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Smokers Are People Too

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     Recently, I was sitting in a public area enjoying a cigarette, when a young man walked by, coughed, and shot a crude look my way, making no effort to hide the contempt in his eyes. How dare I smoke a cigarette in this designated smoking area that he had to walk by! How dare I restrict my disgusting habit to the few zones that were created for that one specific purpose! 

     As smokers, we pretty much all unanimously understand that when we burn tobacco, it does produce a distinct odor. We also understand that not everyone particularly enjoys that smell. That’s why we (considerate) smokers try our best to stick to the areas that are understood areas for smoking in. All we ask in return is a little empathy from you non-smokers. Very few people smoke cigarettes just to smoke cigarettes. Sure, people who have been smokers for a while mainly smoke due to addiction, but they had to start for some reason. Whether it be stress relief, the satisfying taste that tobacco can offer, or just something to fill free time, all smokers had an initial reason for picking up the habit. I’m by no means an Ayn Rand fan, but one quote about cigarettes from Atlas Shrugged has always stood out to me: “When a man thinks, there is a spot of fire alive in his mind– and it is proper that he should have the burning point of a cigarette as his one true expression.” Cigarettes can simply be something for one to sit and think behind. 

     So for all you non-smokers out there, think twice before you judge, because our cigarettes may replace your morning coffee or that unhealthy craving for McDonald’s. After a while, it gets kinda hard to chug through a day without that vice that we all have. So let smokers enjoy theirs in peace.

 

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December 5, 2013 at 7:35 pm

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Response to “Amazon Prime Air”- by Aaron J. Stewart

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It is videos like this that remind me of the mind-blowing fact that we are literally living in the Jetson’s-Style “space age” that so many movies and cartoons made in the 20th century were set in. Amazon is now working on their new “Prime Air” feature, which will give customers the option to have their products instantly delivered by an unmanned aircraft or “drone”.

What I really loved about the video is that it is short, simple, and to the point, which is exactly how you have to be when capturing the audience of this generation. I, myself found the video on Stumbleupon, and I, myself, even admit to checking to see if it was longer than just a few minutes to see if I even wanted to watch it. It doesn’t waist your time with some sappy speech with how great the product is. It simply shows the process from start to finish in full detail in just barely over a minutes time, which really gives the viewer a good sense of how fast the service really is (which they are boasting will only take 30 minutes from order to delivery). I really have to give it to Amazon’s multimedia team for how they put this together. It really shows how well they have a grasp of how to capture today’s audience. Also, hats off to Amazon for such an amazing product. I can’t wait to be able to have my textbooks delivered to me in the same time it takes a pizza. Well done sirs.

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December 5, 2013 at 3:04 am

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My response to the jimmy Nachtwey comment (Chenita Hawkins)

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I do not believe a picture is worth more than words. Simply because of how a picture can be interpreted. What you think is funny may not be funny to other. What you think is made for joy can actually cause people pain.

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December 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

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Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake – “Hashtags” by Burke Ackal (Multimedia Storytelling Class)

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Hashtags are used on social networks, especially on Twitter. Hashtags occur when a hash precedes a word or phrase or pound sign to identify messages on a specific topic. The reasoning people perform this activity on social networks is to connect with others to see what he or she tweeted that was relevant to theirs.

Jimmy Kimmel did a sketch with Justin Timberlake on how annoying if we use hashtags in everyday conversation and I found it really funny because I find hashtags kind of annoying when used in other situations that does not involve using Twitter, for example, I find it irritating when people use hashtags on Facebook because hashtags are a better fit for Twitter use for connection and interaction. Facebook is more of a personal use.

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December 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

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Story in a Bottle by Jay Coghlan

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    While I was surfing the net on the very few off changes I get I sometimes see a photograph that just makes me say “WOW!” I’ve tried doing this myself but I have yet to capture my subjects in this way. I found the photograph on Photography Tips Facebook page. This page features tons of photographs made by photographers around the world. 

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    I love this photograph because of it’s simplicity. The framing of the Eiffel Tower inside the bottle is very clever. The photograph also shows groups of people inside as well bringing the humanity to the photograph. You don’t know what they are doing… could just be walking, admiring the tower, or just hanging out. The possibilities are endless. You can practically come up with your own story while review this photograph. 

    The composition is just amazing. I like the fuzzy background around the bottle. Although you can not see it clearly, you know what you are looking at obviously. The lighting adds romance to the scene making it more intimate for the individuals inside. The outline of the bottle gives it an out of this world feel like someone captured this moment in a bottle to keep as a sentimental keepsake. The individuals inside are given their own little world away from the chaos of the rest of the universe.  

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December 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

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9/11 Budweiser commercial response by Josh Price

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    As an avid (obsessive) beer enthusiast, I’m aware of quite a few breweries: Miller-Coors, InBev, Anheuser-Busch, Widmer Brothers, Samuel Adams, Rogue, just to name a few. While I’ve always preferred other American adjunct lagers over Budweiser, there has always been an undeniable, patriotic center to the Budweiser brand. When foreign countries think American beer, Budweiser is certainly at the top of their lists for the face of American suds. It has, for decades been the poster child for U.S. brewsky imbibers. Preferring other brands to Budweiser’s being beside the point, I have to say, I am impressed by the heartfelt commercial Budweiser aired in response to the horrific tragedy of that day. 

    After viewing the commercial on Youtube, I did a quick Google search of 9/11 beer advertisements, and the only one that immediately presented as a search result was the Budweiser ad in discussion, showing that while extremely risky, the move was also bold and well played. There was no showcase of the product itself, nor a slogan telling consumers to go out and buy a six pack; just a wagon of the ever-recognizable Clydesdales, so famously tied to the brand, making a trip to the NYC skyline, stopping next to the Statue of Liberty, and bowing to a WTC-less view in tribute of all those who lost their lives that day. 

    Further research on the commercial revealed that the previously thought once-aired commercial was in fact aired a second time in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in a re-touched edition, ending with the phrase, “We will never forget,” the Clydesdales bowing to the same NYC skyline as before, only this time with the One World Trade Center now present and under construction. The anniversary edition can be found here

    Comment sections of both versions showed robust support of the commercial with many admirations reading along the lines of, “Awesome, moves me to tears EVERY time I watch it.” Indeed, if I wore hats often, I would definitely tip mine to Budweiser for such a moving, yet humble tribute to a day this country will never forget. 

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December 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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“Twerking Fail” Response by Phil Jon-Pierre Williams

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As much as I love the media and how the craziest things can get caught on camera the “Twerking Fail” video was one of the funniest I have ever seen. It not only captured my interest but also the interest of millions of Americans and news networks. I saw the video numerous times and even witnessed some parodies made about it. I was shocked to learn that it was all a prank by Jimmy Kimmel. Looking back on it I think it was a great idea to jump on the “twerking” band wagon and show some people the reality of the lengths girls will go to in order to make twerking videos. However, this also disappoints me because now I feel as though everyone will begin to make faux accident videos in order to gain popularity and a few seconds of fame. If this happens then it’ll be nearly impossible to tell the real accident videos from the fake ones which really just kills the whole concept. If you plan out videos like this the true comedy within them is lost. 

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December 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

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