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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

18 to 49...seniors expendable for media and society media reflects?

What happened to our society's respect for elders. Television and films both count you as dead over 49 as they chase younger audiences, comedy sharp with disrespect, fewer seniors living with their families and experienced workers in their 40's and up being pushed out for lower paid young turks...How will this change our society? Or is it too late?

Mediated Communication, Part I

Electronic Media is not just for Mass Communication. We can communicate in many mediated ways (using the tools of visual, audio aids or using actual media enhanced communications such as a telephone or computer). EMC, Electronically mediated communications takes place whenever you use electronic devices as the primary channel in your communication process.

Cell phones, telephones, video phones, computers, e-mail, text messaging, electronic chatting, message boards, blogs, video cameras, audio recordings and other electronic tools and enhancements are the tools of modern mediated communication. For interpersonal to take place there must be a two way immediate or delayed communication.

Some studies have shown that mediated communication has made life better and decreased stress and interpersonal conflicts. In Afghanistan for the first time in history, most members of the armed services have access to real time immediate telephone and video (Skype and others) communication with their loved ones on a scheduled if not regular basis. The quality of the communication is high, despite a lack of touch, smell and physical intimacy in the transaction. Families keep in touch over long distances with phones, texts, e-mail and tools including Skype and Go-to-Meeting.

There is an immediate transactional response in most mediated communication. This communication is said to be synchronous, or at the same time.

Asynchronous communication is a message that is not read, heard or seem at the same time as it is transmitted. A good example is a letter. There is delay or even a lack of response.

Synchronous messages are those that are sent and received simultaneously, instantly from when they are sent and received. Feedback is usually also immediate.

Is Higher Education a Right?

Earlier this week it happened. Officially. American's student debt burden passed the one TRILLION dollar mark, according to -- which has a clock running on the site. The average student graduates college with $24,000 in loans. But for many of them, that's just a drop in the bucket.

College costs are rising 8-10 percent a year. Graduates are facing an economy with 8 percent unemployment. Employers are demanding college degrees as a bare minimum. This issue is even gaining traction in the presidential campaign. So we had a conversation with Robert Reich -- former labor secretary, current Berkeley professor and author of "Beyond Outrage" -- and Neal McCluskey, associate director of Cato's Center for Educational Freedom.

The conversation between the two guests revealed it's not a simple matter of "yes" or "no" to government student aid. Take a listen to the full half-hour interview.

Go to Public Radio International's Marketplace by clicking here.

New Look

Reports of the blog loading slow or having trouble loading on Windows 8 machines using the new Explorer have me experimenting with a simpler design.

Please let me know if this loads faster, is easier to read, or if you do not like this new format?

Art Lynch 31ers Dissertation and APA samples

My dissertation (approved!!!)

I am now Dr. Lynch.

Has APA inside references and at end.

All "academic sources".

Good sample if you are to use it.

Can Evolution Breed Better Communities?

Evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson believes that evolutionary principles work not just at the genetic level, but also on the community level. He contends that evolution is among the factors that drive community involvement. Guest host John Ydstie speaks to Sloan Wilson about his new book, The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time.

For the audio story, go to Weekend Edition Sunday at NPR News  (click here).

Washington PR knows nothing of local needs and ground logistics

Public relations and publicity are often miss used or run by the wrong people from the wrong place. BP tried to do it from London rather than on the ground in New Orleans, then had a Brit as as spokesman in the US. Both mistakes.

There are many other examples of how publicity, public relations and constituency affairs are orchestrated and how decisions are made, for better or worse

Now the Democratic Party has made a blunder on a local level.

Let me start off by telling you about a roommate back when I was full time in radio, before I met my wife and relocated to Las Vegas. He was an advance man for President Jimmy Carter. He taught me volumes about how advance work should be done. Pick a venue that makes it look like a real crowd no matter how few people show up. select the topic of the day rather than what may count to that audience (I remember Carter talking about agriculture and railroads in the middle of urban Chicago at an urban college campus). Third you make sure all of the needed locals are satisfied. Always the security of the speakers and dignitaries must come first, meaning tickets or screenings may be needed, particularly in this post 9-11, post Congresswoman Gifford era.

