Thanks to Mashable.com for the list of the “20 Things Your Most Annoying Friends Do on Facebook”. OK, I admit, I’m guilty of three out of 20, 15% of what’s in the list. Advertisements

Can you tell what’s real and what’s not? When it comes to TV shows, I mean. That’s the premise behind the PBS campaign to promote quality programming. Subway ads have started appearing all over New York City, seemingly promoting “new TV shows” such as “Bad Bad Bag Boys”, “Bayou Eskimos”, “The Dillionaire” and “Married to […]

I’m sure that most of you are familiar with Amy’s Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro. No links in this post because honestly, Google will do a better job than I can in showing you what’s been said and done. Overall, it’s unbelievable how the whole thing escalated. What a lesson in social media use! […]

This year’s SHU Media Exchange will be on Thursday, May 30, 2013. SHU Media Exchange began in 2012 as a student-produced forum under the guidance of Sacred Heart University’s MACOMM faculty where the general public and media professionals come together and discuss what’s going on with the industry. As an alumnus of SHU and a […]

One day during class in first grade, our teacher told us to sit in a circle. She handed a piece of paper to one of my classmates. He read it quickly and wondered what he should do next. She told him to whisper what he read to the person next to him, who will pass […]

“Fun For All. All For Fun.” Unfortunately, Carnival doesn’t seem to be living up to their slogan lately. First there was the Carnival Triumph. Followed by Carnival Dream, Carnival Elation and Carnival Legend. All ships experienced technical problems this year. “We are very sorry for this disruption to our guests’ vacation plans and extend our […]

“Ways of Seeing” is a book on art criticism that provides readers with tools on how to “read” media as we know it – whether it is an oil painting, an advertisement, a sculpture, among others – as well as unravel the ideological assumptions that inspire and shape media to be the way it is. […]

Marshall McLuhan’s book “Understanding Media, The Extensions of Man” takes you on a journey of media history, while promoting a sense-based approach. He started his book by defining the term “medium” as “any extension of ourselves” (McLuhan, 1994, p. 7) and more specifically, an “extension of our senses” (McLuhan, 1994, p. 53). Divided into two […]

Propaganda, Politics, Love and Marriage  Edward Bernays who is considered the “father of public relations” wrote “Propaganda”. Bernays defined propaganda as “…simply establishing of reciprocal understanding between an individual and a group.” (Bernays, 2005, p. 161) Furthermore, he explained that “[m]odern propaganda is a consistent, enduring effort to create or shape events to influence the […]

Detached and Disaffected in a Media-Saturated World Neil Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” is a thought-provoking treatise that puts television under tremendous scrutiny.  Part I traced the history of media from the time of the founding fathers – how the U.S. went from a literary culture to […]