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Back to it! Thursday 9/20

Hey All,

We will be coming back tomorrow Thursday, September 20th.

Your second blog assignment is due BEFORE class. Please check back on the previous posts for the assignment.

I will unveil the adjusted syllabus soon.

If you cannot attend the make-up class time, 3:40-4:55pm (dates to be determined) because of class or work, please email your TA ASAP. Some of you already did and I appreciate it.

See ya tomorrow!


Professor Dunphy


Quick Update for 1165 Fall 2018

Hi Everyone,

Remember, we don’t return until Thursday, September 20th. We are only missing TWO classes. I sent out the blog work in previous posts — one is due on the 13th and the other on the 20th. Please get those done on time/before the deadline.

Your TAs will respond in time, just keep working on your stuff.

Makeup Classes and Syllabus Adjustment:

We are able to keep the room after our 3:30pm class so I may do 2 one-hour makeups. The exact dates are unknown. Once I get settled, I’ll figure it all out.

If you have class after our class, please email your TA and let us know ASAP.

I will be sending a follow-up soon.

Oh and here’s the first moment the two Dunphy sisters met.


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Hey All,

The baby is here – Wednesday, Sept 5th at 3:47pm.

Below are a few photos.

Speak soon!


Professor Dunphy

Next Few Classes – Fall 2018

Hi Everyone,

Hope you enjoyed the class today- as you see, for 30 minutes I focused on ONE element of the Media Impact chapter– Propaganda… remember, it is your job to read the rest and be prepared. We will continue the chapter next time.

OK! So, just putting it down so you all have this information.

There will be no class from Thursday, September 6th through Thursday, September 20th. We will return on Thursday, September 20th, same time and room.

We will be missing two classes in total, and I am working on make-up dates & times for the classes.

Your first blog post is due next week and the second is due on the 20th, that will not change.

Will update you after all is settled.

Thanks and see you soon!

Professor Dunphy

Blog Post #2 – Due Thurs. Sept 20th

Blog Post due before 2pm on Thursday, September 20th. Of course, this can be posted beforehand. Just don’t miss your deadline.

I was looking at so many different assignments, and spotted this subject… and where we are right now, could be a good day!

Topic: Political Correctness & Language

Read these three articles:


Watch these videos: Content is adult-themed as is the language but you’re adults 🙂

What to Write About:

Do you agree or disagree with political correctness? Is it THAT simple? What about the George Carlin video? What point is he trying to make?

Do you agree/disagree with what is in the articles? What about Bill Maher? Do you agree/disagree? Are his points valid in the two pieces?

What are your thoughts on college campus/safe spaces?

Expand in whatever way you want. Find an article or video that can expand or disagree with the work above… that could be fun.

Word Count: 500-1000 words

Be prepared to discuss in class on the 20th.

Thanks all!

Professor Dunphy



Blog Post #1 – Due Thurs. Sept 13th before 2pm

Hey All,

Please see below for your first blog, due by Thursday September 13th BEFORE 2pm . You can post it anytime you want just before the deadline.

You post this work to your OWN blog, the TA will check it, and eventually give you an assessment of the work.

Read the following two long form magazine articles and the newspaper:



Answer the following questions:

— What is fake news? If you don’t know, go look it up. – Do you think the term “fake news” is accurate? Why or why not. What word would you use in its place?

– What is your immediate reaction to these articles? What stood out to you?

– Do you agree/disagree with “America losing its mind?”

–What as the most surprising elements to the “America losing its mind” piece? Give details.

– Should Facebook or other sites be held to a journalistic standard? What standard do you think that should be? Should people be held to a standard? What about Twitter? Youtube? Should social media sites be forced to allow content that is “objectionable” or “offensive?” Who should these sites be beholden to?

– Should truth be up for debate? Why is it now up for debate?

– Use Rodman’s Chapter 2: Media Impact, as well!

– And anything else you want to add here… go for it.

Word Count: 750-1500 (or more) words.

Happy Writing!


Fall 2018 Mass Media – Class 3 & 4

Hi Everyone!

Enjoy the Labor Day weekend! Class 2 in the books, things are starting to run a little more smoothly with the room. Once the weather breaks, the fans will be off and it’ll be an even better classroom experience.

For Tuesday Class 3 and Thursday Class 4:

Please read Rodman’s Chapters 1 & 2 — you can rent it, buy it used, get it online etc. This is the main text we will be working from, so please get it ASAP.

Remember, most of the exams come straight from the text… so you will need it.

Some classroom reminders:

Please watch your cell phone use, and I would prefer no computers. If you’re taking notes, hand written is better. If you want to take photos of the slides that’s fine by me.

Food and Drink – It’s a brand new room! As in this is the first week it’s ever been used so please have drinks with covers/caps and be careful with them. Put them on the floor, away from your feet so you don’t knock it over. With food, I’d prefer you not to eat but if you do, please do not leave your trash in the room…. that’s uncool.

Extra Credit:

You’re allowed 3 extra credit points throughout the semester.

What does this mean? As explained before, if you’re on the B/B+ cusp range, it may get you to an A-. If you’re on the D+/C- it may get you to C-. I want to help those who are doing well and those who are struggling, so this is one way to do it.

I do allow a 4th extra credit point but ONLY in specific examples. Like The Good Place. See below.

I announced two extra credits so just in case you didn’t write them down. I won’t be posting extra credits unless it’s for a reason. I usually just bring them up in class.

Extra Credit Opt #1:

Fahrenheit 11/9, out in September. Go to see the movie ($5 AMC TUESDAYS!), take a selfie, take a photo of the ticket. Write a 1000 word review (not summary) of the film. Worth 1 point.

Watch The Good Place (seasons 1 & 2) — Watch ALL episodes, write a review (not summary) of the show. Be creative, really have fun with it. I personally believe it is the best show on TV. You can agree or disagree. Season 3 comes out in late September. If you watch Season 1 you will receive 1 point, if you watch both seasons you will receive 3 points. All 3 seasons – 4 points. Length, if a movie is 1000 words… and gets you one point… do the math and this should be 3-5,000 words.

While this may seem like a lot… if you’re discussing: the show, the plot, the characters, individual episodes, ideas, and your personal review over the course of 1, 2 or 3 seasons, it’s not that much.

This is extra credit and not guaranteed nor required.

TA Contact:

If you haven’t heard from your TA, please contact Brittany at, she can direct you to who you should be working with during the semester.

That’s about it!

Have a good one weekend!

Professor Dunphy