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The Internet

The Internet has definitely, without argument, has made our lives much more convenient. Whether it means for the better is a little on the subjective side. Having said that, I have used the Internet for shopping, gaming, and occasionally for fun, dating as well.

We’ve all bought something online and as college students, this meant books. Online gaming is very popular nowadays and it’s fun to actually play with people across the globe. As for online dating, like many others, I’ve tried to create profiles on such sites for shizzles and giggles but never really got into it. I prefer face to face conversations for that matter.

My close friend’s mom only does her shopping online. Even their groceries are sometimes delivered to their front step courtesy of Google Express. However, I wouldn’t call it an addiction. She explained it as a form of convenience more than anything since she’d rather stay at home than go out and shop thanks to her very busy work schedule.


Internet Blog

The use of the internet technology in my life has been significant even though I claim not to be such a fan of it. I use the internet to research any topic I become interested in, some social media, and mostly for shopping. I love being able to jump on Amazon ( whenever I want to look for electronics, records, amplifiers, cables, guitar parts, or anything else I can think of. I do think I have gotten addicted to the speed and instant gratification of using the web to shop for things but it’s so convenient I would be a fool not too. I would rather look up reviews on a product and search for the cheapest price than get in my car and go drive around for hours just to find out how much more expensive it is in stores. I have also found a really useful and dangerous website (dangerous because I could easily spend every dime I have on it’s products) called ( However, I do enjoy looking at things (guitars and pedals), and being able to try them out in person to ultimately decide if I want it. The instant gratification of the internet has made it too easy to spend money and become addicted to it.

Internet Blog.

I am very into shoes. Shoes like Jordan’s, and collector shoes, so a lot of times I find the items that are very rare only on the internet. Websites like and tend to meet a lot of my shopping needs. So far I have thankfully had nothing bad to say about my experiences doing business online. I normally type in the type of item I’m looking for including the size of the shoe I need, and many options pop up. I tend to only buy items that I can see the legit picture of the shoes I want. That way I am seeing the product that I am buying. I would recommend online shopping to anyone.

Blog # 7: Internet

By: Alexandria Sellers

I use the internet in a lot of different ways. I use it to watch movies and shop. I don’t do online dating or gambling, I’d have to be single with money to do that. I do however know people who use the same sites but are obsessed. My friend Naya became obsessed with this site called Wish and would spend all of her money on useless things because they were “just so cheap”. She only managed to put a stop to it after some of her friends staged and intervention and she spent her entire paycheck in one day.

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Facebook firing by John Palalia

Shepherd v. McGee (U.S. Dist. Ct., Oregon, Nov.  7, 2013), 2013 WL 5963076



Jennifer shepherd is a child protective services worker from Oregon that would post her views on how to punish people that abused children

She would commonly post on her Facebook page that violence is cured with violence basically suggesting that people who abuse kids should be beat up. One of her friends on Facebook forwarded some of the posts to Ken McGee a HR manager who with the help of an attorney got Jennifer on leave and then later on fired.

Privacy was one of the factors involved in this case since Jennifer’s private Facebook page was used to display her personal views and used against her despite if they were mere thoughts and not actions. Also the first amendment was involved in this case since we are all free to speak our minds but with certain restriction since depending on our jobs our view could be used against us.

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Addicted to online shopping by John Palalia

A few years ago I got very busy with school and work and this restricted the free time that I had to go out shopping to the mall, this made me think of options that I had since I love shopping. I started online shopping and this became and obsession since I haven’t stopped even now that I have more free time. This obsession has gotten pretty bad since now whenever I get a chance to go online I always end up looking for shoes, ties, jackets etc. it’s a bad habit to have, now every time I go online there’s a couple of websites that I must visit and if I don’t I feel like I’m missing out on new fashion. I think that I am getting good deals but the reality is that I am a cyber hoarder. This addiction has decreased now that I have more expenses but it is still a problem and I wish I could just wake up one morning and stop it.

Blog #7

By Stephanie Andrada

As far as using the internet for shopping, dating and gaming, I myself have done all of those. Although I have not done it to the point where I have an addiction. However, I do know someone who is addicted to online dating to the point where she doesn’t know how to meet people in person anymore. This person goes to a certain cite that they have created a profile for and randomly looks at other people’s profiles to see whether they match her needs or not.

My friend and I were talking about this particular subject one day and she said to me that she doesn’t like going out to places and meeting people because she doesn’t know how to talk to people in person. She would rather go on a dating site and meet people that way. She feels that it is easier and more simple to meet people rather than taking the time out of her busy schedule to meet someone for dinner. So far she has not stopped this habit, and I feel as if she will never stop only because of the convenience.

Week #7: Internet

By: Karissa Louie

When I was younger and had more time, I enjoyed playing games online- especially games associated with Neopets or the many various games on Facebook.  I have also used the internet to shop for various items such as clothes and accessories. I do know somebody who has developed an addiction to playing on the internet.  She cannot stay off her phone, she is on it constantly and she never lets it out of her hand even when she sleeps.  It makes it very hard to hang around her because I cannot carry a conversation with her because she is always on her phone.  Personally, I believe it affects her life because she does not have the social capabilities kids our age should have and her priorities are skewed because of her constant addition of being on her phone. Some of the games she enjoys playing include, Myvegas and Farmville.

