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New media diet

Posted: May 6, 2011 by kjmessina in Uncategorized

For a lot of my blog postings for this class, I found I had nothing to write about and had to go navigating around the web for inspiration. Doing this, however, helped me to open my eyes to the ways in which I ingest media. Through both my blog journeys and Com and Society classes spent unfolding a bunch of different corners in the media I had never found before, I experienced new ways to get information and entertainment. First, I don’t just type New York Times or Wall Street Journal in the search bar for news. Although I’m not the type of person to sit down and watch the news, I’ve found that through the wonderful Youtube, I can find multitudes of interesting stories and can hear three different angles of the same story from Fox, CNN, and NBC. I have also grown to particularly like Jon Stewart and The Daily Show because it makes the news a lot less dry for me. I am proud to say I know a little more about what is going on around me after taking this class. Also, over the course of the semester I have discovered the power of Twitter (although I swear I’ll never use it, I respect it and how fast word can travel), I have a new appreciation for recycled media like mashups and homemade videos after hearing Lawrence Lessig, and overall my eyes are open wider than to just Facebook and the usual three sites I visit while going online. One final thing I learned is that if I hear something intriguing in the news, I’d better write about it within ten minutes of hearing it or else chances are someone else has already tweeted it, blogged it, made it their status, and stolen it from me so I have to find a different topic. It’s all been a great experience, and I can gladly say I have a new appreciation for mediums I didn’t used to think about.


Will Ferrell on the Office? Or not?

Posted: April 7, 2011 by kjmessina in Uncategorized

It has been going around for some time that Will Ferrell will be replacing Steve Carell on The Office. It came as no surprise to me that the cast members don’t really want him to, because Michael Scott just can’t be replaced. Since Carell left the set, Will Ferrell has been working with the cast members and the awkwardness, tension and reluctance in the air has become too much for him to handle. He now denies rumors that he will permanently replace Steve Carell. Looks like Dunder Mifflin could be without a manager for a while…

Read about it here

More Jersey Shore!

Posted: April 7, 2011 by kjmessina in Uncategorized

As if the cast of Jersey shore hasn’t received enough media attention, Pauly D, J Woww and Snooki are about to start their own shows on MTV, according to the Business Insider. Snooki and J Woww are starting one together, and claim that their friendship is a “bond sure to go down in TV history.” Pauly D’s show will revolve around his DJing. The shows don’t yet have a title and not much more information has been released but the article on this can be found here.

Lady Gaga- “Born This Way”

Posted: March 1, 2011 by kjmessina in Uncategorized

To make an understatement, Lady Gaga’s new song as of February 11th, “Born This Way,” is inspirational. She encourages people to be proud of their race, sexuality and disability “cause God makes no mistakes.” Her performance at the 2011 Grammys has already gotten nearly 2.5 million views on Youtube. Rolling Stone calls some of the lines “hilariously dippy.” It points out that the song”sums up all the complex Gaga mythos, all her politics and Catholic angst and smeared lipstick, in one brilliant pop blast.” commends its love-yourself message and states that it is huge and global. Both sources compare the song to Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” which was a similar attempt to rally everyone up and get them to chant a catchy, inspiring song. I found it really interesting, and there will definitely be a lot of talk about it in the coming months. (As if Lady Gaga hadn’t already become one of the hugest phenomena in our pop culture.) If you haven’t heard the song yet, listen to it!

Egypt turns off Internet

Posted: February 17, 2011 by kjmessina in Uncategorized

The Internet was a powerful tool in helping opposition to revolt in Egypt; it played vital roles in communicating as well as spreading awareness and involvement. On January 28th, shortly after midnight, the government stopped all connections to the Internet- over 20 million people. To do this, technological experts actually cut off international traffic to Egypt through tiny portals. It was completely out for five days.

This has raised concerns about the capabilities of other autocratic governments in the Middle East. Do they actually have control over the liberty to access the Internet? In an age of such global Internet usage, having this capability would be like severing their people’s ties to the outside world.

Egypt is now not only experiencing internal commotion but also lingering slowdowns and issues connecting to the rest of the world, thanks to one five-day shutdown. Link to article in NY Times here.

Does Facebook affect your GPA?

Posted: February 4, 2011 by kjmessina in Uncategorized

There have been numerous arguments over whether college students’ use of social networking is affecting their GPA. According to some research, people spend more time on Facebook (the largest social networking site in the world) than any other site. In fact, on average, Facebook gets triple the time that Google gets. It goes without saying that some people spend a lot more time on Facebook than they spend studying. But the question of whether use of Facebook actually hurts one’s GPA remains. I did a study back in the fall and I found that the two variables actually aren’t related. The University of New Hampshire found something similar in a study. But other studies by other universities and institutions, such as Time Magazine, have studied this too and found that Facebook does hurt grades. These studies were conducted by taking a random sample of students and analyzing their GPA, amount of time on Facebook and other variables. I’ve come to the conclusion that it simply depends. Students can spend their whole day on Facebook, but the question is whether they will do their homework at the end of the day.

100 Women for Public Breastfeeding

Posted: January 27, 2011 by kjmessina in Uncategorized

On January 19th around 1 p.m., about 100 women gathered in a shopping mall in Montreal and collectively breast-fed their infants. This was not a coincidence. According to America Online, most provinces of Canada do not specifically grant the right to breast-feed. It seems to some too simple to require recognition , but not to 26 year-old Shannon Smith. She recently took her crying baby into the secluded corner of a clothing store to breast-feed and was asked to leave by a worker. Overcome with embarrassment followed by fury, she started a blog called, where she shared her story and complaints about the matter. The matter instantly gained publicity as hundreds of angry women responded to the blog. A day later, a Facebook event was created for a nurse-in at a local mall, where those who signed up planned to gather and publicly breast-feed. By doing so they would declare their discontent and intent to feed their newborns wherever they choose.

The turnout was high, and people responded. Passers by said that they did not feel uncomfortable being surrounded by so much breast-feeding. The store called and apologized to Smith, and she was pleased with the way everything worked out. Women everywhere are still raising the concern. In several states, there have been laws exempting nursing mothers from indecent exposure laws and favoring them in such cases.

Here is a link to the article: