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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Three major forms of persuasive speaking

                                               i.     Corresponds to their relative functions
                                             ii.     Speeches addressing attitudes and values
1.     Aimed at forming, reforming or reinforcing what people believe or think they believe
2.     Aimed at forming, reforming or reinforcing how people feel or think they feel about something
3.     Paves the way for speeches urging action
4.     Need to begin with common ground
                                            iii.     Speeches seeking direct response
1.     Goes behind attitude change
2.     Seek individual or Group actions
3.     Provide good reason to overcome caution
                                            iv.     Speeches of contention
1.     May be suitable if audiences are split on a topic
2.     Should target uncommitted listeners
3.     May target reasonable opponents open to change or reform
4.     Use tactful, carefully documented arguments and counter arguments
                                              v.     Speeches that are intended to shock and undermine strongly opposed audiences
1.     Usually a poor choice for action,
2.     But good to start a process of challenge, compromise and change
3.     Use rarely and with caution
4.     Best using Pathos and Mythos
5.     Use of humor should be considered but used carefully

Avery Schreiber on The Muppet Show

Blowing My Own Horn (because so many assume the least or worst of us all)

I was part of the SAG Foundation Improv Comedy Workshop, which has led me to the following observation.

Maybe I should blow my own trumpet more often. But then with the way so many in this town over promote my actual experience may be taken as just an effort to be up to their standards. No one should worry about anyone else. We all have things to offer, gifts to share and crosses to bear.We are all human and we all have a right to study, perform, teach, and live life as we see fit.

Why do locals here in Nevada not respect that I was on the main stage with Shelly Long, George Wendt and Jim Belushi while I was a part of the Second City workshops in Chicago? Why do they not respect my training with Avery Schreiber, Dick Wilson, Joseph Bernard and others?

I have not done a SAG Conservatory since Adrienne Garcia Mann stepped down as chair? I have not been asked. Charlie DiPinto and I did several as co-leads and they were very successful, and I did cold reading and on camera workshops on my own or with other local coaches. Why have I not been asked to return to the Nevada SAG conservatory which I helped get off its feet and running?

My north side professional Chicago theatre experience, professional commercial and voice over background and my work with theater companies in the pre-IMDB era go ignored as some disgruntled (or jealous) actors toss stones without knowing the target they are shooting at.

I have taught acting here in Las Vegas since 1990 with the focus of helping and promoting the student, the talent and not myself. I generally work for others instead of promoting my own name and inflating my ego.

I currently teach through Casting Call Entertainment, the Boulder City Park and Recreation Center and private lessons. I also teach other subjects for college credit through the College of Southern Nevada, Everest College and the University of Phoenix.

I am on the air, with my voice heard for 18 hours each Sunday as the local host for Nevada Public Radio statewide, locally on KNPR 88-9, and have been for 11 years.

Anyway.....consider this vented.

Seeing my fellow performers talk and perform as part of the SAG Foundation on-line web series made me want to take a moment to sing my own praise, blow my own trumpet and vet a bit on the word on the street I listened to but did not respond to during my campaign to be reelected to the National Board of
Screen Actors Guild.

Forgive me.

And thank you again to those of you
who voted for me. I am grateful, and humbled.

Art Lynch

Posted 9-14-11

Student on Unions

Unfortunately many people do not think unions do anything for them if they didn't specifically save their own butt at work. They fail to realize how it helps organizations as a whole. For example at TSA many of us have been fighting for a union for the past 10 years because we have been so badly treated by management and have been given very little rights and little pay. With laws placed after 9/11 it made it so the agency could hire fire and punish at will. They made their own policies on how and when we were able to use our paid leave. They fail to follow basic labor laws on a regular basis. Many workers have been fired for no apparent reason and has just made all the workers terrified of management.The union has been fighting with us all along but officially stepped in late last year and has been on a long road to help bring us basic benefits and ensuring management is held accountable for their actions and treating the workforce fair.

Many criticize unions without realizing many of their basic work rights throughout the country now were brought about by stubborn unions who believed Americans have rights in the workplace and will fight for them with all their power.

I saw a commercial for station casinos who say the workforce do not want a union but the "big union bullies" keep harassing them and that unions are a bad thing. I agree if an organization as a whole feels they do not need a union, good for them. But it does not mean unions are a bad thing and should be dismissed all together. There are too many organizations who need someone on their side and fighting for their rights and needs because the company treats their workers unfairly.

