Before we start studying communication law, we need to understand how the legal system works. Let’s start by defining law.
This is my son, Casey. He studied law at the Knight School of Law at the University of Oregon. He passed the Washington Bar Exam and now practices family law at a big family law firm that stretches from Washington through Oregon. In 2018-2019, Super Lawyers named him a Washington Rising Star and he has a Avvo.com “Superb” rating.
Okay, enough bragging about my son. I mention him because he is someone who studied and practices law. But the legal system also “makes” laws.
This digital signal means no more scratchy, static-y signals on AM stations. It also means you’ll need a new HD radio to pick up the signal. No need to switch over to your Amazon tab quite yet. The FCC estimates it will take all the radio stations in the U.S. ten years to make the conversion.
In addition to getting a clearer signal, broadcasting digitally will take about 1/5 of the energy it takes to broadcast an analog signal. It’s also good news for radio manufacturers. It’s estimated 2.5 billion radio receivers will have to be replaced.
Which movies had an impact on our culture or society?
By impact, I mean, did the movie change how we look at the world? Did it change the way we speak? Did it change the way we see how others view the world?
So, which movies had an impact on our culture and society? It depends on who you ask.
Ask a film buff and they might say Citizen Kane or Casablanca.
Ask a war veteran and you might get answers as diverse as Bridge over the River Kwai, Born on the 4th of July, Coming Home, Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now or Finding Private Ryan.
Ask a woman and you might get Norma Rae,Erin Brockovichor Thelma & Louise.
Ask a kid (or a grown-up kid) and they might say anything with Marvel Comics in the title.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
In my day, a movie with impact had to be Star Wars. The story, the characters, the computer generated images took us to a new place and time.
When Ronald Reagan proposed the Strategic Defensive Initiative, a network of missiles to protect the U.S. from nuclear attack from Russia, the White House dubbed it “Star Wars.” (BTW- In the wake of talks with North Korea, it’s weird to think Russia as our greatest threat of nuclear attack.) Continue reading Movies with Impact→
When I first taught perception checking, I would give the lecture and simply turn students loose on the perception checking assignments. That’s when I learned how powerful a communication tool perception checking can be.
The case of the woman who wasn’t prepared for her perception to be correct
Once, a student asked me if it was okay not to share the details of her perception check in her paper.
I asked why.
She said the perception check confirmed one of her perceptions about her husband. She had tears in her eyes.
She didn’t want to share the details of what she learned from her perception check with me. It was too personal.
She never provided me with the details, but my perception is her perception check revealed her husband was cheating on her.
Mandi walks to class one morning thinking what a great day it is. She sits down in the classroom and takes a sip of her perfectly flavored latte.
As she pulls out her books, she mentally congratulates herself for taking the time to talk to the professor. After their conversation, Mandi got a much clearer idea what the assignment was about. So, instead of dreading writing the paper, she hammered it out in 30 minutes. Mandi felt so confident she uploaded it to Canvas a day before it was due.
Now she’s looking forward to spending the weekend with friends but remembers she needs to send her roommates a text to remind them she’ll be out of town.
That’s when Sam sits down next to her, slams his textbook on the table and says “Why are you mad at me?”
Do you see the horse in this picture? If you can’t, well, you’re dumb.
It’s a picture of a horse. Trust me. All you have to do is turn your head to the right and you’ll see it. See. See how dumb you were?
Okay, I know you’re not dumb. You just didn’t perceive the picture the same way I did. That’s the tricky thing about perception. What may be true for me, may not be true for you.
To say someone’s perception is wrong is, well, just plain wrong. Each of us perceive things differently. Our perceptions influence which truths we see. Understanding how we form our perceptions can help us better understand how we communication and how people communicate with us.
Before we can start “shooting” news we need to know what news is. Generally, a picture of the family cat is NOT news. Unless the family cat kept mowing and clawing at the neighbor’s door and that woke them up so they got out of the house before it burned down to the ground. Now your family cat IS newsworthy!
There really isn’t a magic formula for determining what news is. I wish! If there were, I’d bottle it up, sell it for a hefty price and retire someplace where temperatures are in the low 80s and bare-chested men bring me drinks with little umbrellas in them all day long. (I can dream, can’t I?)
Which stories should we cover? What story leads the newscast? What story goes above the fold? Which story goes below the fold or on page 3? Do we commit a reporter and a photographers to this story? Or do we commit the entire news team?
These are all tough questions, with a lot of variables you must factor in. But… there are some guidelines to help us determine what is NOT newsworthy, what is newsworthy, and just how newsworthy a story is. You’ll find various versions of these guidelines around the business, but they are generally combinations or more precise divisions of these seven qualities or factors.
Finish reading this blog and increase your chances of staying married happily ever after
Is it because this blog has the secret for a happy marriage? No. If I knew the secret, you’d be paying to read this blog and I’d be making a ton of money.
The reason I can say your chances of staying married increase is based on statistics.
If you’re reading this, you’re working at getting a college degree. Couples with higher education tend to stay married. By the time you finish reading this blog you’ll be a few minutes older. Statistics say the older you are when you first get married, the better your chances of staying married. The other factor? Economic stability.
This picture is from my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding on the side of Mt Hood. (That’s Mt. Jefferson in the distance). They are bucking the odds. They both earned advanced degrees. Both are in their early 30s. They pull in a good income. He’s a lawyer. She’s in the medical field. They have a lot in common.
Oh, and they love each other;a lot.
Wait until you’re 25 to tie the knot (but it’s no guarantee)
Gaming. What do I know about gaming? Nothing. Nada. Ziltch.
Okay, that’s not true. I did a little research and now I know gaming is a $60 billion dollar a year industry. It is so big, so incorporated into society that even the academic world takes it seriously.
Games and Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media has been in publication since January 2006. Each journal asks psychologists, sociologists, communication specialists and more to share what they learned about gamers communicate, how they associate with each other and what they can accomplish working collaboratively.
In one issue they look at how propaganda is being used in EVE Online. Another article looks at the differences of culture between American and Russian players. Apparently, there’s a perception that Russians approach the game in a more criminal manner. The study shows it’s just part of their culture.
Thanks to my work with the students at CentralNewsWatch, I’m also aware of the growth of ESports. In fact, the NCAA is talking about considering make ESport gamers NCAA athletes.
I’ll admit it. The concept of 3D printing confused me. How on Earth does the printer that kicks out letters and photos possibly print something in 3D?
Turns out it’s easy. Once you get the right printer and the right type of “ink.”
When I first wrote this blog in 2015 you could but a pretty good 3D printer, like this CubeX, for your home for $999 – $2000. Sounds expensive. Especially if you’re only going to use it to print multicolored rocket ships.
I reminded my readers that the first microwaves cost thousands of dollars. (One source said that would be like spending over $10000 in today’s dollars.)
Now, you can pick one up at the local mega mart for under $100.
And, as I predicted, the same has happened with 3D printers. I just spotted this Flash Forge 3D printer on Amazon for $349 with free shipping!
So how does a 3D printer work? Well, let’s ask a scientist.