Blog 6: My Internet Addiction, by Armen Vardanian

These days I normally use the Internet for shopping purposes for the items that I cannot find in the local stores, such as: educational textbooks, household or personal articles, and for the material that are available only in download forms.

I have used the Internet for gaming and dating purposes in the past, but found such activity is not suitable for me.  I lost my interest in on-line gaming because it would take too much time from the other hobbies I enjoyed in my life.  The women I met on dating sites were mostly from other countries, and these relationships did not move forward, because on-line communication cannot replace face-to-face interaction with a real person.  Furthermore, from my past experience I feel that the long distance relationships generally fade out in time.

Despite the fact that I was not interesting in on-line gaming, I developed an addiction to one specific game in particular – playing on-line Poker (card game) with people around the world.  The on-line virtual environment resembled a Poker table with avatars (real people behind the masked figures) playing the game.  The website required a deposit in a small dollar amount (about $20 to $30,) which then can be used for betting purposes in the game.  I was not a good poker player, but occasionally would win a game or two after playing the game for several hours.  Nevertheless, I would lose game after game, and subsequently the money I have deposited earlier.  The desire to return my money back and win a large pot drove me to the next game, which would turn into another fiasco.  I spent many hours in front of my computer just to face disappointments of losing and finding my website valet vault empty again and again.  The adventure, which lasted for couple of years, took my breath away and sucked me in for good.  Running in circles for winning results did not help me in gaining my money back, but caused to develop on-line gambling addiction, which was very difficult to escape.  I did not know how to halt the trend and finally decided to stop using my computer at home for six months.  It took a long time for me to shed my harmful habits, accept monetary loss, admit that on-line gambling is addictive, and escape playing on-line Poker.  My pursuit for the imaginable fortune caused me to lose several thousand dollars and waste valuable time, which I sincerely regret.  However, I’m happy that I was able to leave dark days of my addiction behind me, able to control my gambling habits, and live a new life.  I use computer at home since then without problems as I learned my lesson.  I also lost my interest in on-line gambling.

Since 2011 the U.S. residence cannot play on-line Poker on websites of several large companies, who were found in money laundering and violating banking regulations.  The restrictions were imposed by U.S Attorney in violation of “Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.”

Blog post week 6

I do occasionally purchase things offline, but only once and a while. Like, maybe once every 6 months; so I wouldn’t say that is is something that I myself am addicted to. I have also met a few people online that I have developed strong bonds with, and real feelings, however only a few that I just happened to come across on social media, I don’t go out looking for relationships online. I do know someone who does tend to find “love” online a lot, this causes them to feel alone where they actually are, and only dream of being with their online lover. I think a way they can stop this, is to pay attention to the people who are physically there with them, and to not block people how who are trying to be in their lives.


By Jorian Lewke

I do not personally know anyone that has an internet addiction but I found an interesting video about it here.

I use my computer a lot, but not the Internet. I use it to edit photos and work on graphic design projects. When I’m on the internet, I am usually designing websites. I do use social media, but I don’t use it everyday and mainly use it to keep up with friends that live back home or have gone to school in other states. I also use it for class.

Week 7: Internet -Blog 6

By: Manuel Jaimes

I have used the internet for shopping, gaming but never for dating. I don’t think I know anyone who used any of the dating sites that are available. I believe the person I know  the most that has developed an addiction to the internet is my myself. Most of my time is being spent on the internet, ever since I got hooked on the internet i kept getting side tracked by things that aren’t my work. While doing assignments that that require internet access, I wonder off into the internet. I don’t really have an addiction to a specific online activity, such as shopping or gaming, but an addiction to the internet itself. Im aware I spend a lot my time in front of a screen ,but  as far as putting a stop to it thats something I am  still working on. My addiction led me to be indoors for many hours of the day, something I still do. One of the sites I can be stuck on for ours is IMGUR.COM; and online image hosting site, this is one of the many sites that one will find the internets mots popular image content. There are millions of pictures that are informative as well as humorous, and its where most of my time is spent.


Week 6: Internet Addiction

by Alena Naiden

I have never used Internet for dating or gaming, but I do use it for shopping more and more. I love the fact that I don’t need to spend hours in the mall or between shops in search of something from my head.

A concept of an addiction from shopping or dating in Internet sounds very new to me, but the cases of gaming addiction are everywhere. My husband can spend hours playing some games off- or online. Fortunately, any game becomes boring sooner or later, and he comes back to normal.

I think I don’t have any friends whose game addiction is more permanent and prolonged, but I know that almost everyone close to my age, including me, spends too much time in social networks. It is the most common type of Internet addiction I usually face, and to fight it I, personally, challenged myself not to log in into them for months. That break was a great experience, with so much free time, such a full rest and increased productivity.

Week 4 Response: MOVIES!