Krystle Gerber
Com 101 4080
Mon 6-850


Today women hold 52% of all professional jobs, represent 54% of college graduates and control and estimated 73% of overall expenses. Law and med school are breaking records each year in number and percentage of female graduates each year. How is this changing society, and how will it impact future decisions?

Does Mitt Romney Care About Jobs or Just Making Money?

Baseball PS

You have to listen to this one, not read it. Scott Simon explains baseball in this NPR feature. It includes a segment of one of Steve Goodman's baseball homages. See also the First World Series.

Save Pickfair Studios

Demolition of Pickford Building

Pandora Users up almost 60%

Pandora's Tim Westergren
 Photo: Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren. Credit: Ryan Anson / Bloomberg

From the LA Times Company Town Blog. Click here for the latest industry news.

Pandora Media Inc.'s stock may have been on the decline, but the number of listeners for its online radio service has kept growing.

The Oakland company said Thursday that the number of active listeners (that is, people who have used the service at least once in the past 30 days) grew to 51 million in March, up 59% from a year earlier.

The amount of time users spend listening also grew -- to more than 1 billion hours last month, from 567 million hours in March 2011. Each Pandora listener spent more time on average with the service as well, about 19.6 hours in March compared with 17.7 hours a year ago.

But the increase in listening hours is a double-edged sword. Pandora must pay royalties on every song its service plays, so as the hours rack up, so do Pandora's licensing costs.

Still, the company could use a splash of good news. Its stock suffered a punishing 19% drop last month after it posted higher-than-expected losses and projected lower revenue for its first quarter this year. It closed down 13 cents to $9.92 Thursday, far below its $16 initial public offering price in June.

Wall Street analysts were heartened by the company's audience gains.

"We’re encouraged by Pandora’s share gains, and we continue to believe the company will improve mobile monetization as the regional sales force expands and audience measurement comparable with radio materializes," J.P. Morgan analysts Doug Anmuth and Shelby Taffer wrote in a note to investors.

But Anmuth and Taffer cautioned against popping the champagne cork just yet. Citing an article in the Wall Street Journal, they noted that major companies could follow Proctor & Gamble's recent move to crack down on employee usage of "bandwidth intensive" services at work, including Netflix and Pandora.

"About 18% of radio listening takes place in the workplace, and we believe many companies already prohibit access to streaming media sites," Anmuth and Taffer wrote. "We would not want to see this become a trend."

Pandora shares plummet on loss
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Slacker's human-centric approach to Internet radio

-- Alex Pham
Photo: Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren. Credit: Ryan Anson / Bloomberg 

How Mitt Romney's Firm Tried — And Failed — To Build A Paper Empire

Mitt Romney, shown here when he was president of Bain Capital.

 Mitt Romney, shown here when he was president of Bain Capital.

 by Zoe Chace

Mitt Romney is campaigning as a businessman who knows how to turn the economy around — a skill he says he learned during his time turning companies around, as president of the private equity firm Bain Capital. 

So today, we're going to take a look at two deals that Bain did while Mitt Romney was heading the firm. This afternoon, we'll tell the story of one of Bain's successes.

In this story, we look at one of the deals that didn't turn out so well. Click "read more" to read the story or the link under the photo to listen to the report.

Hunger Games to Chew Up Competition Again. WGN and KTLA back on Direct TV. Yahoo and Facebook to take on Google.

Titanic will be in a close race for No 1 at the box office this weekend
Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet star in "Titanic." Credit: Paramount Pictures

The odds are in his favor: There are few better positions in Hollywood than to be a key piece of talent on a blockbuster film without a contract for the sequel. That's where "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross is right now, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Still, the trade publication says Ross, who was paid $3 million to write and direct the movie, will likely strike a deal to come back for follow-up "Catching Fire," rather than be replaced.That's what happened to the original "Twilight" helmer, Catherine Hardwicke.

Still the victor: Speaking of "The Hunger Games," it didn't lose 13-days-and-running No. 1 box office spot yesterday. "Titanic 3D" opened to a solid $4.5 million (give or take) reports Deadline, putting it behind Katniss and her pals from Panem.
Also in the Los Angeles Times: Don Ohlmey

 Hunger Games to Sink Titanic? The '90s may be back at the multiplex this weekend, but that decade's comeback could be thwarted by a more of-the-moment movie event:  "The Hunger Games."
For the third consecutive weekend, the blockbuster based on Suzanne Collins' popular novel is expected to top the box office. The film starring Jennifer Lawrence has already raked in over $260  million domestically and could collect another $30 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.

Still, the fantasy epic will face competition from two new entries, the fourth big-screen installment in Universal Pictures' raunchy "American Pie" franchise, and a 3-D version of James Cameron's classic 1997 epic "Titanic."

