“The seven marvels that best represent man’s achievements over the last 2,000 years will be determined by Internet vote… so look for Howard Stern’s Private Parts to come in No. 1.” – Jon Stewart


This article is basically a run down of the President and his speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner. If this doesn’t highlight concepts of PR I don’t know what doesn’t. The WHCD is a basically one giant PR love-fest for the President. It’s a time for him to improve his image on a national level, through scripted jokes about his rivals to well intentioned jabs at himself, and also a time for the President to highlight issues that are important to him.  I can still remember President Bush (Jr.) and his most recent WHCD and his feeble attempts at making fun of himself to boost his approval ratings.



“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” – Edward R. Murrow



This article shows the concept of the news media as the “fourth estate” of the government. Though the article focuses mainly on the reporting and accuracy of the reporting during the Boston Marathon bombing, the article highlights a certain characteristic of the New York Times to be more complaint with the government and how the newspapers also chose not to use graphic images of the bombing. One may disagree with many papers using violent images during their reporting of the bombing, but the other side of the coin is to say that news media have an obligation to show the public everything that is happening. I suppose my main concern with the issue that that is highlighted in this article, is that the newspaper seemed to show a type of restraint when presenting the information, almost to the point of not releasing current information.

“Intellectual activity is a danger to the building of character” – Goebbels


In light of recent events in Boston, I was hard pressed not to include at least on article regarding those tragic events. The above article is speaks to me personally, because the described plan of self-exclusion from news media and info during the first few hours following an intense crisis, is exactly what I did following the marathon bombing. I believe this article demonstrates the degradation of news values in our current 24/7 news cycle. It also speaks to an issue that Professor Gulati spoke on the other day, regarding the speed of which information is expected to be produced. And in that speed mistakes are often made. Of course this begs that question of whether that is the media’s problem or the audiences problem? A fair and balanced person would say a little of both.

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish. – W.H. Auden



The above article demonstrates the horizontal integration of a public TV station with a radio station in Kansas City. This is the first time that this particular company has purchased another business that is outside its usual scope of trade.  Kansas City Public TV (KCPT) is in talks to acquire the license for KTGB a Triple A music and NPR-style news radio station. Though the license deal has not been approved by the FCC yet, the board of governors and owners of KCPT seem to be quite confident that the deal will be approved and go through. And due to constant deregulation by the government that allows companies to consolidate businesses and corner the market, I have no doubt that it will be approved with flying colors by the FCC.

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind. – Jim Morrison


Above, at least to myself, is a classic case of agenda setting by the media. The above article highlights the lack of coverage by the media of our current Administrations use of drones. Through the use of agenda setting, the media has been telling us not WHAT to think about but about what NOT to think about. Though the coverage of drones has double since 2009, the number of reports is paltry compared to the weight of the issue of foreign drone attacks. How is the citizenship supposed to stay properly informed if the gatekeepers do not let information through?


“If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn’t have declared their independence from it.” – Stephen Colbert


Above is an article which I believe demonstrates digital determinism. Due to the small secluded region that is Colorado, they only had very limited modes of media. After the collapse of the major print newspapers, it brought rise to the use of online news websites. The demise of the print newspaper lead many of the investigative journalists that worked for the local newspapers to start online investigative websites. Even though several previous newspaper staffers have started online news sites, it hasn’t completely filled the void left by the death of the Colorado news print industry. Only through a conglomerate of university print media, traditional print, and the start-up news sites, have the news media in Colorado begun to cope with the future.Image