15th Nov2011

Polarization on the Internet versus Television

by sam

After reading Republic.com 2.0: Polarization and cybercascades by Cass Sunstein I had mixed views on polarization.  He makes a lot of very interesting points on how many things we do today are polarized.  People choose which news stories they want to appear on their homepages and which network news programs they are going to watch because of their political views.  I personally use Google News and don’t really pay attention to the source when choosing to read one of the top stories.  I will also read more than one on the same topic just to make sure one story didn’t leave something out that may have been important.  But I am inclined to reorder the way the categories are listed.  I leave World and US news at the top but then put Technology, Entertainment, Sports, and then finally Health and Politics.  I blame part of the reason I am not interested in politics on being younger than everyone in my grade at school.  Whenever politics was brought up senior year of high school I would barely pay attention because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to vote in the next election like everyone else.  It made me angry so I never payed attention.  I know it’s childish and I certainly don’t think that way now but it has certainly had an effect on my view of politics.

Although I do not have a specific new source for the regular news, I do have a preference for entertainment news.  I always follow Perez Hilton’s website and tweets for the latest in pop culture news.  I will never intentionally go to the TMZ or E! News but I follow them on twitter just to make sure I don’t miss anything that Perez did not cover (which barely ever happens).  I feel more connected to Perez Hilton’s website because there is a face to connect with the source.  With TMZ and E! I do not know who the news is coming from and if it is true.  Perez also admits when he gets something wrong which I really like.  I am probably on his site once a day getting spoilers and updates on all of my favorite TV shows and actors.

Sunstein talks about a study where they found that Republicans chose Fox and Democrats were split between National Public Radio and CNN.  I found it interesting that Fox News is preferred by Republicans who are more conservative because other shows on that network are certainly not conservative.  It intrigues me that the news and other programing on the same network could be so different.  The show Glee celebrates gay couples and has teenage pregnancy which conflict with the views of many Republicans. Fox also shows the shows The Simpsons and Family Guy which are almost never politically correct.


26th Sep2011

Impression Management and who does it best!

by sam

Impression management is a process individuals use to control the perceptions or impressions about themselves in the eyes of the public.  Many companies use social networking sites to help control this and help brand themselves and create a personality for their company.  The show that I have noticed does a great job of keeping their viewers interested and up to date is Glee.  Their facebook and twitter pages are updated constantly and always have something for their viewers to check out.  I find myself watching videos they link to almost every day.  They are always update you on the newest news surrounding the show and also what the cast is up to so it’s not just limited to the show.  Their twitter is updated even more that the facebook page and gets the followers involved by asking engaging questions which create a buzz around the show.

21st Sep2011

Fall TV Doesn’t Disappoint

by sam

So far the fall line up for prime time tv has been phenomenal.  Many shows have returned this week or will be returning next week.  Also, there are a few new shows that have begun like New Girl on Fox with Zooey Deschanel.  She plays a quirky, dorky girl who moves in with 3 guys who have decided to take her under their wing because she has just gone through a tough breakup.  I like Zooey in anything she’s in (especially the movie 500 Days of Summer) but she brings such an interesting character to this show and really out does herself.  How I Met Your Mother came back on Monday and it seemed to be back to it’s old self, despite a less than spectacular previous season.  It finally made me laugh again.  Glee also returned this week with some surprising additions and losses.  While Blaine is now a member of the Glee Club, Quinn quit and Sam moved (tear).  The musical numbers reminded me of season one and not like the past season where they did tribute episodes and kind of lost the storyline.  It looks like it’s going to be a great season and I know there are going to be 2 new characters who won a chance to be on Glee through the Glee Project.  Modern Family came back tonight and started the season off with a bang…literally.  Mitchell was nervous about adopting a son because he never really liked things that boys did as a child so he decides to team up with Luke to blow up a bird house.  The two episodes that aired tonight may be my favorites ever.  They had me laughing so hard I was crying.  My favorite quote of the night was when Mitchell was explaining how Cam is very attached to their daughter Lilly and said, “Cam wears her like a fanny pack.”  I highly suggest watching all of these shows! You can find them on CH131.com