graycomplexity asked:

To the person regarding a double major, I do just that and I feel really good about it! The two DEFINITELY overlap a lot, I found that all of my classes kind of have the same themes. There are a lot of writing skills that go into a career in Media!

This is for the person who asked about a comm/English double major earlier this week.

Thank you for your input, graycomplexity!

anonymous asked:

What all can you do with a communications degree that involves writing?

Here are some options for you:

Freelance writer

Newsletter writer

Advertising copywriter

Public relations specialist

Technical writer

News reporter

News producer

Script writer

Educator

… just to name a few!

Hope this helps!

As FCC Prepares To Enforce Net Neutrality, GOP Congress Prepares To Undermine The FCC (VIDEO)

As FCC Prepares To Enforce Net Neutrality, GOP Congress Prepares To Undermine The FCC (VIDEO)

This week the FCC is expected to propose new rules for regulating the internet. Not at all surprisingly, Republicans in Congress are plotting to undermine the power of the FCC to enforce those rules.

According to the New York Times, the FCC is expected to:

“reclassify high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service, instead of an information service, under Title II of the…

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summerscorner asked:

Hi, I've been told my major is useless. I'm a Communications major right now, but I've also been told Journalism is useless and art too. That's pretty much everything I'm interested in. Media and creativity. Oh, and English because I love writing fiction novels. I'm so confused. What should I do? Look into another major that's bearable?

I’m about to rock your world.

Those people could not be more wrong. I am a member of College Smarts, but I also have a degree in communications. I want to give you some personal insight because I am passionate about this field. 

I am 26 years old and I will tell you what I have already done with this degree: 

My work history so far includes:

  • Camerawoman 
  • News Editor
  • Video Editor
  • News producer for an ABC-affiliated newscast
  • Magazine Reporter
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Freelance Writer

Now to the good stuff! Here is a list of positions that are open possibilities to you (keep in mind that some require a masters, but most do not):

  • Personal Recruiter
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Sales Representative
  • Public Information Officer
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Mediator
  • Human Resources
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Copywriter 
  • Media Planner
  • Creative Director
  • Public Researcher
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Media Buyer
  • Teacher
  • Broadcast Station Manager
  • News Producer
  • News and Relations Manager
  • Reporter
  • Newscaster
  • News Editor
  • Script Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Media Interviewer
  • Public Relations Specialist 
  • Campaign Director
  • Legislative Assistant

Just to name a few…

Remember, don’t listen to what others say. Follow your dreams with whatever degree that may be. 

Disclaimers:

  • This displays only one example of the ways the essence of culture can be measured in digital environments - through audience engagement on user-generated content. 
  • 34 ‘Tumblr Famous’ bloggers from the Art category were used in this analysis, and measurements were taken from Jan 2014 to December 19th 2014. 
  • The individuals included in this analysis ARE listed within this post.
  • If you are at all offended by being included in this analysis - please send me a message and you will be removed immediately without question. 
  • For the purpose of this analysis the term ‘Tumblr Famous’ defines individuals who achieved 1000+ notes on all original content posted to Tumblr during the course of 2014 - this means no reblogged posts were considered in this analysis, and instead only posts produced by the user themselves were measured.
  • This analysis does not take into consideration influences outside the Tumblr platform - and ONLY looks at Tumblr users in the Art category.
  • There are probably some influential individuals who have been missed in this analysis. However, I think I managed to catch most of the major players.  
  • Before reading this I encourage you to read 'Some things to think about when considering Tumblr culture'.
  • Thanks goes to xxblackberrywinter for helping me determine the averages. 

 In order to make this analysis simple to understand I’ll briefly define my use of the concept ‘culture’ as applied to digital environments and the way it will can be applied to an understanding of Tumblr art culture. Digital culture is derivative of mass culture and the psychological collectivism experienced by individuals using current new media technology. Culture and digital culture are inherently influenced by economic contexts and structures.

The study of art, science and technology has not escaped the cause and effect relationship between methods of production and consumption, which have ultimately led to the construction of cultural discourses surrounding them. Methods of cultural production are cyclical, although not static, in the construction of ideas and values of any community. 

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Sick of government spying, corporate monitoring, and overpriced ISPs? There’s a cure for that.

JOSEPH BONICIOLI mostly uses the same internet you and I do. He pays a service provider a monthly fee to get him online. But to talk to his friends and neighbors in Athens, Greece, he’s also got something much weirder and more interesting: a private, parallel internet.

