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January 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm (Comm 2322 Blog Comments, Comm 4333 Blog Comments)

40. Spin Sucks-

Why “No Comment” is the Worst Thing You Can Say

Commented on April 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Although this strategy is not considered to be hiding from the press, what is a way you can handle this situation (and others like it) without saying “no comment” or not contacting the reporter all together? You mentioned picking and choosing who you will talk to in order to get your side across to the press, but what if you are stuck in a situation where you are forced to make a public statement?

38. Spin Sucks –

Accepting Standard LinkedIn Invites

Commented on April 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I am new to LinkedIn, but I assume that that an introduction and reminder on how the potential connection met you was a given. This is not a friend request on Facebook, this is a professional contact site and no explanation would be inappropriate. As a side note, after reading a comment from HeatherWhaling below about LinkedIn being spammy… I’m truly shocked. I thought it was the elite of the social media networking sites.

37. Waxing UnLyrical– 

2 Gr8 2 B 4Got10: Will Texting Kill Language As We Know It?

Commented on April 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I have always made a conscience effort to avoid shorthand especially when texting. I once heard that the english language is slowly being dumbed down and destroyed due to the text messaging and my generation completely slaughtering normal words down to sound “cool”. This was enlightening and I plan on looking for more research suggesting text messaging actually improving writing skills instead of destroying them as I formerly thought.

36. The 26- hour day– Skype Kisses and Text Hugs

Commented on April 15, 2011 at 11:50 a.m.

This post is enlightening. Social media is obviously rapidly changing the world of PR, and although you mentioned that most people do not use journalism as their number one source of breaking news, I still feel that the majority of people are going online to read the news. I may be completely off in this observation, and this could be just the beginning of the movement toward obtaining breaking news.

35. PR’s New Kid on the Block!–  Wait Your Turn!

Commented on April 15, 2011 at 9:42 am

This was inspirational, especially because I struggle with “line breaking” as well. It’s hard to attempt to be responsible and plan ahead, when in all reality, He has been there and laid it out for us. You mentioned on paying attention on what He is doing in your own life and not in anyone else’s. This is also something that hit home with me because everyone seems to have this perfect situation when you constantly go through junk. Maybe they are focusing on God in their own life, which is why they are abundantly being blessed. I’ll use this as my thought of the day, and hopefully I’ll “mind my own” as I am more aware of the “line breaking” rule.

34. Melissa Maday –25K words in a weekend? Yes!

Commented on  April 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Incredible! I can’t imagine writing like that for an entire weekend. Such determination! I’m inspired at how much pride you take in your work. This is not an easy task, but you stuck to your goal and nailed it. How did you keep yourself from getting distracted all day long?

33. PRacticle Issues-  Review of Professional Dress Day

Commented on April 11, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

I always suggest staying away from strong perfumes or colognes. They may smell good to you, but not to your future employer, and that can be an instant turn off. I hadn’t thought about high heels being a bad thing. I always thought that if you are comfortable wearing them all day long, then they are okay.

32. Spin Sucks –

Seven Ways Social Media is Changing PR

Commented on 4.10.11. at 8:20 pm

This post is enlightening. Social media is obviously rapidly changing the world of PR, and although you mentioned that most people do not use journalism as their number one source of breaking news, I still feel that the majority of people are going online to read the news. I may be completely off in this observation, and this could be just the beginning of the movement toward obtaining breaking news.

31. Identity PR- Do PR Professionals Need to Blog to Be Successful?

Commented on April 10, 2001 at 3:56pm

As a student, I’m only beginning to understand how crucial strong writing skills in the PR world. I know that blogging can really stretch a writer but there are few rules to blogging, and I wonder how a PR professional can become a stronger writer without critique. I enjoyed this post. Thanks.

30. Getting it Write– Making the most of LinkedIn

Commented on  April 10th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Thank you for the step by step directions on the proper way to use LinkedIn. I have not found a site or teaching that has broken down this useful tool the way you have. Many of the tips are to help established business professionals. What are some tips you could provide to a newbie who is just entering into the corporate world of public relations?

29. Higher & Higher Communications Blog – My top #Twitter rules

Commented on Apr 8, 2011 at 11:22 pm

As a new Twitter  user, I appreciate the advice you gave on separating the personal use of Facebook with the professional use of Twitter. This is something that I was apprehensive about because I enjoy being personable with those I communicate with. When I become more accomplished with Twitter, I will remember to keep these tips in mind. Thank you for this “Twitter Wisdom”.

