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PR Connection #3: Consumer Reports Won’t Recommend Iphone 4- brooksgsu

August 21, 2010

I find this post very interesting! One of my best friends just received the new Iphone in the mail and has had it for a couple weeks now. We can never get a hold of her because “she never has service.” Now I may believe there is some truth to that. And honestly, it does not surprise me that there are technical difficulties with the phone. It is almost too good to be true. The phone is like a mini computer! It can do nearly everything! I don’t believe that one glitch such as service loss will cause a complete PR downfall for Apple, however, it will cause some issues that need to be addressed. Apple better look out though because blackberrys can do almost as much as the iphone can and do not have that problem! I am a blackberry owner myself and I love it so I don’t understand the whole iphone obsession, but the service error would definitely make me rethink my purchase!

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Japanese Authorities Detain Paris Hilton at Airport- Shelby Narwold

September 22, 2010

Shelby, I completely agree with you. I think that as a public figure, Paris Hilton is sending out the complete opposite message of what she should be. She is an idol for young women around the world and repetitive drug possession charges do not make her look good or send out the right message to the youth of America. If young people see that you can have these charges against you and only be fined and sentenced to community service, then they are going to think it is okay for them to do as well. I think our legal system needs to find ways around this recurring issue of famous people being able to buy their way out of trouble. It is not fair and justice is not being served. I genuinely believe she needs to be put behind bars and learn her lesson. Life is not always pretty and just because you’re famous and have all the money in the world should not make it any easier for you.

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The New Google Instant Feature- Shelby Narwold

September 22, 2010

I agree with you on this amazing invention! The new Google search addition has made finding things on the internet so much easier. Now when I am typing something in, the results are already pulled up and I can click on whatever it is that I am trying to find. This technological improvement fascinates me and while I am unsure as to how Google continues to grow and accommodate the public, I sure am glad they have! I use Google for almost everything that I search and sometimes feel that I could not live without it! I really enjoyed the article you posted!

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TV Viewers are Multimedia Multi Taskers?- Shelby Narwold

September 22, 2010

I completely agree with this growing trend towards media stacking! Technology feels like the center of the world in which we live today. You can’t walk down the street without seeing someone on their cell phone, iPod, etc. I learned what the term “media stacking” meant in one of my communications courses last year and thought about how it applies to my everyday life. I am constantly on my computer and cell phone at the same time. I am doing it right now. It is a bit scary what the world is coming to and frightens me that one day we won’t even be able to sit at the dinner table without some form of technology being involved. Thanks for the post, I really enjoyed it!

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Widespread Panic Fall Tour 2010- Alicia Addison

September 22, 2010

Alicia, I have never personally gotten into the whole Widespread Panic craze! I have many friends who are quite obsessed, but I guess their type of music does not appeal to me that much. However, I think that they are amazing in their genre of music. I had the opportunity to see them in concert on New Years Eve of 2007/2008. The show was something like which I had never experienced; flashing lights, diehard fans, etc. I had a good time, but like I said, I am more of a pop rock kind of girl! I found your post interesting because I like to learn about things that I am not very familiar with and I think that if working for them is one of your dreams that should do anything you can to pursue it!

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Don’t ‘fail’ at Twitter- Casey Corley

September 22, 2010

I agree with your advice about venturing out of your comfort zone when using Twitter! It is important to remember that Twitter is different from Facebook. Most people in the workforce that use Twitter as means of social media are not interested in what we as college students are doing every other minute. I struggled with what to write on Twitter when I started as well, however it got easier as I got the hang of things. Visiting other PR Professionals Twitter accounts and seeing what they had to say definitely helped! Twitter can be a useful tool for young aspiring PR professionals such as ourselves and I would strongly agree that it is important we broaden our horizons when it comes to Twitter.

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Hello Future- Casey Corley

September 22, 2010

I completely agree with you on the nerves about finding a job after graduation! I am a senior this year and am slightly freaking out with the way the economy is. Thank you for posting this link, I think we all need all of the connections we can find! I found the article very interesting and helpful. It is important to explore any opportunities that could help your future job search. I am personally going to start within the next few months. I plan to graduate next December and figure the earlier I start the better off I will be. Thanks for the post and good luck to us all!

