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Jul. 16th, 2007



Hello Everyone, 
My name is Barbara Nelson. I am a 21 year old senior. I am a communications major. I'm extremely excited because i'm graduating on time.  It took 19 credits and 3 summer classes just to graduate next spring.   I am not really sure what i'm going to after i graduate but i am excited just to to get through undergrad. I am originally from Newark New jersey with a caribbean background. I am currently looking for a job. So, if you see any openings let me know. 

P.S. I apologize for the late introduction. I've been really sick for the past couple of weeks.

Jul. 10th, 2007


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So here it goes. My name is Brian and I am in my fourth year at Temple and contemplating whether or not I want to pursue a career in journalism and abandon my education major. When I'm not working hard at school I like to dress up in bear costumes and make a fool of myself by drinking whatever my friends put in my red, or in this case yellow solo cup. Im pretty outgoing and enjoy trying new things, which is why I think I am giving journalism a shot. I like to write and I love sports and my plan is to put the two together and see what I can come up with. I like to have a good time, however I need to find more ways to balance out my work-time with my play-time. I hope everyone had an easier time setting this account up than I did, and hope you guys have a good rest of the summer (whats left of it at least).


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Hi everyone! My name is Shervin Golshani. I'm pretty excited to be in this course. I've always been interested in the nature of journalism and the changes new media have brought about. I produce and record music, lyrics and spoken word so media tends to have a huge impact on my daily thoughts and activities. I am a senior at Temple working on my english degree (almost done!).


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Hi....I hope I'm doing this right :-/  For our first assignment we are to introduce ourselves, so here goes...I'm a Sport and Recreation Management major and I'm a Senior! I live in Chester County, waaay too far away from Temple, but hopefully that will change within the next couple months.  Overall, I'm pretty easygoing and I'll try almost anything once.  I work a lot, but you can usually find me out in West Chester on the weekends.  Off to Ocracoke Island, NC (Outer Banks) on Saturday for two weeks...I can't wait!  Hopefully this is sufficient...I'm sure I'll talk to everyone soon!

Jun. 27th, 2007

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Definitions of Globalization
  • International Monetary Fund -The growing economic interdependence of countries worldwide through increasing volume and variety of cross-border transactions in goods and services, free international capital flows, and more rapid and widespread diffusion of technology.
  • International Forum on Globalization - The present worldwide drive toward a globalized economic system dominated by supranational corporate trade and banking institutions that are not accountable to democratic processes or national governments.

    Agents of the Globalization of Media
  • Multinational Conglomerates - Operate media outlets in multiple countries, with no “home” base.
  • Internet - Brings together news, information and community discussion from across the globe.
  • News Agencies - Deliver news to a global audience. (AP, Reuters, AFP)
  • Video News Services - Deliver video to a global audience. (AP, Reuters)
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  • Jun. 18th, 2007

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    Media and Governance

    The Fourth Estate
    The term "Fourth Estate" has been used to characaterize the press since shortly after the invention of the Gutenberg printing press. In Europe, the "Estates" referred to the stratafication of power in society. The Clergy was the First Estate, and held the most power; the Nobility was the second estate; the "people" or the masses, made up the Third Estate. Historian Thomas Carlyle used the term "Fourth Estate"in 1841 to describe the reporters who covered the activites of the English Parliament. In the United States, the term "Fourth Estate" has come to take on the meaning of a fourth "branch" of government - The Executive, the Legislative, the Judicial and the Press as the fourth - emphasizing the watchdog nature of the press in this country. As Kovich and Rosenstiel said:

    The purpose of journalism is to provide people with the information they need to be free and self-governing.

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    Jun. 15th, 2007

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    Advertising & the Economy
  • Ad expenditures = 2% of US GDP
  • Economic growth = growth in ad spending
  • Strong economy = more jobs, more disposable income, more products, more ads
  • Economies where basic goods are scarce do not have advertisements.
  • Ads exist in economies where there are choices among products, and may serve as vehicles for product comparison.

    Largest US Advertisers 2003
  • General Motors - $3.7 billion
  • Time-Warner - $2.9 billion
  • Procter & Gamble - $2.7 billion
  • Pfizer - $2.6 billion
  • Ford - $2.3 billion
  • Daimler-Chrysler - $2 billion
  • Disney - $1.8 billion
  • Johnson & Johnson - $1.8 billion
  • Sears - $1.7 billion
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    The Evolution of the Web

    DISCLAIMER: All histories are told by somebody and for some reason. This is my version of the history of the Web. Other teachers may emphasize other aspects of the story.

    Vannevar Bush

  • Director of the Office of Scientific Research during World War 2
  • Was responsible for overseeing research efforts in conjunction with building the atomic bomb.
  • Published As We May Think in 1945.
  • Bush’s Problem: “There is a growing mountain of research”
  • “…our methods of transmitting and reviewing the results of research…are totally inadequate for their purpose.”
  • Bush’s insight: Our methods of indexing data - alphabetically or numerically - do not parallel the human mind, which works by association.

    Bush’s Solution: The Memex

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    Impact of Television
  • 67% of US households have 2 or more TVs
  • 63% of US households receive 30 or more channels
  • TV is the main source of news for 70% of the US public
  • The average household views 7 hours, 12 minutes of TV daily every day
  • TV changed US lifestyles, as more spare time was spent with TV, less at civic or social gatherings

    Impact of TV on Other Media
  • Newspapers - TV took away most national advertisers from newspapers
  • Magazines - TV took away most national advertisers from magazines, forcing magazines to serve niche audiences instead of more generalized mass audiences
  • Movies - TV forced the movie industry to focus on improved production qualities (color, surround sound) to compete with TV programming
  • Radio - TV forced radio out of the narrative content programming business and into niche markets like music
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    Early Radio Timeline
  • 1895 - Guglielmo Marconi transmits first radio message
  • 1906 - Lee De Forest creates audio tube that transmits voice over radio
  • 1920 - KDKA Pittsburgh is the first commercial radio station
  • 1927 - Congress creates the Federal Radio Communications Commissioan (FRC) to regulate radio
  • 1934 - FRC becomes FCC
  • 1939 - First FM station
  • See a more detailed timeline here

    Listening to the Radio

    History of Radio Programming
  • Early 1920s - Hotel"Potted palm" music, public speeches
  • Later 1920s - Pre-recorded music, news, early narrative programming
  • 1930s - Syndicated comedy, drama and soap operas
  • 1950s - Shift to music formats
  • 1980s - Shift to niche formats

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