By Cheyenne Rada

My favorite movie of 2011 was The Help mostly because it showed almost all sides of racism within one movie as opposed most of which show only one. It was also a very sensitive movie and because it followed many different peoples story lines instead of just one.

My all time favorite movie has to be Lilo and Stitch. It has such a sweet innocence to it that is hard for me not to fall in love with. Also the characters of Lilo and Nani are very relatable for me.

I first saw these movies in home on DVD.  The link for the help is

The link for Lilo and Stitch is

The official The Help trailer is

Week 3 Response: MAGAZINES!

By Cheyenne Rada

The Grey Grip is a new magazine that I hope can bring together controversial issues from around the globe.

I propose that in this magazine we can be able to shine light on subjects that we usually only get a on sided view from. We won’t be segregated into democrats, republicans, tea party, liberals, conservatives, etc. we will show all sides of all issues and educate the general public. That way people will be able to make more educated votes and take more educated action. In this way actual needed and desired change can begin to occur.

Our demographic will be all individuals of mature and voting age (which in the US is 18 years of age) that want to make change in the world or at least want to be more educated about the issues surrounding the world.

Our magazine is different and better simply because most magazines out there only show one side of each printed story.

Some advertisers would probably be Universities, State Politicians, Federal Politicians, Suit companies, Luxury car companies, and airlines.

Some of my first articles would include “Are you, you or are you a social puppet?” “Gay Marriage all over the world” “ISIS, what do we do now?” “Will health care reforms really see the light of day?” “Religion too hard to swallow?”

The premier issue of my magazine will have the cover art shown below but with a black background and the above listed article with picture on the front. So the “Are you, you or are you a social puppet?” will be over the picture of the question mark. “Gay Marriage all over the world” will feature a pink triangle over a globe. “ISIS, what do we do now?” will feature a picture of an ISIS member. “Will health care reforms really see the light of day?” will feature a few photo of president Obama meeting with hospital staff. “Religion too hard to swallow?” will feature respectable symbols of well know religions that are known for forcing their ideals down peoples throats.

Week 2 Response: BOOKS!

By Cheyenne Rada

In honor of books, below are my personal top three.

When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe, is by far my favorite book. I’ve always been curious about the events in the Pacific during World War II and this was perfect. This book although it has fictional characters, the situations they are put in brings you directly to the state of mind of the characters. It not only shows the perspectives but it also shares common stories from some of the characters pasts.  It shares the struggles of each generation and bring the reader closer to them and their own sense of peace.

In contrast to Holthe’s work, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata was a refreshing perspective on World War II in the Pacific. It gave me a new respect for not only Japanese people, but for all innocent souls affected deeply by their country’s war. I sympathized greatly with the main character Sadako and her struggle. This book creates a Japan that is approachable and helpless after the war. I believe if the reader is open minded (like I was) that, despite to devastation,  they could find a new appreciation for their current lives and have less hate for people that are not responsible for obscenities committed to them.

Fahrenheit 451 was another incredible book that I’ve read over the years. This showed me what true ignorance and fear looks and acts like. But it also showed me pure curiosity and innocent human nature. One interpretation has always stuck with me greatly. SPOILER ALERT! But when the main character witnesses the woman burn with her books, he himself learns socially and attempts to understand why she would do such a thing, then physically places himself in the same position and does as she did. This gave me a reason to believe that no matter how stupid the action appears to others at the time, I can still make a difference. It was just such an inspiring book. I would really recommend it to anyone looking for inspiration or passion.

Blog movies


Length: 5:28

Description: Female stereotypes in Disney Films. The stereotyping in movies sets the example and the bar where young girls feel they need to measure up. As in look like, dress and act.

Chapter: 6, Movies.

Quiz question: Why is stereotyping a problem, and how do producers explain their use of it?

Answer: Stereotyping is a problem because it sends a message to the audiences about people in difference scenes. More so like Disney, shows the example of what producers say that stereotyping is a huge asset to storytelling.

Radio’s Humble Beginnings

Length: 3:10

Description: How Radio Broadcasting became popular/possible in Britain and how personal radio use came to be.

Chapter Relevance: Chapter 8, Radio

Quiz Question: Before personal radios became a standard in every household, they were a hobby among very few. What were these hobbyists called?

Answer: Radio HAMs

Blog Post #5

By Alan Farinas

Length: 8:18

Chapter 5: Magazines

Description:  Fast Company Magazine’s Alan Weber giving his thoughts on the current state of the magazine industry and how it can survive in the future.

Quiz Question: How have magazines adapted to new media over the years?

Answer: Magazines adapted to the new media by embracing them. When movies came around they put out cover stories about movie stars and magazines specializing in movies. They did the same for television and the internet, and even branched out into both mediums. Magazines have also created web versions of themselves and exist alongside strictly online magazines to interact with the growing group of consumers that are hooked to the web.

The Muckrakers (blogged by Dylan Clark)

Length: 3:53

Description: Detailed information on what muckraking is, the history and the individuals who practiced this type of journalism during the Progressive Era in the United States.

