Monthly Archives: November 2012

Obama’s E-mails

Of course there was extensive testing behind Obama’s friendly campaign e-mails. This article from Bloomberg, which actually reveals stats on money received in one day from different e-mails with varying subject lines, explains the campaign’s strategy. The campaign would test multiple drafts and subject lines—often as many as 18 variations—before picking a winner to blast […]

Survival of the legacy — plus a TV idea (a long post, sorry)

How can legacy news media survive? Does it come down to the ingenuity of tech geeks in labs with elongated due dates, churning out innovative web designs that lure audiences? The Columbia Journalism Review recently published a new report: Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present. The report concluded that:  “no matter what model of […]

Drones and a change in journalism?

One issue I felt really didn’t get coverage during the election, until Benghazi (and not even really then), was foreign policy…especially the usage of drones, which has increased during Obama’s presidency (perhaps this semi-ties into the fact that guns in general, weapons, were not discussed).   This article highlights the army’s increased interest in and […]

The problem with the lost voices of conservatives during the election

As we have discussed in class, the RNC is in a shambles. They do not have a coherent platform, but rather aggressive offshoots that trump even the best efforts of the old-school conservatives our ancestors once were (maybe?). I’ve been reading RedState in an attempt to educate myself on issues that my mainstream liberal-leaning news […]

Gun control?

“There are an estimated 270 million guns in the hands of civilians in the United States, making Americans the most heavily armed people in the world per capita.” Nina Gonzalez asked the unpopular question during the Town Hall Presidential Debate: “What has your administration done or planned to do to limit the availability of assault […]

Media Degeneration: Mass Media’s Role in the Narrowness of the Debates/Election Coverage , Part I

I feel like I’ve time-warped back to sophomore year classes on Oscar Wilde, Max Nordau and Entartung, the latter’s famous book on degeneration and the disastrous effects of urbanization and decadent art. In many ways, Nordau’s claims, although very tangential, can be applied to how the media currently works – if the media can be […]

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