Sunday, February 19, 2012

Heart of an Empire

What draws me to this video? This video almost directly shows of what I am all about. Ever since I was a kid, I have been a Star Wars fan. The films inspired me in my career focus and also take up prop building. Growing up, I had this obsession to try to recreate the things I saw in movies. I wanted to take something that did not exist and make it real. This video shows that I am not alone in the world with this obsession. These men and women have such a love for Star Wars that they made the film come to life.

What touches me most about the video? The thing that touches me most about the film; is that we do not only just walk around in movie replicas, but we our love and skills for a bigger purpose. We dress like characters from Star Wars to ignite the imagination children like how we were when we were kids. This group also goes to hospitals to bring joy to the kids who are suffering. Nothing resembles the feeling I get when we make these kids smile and light up like the fourth of July.

What makes it real? This is real to me because when I walk into a room with anyone from kid to adult, they see a stormtrooper! The kids come up to me and ask questions as if Star Wars was in the history books.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Time Warner Exposed

America Online and Time Warner merged in 2001 to create one of the largest media companies in the world. The new colossus owns dozens of subsidiaries, including online services, print and broadcast news organizations, cable television companies, movie studios, music companies and publishing houses. Time Warner also owns the Atlanta Braves baseball team, as well as basketball and hockey teams. With so many business interests, the company lobbies on a number of different issues, but right now its biggest concern is over the rules governing television ownership and net neutrality issues. The company wants the government to relax the rules prohibiting cable television stations from also owning broadcast stations in the same market. Time Warner and AOL split in 2009.

Time Warner's news broadcasts more on celeberties than actual important issues occuring in the world.Some people are under the impressuin Time Warner money mongers with CNN who are protecting the globalists and serpressing the truth about 911, and the wars. This satement may be a little far fetched, but there is a large censorship movement comig to media corporations across America. The restructuring of media in the United States is creating forms of censorship that are as potentially damaging as overt censorship. Values such as freedom of information and belief in the responsibility of keeping the public informed are adjusted to reflect policies created by bottom-line oriented CEOs.

  • Negativity for Time Warner comes from viewers not recieving all the information they really need or want in the News. 
 Keeping democracy safe in America requires an informed electorate and a strong watchdog press. But major media today are tending to favor news stories on sex scandals, celebrity events, and crime, leaving less or little room for analytical news on important social issues.

  • Do the media elite directly censor the news? To some degree, yes. Although the people deserve the truth, some news pieces should not be broadcasted.
 In recent years, growth in the media industry has come increasingly from international and U.S.-based multicultural markets. Audiences are becoming more diverse, both in ethnicity and nationality, and are expecting greater diversity in content. Time Warner is therefore striving to become more diverse as a company. With shows like House of pain and Big Bang Theroy, Time Warner allows for a variety of audiences.

  • What good comes out of Time Warner? Time Warner creates and distributes content that informs, entertains, and inspires people of all ages, around the world.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Interview With a Digital Parent

While I was working at Best Buy this weekend, I decided to take it upon myself to start my interview questions with some a reasonable customer. It was slow, largely do to the Super Bowl, so it did not interfere. At first I was helping her pick out a new computer for her that fit her needs for work. I asked if it was only going to be a work related or any personnel use. She went on to tell me that she would also being using her new computer to communicate with her to kids who were in the military. This was the perfect opportunity to ask her my questions.

How has technology affected your life? "Technology has opened doors for me that I could never open before in my life!"

Has it changed your family in anyway? "If anything, it has made us closer. It gives me the ability to keep in touch with both of my kids across seas."

Do you believe technology is heading in a good direction? " I believe so. But I do believe we need to be more careful with the way present technology to our future generations. We must not get lazy with the technology that we develop."

What do you think of video games now for children? "Well, some are okay. I do believe some can be a little violent, but that's where the responsibility of the parent comes in."