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.
Below are notes and links to topics discussed in Introduction to Mass Communication class at Flagler College over the past several weeks. This material is aimed at students studying for next week’s final exam.
Topics covered include:
- Twitter, public relations and damage control
- Advertising lecture notes
- Advertising links, including Adbusters
- Press freedom. Globalization of information. Number of journalists killed since 1992: 887. Highest toll, Iraq: 151.
- Who is a journalist anymore? Storify
- Stephen Colbert’s Me Reporters.
- Twitter revolutions
- Networking: Power of networks
- Facebook. Openbook. Oversharing. Locational privacy. Please rob me. Rapleaf. 96 percent of Americans use the Internet. Computer servers out there somewhere collect your information. Who do you trust?
- Six degrees of separation. Stanley Milgram. Six hops. Three degrees of influence.