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I thought for my last blog post it would be appropriate to respond to this semester’s Communication in Society class. I remember the first day of the course when each student was asked to name a particular event or story in the media that had caught their attention. The earthquake in Haiti, the Jersey Shore controversy, and the Toyota crisis were just a few of the stories named.

In the next month we began discussing the commercials that were aired during the Superbowl, especially the Dodge Charger advertisement. We also analyzed the “Women’s Last Stand” commercial, which was a spoof created in response to the original Dodge Charger. I enjoyed watching all of the Superbowl commercials and discussing the messages and undertones presented in each. We also discussed various topics written in the first textbook, such as violence and sex in the media. The statistics that we learned during this chapter were very shocking; for example, 66% of American primetime programs and 90% of the movies on television contain some sort of violence.

After we finished reading the Mass Communications textbook, we moved on to looking at the Hard Bodies book. It was really interesting to examine the hard body image that was portrayed during the Reagan era of the 1980’s. In class we talked about a few movies that depicted the hard body, such as Rocky, Rambo, Die Hard, and Top Gun. I also posted a couple of blogs about additional movies that demonstrated the hard body image, such as 2007’s Shooter.

Lastly, we talked about the Convergence Culture book. I appreciated the documentary that addressed participatory convergence culture and compared it to recreation and recombining. During the last few weeks, we also discussed transmedia storytelling, appropriation, and “jumping the shark”. I definitely enjoyed the last couple weeks of class the most out of the entire semester; I agreed with the belief that technology is changing our culture and that the law has to change as well. I think that current laws regarding piracy are stifling our generation from expressing what we call art.

Piracy Kills Music


Written by Meghan Carroll

May 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm

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