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O’Barr article

O’Barr article

Thursdays reading titled A Brief History of Advertising in American by William O’Barr, I found to be a very interesting and informative read. O’Barr goes all the way back to 1600s to begin his description of advertising. He quotes newspapers from the time and also […]

Halsey reading

Halsey reading

My favorite reading for this week was our tuesday reading, The Beginnings of Daily Journalism in New York City, by Whiting Halsey. In the reading, Halsey breaks down the evolution of New York journalism up the 1919, when he wrote this article. Some of the […]

Week 5 Yellow Journalism Assignment

Week 5 Yellow Journalism Assignment

This weeks assignment was about Yellow Journalism, I felt was different and a highlighted a very important part of media in United States history. My immediate reactions to the assignment were that it was valuable practice in research and highlighting the beginning of “fake news” in a sense. Our group decided to do a powerpoint because we felt it would be the easiest medium to communicate what we wanted to say about the topic. As a group, we researched a little about Hearst and Pulitzer doing a lot of background research about the history behind the New York World and New York Journal. Personally, I found this information and research to be necessary in order to do the project because while having some experience with the history of Yellow Journalism, I am no expert. Yellow Journalism originated in the early 1890s in “Hogans Alley”, a popular cartoon in Pulitzers New York World. The cartoon was about life in the slums of New York. This cartoon was very popular, especially amongst immigrants who read both The World and Journal. The World was the most circulated paper in New York until Hearst came to New York and opened The Journal. Both papers sold for the cheap and included both actual news reports and sensationalized reports and comedie strips. What created the rivalry between the two was when Hearst hired all of Pulitzers from him, the most notable of which being the cartoonist of “Hogans Alley”, Richard Outcault. One of the reasons Hearst was able to do this with such ease was because Pulitzer had become abusive with his employees. Reports ranged from verbal altercations all the way to physical confrontations. The peak of Yellow Journalism occured on February 17th, 1898. This was the day they published the report of the sinking of the USS Maine, a battleship that was in Havana the capital port city of modern day Cuba, then Spanish occupied. Both papers had been pushing anti-spanish propaganda onto its readers clamoring for War and after this incident it only got worse. Both papers accused the Spanish of fowl play saying either a torpedo or a mine had destroyed the ship. The sinking of the USS Maine and the headline “Avenge the Maine” pushed the United States to war. While neither paper can be directly blamed for the start of the war, they both pushed war mongering propaganda to help sell more papers.   

Week 4 readings

Week 4 readings

I was particularly interested in the reading for Thursday, The Press, Paper Shortages,  and Revolution in Early America, by Roger Mellen. Mellens article focused on how paper was a major problem in early America. I also did not realize that paper was actually made from […]

Photo Analysis blog

Photo Analysis blog

The photo analysis assignment was very interesting and I enjoyed doing it. Researching pictures from the early cold war era about media and the emergence of the digital age in the United States was something that I had never done before. In particular, I found […]

Cole and Billys timeline

Cole and Billys timeline

Blog 2

Blog 2

The two introductions that I read were The Cybernetics Moment by Ronald Klien and The Information by James Gleck. Both were very interesting articles and discussed similar topics that fell under the information age topic. The Cybernetics Moment discussed the beginnings of the information age […]

Blog 1

Blog 1

Hey guys I am Cole Hogan I am a senior here at Mary Wash. Along with being a history major I am also a member of the mens lacrosse team. What I am interested in about this class after the first day is where we are going in the future. Over the past 10 years the social media scene has exploded and I am curious where it is going. One piece of advice that I will use is the advice to go to the dkc, to go along with this to book my appointments well ahead of time. One of the assignments that interested me was from the 2011 class which involved making an advertisement by yourself.