My Favorite TV show

September 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm (PRCA 3330)

      This week’s blog topic is to discuss our favorite television show. My favorite show to watch is ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. The series began with a group of surgical interns at a hospital located in Seattle. The show follows that group of interns as they learn and head towards their medical careers.  tThe show features unusual medical cases that come in and out of the hospital each episode. The surgeries performed are interesting to watch even though it is fictional. However, the show is not just about medical procedures. The main focus is the lives of the interns, nurses, and other doctors. Romances between employees are what really keep the attention of viewers. It is a drama series that I just can’t seem to get enough of. It is now the 6th season and complications between the employees and their personal lives are more twisted than ever. I don’t think I could ever get tired of watching this show, or at least not while it is still so interesting.

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Guest Speaker 9/24

September 30, 2009 at 8:34 pm (PRCA 3333) ()

      Last week in class we had a guest speaker from South Korea come in and speak with us. She began her lecture by giving us facts about her home country. I learned several things about the area that I hadn’t known before. She also spoke to us about global diversity and provided different statistics comparing different regions. Some stats that I found interesting included the fact that only 1% of the world population has a college education. Facts such as this really make me feel lucky to have the opportunity that I do to further my education. Another poll said that 50% of the world population suffers from malnutrition. She showed us the difference in the percentage of areas were immigrants that moved to the U.S xame from. Foe example in the early 1900’s only 1% of immigrants came from Asia, by the year 2004 that number increased to 25%.

     She also spoke to us about general acceptance of other cultures. The fact that although something may seem different to us, we should not judge it as being weird or unusual. We have customs that seem odd to people from other places too. But it is important to keep a respect for other cultures. It is through a mutual respect that beneficial relationships can be made amongst different cultures.

     I thought that our speaker did an excellent presentation. She was a good speaker and was able to keep the attention of her audience throughout her speech. I found the information she provided us with to be enlightening and left with me with a better understanding of her homeland and how our country is viewed from an outsiders opinion. I enjoyed our speaker and would suggest her as a speaker in the future.

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Personal Interview

September 30, 2009 at 12:48 am (PRCA 3333)

For my International PR class we has to interview a non U.S citizen. I interviewed a friend of mine named Morten. He is from Denmark and moved to the U.S with his family at the age of thirteen.

1. How do the media operate?

-In Denmark media is transmitted mainly through the T.V and radio, but mostly T.V.

2. How effective do you think this method is?

– I think it is effective but in Denmark, if you have basic cable you only get 2 channels. This means that there is not much of a variety on T.V.  However, these 2 channels do provide the most important coverage.

3. What is your view of global business?

– I think that it is positive because when you are conducting with other countries business workers can find the cheapest and most effective way to do things.

4. What do you think about relationships formed through global business transactions?

-I think that it is good to form these relationships, but it can be difficult because different countries have different laws and policies that influence decisions.

5. What are some of the biggest differences you noticed between Americans and the Danish?

-I think that in the U.S  people care a lot more about religion than the do in Denmark. Another difference is the number of cars and the availability of them. In Denmark, I only have one friend who owns his own car. Here every friend I have owns one. They are also a lot cheaper in the U.S.

6. Is public relations a major that you are familiar with in your country?

-Yeah, but it is not a very popular choice to study. It isn’t mentioned very often.

7. What are the most popular majors people in Denmark study in college?

-The main ones are political science and economics. Danish media is not as interactive as American so it is not viewed as important.

8.How did you feel initially about being a part of  a different culture?

-At first I was pretty timid and nervous.  I didn’t know the social norms and how to ‘properly’ interact. But after I got here I realized that Americans were very accepting.

9. What advice do you have for an American seeking employment in your country?

-I would say you should be open to new ways of living. Even though both our countries are western cultures we are very different societies. You should be yourself and keep your values, but also accept the culture your living in.

10. What pretense did you have about Americans before you moved here?

-I thought they were arrogant. I thought Americans didn’t care about the rest of the world because they didn’t need to.

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Obama’s case for health care reform

September 24, 2009 at 7:17 pm (PRCA 3330)

     The question this week was whether or not we believed Obama’s health care reform was good or bad. I really don’t think I know enough information to say whether it is good or bad. I need time to see how his plan is going to play out. I want to support the president’s decision, and while I do think some of his ideas on the issue are good, I also disagree  with some of them. Parts of it seem a little hazy. Such as when he said that illegal immigrants would not benefit from his proposals. I don’t think that they should. However, other politicians have accused Obama’s reform proposals of benefiting illegal immigrants such as when he says that no one will be denied care. Doesn’t that mean it will include everyone, including illegal immigrants? I do think that his ideas of “security and stability” are good. The idea of it applies to help both those who have health insurance and cover those who do not. I think I am going to need to pay more attention to his reform propositions as they develop to really get a stronger opinion of whether I agree or disagree.

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Newsworthy Article

September 17, 2009 at 4:26 am (PRCA 3330)

     This week we were asked to find an article that we though was newsworthy. The article that I found discussed one of the current issues involving healthcare, or lack there of, in the United States. It mentions that The U.S. spends nearly twice the amount of other developed countries do on health care. I thought this issue is definitely newsworthy because it is something that effects the majority of U.S. citizens. If you aren’t reading up on the healthcare issues at hand, then you should be.  This article talks about people playing “the blame game”, that is who should we blame for our healthcare problems. I think it would be beneficial for everyone to research the topic and find out who they believe is to blame, maybe then progress towards levitating the issue could begin.

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Football Season

September 11, 2009 at 3:18 pm (PRCA 3330)

      This week in class we were given the option to blog about whatever we wanted. Last weekend we had our first home football game. I love football season. Though I am not a huge fan of the game itself, I love all the traditions that go along with it. I like getting up early and dressing in my game dress. Then, rushing out the door to meet up with my friends to tailgate. Last weekend the tailgate I attended had a pig roast and all the BBQ you can imagine. It was so good. I got to just sit out in the sun, eat great food, and catch up with old friends. Then it cam time to go to the game itself. I felt that rush of adrenaline and excitement as soon as I walk into the stadium. I can’t explain the feeling of being surrounded by thousands of cheering fans, even if you aren’t a fan of the game you can’t help but be drawn in by it. The game ended perfectly with an Eagle victory, and then it was time to celebrate. I hope that the rest of the season plays out as well as the first game, it gives me something to look forward to.

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Chapter 3: Legal Issues

September 3, 2009 at 7:09 pm (PRCA 3330)

     This week in class we discussed Chapter 3 on our textbook (Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques).  The chapter covers the avoidance of legal hassles. One of the legal issues mentioned is trademarks. The books definition of trademark is “a word, symbol, or slogan, used singly or in combination, that identifies a product’s origin.”  I found a video that helped me to better understand the definition of trademark. It also mentions what you would need to trademark, and how to do it successfully. I found it useful and I hope you can also.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsFlxbLdeLI

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