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Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
7:23 pm
2:01 pm
Spammers Exploit Pope's Death
Spammers Exploit Pope's Death

The article suggests that “spammers are using the name of the late Pope Jean Paul II to provoke interest in a get-rich-quick scheme.” After reading this article I considered the idea that the media was also using the Pope’s name and death as a means of increasing sales and revenue, however, we do not consider this type of exploitation to be a scam. What do you think sets media exploitation aside from others who try to take advantage of similar opportunities?
Sunday, April 10th, 2005
3:37 pm
Myth: Pope as Hero, Schiavo as Victim
This article pertaining to the media coverage of the Terri Schiavo case was taken from the op-ed section of The Nation's April 18th print:

Schiavo as Prologue

The first paragraph of the article suggests the Schiavo case to be a "media-driven distraction from pressing issues of war and the economy." When reading this article it occurred to me that not only is the media coverage pertaining to the Pope a prime example of the myth of the hero, but the Schiavo case is also a perfect example of myth. However, in contrast to the myth of the hero, media coverage of Terri Schiavo portrays her, and her family, as victims.

Furthermore, the article suggests that the media’s depiction of Schiavo as a victim to be driven by political motivations, in addition to its economic and entertainment value as a human interest story. I cannot help but think that President Bush’s reference to the Pope as a “hero of our ages” to also be a political motivation:

Bush Calls Pope 'Hero of the ages'
Associated Press
Thursday, April 7th, 2005
3:58 pm
Media Trends: Pope Coverage
Quite a switch from the overwhelming Michael Jackson trial updates in the news', is the media's recent obsession with the pope's death. And the article I have featured here suggests that this trend in our news media is not going to change anytime soon. In addition, the article predicts that the selection of a new pope will preoccupy CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, dominating media coverage over the next month. I think this story fits ideally into the concept of news stories as myth and furthermore, entertainment. What do you guys think?

MEDIA TRENDS: Suddenly, TV news shows can't get enough of the pope

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005
1:39 pm
Desperate Housewives Photo Shoot: American Entertainment at its Best
This article is an ideal means through which we can all see how shallow and petty the entertainment industry thinks Americans are. Although something to think about is the fact that the article caught my attention while surfing the web for news pertaining to entertainment, so much so, that I decided to share it with you guys via my daily blog.

'Housewives' Lose It At Pix Shoot
1:27 pm
Michael Jackson: Maximizing our Entertainment
How does everyone feel about the way in which the news media covers entertainer Michael Jackson's trial?

I was able to find tons of articles pertaining to the details of Jackson's trial, but here is the most recent article I could find via a Google news search:

Housekeeper: Jackson showered with young houseguest
Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
8:48 pm
War: A Means of Entertainment
Through the United States mainstream media, war is portrayed as a spectator sport and although spectators are unable to participate in combat themselves, they are able to partake in the excitement and entertainment of war via their televisions.

Here are some interesting articles and quotes I found pertaining to the idea of war as entertainment:

How Can War Be Wholesome Family Entertainment?

"War is made entertaining for audiences because the real war is not shown."

Do Media Know That War Kills?

"When media fail to acknowledge the hundreds of thousands of deaths that U.S. policy has contributed to in Iraq, they obscure the plain fact that war is always, in its own right, a humanitarian disaster."

Current Mood: good
Wednesday, March 30th, 2005
7:06 pm

Fownews.com’s article “PBS Shoots for Strength in Face of FCC Scrutiny,” suggests that “PBS has become ‘afraid of programming with a point of view.’” Hesitation by media organizations, such as PBS, about where the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) draws the line on indecent programming has resulted in the "self-censorship" of broadcast television networks. However, this self-censorship often results in a chilling effect of news broadcast organizations, who now have to be careful about what they report or broadcast via their airwaves. As a result of the FCC's ambiguity on rules of indecency and profanity, media broadcasters often avoid reporting on controversial issues. Unfortunately, media broadcasters suffer flak whether they decide to cover controversial issues or not. Therefore, with no definite regulations on indecency or profanity, the use of self-censorship is a serous problem for the media industry.

So when will the FCC clarify the profanity rules for media broadcasters?

“PBS has been waiting since May 2004 for the FCC to respond to an appeal asking the commission to clarify profanity rules. The FCC declined to comment on this story, and calls to the five commissioners were not returned.”

It appears that the FCC is in no rush to set any definitive rules on indecency or profanity in broadcast television.

Current Mood: stressed
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
10:54 am
Pornography, Obscenity and Censorship
Among these articles are three varying perspectives on pornography, obscenity and censorship. Which argument do you think makes the most sense? Do you think there were any additional perspectives which were not represented through these three articles?

Pornography, Obscenity and the Case for Censorship
Irving Kristol

Pornography Happens to Women
Andrea Dworkin

Feminism and Free Speech: Pornography
“Feminist for Free Expression”
Monday, March 28th, 2005
11:09 pm
Censorship: The Decency Police
TIME Magazine

The Decency Police

A year after Janet Jackson, activists and Congress are revving up their drive to clean up the airwaves. Now cable may be next. Has TV gone too far—or have its critics?

Take a look and decide for yourself:


Current Mood: tired
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