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[13 Mar 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Social Network Media Connection
Social Network Moves Up
A new study released by Nielsen has shown that Social Networking has overtaken email as the most popular internet activity. As popular social networks like Facebook and MySpace have features built to stay in communication with friends and connections many people are utilizing those communication mediums to “email” or “chat” or “post” with one another.
Nielsen reports that “member communities” exceeds email participation 67% to 65%. This is in conjunction with the fact that social networking and blogging is growing twice as fast as other …

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[23 Feb 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Teen Sharing Explicit Photos Everywhere
“What teens and young adults are doing electronically seems to have an effect on what they do in real life: Nearly one-quarter of teens (22%) admit that technology makes them personally more forward and aggressive. More than one-third of teens (38%) say exchanging sexy content makes dating or hooking up with others more likely and nearly one-third of teens (29%) believe those exchanging sexy content are “expected” to date or hook up.”
This articles discusses how social media sites as well as advances in communicative technology via …

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[21 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

 
Broken Heart Divorce Radio Contest
For Valentines day a popular Detroit radio station decided to hold a contest. Whoever is voted the most dysfunctional couple gets a free divorce!

Let me stop there so we can all take a deep breathe for a moment. If this is not a sign of our culture going in the wrong direction, I don’t know what is. But, is this really all that surprising?
Consider a few facts and articles just on Clean Cut Media alone..
Sexual promiscuity rampant in media and in our culture.
Laws to protect children …

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[20 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

The Child Online Protection Act (COPA) was a law passed in 1998 for the purpose of protecting children from accessing sexual and objectionable content on the internet. Though the law itself was passed, the law never went into affect because the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit struck down the law, deeming it unconstitutional. The court claimed it violates the 1st amendment – the protection of free speech.
On January 21, 2009, the government recently lost its final attempt to revive the law. The United States Supreme Court …

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[15 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

The US video game industry continues to grow despite the bad economy. Though spending cuts are prevalent in all parts of life and in all kinds of industry, the video game industry grew 13% from January 2008. The industry now sits at $1.33 billion strong. This growth is well above the the overall consumer spending growth rates.

Is anyone concerned how gaming spend is going up in a time when spending is being cut elsewhere due to economic troubles?
What does this say about the culture we live in…

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[13 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

Effects of Social Media in Law
In the past few years, the emergence of social media and the easy ability for users to communicate has drastically changed the news media landscape. Social online communities has allowed many users to united over various issues and form strong widespread interest groups. Whether through user generated news stories, opinion blogs, message boards, interest based websites, there is a large shift towards transparency and participation. In the minds of internet users, user reviews and opinions has become the source to get authentic, objective news.
A great …

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[11 Feb 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
Are Superbowl Ads Not Good for Kids?

“…I wasn’t too happy with ads for erectile-dysfunction drugs popping up every 15 minutes whenever I watched a football game with my daughters in the room.” ––Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope, 2006
Common Sense Media released a study on the content of TV ads & commercials shown during NFL game broadcasts. They studyed nearly 60 games covering 180 hours of game time coverage. Within that period there were nearly 6,000 commercials and the easy conclusion was that it is impossible to watch a single game without visually taking in messages …

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[7 Feb 2009 | 73 Comments | ]
Teenager Kills Mother, Shoots Father Over Halo 3

Daniel Petric Kills Mother, Wounds Father
Daniel Petric, a teenager from Ohio was charged and found guilty for aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder for killing his mother and wounding his father in Oct 20, 2007 because they wouldn’t let him play Halo 3.
Daniel was 16 when he snuck out of the house to buy Halo 3 after his parents told him he was not allowed to play it. His father, Mark Petric 45, forbade him to play it because it is very violent in nature and sexually explicit. Halo is …

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[5 Feb 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
Teen Media Consumption Associated With Depression Symptoms

Media Impact on Teenager Depression
Media Exposure and Depression
A report in the February issue of “Archives of General Psychiatry” states that exposure to more television and media during teenage adolescent years seems to be associated with the development of depression symptoms in young adulthood. This is especially the case with young men.
“The development of depression in adolescence may be understood as a biopsychosocial, multifactorial process influenced by risk and protective factors including temperament, genetic heritability, parenting style, cognitive vulnerability, stressors (e.g., trauma exposure or poverty) and interpersonal relationships,”
Depression is said to …

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[1 Feb 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

1 out of every 5 people who go online visit facebook.

Facebook vs. MySpace Statistics
In November 2008, Facebook recorded 200 million unique worldwide visitors. That is a whopping 1 out of every 5 people who went online in November! Facebook continues to grow in popularity. In December it followed with 222 million visits. That is a 11% growth and 22% of all internet users.

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[27 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

Soon, all online gamers in China must register with real names rather than made up game alias. This is a mandatory program that will be implemented for anti gaming addiction monitoring purposes.
Is online gaming addictive? Numerous studies and tests seem to support this case as massive online multiplayer games are becoming more popular both for children, teens and adults alike. Not only are more people playing, but many are spending countless waking hours building up their online characters.
Game addiction has become a serious problem all over the world. The Chinese …

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[21 Jan 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Ok So-ri Jailed for Adultery

What is the Government’s Role in upholding Morality?
It is a Criminal Offense to Murder, to Steal, how about Adultery?
Is it impeding on personal freedoms or should the Government have the right to govern it’s people’s moral conduct to maintain social order?

In 2008, South Korea’s highest court upheld an adultery law that sends adulterers to jail for having an extra-martial affair. Since 1989, four appeals have made it to the highest court but all four have been shot down. The most recent appeal was overturned this past …