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[21 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

As always, Clean Cut Media is always looking to bring the latest news, reviews and insightful articles in media influence on our culture. Clean Cut Media will also periodically post excellent pieces of advertising, well made videos and overall creative pieces of work. Considering so much of advertising these days resort to cheap emotional grabs, vulgar non-relevant references to sex, as well as send subtle messages that is detrimental to the way we view the world, the only true requirement to show on this site is that it is Clean …

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[14 Nov 2008 | 5 Comments | ]

Impact of Media on Children
Every single day millions of children are constantly bombarded by media. Television, Internet, Movies, Video Games, Music, Videos are some of the many forms of media that continues to feed particular messages and ideas into our children and ultimately into our culture.
Dr. Douglas A. Gentile, a developmental psychologist and assistant professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Psychology, offered an explanation.
With the 21st century offering a greater number of media than any other period in history, younger generations can view or listen to almost any sort …

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[11 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

New research found in the November Issue of Pediatrics, suggest that pregnancy rates are far higher in teens who watch a lot of “sexy” TV shows that involve sexual behavior and dialogue. Teens who watched such shows were twice as likely to become pregnant over the next three years.
This research focused on shows that highlight “positive aspects” of sexual behavior without properly showing the risks involved. Such shows can lead teens to have unprotected sex. This study follows previous research from the same group that have already found that watching …

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[7 Nov 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

High School Musical 3 has been gaining a lot of attention especially with the youth. The series has been known to be clean, fun and safe to take the family. As a full disclosure, I have never seen a single ones of these movies. However as someone spends a great deal of time mentoring youth, I wanted to take the time to at least read about it. Though it’s rated G, you really don’t know these days. I’ve walked into movies that are pg-13 with very questionable content. Also what …

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[4 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Today was election day! Hope everyone has gone out to vote! Not just for the presidential candidates but for all the propositions and local positions.
To be honest I don’t like writing about politics, but in the spirit of voting day here is another!
Media Spend by Candidates Breaks Reocrds
So as everyone knows a candidate’s spend on media will have a direct influence on how we view the candidates and ultimately who we vote for. So how much has been spent on this election?
The country will have spent $5.3 billion on …

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[1 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

At the beginning of every month, I’ll be posting links to all the articles from the previous month in case you’d miss them. I really appreciate everyone who are following this blog and want to keep everyone in the loop as this blog gains traction. I really encourage everyone to engage the community by commenting on the posts and stating your opinions!
Record Month
October was a record month in terms of pageviews at about 1000 pageviews. That is nearly a 39% growth in views since September. The entry on “Influence …

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[30 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

The general feeling seems to be that Barack Obama has this presidential run in the bag. Possibly. How do we know this? Well the media polls tell us who is right leaning and who is left leaning. Pretty simple right?
Scared Heart University did a study on how much people trust the media. Less than 19% of adults said they trust or believe most of what the media tells them. 24% said they believe little or nothing of what is told to them. Most people believe the media is out to …

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[25 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]
Social Network – Facebook – Friends Forever

“Thanks to Facebook, I never lose touch with anyone. And that, my Friend, is a problem.”

“A perusal of my Facebook Friend roster reveals that I, a medium-social individual of only middling lifetime popularity, have never lost a friend. They’re all there: elementary school friends, high school friends, college friends, work friends, friends of friends, friends of ex-girlfriends—the constellation of familiar faces crowds my Friendbox like medals on Mussolini’s chest. I’m Friend-rich—at least onscreen. I’ve never lost touch with anyone, it seems. What I’ve lost is the right to lose touch.” – Wired Magazine

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[22 Oct 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

By now most of the public has seen at least one of the many creative Mac vs PC commercials. If you are like me I find them hilarious and very memorable. Already thousands of spoofs have been generated using a similar type of message delivery. The Mac vs PC campaign is so unique and memorable it will most likely go down in history as one of the best.
Microsoft however was not amused. After Vista failed to meet expectations and criticized across the board, Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft blamed …

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[19 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

I am sure by now you’ve seen one of the Saturday Night Live (SNL) spoofs of Sarah Palin. If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth a good laugh. (And you can find some of the videos below on this post). Tina Fey’s impersonation is excellent and by all means looks just like Sarah Palin. SNL has been part of the political landscape imitating politicians since 1975. This year has been no different as millions of people have tuned in to watch Tina Fey impersonate Sarah Palin, the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate. …

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[9 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]
Surveillance of Skype Messages in China Part II

After posting the entry about Surveillance of Skype Messages in China, I was immediately informed that the issues highlighted in the Citizen Lab report affect only the TOM-Skype software distributed by TOM in China and that standard versions of Skype remain unaffected. [thanks Peter]. This is indeed an important piece of information as to appease the fears of the Skype user base.
It looks like Skype has been active in addressing the public in regards to this matter. Here are some excerpts from their President Josh Silverman.

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[2 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | ]
Surveillance of Skype Messages in China

The New York Times reported that a group of Canadian human right activist and a computer security researcher has discovered a surveillance system that monitors and archives web text messages and conversations. It is triggered when the conversation includes politically charged words. Researchers in Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto uncovered hundreds of message records after they decrypted the messages. Example words are “communist”, “quit the party”, “democracy”, “Tibet”, “Tiananmen” “SARS”, “Taiwan Independence”, and “milk powder”.
Media Monitoring Controvery
This new discovery again highlights the controversy of media monitoring by the …