)

Discussion Questions: Is Chomsky a conspiracy theorist or does he have valid points? In the third video segment it’s pointed out that Chomsky has never worked for a newspaper before. Given the conversations we had in classes and the theories we discussed about what may influence news, does it matter (should it matter) if media critics/news analysts do or do not have media experience? What other reactions do you have to watching the video clips?

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COM 140: Google, ads, piracy

We will be talking about this article in class, because it’s just so funny who google thinks I am. If you have a google account, what results do you get? Even more interesting: so far every time I’ve checked google has a different answer as to who I am each time.

I don’t know if this affects any of you, but if you use megaupload, what are your thoughts? (If you are also in COM 120–notice the lead? It’s nice a short.)

And this is just for fun:

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An array of links for COM students

Someone sent me this about SOPA and PIPA, language NSFW.

CBS reported Joe PA’s death before it happened. Journalistic standards aside, it makes one wonder if Miss Cleo is working for them. This article gives a nice run down of how the false rumors spread and were debunked.

Are we losing the ability to communicate, thanks to technology? I’ve seen various versions of that article over the years, and we’ll be talking about this topic throughout the semester.

 

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Com 140: SOPA and PIPA

From Google

From Wikipedia

Other sites that went black.

Follow the links to read more specific information about the acts. What are your thoughts? How might bills such as these impact content on the web? Your careers?

 

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COM 140 final

If you missed last class or lost your handout, the final is available for download HERE.

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Com 140 Paper 5

The paper is due next class, Nov. 17. Download HERE.

Your paper should reference¬† the second half of this story from This American Life . (The first half is interesting but not directly related to the course material.) We listened to the piece once already in class–news channel runs a story that other channels didn’t.

You should also reference to article I handed out in class, also available here. And of course, your paper should heavily reflect the movie.

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