Related to: Chapter 4- Newspapers, Chapter 5- Magazines, Chapter 11- Evolving Journalism, Chapter 15- Media Ethics

Quiz Question: In 1904, who exposed the ruthless tactics of the Standard Oil Company in a series of articles in McClure’s magazine?

Answer: Ida M. Tarbell

Blog #5

By Stephanie Andrada

Length: 3:15

Description: Stats and facts of how social media impacts the United States but also other countries in the world, and censorship of media in countries around the world.

Chapter 1, Introduction; Chapter 6 Movies; Chapter 7 Recordings and the music industries

Quiz Question: Resistance to and fear of a new medium occurred?

Answer: With movies in the 1930s

Length: 2:42

Description: Top ten books that are banned from different states and countries around the world.

Chapter 3 Books

Quiz Question: The first book that resembled today’s form of books was called?

Answer: Codex

Length: 4:01

Description: A brief history on newspapers

Chapter 4 Newspapers

Quiz Question: First newspapers probably appeared in?

Answer: China

Length: 6:30

Description: A brief history on the evolution of the magazine

Chapter 5 Magazines

Quiz Question: The top magazines by circulation are?

Answer: Time and Sports Illustrated

Length: 3:10

Description: The impact of the invention of the radio, how it was first invented and the history of how the radio became popular in the world.

Chapter 7 Radio

Quiz Question: The first phonograph recorded sounds on a?

Answer: Metal cylinder

Radio or Television

By Hoa Ha. The video that I chose is titled “5 Crazy ways Social Media is Changing Your Brain Right Now”.


Length: 3:17

Description: The video explains why we continue to get on social media websites and what it is doing to our brain. The video is by AsapSCIENCE.

Book chapters: Chapter 2: Media Impact, Chapter 10: The Internet

Question: What is the feel good drug that activates when you are posting something online about yourself?

Answer: Dopamine

Week 5: Media Effects Video

by Alena Naiden

Length: 2.10
Description: Stats and facts concerning the effects of stereotypic  representation of women in media on young girls
Chapter 2: Media Impact, Chapter 5: Magazines, Chapter 9: Television, Chapter 10: Internet 
Quiz Question:  What is approximate time an average girl spends on media, according to this video?
Answer: 10 hours 45 minutes

YouTube Video

By Jorian Lewke

Length: 8:18
Description: Theories about the future of the newspaper and magazine industry
Chapter 3: Newspapers Chapter 4: Magazines
Quiz Question: If journalism itself isn’t broken, what is?
Answer: The business model

Favorite song of all time/ 2011

Jasmine Frazier

My favorite song of 2011, would have to be Cheer up by J. Cole. I find this song not only inspiring but relevant to my own life. He is one of the few hip hop artist that actually raps about relevant, and real-life topics, not just bragging about money, or his life style.

My favorite song of all time, is “Tha Crossroads” by bone thugs and harmony. I’ve loved this song for as long as I could remember. This song is basically saying that one should not waste their lives, because life is indeed short, and could be taken at any moment, so you should appreciate the life you have, and to right to live eternally.

All in all, thought the modern up beat music gets me off my feet, and hype, at the end of the day, I’m in love with the real, and genuine hip-hop that stresses real life situations, being the things I saw growing up.

Television blog #5 by John palalia

Length 1:19

I love Lucy best blooper video, clearly shows how during the golden age of Television minorities where most of the times excluded, and when they were included in an scene they were mocked on. Also lucy is portraited as the hapless housewife who was not allowed to work outside the home, this show was very popular during the 1950’s.

Television chapter 9

Quiz #5 question

Why was the golden age of TV not so golden for everyone?

It was not so golden because not everybody was included, it discriminated against minorities, and also it promoted stereotypes as well as inequality. Also in this golden age television’s content was not meant to educate but to entertain.

Stereotypes in TV and Movies

By Stephanie Lopez

Length: 4:25
Description: Clips of popular TV shows and movies that use stereotypes as a form of entertainment.
Chapter 6: Movies, Chapter 9: Television, other chapters
Question: What is one reason that media uses so many stereotypes?
Answer: Stir up the public’s emotions.

Blog 5: Radio and Television, by Armen Vardanian

Falsified Journalism is a Great Instrument for Propaganda

Length: 4:30 min


Description: The North Korea documentary propaganda video, from circa 2013, about how Americans live today and survive by eating birds and drinking melted snow.  The video shows homeless people across the U.S. and portraits them as an average Americans.  The propaganda montage, which was collected from various short clips, the diverse timelines and locations, is an adaptation adversity for the North Korean TV viewers.  The footage shows homeless people in New York City in the winter, where homeless people lined up for the hot meals, supplied by charity organizations.  The narrator explains that the people are very grateful for the government handouts and asserts that this kind of assistance is being distributed daily.  However, the reporter stresses, that not everybody is able to receive their portion of food.  The commentator indicates that the coffee is made from melted snow, and people live in tents with broken roofs.  The documentary, which is accompanied by dramatic music, captures fragments of devastation in the U.S. in aftermaths of hurricane Katrina.  The narrator points out that many homes are easily blown off, for unknown reasons, by enforcing visual effect with the images of some old destroyed homes appearing in the documentary.

