Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cones of Dunshire

Yes, I realize that we already watched the Cones of Dunshire in class. But I cannot help but expand on it, just because I don't think all of you realized how funny of a scene this is. So there's this game called Settlers of Catan. Once you learn how to play it, it really is pretty fun. But it takes a while to get the hang of it. I found this instructional video online but this is the only one I could find under ten minutes if that tells you how ridiculous of a game it is.

So this game is full of tons of rules, different weird pawn pieces, little circles you have to put places and then there's three different sets of cards that do all different things. It makes me so happy that a TV show can reference another type of media (video games) that only some people will understand and get. But I feel like if there was a crowd that played Settlers of Catan that a TV show could target and give a laugh to--it would be the kind of people that watch Parks and Rec as well.

Here is the clip we watched in class that is the Cones of Dunshire..

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Violence and Video games. Are these a related topic?

There are many people out there that will claim that there is a connection to violence and video games. Many will tell you that the two are connected. I disagree. There are people out there, that are affected by video games, however, I think that it is more of an outlet for those people that may already have violent tendencies.
                                  (Warning: Bad Language!)
 I for one can say that I've played video games all my life, and I have not once had the urge to go out and shoot someone, or hurt someone just for kicks and giggles.
I do think that children tend to copy what they see. However, I believe that as you grow up, you learn to understand what is reality, and what is not. You learn what is okay to do, and what is wrong. It comes with being a child.
So, there is little to almost no link to video games causing someone to be violent, or to turn out violent.

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's a mans world.

Okay, so I was inspired by the #cutthecarls blog post, and decided to talk about Scopophelia from the Visual Pleasure Theory reading. This subject has always been interesting to me and I have dedicated many research papers on how women are used in the media. It's all about sex, and beautiful women. "Scopophelia can be defined as the love of or pleasurable looking. Viewers are drawn to gaze and gawk at images that are beautiful and erotic." These images primarily use attractive women to help sell a product or service, and more often than not, they are portrayed a sexual beings and dressed scantily. It seems as if every ad today uses this. People can't even sell a friggin hamburger without using a woman, who is all oiled up and wearing a skimpy bikini. Women are definitely over-sexualized in the media but I can't help but think that women aren't doing enough to stop it. I get that people are trying to make a living and to further their careers, but women can only make so much progress if there are still oodles of us who are willing to strip down and cover themselves in Doritos to get their fake TV husband to sleep with them. What is this teaching the young women of today? I also understand that people are free to make their own choices and I would never want to take that away but it really does irritate me when we have women advocating for our rights and for women and girls to be seen as more than a piece of meat, while we still have plenty of them willing to get naked and share a pictures of themselves for the whole world to see *ahem* *Kim Kardashian*. Call me a prude, call me naive, but that seems to me like it's a step in the wrong direction. These women still get more attention than the others, who are advocating for change and respect. We want good, strong women to be the focus. And hell, if women can be sexualized in this manner, and this often, why can't men? Equality right?

Saturday, November 15, 2014


A while a go I heard about the Utah women launching the hashtag campaign to end the racy Carl's Jr ads. According to Sellnow's "Visual Pleasure Theory" the images in media encourage viewers to look pleasurably at a female image through a male perspective. Viewers don't just watch the images but gaze upon them in ways that influence our subconscious beliefs about our own psyches. You can't help but look at Carl's Jr. as a perfect example of this. I personally am sick of seeing the Carl's Jr. commercials. I don't appreciate seeing woman as objects set out for peoples sexual fantasies.

