• Effects of New Media on Youth Ministry

      Mejia, Robert; Markley, Brian; The College at Brockport (2015-12-09)
      The purpose of this study is to determine the effects that new media, including social media and the mobile internet, have had on teenagers by examining youth ministry. Research is conducted in the field of communication on the subject, but the majority of the information comes from personal interviews with youth ministry leaders. These individuals are either program leaders at a specific church or are on staff with the youth ministry organization called Young Life. James Carey’s two definitions of communication, ritual and transmission, will be used to analyze the information gathered through the interviews and the research. Technology has been affecting religion since the dawn humanity. One of the more prominent examples is the printing press, which was first used to print a bible and later played a role in the Protestant Reformation. When the United States of America was born, religious diversity was a cornerstone, and that is still true today. However, church attendance and the number of people claiming to be religious has declined drastically in recent times. At a time when religion is losing influence in America, new media have come into play. Social media and mobile internet have had a significant impact on culture, particularly on generation z, which includes anyone born after 1995. These young people have grown up in the digital age, but how has that affected them? An analysis of youth ministry, a sector that is based on social relationships between leaders and students, provides an interesting perspective on how teenagers have been affected by these new media.
    • Everyone’s a Critic: Film Criticism Through History and Into the Digital Age

      Madden, Kate; Battaglia, James; The College at Brockport (2010-05-01)
      For as long as visual art and the written word have existed side-by-side, art criticism has existed in one form or another. With the invention of film and motion picture techniques in the late 19th Century, a new medium emerged, ripe for subjection to criticism. Writers, however, were slow to realize the immense potential of this stunning new format, and many treated it as a novelty or worse. By the time movies were seen as worthy of serious critical thought, the public had already fallen in love with the new technology. Now, with the declining state of print journalism and increasing popularity of social media, it looks like that dominant formula may be on its way out. Readers are turning away from printed or online reviews in favor of aggregator Web sites that compile all professional critical opinion into a single number score. Meanwhile, bloggers are saturating the Web with their own amateur reviews, desensitizing modern readers to critical writing. Hollywood, seeing that it can gain free advertising by winning over these amateur bloggers, –generally a much easier task than winning over the critics- no longer has any need at all for reviewers. As a result, professional critics are forced to pander; either to the studios, who will only use the most sensationally positive quotes in their trailers; or to the Internet readers, who will call for the heads of any critics in the minority of aggregator opinion. To make matters worse, the problems of the print media industry are directly affecting the future of criticism, as well. Many papers, short on funds, are firing their arts critics, instead turning to syndicated columns. With Hollywood, papers, and even readers turning their backs on the movie review, what kind of future is there for professional film criticism?
    • Hearing the Film: The Emotional Effect of Sound in Film

      Orzel, Virginia; Richardson, Alec; The College at Brockport (2013-05-16)
      In the world of film, two distinct sensory mediums exist. The first and most mainstream medium is the visual. As the film has grown in the past century, what we see in a film has grown increasingly spectacular, moving from the black and white to the three?dimensional. Among all this growth in the visual, it can be very easy for filmmakers to focus far too much on this one sense, all but abandoning the quality of the second sensory medium, audio. Hiding in the subconscious, audio has always been an integral part of the post?1928 film. And, while the visual can supply our senses with the colorful and the extravagant pictures, it is essentially nothing without the accompanying audio, music especially, to give the picture its feeling and emotion. Music in the film subconsciously affects the viewer, whether they specifically listen to it or not. Darth Vader is just a man in a black suit without his musical introduction in the Star Wars series. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso does not express the loving connection between Toto and Alfredo without “Sé” playing in the background. What makes fantastic films is the combination of the visual and the audio. This essay will examine the effect that filmic audio, specifically music, has on the viewer, in combination with the visual. Using studies on music psychology, the physical action of sound and recording audio, I will create a possible reason for why filmic audio exists in the manner it does and how it affects the viewer.
    • How Can Positive Psychology Be Applied to Inform and Promote Positive Communication in the Workplace?

