Blog Comments

1.)  In the 21st Century, thanks to the digital speed of the Internet and the pervasiveness of social media and viral communications, organizations and individuals are always on step away from crisis. This is completely true, and in many ways can it be shown. In one article I read recently, a lot of children and middle and high school are faced with the challenge of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a great example of how one can take advantage of technology to hurt others by taking a false identity.

2.)  Brittany, your top 5 tips for maintaing a well kept blog are perfect. Throughout the year, procrastination left students behind in the class and added stress towards the end of the year in order to get their blogs up to date and in order. Throughout the year we learned how to use Prezi and other forms of communication to show our work professionally and aesthetically pleasing. It is also important to note the importance of grammar and keeping a grammatically correct blog to enhance credibility.

3.)  Preston, I really like the way that your blog is set up. It is aesthetically pleasing to view and makes for a really easy read, and I believe that readability is important when it comes to blogging. Having everything on your page set up in the way that you do separates your blog from others, and at first I think that attracts viewers to see what you have to say when they first open your blog.

4.)  You make a lot of valid points about athletes and their comments to the media. A lot of the times I think their egos get in the way of their thoughts. Their intentions may be good, however they are of a different breed than the average human. Football is a business and like an employee in any business, you have to be careful about what you say about the company and who you may blame for any problem that may occur. Players bring negative attention to themselves, and a lot of the time can be the downfall to their careers as professional athletes. It is clear and evident that the PR professionals employed to take care of media relations for these players are not doing well at their jobs. It is the players job to perform on the game field and the PR professionals job to make sure that the players do not say anything that may jeopardize their careers.

5.)  I happen to agree with you. Waking up early in the morning seems ridiculous to get the best prices on items at the store. However if you think about it, for some people, they may not have the money to pay full price for something and Black Friday is the only day where they can get the best prices on gifts or personal items that they may otherwise not be able to afford. Companies like target do a great job with advertising and there are some funny commercials out there, but some are just over the top annoying and make me question their credibility if I were going to spend my potential hard earned money. Advertising is the best way to sell a product, so I would imagine the best people for the job would make better advertisements, but apparently not.

6.)  I think both parties handled this situation immaturely.  At 3 years, 51 million dollars and one of the best short stops in the game, the Yankees are where I would want to be.  The organization poorly “dared” Jeter to test the free agent market and see where it lead him.  Emotions got involved and Jeter was told to drink some “reality potion”?, come on, the reality is that Jeter has helped lead the Yankees to multiple championships and New York is where he belongs, that is where he has built a career and built a home.  But, we have seen what can happen with Lebron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers and now with the Miami Heat.  MLB is a multibillion dollar industry, both players and the administration need to handle these situations responsibly.

7.)  Your first point of order is very important, and I also would reiterate the same advice.  However, with so many different ways of creating a lab in so many different places and on so many different lap tops or school computers it is hard to keep track of where you finish labs (my problem) and now I am trying to find ten + labs that I will not be able to post on all different devices.  Technology today mixed with procrastination is not a good combination.

8.)  I completely agree with you. Not only has the history of his tennis career been taken away from him, it shows that greed over powers all else. The financial sum of what was taken may not compare to the meaning behind all of those trophies, but to another person, money is the motive. In todays society I think that a lot of people are motivated that way, motivated to make the most money in the easiest way possible. The suspect will be found and the proper punishment will be served, no pun intended.

9.)  I agree with everyone, he is in it for the record. I understand that it is difficult to leave a game that you love; leave anything that you love, but at this point he is ruining his name and his virtue. Brett Favre has been in the media for the last few years about his decisions to quit and then he comes back to football, and I know he has announced he would be done after this season, but I think his time is done, even though he is still and will always be considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in the game. My point of view is that he should have left the game while still on top, or as close to the top as he came last year.

10.)  I also think its interesting that everyone still dwells on the past.  Look at him now, he is changed and he is still literally paying the price.  Even though he is making six figures, mostly all of his money is going to child support, court fees, lawyer fees, renting a house, car payments, etc.  It will be long before he is the top paid athlete again, and I don’t think it will happen.  He was the first player to receive a plus 100 million dollar contract.  However, right now, I would have to say the Vick is playing the best in the league

11. )  I think that because Christmas is the holiday for giving, the advertisements are for gifts.  But to Charlie Browns question,  “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”  I do not think people really do understand what it is all about.  We claim that Christmas is the holiday for giving and we celebrate that through gifts, but I don’t think that people really appreciate the true meaning of the gift of life.