The government propaganda in North Korea provides falsified information about living conditions in the U.S. to justify its atrocities in North Korea.

Corresponding Chapter: Chapter 2: Media Impact – effects of propaganda and flow theories; Chapter 6: Movies – effects of movie viewing and censorship; Chapter 9: Television – reinforcing stereotypes.

Quiz Question: What kind of flow effect is used in this propaganda documentary?  Who is the opinion leader?

Answer:  The Bullet flow effect and Two-step flow effect (through the government of North Korea.)  The government of North Korea represents the opinion leader.


By: Lyndsey Guida

In 2012, my favorite movie that came out was The Vow. I enjoyed this movie because it really demonstrated the strength of love and all that it can overcome. It truly exposed the powers that comes with love. My all time favorite movie is The Notebook, yet another love story. This movie is my all time favorite because I’m in love with the era that it embodies (the 1950’s), and it encourages people to follow what they’re passionate about. Passion is what makes life so enjoyable whether it be for something or someone. Both of these movies I saw when they come out on DVD because I don’t always have the time to make it to the movies. It is safe to say that I’am a sucker for love stories.

My Favorite Films

By Stephanie Lopez

My favorite movie of 2012 was Moonrise Kingdom directed by Wes Anderson. It struck a chord on my first viewing due to its almost dreamlike atmosphere and the innocence that the two main characters represented. Their love is one of the best love stories put on to film in my opinion. It’s pure and naive, two traits that make me sentimental for things I haven’t even experienced. The film makes me feel nostalgic and keeps me yearning for the type of affection the two main characters have for each other. The acting was flawless and Anderson’s art direction is pristine, especially in this film.


My favorite movie of all-time is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind directed by French filmmaker, Michel Gondry. I’ve watched Eternal Sunshine an innumerable amount of times, usually when my heart is aching or I’m feeling some other saccharine emotion. The blatant imperfections of the two protagonists are so relatable, pulling at the heart strings of the audience more than most other movies do. The science fiction aspect of the film gives it a refreshing twist. By the end of the movie, you may find yourself reflecting on the quote, “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.


Favorite Movie of 2012

My favorite movie of 2011-2012 was The Dark Knight Rises directed by Christopher Nolan. I have been a huge Batman fan for as long as I remember and when this movie came out I knew I would have to go see it in theaters. It was the final piece of the trilogy and I really liked the previous two movies by Nolan. Probably my favorite thing about the movie was Bane, the main villain, because of his strength and ruthlessness. Although these movies are not necessarily true to the comic books there were some throwbacks to the 90’s animated series I would watch as a kid and I think they were directed well and visualized well for the modern era.

I still think my favorite movie of all time was The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I have loved westerns as a kid and I still love westerns just as much, if not more. I remember seeing this movie one saturday or sunday morning at home on the television and admiring the deadeye, badass cowboys. I watch this movie pretty often because it never gets old and the dialogue makes more sense now that I’m older.

My Favorite Recordings

By Alan Farinas

My favorite recording is of some music from The Roots. They are a hop hop band that are one of the few that still use live instruments. They can be seen playing on the Jimmy Fallon Show. This particular song is titled seed 2.0 It doesn’t necessarily relate to my life or anything, but it makes me want to dance uncontrollably. It sums up the time when hip hop was still positive and more of an art.

My favorite oldie is “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson. I brings back so many memories from my childhood. And like the song from The Roots it also makes me want to dance, but more like Michael Jackson. The songs construction and his conviction behind his words just made me feel so cool. That’s my favorite type of music. The kind that uplift me and makes me want to get up and move.

My favorite recordings by john palalia

my favorite recording of 2011-2012 would be a bachata song named poquito a poquito recorded in south america, i heard this song on the radio. its a bachata song that talks about falling in love little by little , yes i am a romantic and i love this song because its pretty unique, and authentic.

my favorite recording of all time would be the song in un’altra vita by ludoviko. its one of my favorites because i performed to it. its an amazing piece of art. very few times can people listen to a piece of music this good in popular stream media.   (poquito a poquito)  (in un’ altra vita)


My favorite movie from 2011-2012 had to be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. It was more because it concluded a series that I had been a fan of for most of my life. I’ve been a Harry Potter fan since before I could read and had to have my dad read the stories to me. The movie itself was cinematically pleasing to be sure. The final battle scene was everything I pictured it to be and that was most of what the last movie was about. I’m sure there are a list of critiques a mile long, but I was entertained by the movie, and that’s why I watch movies. Here is the link for IMDB:

My favorite movie of all time has to be dodgeball. It’s a comedy and again the critiques are a mile long, but they always are for comedies. I’ve seen this film so many times that I could recite most of it by heart. However the thing that sticks out the most is the dynamic between Vinve Voughns character, Peter Leflour, and Ben Stillers character, White Goodman; the two of them were absolutely hilarious together. Here is the IMDB link for Dogdeball:

Here’s the link to the Dodgeball trailer:

blog #4 movies

My personal favorite movie of 2011-2012 was The Hunger Games. It was so action packed but at the same time was a love story with a great message. I was very happy Hollywood came out with such a flavorful creation. I saw the Hunger Games in the movie theaters with my boyfriend, the first weekend it came out, because based on the commercials, we knew it was a must see film. Now my favorite movie of all time, would have to be 1993 movie, The Sandlot. I think I fell in love with this movie one summer I was staying at my cousin’s house, everyday my mom would drop me off before she would head to work and I would watch it with my older cousin who would always say the lines before the actors would. I ended up growing up and doing the same.

