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Victorian fashion saves a life

Posted by: | November 18, 2014 | No Comment |

Thomas Nelson Conrad of Fairfax Court House, Virginia was the third president of Virginia Tech. He played an active role in influencing Blacksburg as the location of choice for the new college, and was a Confederate spy during the American Civil War. And fashion saved his life. A troop of Union cavalry watched him enter […]

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Look how far we’ve come

Posted by: | November 11, 2014 | No Comment |

Feminism has earned a bad rep over the years, and sensationalism in advertising has not helped. Although we would like to believe that we have achieved gender equality, our past and our present prove otherwise. Look at this 1950s ad. Clearly the focal point is not the projector. “Far from natural looking, [her breasts] jut […]

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“What emerges from the 16th century is a reading public ready to invest in printed material from broadsheets to pamphlets to books that went beyond their trade or devotional lives.”   Over the 16th century, the publishing market was refined: news pamphlets recorded local news in addition to foreign sensationalized news, sensations were the stock […]

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In London in 1730, The Daily Advertiser began publication. This daily newspaper offered advertising space with news of politics, commerce, and society. Stanley Morison, a journalism historian, stated in our book that The Daily Advertiser was the “first modern newspaper” that “gained a hold on the commercial classes which it never lost.” This success caused […]

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There’s no noise in Illinois

Posted by: | October 21, 2014 | No Comment |

100 years ago, Lake County Independent was the local newspaper that predominantly covered news for Lake County, Illinois. In the early 1900’s, these newspapers were much simpler than today’s. Local news were really local. So much so that the sample of newspapers were only a few pages long, and it seems to talk about people […]

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  Sensationalism has existed as long as sex and conflict. Today, we see the media sensationalizing all kinds of stories, from Anthony Weiner’s scandal to Kim Kardashian’s wedding photos. Unfortunately, it seems sensationalism in the media has gotten to a point of nausea. While there is a plethora of exaggeration and silliness, sensationalism does serve […]

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From the tipao to modern-day, China has a history of censorship. It was only over 2000 years ago that the tipao was the main source of news, exclusively for the elite. Now news and communication has expanded to anyone capable of buying a smart phone, even those under censorship. In modern-day Hong Kong, minor protests ensued last […]

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Fairfax fall festival extravaganza

Posted by: | September 23, 2014 | No Comment |

News travels by gossip, trading, traveling, feasting, and ceremonies, and the Fairfax Fall Festival includes all of these. That’s right folks, the 38th annual Fall Festival is a’comin on Oct. 11. And admission is free! “What started out as a small market for artisans to display their wares has grown to a festival with more […]

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In a Tech Times article and MacRumors article, Samsung has begun to poke fun at Apple’s release of the new iPhone 6. Through their use of video ads, Samsung promotes its new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 by pointing out the flaws in Apple’s design. All of the ads feature two actors dressed similarly to Apple […]

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In a Yahoo News article, Cadillac promises a self-driving car technology by 2017. But is it too good to be true? General Motors plans to sell the new technology, “Super Cruise”, as a convenience feature. By avoiding to suggest that it could make a driver safer, GM attempts to avoid legal scrutiny. Of course, who […]

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