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Twilight- Worth the Wait?- Brianna Wagenbrenner

September 22, 2010

I would say that Twilight, in my opinion, is not worth the wait. I personally don’t think any movie is worth waiting around three hours outside for. However, I am a huge fan! I love Edward, so I would be considered on “team edward.” And I would have to agree that Taylor Lautner is a sad excuse for an actor. It makes it hard for me to like his character because i think his acting is terrible. I can see how his good looks could grab the hearts of young girls around the world though. I have not read the books although I hear they are better than the movies. I will have to look into that! In conclusion though, I believe the Twilight series to be outstanding movies but not worth a three hour premier wait!

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Twitter Round 2- Brianna Wagenbrenner

October 24, 2010

Brianna,

This is my second time around using Twitter as well. I had to create an account for my Intro to Public Relations course and it followed over to this course. I had trouble adapting to “tweeting” in the beginning as well, however, it became a lot easier as I got the hang of things. I was in the facebook mode of updating my status in the beginning and had to train myself to take the more educational approach in my tweets. Using the @alliearonson insert is a good way to “tag” people in your tweets and that way they can see that they are involved in your tweets.

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T.I. Sentenced to 11 Months in Jail- Shelby Narwold

October 24, 2010

Shelby,

I found this post very interesting. I am surprised that reading your blog is the first news I have heard about this arrest! I am not surprised to hear that T.I. is being charged with possession of ecstasy being that he has a previous record regarding weapon use. I think he is a thug and obviously he is not smart for breaking his probation. I also think that he should be thinking more about his career than drugs because he is only hurting himself by being locked up instead of free and making music. His fans are also going to be affected by this and most likely decrease his record sales. And as for the guy that was going to jump off a building until T.I. talked to him, I definitely think that was a publicity stunt. It bothers me when celebrities think they can do one thing and all the past will be forgotten. I hope he gets what he deserves.

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“Get the Door. It’s Dominos.”- Cait Bailey

October 24, 2010

I agree that this incident is absolutely disgusting and inappropriate behavior. As terrible that it is that the employees were caught and exploited for everyone to see on the internet, it has given us a look into the behind the scenes actions of fast food restaurants like such. I always wonder if people really do mess with people’s food or act unsanitary carelessly and after seeing the video of the Dominoes employees, my suspicion was confirmed. I agree that Dominoes did well with their crisis management, however, I do strongly agree that it was way too late and honestly, no matter what Dominoes said to cover their dirty laundry wouldn’t have change the way people think about the incident.

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Chewing Gum or Booger Sugar?- Cait Bailey

October 24, 2010

Paris Hilton is ridiculous! But what should we expect? Her “famous” television show is titled, “the Simple Life,” which was a joke in itself. I think she needs to give up on making up excuses for her problems and own them like an adult. Even if it was her best friend’s purse and her best friend’s cocaine, she was probably doing it! Ever heard of action by association? I don’t think Paris realizes that that excuse was not even a good one! It is very sad to me when celebrities use their power for evil instead of good and I really hope she shapes up and learns her lesson.

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Use Social Media!- Casey Corley

October 25, 2010

Casey,

I agree with your thoughts on social media as a positive way for small businesses to increase their sales and overall success. Social media, such as facebook and twitter, are the new means for communication for many large businesses and corporations. With the new technology crazed industry we are evolving into, it has become important for companies to jump on the band wagon and use facebook or twitter as a way to broaden their horizons. The world is changing and we have got to change with it.

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GAP got a new look…NOT!- Victoria’s PR Thoughts

October 25, 2010

I agree that sticking with the old logo was a positive choice! I do not like the new logo they were looking at and I don’t think that businesses such as GAP need to change their look. I don’t think that they offered the new logo for a publicity stunt; however, I’m sure they are searching for ways to increase revenue due to the downward shift in the economy. There are certainly other avenues that should be taken to do so because they can’t change their logo!

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Does Tiger Still Have It?!- Blogging at it’s Finest

October 25, 2010

I am curious to see how well Tiger performs over the next year. After undergoing such a life-changing experience like he did, it is rightfully so expected that his game would be altered. I personally do not agree with Tiger’s actions as an adulterous husband, however, it has no effect on my thoughts of him as a professional athlete. It is no secret that he is a phenomenal golfer and he can do things with a club few men in this world can. He has a gift. But it is also known that traumatic emotional experiences change people and it is very possible that he won’t bounce back and that his mental game will be forever changed. Whatever the case, I wish him the best in his professional career.

