YouTube and You

Paul Colligan, YouTube Strategies 2016, Colligan.com, Inc., 2016, $14.95, 182 pages. Author Paul Colligan considers himself a “new media master” and YouTube “expert.” In this book, he deals well with multi-media strategies, especially for YouTube and podcasts. He has published 14 books, all of which can be seen as guidance for newcomers in the field …

Ethics of 13 Reasons Why

Season One of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why was controversial. The series is about a teenage girl, Hannah, who commits suicide in the series’ finale. Before doing so, she records 13 reasons why she did it and includes a list of rules to accompany the tapes Friend and fellow high-school classmate, Clay, receives a …

Understanding the Trump-era via contemporary horror cinema

Siegfried Kracauer wrote his astute book of film criticism, From Caligari to Hitler, in 1947. In it he explores the connection between the German Expressionist films of Weimar Cinema and the rise of Adolf Hitler. The relationship between Weimar Cinema and the sociological and psychological state of Germany in the wake of defeat after World …

An African love affair

Jeffrey Gettleman, Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War and Survival “Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War and Survival” by Jeffrey Gettleman, a reporter for the New York Times who spent 17 years as the East-Africa bureau chief for the media outlet, is the author’s autobiography chronicling his life as a war correspondent in …

Unethical crusades

Our Dishonest President, Times Editorial Board, Versa Press, Inc., East Peoria, Ill., 2017, $7.99, 112 pages. Our Dishonest President has been repeatedly promoted in one-quarter page advertisements in the Los Angeles Times. The ads, which appear with a large image of the book’s cover, read: The immensely popular series of editorials by the Los Angeles Times …

Storm chasing in the 21st century

Opinion For more than two decades, storm chasers have often paid their way by marketing their severe weather videos. This industry developed in the late 1990s and flourished during the early 2000s. Several companies were developed by storm chasers to market their videos to news agencies with the goal of covering their storm-chasing costs. As …

Trade war with U.S. as seen by Chinese media

Opinion Chinese media have devoted considerable airtime and news pages this spring to the trade war with the United States. China’s President Xi Jinping has drawn guidelines for Chinese media on several occasions since 2013. In particular, he pointed out that the Communist Party’s media should guide the public, serve the country’s overall interests, instill …

Chicago TV news ignores ‘cheap’ murders

Analysis TV news outlets in Chicago often ignore the “cheap” murders that won’t boost ratings. Such non-reporting leaves viewers with a skewed narrative of crime in a city that too often frames victims as the bad guys, says Robert Jordan, the longtime Emmy-winning reporter and weekend anchor for WGN-TV in Chicago. “The effort is phony, …