Archive for October, 2011

Radio Advertisements

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Looking back at this past group project, I can honestly say that I did not expect for it to work the way it did.  Our project was a two minute audio clip, but it still took quite a bit of work for it to go the way we wanted too.  There was a great deal of planning involved, as well as some extensive research.  In order to make it work, we had to find multiple sources, from the information needed on the product featured in the broadcast to old radio advertisements.  They were very much over the top compared to what we hear today, but they were effective.  It was fun putting it all together.

Winston and Rosenzweig

Friday, October 21st, 2011

I thought the readings this week were quite interesting, especially the section we read by Roy Rosenzweig.  It was fascinating to me because I just did the Literature Review for History 485, and I thought it was funny how much this section reminded me of just that.  I thought it was unique how Rosenzweig examines the history of the internet through the eyes of different writers, as well as how several different ideas contributed to the creation of the internet.

Yesterday in class, one of the points that was brought up was if the military had control over certain inventions.  I would say that they have, but I don’t completely think that is a bad thing.  The military did create the internet, which is something that has become very useful in today’s society (since we use it everyday).  I also thought it was interesting how Winston made small points here and there in the last few chapters.  He skimmed right over cell phones at one point, which was not shocking seeing as how he wrote the rest of the book.  I also found it interesting how cable had so many problems years ago, especially since some people here in Virginia don’t have cable due to some areas not being economically well off.

Week 7

Friday, October 14th, 2011

This week, I was one of the discussion leaders.  I actually enjoyed doing it.  It was nice for a change to actually not have to answer questions.  However, if gave me a new perspective.  I got to see how difficult it was to keep a group of people interested on a certain topic for a period of time.

I will say though that nobody ever gives our military any credit for technological advances, but this week we were reminded of their contributions.  The military laid down the foundation for the internet today.  Had it not been for ARPANET, I would not even be able to post this blog.  People always think of weapons with the military, but there is so much more.  The Enigma machine was incredibly difficult to break, and its use in the wars proved completely effective.

Of course, we also have a project due next week.  As a group, we came together with our sources and were able to nearly complete our project.  Looking up the sources for our project was quite challenging, since it was a collective effort.  We all had to put in our own different dynamic.  Hopefully on Thursday it will pay off for us.

enigma code for class 10/13/11

Thursday, October 13th, 2011



Chris Christensen, “Polish Mathematicians Finding Patterns in Enigma Messages,” Mathematics Magazine, 80, no. 4 (Oct., 2007): 255,




Saturday, October 8th, 2011

After reading this week’s articles, there is certainly something to be said about persuasion and propaganda.  I personally think that today, they are almost one in the same.  I think that propaganda is more or less aimed at an idea, while persuasion is more aimed towards an action.  However, they both are seen everywhere in today’s society.  We talked in class about advertisements.  I would say that both play a role in every commercial on television, and on every pop-up that comes up when we get on the internet.  Even though some people avoid advertisements to their fullest ability, they are going to be either seen or talked about one way or another.

For the next project, my group is looking at doing a radio broadcast.  Since we had print and its predecessors on the timeline, we are going to be doing a few minute advertisement for Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press.  We thought that it would be interesting to tackle this product.  Even though it was invented several hundred years ago, we are going to highlight its attributes in an attempt to create a realistic infomercial essentially.  I think that if we find the right kind of style to do this, it will be great.  Our group just needs to make sure that we plan it out right, and focus on creating a great script for the advertisement.