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Don’t Text in Class… And Here’s Why- Public Relations Matters

November 21, 2010

As a student, I don’t agree with texting during class. If I am texting during class, than I am not paying attention to what I am supposed to be learning. I am not a big “tweeter” either so I would not be on my phone tweeting during a classmate’s presentation. I find it extremely rude when classmates are on their phone during fellow classmate’s presentations or speeches and out of respect for them, I do not do so. When I took public speaking last semester I found it very easy to fall off track if I saw someone toying with their phone while I was trying to speak. I’ve found it is best for everyone to turn your phone off during class time.

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10 Ways NOT to Prepare for College Advising- Public Relations Matters

November 21, 2010

I would be lying if I said I have been fully prepared for all of my advisement appointments. However, over the past four years I have learned how to do things right. As I have grown as an individual I have learned that I need to take responsibility for my life and my future, starting with my education. I would recommend to students to print off your major course requirements online which are located on the Georgia Southern website. You can also look up which courses are going to be offered the next semester for your major so you can know what you need to take. I have learned that the resources are there for us as young adults to plan out our schedules and the advisors are there for any questions we may have or guidance we may need. Although it took me a couple of years to figure it out, I am sure glad I did!

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Can Lebron Take the Heat?- Platform Magazine

November 21, 2010

I agree that people will learn to forgive and forget. What James did is not significant enough to ruin his reputation. He is still one of the greatest athletes to ever live. So what if he switched teams? He will gain just as many, if not more fans in Miami. I think that this commercial was a great pr strategy for Nike. I was moved when I watched it. To see Lebron recognize and express his feelings and vulnerability of the situation was a bold move on his part. He is basically saying, “This is who I am, I am not perfect, we all make choices that upset people, what should I do to make everyone happy?” And the sad thing is in life that we can’t please everyone all of the time. I’m sure this was just as hard of a choice for Lebron as it was for his fans to see him go. Life goes on. I stick by Lebron James and admire his attitude throughout all the scrutiny he has received.

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Helpful Tips for Bloggers- Casey Corley

November 30, 2010

Casey, I completely agree with all of your tips! Especially the one about writing something that is interesting to the reader. It is so important for writers to maintain creativity or they will lose the attention of their audience quick. I also agree with the point about checking your blog daily. I know that I have struggled in that department and it really is crucial to the success of your coursework if you are blogging for class and to maintain constant communication if you are blogging for personal use. I think that new bloggers will find your 10 tips very helpful!

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Lip Dubbing: I am Obsessed!- The World of Public Relations

November 30, 2010

Brianna, I think that lip dubbing is a very interesting concept and I have never heard of it before this post! At first I thought you were talking about when people on campus will randomly freeze or pause all together. I heard that had happened on Georgia Southern’s campus the other day and I thought it was bizarre! But the idea of students collaborating to create a musical skit on campus at random sounds like something I would be interested in watching, but not partaking in! My voice does not need to be heard by anyone but my shower! However, for people with strong musical interests I could see how this would be a fun new idea! You should spread the word!

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Kids in the Kitchen!- Briana Patrick

November 30, 2010

Briana,

I agree that having kids in the kitchen is a great thing to have. I remember growing up and always coming together in the kitchen for dinner or birthday celebrations. There is something about food that just makes me happy! But also eating with the people you love and talking amongst everyone, finding out how their day was. Gathering in the kitchen serves as a great place for communication within the family and can help build strong ties in relationships among family members. It is also nice to always have a helping hand! Looking back, I wish we had more time for family dinners. I really enjoyed the video you posted!

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One day without shoes- Briana Patrick

November 30, 2010

I had the pleasure of listening in to Blake Mycoskie’s, the creator of TOMS shoes, story when he came to Georgia Southern last semester. It was very inspiring and touched my heart. This man is so generous and genuine and a wonderful speaker. I think that his “One for One” marketing campaign is genius and although he did not start off with money-making intentions, he sure did end up with a lucrative business! I was so moved by his story that I even felt the desire to apply for one of his internships. I have not yet bought a pair of TOMS shoes, but they are on my Christmas list!

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition- Shelby Narwold

November 30, 2010

Shelby,

I was actually in Savannah when that was going on! I wanted to volunteer but never got the chance to do so. It is amazing what all Extreme Home Makeover has done for this family and all of the families that they help. This event created a widespread buzz across Georgia and people from all over the state joined in to help! I know that the Construction Management department at Georgia Southern sent students to help volunteer as well. It is good to know that people still care about other people and that in some cases struggling families have their dreams come true. It gives me hope and makes me proud to be a part of such a giving community.

