Harold Innis

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    Media is a dynamic institution that reflects the needs, wants, and desires of society. It is constantly developing in rhythm with humans over time to cater to our informative needs. The creation of the internet, then cellphones, and social media portrays the rapid growth and changes of the institution. The 21st century is rapidly advancing and therefore, we cannot guarantee its future but we can predict it. The theories of the ‘hot and cool media’, ‘the global village’, and the ‘narcissism effect’ were all formed by Marshall McLuhan to foretell the future of media when it had just begun to develop. Many years later, the social media application Twitter proves McLuhan’s theories on media are still relevant in present day society. Twitter corresponds and represents McLuhan’s theory of hot and cool media. Twitter embodies the basic principal of cool media. The app was developed to interact with other users on a daily basis, therefore, similar to all other cool media platforms it requires active participation. A perspective of cool media dictates that “the recipient is not a mere recipient, but feels involved in finding and supplying the missing parts, the blanks of the message,” (Koehler 2008). On Twitter one does not simply read the messages displayed by other users; the user is actively involved by generating their own thoughts within 40 characters or less. The user has the ability to favorite or retweet the message, if found desirable. The user actively participates in…

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    "Murphy where have you been going?" Murphy looks up at Finn and just shrugs. He figures he doesn't really owe an answer to anyone and especially not Finn. It's not like he's been doing anything wrong lately, if anything he's been looking for Akna these last few days and he hasn't seen a trace of her. He's stuck to his story that he's still trying to find scrap metal and maybe the occasional scavenge but he hasn't shared anything else. "You leave here everyday at the same time and hardly ever…

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    Jan Servaes (City University of Hong Kong) and Jim Anderson (University of Utah) have circulated a CFP seeking to address an apparent crisis in communication research. Aiming to publish in The International Communication GAZETTE, the crisis is rhetorically predicated upon questions such as “What has the communication discipline contributed to the social sciences? What has been its impact on policy and social change?” Citing, amongst other, the apparent lack of distinctive disciplinary problems,…

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    On November 22nd , 2015 , I had attended a play “A servant of Two masters” that played downtown Pittsburgh at the O’Reilly theater, the play was directed by Ted Pappas. He had put together a creative and intriguing play, having actors stay spontaneous and interact with the audience, therefore no parts would be found boring nor dry. All the actors had held up their end of their roles quite well, by fully disguising themselves as that character they were suppose to be during the entire play. …

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    The Homecoming Analysis

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    On the surface, The Homecoming and Mud are vastly different plays based their overall diverging themes. The Homecoming deals with power dynamics of family members, family values, and female control. Mud, on the other hand, focuses on the power dynamics between three individuals, the fear of loneliness, and escape from monotony. The endings of both plays contain different sensations, as one has a creepy ambiance, while the other leaves a depressing and tragic outlook on life. However, they both…

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    The Panther Poem Analysis

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    The Animalization in The Metamorphosis Including Feelings of Isolation and Powerlessness in Comparison to “The Panther” The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, tells the story about a man’s transformation into a bug. Through his journey in his new life as a bug, he experiences many emotions such as isolation and powerlessness. His family is frightened and disgusted with him and he must learn how to adapt to his new life. “The Panther”, by Rainer Rilke, also displays feelings of isolation and…

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    The Social Exchange Theory

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    A Fading Friend but Not Forgotten When I was a kid, I was a social and outgoing kind of person. In Kindergarten, I met a friend named Jeremy. He was anti-social, awkward, and an all-around goofball. He always made me laugh though and from that point on, we became best friends. I remember as a kid, going to his house and playing Super Nintendo with him, eating with his family, sharing birthdays, and watching Power Rangers. Both of our fathers have disabilities. My father was hit by a drunk…

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    atrium”. (219). The main idea is to spread a lot of natural light into the building and create a beautiful open space. The steel structure can help to create a unique design and spread patterns across the ceiling. There were many ideas incorporate into the Library from the White City to the Modern concept. Before The Harold Washington Library was built. Chicago decided to hold a design competition. “In 1988 a city-appointed jury of eleven people awarded the design of Chicago’s new main…

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    USA and Britain made light of the significance of it. As the USA was the world superpower, its political power was much stronger than that of Britain. This means that the USA has the upper hand in the contradiction of the objectives. Therefore, it is certain that the Suez Crisis can be regarded as an eye opener for the British government to the new position of Britain which cannot act against the USA. British financial and economic weakness should also be taken into consideration. The…

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    (www.biography.com/people/william-the-conqueror-9542227#battle-for-the-throne, 2014: online). This decision meant that William felt betrayed and so he decided to invade England to claim his rightful place as King of England. This invasion resulted in the infamous Battle of Hastings where William’s army, the Norman’s, defeated Harold’s English army which eventuated in the death of Harold with an arrow through his eye (www.historytoday.com/charles-h-gibbs-smith/death-harold-battle-hastings, 1960:…

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