Monthly Archives: May 2008

Sex, violence, and the parents

Meg pointed out this article from the Buffalo News, which is definitely relevant to some class discussions we’ve had. It seems that there’s been a lot of local incidents in the news lately: school girls sending naked photos of themselves, the violent hazing incidents, need I say more? (Perhaps we’ll blame the car accident that was likely due to racing on the Speed Racer movie? Sorry, bad joke.)

Seems like a lot for our small-town/big-city, but I doubt we’re alone. Some questions for you: what agenda is the media setting by covering these issues? Does raising awareness help or hurt the effort to control such problems?

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CBS and CSI

So I’m a little late in posting this, but here’s my thoughts on this week’s CSI. I didn’t hate it, but I can honestly say that I wouldn’t watch it again. The usual wit between the actors was missing. Though there were entertaining parts it just didn’t flow like a script should. Some of it felt forced. I supposed all these writers should stick with their usual shows, but I did like the idea and the fact that they were willing to go out on a limb like that.

Most disappointing I think was the lack of resolution at the end of the show. You think you know what really happened but nothing was done about it and Grissom was told to let it go. I did not like that at all. Oh and the rubber chicken? Overkill.

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Speaking of CBS, has anyone seen the ads for the show Swingtown? (I think that’s the right name). I’m all for the right to show whatever one wants on T.V., but to me this show is one step too far. Do we really need a show about swingers on primetime television? That’s the best we can do? Normally my classes would talk about too much violence in the media, but I think maybe the real concern should be too much sex. I’m not a prude but the idea of this show grosses me out. There’s enough about sex on TV that I don’t care for, why continue to push the bar? I personally hope the show flops.

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Spin on popular shows: CBS

The writers from CSI and Two and a Half Men switched jobs for an episode. I don’t usually watch Two and a Half Men (I just don’t find it funny), but I am tonight. Helps that George Eads is making a guest appearance.

Is this a chance for the writers and actors to have fun with a difference challenge, or is it a chance for them to redeem themselves after that long strike?

Screen shots similar to CSI when they’re investigating or showing the science behind something funny, cheesy humor, so far it’s mildly entertaining.The real question will be if it gets all wrapped up in one episode.

Personally, I’m more concerned about CSI. I like the show, and Grissom has enough cheesy lines without needing comedy writers for him. I hope they don’t ruin it. More to come Thursday night.

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Com 300, final

If you’re looking for the post on Diffusion of Innovation, it’s right here. The link that talks about the farmers gives you an idea of the personalities of the different types of adopters (innovators, early adopters, early majority, later majority, laggards), which is what you need to know for the test.

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