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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Diversity Calendar

November 19, 2009 at 4:54 am (PRCA 3333) ()

     The event I choose to attend on Georgia Southern’s Diversity calendar was the international talent show. The show took place at the Russell Union Rotunda. The time that I was at the show the audience was not that large. However, the spectators were made up of college students of different races. There were performances that included a Spanish dance group, and a Jamaican music band. There were also booths set up around the stage. One booth sold authentic Latin cuisine, which featured rice and beans, different types of meat, and a dessert. The other booth was selling flags from different countries including, Jamaica, and Barbados flags.

     I thought that the performances did accurately portray the culture they were representing. The Jamaican band sounded almost identical to the music I heard when I took a cruise that went to Jamaican. The Latin performers were dressed in authentic costumes. The women wore brightly colorful dresses which spun out as the twirled. They used the dresses they wore to show movement with the music. The female performers were also wearing headpieces made with ribbons and flowers. The male dancers were wearing traditional bull fighting outfits, with a decorative sombrero. The hats they wore reminded me of the ones that hang on the walls as decoration in Mexican restaurants. As I watched the dancers perform I noted that the male dancers had taken colorful rainbow blankets and were dancing with them as well. Like the sombreros used as decorations in restaurants, I have also seen blankets similar to the ones they were dancing with hung on walls also. I always assumed that the only purpose of these blankets were for warmth. I was surprised to see that in their culture, they use them to dance with also.

     Compared to American talent shows, I preferred the International one. It seemed like the performers were just enjoying themselves. The atmosphere was non-competitive. I think that the majority of American talent shows are focused around a competition and who is better than the rest. It was refreshing to see people performing just for fun.

     I would definitely be interested in attending any future events similar to this one. I enjoyed the entertainment along with good food. I felt very comfortable in the atmosphere I was at, I felt like the performers were welcoming me by showing me a little bit of their heritage. I thought that the event was a success because it provided and easily accessible way for GSU students to see a little bit from cultures other than our own.

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Diversity Post

November 18, 2009 at 3:37 am (PRCA 3333) ()

     Georgia Southern prides and promotes itself on being a diversified university. When you look around the campus you see a wide variety of[ethnicities and cultural background.There are many clubs and organizations throughout the campus that attempt to promote unity. There are also several classes which can help students understand acceptance of other cultures and ethnicities. Some examples are foreign language classes, and international studies courses. The purpose of these courses are to help us as students understand different regions other than our own. This can help students understand other people unlike themselves. I also think that the diversity calendar the school promotes is a good step in the direction of unity amongst students.

     However, GSU can only do so much to encourage unity throughout the campus. It is really up tp the students to make it happen. While I think that students as a whole say that they feel like the campus is diverse and unified, I don’t necessarily think that this is true. There still seem to be cliques around campus. The majority of the time if you look at groups of friends on campus, they look like each other. The majority of people hang out with people that have similar backgrounds as them. I think that GSU is taking the right step in becoming diversified, but individuals need to integrate better amongst each other.

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Guest Speaker: Richard Bailey

November 12, 2009 at 2:54 am (PRCA 3333) ()

     Richard Bailey spoke to our class via SKYPE last Thursday. Richard has worked in Public Relations and teaches PR and Business relations at a school in the United Kingdom. He mentioned that in order to do PR, you must have some basis of communication. He discussed with us the differences between our country compared with others, most countries do not have the access or the exposure that the U.S is lucky enough to have. He talked about the top nation and how it changes with time. In 1909 Great Britain had an empire that was bigger than any before, it was the top nation during that time. Then World War 1 happened. Now the U.S is considered to be the top nation, it is expected that China will be in the future. The purpose of Richard talking to us about the changing top nations, is because we need to realize that thing change, power moves and changes location.

     He pointed out how lucky we are, as Americans, to live in democratic country. Countries have to achieve certain things before they can have a democracy like the U.S. Freedom of Speech is one important aspect to achieving a democracy. It is also important to have an educated, literate population. This was the people can vote and have the knowledge of who they are voting for.

     His lecture ended with reaching the global market through the media. How would you go about trying to reach a global audience? It is difficult when not all places have T.V. or internet access like we do. As an International PR practitioner, these are the things you have to think about.

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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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