The Sandlot:

The Hunger Games:

Blog 4: My Favorite Recordings, by Armen Vardanian

My favorite song of 2012 and my all-time favorite, by Armen Vardanian

One of my favorite songs recorded in 2012 was a song called “Panopticon” by alternative band “Smashing Pumpkins.”  What I like the most about this song is that its heavy and aggressive music riffs are covered by enormously soft lyrics, which leaves the listener wondering – what happens next.  Panopticon is a type of prison where the prisoners can be observed all the time by the guards.  The song reflects some sort of hope that inmates cherish all the time, by showing that there is a beautiful soul in every human, despite the fact that the transgression was committed.  The main theme of the song is “There’s a sun that shines in.”

The first time I heard this song was when I purchased the CD of “Smashing Pumpkins” in 2012.

Here is the link to the YouTtube video:

My all-time favorite song is called “Comfortably Numb,” by rock band “Pink Floyd.”  The song was released in 1980, and had a great influence on me since then.  The song is about certain hallucination that goes back to the childhood memories, and the experience of calmness despite the pain and sadness.  The songwriter draws lines between his recollection of similar feelings from years ago and the current state of being.  The best part of the song is the guitar solo composed and played by band’s guitarist David Gilmore; this solo is ranked number two of all rock guitar solos in the rock music history.

I heard this recording in 1981 on LP, because the CD’s did not exit at that time.

Here is the YouTube video of this song:

Week 4: Movies or Recordings – Blog 4

By Manuel:

My favorite movie of 2011-12 was the Movie TED, the reason I like the movie is because, of course it was funny and I enjoy comedies, but what I mostly enjoyed I was watching that movie with my closest friends. We illegally streamed it so we didn’t have to pay money to watch it in the theaters. I enjoyed the movie but I enjoy the memory better because I rarely see those friends anymore. My favorite movie of all time has to be the first Toy Story movie, I remember watching that movie at my cousins house when my aunt she would babysit me. My cousin and I would always play that movie since it was one of the few movies he owned. We watched the movie on his TV and it was a VHS tape, which I believe he still owns to this day.

-Rotten Tomatoes

Toy Story:
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The movie that topped my list during 2011 was “Limitless”. Directed by Neil Burger, the movie revolves around a mysterious pill that allows its user to access 100% of their brain compared to the notion of humans only being able to access 10%. The movie provides and insight on how the the brain is such a powerful tool that it turns a struggling writer to someone who can learn any language in a short time and master the stock market at the same time.

Picking an all time favorite movie seems like a serious commitment to one flick and I love movies too much to make such a decision. However, I would have to say that one of my favorite movies was Saving Private Ryan which was directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie paints an emotionally action-packed picture of WWII where it shows not only the bravery of the soldiers during war time but also their personality and character through those horrid events.

My favorite Movies

Thomas Cyncor

One of my favorite movies from 2011-2012 is “Paul” because it is just so ridiculous. This movie is about an alien named Paul who escapes Area 51 and hitches a ride with two pot smoking friends. This movie is one of those Seth Rogan movies so you know the humor is going to be pretty crude but overall its not so bad for the whole family to watch. It’s hard for me to choose my favorite movie of all time, but lately I’ve been re-watching “In Bruges” a lot. I really enjoy this movie because it has the dialog you just don’t get in many modern movies. Collin Farrell plays a hit man who botches a job and inadvertently kills a little boy. The crime boss then sends them to Bruges in Belgium for Farrell’s character to meet his fate. Other than the dark humor which I enjoy so much, I like this movie because it humanizes the people who seemingly do the most inhuman things. This whole movie is pretty dark but they find a way for it to end on a high note.


“In Bruges”-

#4: Movies

By: Karissa Louie

My favorite movie from 2011- 2012 is X-Men: First Class, because I enjoy watching science fiction combined with reality.  This movie has good character development and it is interesting to see the backstory, how Charles Xavier and Eric were friends before becoming enemies of each other. These characters are easy to connect to and allow the viewer to feel sympathetic to Magneto, the bad guy throughout the movie franchise, especially after understanding his decision to become the person he does become.

My favorite movie of all time is Safe Haven.  This movie has a lot of character depth and I enjoyed watching the character move to an unfamiliar community, start her life over, begin developing new relationships and putting down roots.