The Beauty Redefined blog created the "#cuttheCarls" to talk more openly about how these advertisements affect body image and the perception woman and men have toward woman in society. I wonder how this all is affecting young woman and how viewers are striving to achieve the ideals portrayed in the visual images. 
Here are some of the reactions to the advertisement on Twitter. I wish that I could turn on the television or see ads where women aren't being portrayed sexually. But according to Sellnow's "Visual Pleasure Theory" the sexualized ads aren't going anywhere.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Influence of the Media

Is media efficient for us? It is funny to think and look back at the different types of media I use. I remember when I was 16 I think, my mom REFUSED to let me have a Facebook and/or Myspace when it was big back in the day. I finally convinced her to let me have a Facebook when I got a job and I told her my job required me to have one so she finally gave in. Moms what can you do with them..... But i remember spending hours going through feeds thinking of clever things to say, and all that jazz. I use to be so anxious to get likes and comments on my status. And then I moved to Instagram an was addicted to that, but that one was a bit of a tough transition only cause I thought having a feed of just pictures what boring, but then I became addicted. Then twitter was a big thing for me and now I am all about the snapchat. Social Media is a beautiful thing but maybe the biggest influence it has on us
is addiction. 
I have heard of statistics that people who are on social media more often feel less lonely, but I noticed I go a little crazy when a friend of mine pauses in between sentences as she fades in and out of our conversation. Our how when there is an awkward silence in the room it is filled with lighten up faces. Or sometimes the silence in the room is solely because of the lighten up faces.

Now I am just like the next person when it comes to socially media, I enjoy it and love  it and  I still look forward to getting responses on the posts I put out to the world. But over the years I have actually used less media, but maybe it is because my feeds have seem to become so impersonal with more mimes or #fitlife instead of seeing the things that my family and friends are actually doing or learning about their interests, what they care about or what they have planned for the future.

Now I love social media, and I think it is a beautiful thing. But there are a lot of beautiful things in world, but I truly believe it is all about using things for the right reasons and  moderation.  

Media Bias and Outside Perspective

Do we have media bias? Of course we do! We're human beings with emotions and opinions that will influence our work without us even noticing. Some news providers are simply better than others at keeping a balanced view of things.
However, if you truly want the most clear-headed, unbiased perspective of events, you need to take a step back. I suggest stepping back all the way to the UK. The BBC and other British news outlets give us the closest thing to a level-headed take on U.S. and global events as we can ask for of emotional human beings. The British are our friends and allies, but they are far enough removed from us to "keep things real."
I've also noticed that news in Britain is less of an entertainment farce as it is here in the U.S. Here's a fantastic example:

As he states, and as is clear in the footage shown,  coverage of Ebola in British media is "calm, measured.... In America, not so much." It's hilarious, until you realize how many Americans are actually buying into the panic our news sources are trying to generate.
So, if you ever find yourself unsure of your stance on a particular topic/event, political or otherwise, turn off your local news and tune in to something from abroad. If you really are dedicated to getting all sides of the story, watch news from various nations to help you form a very well-rounded view of the situation.

*Also, just a quick addition on the subject of media bias on a more local level: Our own in-state situation of the clearly-biased, church-owned Deseret News attempting to take over the Salt Lake Tribune is a personal concern of mine. If you're not a member of the Church That Need Not Be Named in this state, this monopolization of all Utah media is essentially a gag order. (Disclaimer: this last bit was brought to you by my own humble opinion. You need pay no regard to it if it offends you.)

The Social Network

The Social Network

Mark Zuckerberg single-handed changed the world. The scene above, from The Social Network, exemplifies the empire Facebook was (is) a whole. In this post, my goal is to examine the means in which Facebook, and furthermore Mark Zuckerberg, created a legendary era of social networking.  

The era of social networks indeed began with Myspace, back in the early 2000's. Myspace was the cool thing to do, and if you were a teenager who didn't have one, you weren't with the program. Myspace was a peasant of Zuckerberg's Facebook.

Facebook had (has) every idea possible about social networking. It perfected Myspace, and drove Myspace into the ground. I remember I was reluctant to get a Facebook when it first came out because I was so attached to Myspace. After finally giving in, after most of my friends already signed up for Facebook, my Myspace was deleted within a couple weeks. Facebook had it all, the perfect way to communicate with friends online. The most important shift in our society during this time period was when everything started to become mobile, and Facebook helped lead that transition.

