Saving The Music

Imagine your life without music. Really, without music.  No radio, none of your favorite songs playing at your command, no iPod, no soundtracks to movies or TV shows, no nothing.

Can you do it?

I’ve participated in music programs for as long as I can remember.  In 4th grade I started singing at church and in choir, and as I progressed to high school I went on to participate in Choir, Liturgical Ensemble, Madrigals, Musical Theater and even become Captain and Band President of my high school marching band.  Music, very quickly, became not only something that I participated in regularly, but it was defining who I was, who I’ve become, and who I will become.

Music programs are being cut from school budgets across the country, leaving children no opportunity to have the experiences like I’ve had, and like I’m sure many of you have had. Budgets are being cut, or completely taken away, leaving children with nothing to hold on to.

More importantly, music provides an outlet for children.  It allows creativity and ways of thinking that other educational programs do not promote.  It provides excitement throughout the long school days, and something to look forward to between all of the structured class time.  Not to mention, that time and time again it has been proven that children who participate in music education outshine and better perform on standardized testing than the children who did not have the advantage to.

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Benefits of Blogging

Blogging has been a constant focus of this semester for me… primarily because I’ve started this blog and have really worked at making it my own, and making it something I can be proud of.

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Quality Content & Connections

One of my major influences in the world of social media has come to be that of DKNY’s “PR Girl.” Now, first I feel I must preface by saying I own nothing DKNY, nor do I have that much interest in the brand itself.

But here I am talking about it, right?

This means she’s doing her job, and she’s doing it well. But what is it about her, about anyone that we admire in social media, that appeals to us?

1. They’re real. In the case of DKNY PR Girl, she tweets about anything and everything.   She’s giving fashion advice (for no specific brands!) — actually, she’s just giving advice in general. She’s talking about things throughout her day, tweeting photos of places she is.  She’s interacting — engaging — her audience.  She’s not putting up any fronts. She’s being herself.

2. It’s not marketing. Every other tweet isn’t I should buy this, see what was just released, check out this awesome (insert article of clothing or accessory here). She’s not telling me all day why DKNY is the best brand in the world — though I’m sure she whole-heartedly believes all of those. Granted, she talks about it — of course she does, though, it’s her job! A job she clearly loves (She’s worked for them since 1998!). But she doesn’t need to tell me, or anyone else, all about DKNY to make people talk about it. Continue reading →

Kardashian Kraze: Wedding Woes

If you haven’t heard of Kim Kardashian’s marriage to husband-of-72-days Kris Humphries by now, it’s no doubt that you’ve been living under a rock.

While it’s not “big news” anymore, there is still something about this story that simply has my PR-blood boiling, and yours should be as well.

But first, I must preface with the fact that I am a kloset member of the Kardashian Klan. AKA: I love the little money-making family business they have built for themselves.

Entrepenurial genius.

I digress…

So, like I said, we’ve all heard about the rumors swirling weeks after the wedding ended. We heard about the heart-breaking divorce after less than three months of marriage, we heard about Kim’s flight to Australia after the announcement to work, and then her flight to Minnesota to speak to Kris and his family. We also heard how Kris himself heard about the divorce via… the internet.  We heard Kim’s sob story of how it wasn’t working, she wasn’t happy, and she just had to end it.

But is this reality-star and business woman savvy enough to think of the PR repercussions she will be reaping from all of this, or is it true what they say — no publicity is bad publicity.

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#OccupyWallStreet takes on Times Square

…and the counter terrorism unit, apparently.

It has been reported, and tweeted (trending, no less), that Occupy Wall Street has moved to Times Square today.

Now, the news that was anticipated for today was how the protests spread world-wide… but, of course, the original #OWS gang is stealing the spotlight, yet again.

Seriously, though, moving to Times Square today was the quite the move on their part.  I’ve read, via Twitter, that the estimated numbers of people there is expected to exceed the number normally there on New Years Eve.  That’s a reported 60,000+, folks.  And growing.

Not to mention that the police have definitely taken notice.  I’ve also read on twitter that there are police officers, police horses as well as the counter terrorism unit showed up to barricade and control the crowds.  It’s even being reported (yes, still on Twitter) that all protestors present in Times Square are subject to being arrested…

As of now, only one protestor, and two police officers has been reported as injured.  However, updated from the one arrest earlier, it was reported that 42 people were arrested in Times Square.  I heard, though am not certain, that these several of these protestors were arrested for wearing face masks, though, which could have been easily prevented… The march is said to continue on tonight to Washington Square Park at 10p, which hopefully means out of Times Square (for everyone’s sake.)

Now, as I follow all of this unfolding on Twitter, I can’t help but wonder… where is the mainstream media news?  Seldom articles have been found by even the NYT or CNN (though, they are starting to appear, but it they took their sweet time to trickle in), but the fact that this is happening on Twitter is probably the most mesmerizing to me.  People aren’t going to their regular news sources, they’re following these events on social media.

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The Many Personalities of College Kids

In high-school, most mornings I woke up around 5:30a to be at school by 6.  I had meetings and organizations I was leading that I was in charge of being present to help lead and represent, then I went about my school day until 2:30p.  Then, after school, I would have band practice and/or play rehearsal until about 9p that evening, only to go home that night to do homework, go to bed, wake up, and do it all the next day.  Boy, let me tell you, trying to throw a job in that mix was a task I certainly failed at.

Little did I know, this was only a warm-up for the marathon I’d be racing in college.

Most often, you hear adults, teachers, whoever, talk about college age kids… usually in a negative light.  It’s usually about how all they like to do is sleep, hang out with their friends, waste time on the computer and “The Facebook,” or consume certain substances.  Or, there are the teachers and professors who wholeheartedly believe that their class is the only class, the most important class, and everything in their students lives should come second to that class.

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SoMe Relationships

Facebook vs Twitter

Today in my Social Media in Public Relations class, we got into this discussion based on social media relationships — specifically, Facebook vs Twitter.

One side was that Facebook is better for relationships.  Why? It’s not as public, you can control who sees the things you post, you can interact more, you can simply do more.

The other side, Twitter, was that it’s more about sharing thoughts, ideas & content and not making and maintaining relationships.

Valid arguments were made both ways, but it made me wonder, why can’t they both used to build and maintain relationships?

Just as we all have different relationships with different people, why wouldn’t we have different relationships on Twitter than we do on Facebook?  Twitter is a great way to get your information out there, to share content, to get the point across (you do only have 140 characters, after all).  It’s also a way, though, to connect.  Twitter is one of the only media that can allow you to easily search for people of common interests and follow them with an easy click.  Then, suddenly, you’re allowed into their world of tweets, thoughts and other various content they decide to share, which will (most likely) coincide with your interests (given that, after all, you decided to follow them.)

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