Category: TV

Join the Debate: pick up your phone and forget the facts – they are too boring anyway.

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With the United States general election coming up again, audiences are once again invited to join the conversation. To “use hash tag #TheDebate on Twitter”, or “vote on facebook”. To “follow the newest developments as they happen right from the source on this cool app, available for free on iOS and Android”, and “if you download it now, you can vote on who you think won the debate!” This increased participation is aimed at binding audiences and getting them involved with the program, but as recent research shows, is also to the detriment of people’s attention causing them to be unable to differentiate fact from fiction. While it seems unlikely the broadcasters are unaware of this negative effect, they increasingly and actively promote media multitasking to their audience.

A recent study by the university of Wisconsin discovered that the growth of digital, social and mobile media enabled audiences to engage in multiple media activities during their news consumption, and becoming more efficient and concurrent than before. This is nothing new nor surprising: technological developments in personal computing have enabled multitasking for decades, and has already been proven to decrease performance in multiple cognitive areas. What is new, though, is that the study finds proof that media multitasking is also detrimental for the factual political knowledge of the recipient. On top of that, their results show that people who multitask while watching political news actually claim to be more politically knowledgeable than people who don’t. Not only do they misinterpret what they see, hear, or read – they are also ignorant about it.

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I really like ‘Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans’, and maybe you do too!

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‘Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans’ started airing a few months ago, and is currently halfway through its first season. I started watching it because of nostalgic reasons, but as the season continued, Sunrise’s new iteration in the Gundam franchise started to intrigue me. Not just the characters, but also the political games being played and the way the story doesn’t openly tell you what is going on, reminiscent of other modern anime such as Attack on Titan. Every new episode answers some questions, but also raises a multitude of new ones. The show offers enough nostalgia, character building, political intrigue and intensive action to keep me invested in the show, and if you are like me, you might enjoy it too!

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The Effects on Political Trust of Political News-Watching among Seniors

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For my masters in Political Communication I got the assignment to write a research essay on political trust, combining elements from the course literature with statistical data taken from existing databases (such as PewResearch, World Value Survey or the European Social Survey). Since it was graded with an 8.7/10, I feel confident enough of sharing it online. You can find it below through Scribd – please keep in mind that uploading it kind of messed with the layout so it doesn’t 100% represent the final product. You can read through it below!

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South Park; Destroying ‘Social Justice’ through Satire

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For my Master’s in Political Communication, we got the assignment to write a ‘blog post’ of 500-600 words. The subject needed to be media and how they affected the discourse used in Politics. I decided to do things a little differently, instead writing about how media respond to a particular political trend in society. We were also encouraged to publish our blog post online. It isn’t exactly thorough, but still, here it is! 

There’s a worrying trend making its rounds on the internet. The particular trend I am talking about is not the destruction of Net Neutrality. Nor is it the death of anonymity through NSA practices. No. The trend I am talking about is not institutional; it is societal. It is the polarization of discourse from so-called SJW’s (Social Justice Warriors). Originating from the micro-blogging website Tumblr, these SJW’s do battle against perceived social injustice from the comfort of their armchair. While easily ignored on the internet, these SJW’s have started permeating the real world. This would not have been such a bad thing, if only they were willing to listen to the voice of reason and enter a reasonable debate, a feat they are wholly incapable off as shown with an incident during a Bernie Sanders rally. Keep reading

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Freemium Games Get The South Park Treatment

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Ever downloaded a free game, only to discover you have to pay loads of money to actually play it? Ever get annoyed by an invite to play Candy Crush or Farmville? Ever wanted all of this to stop? Well, there is hope, since South Park magnificently addressed the issues. Here’s how they did it.

Have you ever downloaded a free game to your cellphone, only to discover that in order to enjoy the game to its fullest, you have to dish out loads of cash? I myself might have fallen into that trap a few times, and apparently so did South Park’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Their newest episode of the show features an excellent analysis of the business models these games incorporate, on par with analyses by industry ‘professionals’ like John ‘Totalbiscuit’ Bain. So good even, that I think these ‘freemium’ games have been dealt a great blow with this newest episode. Because whereas Totalbiscuit only speaks to the core gamers, South Park reaches a much wider audience. In this blog post I will explain why by taking some quotes from the episode, but first, lets look at the nature of these freemium games and some notable examples. Keep reading

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