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My media consumption

Posted: May 4, 2011 by Matt Kelly in Uncategorized

I consume a lot of media in my life I use Facebook and Twitter as well as watching a lot of TV and movies and play a lot of video games. Its fair to say that media is a huge part of my life. Taking this course has changed my view of the media before this course I used to always believed everything I heard but now after taking this class I have learned not to believe everything I hear and to challenge what the media says and find out myself if it really is true. Also I know think critically of things I hear in the media and try to get my own interpretation of the situation that is going on. Another thing I learned from this course is to be careful about what you post on Facebook and Twitter because posts get around faster than you can even imagine so now I make sure I am very careful with what I am saying before I hit the share button on Facebook or the tweet button on Twitter once you hit those buttons you can’t retract it. Another big thing I learned about was the hypodermic needle theory where it is believed that the media forces ideas into our heads. I thought about this theory everyday up to the Royal Wedding I felt the media forced everyone to know about because everyday on the news that was all they talked about. In the present I think about this theory now with the death of bin laden you can’t go anywhere now without hearing about it you turn on the radio its there, you turn on a TV you are bound to hear someone talking about it. It is everywhere right now and no matter how hard you try you can’t find a way to avoid hearing about it.

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Ethier breaks record

Posted: April 27, 2011 by Matt Kelly in Uncategorized

Last night Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier broke the major league record for the longest hitting streak in the month of April at 23 games. The record was previously held by his former manager Joe Torre who set that record back in 1971 when he was a member of the Cardinals. Ethier on his accomplishment “I’m taking it all in,” he said,  “I’m not sitting there ignoring it. I just go out and execute and do whatever the task calls for. There aren’t many chances in a major league career to do something like this. I’ve gotten to the point in my career I can enjoy and have fun with it.”

Colon gets chance in rotation

Posted: April 20, 2011 by Matt Kelly in Uncategorized

With the ineffectiveness of Phil Hughes which led him to a stint on the disabled list veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon will make his first start of the season tonight against the Toronto Bluejays at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Colon was a non roster invite to spring training and the former CY young award winner impressed the Yankees enough to make the team as the long reliever. Colon has had a very good season so far and has pitched well and now with Hughes out Colon will get his first chance to prove that he can still be a Major League starter and if he continues to pitch well he could become a mainstay in the rotation and give the Yankees a tough decision to make once Hughes returns from the disabled list.

MVP out 6 to 8 weeks

Posted: April 13, 2011 by Matt Kelly in Uncategorized

It was during yesterday’s game against the Tigers where AL MVP Josh Hamilton broke his arm on a head first slide into home plate where he was tagged out. Hamilton said it was a stupid play and he shouldn’t have done it. It was a pop up in foul territory and as it was being caught the third base coach for the Rangers told him to go because no one was covering home but Hamilton didn’t think he could make it and something bad was going to happen. Hamilton was right as he got hurt on the play and now will miss the next six to eight weeks due to that play which will weaken the Rangers offense and can only hurt the Rangers going forward into the season.

Time to Panic in Boston?

Posted: April 6, 2011 by Matt Kelly in Uncategorized

The Boston Red Sox the archrival of the New York Yankees and the favorites to win the Al East and go to the World Series so far they arent living up to expectations. The Red Sox are off to their worst start to the season since 1996. Boston is now 0 and 4 on the young season.   Picked by many to win the AL pennant in 2011 after adding All-Stars Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez this winter, they were swept in three straight games to open the season in Texas, where the Rangers clubbed 11 homers and outscored Boston 26-11. This is starting to cause panic for Red Sox fans as they are the team to beat and are having trouble shutting down the opposition. Last nights loss to a terrible Indians team didn’t help as Boston lost 3 to 1 to an unproven pitcher in Josh Tomlin. It is not looking good for Red Sox Nation especially with the Yankees off to a 3 and 2 start and the Yankee offense is clicking right now hitting at least two home runs a game. Did the experts get it wrong will it be New York and not Boston winning the Al East and the Al Pennant we will just have to see but Boston looks weak panic could be coming soon to Boston.

VCU On its way to Final Four

Posted: March 30, 2011 by Matt Kelly in Uncategorized

Its now March Madness as a Cinderella team has developed in the VCU Rams they came in as an 11 seed in the tournament and were one of the four teams that played in the first round of the tournament. Many experts on ESPN were saying that they should have never been in the tournament and it was a joke that they even got in. Boy did they prove the critics wrong VCU has been the hottest team in the tournament they just keeping winning they even defeated number one seed Kansas in the Elite 8 to make it to the Final Four and play Butler with a trip to the championship game on the line. VCU an underdog the whole way is now the favorite in their game against Butler predicting that this Cinderella story could continue. The only question to ask now is can they go all the way or will the clock strike midnight and end the Cinderella story.

Historic clip of Ruth and Gehrig found

Posted: March 23, 2011 by Matt Kelly in Uncategorized

Yesterday it was discovered a historic film clip of Yankee greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. This clip was found among eight reels of 16 milimeter film found in an Illnois cellar recently in excellent condition. The clip contains three and a half minutes of Ruth and Gehrig wearing their uniforms without the caps according to the New York Times.  The film is believed to have been shot with a high-end home movie camera in or around Sioux City, Iowa, on Oct. 18, 1927 — 10 days after the Yankees completed a four-game World Series sweep of the Pirates. It is uncertain just how rare or valuable the film is, but a photograph of Ruth’s and Gehrig’s barnstorming teams, the Bustin’ Babes and the Larrupin’ Lous, from a game in Des Moines and dated Oct. 17, 1927, sold in December for $33,000. This film adds more to the hour of Babe Ruth clips that MLB previously had before the discovery of this historic clip.