Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

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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Time to Mourn

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Though photography can be visually compelling and make you feel things that sometimes would not be felt without a picture attached, I believe in one having their privacy. Photo Journalism is suppose touch in a way that words are not able to, and as a News Ed major I love what images are able to add to a story. I realize that in news pictures will be taken to show the reading audience what the story is saying, but when it comes to pictures like the one that showed the woman mourning we have a responsibility. I believe that the photographer that took the picture should have asked permission to take the picture. The photographer, I do not believe, was wrong in anyway in taking the picture but because we are a profession that constantly has to connect with people I think we should be more aware of people. We are the keepers of truth, we are suppose to deliver the truest forms of information to the public that we possibly can. But!! we need to be a little more sensitive to others, I think that in this profession it is easy to get lost and just be focused on getting the best story or the best picture without really thinking about others. Though the picture was really heart felt and a picture that I think was good for the story, dealing with the situation the photographer should have asked for such an intimate, private picture. Again it was a great picture to be taken, but a little respect in doing so would have been great and may have opened doors for a followup on that particular woman. I really think that we need to start thinking more as Journalist and being a little more caring and responsible.

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November 26, 2013 at 11:27 pm

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Hashtag- by Tonya McGee

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Justin Timerlake and Jimmy Fallon perform a skit making fun of hashtags. They collectively show how people can overuse hashtags in social media and how annoying or “stupid” it can be.

I laughed all through this video and agree completely with the point they made. People need to be careful on social media in general- but definitely with the use of their #annoying #ridiculous #hashtags. #howstupiddoilook

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November 26, 2013 at 2:51 am

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Southern Eagles Basketball Game

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Southern Mississippi Basketball Game.

 

Men of Southern Mississippi Eagles out played the William Carey Crusaders on Sunday. They outplayed the Crusaders off the Court. Once the Eagles went ahead they never look back. It was awesome game. Score was 99-54. Go Eagles. William Richardson

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November 25, 2013 at 11:50 pm

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Twerking Fail

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After watching the video and seeing all the news outlets talk about it so much I did for a second believe it to be true. This story spread like wildfire and everyone believed that a simple dance can be so dangerous for a woman. I honestly can’t trust what I see when it come to some videos because videos can be altered and staged but you wouldn’t know unless you ask or investigate. In my opinion this video has me questioning what is real and what is fake when it comes to most videos. Anyone can pull off another video like this but the question is will any media outlet investigate first before trying to be the first to tell the story
Matikia Wilson

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November 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm

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Miranda Adams (MCJ 300) response: Science of Persuasion

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Is there a science to advertising? Speaking with authority and using propaganda to persuade people proves very effective. Other tricks, like leaving a gift (a mint, fortune cookie, etc.) for customers, is a subtle, yet very productive way to gain tips at restaurants.

This video shows a lot of little-known facts about the way people influence us without us even knowing! What do I think of it? I think it’s helpful to know now, but it kind of makes me unsettled to think that a small, nice gesture from someone may actually be a ploy to get something from me.

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November 25, 2013 at 12:10 am

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