28. Travel-  Growing and thinking

Commented on April 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I love to travel, and although I’m not keen to travel first class, I still enjoy being catered to whenever I stay overnight somewhere. I know that when I retire, traveling will be a number one priority for me. I know the importance for picking up the slack of airlines that fall behind schedule, and other areas of travel that is nitrous for being unreliable. Public Relations professionals really put themselves in the travelers’ shoes when they conduct their everyday business. This is why I consider PR pros to be true servants.27. TEPCO’s Troubles- Public Relations Apps

Commented on April 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I know that the world is keeping a close eye on this disaster overseas, but I am frightened about the possible long term affects on the rest of the world. I can’t imagine what a nightmare the PR professionals are dealing with not only at this particular location, but all over the world. We need to be reassured that nuclear power plants are the way to run our electric needs more than ever by those who do public relations for these companies. I really feel for these people who work around the clock to keep us safe.26. Forever 21 Gives Back– let me speak.

Commented on March 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I remember when Forever 21 first became popular. I know now that their success is from the blessings they receive because they are believers. I have always been a huge fan of Forever 21, and I am very happy to have stumbled upon this article. I know that many people are trying to raise funds for disasters such as this, but to raise a whole days worth of money to send overseas to aid the victims of the earthquake and tsunami is truly remarkable.

25. Starbucks make-over coming soon- Here’s what I have to say.

Commented on March 28th, 2011

I’m a barista at Starbucks and I have to personally admit that I do not like the new logo. I have my reasons, but I have not noticed a significant change in customers since the beginning of the new launch. There is a lot of talk and hype about the siren being up close and personal, and why Starbucks decided to loose “Starbucks Coffee” around the siren, however I feel that it has led to a buzz more or less an interesting topic. I don’t see a huge change with the company for a few more years.
24. Charlie Sheen now holding a world record #winning – Here’s what I have to say

Commented on March 28th, 2011

I feel like social media in Charlie Sheen’s case is not a great idea. Look at how far of a downward spiral he has gone into in 2011. Adding petty one liners and more things to make fun of him about is not going to help his reputation. I don’t follow celebrities lives, but Charlie Sheen is someone that I hear about constantly and I feel sorry for him. What went wrong with him? I really hope that he gets his life together so that he can be a good parent to those kids.

23. More Money At Our Expense-

PR ACCORDING TO A COLLEGE STUDENT

Commented on March 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I understand the concern in PBS viewers across the nation, however there is a much bigger concern to our country at the moment. I am not going to go on a governmental  rant about spending and whatnot, but I do know that we have way bigger issues to solve with the money that can be cut from these kinds of organizations in which we pour tax dollars into.

22. How Sweet it [Social Media] is!-

PR Applications Blog

Commented on March 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I love hearing of success stories with small businesses. I know that if I was walking in downtown New York City and there was a sign saying that there were half priced hot drinks inside while it was blizzard outside, I would make my way right into that store and attempt to warm up. The use of social media has really sky rocketed in recent years, and I know how useful this inexpensive tool is. I’m glad to hear that even Mom & Pop shops are making good use of it today.

21. Over the line? My Thoughts Exactly…

Commented on March 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I don’t think that it’s that big of a deal. I laughed at this commercial and I thought although the humor was a bit crude, it served its purpose of highlighting the products and made it memorable. I liked the little old lady although she was crabby in the commercial, and I think the Greek nonprofit cultural center should lighten up over this matter. Thanks for sharing!

20. Apple Hospitality.- PRetty in Pink

Commented on March 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I appreciate reading about our corporate giants lending a helping hand to the victims of this disaster. I know that there are many U.S. companies that are based in Japan which are also doing a lot to help. Starbucks for example has many stores that were swept away in the tsunami on March 11. They are now making cut backs within the company so that they can send over relief money to help aid in the recovery of the area. In times like these I really appreciate those corporations that display their humanity in this way.

19. I Don’t Want to Marry Someone if I Don’t Have a Job FirstAll About Emily

Commented at Mar 22, 2011 @ 13:25:08

I loved this post. That little girl was smart for being so young! I agree that we should really know ourselves before we unite with another in a marriage. I’m all about traveling, and building a career for myself before I think about a family one day. I think a lot of women in their twenty-somethings have the idea that they are already behind because they have not found a husband to begin their lives with. The point is that our lives are already well on their way to success although society has told them otherwise.

