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Media reform

17 Nov

If there was one thing that I would want to change in the media it would be how news media show sides different sides of doing the news. You can watch both Fox News MSNBC  and find that each other cable news network has a different style of news reporting.  Compare to what CNN does is just straight down reporting. We are entertain to what Fox and MSNBC does on cable that we enjoy hearing anchors show which side they prefer or show some emotion. The one big reason why both networks keep doing this style in the business of broadcast journalism is that they make a lot of money and when its a business that has a lot of people coming in, tuning in and watching than money will come in and play a huge role.

I think that we can do without which side of who is for and against in news. Whatever happen to original reporting and getting the truth in the stories? It concerns me as a person who is going into journalism that we have to show a side of which political view we are for or against, the left or right side of things. I want cable news networks to not have a side to show and to just do their job as a journalists to tell stories as it is originally told. In the past America looked up to Walter Cronkite for news and original reporting now a days we have so many news outlets that we are getting one story told in a different side.


The Election

3 Nov

With only less than five days til election day this isn’t new to me as this will be my second time voting for the President of the United States. The media has been informed on the election this year than the previous election as it was two different candidates but now there is only one guy trying to get into the white house and the president trying to regain his seat back. I don’t believe that the media has any influence on the election. The media is trying to do what they do and that is to cover the political election and help us understand.

But I do know that there has been a lot of media buzz with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie before he was an Obama hater and now after Hurricane Sandy hit his state and the rest of the Northeast it’s a whole different side as they what looks to be good friends. And it had the republican saying what the what?

And even this past week had a famous television character from the most successful television show go out and made a a video of that he was going to endorse Mitt Romney.,0,1753251.story. IS that a good idea? Have a cartoon character talking about who they think we should vote for?

I don’t look from the media to help me to vote for. I look to the media to understand who is who and what they are for and against. When I watch NBC News and MSNBC, I want to know a bit more about the person they are running in the election. Even in this election I don’t think that the media knows who will win this election.


Mass Media History report

19 Oct

Adam Baker

Mass Media Communication

Oral history project



The Difference in Mass Media 50 years ago to Now

            In this report I had the chance to interview my grandfather, Donald Baker, on his life points in the world of mass media. What sort of things did he listen to back in the day or what was like when television came out for the first time. Talking about the mass media that he grew up with from then all the way until to the present day in 2012. I want to know what was different back then than is now and are we in a way the same position for us in 2012 than they were back the in 1940s. This is my report of my grandfather’s history with mass media.

            My grandfather, Donald Baker, was born in 1943 and at a time where World War II was going in around the world. One mass media that was part of the way they use was radio. Radio was like television to us, it was something that almost everyone in America had in their living rooms. Baker said that he remembers sitting in front of the radio in the 40s and 50s and listen to programs like Melton Berle, Jack Benny, Fibber McGee and Molly. McGee and Molly was a radio program that ran on NBC from the 1935 to close to the late 1950’s. Also there were suspense programs as well such as The Shadow, Sky King and The Lone Ranger.

            “Imagination was what we used,” Baker said. “And family was together.”

            Baker says there were a lot of commercials that had someone sing and admit that it was a catchy tune after hearing it. Back then, the only thing that education was good for on radio was when you were listening to the news. The programs for Baker as a child were the news and when there was breaking news it would come in during a program for a special bulletin. But when it came to those special moments like holidays, he goes on and talks about how good it was when the holidays were around and the programing was religious and comedies that would be on. And as soon as radio had the FM program, Baker said that he personally didn’t listen too much. He mainly had AM and their favorite broadcasters.

            Another point in his life that my grandfather recalls was the use of records. Still to this day, he has records of old 45s and old to new style of turntables. He recalls that as a child he grew up listening to music such as blue grass, country and rock and roll. It started at the age of 12 years old back in 1955 and found Elvis Presley and Little Richard but when he turned a year older he found out more stars like Buddy Holly and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

            “My favorite recording stars at the time was Patsy Cline for Country,” Baker said. “For rock and roll it was Roy Orbison and for slow dancing I liked Johnny Mathis.”

            He recalls that everyone would be at the clubs dancing to one of those stars on the jukebox.

            Growing up with records, his family had two sets of record players when he was just a teenager. He said before stereo they had a General Electric Mono turntable with tubes and that around 1959 his parents bought an RCA stereo. They would have one turntable in the bedroom and the other in the living room. Talking about his parents they brought him up on records and turntables. There were the early 78s and then came the 45s and soon it was the 33 RPM, which means revolutions per minute.

