Archive for February, 2009

Wag the Dog

February 16, 2009

PR Blog on Wag the dog

1: The PR practitioner embodies the absolute approach because while planning the fake war, they never once thought about the consequences of their decisions. They did not once thought about whether it is right or wrong, or who they might end up hurting with their deceives and lies.

2: The PR practitioner was unethical in the way that he deceived a whole country by faking a war. He was being disloyal in the way that he was not honoring an obligation to serve the public interest. He is too occupied by covering up for the president’s mistake. He was not respecting all opinions and was not supporting the right of free speech.

3: The phrase wag the dog means when a dog wag its tail. In this situation I believe it can mean that the tail symbolize the government and the dog symbolize the public. To create something fake such a significant thing as a war because of something less significant as a sex scandal indicates how powerful the government and the media can be and how they can manipulate with the public. We believe what we see, and that was the whole point of the fake war. The creator of the war knew that, and that was his intention in the first place.

4. The PR practitioner knew how much power he had, and what he was capable of doing. He abused the power he had. This can be a typical thing to do in politics. He had to do everything in his power to defend the president and his reputation, but also his own status and power. He used his power to manipulate the public and came up with the fake war. He knew that people believe what they see and accordingly the fake war was created, because nothing is more significant news than a war. This will effects PR negatively. Not every PR professionals or practitioners act so unethical like in the movie.

 

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Early beginnings in America

February 4, 2009

In our group we discussed five elements that we thought was interesting and important.

            Early beginnings in America

1.     Boston Tea party – best-known publicity stunt of all time, was the inspiration of Samuel Adams, a man with a refined sense of how symbolism can sway public opinion.

2.     Sir Walter Raleighs – attempts to convince settlers to move to Virginia

3.     PR is as old as Human Communication

4.     Tom paine’s common sense  More than 120.00o copies of the phamhlet were sold in three months – example of political communication to a national audience.

The middle ages

5.     Pope Urban II persuaded thousands of followers to serve God and gain forgiveness of their sins by engaging in the Holy Crusades against the Muslims.

6.     The Roman Catholic Church was a major practitioner of public relations throughout the middle ages.

I have learned more in my own era now than I did when I first read it by myself.

It was a bit surprising to know that PR might be as old as human communication. I honestly thought that PR was sort of “new” in our history. I mean if it is almost as old human communication then it is really old because human communication goes way back in time to the Ancient Greece

I also learned that the Roman Church was a major practitioner of public relation. I did not know that. And I was a bit surprised. Maybe because it was a Church and not that I have any prejudice, but I just had another idea of Church. 

 


Twitter – a great communication website:)

February 1, 2009

My name is Hozan and I am an international student from Denmark. I will be studying here at Georgia Southern for a semester. I am in Barbara Nixon’s PR 2330 class. I have never heard of Twitter before I entered Mrs. Nixon class. The first time I used Twitter in class I could not figured it out. I thought it was very difficult and I could not see the reason why we should use it in class. But now I know all that. I know how to use Twitter and what to use it for.

Twitter is really great and much easier to use now after lots of practice. I really like to use Twitter and I use it a lot. I think it is a great way for people to communicate especially for an international student like me. It is a good opportunity for me to get in touch with the American students and to get to know them better. Twitter is just another way for me to expand my network here at Georgia Southern. Another thing I like about Twitter is that you can just “follow” who ever you want and another great thing is that every time you ask a question you will get a respond very fast. One tinny thing that is missing on Twitter though is that it does not have so many functions to play with, but again maybe that is one of reason it is easier to use than many other communication networks.

I really like that if I have a question about our PR class or other stuff, I can always get some help or answers to my questions on Twitter. I am really glad that I have learned about Twitter and how to use it.