18. Listening in to Kneale Mann- The LearnerCommented at March 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

This is great advice, especially the advice on becoming well rounded in all media outlets. Who knows if something were to happen and a channel was to fold, causing PR to be conducted differently. Knowing the ins and the outs of the industry is important to recognize how to conduct yourself properly. We never want to be taken off guard or surprised. Thanks for the post.

17.The Power of Speech – by Public Relations Today

Commented on  March 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I had no idea that this movie was about a king who was attempting to improve his communication skills. I know that it has won plenty of awards, yet I assumed it was going to be a boring serious movie with actors I have never heard of before. Thank you for linking the trailer to your post, I will make an effort to go see The King’s Speech.

16.What social media skills companies are really looking for! – Nicole’s Social Media Blog

February 25, 2011 at 9:43 PM

I think colleges should begin to incorporate more classes where they teach the ins and the outs of using social media tools to the best of one’s ability to use that in the workplace. We all know how to use facebook and twitter, but we don’t know how to be that psychologist that Thomas Fisherman are looking for. Public Relations has become such a broadly skillful field of work that it takes a very talented and educated person to fit those shoes. I’m convinced that it’s half luck half brains to actually land a decent career in PR or marketing at this point.

15. Giving up your Facebook password? Emily’s Blog

Commented on February 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Forfeit civil rights to have a career? That’s appalling. I can’t imagine having to give up all my personal information for someone to hire me. I understand they are concerned about my private lifestyle, however the way I professionally present myself and what I allow others to view on my social media websites is the only thing that a potential employer needs to know. This is going way too far.

14.PR for Social Change – “Rage Against the Haze” – PR Reflections

Commented February 25, 2011 9:23pm

I really think the word of mouth marketing tool is the most effective there is. That’s incredible that teens are now in charge of spreading awareness of the harmful effects of smoking. Obviously it has paid off due to the 16.9% decrease in underage smoking. This is exactly the kind of stuff that gives pride to the marketers of the “Rage Against the Haze”.

13. Fundraiser Fun– My Goals

Commented at February 24, 2011

I do understand the importance of being goal oriented especially with event planning. That’s great that you’ve taken the initiative in coming up with concrete plans that will hopefully become an annual event. This is a great way to gain hands on experience in the PR field, and have a better understanding of exactly what it takes to coordinate any sort of fundraiser.

12. PR Connections– PR Aps Blog

Commented at: February 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm

The correlation between being able to play in the next basketball game due to practicing more in the morning, and succeeding in business because you woke up earlier to accomplish tasks before anyone else is interesting. I think that it is a great point although it is difficult to get anyone up before dawn. My advice is to go to bed early. Sleep is important, so don’t force yourself to wake up when it will cause you to only have 5 hours of sleep. It’s not healthy.

11. T_hobby– Tiffany Hobby

Commented: January 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

It is exciting that you have ventured out into social media. I know that at first it is overwheming, however after some time it becomes apart of everyday life. Try to still stick to person to person communication instead of impersonal “tweets” and text messages. This will improve your communication skills, and keep you writing professional when you refrain from shorthand words.

10. ERICA EARL JOURNALISM- Park West- A Samantha Jones Event?

Commented at February 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Wow! Sounds like a lavish lifestyle! I know that it is non ethical to accept all of those gifts, but I can’t help but think that those bonuses would be fun. Maybe employers should include those items as bonuses or add the cost of the gifts to their taxes so they may be taxed at the end of the year. Either way, I am sure that it is a win win for everyone involved in the event.

9. PRestigious -There’s no better time than now

Commented at February 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I noticed that the very first tip was to network. I feel that in the PR field, networking is the most effective in leading to internship opportunities, or even job opportunities. It also makes the job more interesting. I agree that the others are important as well, however knowing someone always seems to be the biggest ticket to getting your foot in the door.

8. Mid Day Coffee Break– Christina Aguilera flubs the National Anthem at Superbowl 2011

Commented at February 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I really feel bad for Christina Aguilera because of all the bad talk she is getting for this. It was an honest mistake, and those lyrics are so outdated anyway. The national anthem is a difficult song to sing as it is, I can’t imagine performing it in front of millions of people. I see that many people are angry that she did not remember the words, but we are all human right? She was not mocking the song or being disrespectful in any way. I’m confused as to how this is a career threatening mistake.