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What Should I do?- AGreens PR Blog

November 30, 2010

I agree with your post. I did a PR connection on this commercial as well! Lebron made the right decision for his career and people need to understand that. After all, you are just a fan for a sport. What gives you the right to heckle someone about their lifestyle that they put their blood, sweat and tears into? I think everyone needs to get out of his business and let the man live his life. He is a revolutionary basketball phenomenon. The Heat is lucky to have him and if they have a chance at winning then that is where Lebron deserves to be. And as for the commercial, LOVE it! Just do it Lebron!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Lindsey Bowers

November 30, 2010

Lindsey,

I am very envious of your passion for breast cancer awareness. It is so important for our world to have people like you take a stand and cause a difference in our troublesome world today. Breast Cancer is terrible and i know that every small donation counts to help funding prevention! My boyfriend’s mother is a cancer survivor and her story inspired me to be more aware and get regular mammograms. I was at the RAC during the Pilates class and it was amazing to see how many girls came out to give their support! I would have joined if there was enough room. Kudos to ZTA and CRI for their efforts to help the fight!

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Comments

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T.O.W.2 Importance of Blog Comments- Briana Patrick

May 25th, 2010

I agree with many of your points about blogging. I have never used blogging up until this class, however, I do believe that it can further my public relations connections with people and create a broader educational experience to users. I agree that blog comments are useful tools provided for the author to check their work and have an outsider’s opinion and I find the whole blogging process very interesting. Since blogging is new to me, I am reassured from reading this post that I will enjoy it and that it will help me in the future. I found the business trafficking to be very interesting and would like to see some examples of how this occurs and some examples of which businesses use blogging.

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Chapter 1-Christen Jenkins

May 25th, 2010

I agree with the common stereotype you referred to of the common public relations practitioner viewed as nothing but a party going socializer with a meek agenda. The reality is a stronger work load and long hours as you have written. I do think that a job in public relations is more glamorous if you are the type of person who enjoys networking and communicating with others daily. It is certainly not the sit behind your desk type of profession. I find it especially interesting and a bit offensive, being a woman, that men tend to be paid higher in the public relations field. I could only hope that this is a stereotype and if is not one, then I hope that there is valid information backing up the reasons for this issue. I know that it is an important fact that public relations differs from journalism, marketing and advertising, however, I think it is also important to state that all of the professions are linked together and interchangeable.

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TOW #2- Ashley White

May 27th, 2010

I agree with you that commenting on blogs is extremely important for the author. Through viewing the standpoints of others, one can broaden their horizons and see things in different perspectives. I also agree that it is rude to leave mean or rude remarks on other people’s blogs. I believe that if someone was to say something hurtful or offensive to me on my blog, that I would not listen to their advice or whatever it is they are trying to say. If you have something negative to say, I think one should try to do it in a constructive manner. I also agree that blogs shouldn’t be too long so that the reader gets distracted or bored and that the advice should be noteworthy.

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Getting Twitter and Facebook Mixed Up?- Brianna Wagenbrenner

June 14, 2010

I completely agree with you. I have had some trouble adjusting to the tweets myself. I find that twittering is more educational and takes a bit more of an effort than facebook. I don’t update my facebook status much, because I don’t really like people to know what I am doing all the time, however, when I do, I just express how I am feeling at the moment or where I am going that day. I have found that Twitter is more engaging and more informational. I also have had trouble adjusting to it because I feel like I constantly have to tweet something. Being that I don’t update my facebook status much, remember to tweet has been hard for me. On a positive note, I have learned a lot more by tweeting. Most people post links and it is an easy gateway to all of the information on the web! I look forward to getting more involved in twitter as well!

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Let’s Hear it for the Girls- Brianna Wagenbrenner

June 14, 2010

I also recently saw Sex and the City 2. I loved it! I’d have to say that I enjoyed it more than the first movie. I agree with your thoughts on the portrayal of women in the film. I found the way women were expected to act in Abu Dhabi was absolutely ridiculous and it made me even happier to live in America, the land of the free. The women of Abu Dhabi had to keep their bodies hidden under their garment and rarely showed their faces, even eating under their head dresses. The whole culture was bizarre to me, but I am sure that the people there don’t know any different. I was proud when Miranda took a job at a new law firm where she was more respected. I was also interested to see that they put such untraditional marriage practices in the movie, such as Carrie and Big staying at different places from time to time. Being in a serious relationship myself, I understand that you do need your space every once in a while and I am all for that idea. The movie expresses the progression women in America have made away from the traditional housewife to the empowered, more independent woman.

