Saturday, July 14, 2012
On July 12, 1962, AT&T's satellite Telstar 1 became the first commercial spacecraft to beam television images from the United States to Europe. But the satellite soon began to malfunction. Cold War radioactivity scrambled its instruments. Host Scott Simon talks to engineer Walter Brown, who helped build the satellite.
DirecTV subscribers looking to plop the kids in front of the TV to watch Nickelodeon this weekend will likely have to use Netflix instead.
Although talks between the satellite broadcaster and Viacom Inc., parent of cable channels MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and VH1 continue, reaching a deal before the end of the weekend seems unlikely. DirecTV subscribers have been without Viacom's channels since Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, the war of words continues. Viacom has been bombarding the airwaves and newspapers with ads critical of DirecTV and encouraging its subscribers to switch to other distributors. It even made an ad spoofing DirecTV's popular commercials about what happens if you don't have its service (see above).
DirecTV is countering with its own campaign about how it is trying to draw a line in the sand on rising programming costs with Viacom, as well launching new ads promoting itself versus rival satellite broadcaster Dish, which has been very aggressive in trying to woo new subscribers.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants"
What does this mean?
Is it being used properly today?
Is it applicable today?
Is it calling for the violent overthrow of the government?
Is it limited to the situation and time when it was written?
Is it meant as a justification for democracies send military into battle?
Did it belong on Timothy McVeigh's T Shirt worn in Oklahoma City?
Does it apply at modern day "tea parties"?
Can it be taken as threat against the life of the president?
Can it be taken as a threat against the life of any government elected official?
Does it justify terrorism?
What are your further thoughts on this popular T shirt slogan?
What communication concepts, terms, ideas and practices apply to its use?
Does this overuse of what is a small portion of just one of the thousands of historic writings of Thomas Jefferson mean we are bypassing change through honest discourse, debate and the Democratic process?
Can the extremes of our political and society be resolved without a literal interpretation of the "tree of liberty" quote?
First published 9-2-09
Designs/ Organization structures
1. See previous week’s note postings
2. See textbook (as always)
3. Use appropriate and best design for your topic / goals
4. All designs may be used but the four best for informative are
5. Spatial Design
a. Effective for describing places, locations or locating subjects within a physical setting
b. Ordered by physical location or size, or special relationship or connection
c. Determine a starting point and proceed in an orderly manner
d. Complete patterns of descriptions to satisfy an audience need for closure
6. Sequential Design
a. Move audiences through time
b. Effective for showing times steps
c. Effective for showing change over time
d. Effective for placing in historical perspective
e. See previous notes and text for types of sequential design
f. Includes random sequence, sequence, motivated sequence and chronological designs
g. Chronological puts main points in order of time
h. Sequential orders main points in terms of place in a particular process or puts them into a numbered order so that the audience may follow a process
7. Categorical Design
a. Appropriate for subjects with natural or customary divisions
b. Suggested that 2 to 5 categories be used
c. Begin and end with the most interesting categories
d. Tie category relationships together
e. See previous notes and text for additional information
f. Main points do not have to have an inherent relation to each other
8. Comparative Designs
a. Helpful with new, abstract or difficult subjects
b. Helpful for describing changes
c. Helpful contrasting differing issues and proposals
d. Best to relate one topic to something the audience already understands
e. There are three types of comparative design
1. A literal analogy draws subjects from the same field of expertise
2. A figurative analogy draws subjects form differing fields of expertise
3. Comparison and contact design points to similarities and/or differences
9. Causation Design
a. Explains a situation, condition, or event in terms of the causes that led up to it.
State GOP Plan for attacking budget crisis includes 7.5 percent cuts to state spending on higher education and K-12 education, tuition increases but not tax increases. It rejects the notion that previous cuts have sliced education to as low as it can be in costs. Republicans want wage and other concessions from employees in all K and higher education, and most state positions (beyond the furloughs and cuts already made). It rejects Democrats plans to tax or ask for advance payment of taxes from gaming and mining. the Republicans are only asking the Nevada Gaming Control Board to raise another $4.2 million by increasing the investigation fee for licensees from about $80 to $115 per hour. The Republican proposal borrows from the property fund, potentially increasing future debt.
Meanwhile the Nevada Resort Association announced tonight that the gaming industry won’t agree to a Democratic plan to obtain $32 million more a year from casinos to help balance the state budget.
"Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither."
10 years ago on 12-12-2011, the 2000 presidential race finally came to an end, as by a margin of only one vote, the US Supreme Court decided not to require a recount in the land of the "hanging chads", Florida, giving the contested and tight vote to George W Bush. His opponent, Vice President Al Gore, easily won the popular vote but in the all important electoral college the race teetered on one state and a small number of disputed votes. Later in a complete recount, non-binding since the election had been certified, it was found that Gore did win a majority in Florida.