Christmas Time

December 3, 2009 at 2:43 am (PRCA 3330) ()

     It’s that time of the year again. The time for holiday cheer and all that comes with it. As we set up the christmas tree and hang our wreaths it is also the time we are supposed to focus on helping others, our loved ones, and how lucky we are. I think that one of the problems with this time of the year is that a lot of people forget the important reasons to celebrate. They are focused on getting presents, getting the house ready for guests, and preparing for a feast. In the end, none of these things really matter. People are caught up in the excitement of everything and forget to take time and enjoy the holiday. Whether or not you are celebrating for religious purposes, or just a day to have a break and spend time with people dear to you, make sure to take time and remember what it is you are celebrating. Happy Holidays to all!

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Diversity Choice

December 2, 2009 at 11:07 pm (PRCA 3333) ()

     Recently,  I went to see the German film “Don’t Let the Right One In”. It was a part of the Cinema Arts Film series at Georgia Southern. The audience was made up of a several different ethnicities and, to my surprise, a variety of age groups. The film was about a young vampire who befriends a boy. Since the film focused on a vampire it is difficult to say whether or not it accurately represented the German culture. I don’t think that I would attend this particular film series again just because I am not a big fan of horror films. However, I would be interested in going to see a film shown in next semesters series. I normally enjoy foreign films, this particular one was just a little too gruesome for my enjoyment. This movie showing seemed exactly the same as American film showings. Popcorn and beverages were even available for purchase. I felt very comfortable at this even, at first I was a little worried about being able to read the subtitles quickly enough, but this ended out not being an issue. Although I was not fond of this particular film, I still though that the film showing was a success because the theater was crowded considering it was a week night and the audience seemed to enjoy the show.

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International PR in news

December 1, 2009 at 3:40 am (PRCA 3333) ()

The U.S. places a high emphasis on image. Since image is important the government tries it’s hardest to portray our nation the way it wants other countries to see it. This is when censorship becomes an issue. Censorship is the control of information and ideas. I think that when censorship is used you are not able to clearly see something for what it is. A good example of extreme use of censorship is the movie “Wag the Dog”.  The movie shows American Public Relations representatives for politicians and the lengths they go to to portray a certain image. Although the movie is fictional, it still has a good point. How much of what we see or read is actually true? The government has the ability to censor what we do or do not see.

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International Pr in the News

December 1, 2009 at 1:35 am (PRCA 3333) ()

     When we did our world news presentations for class, I really learned a lot about different ways the news is influenced. One theory I thought played a part in our news is ethnocentrism. A rough definition of ethnocentrism is the belief that your own culture is superior to others. We were assigned the task of watching a news station for a week at a designated time. Throughout the week we were supposed to note any international news that was reported during that time. At the end of the week I was shocked at the lack of international news covered. This exemplifies the ethnocentrism theory. It appears that our society believes that news focused around the United States trumps news from other locations.

     I think that this attitude is absurd. The belief that news from other countries is not as important or as “newsworthy” as news in the U.S. is egotistical. It is important for the U.S to acknowledge other countries as equals. One of our guest speakers, Richard Bailey, pointed out an important fact. The U.S. currently has the most power, but this will probably change over the years. Once our country is not at the top of international power, how do we want to be perceived? I hope that American citizens are able to expand their minds and realize that our culture is not better than others. However, I think that this mindset will take a while to sink in.

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