"American Reunion," which brings the class of 1999 back together for a high school homecoming, will likely start off with around $25 million. Paramount Pictures' revamped "Titanic" release opened on Wednesday and grossed $4.4 million, and will probably collect about $25 million in total by weekend's end.

The first "American Pie" was released in 1999, when the comedy with an infamous scene featuring a teenage boy having sex with an apple pie became a box-office hit. It went on to gross $235 million worldwide and spawned two sequels, which also collected well over $200 million a piece.

After the release of 2003's "American Wedding," however, Universal decided to downscale the franchise. The studio proceeded to release four straight-to-DVD spinoffs, none of which included the original cast — save for father figure Eugene Levy.

The home video sales proved to be impressive enough that Universal decided to bring the gang back together for a reunion film, co-financing it with Relativity Media for around $50 million. The Comcast Corp.-owned studio is notoriously short on franchises, with only its "Fast & Furious" and "Bourne" spy series finding success at the box office in recent years.

This weekend, "American Reunion" — which has earned decent critical reviews —  is expected to appeal largely to young males. The movie will also open overseas in 26 foreign countries, including Russia and Australia.

The 3-D update of "Titanic," meanwhile, is hitting theaters in most major countries. After opening in 1997, the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as star-crossed lovers on the sinking ship broke records when it grossed $1.8 billion globally. At the time, though, theaters were scarce in countries like China and Russia, where moviegoing is now extremely popular.

Twentieth Century Fox, which is releasing the film internationally, is hoping this means the new version will rake in a significant chunk of change abroad this time around. Fox and Paramount co-financed the 3-D conversion for $18 million.

3-D re-releases have had a mixed track record at the box office in recent months. Last September, "The Lion King 3D" ended up doing surprisingly well, grossing $94 million by the end of its run. A 3-D conversion of "Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace," released in February, made a less impressive $43 million.

YahooSignPhoto: Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press.

Time to replace the ! with a :( symbol: Yahoo laid off 2,000 workers Wednesday in the latest effort to finally get the Web portal back on solid footing in the age of search and social media. However, new CEO Scott Thompson has yet to discuss just what his recovery plan actually is. Coverage from AllThingsD, which has been very on top of this story, and the L.A. Times. Meanwhile, at another Web portal that used to be a big deal in the '90s, Arianna Huffington is consolidating power at AOL, reports the New York Times.

 Photo: DirecTV dish. Credit: Associated Press

Peace in our time: 23 Tribune stations including L.A.'s KTLA are back on DirecTV after the two sides resolved their dispute — the latest in a series of spats over carriage fees between cable or satellite companies and channel owners. As the L.A. Times' Joe Flint points out, it may not be a coincidence that the matter was settled on opening day of baseball season — which fans in some Tribune-DirecTV markets might have missed. Ticked off fans of "Supernatural" (the cult favorite CW show that airs on many Tribune-owned affiliates) are one thing, but baseball fans are quite another.

WGN is back on Direct TV. Tribune Co. television stations, including KTLA-TV Los Angeles, are coming back to satellite broadcaster DirecTV.

After a very public feud, DirecTV reached a five-year agreement late Wednesday to pay Tribune to carry its 23 local television stations around the country and its national cable channel WGN America.

With more than 19 million subscribers, DirecTV is the second-largest pay-TV operator behind Comcast Corp. It has a market share of around 20% in Los Angeles.

KTLA returned to the air shortly before 6 p.m.

“We are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement with DirecTV and to return our valuable news, entertainment and sports programming to DirecTV subscribers,” said Nils Larsen, Tribune Broadcasting president. “On behalf of Tribune Broadcasting, I want to thank viewers across all of our markets for their support, understanding and patience during the negotiating process — we truly regret the service interruptions of the last several days.”

DirecTV Executive Vice President Derek Chang said the satellite broadcaster was pleased that "Tribune and their creditors now recognize that all DirecTV wanted from day one was to pay fair market rates for their channels .... we are very happy to close the deal and put this behind us.”

Tribune, which is also the parent of the Los Angeles Times, had pulled its stations from DirecTV last weekend. The next few days saw both companies take public shots at each other. DirecTV accused Tribune of reneging on an agreed-upon deal, which Tribune denied. Then DirecTV filed a complaint against Tribune with the Federal Communications Commission, charging that creditors of bankrupt Tribune, not its management, are calling the shots for the stations.

