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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Murdock's Future of Journalism

Rupert Murdock and News Corp (parent company of Fox and the Wall Street Journal) say that paying for content on the Internet is the future and will assure the health of journalism. Touting his deal with Microsoft for exclusive content for Bing, Murdock believes consumers will pay for quality dependable product just as they once paid for newspapers or magazines.

First published 12-1-2009

Free Access to Information

 Media Mogul William Randolph Hearst

Is this the beginning of the end of a "free" press? Will information and thus decision making become the role of the elite, making decisions for a working middle class and those less fortunate?

Google has given in to publishers to start setting limits on how many articles you may access each day without having to pay the publisher through Google. Microsoft Bing now has an exclusive contract with NewCorp for their content, including the Wall Street Journal, Fox News and the New York Post. Meanwhile the news industry has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for help to keep the fourth estate alive and working in the intersts of democracy and freedom of information.

The fourth estate, or the press,  have traditionally been the check and balance against behind closed door activities in government, politics, business and other areas that impact the decisions and lives of Americans. We have a free, though sometimes free to the point of being out of control (William Randolph Hearst and possibly today's Fox News and other media), but the marketplace has always corrected and kept, int he end, information balanced with truth being the goal.

We live in a rapidly changing world. Should access to information remain free, and the number of profesisonally trained eyes and ears watching our government and society be encouraged to grow? Or is is OK to only have those who can afford it have access to information and to decrease coverage by the news media of our lives, our government and of our capitalistic system?

What will the consumer of the future base their decisions, their votes, their lives on?

And what would Mark Twain think?

First published 12/9/2009

Today's Web Site Circus

Assorted interesting web sites I stumbled upon...

Please feel free to suggest others in your responses.

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Unit 7

Unit  # 7

In Unit 7 we review for the midterm. In addition we will look at further details on the concepts of the course including proofs, codes, the communication model, critical listening and critical thinking, donatives and connotative word meanings and usage, evidence, research and other terms and concepts you need to master for this course.

This review is essential to do well in the course and to fully use the concepts of the course to help make your life better and to understand the communication world around you, and how it impacts you and everyone else. Keep in mind that knowledge is power, education is repetition and that the most anyone can listen is 50%, often far less.

Click on "read more" below for term review outlines, definitions and advice.

Unit 8 Notes

Com 101 notes

Unit 8 Notes and Review
3-4-10 draft
Art Lynch

Unit # 8 Notes

Unit 8 covers the entire course to date, including but not limited to: research, references, interviewing, Q&A, visual aids, impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, language use, as well as continued midterm review of all concepts.

This unit includes important details on research, designs or structures, speech presentation and what each type of speech entails.

The course moves very quickly, so be sure to plan ahead, do your work and be prepared to speak on the day you signed up for. There are no guarantees of make-goods.

Click on "read more" to review notes, comments and advice.

Unit 6

Unit 6 Notes

The Demonstration and informative speech, including your outlines, require you review the material in this units posting, and read all of the chapters to date (see unit 5 posting)

The requirements for grading, testing and discussion are cumulative and grow increasingly strict and important as the point level of your assignments grows. Keep that in mind and stay on top of al required reading, research, projects and notes.

Unit 6 introduces you to or further advances your knowledge of outlining, research, eye contact, the use of visual aids, research, informative speaking and reviews key concepts that will appear on the midterm.

You should also be starting on your informative and persuasive speech research and preparation (yes, this early in the term!).

We'll begin with the midterm review...

Click on "read more" to review unit six outline notes and definitions.

Brought to you by unions: The Weekends

How unions, church, synagogs and and anti-union industrialist brought us weekends.

Worth a listen Labor Day or any other weekend.

At this time of high stakes for all workers,  ten percent unemployment nationally, top heavy home mortgages and sharp political divides in Congress, it may be good to step back and think about the bigger picture of who we are as we do out jobs and go to work.

Consider the role performed by the American Labor Movement.

As you enjoy a three day weekend, most Americans will not even give a thought to what the day represents or the weekend that precedes it.

And remember those who died in Haymarket Square

Plus actions you can take today....

First published 9-7-2009


Terrorist Nukes

 "For those focused on the risks of proliferation among states, The Nuclear Tipping Point should be required reading . . . . one hopes that the experts will take note of its insights about future nonproliferation challenges."

--"The Next Nuclear Wave," by Jon B. Wolfsthal, Foreign Affairs, Jan/Feb 2005

Morning Edition on NPR features a look at the bleak future of the inevitable: the use of nuclear weapons or technology by terrorist.

The book" Nuclear Tipping Point" looks at the need to change how we look at nuclear proliferation, and to move away from nuclear power as a world. The reasons are simple...waste and terrorism. Nations, groups and organizations are now able to attain the building blocks needed to weaponise the power of the atom. Unlike the past, where the ability to strike back was deterrent enough, and nations with such power were vested in the world community, today small countries, dictators, government less societies and small groups bent on terror can obtain the tools and build the weapons. Small-scale weapons can be destructive far behind conventional arms. Larger scale can be purchased and used in ways never dreamt of in previous years.

The documentary Nuclear Tipping Point , narrated by Michael Douglas, features interviews with four former U.S. government officials — all dedicated Cold War warriors when they were in office — who now advocate the elimination of nuclear weapons. Three years ago, Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, Sam Nunn and William Perry wrote an op-ed arguing that it is time to begin ridding the world of nuclear weapons. That sparked a movement, and producers hope the film can take it further.  

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First published 1/10/10