7. Plagiarism Never wins-Matt’s COMM 4333 Blog

Commented on February 11, 2011 @ 11:19 am

I think that it is very gracious of you to not pursue legal action right away. I know that if it was my personal work, I would not feel the need to attack that person, but if it was my PR firm, you are obligated to be a little more aggressive. Those words are not yours, and you need to protect your company’s ideas.

6. ONE RESPONSE TO ONE COLOR, NO MORE STRIPES- The Learner

February 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

NO!! This makes me so sad! I have always been a fan of the White Stripes. They are quite talented and I don’t understand why they would quit now. I wonder if they will come out with a public statement that explains why they have made this decision. I know fans will be angry, and even might turn on the White Stripes if they leave their fans in the dark.

5. The Learner– Kirsten Maser

Commented at: January 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I like how you break down public in a hypothetical group of people. I know there are countless “publics” that make up one big world public. Technically we all belong to just as many specific publics at any given moment. And although we may never participate in the public, your lack of opinion or activity is a contribution by doing nothing at all.

4.Charlene Li- Diigo

Posted: January 28th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Now that this change has taken place, I wonder how many people are really that upset about it. I know that there was an option to change at first, and then Facebook just switched everyone over eventually. I was not happy about it in the beginning, however eventually I warmed up and noticed that I didn’t see any new groups forming that was called “I want my old Facebook profile back”. I agree that this is a good change for everyone, and it was overdue.

3. Dream Big; Live bigger– Angela Glaly

Commented at  January 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM

I applaud you for excelling in grammar. Our generation has let grammar fly out the window. This morning I viewed a website that had a picture of a shirt from a popular teenager clothing store. On the front of the shirt, in big letters it read “If your single, so am I”. I’m appalled that this was not caught in printing the shirts. Now this generation has found this to be acceptable.

2. Social Media & Me=Emily Bos

Commented on: Jan 30, 2011 @ 22:58:34

I don’t think that Twitter and Facebook is bonding college students. I think that face to face conversation and personal contact with peers can be labeled as bonding. There is no doubt that social networking sites are extremely beneficial to those who have friends and family who live far away, and also for the normal business man/woman who is promoting a new product or idea. These sites have evolved into this great resource that is used by anyone who keeps up with social media.

1. The Learner– Kirsten Maser

Commented at: January 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I like how you break down public in a hypothetical group of people. I know there are countless “publics” that make up one big world public. Technically we all belong to just as many specific publics at any given moment. And although we may never participate in the public, your lack of opinion or activity is a contribution by doing nothing at all.

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Celebrities in advertising

January 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm (Comm 2322 PR Connections, Comm 4333 PR connections)

Before you deciding a product, does the celebrity on the package persuade you to buy it? According to a 201o poll, not anymore. Flip through the television channels and you’ll notice only 12% of commercials are now celebrity endorsed. This technique of appealing to the general public is also known as human interest in PR textbooks, and advertisers have the opportunity to gloat about the lifestyles of the rich and famous by tricking you to want to buy the product.

Have you ever found yourself leaning toward a specific face wash or golf club, just because your favorite pop star’s was on the cover of the box? I’m thinking of teen stars who have created a whole clothing line geared toward young boys and girls who desire nothing more than to look just like their idols on TV. It might work on little kids, but these new statistics are showing that the older generations have had enough.

Find out more about this study by visiting this link.

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The internet and Egypt

January 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm (Comm 2322 PR Connections, Comm 4333 PR connections)

You might have had an idea lately that there is some protesting going on in Egypt. I don’t know if everyone keeps up with the news regarding this issue, however if you find yourself wanting to know more, then as a PR student you should know one thing on this topic. The government has not only shut down the internet in all of Egypt, but they have shut down cell phone service.

As a communications major, this strikes a nerve because I realize the importance in being able to communicate with other people who are attempting to exercise their right to a protest against corrupt government activity. The purpose of this shut down was in an effort to make assembling nearly impossible for the citizens of Cairo. Although the government might have good intentions of “keeping the peace”, what is scary is that a major city has never been completely cut off from outside information like this ever before.

