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Comments are Crucial January 30, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 3330,Topic of the Week — Caroline Rawlins @ 8:39 pm

Blogging is a very new concept and one that might take a while to become an integral part of your daily routine. You have to make it a part of your day just like going to the gym, brushing your teeth, or going to class. This might be hard for some people, because I know it had been for me, but when you work your way into the blogging world and become linked and connected to other bloggers it makes it easier to get involved.

One way to become linked to other bloggers is through comments. Comments can be made on the any type of posts that the person has written. Comments should show your interest in the topic and be helpful feedback for the blogger who posted the blog you are commenting on. Never be condescending or rude in your comments, if you do not like the post topic or content it is best to just keep those thoughts to yourself because you never know who could link to the blogger and see your negativity and permanently associate that with you.

Try to act constructive in your comments and be sure to link to them so that people viewing your blogging site can benefit through your networking. Comments are very crucial  part and take your blogging beyond your own words and page. They make others and yourself feel as though there is a community aspect and they give a feeling of being heard. Without comments the blogging world would be nothing but another standard, dry, and boring website.

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Caroline’s Comments January 27, 2010

Filed under: Blog comments,PRCA 3330 — Caroline Rawlins @ 11:09 pm

comment #- 1

title of post- Week 2: “Where” Vs “In Which”

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date comment was made: Jan. 27, 2010

my comment:

lauryn,

I greatly enjoyed your post and think that this will help me. One of my week points is in grammar and specifically, what words to choose when writing a paper, post, or anything.

It is interesting to learn that “which” is a more formal word than “where” is. So, I know now that I should not use the word “where” right beside a date that is written, but it is appropriate to use it when speaking about a physical place.

This post makes me wonder which words are misplaced based on their formality when I speak or write.

Thanks for alerting me to this issue and I’ll be sure to look for it in my future writing.

comment #- 2

title of post: ap style bootcamp: flagging your ap style book

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date comment was made: Feb. 3, 2010

my comment:

I have pulled out my pink Post-it Notes and have flagged six essential areas of The Associated Press Stylebook 2009 while watching the AP Style Bootcamp. The six areas of common errors areas seem to be simple. Since they are so simplistic, I think that many people over look them and assume that they are too elementary to review and look for when writing. I am sure that the bright flags between the pages will catch my eye anytime I have to write a piece for class. Many of my other classes involve writing but have not really emphasized the APA style. This AP Style Bootcamp will allow me succeed in my writing for PRCA 3330 and in many other aspects of the other classes that I am taking this semester.

Caroline Rawlins

PRCA 3330- PR writing

comment #- 3

title of post: Giving Back

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date comment was made: Feb. 4, 2010

my comment:

Michael,

I am also involved in the Greek Life, in Alpha Delta Pi, and am glad that you made this post. It is important for others to understand that we do more than go out on the weekends and hold Socials with other fraternities or sororities.

Alpha Delta Pi supports the Ronald McDonald House as our philanthropy. We support the one in Savannah, Georgia and cook monthly dinners for the families staying there and do other events throughout the year to support them financially.

I am glad that you have shed a positive light on the Greek Community and I hope that we can continue to have a good image with our surrounding community.

– Caroline Rawlins

comment- #4

title of post: If  You Have to Cry, GO OUTSIDE!![Kell on Earth]

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date comment was made: Feb. 17, 2010

my comment:

When I first saw this blog I was intimated by its size but once I started I was HOOKED! I remembered Kelly Cutrone from “The Hills” and how harsh and how she dished out a lot of “tough love” to Lauren and Whitney during the seasons. Though she is a little rough around the edges she does her job well and is someone to really look up to when it comes to PR and marketing. I would love to work for her anytime or day though I might have to carry a large box of tissues and use them often.

comment-#5

title of post: PR Connections #2

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date comment was made: Feb. 17, 2010

my comment:

I can definitely see the decline in blogging. It is very time consuming and confusing format to blog. There are so many different sections, fonts, and colors that you can get caught up in. Twitter and Facebook are uniformed in their look and how to navigate them . I believe that is a major part of their appeal. Twitter seems to be the younger generation’s way of keeping up with our fast paced lives. Though you do not like Twitter or blogs maybe this week of it will be able to give you a different opinion as you work through the new experience.

-caroline

comment- #6

title of the post: The Super Bowl 2010

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date comment was made: Feb. 20, 2010

my comment:

Wynn,

I also was not able to watch the Super Bowl this year. I was actually having to catch up on blogging and studying for a test the next day. I used the link that Professor Nixon provided and watched them the next day. I found many of them to be less funny than the previous years but then I considered their target audience and realized that there was a very strong male influence. There were no commercials really trying to tug on the heart-strings of women. They were mainly about beer, food, and sexual appeal. The amount of money that was paid for these spots was astounding, but I guess they are widely viewed and have a strong influence on men, the primary money makers in the families and bring in more revenue so it all equals out.