12.)  Thanks Dr. Mac. After class I have actually grown to enjoy Twitter and finding out what people are doing and what they are thinking. It is weird to think about what other people could be doing all the way across the country, especially stars, like Wiz Khalifa, a rapper that I am following. I love reading what he has to say and follow what he is doing throughout the day since we share a passion for music.

13.)  This is very true. As a student in Dr. Mac’s Comm306 class, when he told us that we needed to create a Twitter account for a lab assignment and post for a week, I was upset to say the least. I never understood the fascination behind twitter, but looking back now, I never gave it a chance. Twitter, for me is now a way to communicate with those that I would never normally communicate with. I can follow celebrities and listen to their thoughts as if I were with them, or I can share communication ideas with fellow classmates. Twitter and other social networks are helping change the field of public relations and integrated strategic communication.

14.)  I don’t think its bribing, its a challenge.  Facebook is not a drug, its simply a means of connecting with friends and sharing information, however like Dr. Mac said, “the dangers of over-sharing are many.”  It is our responsibility to use facebook wisely and to make smart choices about what we share with others.  It is not always just our friends looking, we never know who may be watching.  As an athlete  on the lacrosse team at Queens University, it is important not to portray a bad image through pictures or comments.  We have other schools to make the PR mistake, giving lacrosse players a negative connotation.  (this was a post about facebook from the charlotte observer but I had to have an account to post it, which I did not know about)

15.)  Banning books is a touchy subject, and I think we can all agree. There are many books that have been banned that I couldn’t imagine, like Tarzan. Tarzan was banned because Jane was sleeping with Tarzan in the jungle and they weren’t married. People overreact and overanalyze. Simply put, we have the freedom of making our own choices, if a book is offensive, do not read it.

16.)  Google can come out with whatever they want, but like everything else, I am afraid that it will not be able to compete with Apple and its iPad and the iPad 2 that will soon be coming out in April 2011. Apple does an excellent job at advertising its products, and although there is a lot of blog talk about upcoming products, like a CDMA iPhone, what Apple does promote, they promote well. So, it is a concern that a major company like Google would not advertise such a product.

17.)  I am from Maryland, and last year we got a pretty good amount of snow, but not a lot compared to others, however for us, 3 feet is plenty. However here in Charlotte, NC, with a hint of snow, everyone goes into a panic and I cant understand why. The worst is driving. Everyone gets so defensive and ends up creating more accidents. So for now, I ask that the snow stay away, as enchanted as it may be. Thanks.

18.)  I really wish they would have chosen the US for the World Cup next go round. I think it would definitely improve an audience in America and help people to appreciate the sport. It is a great game that people in the US don’t give enough attention to.  There is always hope for next time.

19.)  Unfortunately as technology gets smarter, we grow more and more obsolete. That”s a scary thought. It really is a “Brave New World”. Often times, professionals work with computers all day and come home to a nice television, a smartphone, and an ipad. Our ways of interacting are ever growing, however I believe we need to take a step back…especially as I sit here blogging for communications class.

20.)  This is a serious topic nowadays, yet as I sift through profile pictures of friends, I see a numerous amount of cartoon pictures. It is sad to see that rapist or petaphiles would use cartoons to attract children to facebook, but how do we know that the cartoon trend was cast by a bunch of creeps. It is important as social network users to understand when and what should be put on such websites.

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ISC Connection 7 – As Bullies Go Digital, Parents Play Catch-Up

t is difficult enough to support one’s child through a siege of schoolyard bullying. But the lawlessness of the Internet, its potential for casual, breathtaking cruelty, and its capacity to cloak a bully’s identity all present slippery new challenges to this transitional generation of analog parents.

Desperate to protect their children, parents are floundering even as they scramble to catch up with the technological sophistication of the next generation.

In order to catch these cyber bullies a lot has to be done.  Because of technology, it is extremely difficult to trace those who are bullying through the internet.  This is another example of how the internet can be abused.


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ISC Connection 6 – Taliban video shows US soldier held in Afghanistan


pc. Bowe Bergdahl

A new video released by the Taliban shows Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known U.S. serviceman held captive in Afghanistan, with bags under his eyes and what appears to be an abrasion on his left cheek.

The video — the fourth since 24-year-old Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, was captured nearly 18 months ago — was provided to reporters Wednesday by IntelCenter, a private, U.S.-based organization that tracks Islamic extremist activities and communications.

