September 17, 2008
I am becoming more and more surprised at how offended, yet amazed, I seem to get over the way the politicians in the upcoming election use the media strategically to feed the faceless masses their agenda. I know that the media is an important tool and has been used basically since George Washington decided he didn’t want to be a king to win elections.
I am aware that both the media and the medium of that media can effect how people feel about a candidate (e.g. the Kennedy V. Nixon debate). Being able to see the person that will be representing you can really help in your decision as to whether or not they appear as though they could. I see nothing wrong with this. What I worry about is how the campaigns now seem to time how they release information in a manner that will either not compete with other news, take over any attention that the other campaign might be receiving, or conveniently attempt to sit in the background while the American public is busy worrying about something else.
The reason I mention this is because I really took note of it this past week as we saw Obama accept his nomination, and McCain announce his Vice President. It wouldn’t have offended me so much if I didn’t feel like a candidate’s VP was chosen simply to gain media attention following a historic moment for the other team. I could be wrong, but the timing seems right.
I am of the mind that although media attention of our candidates (despite whom you might be voting for) is important I hate feeling like I am watching TMZ or E News, but rather hearing what the candidates have to say about their policies. I also don’t want to feel like my field of study is being used to pander to the masses that only care about what color of dress the First Lady was wearing or who’s kid is pregnant. I have a feeling come election day if they cast a vote it won’t be because someone received 5 more minutes of airtime. If that is what this election is based on then I need out of the communication biz and am moving to Canada.
Basically I would like to see the future of media return to its roots. Give me some good old fashioned news and leave who was best dressed to the tabloids.
September 16, 2008
I have noticed as my media management class has progressed and reviewed oodles of blogs how much they have replaced the news agencies for some people. Not that I am an aficionado at blogging by any stretch of the imagination, but the more I discuss with bloggers and “bloggies” (fans of certain blogs) there seems to certain catagories of people within this new genre of news.
First there are the “Pros”. These are the people that really know what they are doing. They create FABULOUS blogs and have a true following. These also tend to be “professional journalists”. I put that in quotes since at the moment that title can be disputed. Of this category I see people that are ahead of the game. They are aware that the world is taking a different direction than it has in the past in regards to media and they are wanting to stay in business.
Next there are the “Boxers”. These are all those people out there that use blogs to get up on their soapbox. This type makes it really hard to stay objective because they really annoy me. They constantly have something to say about everything. I have only met a couple of these people in person and they are the same way in real life.
Finally there are the “Pleasure Seekers”. These are people that blog just for the heck of it. They will tell you how they feel about things, how to cook their favorite cheesecake, show you pics of their kids, and inform you of all the latest gossip (whether from down the street or across the world). What I enjoy about these people is that they really don’t care if you read their blog. They put it out there and say take it or leave it I am just in it for the fun of writing.
I’m sure as I continue to explore that I will find more and more categories of bloggers. As I do I will be sure to add them. Although these routes of communication might someday replace our current media outlets (which I haven’t decided is good or bad) I can appreciate that they have recaptured the facination with writing and as a writer all I can say is it is about time.
August 26, 2008
This is a bit overwhelming so please bear with me as I learn. Soon I will be informing the world of all the wonder that I see on a day to day basis and how great it is here in Lisa Land.
August 26, 2008
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