Facebook is still a business empire today. Though it's not as popular for the teen generation, it has become more significant for businesses to promote and for families to stay in touch. From my perspective it's not "cool" anymore, but to others it remains a lifestyle. Its one of the largest websites in the world today, and has been over the last decade or so. It has been the Godfather of all other social networks today, like Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, and even apps like Tinder. Each one of those sub-networks has taken a major idea from Facebook and just enhanced it. People like each one of those sites because they are all different, but all are relative to Facebook,

Who knows where Facebook will be ten more years from now, but nonetheless, it has paved the way for infinite possibilities of social-networking and business ideas.  

Media Bias, Social Media Not As Much
Start on 4 min.

This video is about a documentary that shows the bias in mass media by corporations. It shows stories that they look over to straight out not report on. Most of these stories come from the 90's and early 2000's. At those times there was a limit of places one could go to get news: television, radio, and newspaper. All of these mediums are controlled by the same corporations, thus similar stories are shown and stories that are looked over have no where else to turn.

Today, I do not doubt that the same practices continue but stories that would get looked over have more of a chance of getting "air time." I was talking to my friend, who informed me about an incident where people are protesting in Mexico over the missing kids and they stormed a government building. This information was not on any major news stations or papers that I have seen. Another story he informed me on was a protest on a major highway in the middle of Mexico where the Natives were protesting on the unfair treatment of their lands. These stories were not posted on any major new stations but he ended up posting them in Facebook and other social network sites.

Video recordings and the posting of these recordings sometimes end up on the news because of the outrage from the people who view them. With social media, news are more into the hands of the people thus more people are willing to share stories that the mass media is too bias to show. Of course people have there own biases that will show but over shadowed stories still have more of a chance on being shown. 

advertising's need for sex, affiliation, and escape

these commercials are ads that demonstrate a few of Fowles advertising's basic appeals. It pokes a little fun at the sex appeal, needs for affiliation, and need for escape , by giving comedic relief via sarcasm. the ads above are funny because of the exaggeration it portray's, i think its a funny spin off of other shower commercials that are usually quite serious and sensual. This makes for good and effective advertising, because its obvious joke that the general public can relate to, leading the general public to buy their product.

Bias opinion via social media

Recently The star of Keeping up With the Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, has released nude photographs of her, yet again has she done this and that does not bother most people at all. The other day I was on twitter and as a scrolled through my timeline I saw people comparing Angelina Jolie and Kim Kardashian, Kim was portrayed as a dirty human being who only cares about clothes, money and exposing herself while Angelina was portrayed as the role model for celebrity women. Pictures of both were displayed but Kim's recent nude pictures were shown while Angelina Jolies pictures showed her helping out little kids in Africa or wherever she was. It is funny in a way because people think Angelina Jolie is a role model celebrity but she too has had nude photos over the internet before and the irony of this whole thing is both celebs have helped communities but have had naked photos of themselves all over the internet. It is just funny how people can judge celebrities based on pictures without fully knowing each story, but that is how social networks seem to work now. Either way both celebs have done good and bad things for their respective reputations but it seems no matter what people will always try and look for every negative each celebrity performs.

Social Media Affects

    So today in class we were watching a video on Cairo and the affect that social media has on our society. I never put too much thought into it but it really does affect a great part of our daily lives. I think that in a way we've become negligent to using our own words and expressing ourselves the way people use to. What I mean with that is, we don't really know how to live without social media anymore.
    Through out this time our society seems to be getting more and more dependent on having a phone and having access to the internet and some even make a living off of being on the internet. In this generation we see younger and younger children walking around with phones. I'm not saying that social media is bad but I do think we're spending too much time on it.
    On the bright side children are being better educated on the effects of it and the problems that could surface from social media. In my opinion its in children's benefit to be exposed to all of the social media because they better understand how to use and become much more familiar with it which is a crucial part of college, so it's something that could possibly benefit them in the long run.
    In the movie we watched today in class the men who organized the entire gatherings were younger men who were more educated on the affects of social media and in the end they got what they were looking for; their president resigned and it opened windows for other countries in the region to fight for what they wanted as a nation and the way they crossed the message was through facebook.