Through the videos and pictures provided by IntelCenter, it is apparent that the soldier has obviously suffered torture and abuse.  Through media, these Islamic terrorists are capable of showing a message without words.  The apparent abuse shows that if they do not get what they want, the man will be killed.

“In July 2009, Taliban commander Mawlavi Sangin’s spokesman told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that Berghdal would be killed unless the U.S. stops strikes in Ghazni province’s Giro district and Paktika province’s Khoshamand district.”

This video is a form of communication used to scare, and a form that I view as abusive to the field of communications.


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ISC Connection 5 – Filipinos sue CA hospital over English-only rule


Dozens of Filipino hospital workers in California sued their employer Tuesday alleging they were the sole ethnic group targeted by a rule requiring them to speak only English.

The group of 52 nurses and medical staff filed a complaint accusing Delano Regional Medical Center of banning them from speaking Tagalog and other Filipino languages while letting other workers speak Spanish and Hindi.

Filipino workers said they were called to a special meeting in August 2006 where they were warned not to speak Tagalog and told surveillance cameras would be installed, if necessary, to monitor them. Since then, workers said they were told on a daily basis by fellow staffers to speak only English, even on breaks.

I believe that this goes against freedom of speech, and obviously discrimination.  If other languages are allowed to be spoken, why not Tagalog?  Also, in the book, Seitel talks about the importance of making a strong working environment for employees so that they stay as employees and so that they perform their jobs well in a good working environment.  The employees could potentially speak badly about the organization and create a bad reputation for the Hospital.



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ISC Connection 4 – Keith Fitzhugh chooses family over football


Keith Fitzhugh

It’s not often that you see a perfectly healthy, NFL-ready person turn down an offer to join the roster of a playoff team, but Mississippi State grad Keith Fitzhugh who has spent time with the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free-agent safety, has decided to respectfully decline a recent offer by the Jets to be a part of their active roster.

So why would Fitzhugh say “no”?

Because he’s thinking about his family and its financial security. He’s currently a conductor for the Norfolk Southern Railroad, and he’s had that job since the Jets released him in September. There was no venom behind Fitzhugh’s decicion to turn down the team that cut him; it’s more about Fitzhugh’s father, who is disabled and unable to work.

In a statement, Fitzhugh said, “Right now, being that [NFL employment] would be for just a couple weeks, I feel that I’d rather stay with a secure company and job, somewhere I know I could have long-term employment.”

This is a great example of a positive attitude (Seitel p. 64).  There is either an expression of positive, negative, or neutral attitudes.  Throughout the league, Fitzhugh’s attitude is motivating change.  It’s not all about fancy cars, and huge houses, simply making ends meet is good enough if youre happy and comfortable with yourself as a person.

In a final note, “The kid has more heart than anybody I know,” Rose told Vrentas. “This is his dream, to play. I don’t think this is the last you’ve heard of Keith Fitzhugh.”

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ISC Connection 3 – Apple’s 2011: A Preview

This year was huge for the tech giant and its investors; it marked the debut of the iPad, the iPhone 4 and the subsequent Antennagate debacle that briefly punched a hole in Apple’s aura of invincibility.

Not that investors seemed overly concerned — Apple’s stock is up almost 52% this year and closed at a record high of $320.15 on Monday.

I think that Apples stock will only continue to grow, especially with speculation that a Verizon CDMA iPhone will be available in possibly February, or maybe introducing the iPhone 5 before summer.

The iPhone has especially given light to Public Relations and ISC.  Smartphones are capable of accessing the internet and come standard with applications like facebook and twitter, social websites that allow for interacting.


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ISC Connection 2 – Redskins suspend Haynesworth 4 games without pay

Simmering all year, the antagonism between Albert Haynesworth and Mike Shanahan finally reached the boiling point Tuesday when the two-time All-Pro defensive lineman was suspended by the Washington Redskins coach without pay for the rest of the season.

“Despite the club’s numerous attempts to persuade Albert Haynesworth to abide by the terms of his contract, he has repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time,” Shanahan said in statement released by the team.

For a few reasons, Haynesworth can be viewed as a product of publicity.  To many, product publicity is the essence of the value of integrating public relations and marketing.  Haynesworth can be viewed as an advertising tool.  However, because of his actions, he is publicly humiliating the team and himself, and because of that, he has been suspended from the Redskins for the remainder of the season without pay.  Ouch.

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