This of course raises a few questions for me. If the Egyptian government can unplug a mega city from outside communication, then what about the U.S? The U.S. government is capable of a lot of things, is this one of them? How far would the U.S. go to attempt to “keep the peace”? This seems frightening to think of the power of the U.S. government as compared to the Egyptian government. What are your thoughts?

For more information on this topic, visit this link. Also check out more about what is going in Cairo.

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What is a public?

January 29, 2011 at 10:45 am (Comm 2322 Topics of the Week)

It feels nice to belong somewhere. Finding people who are like you, and that have the same interests as you gives everyone the warm fuzzy feeling. When a group of people gather for any occasion, this would be considered a public. A public can be relative to discuss a new product or idea, this public is now working toward a specific goal. Goal oriented publics work better together than apart because of the amount of resources the people have in each other. This concept is better known as “two heads are better than one”.

There are several benefits to being apart of a public.  One benefit would be having one loud voice together in an effort to change legislation etc. One person alone could not accomplish what a public is capable of. When a public pulls their funding together for a helping purpose, it is less of a strain on one person to fund a good cause. When there is a responsibility given to a group of people, spreading out the work load evenly over the public is more efficient than giving all the work to just one person.

I am an example of someone who belongs to several publics. I belong to the general U.S. public. This was not really considered a choice. I was born here. I also belong to the Florida public. I am originally from Michigan, so this was a choice for me. I don’t like the snow, and I wanted to settle where the palm trees grow. Southeastern University would consider me apart of their public, and Barbara Nixion would consider me apart of her classes’ public. I always knew that I wanted to go into communications. Most Communications majors identify with other Communications majors, which would make us one big public. At work I am apart of my team’s public for each given shift. This list goes on and on. Is it easy to see how many publics you belong to?

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Why comment on blog posts?

January 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm (Comm 4333 Topics of the week)

Leaving comments are vital to learning and interacting with others who are interested in whatever topic you were blogging about. I got great advice from a website that I have used in the past. Grammar Girl’s podcast gives a list of rules that give great advice on how to write a great blog comment. It is true that all bloggers desire comments from people because they want to have feedback from people who strongly agree and disagree with their stance. But it is important to leave a well developed thought before undermining your argument with the creator of the blog post. Find a point and stick to it. Be respectful and remember that the whole internet is audience to what is being said.

It is important to leave a comment that will spike the writer’s interest and really begin to dig into the subject further. Bad advice would be to just leave a simple comment without having any knowledge of what you are talking about such as this web site that I found while looking for good advice. I would also remind fellow bloggers to comment back, and keep the ideas flowing. If you find a blog where you learned a great deal of information, then by all means comment and thank them! This is rewarding for anyone to receive praise for the research and time that went into blogging.

Profanity and annoying personal attacks on your opinion are unwelcome everywhere. So don’t do it. I liked the video of the two women who created a song to point out the issue of bad comments left on blogs and youtube videos. There is a point to be made about tasteful comments and a good deal of our generation must have missed the memo. 

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PR/Marketing podcasts

January 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm (Comm 2322 Topics of the Week)

For this week I decided to first begin listening to the For Immediate Release podcast. After about eight minutes of that I was so bored that I moved on to another podcast that appealed to me because it was made by students. PRStudCast was much more lively like a conversation going back and forth between the student interviewee and two PR and Marketing professionals. I feel that I learned way more from listening to this podcast than I did with the first.

I choose to listen to the new year’s podcast because it was the longest, and the most broad of a topic to discuss for this assignment. The professionals happened to discuss their new year’s resolutions. One had expressed that they wanted to find more time to increase learning activities instead of having uncreative experiences with peers through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. She also expressed that she needed to find a limit to where she knew it was time to step away from social media because it is easy to get burnt out of these networking sites.

Both professionals agreed that it was their ultimate goal to make sure the different industries understand the importance of PR. For this reason, it is incredibly important to improve existing relationships and new relationships in an effort to reach out these companies.

After listening to these podcasts, I have really gained a new understanding of the importance of a constant stream of communication from both parties. Most of the PR podcasts have to do with brainstorming on how to have better communication with clients and each other in the workplace.

I would like to stumble upon a PR/Marketing podcast concerning how PR professionals ended up in the field they are in and what exactly is the every day life like. I would like a wide variety of jobs and an explanation of how it is perfect for them. I feel uneducated in the different field options that a communications major has. This would be very beneficial to me.

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What I learned from grammar girl.

