Category Archives: Reflection

News vs. Entertainment— A Healthy Voice


News vs. Entertainment: How Increasing
Media Choice Widens Gaps in Political Knowledge and Turnout by Markus Prior
reveals the issue of ignoring politics.

With the advances of technology, the
ease and convenience of accessing political information continues to grow.  So why doesn’t everyone take advantage of it?

For those who are interested in
reading the news, they use such advances to continue to increase their knowledge
of politics.  But, for those of us who
aren’t as invested use these advances to increase our ignorance and find an
outlet that fits more to our interest.

“As media choice increases, content
preferences thus become the key to understanding political learning and participation.
In a high-choice environment, politics constantly competes with entertainment”


“People’s media content preferences become the key to understanding the
political implications of new media.”


Politics can now, more than ever, be easily avoided.


So why is this important?


Voting, the way our government is run, the direction of our country, etc.

All of these are affected by the people.
Those who are aware and follow politics hold more power over what
happens.  Those who continue to ignore
what is occurring around them will have no voice in politics.


When we are given a voice, why don’t we all choose to use it?

Are we so used to having more freedom that we don’t acknowledge its
significance anymore?

How will this affect us?


We are so accustomed to having a voice, we rarely use it anymore.

From not speaking up in class, to not speaking up to our peers, we don’t
understand the importance of our role when it comes to voting and understanding
politics in order to correctly do so.


Non-voters viewpoints are not being recognized.  The only voice being heard is from
voters.  This will create a society whose
standards don’t match the majority’s viewpoints.


If you’re reading this, you’re most likely using a blog.

Do we use blogs to communicate with ease instead of using it to express
our ideas in a way to create change?

Do we not choose to use advances in technology and media to the best of
our advantage?

What if we did?


If we could use our voice to better our society, why shouldn’t we?


If we blogged about the issue of health and made health issues more
aware, we could create more solutions.
If more college students voiced their opinions and struggles with
health, the issue could be heard.


We could create a healthier society.


Just some food for thought.

Check out the rest of the article to see the complete study and
results.  Don’t continue the cycle of
ignoring politics.






Newspapers Making Their Own News? Do We?


Nicholas Von Hoffman’s Public OpinionPolls: Newspapers Making Their Own News? is an article we all should become familiar with.    It’s only 2 pages and is a very easy read, but it shares information we all should be aware of.

The purpose of public relations is to gain publicity.  This can be accomplished through pseudoevents

Television allows non-events to sell as news.

Throughout history, journalists have moved past writing about survey findings.  Newspapers started printing Gallup Polls in their newspapers.  Perhaps this is done so they can buy the right to cover their events.

This movement resulted in developing their own polls to make into headlines for their newspapers.

Which means—> Newspapers are creating their own news and publicizing them as a newsworthy story!

Newspapers are making the news instead of reporting it!

Readers, including politicians, believe these polls.  This causes the reader to respond to news that isn’t even true.

We as readers need to research and learn the truth before believing the first “news” story we read.  This will only benefit us in the long run.

If journalists are printing accurate research, someone needs to.

Can citizen blogs be used to create a false news event?

Do our ethics come into play when we are writing?

When is all credibility lost?

As bloggers, we have the power to write anything we want to share with the world.          Does that mean we should?

As writers, any information we send out can be linked with our name.  That in itself should encourage us to write things we can stand behind.

If we write false stories and newspapers make up their own, where do we learn about what’s actually going on in the world?

If the news is making their own stories and we are following them, what could the consequences be?

Take Health.

One minute the meat diet is good for people to follow.  One day chocolate is good for us, the next we are advised to cut it out of our diet.  It took years for the news to actually report obesity and fast food health in our society.

Diets fluctuate with the trends of the news.

If we as bloggers made the important of being health conscious aware to others and blogged the truth, we could create a more health conscious world.

More healthy recipes and alternatives to the foods we love could create.

It’s our job to research the news and write the truth to make others aware of what’s really going on in society.

If we don’t learn about this phenomenon and do something about it, journalism as a whole could be shot.



Users of the World, Unite!


Users of the world, unite! The challenges and opportunities of Social Media by

Andreas M. Kaplan*,  Michael Haenlein

is an article that anyone who uses social media or plans on being apart of a business should read.

I know reading an article that isn’t assigned by your professor usually doesn’t appeal to people, but this article will help you, especially in your future and in your career.

With the advances of technology, the way we communicate has changed.  Social media is now how many professionals communicate with their audience.  In order to communicate successfully, we need to fully understand social media and how to use it to gain all the benefits it has to offer.

Many people don’t know what social media actually is, and confuse it with things it’s not.

No matter what you do in the future, social media will come to play a role in your life.  This is why you need to know what it is and what it consists of to properly use it.

There are many kinds of social media, each can be used for its own reasons.

The most interesting points I found in the article were the 5 points about using media and the 5 points about being social.

The 5 points to using media are:

  1. Choose carefully (when selecting a social media)
  2. Pick the application or make your own
  3. Ensure activity alignment
  4. Media plan integration
  5. Access for all

**The 5 points about being social (which I find to be the most beneficial advice) are:

  1. Be active
  2. Be interesting
  3. Be humble
  4. Be unprofessional
  5. Be honest

I find these to be helpful points that can greatly improve your social media skills.

People think everyone can use social media, but you really need to understand it and learn about its components to gain the results you are looking for.

Being a college student, learning about this now rather than later, can be an advantage in the workplace.

Many PR professionals are trying to learn this now, if we learn this at a young age we have the upper hand and can gain success.