Monthly Archives: December 2011

Shaq, infomania, marijuana and more

OK, so it’s a little difficult to concentrate this morning. I just opened Yahoo! and saw a video I couldn’t resist watching: Shaquille O’Neal’s 5-foot-2 girlfriend carries him piggyback across the room. He’s 7-foot-2 and weighs 350 pounds!
All these interesting videos and there’s work to do. I must be suffering from “infomania.” It is a common affliction these days.
In 2010, CBS cited a study that said “infomania” can be harmful and can lower your IQ by twice as much as smoking marijuana.
The study has gotten widespread attention. Dr. Glenn Wilson, the author of the 2005 study, published a letter in 2010 saying that the media has misrepresented the results of his research. He wrote:

…the infomania effect is almost certainly one of temporary distraction, whereas sleep loss and marijuana effects on IQ might conceivably be more fundamental, even permanent.

So you might not want to run out and immediately light up a joint…
In any case, CBS offers tips for dealing with infomania here.
Moving on….
Below are notes and links to topics discussed in Introduction to Mass Communication class at Flagler College over the past several weeks. Continue reading

Students in the final stretch

Members of a photojournalism class at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., celebrate the last day of regular classes with a photo session. Final exams are next week.