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By Hoa Ha. There were so many great movies that came out in 20011 and 2012, movies such as We Bought a Zoo,The Adjustment Bureau, Money Ball, The Dark Knight Rises, 21 Jump Street, and many more movies. However, my favorite of 2012 was Chasing Ice. Chasing Ice is a documentary about the glaciers in Iceland and how rapidly they are melting and to prove this the photographer James Balog the photographer goes out to Iceland to take photos of these glaciers. I usually tend to stay away from documentary’s because usually you hear one mono toned voice in the background for example March of The Penguins, and to me that gets boring. But this documentary was different, this movie gave me chills because the fact that glaciers are melting such at a fast pace, and you can also see the change in the movie from the first image to the last. James starts this thing called the Extreme Ice Survey, where he leave cameras in Iceland facing towards glaciers and every single hour until the daylight is gone , this survey is happening in a span of three years . I’ve seen Chasing Ice three times now and it continues to give me chills; the first time I saw it was at school, at DeAnza in my geography class. We were learning about global warming and what effects it has. This movie gives you some insight on what is happening because if you read a magazine and inside it they tell you that glaciers are decreasing by two percent every year, you would probably be like that doesn’t seem like a lot, that’s why in this movie when they show you the decrease in the size of glaciers using photos and comparing them you are just in aw at how much has changed in just three years.

My favorite movie use to be Blackhawk Down however, that has changed because so many great movies have come out since then. My favorite movie right now is 42. The movie 42 is a movie based off of Jackie Robinson’s life. For those that don’t know who Jackie Robinson is, he was the first African American baseball player to play in the major leagues. Prior to this their were two separate leagues the Negro League and the Major Leagues. During the time that Jackie was playing, there was a lot of controversy because he was the only black baseball player in the league. I loved this movie because it showed how much courage and heart he had. In the movie there was this part when Jackie came up to bat and the pitcher hit him in the head with the ball and he did nothing because he knew that if he fought back he would just be giving the league what they wanted, a reason to kick him out. Jackie has changed the “American Game”, now when you watch the game it is very diverse, not just a “white man’s sport”. To this day Jackie Robinson’s jersey number is the only number that is retired throughout baseball. Once every year players are allowed to wear the number 42 dedicated to Jackie Robinson’s heroic acts as Jackie Robinson Day.

Recordings by Dylan Clark

Could there ever be a more difficult task than to select an absolute favorite piece of music? After much deliberation I can conclude that my favorite recording from 2011 is “Empty Bones” by the GROWLERS. I love psychedelic beach-goth music and the GROWLERS are without a doubt, the epitome of such music. It’s washed up and lo-fi, grungy and full of cryptic topics- my favorite. A favorite oldie of mine would be “Here Come the Ho-Dads” by the Marketts. They’re one of the first surfer rock groups I heard, whenever this song plays I cannot help but to stomp my feet and groove. The saxophone is also killer in this track. I heard both tracks for the first time on vinyl.

Empty Bones- the GROWLERS:

Here Comes the Ho-Dads- the Marketts:

Week 4: Films I Adore

by Alena Naiden

Kill The Messenger.

One of the best movies from the previous year for me is Kill The Messenger directed by Michael Cuesta. The film is based on a true story about journalist for the San Jose Mercury News Gary Webb, an author of the book Dark Alliance. Webb discovered a connection between the CIA and drug smuggling, and this discovery, in pair with his loyalty to high journalism principles, changed Webb’s life. The film is strong and psychologically deep, has action and humor in it.

Here is the link yo my review on it in LA Voz (with a  mistake in my job title):

Here is a trailer:

And here are the links to the film in other sources:

Pulp Fiction

One of my all-time favorite movies is Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is classic, and I don’t think I need to retell the plot, especially regarding the fact that the storyline is very nonlinear, and the plot is not so important there. What I love about it is the style, irony, brilliant dialogues, eccentricity and just amazing soundtracks. It is interesting that when I first watched it, I didn’t like it at all; I think I was too small and just didn’t get it. Later, though, I was in love with the film and realized I need to rewatch all the classics right now.

Here is the link to its trailer:

And here is the link to it at Rottentomatoes:

Blog # 4: Movies and Recordings

By: Alexandria Sellers

I have to say my favorite movie released between 2011 and 2012 was Les Miserables. This musical portrays the June Rebellion and the lives of contributors, especially escape parolee Jean ValJean. This musical’s acting is so rich it flows into the music. The story line itself is heard hitting, paired with masterful musical pieces rendered me speachless at times. As well the sets are well done, and may remind some watchers of their childhood due to parts of the set being repainted Harry Potter sets.

