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Week 12 & Updates – Next Blog

Hey All,

Congrats on finishing your second exam. You’ll get your grade back next class.

For Week 12, 13, & 14 + final exam:

Week 12 – 4/26: Chapter 10: (Internet) & Chapter 11: (News: The Information Industry)



Week 13 – 5/3: Chapter 11: (News: The Information Industry)

All extra credits due by week 13

A post will accompany this class.

Week 14 – 5/10: Chapter 14: (Media Law: Understanding Freedom of Expression) & Chapter 15: (Media Ethics: Understanding Media Morality)

A post will accompany this class.

Final Exam – May 24th 3:30-5:30pm

Chapters: TBD

Blog Assignment – Due April 26th

The Internet, Facebook & Cambridge Analytica

What is happening with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica? Try and summarize with sources.

How do you feel about Facebook? What is your opinion about what they do? Should your online information be private? Do you care if companies know things about you? Any personal opinions? **Even if you don’t have an account, you still know about Facebook.**

Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of congress – find any relevant clip and react to to him and/or the clips.

Read these articles and incorporate it into your writing:

What did Cambridge Analytica do? Is it a big deal what they did? Is this a big ol’ bag of nothing? Write more than these prompts.

Do you believe the CA whistleblower, Christopher Wylie? What is your impression of him?

Why do you think this story HAD legs but now has moved from the CA/FB link to just tech companies in general?

Find your own research articles (at least 1) and clips on your own (at least 2) and discuss the issues.

There’s more to this story so write about it!

This is the last blog before the final one, you should be good at this by now… your TA will respond giving you any last minute tips or suggestions.

Word Count: 1000+

See ya on Thursday!


Reminder – Exam #2 Thursday

Hey everyone,

A quick reminder, your second exam is on Thursday.

Chapters: 6-9 in Rodman’s book.

#2 pencil – true/false, multiple choice, and now matching!

See ya Thursday!

Best of luck,


Happy Returns! Some Extra Credits!

Hello 1165,

Welcome back from Spring Break! We will have class on Thursday and discuss Television.

I will have an updated syllabus for you during class.

Please make sure to watch those shows and be ready for Thursday.

Below are two opts for extra credits:

  1. Input2018 – please see the attached doc — INPUT2018Volunteersignup (4)

2. The other is copied and pasted, it’s for tomorrow but will get you a bunch of extra credit points too!

“What is Independent Television” on Tuesday, April 10th at 6pm in the Woody Tanger Auditorium. The event will feature seven directors, writers, actors and producers discussing their work and their strategies in this emerging paradigm.
I am trying to make it and you should as well.
See ya Thursday!


Hello 1165,

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, I am canceling class today.

My TAs will be sending out a television episodes and an assignment soon. The assignment is below as well. This work will be posted to your blog.

Sorry to have to miss the class. Regardless, have a great spring break and holiday!


Professor Dunphy

The Assignment:

Hello 1165,

I have to cancel class today due to a family issue. I am not sure when we will be able to make it up so in lieu of a class, you will watch some television.
I would like for you to take the time and watch the pilot episodes of the following shows:
Roseanne — sent via wetransfer
NEW (kinda a pilot) of Roseanne – premiered this past week and is available on demand, streaming, etc.
The Newsroom – sent via wetransfer
West Wing – available streaming
All FOUR are required viewing.
You will compare and contrast the Roseanne old vs. new
Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom v. The West Wing
If you want to compare/contrast all four – go for it.
In addition, answer some of the following:
Who are your favorite/least characters and why?
Which show would you want to continue watching and why?
**If you don’t like the shows, that’s fine but I need to know why!
The: “I don’t watch these kind of shows” is an unacceptable answer.
Add anything else you want to add please feel free
Word Count: 1000+ words
Due: Thursday, April 12th by 3:30pm
**Extra Credit Opt:
Watch the first season of ANY of these shows and write about it. This will count as 3 extra credit “points.”
The work has to be over 3000 words as usually 1 extra credit point is over 1000 words of work.
You may get an assignment regarding the INTERNET — that will be due on the same day. So just keep an eye out.

Thursday March 29th 1165

Hey Everyone,

Sorry for the delay!

For this coming class please read Rodman’s TV chapter.

There is NO blog due for this week.


Professor Dunphy

1165 Week 8 Spring 18

Hi Everyone,

Good discussion yesterday. Hope you’re enjoying the work.

Remember for extra credit (due by week 13) you can discuss some of the albums mentioned and/or the Bruno Mars… situation? Extra credits are earned, not given.

Solid job on the quiz. Most passed!

For next week:

Please read the Radio & TV section from Rodman’s book.


We watched this video at the end of class:

Write about it.

Your thoughts, ideas… is this hate speech? Free speech? Is it protected? Should it be protected? Should a radio host (or anyone in media) be responsible if an individual causes harm to others?

Not just this — explore further than just the above prompts.

Word Count: 500-1000 words

I want to be VERY clear! This is not ONLY from one side of the aisle but in the radio world it is predominately right leaning, so here there ya go.

We will discuss in full on Thursday.

Looking forward to it!

Have a great weekend.

Professor Dunphy

1165 Week 7 March 15th Spring 18

Hello Everyone,

Hope you enjoyed the film discussion! Two favorites for sure. Both were extremely influential on my upbringing so why not share?

For next week:

Please read Rodman’s Chapter 7 – Recordings and read the “Controversy section” of the Radio chapter.

For your blog:

After our quick discussion yesterday, I decided to make it a 21 year anniversary party.

Your Favorite Album vs. My Favorite Album

My favorite album is Radiohead’s OK Computer (1997)

You can find the album ANYWHERE so that shouldn’t be an issue.

Listen to the album, give a review of the album as a whole. 

*The only unacceptable review is any form of: “I don’t listen to this kind of music.”

Do RESEARCH (reviews? Lyrics?), work with the album for a few days…. and write this how you want. However, you SHOULD listen to this album several times before reviewing it.

Include these few:

Do you see any similarities between this album and the articles we’ve read? The movies we’ve watched? If so, how?

Pick ONE song to break down – either the one you liked the most, least, etc. Don’t just say, I like it. Really go into it.

Extra Credit if you can guess my favorite and give a reason why.

More Extra Credit: A year ago Radiohead released the 20th anniversary of the album, and added MORE songs, it’s called OKNOTOK Computer. You can add to your post using this album.

Your Favorite Album:

I need an album to listen to — I miss new music. Convince me to buy this album.

Which is the best song? Why? Really get into it.

Knowing OK Computer is my favorite… it does give you a leg up on things.

Looking forward to seeing which album you chose and what you think of OK Computer.

Word Count: Whatever you believe is COLLEGE LEVEL work. Seriously. This could be the redeeming post that ups your grade. Earn it.

Enjoy the MUSIC! And if you’ve gotten this far, I SO may quiz you on the recordings chapter.


Professor Dunphy