He also told me that it is vital for local interests, meaning those who have roles int he community or locals who wish to attend, to be allowed to do so. Never close the door on anyone interested in being there. Do not lock out the public (control is not rejection).

Harry Reid is doing a press event at Boulder City Hospital. 

It is invite only, but that was not widely known. 

This was a Washington beltway real mistake for several reasons. 

First, the hospital is a local non-profit Rural Hospital and really needs the local support. A bond issues needed to keep it afloat failed several years back, with only a strong hospital administrator and cuts keeping an active, historic hospital operating and serving the emergency and other needs of Boulder City and the surrounding rural areas (including Lake Mead and Senator Reid's beloved Searchlight). The people of Boulder City should have been openly invited to such an event to learn more about their hospital, community and what our government is doing for them.

Which brings me to my second point, the Democrats here in BC could use a positive way to support our president and majority leader, but only VIP's are invited. Boulder city is predominantly Republican with a city government dominated, if George Knapp is to be believed, by one church.  

Whomever in Washington made the decision does not understand local and lost a great deal of support for the president by keeping locals who support the hospital, the senator and the president away.

I mean do I look like a terrorist?

I wanted to see my Senator.

Politics and those who stage events are very beltway. While they have reasons for what they do, they often only focus on the world as viewed in the micro-economy of Washington DC and the surrounding communities politicians (and lobbyist) call home.

Shouldn't events like a press announcement and on-location presentation such as ocured today in Boulder City welcome the local community and community leaders beyond politicians and those whose only claim to fame is that they are paid as local journalist (having been one myself, I know that journalist are flawed, underpaid and simply do the job they are told to do by management).

Why not let the hospital and the community be more openly involved.

I know I was not invited. Nor was I allowed to attend. And in a call to Reid's office, the woman who took the call did not even ask my name or number.

Makes you feel valued and important, doen't it.

At least we know how the Beltway thinks about small town America.

Press release:

Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced a grant for $13,877,228 for the Boulder City Hospital. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development fund and will be used to complete a major renovation and expansion. According to the USDA, the hospital’s pharmacy, home health, lab and dietary areas will be remodeled, and surgery, physical therapy, long-term care and the admissions lobby will be renovated and expanded. The Emergency Department also will be expanded by over 5,100 square feet.

“This USDA grant will significantly improve Boulder City Hospital,” said Reid. “I am pleased that Boulder City residents will have access to the highest quality health care services and facilities. Various elements of hospital will be strengthened, from its Emergency Department to surgery areas. I will continue to work hard so Nevada communities benefit from the very best resources and amenities.”

The death of Music

Are we going through the spiritual decline of music? By this I do not mean religious music, but the creative, emotional and personal contact music has in man's souls.

When music was live no on expected it to duplicate a recording, to be the exact same every performance, there was a soul to it.There were not DJ celebrities spinning and altering the work of other artist or pre-recorded cycling background  tracks. Every performance and every recording was fresh, human and had a heat.

Lest you think I am just being old fashion with sour grapes, from Mozart to the Beatles, there have always been popular artists youth loved and older people could not understand, but until the current digital generation, the music was always best listened to live, not "interpreted by a DJ" or as background music on an iPad or Zune.

Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Magnum says that whereas once we listened to albums, with tracks intended to flow into each other and create an overall mood or story, we now listen to "singles" or Single LP's (a contradiction in terms to true music fans), often ignoring the rest of the album we downloaded at four AM when we were intoxicated. We have massive music libraries on our computers, but listen to only a small percentage of it. And when we listen, how often do we really listen to the meaning behind the lyrics, much less the emotion, meaning and communication that is the music itself?

The digital age has led to a lifetime for a song, album and sometimes an artist of only a few weeks.

-Art Lynch