Wag the Dog

February 16, 2009

This movie reminded me of a quote from the movie Idlewild by Andre Benjamin that said, “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” Most of the movie showed the characters performing tasks in, what I think was, an existentialist view. Their main goal was to preserve the good name of the president after a sex scandal, and in doing so, they created a war and a long backstory and all these intricate details because it seemed the most practical at the time. Its just what they could come up with on the spot. There were many unethical practices throughout the movie. Honesty was a really big issue. DeNiro and Hoffman came up with all these random lies that they came up with just to distract people from the truth that the president had slept with his intern. Because all those lies were told, the accountability of their actions was compromised as well. I also think that the advocacy issue was a little tampered with because all the opinions heard throughout the country came from the pr practitioners that were running the show.

The caption came up in the beginning of the movie that said that a dog is smarter than its tail which is why the dog wags its tail, but if the tail was smarter than the dog, the tail would wag the dog. I took that as a display of how much society is just fed information. When events happen, society has no recourse but to watch the news or listen to the radio or check the internet and more often than not all the information that we get is simply a line that someone higher up has told someone else to say or write. It makes the world very scripted and just like in this movie, regular people who have no ties to public officials or people that really are in charge, have to just accept what we have been given and accept it as truth. Thereby, society is the dog because we are responsible for consumption and spending and have a large population and what not, but the little guys, the tail, pull the strings and pretty much control our lives…and wag us.

I honestly dont know many pr stereotypes. The only one I know is that they are responsible for making you feel the way you feel because they have the final say about what information goes out. Whether its good or bad denotes whether its a good stereotype or a bad one i guess, but in this movie it definitely held true. America was just a chess board and DeNiro, Hoffman, and Anne Heche moved the pieces around in whatever direction they wanted.


What I learned about the evolution

February 4, 2009

I learned a lot about the evolution of public relations, but at the same time, it was just reinforcement. Everyone knows how much technology and society is changing, so its only safe to assume that public relations and the media and mass communication in general has to change as well. I had the section on the next 50 years which was pretty much putting in greater detail what we already know. The world is changing QUICKLY! And as the world changes, the technology changes and who has access to this new technology changes as well. And the media has to keep up with it. There’s a constant push for new ideas and quirky ads that will keep people interested in such a desensitized society. The way that news and ads and everything are spread has to change too. Movable type is becoming obsolete very fast and soon I dont think that people will read much of anything…at least not on paper. I guess that’s good for the environment but that cant be good for our brains and our eyes with all the radio waves and stuff, but thats enough of that. I would love to see what will be in the next 100 or 150 years. With technology and people changing so rapidly, I would love to see what happens in the year 3009.  EVERYTHING changed from 1909 to now, so I know its going to be ridiculous in the future. Hopefully technology doesnt get too out of hand and cause some kind of apocalyptic thing, but unlimited potential and a government that will most likely be obsolete by then doesnt paint a pretty picture.

My twitter week

January 28, 2009

Well I hope Im doing this right first of all. Anyway, my twitter week was pretty good. I met a few people and exchanged some ideas, but I really dont see the point. It’s a great networking opportunity, but at the same time, there are several other equally great sites and places to network. Its fun and everything to keep up with everyone so easily, but when you consider the other, more popular, sites out there, I really dont think its worth the effort. I was happy that I got to follow Erykah Badu’s play-by-play when she had her 3rd child. That was kinda cool. I dont know whether or not Ill keep my account. I probably will but Ill find someway to make it as counterproductive as possible. Im glad we had to do the assignment though. I like learning new things and getting involved in the new technology thats out there.