Media Bias

I think we need to think of the bias of every station or tv show when we watch a news program or we read political articles. Each station of website has their own agenda and bias and if you look or read carefully and in an unbiased manner you can easily tell what it is. For example Fox News is notoriously conservative and they will show them in a much more favorable light then they would a liberal point of view. I think this is the very dangerous thing about the media is that if you don't watch with an open mind you can very easily be swayed in your opinions by what one sidedness the station or website is showing. This can happen for a liberal station or website as well it is definitely not limited to happening only with more republican views.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Is our media biased ? 

I would say yes, because I believe media has become a business like any other. I believe that money dictates what is being covered in the media and how it is portrayed. I found a video that I think explains pretty good how media works.

Ideal journalism would be that a journalist tries to report as neutral as possible about a story. But in TV, this does not seem possible because the biggest news channel are leaning clearly towards two different political parties and do not report neutral at all. But how is it with print journalism ?

I think lately there has been a trend in print journalism of taking over stories delivered by PR agencies. Of course, the PR agencies want to make money. I have read an article with a study, that a lot of stories often make it to the newspaper without even being really changed or without further research on it. If it works that way, how can the journalist make sure that the information he got is not biased ?

And I think even if the reporter is doing his own story, you can never be unbiased. Your choosing of words might tell the reader your attitute towards a certain thing or which information you choose to cover or not to cover. I think no one can leave their bias aside but as a journalist I think you have a kind of a commitment to at least try. And I think you should try to uncover facts that the normal person is not aware of.

Do you feel that that is being done enough in the media ? Did you ever gain a critical perspective on something from the media ?

Hulu Advertising

In class on Thursday, we talked about the ways the social media can influence pop culture and media in society. Then we talked about how we've been seeing ads on sites like Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, etc. It made me think about ads that drive me crazy--HULU ADS. You all know what I'm talking about. You're sitting on your bed with your laptop watching Walking Dead (or Greys Anatomy, or Parks and Rec, or some random show you started watching and didn't realize you liked until you watched it for the next 5 hours), it gets to a super exciting scene and BAM advertisement. What a change from Netflix where you can sit in the same position for days and not have to even pick up the remote (except to click "continue watching" when it asks you after you've watched way to much). But recently Hulu started something that I think is interesting--Which ad experience would you prefer?
The first time this happened I was like, "Wait what the f--" and then clicked on Fancy Feast even though I don't have a cat. And you know what? I was so much more involved in the ad experience. And I wasn't so upset because I knew I chose that ad, it was my own fault (not really, screw Hulu's ads). I think it definitely helped though. And even on Facebook, or Gmail, or Twitter--the ads are related to you. If you actually look at them and realize that it's something you could be interested in, you'll realize that social media, advertising and marketing are getting pretty dang smart. They're on top now, and there's nothing we can do about it.

Social Media for News

Before I start this I blog need to confess that my Senior Capstone Project is on social media and how it influences people on the web. Needless to say, I have completed and continue to do a lot of study on this topic. Currently, I am interning with a social media group - managing some of their social media pages. My confession? I may be little biased on this topic, but here it goes... 

I like social media for a variety of reasons. It not only keeps me in touch with friends and family, but allows easy contact to specific individuals quickly and effectively when I need to "get a hold" of someone. Many times my first thought is to use Facebook to make contact with someone. This is perhaps the primary reason I like social media - my communication speed is information at my finger tips. 

November 11,  Dixie State announced that their football team will be moving into the RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) in the fall of 2016.  At least three groups of media were at the event - along with a large representation of Dixie supporters. If you were unable to attend, but wanted quick, real time information, social media was your server for information. Within 30 seconds of the announcement the details were posted to Twitter and Facebook. If you followed the right media informant, you would have gained your desired information instantly while beating the next day's newspaper announcement as well as the DIXIE SUN (DSU's campus newspaper). Dixie's in house sports TV show, "The Storm Stackup" was among the first to break the news and their coverage was as informative as the newspapers' except there were less words to read - and I got the information quicker. This is why I like social media, its ability to get me information quickly and effectively in 140 characters or less. The rest of the news media at the event took hours or even a day to post the information.