-caroline rawlins

comment -#7

title of post: The importance of comments in the medium of internet blogging.

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date comment was made: Feb 21, 2010

my comment:

I enjoyed reading this blog and believe that you said everything very well. Blogging comments allow any person with a computer a voice. Many people feel as though their opinion does not get heard and this is a great way to do so. As long as the person making the comment is something informative and provoking, it is being used properly. Blogging comments can be made by anyone from anywhere in the world at anytime and this is what makes Internet interactions such as blogging so unique in their format. Everyone should take advantage of this medium of expression to widen their scope of knowledge and deepen their understanding of different people and their views.

-caroline rawlins

comment- #8

title of the post: Betty White: Why do we love thee? Let Me Count the Ways

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date comment was made: March 9, 2010

my comment:

I love this video montage to Betty White. I recently saw her on Chelsea Lately and loved her young and fresh attitude about all issues. She has definitely not let herself age along with the rest of her generation. I think that everyone could learn something from her. That age is just a number and that you need not accept the norm or stereotype for your age, race, income level, or any other limits that you might have pushing against you. Some people let these things get them down or fence them in but with looking at how Betty White is you cannot help but break away from the norm and accomplish anything you want.

-caroline rawlins

comment- #9

title of the post: More FREE Rice Please

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date comment was made: March 24, 2010

my comment:

I am so glad that you brought this site to people’s attention. I have actually heard about this website before but really did not give it a second thought, because I also consider myself to be a skeptic about things like this. It is good to know that it is legit and that you have been doing your best to promote a good cause in a simple way. I will definitely check it out and try to help your effort of spreading the word about it. It is nice to know that there are truthful and helpful things like this set up to solely benefit those in need.

comment- #10

title of the post: PR Connections

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date comment was made: March 24, 2010

my comment:

I am completely on board with your frustration concerning the puffery with advertisements. The movie theater is a great place to see this and even just cable television. The media seem to be making the regular things great and making you feel not as great if you do not buy into them. I think it is starting to take a real effect on the younger teens and what they focus their efforts to. It seems that people are becoming more concerned with what they have instead of who they are. I hope as I get into my field more that I can make a positive difference.

comment -#11

title of post: NEWS! News! GET YOUR NEWS!!

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date comment was made: April 8, 2010

my comment:

I think that everyone has a varied idea about what they find as newsworthy. I am not so much a fan of sports but I do find my news on similar sites as you. I like to watch Fox and Friends in the morning and enjoy going online and searching for news also. I think that news websites are the way to go. It is so much easier to just log onto a website with so many other things we participate in like Facebook and Twitter online. It can kind of get confusing on figuring out what is really newsworthy with so many stories just being about celebrities and their lives, things that do not really have any effect on my life. I hope that the media will start focusing on newsworthy material.

comment- #12

title of post: So why do I get negative reactions from people when I tell them I’m minoring in PR?

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date comment was made: April 19, 2010

my comment:

I agree with what you have written. I find that switching from Chemistry major to a PR major with just a minor in chemistry seemed to disappoint my parents. They did not say it out right but they did seem to change their expression when they talked about it. Others that I tell about being a PR major they always ask me what I am going to “really do”? I think that many people just do not understand the job of a PR practitioner and all the work and ethics that are practiced along with the job. I think that the public should be able to separate the media and all its fallacies from what the true goals of a PR practitioner are.

comment -#13

title of the post: Misleading Cervical Cancer Commerical?

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date comment was made: April 20, 20210

my comment:

I believe about the same when seeing this commercial and it seems to still get me every time. I think that the fear can be a good one in this situation and can give a sense of urgency about the issue of cervical cancer. It seems to be a hot topic around the media today. It might have been taboo to talk about such subjects years ago but I believe we have come a long way in getting the issues out. I applaud the creators of the commercial for tactics and hope that it will make a positive change in the way that people look at cervical cancer. That they will get out there and making a difference once seeing how serious of a problem it is.

comment- #14

title of post: PR Connections #11

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date comment was made: April 20, 2010

my comment:

When it comes to the media I can always look there for a good shock. There is always some sort of competition going on. Like, Coke v. Pepsi, Verizon v. AT&T, and now McDonalds v. Burger King . Everyone seems to have a competitor that they are going after. I sort of admire Burger King for being so brave as to take on McDonalds like that but I have a feeling that it might come back to haunt them. McDonalds is such a big cooperation that I really do not think that this commercial will cause them to lose any revenue.

comment- #15

title of post: Nestle: the Dark Side of Social Media

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date comment was made: April 20, 2010

my comment:

I cannot believe that people used Nestle’s Facebook page to post those sorts of comments. It is something that I believe that we have not even seen the beginning of. I wish there was some way to regulate those sorts of things but then that would be going against the right of free speech. It can sometimes seem like a lose-lose situation. Do you delete the page and look like a coward? Or do you lash back out against the comments and look like a harsh company? I think that this is one of my fears with being a PR practitioner. I hope that there will be some guidelines that will be enforced once I get into the field.

comment- #16

title of post: PR Connection 7

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date comment was made: April 25, 2010

my comment:

I agree with you completely. I see Lady Gaga a sort of weird character and think that her main goal is to stir things up. I see her goal as a worthy one, we could all use a little spice in our lives, but do not really see her as one that a PR firm would relate to. She seems to have a lot of controversy and that can be a problem for a PR firm when working with her. I think that it is a risk that could either go very bad or very good, and for the sake of the blogger and PR firm I hope that it goes well.

comment- # 17

title of post: What Do You Want From Me?

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date comment was made: April 25, 2010

my comment:

I think that the media should back away from Tiger. I saw him on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Masters tournament in my hometown of Augusta, Ga. He received a great welcome back to the sport of golf and seemed to have no negative reviews or actions towards him. I sort of wish that the news channels would let the subject go and report real news that effects me. I just don’t find Tiger Woods’ life as relevant news worthy story. I believe that with time the media will find a new person to examine and keep 24 hour tabs on, but until then I guess I will try to filter my news and find something really worth paying attention to.

comment- #18

title of post: Persoanl

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date comment was made: April 25, 2010

my comment:

I understand your frustration with school and jobs. I am a junior and am involved in four organizations which seem to take up more of my time than I expected. School is finally winding down for the semester and I am looking forward to it. I am going home for the summer and working. I am also, like you, trying to figure out what I want to do after college .I have not done my internship but I have a feeling that it will help me to decided what direction I want to go when I get out of college. So, im looking forward to that and just keep on keeping on until then.

comment-#19

title of post: And the Oscar goes to…

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date comment was made: April 25, 2010

my comment:

I like that this blog really highlights the good things that actors are doing. I think that so many times the media makes the top stories ones of adultery, disasters, and personal mishaps. These stories may make money and draw the audience in but they do not have any positive effect, they just get people talking about the personal or public wrongs of the actor/actress. I was glad that you wrote about the organizations and foundations that these people have made or serve as a spokes person for. I hope that the media can catch on to this concept and start feeding us some positive news.

comment- #20

title of post: Oh, Perez Hilton…

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date comment was made: April 25, 2010

my comment:

I hope you are right on this one. I think that like Tiger Woods, Chris Brown is doing all he can to try to make it good with the media. He should probably focus more on improving himself than making it up to people he may never meet. End in the, though, the fans are what provide him with a career and the money that he wants. Either way, I hope that his efforts will be successful and provide help to those in need in Haiti. I hope that even when he has “redeemed” himself that he will be able to continue to contribute to needy efforts.

comment- #21

title of post: Happy Birthday Youtube!

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date comment was made: April 25, 2010

my comment:

It seems like Youtube has been with us longer than just five years. I can remember when Oprah had the founders on to speak with them about how that conceptualized the idea of the site. I now see friends, teachers, and even parents viewing the site. At first I did not give Youtube any real credit because it was just videos made my ordinary people. I saw no real quality in the posts. I have now seen teachers use it and my parents referring to it. I count it as a legit site and hope to see its popularity to continue. I think it is an easy and efficient way to spread information and hope that it has another five years of success.

comment- #22

title of post: The Power of Persuasion

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date comment was made: April 25, 2010

my comment:

I think that Tiger Woods tried his best and if I was in his position I would not even give the media an apology. I think that private matters, especially affairs, are private. I do not consider this to be a subject that can affect me personally so therefore I do not see my or the media’s rights to intrude and then scrutinize his speech. I did, however, enjoy reading about the four elements of persuasion. I think that they are each important and I hope to take and use those four elements to my benefit when doing my next speech or paper.

comment- #23

title of post: PR Connections: Ghost Blogging- Is it Ethical?

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date comment was made: April 25, 2010

my comment:

I think that this may be very questionable but not at all wrong. I think it would be wrong if they hired people to write positive reviews and they acted as costumers. As long as they are just providing facts and information in general I think that it is not unethical. With a company hiring a professional blogger they are able to target their audience and get into the Social Media outlets unlike a person who is just a company employ who might not know how to use the blogging medium as well as a professional blogger. The company should just keep close tabs on the blogger and make sure that all the information is correct.

comment- #24

title of post: Open Mic? Yes Please.