      Chesebro, Joseph; Mye, Amber; The College at Brockport (2015-05-20)
      Is there a way to make work more enjoyable, provide a positive environment in businesses and introduce positive ways to communicate with coworkers? Work is where people spend most of their lives, it would be a more positive experience if work was something people looked forward to, somewhere surrounded by positivity where communication promotes happiness. This research study examines these issues.
    • Promotional Video for the Brockport Newman Center: A Reflection on the Process and Experience of Creating a Promotional Video

      Orzel, Virginia; Mess, Sarah E.; The College at Brockport (2011-05-01)
      Video as a means of advertising is relatively new in comparison to print or radio. However, video is an increasingly powerful means of communications. Therefore I chose to create a promotional video for the Brockport Newman Center for my Honors Thesis. The Newman Center needed an improved form advertising to inform students of the services that are offered at the Newman Center. To solve this problem, I spoke with the Margot VanEtten, the Campus Minister, as well as several students about what they feel are the benefits of attending the Newman Center, and why other students should attend. I complied the information into a three and a half minute video to help promote the Brockport Newman Center.
    • Sam Cookies: Sleuth Tales

      Schenk, Kiefer; The College at Brockport (2013-05-16)
      This senior honors thesis is a script for a humorous radio show composed of five scenes. The story is a pun-filled detective drama about Sam Cookies, as he tries to solve several cases involving anthropomorphic vegetables getting boiled. Sam must solve the mystery before he finds himself in hot water. This thesis fights right in with classic detective stories broadcasted on old-time radio, such as The Shadow, and Sam Spade, while interjecting the story with jokes and lightheartedness. Please contact author for performance rights.
    • The Dramatistic Implications of Burke's Guilt Redemption Cycle in the Donald Sterling Communication Crisis

      Althouse, Matthew; Billings, Molly J.; The College at Brockport (2015-05-01)
      In the spring of 2014, the National Basketball Association (NBA) was rocked by a scandal involving racism. Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, one of the NBA’s thirty basketball teams, provoked a national controversy when Sterling made a series of disparaging statements about African Americans. Repercussions ranged from a staged silent protest by Clipper players to Sterling being banned for life from the NBA. After his ban, Sterling tried to rectify the damage done by his racially charged comments. He embarked on a public relations campaign to resuscitate his image and regain control of his team ownership. However, Sterling’s campaign strategy was hopelessly flawed: He alternated between playing the victim, the apologist, and the aggressor, while never fully encompassing any of these roles. The failure of Sterling’s damage control was not only his continued exile from the NBA ranks, but considerable injury to his own reputation and status in society. Consequently, the result of Sterling’s efforts to clear his name was a public relations disaster, which did nothing to redeem Sterling in the eyes of society. This thesis is designed to investigate the shortcomings of Sterling’s apologies and the implications of his controversial comments. To accomplish this goal, it utilizes Kenneth Burke’s guilt-redemption cycle. With terms associated with this process, this essay demonstrates that Sterling’s expression of regret—his “sacrifice”—was not sufficient to appease his critics in the National Basketball Association (NBA) or in American society at large. To explain the complexity of the Sterling controversy, this essay unfolds in four parts. First, the essay discusses the background of Sterling’s remarks. Second, this essay will explain Burke’s guilt redemption cycle and its associated concepts. Third, this essay will apply these concepts to analyze Sterling’s comments in four acts. Finally, this essay will conclude with closing commentary about the Sterling saga and its future implications.
    • The Experience of Studying Abroad and Creation of a “How to Study Abroad Guide”

      Chesebro, Joseph; Baldwin, Allison; The College at Brockport (2011-05-01)
      This paper is a general guide for students who wish to study abroad. The author is a study abroad alumnus, having completed an internship program in Florence, Italy. The paper is divided up into several sections. These include a review of literature, interviews from advisors in the Office of International Education, advice from former students, and interpersonal communication advice on how to accustom to different cultures when traveling. The advice is broken up by themes that have emerged over the course of this study, including pre-departure concerns, stereotypes, culture shock, adjustment, and study abroad benefits. The participants were interviewed in discussion form, which included several focus groups. The results of this study show that study abroad greatly impacts students’ lives in a beneficial way and overseas travel while in school is one of the greatest ways for students to develop into independent adults.
    • "The Subjectivity of Objective News: An Analysis of Bias in The New York Times’ Education

      Ducey, Marsha; Wells, Christopher; The College at Brockport (2011-05-01)