Archive for ‘Media’

February 1, 2012

When is killing acceptable?

by Cynthia Pleitez


A Youtube video has surfaced which puts a new spin on police reports and their use of “self defense”.

Monterey Park, California police shot and killed a man who shattered the windows of a Carls Jr. restaurant with a three-foot-long metal pipe before allegedly swinging it at police officers.

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February 1, 2012

Iran reaches Latin America with latest export: Hispan TV

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s saber-rattling authoritarian president, announced on Tuesday the inauguration of his country’s newest television channel, Hispan TV, which will broadcast a variety of programming in Spanish 24 hours a day.

The President’s announcement comes on the heels of his four-nation tour of Latin America in mid-January, which rolled through the leftist countries of Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador.

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January 30, 2012

Joran van ver Sloot and the end of the Natalee Holloway media circus

by Eric Jude Cortes

When you saw his pasty pale-skinned face, your eyes became glued to TV. You debated his innocence as if he was O.J. Simpson. Blowhards, from Nancy Grace to me to Dr. Phil kept track of his every movement.

He is Joran van der Sloot, and ever since his high profile role in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway came to light, the mere mention of his name could directly lead to production of a Dateline NBC Special. But to those who have shuddered at the amount of media attention given to a double-murderer there is hope, as two recent events spell the end of Joran van der Sloot’s time in the spotlight.

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January 27, 2012

SOTU? Hispanic America is still stuck watching reruns

by Luis Arellano

The top networks: CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC se unieron in their programming on Tuesday night for what are the political Academy Awards. The biggest night of the year for politicos (other than presidential election day, the World Cup of politics): the State of the Union Address.

However, for us Latinos there was something missing. The largest networks for Hispanic America were absent in providing this critical programming, instead choosing to broadcast their bread and butter, telenovelas. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with catching an episode or two or three or getting hooked (not that I speak from experience) on the promise of a happily ever after, but there is also nothing wrong with showing them at a later time or postponing for the next day.

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January 24, 2012

When marketing meets psychology

Have you ever noticed that when you watch a movie involving a car chase, a commercial comes on trying to sell you on an allegedly safe car? Yea, I didn’t notice that either. How about how most OTC sleep aids are a pale blue color? That one also passed me by.

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January 6, 2012

Think Facebook ‘likes’ and Twitter followers can tell us who will win an election? Think again!

It’s easy to assume that a person with a lot of Twitter followers or Facebook friends is wildly popular, right? But it’s not so. And just as it’s not so for individual, the same holds true for politicians. The number of followers or likes aren’t not a predictor to his or her real popularity. Haven’t you ever ‘liked’ the candidate you don’t like, just to debate with their supporters?

Beyond the wanting to debate, what does social media predict about an election? Read more at


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January 4, 2012

The social gamers

by Cindy Tovar

“Press A, Mami. PRESS A!”

Inevitably, my mother would look down at the Nintendo controller, squint, and after a few seconds, finally press A. Too late. Poor little Mario had been killed by a Goomba.

This was a scenario that occurred only a few times before I officially gave up and continued playing on my own, with my older brother, or with friends.  Trying to bring my mother into the world of video games was useless. For some reason, she didn’t have the hand-eye coordination needed to press the buttons in time. She just couldn’t remember which button was which, and that was when there were only two buttons on the controller! 

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January 2, 2012

Radio Bilingüe gives Latinos a voice

– via

Phones at the radio studios on the outskirts of town kept ringing.

Saul from Visalia lamented cuts to public education, calling in on a December afternoon to Linea Abierta, the first nationwide Spanish-language public affairs show. Miguel from Madera asked how county taxes are distributed and Manuel from Calexico wanted to know whether schools still receive lottery funds.

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December 12, 2011

Former paparazzo uses skills to capture marriage proposals

– via NY Daily News

Jacob E. Osterhout/New York Daily News

James Ambler doesn’t have the heart to be a paparazzo anymore.

Three years ago, the 31-year-old Chelsea resident was a high-flying celebrity photographer — one of the few selected to shoot Anna Nicole Smith’s funeral — who spent his weekdays hanging out on the James Bond set and his weekends chasing down Angelina Jolie.

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November 29, 2011

Should mobile apps be rated?

– via TODAY

Photo Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Video games have ratings for age appropriateness; why not mobile apps? CTIA, the wireless trade industry association, Tuesday plans to announce such a rating system that it hopes will give consumers “the information and tools they need to make informed choices when accessing apps.”

Where will “Angry Birds,” for example, fall on such a scale? “EC” (Early Childhood), content “that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate”? Or, perhaps “AO” (Adults Only), for those 18 and older because of “prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.”

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