The other perk (we discussed in class) is the ability to read followers' comments on posts. This quick ability to gain replies can feel as if we you are at a press conference listening to side remarks from the audience participating -  or in this case the Dixie alum. This gives people the feeling that they too have a say in the 24/7 over saturated news cycle. 

You can almost say social media is news your way.

So if you want DSU sports your way here is the link.

This week we have been talking about social media and I found this really interesting video on YouTube.  It shows a lot of results from studies on Social Networking, and the effects it is having on our society.  A lot of the data really surprised me, I think its a great video in showing how big and popular social media is becoming in today's society.


I think that Social media is a good thing but if over used becomes a waste of time.  And unfortunately I would say majority of people that have social media overuse it, especially teenagers and even adults.  The reason I think social media is a good thing is it helps you stay in touch with friends from high school.  And I think it's a really valuable way to stay in touch with family members that have moved away.  Some bad things I think that social media are well shown in this article online:

It talks about some bad things that are results from overuse of social media like, lack of attention span, decline in intellectual abilities, stress, fatigue, and emotion suppression.  I agree that social media is a bad thing when over-used! I don't think that it can be considered bad though because literally everything when overused is considered bad, not just social media.  People just need to learn to take a break, limit how much time you spend on social media.  Go out and get some fresh air, but most importantly give your brain a break, and just relax.  Don't always pull out you're phone when you have a spare time.

Is social media a good or bad thing?

Is social media a good or bad thing? There are always two sides of everything, and it depends on your perspective on how you perceive it. For social media, most people admire it as a revolutionary invention and some seem to take it as a negative impact on the society.

Social networks started as a place to connect with your friends in a convenient way. Truly speaking, many of you might have found friends from elementary or high school who were out of touch due to one reason or another. Thanks to social media, you have found them again. Social networks has given us the chance to connect with people and build better relationships with friends and family around the world with whom we are unable to meet personally. You could view photos, send and receive invites to an event, and even send instant messages to each other. Social networks also makes it easier to keep up with current events by informing you about what is going on in the world through articles, videos, and sometimes, live interactive streams. Social media could also entertain. In today's world, we can play video games, online with people all over the world, thus keeping us in touch and entertained. 

The down fall to social media, believe it or not is interaction. People get obsessed and engrossed into social media that they end up losing touch with the outside world. People would rather spend their days, online than going outside and interacting with their peers. An effect to this action is obesity. Now, people aren't getting enough exercise because they are always online. Although social media keeps us connected, it also distances ourselves from the outside world. For example, you can watch videos and talk to others on how to play soccer, but in order to be a great player, you will need to be experienced.

As I mentioned before, it all depends on a person's perspective and how that person perceives it. As for me, I see no downside on social media, because I balance the time I spend on social media and the outside world. So the question is, do you think social media is a good or bad thing?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Social Media

I remember in high school at least my junior and senior year no one wanted to admit to going on Facebook, yet we had a private page for our class so we could talk to everyone if we had a question about an assignment. At any given moment I would have at least 5 notifications from that page. It was always the same people too and they were the ones that would not admit to using Facebook.  

I myself am on social media a lot. I find it an easy way to connect with my family since they mainly live out of the U.S. It’s a lot easier than calling them and its free. But why is it a negative thing to admit to using a lot of social media? It seems like most people, at least in our generation, it is their main use of communication. Especial with Snapchat becoming so popular.

To put it in perspective, on Facebook, there are 1.35 billion active users, 864 million daily users, 290,000 states updates per minute, 140,000 pictures posted per minute, 500,000 comments posted and the average person spends 21 minutes on Facebook a day.

On twitter, 120,000 tweets a minute, 284 million users, 80% of users are on a mobile app, and 77% of users are not in the U.S.

On Instagram, 1350 pictures a minute, 200 million users and, 75 million daily users.

