PRactical Advice

Comm 240 is an very interesting class taught by a great professor (by the way can I get some extra credit?) As long as you can stay on task and focus on your work you should be fine! However, with that said there is some advice that can come in handy!

Firstly, make sure you stay on top of blogging assignments! Bookmark your blog and set a reminder to make sure you don’t miss any posts! Also don’t forget to do your comments!

Second have a dedicated notebook in which to take notes during lectures. There’s a lot of information and having it all written down will help you study and remember information.

Thirdly, make sure that you keep track of projects you have going on. They are worth a lot of points and you’ll really regret it if you accidentally miss a deadline.

Last but certainly not least make sure you study for tests. Enough said with that one!

With these tips in mind you’ll have no problems in this class.

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Lets Play or Lets Pay?

If video killed the radio star, then IPhones killed the handheld gaming market. Since the release of Apple’s mobile IOS and it’s increase in popularity, playing games on your phone has exploded, good luck finding someone who hasn’t played Angry Birds or Candy Crush. So with the increase of mobile gaming, less and less people now want a handheld gaming system. Every Sony release has preformed sub-par, falling short of expectations. Nintendo’s DS systems are still around, but much less common or popular.  With IOS gaming being the new norm, many companies are trying to make a quick bug, as it’s much easier to release a game for Iphone or Android then it would be for a traditional handheld, like the PSP or DS. Free to play games are everywhere on the app store, adopting the Freemium model, which pushes micro transactions to an extreme

Keeping that in mind, I’ve been hesitant to play free games on the app store, but I was very very bored recently, and decided to take the plunge, downloading a fairly popular and successful game (I think it was an editor’s choice) called Dungeon Boss. In this game you unlock characters that you use to clear dungeons, increasing your overall player level and leveling up your characters in return. There’s a Player verses Player mode as well, in which you set a group of characters to defend your chest of gold, while trying to invade other players and steal theirs. Micro Transactions are advertised and featured prominently, such as the ability to buy gems used for unlocking more heroes with real money instead of earning them by clearing dungeons.

However, I was very pleasantly surprised. The game was well made, with well balanced levels and player verse player. Clearing dungeons was a lot of fun, and you got a sense of accomplishment from defeating the boss that was giving you a hard time. It never felt like you had to put in money to have a good time, being able to unlock power ups and characters just from playing. I would defiantly recommend getting the game to anyone who wanted a quick, fun time waster that’s hard to put down. I actually convinced my non gaming girlfriend to download it, and she’s been enjoying it greatly. Games like this provided real hope for IOS gaming and good implementation of micro-transactions.

Dungeon Boss
Apple/Android
Addicting, Well Paced, Good Graphics
4/5

Minimal Punctuation

Everyone likes video games. Okay well, maybe not every one, but a lot of people like video games, and I am definitely one of them. More often then not if you ask what I’m up to the answer will just be Xbox. So as a fan of video games and  as it happens also comedy if I’ve got time to kill (or i’m procrastinating, which one is more likely you decide) sometimes I’ll watch the videos of this British born, Australia based critic who goes Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw. Now as a fair warning, his reviews tend to be very explicit but also very funny at the same time. Yhatzee is well known for his hyper-sarcastic style, poking major fun at flaws and glancing over positives, but there is still quality information to be found. So his most recent review was released just today,  the 28th of October, about the Harmonix hit game Rock Band. So for those of us who have some how managed to black out all of the mid to late 2000’s, Rock Band was on the wave of music simulator games that were all the rage at parties, with the big clunky plastic guitars and the wana be Keith Moon plastic drum sets. Harmonix, the publisher, decided to re release Rock Band for the new generation of counsels to very mixed results. As Yhatzee made a point of in his review, the solo campaign is quite painful if you don’t pay for additional content as all the same songs get reused over and over again.

I find it strange that in this day and age companies think they can get away with trying to gip customers like this. With critics being a major part in the PR cycle, consumers can easily do their research and be well protected from a crappy buy.

Electric Car Sparks Controversy

I feel like there’s not a whole lot of stuff left on the Earth that can truly fascinate. With how global our society is and everything being just a click away the amazing can start to become mundane. However, one thing that has never failed to captivate me is the Tesla Model S, created by the Tesla Motor Company. Tesla is the first modern company that focuses entirely on building fully electric, non gas powered luxury cars. The take their name, and the basis of their technology from Nikola Tesla, a very prominent scientist from the 1900’s well known for his experimentation with electricity (and also carrier pigeons but that is neither here nor there.)2014-tesla-model-s-60-full-test-review-car-and-driver-photo-632037-s-original

The Tesla Motor C
ompany is fascinating in an of its self, because it was founded by a bunch of guys that new little about selling cars, but a hell of a lot about science. Elon Musk, founder and CEO, also founded SpaceX, one of the most prominent space exploration companies spear heading the charger to colonize Mars. There’s a joke at Tesla that people that can’t cut it at Tesla end up working for Apple, so that speaks volumes about the quality of employees.

However, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the Palo Alto based tech giant. Early on in their development Tesla decided that they would forgo dealerships and auto lots in favor of selling their cars directly to customers, as that would be the most beneficial to both parties. Unfortunately many states require manufactures to go through a 3rd party for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, so Tesla is frequently in the news for being in court trying to overturn these bans and get access to more and more states, with tremendous success.  More and more states are opening up and allowing Tesla to follow their unique business plan.

If you’re a fan of innovative I would highly recommend checking out Tesla,  and if you wana learn more about the Model S and enjoy fun web comics read this – http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla_model_s

Pseudo Social

A huge part of our society is Social Media. For a relatively new phenomena is surprising how engrained it is in our world. Ten years ago if you told someone you were going to check your Facebook they would look at you like you were crazy. Now you’ll get the same reaction if you aren’t signed up for one.

Social media is especially popular with my generation, as we are the most technologically active. As a college freshman almost all my peers and for the most part everyone I interact with has a smart phone and a laptop, and is constantly on one of the two, if not both. Personally, i’m not all that active on social media but I have what I consider the big 3; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. From what I’ve seen these are the most common and popular ones. If someone  has any for of social media chances are it’s at least one if not all 3 of these.

Facebook I don’t use very much anymore, mostly only when I’m really bored and procrastination homework. I mostly use Facebook on my laptop, I’ll have a tab open and just scroll down my news feed.

Twitter I use very often, always on my phone. It’s an easy way to keep up to date with what my my friends are up to.

Instagram I also don’t use all that frequently, always on my phone though. Im mostly on that only when my girlfriend sends me funny videos to watch.

Honestly, there aren’t any functions that i can think of that are missing from any social media cites that I use. They have all been refined and updated to the point that they are almost too clunky, any thing more would be too much in my opinion.
Social media as it is now is the most optimal it has been and will be for the forceable future.

Musically Relatable

Top 10 Music Videos With Blatant Product Placments!

Everywhere we turn, we’re bombarded by companies try to sell us their goods and services! That’s not always a bad thing, as it’s a visible bi product of healthy competition, something that is in our (the consumer’s)  favor. However, sometimes, product placements are just sooooo blatant and obnoxious that it does quite the opposite of what it’s trying to do. How many people have been annoyed by poor product placement? I know I have!

The music videos that follow are notorious for their mediocre use of advertisement and the over saturation of products in them. Try and count all the various product, along with how many times they appeared.

Ready?

Let’s go!

10. Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop

9. Lady Gaga – Telephone ft. Beyoncé

8. Pitbull – Timber ft. Ke$ha

7. Calvin Harris – Summer

6. Iggy Azalea – Fancy

5. Rixton – Me and My Broken Heart

4. Mike WiLL Made-It – 23

3. SchoolBoy Q – Studio

2. Black Eyed Peas – The Time

1. Avril Lavigne – What The Hell

I’ve found that some of the biggest violators of my human right to good taste are Beats Headphones, shoes, and various alcohols.  What were the ones that were the most obvious to you? Leave a comment and let me know!

Like The Movie, But Shorter And To The point

PR Breakfast Club

Recently, I read a terrific post on a PR blog relating Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters and Nirvana fame) to communications. Specifically it talked about how lessons in Communication you could learn from Dave and the Foo Fighter gang. I stumbled upon this article by pure accident when I was looking at top PR blogs and I’m so glad I did. First of, PR Breakfast Club is a fantastic blog and drew me in instantly. While it may not have the prettiest design and layout the quality of the articles more then make up for it. The intent of the blog seems to be light easy reading while still providing good information, and that is accomplished splendidly. A quick look at any of the other posts show the effort put into them, which grows my appreciation of the blog as a whole. Returning specifically to the post in question, the format is a very interesting one. It’s stylized as a list, with each point on that listing being an interesting fact or story about David or the Foo Fighter, then taking that fact and comparing it to the areas of communications it exemplified. It was all around a very well written post, and one that I would recommend to anyone. I’ve linked it at the bottom so you can go and check it out for yourself. I think overall my favorite thing from this post is how well it blends pop culture and Communications, bringing an interesting fresh spin on something that can get very stale very quickly. Thank you for reading, let me know what you think! Until next week!

http://prbreakfastclub.com/2015/08/25/5-communications-lessons-from-dave-grohl-the-foo-fighters/#.VfEdovlVhBc

Let’s get Acquainted

Hello! My name is Dennis Andreev and I’m a freshman at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, where I study strategic communications and theater. I was born in Moscow, Russia but I attended high school in Illinois. When I’m not in class, I’m usually doing something related to theater, hanging out with my friends or watching Netflix. Without further ado, enjoy the rest of my blog!

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