Media Criticism Spring 2012

Part 1: Deconstructing Super Bowl Ads

What’s a Newspaper?

What’s a newspaper? That’s a question that future generations might very well ask. Technology is changing all time. The way we access information today has completely changed the game for traditional news media. Ken Doctor author of Newsonomics: twelve new trends that will shape the news you get, writes how online media today offers so many more choices than before. […]

Take Comfort in Rituals

Since I was little, I remember the news being a part of a daily ritual.  In the mornings,  my mom or dad would always walk outside to get the newspaper with a cup of coffee in hand.  At the end of the day, we would flip through news channels to get the scoop on the […]

The Fight of Decade: Newspapers vs. The Web

Small town newspapers are facing a huge battle in terms of staying relevant and even alive in this new age of the internet and the speedy access to news and information that this medium provides consumers.  Looking at a small … Continue reading

This isn’t your normal newspaper and cup of joe routine

Growing up, I walked downstairs in the morning to see my dad reading the Wall Street Journal with his daily cup of coffee. These days, I walk to my early classes and see dozens of students with a smartphone in one hand and a to-go cup of coffee in the other. Many people seem to be […]

Too Much Media?

Where were you on September 11th, 2001? Everyone tends to have some kind of memory about where they were, what they were doing, who they were with, etc. We saw many examples of these memories days, weeks, and even months after the attack. Newspapers liked to feature certain families who had something to do with …

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I Already Heard About That !

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and you try and tell them a story and they tell you they have already heard the information on a social media site. For many younger adults the social media sites of Facebook ,Twitter and other readily available mediums allows for many people to get their news […]

Evolution of Journalism: Blogging

Since the creation of the Internet, individuals are now able to connect to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Most of these connections have been made through a new type of journalism: blogging. Blogging has provided interactive collaboration … Continue reading

Don’t Let Go!

Last week was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The ship of wonders, the dawn of a new era, this ship was supposed to be the shining vessel of modern day (at the time). However, we all remember the movie Titanic with the ever so beautiful Rose and Jack Dawson. While the […]

The Social Media Takeover

At home we have a rule that we are not allowed to use cellphones at meal time. My parents basically came up with this rule because I would always bring my cellphone to the table and I could not get through a meal without an interruption. I would constantly be checking Facebook, Twitter, email, and […]

The Huffington Post: The Start of an Online Revolution

With technology advancing as much as it is, the old newspaper might be forced online to stay in business. Numerous newspapers have already made the move online such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. The Huffington Post started on the internet with an online newspaper when the demand started a few years […]

Black And White And Read All Over

How many of us actually remember waking up during the weekends to find out parents both sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee or tea, reading the newspaper? My parents usually gave me the comics so I could … Continue reading

Don’t Slay This Gentle Giant

“Look how the mighty have fallen”. This phrase, one we are all familiar with,  can be used to describe the 2007 collapse of the 18-0 Patriots in the Super Bowl or even with the 2011 Red Sox, going from first … Continue reading

Where did the readers go? Online!

Do I have my IPhone? Check. Do I have my Tablet? Check. What’s on the agenda today? Work from 8 to 3 and Soccer practice at 4:30. I have to get dinner ready, make sure the children do their homework, and get everyone in bed by 10:00pm. These could be the thoughts of a working […]


Facebook has become the world’s most popular social media site and has about 200 million members. I remember when I made my facebook, back in 2007, and how different the set up and privacy options were. Facebook updates their format quite often, which usually throws off the privacy settings everyone personalizes. In the past few […]

It’s Not Always On Paper!

When it comes to receiving the latest news, the internet is the place to go. Newspapers are now starting to turn their own pages over in shame because they are no longer getting the attention they used to. With all the different sources available in today’s society, traditional newspapers are having a tough time competing […]

Old News Is Gone… But How Gone?

In September of last year, a documentary called Page One: Inside the New York Times was released. This documentary looked into the life of one of the most powerful newspapers ever to exist and the downfall of traditional media. The New York Times has famously broken major news stories, such as the Pentagon Papers, and […]

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