Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Generation Like - great documentary

So you think you know social media? Watch this video and you'll see with strategic use of  social media you can become your own media company.  Social Media is powerful, want to know how powerful - check out this piece. You might see that  you can even make some money of you're "well liked." This is a great documentary on PBS Frontline about the power of social media.  Watch it http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/generation-like/

Future MBC talent on display

The Introduction to Broadcast Journalism students produced their first broadcast and I'm pleased to say they all did a really good job.  Both groups produced some solid stories.  As is usually the case there is still room for improvement but overall their broadcasts were very well done.  I think we have some major talent coming up through the ranks.  Check them out here http://www.youtube.com/user/wearembc

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

There is an oldest trick in the book

Be careful on Craigslist - amazing story

A lot of people check out Craigslist in search of cars, used golf clubs, jobs, etc.  But after reading this story a lot people may be reconsidering their use of this popular online classified.  Check it out.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Great to see our bloggers back at it

Katherine Hansen , She just can't keep calm any longer.
Sheila Raghavendran, She admires Frank Bruni take on Michael Sam
Meghan Harris, She is glad to see an old friend
Gabrielle Stichweh, Is interested in gun violence, who would've thought?
Monica Brucher, Is interested in Maureen Dowd's take on the Abbey sensation
Abbey Marshall, Isn't talking about the "Petri" dish
Madison Krell, Comments on a column about two interesting Ohioans
Matt Marvar, Likes the way Jeremy Clarkson took the path less traveled
Gina Deaton, Education comes with a high price tag
Jimmy Halpin, Checks in on the status of the Detroit Pistons
Sonia Rayka, She's into the Beattles
Lindsay McCalmont, Has found a positive way to view this horrible winter weather
Katie Hermann, Comments on the joy of reading and she even slides in a comment about me
Kelly Noriega, Is rediscovering her faith in books
Katie Rojas, Caught up with an old friend, an L.A. Times columnist with a great perspective

Why George Will thinks you should care - ignorance isn't bliss

Over the last few weeks I've started to wonder...do people really care what is going on with our country?  Or should they care?  Do they pay attention to political trends? Should they?  It seems like the whether you pay attention or not the ball of change is going to keep rolling down that steep hill.  I have always liked Washington Post columnist George F. Will.  I think I liked him because he was a baseball fan and I have never really focused on his politics. I thought it was cool that here was this guy who appears on all the Sunday morning political round table shows, writes a syndicated column, but is a baseball fan.  He can talk as deeply about baseball as he does about ethanol subsidies or Medicare.  Recently he touched on the issue of why we should care when it comes to politics. In his January column he reminded me that we do need to pay attention and yes we should all care about what is going on in our country.  He also reminds us that for the most part Americans can have their head buried deep in the sand.  Will argues that by being more aware we aren't as susceptible to propaganda, deceptions, and misinformation. 
"Voters cannot hold officials responsible if they do not know what government is doing, or which parts of government are doing what. Given that 20 percent thinks the sun revolves around the Earth, it is unsurprising that a majority is unable to locate major states such as New York on a map. Usually only 30 percent of Americans can name their two senators. The average American expends more time becoming informed about choosing a car than choosing a candidate. But, then, the consequences of the former choice are immediate and discernible."
It might be easy to ignore what is going on in the political world but something we can usually agree on is our assessments of our President's performance.  If you want to get a good argument started just get a couple people together to talk about how our chief executive is doing in office.  This argument can spread like wildfire during the dry months.  Everyone has an opinion even though they are likely very poorly informed or possibly didn't even vote.
"Political ignorance helps explain Americans’ perpetual disappointment with politicians generally, and presidents especially, to whom voters unrealistically attribute abilities to control events. The elections of 1932 and 1980 dramatically illustrated how voters primarily control politicians — by “retrospective voting,” refusing to reelect them."
It might not be a bad idea to actually pay attention to what is happening on the political landscape.  Now more than ever the information is out there but weeding through that information can almost be overwhelming.  Maybe that is why people choose to just bury their head in the sand.  You don't have to be glued to Fox News, MSNBC, or CNN to learn more but it wouldn't hurt to pay a little bit better attention.  Here is a good start http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-the-price-of-political-ignorance/2014/01/01/7dbe2936-7311-11e3-9389-09ef9944065e_story.html

Cool Song with a positive message

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Congratulations Chloe and other signees

Yesterday was National Signing Day for student athletes who plan on playing sports in college.  Several Mason student athletes officially (by signing on the dotted line) declared their intentions.  MBC and The Chronicle staffs were well represented.  Cameron Gunnels plans on continuing his football playing career at Ohio University, Joey Thomas will play baseball at the University of Cincinnati, and Chronicle editor Chloe Knue is headed to Miami University to play soccer.  Congratulations to the MBC and Chronicle family.  

More information on Mason signees can be found here http://news.cincinnati.com/interactive/article/20140205/SPT030101/140205010/Area-Signing-Day-locator

Awesome story - check it out - Blind basketball player


CINCINNATI -- Much like most high school basketball players, Juandez “Dez” Scruggs has a pretty good idea what he can and can’t do on the court.
Some kids know they can’t jump that high, while others have come to terms they can’t shoot the ball with any consistency from behind the 3-point line.
But Scruggs, a Hughes High School senior, has his own struggles that separate him from your average player: The 5-foot-10 forward can’t see – at least not all that well.
“I can see you (a little but you're) like a dot,” is the way the swingman describes to others what it’s like to live with his impairment, Leber optic atrophy.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Another good actor...gone

I really did like Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Capote.  Even though he didn't look a lot like the real Truman Capote - it didn't matter.   Hoffman was recently found dead.  No matter what the circumstance (and it appears drug related)  it is really a loss.  It appears he suffered from a drug addiction.  It is amazing, here is this guy who has everything.  Talent, adulation, weath, but something is still missing in his life.  I wonder what he was in search of? He was a great actor. http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/04/showbiz/philip-seymour-hoffman-final-hours/