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date comment was made: April 25, 2010

my comment:

I was excited that we were introduced to this site. I know there are many Social Media networks on the Internet that provide people with outlets to express their self and their thoughts but I enjoyed the fact that OpenMic provide a network catered to PR professional and students. I have not been very active since I set one up last month but I hope that when school calms down I will be able to get into it and really use the site to its full potential. I think that every profession should have a site like this where you can connect with people of like minds and goals.

comment- #25

title of post: PR Connection

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date comment was made: April 25, 2010

my post:

I cannot say that I wouldn’t consider it, because I would probably think about it but in the end I would definitely decide against taking the money. I think it would be a temporary fix to many my wallet and bank account full but I think that the repercussions of the unethical nature of this decision would come back to haunt me. It could get me in trouble or possibly end my career all together. Some temptations are not worth the aftermath that could occur and I would consider this one. I hope that others will feel this way though I know many would not.

 

Ch. 2 Key Ideas January 24, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 3330,Reading Notes — Caroline Rawlins @ 10:03 pm

The art of persuasion had been around since Aristotle and has surprisingly remained quite the same and a large topic of study and interest for the media, politics, and our civilization as a whole. It seems that no matter if you are a Freshman in college taking a speaking class and giving your first speech to your class of twenty people or the President of the United States giving a State of the Union Address to the whole country.

*The basics of communication which are : sender, message, channel, and receiver. The sender is “the organization from which the message comes” and it then travels through the channel to the receiver(35).

*Key points and techniques of persuasive speaking which are : yes-yes, offer structured choice, seek partial commitment, and ask for more, settle for less(54).

* The acronym T.A.R.E. ( truthfulness, authenticity, respect, equity, and social responsibility) in the “tips for success” box explains which each letter stands for and it is an easy way to keep yourself in check when writing persuasively (56-57).

( information taken from: Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques by: Dennis L. Wilcox sixth edition)

 

Now I GET It

Filed under: PRCA 3330,Topic of the Week — Caroline Rawlins @ 9:35 pm

Being a part of the “technology” generation I believe that we have become so dependent on our phones, computers, and palm planners to do the thinking for us. When writing a paper, a blog, a facebook status, or twitter update we always count on the little red or green  squiggle under the misspelled, grammatically incorrect, or repeated word to alert us and even fix our mistakes. By relying on technology as our ultimate solution, we have not found a need or even an interest in learning about our language and grammar.

With a disinterest in the subject of grammar and word origins/meanings I believe that we have lost a vital and even interesting thing to study or just look into for fun. I mean, who knew that the word “get” could have 63 meanings. If you really sit down to think about it, the word “get” is such a versatile word for only containing three letters.It can replace “be” , which is one of the most common words in the English language and it had many tenses though they might seem simple the past participle can get confusing. The American English is “gotten” while the British English is “got”.

It surprised me that such a small and often unnoticed word was so diverse and had so many meanings that we us in our day-to-day writing and speech. Usually the large and rare words are the ones that get confusing and considered the “smart” words that only scholars, but I think that if you know all the meanings and uses of “get” you belong in the same category. “Get” should serve as  the new “smart” word.

I hope to rediscover the fundamentals of the English language and not rely on technology to do the thinking for me, though I will probably subscribe to the “Grammar Girl” blog and find her on twitter.

 

Ch. 1 key ideas January 19, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 3330,Reading Notes — Caroline Rawlins @ 4:48 am

I know that chapter one in every book is an introduction and usually boring but with this book I found unsuspecting and intriguing ideas with information that is very applicable to the stage of development that I am in within my major courses. I have taken the introduction course and some others but this is my first writing PR class that I am taking and from what I have learned so far it is VERY IMPORTANT to the PR profession.

*So when it said that computers are “the most important piece of equipment in a public relations office” it made me think (pg.6). I would have thought that some guide-book or such would be most important but this makes me glad to have gotten a new computer for Christmas.

*How to format sentences, how to choose words correctly, and how to use imagery. These ideas sound very simple and repeated all the time but it was nice to get refreshed on the subjects because I think sometimes it is very easy to just rely on the computer to do all the work, which explains why it is the most important piece of equipment , but it can also break, stall, or fail at times.

*”Current Events and Trends” section gave me a lot to think about (p.15). In this section there are a variety books, suggested types of newspapers to read, and other materials to help me keep up with current events. This really shows that the field of Public Relations extends very far and wide to force you to use more than just a textbook and a classroom to learn.

( information taken from: Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques by: Dennis L. Wilcox sixth edition)

 

Hello world! January 12, 2010

Filed under: Personal,PRCA 3330 — Caroline Rawlins @ 3:38 pm

This is my FIRST blog! I have no experience with this sort of thing, but I hope to enjoy it and learn the ropes soon.