As for my favorite movie of all time, that is impossible. I honestly love so many movies it’s hard to choose. But one of my all time favorite movies is Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. This movie has very little dialog through it, mostly because the protagonist is a horse. The movie is about a wild stallion and his adventures trying to lead his heard and dealing with the “two-legs”. It’s soundtrack is worthy of awards and a masterpiece. Another tear jerker with spurts of well thought comedy, it rings true to my animal lover side and musical enthusiast.

good kid, m.A.A.d city

By Haris Pozega

I’ve been listening to hiphop since I was about 11 years old, my mom and dad hated hiphop so they wouldn’t introduce me to the hiphop music. Kendrick Lamar released good kid, m.A.A.d city in 2012 and it’s still my favorite album. I like the album most because you can see a clear story through the whole album and you follow Kendrick as he tries to break free from Compton where he grew up. The album is refreshing, not like the new hiphop music that’s all about girls, drugs and parties. It’s real, you can really picture his life in Compton. It gives people in Compton and similar areas hope, if he could make it, they can too. First time I heard this album was on Spotify but I also bought the hard copy. 

My favorite oldie is Return Of The Mack by Mark Morrison. I usually don’t like this kind of music but my dad loves to play this song when we travel once a year to Bosnia from Sweden. It’s a long trip, about 27 hours and we drive right through Europe so this song is on repeat several times. It reminds me of summer and whats not to like about summer? The format was a CD. 

#4: Radio and Television

by: Karissa Louie


Length: 6:11

Description: Discusses how it affects the values and actions of children and teenagers growing up with social media.

Chapter: Chapter 2 Media Impact: Understanding Research and Effects, Chapter 10 The Internet: Convergence in a Networked World, Media Ethics: Understanding Media Morality

Quiz Question: Besides the glorified fame and success people receive on social media sites, what is the downside or negative part of social media?

Answer:  An increase in bullying victims.


By Jorian Lewke

My favorite recent movie was “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.” It depicts a Life magazine photographer that goes on this incredible, life changing adventure. It was inspiring and beautifully done, and I loved how it ended. My all-time favorite movie is “The Fault In Our Stars,” which was made as an adaptation of my favorite book. It’s the only movie I’ve ever seen more than once, and I could watch it a hundred more times. All of the actors are great, the story is incredible, and the sound track is absolutely perfect.

magazine idea by John Palalia

out of the all concepts on what i would do if had the chance to have my own magazine there is one that hunts me the most, its about having a magazine for things to do in the bay area for fun. it would be called bay area’s wonders and it would have a section for everybody sports, entertainment , art, activities etc. in my sport section i would list the things there are to do in the bay area like surfing in santa cruz, soccer in santa clara, water polo in san jose, it would sum up all the sports that people can attend as a viewer and also sports that people can actually do. in the entertainment section i would list all the things that are going on as far as plays, such as the ones at the san jose theater and farmers markets. in the arts section i would list the places to go visit and the special events that there are such as the new expositions in museums, also events such as first fridays in san jose where new artists expose their new paintings. for the activities i would list all the main scenes that there are in the bay area such as the volley ball scene at parks and at the beach, the social dancing scene in san francisco where people salsa dance in different clubs. this magazine would target all ages and also i would be updated monthly or weekly with new things to do and of course i would include ads from museums, clubs, and everybody who wants to put an ad on my magazine.


By: Jorian Lewke

I would create a magazine called “Problems,” where multiple problems are presented and 3 or more writers present differing perspectives. Most magazines today feature one side of the issue, and I think it is beneficial to view multiple sides of every issue. I think that the type of people that will be interested in this magazine will be the people who are interested in the news, but are tired of having to look at more than one source to get the full story. There are currently magazines that are based on current events and politics, and I think they would be the competition. This magazine would be for people that choose to look at different perspectives easily.

Five advertisers:

  • Apple
  • Barnes & Nobel
  • Quirky
  • Adobe
  • Amazon

Five articles:

  • Threat of Climate Change
  • 2016 – Who Will Run?
  • New GOP Congress
  • President Obama’s Legacy
  • Creativity in American’s Education System

The cover would feature some graphic depicting 3 sides to a current event.

Magazine Ideas

By: Lyndsey Guida

I’m personally a huge fan of Pinterest, which is a website that involves “pinning” your own personal interests onto boards to refer back to later. I love this concept because everyone can contribute different recipes, craft ideas, and many other ideas for many other things. I would love to come up with a magazine called “Share it,” which is a magazine that takes ideas from the readers and publishes it for everyone around the world to see. Submissions wold be sent online, and would be put into the next subscription. The magazine would be broken up into different categories such as recipes, wedding ideas, crafts, etc. The point is to provide helpful and useful tips or ideas in person, and to create community through a reader organized magazine to reflect different ideas around the world.

Name: Share it

Concept: The content of the magazine is created and contributed to by the readers, not the company. It provides a sense of community to have everyone contributing to this one specific issue and collaborating with everyone around the world.

Demographics – Issues for every age and gender; no racaial or cultural restrictions; world-wide magazine and submissions

Competitors – This magazine is contributed by the people world wide; it consists of the common beliefs or ideas that many think would only happen to them.

Advertisers – Apple, Samsung, Target, Starbucks, and Facebook.

Articles – Articles would depend on the issue (kids, teen, men, women, etc.) Clothing, health, music, food, and social media. Positive articles that reflet community

Cover – The cover would be directed toward the genre of the issue, and would have a collage theme of some of the submissions for that issue with SHARE IT in bold in the middle and the pictures surrouding it.

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