            In those days, there was some music that no one wants their kid to listen to. The X rated party records would be forbidden for the younger teens to listen to. The part records would mostly be stand-up comics. For one example it would be Redd Foxx. Baker said that Foxx’s stand-up was considered at the time raunchy and that no matter what they would have gotten to hear it during the middle of the party or so.

            The days of buying a record in the days Baker remembers that records when from 50 cents to 99 cents at the Ben Franklin department store and that his favorite place to buy was at Jay’s record shop that was on Main Street in Peoria.

            When it came to his first time listen to Elvis Presley was when he heard Hound Dog.

            “My neighbor Richard had the Elvis record Hound Dog,” Baker said. “And the radio stations WPEO and WIRL with the announcer Robin Weaver on WPEO introducing Elvis’s song.”

            From where the time he grew up with vinyl records to the present day of CDs, Baker said he like the convenience of the CDs but that he never gave up on his records and turntable. He listens to each different set of music but it’s the one thing that will never leave him.

            Then soon later television came upon across the living rooms. Baker said that television back in the day was magic and that they couldn’t afford it until 1959. But they then got to watch their first television at his uncle’s house on a 10 inch Round Picture Tube and recalls what his family’s fist television was as a Motorola and at the time cost $400.

            For his family as a typical family viewing they would have a snack or two and then everyone would be quiet so no one wouldn’t miss out on what was happening on the show and with their home life the TV kept them home and they would talk about the news or the programs that they just watched. And when commercials came on he was amazed at a teen for the cars that were being advertised on television.

            The moment that surprised him on television was when he saw the moon walk. He said that he was very surprised and he was very proud for the USA for being the first to do it. And he recalls The Beatles when they were on the Ed Sullivan show but he wondered what the fuss was about with them as he didn’t care for them much. Baker says that compare to what the 50’s had in television to 2012; there are more channels than ever before. He goes on by saying that there is a channel for everyone where back in the day, there were only one or two stations. Television has changed in the past 50 years from going to two stations to with more than 100 channels.

            What I’ve learned from listening to what my grandfather went through in the difference of mass media is something that is that changes or it improves its media to get something to us in a way that we want it or not. Radio, it was a big deal at the time and if you look at now there are still people that listen to the radio, mostly satellite radio. To when television came in to their living rooms, everyone would think that radio would have died but no. I can see that what we are at right now to what they went through is almost the same. They had television, radio and records and more but as the years past so comes the internet and digit television, DVDs and cell phones.

We have so much more now than 50 years ago with how we get news and keeping in contact with everyone. We are like what they’ve gone through and soon more things will change for the future of mass media. 

Reading Books in different forms

3 Oct

We live in a world where we have the option of reading in a different format. We read books of stories we love, on the top stories and even just to get our information. One of the formats comes from Google with their Google Books where in a way you can ready samples of books and have the option of buying them. Even thought it sounds like a great ways to receive books, magazines and even  newspapers. There are issues of hoe Google is getting these books. They have used books from colleges and universities to scan and place them on the program. There are issues with this idea because there are authors who thought this might be a good idea are now thinking that this seems to be a highway robbery because they don’t seem to get paid or get a little of what is sold from the project. Google does have the opition of not using author’s books but the authors will have to sign a paper saying that they don’t want to. This project is still an ongoing discussion of is this a good idea or good idea.

The other version of how we read is in the formats of tablets. Lets take a looks at the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD;263563433;88230844;l</ where we can read from magazines, newspapers and books from any kind from stories to reading on information on a subject to watching videos and playing games. It seems that now a days we can just get our books or information with a simple click of a mouse or even a simple touch on our tablets. The Kindle Fire HD is the latest version of the new tablets that are going up against the Barnes and Noble Nooks and the Apples iPads. Even thought it seems that we are living in a world where we can have 5 to 1000 books in one format to read we still on the occasion that people still read books the old fashion way. Books will never die they just live long and prosper  .

Media usage

7 Sep

On Thursday I got up early to read the newspaper online to see what’s going on in the news, sports and entertainment. While that i check on twitter to see what’s coming up on the Today Show Post a Link After that I head to class for the day. I come home listening to music on the radio on Lite Rock 107.

On Friday was just like Thursday but I didn’t stay to watch the Today Show. Before I left for class I was listening to the soundtrack to Doctor Who while reading  Post a Link  After that I head of to early morning classes. didn’t listen to the radio because was so amazed with the big thunderstorms outside that just dumped rain for an hour or two just after I got in the campus buliding.

Hello world!

30 Aug

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