Occupy Seattle—FYI for Gov A students

{summary} Occupy Seattle--Saturday October 1

Gov A 9/30/11

{summary} Today students received four stamps (blue butterfly) for the last four readings in the media packet. We then examined major news websites for their top stories....hmmm. What is missing from them? At least when we looked today, what was missing was anything about the occupation of Wall Street by protestors. In fact, this is the 14th day of that protest. And nothing? Is this status quo bias though omission? Here's a couple links to look at in lieu of that absence: Why the elite media loathe Occupy Wall Street Nobody Can Predict the Moment of RevolutionIndependent Video on Occupy Wall Street Students also saw a clip on the power of PR in the 1950s Guatemalan coup--specifically Edward Bernays' influence in that whole debacle. Here's the link. We watched from 32:00 to 39:00: The Engineering of Consent--from Century of the Self Assignment: Students received two readings that show a progression of news resulting from Nayirah's testimony. Make sure to read starting with A, B, and so on. Activity_on_Incubabies_Primary_reports.doc; Activity_on_Incubabies_Primary_Stories_Begin_to_Dispute_Claims.doc. Ahhh...the power of a good public relations campaign. Also--make sure to have your Colbert packet done and with you on Monday.

Occupy Seattle—FYI for AP Gov students

{summary} Occupy Seattle--Saturday October 1

AP Gov 9/30/11

{summary} Today students received three stamps (blue butterfly) for the last three readings in the media packet--not the propaganda page. We then examined major news websites for their top stories....hmmm. What is missing from them? At least when we looked today, what was missing was anything about the occupation of Wall Street by protestors. In fact, this is the 14th day of that protest. And nothing? Is this status quo bias though omission? Here's a couple links to look at in lieu of that absence: Why the elite media loathe Occupy Wall Street Nobody Can Predict the Moment of RevolutionIndependent Video on Occupy Wall Street Students also saw a clip on the power of PR in the 1950s Guatemalan coup--specifically Edward Bernays' influence in that whole debacle. Here's the link. We watched from 32:00 to 39:00: The Engineering of Consent--from Century of the Self Assignment: Students received two readings that show a progression of news resulting from Nayirah's testimony. Make sure to read starting with A, B, and so on. Activity_on_Incubabies_Primary_reports.doc; Activity_on_Incubabies_Primary_Stories_Begin_to_Dispute_Claims.doc. Ahhh...the power of a good public relations campaign.

AP Gov 9/29/11

{summary} Today students viewed and took notes on the film Toxic Sludge is Good for You: The Public Relations Industry Unspun. In that film, the issue of food disparagement laws was discussed. Here's a list of states with such laws: Food Libel Laws by State. Note that these are civil laws with the exception of Colorado that actually has a criminal code as well. Think about the chilling effect this has on news organizations and their willingness to tackle topics relative to food safety. Assignment: Tomorrow I'll be stamping all of the reading assignments from the week. We'll also look at the example from the film about the Hill and Knowlton propaganda efforts during the lead up to the Gulf War in more detail. See you then.

Gov A 9/29/11

{summary} Stephen Colbert's Entire Testimony on CSPAN: CSPAN Version of Colbert's Testimony. This link also has the transcript of his testimony, which can really help you. Today students viewed and took notes on the film Toxic Sludge is Good for You: The Public Relations Industry Unspun. In that film, the issue of food disparagement laws was discussed. Here's a list of states with such laws: Food Libel Laws by State. Note that these are civil laws with the exception of Colorado that actually has a criminal code as well. Think about the chilling effect this has on news organizations and their willingness to tackle topics relative to food safety. Assignment: Tomorrow I'll be stamping all of the reading assignments from the week. We'll also look at the example from the film about the Hill and Knowlton propaganda efforts during the lead up to the Gulf War in more detail. See you then.

Gov A 9/28/11

{summary} Today we first worked on incestuous amplification effect and cognitive dissonance and their relationship to media. Here are the notes: Incestuous Amplification and Cognitive Dissonance.pdf Here is a clip I used in those notes: Zimbardo and Festinger on Cognitive Dissonance We then started on Propaganda using these notes: Gov_A_Propaganda_Intro_Notes_9_28_11.pdf Remember, here is this week's reading schedule. I didn't get to stamping your reading assignment from last night, but I'll do it tomorrow. Assignment: Here are the reading assignments for the rest of the week. "Opinion Journalism Isn't the Problem" pp. 61-62 and "Anti-Christian Bias in Media" pp. 63-64 due Wednesday (interactively). (will stamp this on Thursday. "How about a Media that Reflect America" by Goldberg pp. 65-76 due Friday (interactively). "Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Propaganda" p. 77 due Friday (interactively).

AP Gov 9/28/11

{summary} Today's topic--propaganda. Here are the slides: AP_Gov_Propaganda_Notes_9_28_11.pdf This week's Reading Assignment Schedule: (I didn't get today's assignment stamped--we'll get there tomorrow.) "The Granfalloon Technique" from Age of Propaganda pp. 67-71 due Wednesday (interactively). "Anti-Christian Bias in Media" pp. 72-73 due Thursday (interactively). "How about a Media that Reflect America" by Goldberg pp. 74-85 due Friday (interactively).
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