On Snapchat, 400 million snaps are sent a day, on average people get 20-50 snaps a day, there are 100 million users, 70% of users are female and 77% of college students admit to having a Snapchat.

While I was looking up the statistics there were links below each asking if I wanted to tweet the statistics. Do twitter users really want to see the statistics of use? Would it make them feel guilty for using it so much? Would it make any of them change their habits?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sleeper Curve

The term "Sleeper Curve" was coined by Steven Johnson, which he derived from the Woody Allen film Sleeper.  Johnson's book Everything Bad Is Good For You is where he invented the phrase.

The film is about a cryogenically frozen young man who wakes up 200 years later in the year 2173.  In this futuristic society, they've lost a lot of knowledge about American history due to an aggressive, police state that America now is.  When talking to this man, scientists are baffled to learn about their countries past and what they considered to be good science.  One specific idea they couldn't grasp was that twentieth-century society failed to grasp the nutritional benefits of junk foods such as hot fudge.

What Steven Johnson says is that any subject can fall under the sleeper curve.  Anything that has to slowly gain popularity and acceptance would be considered something under the sleeper curve.  For today's standards, pop culture has a negative connotation associated with it.  Maybe someday society will realize the positive benefits of video games and television shows.

Johnson claims that pop culture has grown to be very complex, intellectually challenging, and cognitively demanding.  He claims that television can determine how well we comprehend interpersonal relationships, and it represents real life social network maps via reality television.  As for video games, he says they are a new way of cognitive exploration and brain stimulation.

To sum things up, an idea or subject that falls under the sleeper curve would be something that society as a whole has been oblivious to or "sleeping" on for quite some time.  While a topic now may be taboo in today's society, it may become more accepted in the future.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Does TV Make Us Smarter?

In class we talked about whether or not we think TV makes us smarter. I do believe that there are television programs that do not benefit the human mind at all, but there are also many programs that focus on more intricate and complex topics. The example we talked about in class was Grey's Anatomy, a show that is about the life of a group of surgeons. The show uses a lot of jargon that a general audience probably wouldn't understand, but because of the way it is written, the doctors are able to explain a medical procedure without making the viewer feel stupid. As the show goes on, the viewer has learned some of the commonly used terminology so that they can follow along better.

Grey's Anatomy is one of the few shows that I have seen every episode of, and based off of my experience, I do believe that I have learned more about surgery and medicine than I knew before. It has also given me insight into the life of a surgeon, even though most of the story lines have been padded to create a more interesting show.

There are also many other shows that are informative about a specific topic. In CSI, you learn about the medical side of criminal investigations as well as the protocol. Again, most of their plots are made more dramatic to make the show and the job seem more glamorous, but it does give everyone an inside look of what it's like to be a coroner or a police officer. In one of the more newer shows, How To Get Away With Murder, you learn more about law and what the process of being a lawyer is.

These are all things that I did not know before, or was planning on pursuing in my career, but it is interesting to learn more about other occupations without having to pursue them. I think these types of shows are examples of how television can make a person smarter. I definitely think that there are shows that "rot the mind" (most reality TV in my opinion), but there are some shows that can educate people on things they never knew about and also open their minds to new views and perspectives.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Chocolate Around the World

I love Chocolate, its my favorite sweet. So I thought it would be fun to talk about those kinds of packages. Lets take a look at M&M's from around the world how they differ from each other.

Each one has the large M&M logo at the center, making it easy to tell what you are getting in each pack. Flavors might change, but mostly all of the packs are even the same size and shape.

United State




Germany Special Edition




I believe M&M is a good example of packaging that doesn't change much from country to country. It seems that M&M keeps it simple, the world over, but not all companies do that with their products. 

For example, here is a Kit Kat from the United States:

This looks like your typical chocolate bar, and the wrapper is something we recognize. I see the same thing in the M&M wrappers, but the words might change. Even so, I can still get the chocolate I know and desire. 
Now lets look at a Kit Kat from Japan:

Not only do they have the regular chocolate that is the original flavor, but they have Green Tea, Strawberry, Edamame Soybean, Purple Sweet Potato, Hot Japanese Chili, Red Bean Sandwich and Wasabi. They use the same logo, but change the color of the wrapper to match the contents. 

