OldThoughts Category

iVillage?

Describing itself as a “web based media company dedicated to serving the needs of adult women through online communities and various content areas,” iVillage Inc. has undoubtedly lived up to its slogan as the daily destination for women. Currently owned by NBCUniversal, the viral community focuses on a wide range of female oriented topics including: Astrology, […]

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Farewell, Mr. Clark.

No matter where in the world I would be, the last few hours of each and every New Year’s Eve were always spent rocking it out with”America’s oldest teenager,” Dick Clark. The famed radio and television personality has without a doubt, contributed effortlessly and endlessly to the worlds of media and broadcasting. His recent passing, […]

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Copyright Criminals.

As we delve deeper and deeper into this new digital era, the plethora of new opportunities and technological advances that constantly surround us seem only to further the already long list of issues regarding property rights. In an age where hardly anything is truly inaccessible, the once-minimal controversies surrounding copyright and free content have become […]

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Wikipedia.

Having become “the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet,” Wikipedia’s own personal entry introduces the revolutionary site as “a free, collaborative, multilingual Internet encyclopedia supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.” And unfortunately, I, along with 365 million other individuals, have come to rely rather heavily on the Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger […]

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Kony 2012…?

As we have continuously discussed, the media undoubtedly holds a great power over the thoughts and opinions of our current society. With up-to-the minute news stories and a variety of manipulative videos circling the digital world, it is not at all difficult for our ideals to be swayed because of this constant propaganda that looms […]

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Henry Jenkins.

Earlier last week, our afternoon class had the pleasure of hearing a variety of very wise thoughts from one of America’s most respected media analysts, Henry Jenkins. The former MIT Media Studies Professor and author of the 2006 best seller, Convergence Culture, presented us with a fascinating discussion about the huge impacts that social media […]

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Linsanity.

From media outlets in New York to San Francisco and everywhere in between, we’ve read the stories. From everyday sports chats to comments by top sports talk radio personalities, we’ve heard the buzz. And from arena signs and celebrity tweets to every seemingly possible pun, few of us have not been affected by this new […]

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The Medium is the Massage.

A.N. Whitehead’s quote, “It is the business of the future to be dangerous,” brilliantly ends Quentin Fiore’s visual metaphor of Marshall McLuhan’s original thoughts on media and communication– And it is, without a doubt, very true. Whether we like it or not, the rise of media and technology in modern society is utterly inevitable. As McLuhan so […]

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WikiLeaks.

By now, it would be safe to say that there is not a certain individual in our world who has not heard at least something about the controversies surrounding Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks. Depicted as “an international online self-described not-for-profit organization that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources, news leaks, […]

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Juan Devis.

Throughout the years, the city of Los Angeles has gone through its fair share of change. Most of these cultural shifts, however, have shed quite a negative light on a city of supposed angels. According to KCET Departures, this “city of sprawl,” along with a horrible reputation, is “a place with no center and no […]

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