Beatification of Pope John Paul II

More than a million people were present at Pope John Paul II’s Beatification. This is such a defining moment in Catholicism, as millions of people from all over the world came to witness history. In order to become a saint one of the requirements is to have performed a miracle. A nun brings up the blood of the late pope because he cured her of Parkinsons. Today showed the interconnectedness of people from all over the world sharing one common belief/faith/religion. People waved flags in the air to represent their country. This sense of pride for culture and religion is solidified in our ever changing world.

Clinton Might have the Saxophone, But Obama has Comedy

President Obama uses pop culture references to poke fun at Donald Trump, Fox News, and other birth-certificate skeptics while at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C. Here is a video showing how President Obama humanizes himself to the American public by using both humor and entertainment references to make a point. He mentions Trump’s reality TV show and even shows a short clip from a Disney Movie to poke fun at those who believe he was not born in the United States.

5 o’clock news before ’89

This video shows what broadcast news looked like during the time of Ceausescu’s Communist regime.

The news is only and all about Ceausescu and the things he is doing for the country, advertised in a positive way. The entire time, Ceausescu is mentioned as “comrade”. This is an example of how the government controlled the media in order to influence the public.

Exploring the McDonaldization Concept

When we think about American food one of the first thoughts that might come to mind is the burger. This infamous American food is appearing more and more in other cultural contexts around the world thanks to American media promotion.

Burger King’s “Whopper Virgin” campagin, filmed in a documentary format and distributed virally onto the Internet, is an interesting example (see below).

In the advert they document an American film team that travels to certain “media – isolated” locations and makes them taste a burger. The ad was seen as highly controversial because it degraded other cultures. But it really shows the American standaridization that is ocurring in the world.

I would argue that it’s due to mass commercialism, but I might also add politics into this arguement. Until a few years ago, the United States was a super power in the world and one that imposed it’s presence on others through capitalism and political ties (if it had been soley capital power then Japan would have been the leader). The commercial and social movement of Americanization could also be refered to as McDonaldization…It somewhat reflects all of the things that McDonalds seems to embody.

And personally I find that rather scary (think Wall-E and the humans).

The Royal Wedding

The world watched Prince William and Kate Middleton say “I will” at the alter in  yesterday morning. A couple of hours later we saw them kiss not once, but twice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. We are calling the event “the wedding of the century.”

I watched the live online streaming ABC News and BBC broadcast all morning, waiting to see what would come next. While intently watching all of the pomp and circumstance accompanying the event in London, I was also updated every few minutes by the twitter news feed embedded in the BBC site. Reporters kept track of the future Highnesses’ every movement and countless tid-bits and opinions about the day.

Royal Wedding news coverage dominated the top news stories throughout the day in the UK, France, Australia and the United States. had an entire page dedicated to Royal Wedding coverage.

I think this event clearly shows today’s media focus on infotainment. The royal wedding was entertaining and news, and viewers loved the story. The event also displayed the use of new media today. Millions tuned in to the wedding on tv, but also kept up-do-date with online streaming and twitter updates.

TV is Reality

The Japanese have always been infamous for their television shows. But this cartoon using a mashup of electro beats to assimilate a Daft Punk – like song seems to hit the new Reality TV phenomena right on the head.

The illustrations can be interpreted as the influence of mass media over society. While media continues to dominate our world, aspects depicted on the television screen suddenly are copied out in real life. The end result is a postmodernist world; where violence is desensitized, where media is all inter-related, everyone is connected, consumerism makes us greedy and television has a pro-war asthetic.

The cartoon ends in chaos with a telly placed ontop of the rubble. Quite significant, isn’t it?


Although this tv show is based off of the apprentice the entire show is clearly more serious educational and informative than the apprentice.

Some people asked me to post the link…enjoy