You might have seen a similar thing happening in the United States for a few new flavors of Kit Kat, like white chocolate and dark chocolate, but Japan, the have over a dozen different flavors.

Not only do the colors one the wrappers change, but they also add in images as to what is in each flavor, as if to entice the buyer who desires that kind of treat. 

Imagine how hard it is just to choose between a Snickers, Kit Kat or Reeses Peanut Butter Cup here in the United States. How overwhelmed would you feel to have to choose a Kit Kat in Japan? I don't know if I could decide between Purple Sweet Potato or Hot Japanese Chili. I'm kidding, but you get the idea. If the consumer has these many options, don't you think they would just give up at some point and just go with what they know? How often do you venture outside of the foods you know?

I often find myself trying new things at places I've been to many times, but there are times when I just want what I have always liked. I guess it depends on the person.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Most Successful Ads

Talking about advertising in class made me think about what my favorite ads are and why. Is it because they use some of Fowle's 15 Advertising Basic Appeals? And which ones do they use? This commercial is one of my favorite out there. 
Every time I watch this commercial, I crack up. Without fail. But I don't think it really presents itself in a way that shows one of the 15 Basic Appeals. It is just humorous. It doesn't show a need for anything. Except a need to ship their products. I don't necissariyl think this is the most successful commercial because it doesn't make me want to go to KMart and get my stuff shipped to me. In my opinion this is the most successful commercial:
This commercial makes me crave kit kats so bad! Just the crunch and seeing all of those people just chillin eating their Kit Kats make me jealous! This uses Fowel's #11: Need To Escape and #13 Need for Aesthetic Sensation. It makes you crave that crunch and taste of chocolate. But also it is referring to eating a Kit Kat as a break. It's an escape from your every day life to just enjoy a Kit Kat. 
Does this commercial make you crave the candy? 
And what is your favorite commercial? 
Why is it your favorite?

Sunday, November 2, 2014


So in class you know we've been talking about tv messing our minds and how we end up being in life. Their has been all this types of studies on kids watch violent shows playing violent video games and its not just violent things it can just be things on TV were the people who do these studies say was not good for kids. Me personally coming from where I'm from and have watched and seen the things in real life growing up, i believe that these studies are BS!!!!! but i can just say "i guess I'm strong minded" but damn really, out of all the kids in the world I'm the only who feels this way. I don't think so, have their been any studies where they ask us our who ever do they feel if the things we showed as kids made them who they car today, i don't think i mean i haven't seen any type of studies like that but I it could be that i haven't looked or search hard enough. But here is a video saying how much violent shows,video games etc etc what causes kids to grown up have bad adult life's, how watching these violent things have them to turn out not as their parents expected. I'm really going off of how i turned out and how other people I know turned out, just because of the things I've seen in my life. Have anybody ever thought about testing and studying kids thats from low class areas where they see from their own eyes this violent things. Cause I'm from where the things you see on TV or what you may play on video games I've seen these things in real life, and like I've been saying i think i turned out pretty good.

Now here is a video pretty much taking my side believing what i believe and how i feel on this BS. Now I have my own decision and mind on how i feel and so you do

Saturday, November 1, 2014


I think we have all become addicted to TV, who wants to miss an episode of Dallas, Grey's Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory. My point is that we have got an addiction to TV programs, sure we can watch those we miss on Netflix, Hulu, various different streaming places on the Internet.
Most people now a days have a DVR so they can record an episode and watch it later, but then again, we are still addicted to TV.
Growing up I remember playing outside with my friends, things like Hide and Seek, Kick the Can, we never watched that much television, there was always something fun and exciting to do. We watched television at night, shows like The Ponderosa, every Thanksgiving there were the holiday shows. Most everything now is Reality TV based, there is no actual moral to shows, no plots, just boring reality shows. I do watch maybe one or two of them, Survivor, and The Amazing race