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AT&T New Technology- Briana Patrick

June 14, 2010

Briana,

I found your post very interesting. Since I have a bad habit of breaking or losing my phones, I have never ventured out and purchased an expensive, technologically advanced phone such as the iphone4. I have never even had the first iphone or a blackberry. I currently use a Samsung Ace, which looks like a fake blackberry. I can call, text, play games, e-mail, and access internet. My screen is small and my internet connection is quite slow. That being said, the iphone4 looks pretty awesome to me. I think I would have a field day with it, but I also think it would cause a huge distraction for me. Call me old fashion, but I think that a telephone should enable people to call and text and that’s it. Our generation is quickly turning into a technology-crazed world and before we know it, we will constantly be on our cell phones. It may just be me, but I am not into all the glamour. However, the phone in itself is amazing and I’m not saying I wouldn’t ever buy one!

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Strange Googling- Casey Corley

June 14, 2010

This is very interesting. I didn’t know that people actually can track other people’s searches. Now that I think about it, I’m sure that I have submitted some odd searches myself. I pretty much rely on Google for everything these days. If I hear a song and don’t know the singer, I will try to remember some of the lyrics and google them later. If I am trying to come up with a new, yummy meal for the night, I will google good recipes. I google work out plans, random questions, things I want to buy. The list goes on and on. When Hellmann said “Most people think a search engine will have the answer to any question they could possibly have — whether it’s personal, professional or even spiritual,” he was definitely referring to me!

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Blogging Tips- Casey Corley

July 12, 2010

I strongly agree with all of your blogging tips. Blogging really is easy once you get the hang of it. I remember being so confused when I logged into WordPress for the first time and now it is like a piece of cake. Granted I had a friend help me get the hang of it, once I fully understood how to navigate my way around WordPress, it was a walk in the park. One of the most important tips you noted in my opinion is keep up with your blog. If you let a couple weeks go by without checking it then you will be sorry when you have to make up two weeks worth of work.

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Grammar Police- Casey Corley

July 12, 2010

I found this article very informational. I think that all of the commonly used mistakes are so true. I know that I catch myself saying some of those things all the time. For example, I say “I could care less” all the time when in fact it is “I couldn’t care less.” I also find it interesting that AOL chose the phrase “You’ve Got Mail” when it should be “You Have Mail” but I would agree that the token “You’ve Got Mail” sounds a good bit catchier. Another tip that I had no idea about was the usage of “eg” versus “ie”. “eg” means “for example” and “ie” is used when you have more than one example. This post will certainly help my writing skills in the future!

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Make Your Job Hunt a Success- Brianna Wagenbrenner

July 12, 2010

I found this article very helpful. I am approaching my senior year in college and will be applying for jobs very shortly. I have only been through a couple interviews and both were for restaurant work positions and not very serious. Other jobs I have held such as babysitting, I received through friends and did not require an interview. So that being said, I am very nervous and anxious in entering into the job interviewing world. I found these tips very helpful and I will try to remember them when the time comes. I also am very tempted to buy the book so thank you for the source! Another tip I learned in my Human Communications class that stuck with me is your attire. They say to dress down, that you never want to look better than the interviewer or like you don’t need the money. The only jewelry girls should wear are stud earrings and for guys, a watch. Just a couple of pointers that I thought you might find interesting!

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What’s in the Food You Eat?- Briana Patrick

July 12, 2010

Wow. That was a very alarming video on behalf of those Dominos employees. I am glad to know that they have been fired. I have always heard of fast food places doing nasty things to the food that we eat, however, I have never witnessed it like such. That reminds me of a time when I was eating at Taco Mac and found a thick hair in my food, however, I couldn’t say anything because I was an employee at the time. And it definitely looked intentional and I wouldn’t doubt it because it was a special order. I think that restaurants and fast food establishments need to be pickier when hiring. I don’t think that it is Dominos fault 100%. It is obviously the type of people that are hired that are causing the problem. I can’t imagine what this outrage is going to do to Domino’s future.

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