January 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm (Comm 4333 Topics of the week)

I listened to the podcast concerning what was going on with spacing before a period. This is a grammar mistake that has been found in many blogs recently. I learned that the french don’t use quotation marks. That is quite interesting considering the U.S. uses them like they are going out of style. The french also put a space between the end of a word before they use a question mark or an exclamation mark. This is the reason why we might be following this trend.

I happen to be guilty of overusing the comma. Grammar girl would label me as a serial comma user. Serial commas can also be known as Oxford commas or Harvard commas. This is because these commas are not always necessary and the reader may understand the message without the need of a comma. I try to limit my comma usage however, I often write as I would speak and as I speak, commas are necessary. This is not always a bad thing. Commas create clarity. Whenever I feel that a comma would be needed to understand my point, I use a comma and I don’t need to fret.

Another podcast that I listened to was on plagiarism. Everyone knows that plagiarism is basically stealing someone else’s words and passing them off as their own, but what I didn’t know was that plagiarism can also be rewording someone else’s idea to make your own. Also, if you write a paper or essay for a class prior to the assignment you are currently working on, it is self plagiarism if you choose to reuse parts or the whole document as if the ideas are brand new for your current class. I feel that this is unfair because this is how everyone gets through higher education classes. We are so busy and overloaded with work that we need to reuse and recycle our past papers. A punishment for this offense can be expulsion? This is just crazy to me. I cannot imagine getting expended from school for reusing my own ideas that were properly cited and documented. Either way, plagiarism is very wrong and should be frowned upon.

For more information on any of these grammar tips, visit Grammar Girl’s website.

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Reflecting on my first newsu course

January 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm (Comm 2322 Topics of the Week)

I learned a little by taking this specific course. I know the media plays on the emotions of specific people by targeting their message to them in a certain way. I’m aware that there are deeper meanings behind organizations that try to get you to support their cause. I don’t always think that this is bad, but consumers don’t always like being guilted into saving the whales etc. The program overall was bland because there was limited interaction from the student. There was also a lot of reading. If there were more videos on learning the methods of media techniques, and fewer video examples, I feel that it would have broken up the lengthy reading. I learned that the media is always changing, and that advertizing is constantly attempting to reach viewers with an approach that will catch their attention in any way possible.

I knew a lot of this information by taking previous communications courses at Southeastern University. This is why skimming through sections that described the places we get our media from, and bribery techniques. It is interesting to learn of the different elements that media uses to convey a specific message. Even a color or background music can change the whole tone of the advertisement. Happy colors would be bright and cheerful to give viewers a feeling of complete wholeness and an overall pleasant feeling to the advertisement. Sad colors would be dark blues or dark reds that give the viewers a feeling of sadness or anger. This influences the viewer to have a negative outlook on whatever is being portrayed.

I don’t think that it is a great idea to have the option to move forward without completing each page’s exercize because it is quite tempting to move on when you cannot get the right answer. Also, there are no hints available when having difficulty with a certian problem. I have to remember that this was an exercise to learn, and it is always being improved. There is a benefit to learning this information, but maybe this is not the best way to do it.

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How I use social media

January 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm (Comm 4333 Topics of the week)

The types of social media that I am currently using is quite limited due to the lack of spare time. I do enjoy communicating with my friends and family through Skype and Facebook. I started doing this several years ago. I love having this in my life because I live so far away from many friends. Facebook can become addicting so I try to limit the amount of time I spend on this type of social media.  I have also used WordPress in the past year for a class that I took last semester.

 I find that adding more types of social media clutter my life, and I cannot keep up with how quickly information is thrown at me. I am interested in twitter because I am constantly hearing about it on the radio and the news on television, however I have a hard time taking “tweeting” seriously. Whoever created this concept was genius but whoever created the name and the lingo must have had fun making a silly word to describe sharing information. I do plan on adding twitter slowly into my daily routine because I do want to stay connected to information on PR.

 I am surprised at how many hours a day that people spend on media outlets from the news in the morning, to the radio on the way to work. Then the internet all day at work. Then the same thing on the way home from work and then at home. We are constantly connected to the world by using our smart phones, and experiencing information overload all day long. Younger generations have claimed to have mastered the art of multitasking, but conflicting research is proving this to be impossible because our brains can only handle one task at a time.  Although all of these resources were meant to make our lives more interesting and simple, many have found that always being connected to the world makes them more anxious and stressed out.

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