30 November 2009

Please fill out this questionnaire: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dG5QWmF6WEtjLWVLOHR4X19jekE0NVE6MA

I need a blog update — I will mark blogs over the weekend. Any blog that does not correspond to a person in the class roll will not be grade; any person on the class roll who does not have a blog I recognized will get a zero. These blogs will count heavily because I will assign the grade a power of 5, which is up there in weight with a final test.

Here’s something that speaks to the quote from Marshall McLuhan about “the medium is the message,” which was on the  RADIO just this morning; that would make what you’re about to listen to a podcast (what’s a podcast) of a radio show about audio books questioning whether audio books have the same unique of effect consumer as traditional books. Podcasts, radio, audio books, print books, whattttt!!!!!!?  – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120769925

Thinking about our discussion about the power of media and the future of society, I found this. George Orwell (1984) versus Aldous Huxley (Brave New World):

http://www.recombinantrecords.net/docs/2009-05-Amusing-Ourselves-to-Death.html

Students in class suffering through physics and calculus, you’ve been saved by the WWW: Check it out, Manga for calc (and physics) – http://bit.ly/6d05K5

A couple of interesting new additions to Google you can look for:

Google social search — http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?answer=165228

And Google image swirl — http://image-swirl.googlelabs.com/

The chart below expresses an idea through a series of interconnected “thought bubbles.” Click on the chart once, and it will expand. Click on any bubble in the chart and it should open up into a new “window” that you can move around in, especially if you are a Mac user. Try it. Does it look familiar? Let’s investigate.

Preview: Mass Comm is a lot to grasp. Time to look back at where we’ve been…

  • Two definitions. Learn these because they will be on the final:
    • Medium is the message: A medium like radio or TV or print, creates its own unique experience that influences and may even alter our perception, and out perception of the world around us….
    • Definition, of “The Media.” The media pervades society and culture distributing data and information to audiences large and small through print (books, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, etc.) and all forms of electronic transmission (TV, radio, Internet, texting, etc.), for the purpose of communicating, informing, advertising, (controlling?), amusing, and interacting through a variety of fora (http://www.dictionary.net/fora).
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