That the fight was resolved on the opening day of the baseball season is probably not a coincidence. Many of Tribune's stations, including WGN-TV Chicago and WPHL-TV Philadelphia, have rights to local teams, and sports fans can be very vocal when denied their home team's games.

Disputes between programmers and distributors over fees have become very common over the past few years, although it is still rare that channels are pulled down. Broadcasters such as Tribune are eager to collect so-called retransmission consent fees from cable and satellite operators.
While distributors initially resisted paying broadcasters to carry their signals, it has become an accepted practice. In this case, DirecTV and Tribune were haggling over price. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Daily Dose: Thomas Tull's Legendary Entertainment has had great luck in the movies it invests in, taking a piece of such blockbuster hits as "The Dark Knight," "300" and "The Hangover." Now it has raised $275 million in equity and debt, slightly more than the $250 million that this very paper (and this very reporter) said it was close to raising just last week. That gives it even more leeway as Tull invests more in his own slate of movies and tries to expand into TV and comics. The ultimate goal? Probably an initial public offering sometime in the next few years.

Viacom's $1-billion infringement suit against YouTube revived
Photo: Former Federal Election Commission Chairman Trevor Potter joins Stephen Colbert and "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart on "The Colbert Report." Credit: Kristopher Long / Comedy Central 

Viacom goes after YouTube Money. A federal appeals court judge has revived a $1-billion copyright infringement lawsuit by Viacom Inc. against Google Inc.'s YouTube.

Viacom had sued YouTube in 2007, claiming that the online video site allowed users to post segments of its popular TV shows, including Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants" without authorization.

The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday sent the matter back to federal district court and instructed the judge to determine whether YouTube knew about the infringing content but turned a blind eye.

Judge Jose A. Cabranes wrote that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's "safe harbor" provides online sites protection against copyright infringement. The district court ruled in June 2010 that those protections extended to YouTube because they lacked sufficient notice of the individual infringements -- some 79,000 individual clips uploaded from 2005 to 2008.

Cabranes vacated the district court's summary judgment finding "because a reasonable jury could conclude that YouTube had knowledge or awareness ... at least with respect to a handful of specific clips." 

Viacom issued a statement Thursday applauding the decision, noting,  “The court delivered a definitive, common sense message -- intentionally ignoring theft is not protected by the law.”
YouTube lauded the court's interpretation of the protections awarded under the copyright law and sought to minimize the impact of the ruling.

"All that is left of the Viacom lawsuit that began as a wholesale attack on YouTube is a dispute over a tiny percentage of videos long ago removed from YouTube," the company said in a statement. "Nothing in this decision impacts the way YouTube is operating. YouTube will continue to be a vibrant forum for free expression around the world."

We have a plan for a plan: Speaking of companies trying to turn things around, new Sony CEO Kaz Hirai will outline his new business plan on April 12, reports Reuters. Unfortunately for him, though, a key element of his plan was already leaked in the trades, reporting that Taylor Lautner will appear in Sony Pictures' "Grown Ups 2."

HBO Go a go for Comcast: Microsoft's announcement last week that HBO Go is coming to the Xbox 360 game console lost some sizzle when it turned out customers of the two biggest cable companies, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, couldn't access it. Now the New York Times reports that Comcast is on the verge of closing a deal to resolve that. No word on Time Warner Cable, though, the largest cable provider in Southern California. I should note that as a Dish Network customer, I've already got HBO Go on my Xbox and it's pretty sweet.

— Ben Fritz
Follow me on Twitter. I'm slightly less of a curmudgeon than Joe Flint.

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Practice for Final Exam

Young Frankenstein Putting On The Ritz

Ron Paul Robots

Out of the blue last night came 36 generic posts supporting Ron Paul, some totally unrelated to the item they were posted in response to. Since they were unsigned I have to assume they did not come from students. If you sent one please resend with your signature.

Robots have infested blogging. They send messages that are pre-written and often unrelated to the content of the text being read. They also alert human volunteers who respond, usually within a few minutes of the post.

The last time this happened it was paid for by the pro-Yucca Mountain dump folks.

I hope this is not the sort of campaign Ron Paul is running and is a rouge supporter.

This blog has a small readership (mostly current students) so it should not generate as many fast responses...therefore a Robot must be the cause.

It is why I screen posts, not to censor my students.

Watch out, in this electronic age we are being invaded by spies, worms and robots!

First Posted 10-24-2012

We are gaining jobs under the Obama Administration

Mitt Romney claimed this morning that he created more jobs in Massachusetts as governor "than this president's created in the entire country." This chart shows the reality of President Obama's strong record on job creation—21 straight months of it.

First posted 1-4-12