He and his fellow Athenians built it. They did so by linking up a set of rooftop wifi antennas to create a “mesh,” a sort of bucket brigade that can pass along data and signals. It’s actually faster than the Net we pay for: Data travels through the mesh at no less than 14 megabits a second, and up to 150 Mbs a second, about 30 times faster than the commercial pipeline I get at home. Bonicioli and the others can send messages, video chat, and trade huge files without ever appearing on the regular internet. And it’s a pretty big group of people: Their Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network has more than 1,000 members, from Athens proper to nearby islands. Anyone can join for free by installing some equipment. “It’s like a whole other web,” Bonicioli told me recently. “It’s our network, but it’s also a playground.”

Study of Atmospheric 'Froth' May Help GPS Communications











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February 26, 2015

—Irregularities in Earth’s upper atmosphere can distort GPS signals

—Scientists are studying these irregularities to help overcome their effects on communications

When you don’t know how to get to an unfamiliar place, you probably rely on a smart phone or other device with a Global Positioning System (GPS) module for guidance. You may not realize that, especially at high latitudes on our planet, signals traveling between GPS satellites and your device can get distorted in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, in collaboration with the University of New Brunswick in Canada, are studying irregularities in the ionosphere, a part of the atmosphere centered about 217 miles (350 kilometers) above the ground that defines the boundary between Earth and space. The ionosphere is a shell of charged particles (electrons and ions), called plasma, that is produced by solar radiation and energetic particle impact.


Image above: The Aurora Borealis viewed by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on February 7, 2012 from 09:54:04 to 10:03:59 GMT, on a pass from the North Pacific Ocean, west of Canada, to southwestern Illinois. Image Credit: NASA/JSC.

The new study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, compares turbulence in the auroral region to that at higher latitudes, and gains insights that could have implications for the mitigation of disturbances in the ionosphere. Auroras are spectacular multicolored lights in the sky that mainly occur when energetic particles driven from the magnetosphere, the protective magnetic bubble that surrounds Earth, crash into the ionosphere below it. The auroral zones are narrow oval-shaped bands over high latitudes outside the polar caps, which are regions around Earth’s magnetic poles. This study focused on the atmosphere above the Northern Hemisphere. 

"We want to explore the near-Earth plasma and find out how big plasma irregularities need to be to interfere with navigation signals broadcast by GPS," said Esayas Shume. Shume is a researcher at JPL and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and lead author of the study.

If you think of the ionosphere as a fluid, the irregularities comprise regions of lower density (bubbles) in the neighborhood of high-density ionization areas, creating the effect of clumps of more and less intense ionization. This “froth” can interfere with radio signals including those from GPS and aircraft, particularly at high latitudes.


Image above: CAScade, Smallsat and IOnospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) is a made-in-Canada small satellite from the Canadian Space Agency. It is comprised of three working elements that use the first multi-purpose small satellite platform from the Canadian Small Satellite Bus Program. Image Credit: Canadian Space Agency.

The size of the irregularities in the plasma gives researchers clues about their cause, which help predict when and where they will occur. More turbulence means a bigger disturbance to radio signals.

"One of the key findings is that there are different kinds of irregularities in the auroral zone compared to the polar cap," said Anthony Mannucci, supervisor of the ionospheric and atmospheric remote sensing group at JPL. "We found that the effects on radio signals will be different in these two locations."

The researchers found that abnormalities above the Arctic polar cap are of a smaller scale – about 0.62 to 5 miles (1 to 8 kilometers) – than in the auroral region, where they are 0.62 to 25 miles (1 to 40 kilometers) in diameter.

Why the difference? As Shume explains, the polar cap is connected to solar wind particles and electric fields in interplanetary space. On the other hand, the region of auroras is connected to the energetic particles in Earth’s magnetosphere, in which magnetic field lines close around Earth. These are crucial details that explain the different dynamics of the two regions.

To look at irregularities in the ionosphere, researchers used data from the Canadian Space Agency satellite Cascade Smallsat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE), which launched in September 2013. The satellite covers the entire region of high latitudes, making it a useful tool for exploring the ionosphere.

GPS Communications satellite. Image Credit: NASA
The data come from one of the instruments on CASSIOPE that looks at GPS signals as they skim the ionosphere. The instrument was conceived by researchers at the University of New Brunswick.

"It’s the first time this kind of imaging has been done from space," said Attila Komjathy, JPL principal investigator and co-author of the study. "No one has observed these dimensional scales of the ionosphere before."

The research has numerous applications. For instance, aircraft flying over the North Pole rely on solid communications with the ground; if they lose these signals, they may be required to change their flight paths, Mannucci said. Radio telescopes may also experience distortion from the ionosphere; understanding the effects could lead to more accurate measurements for astronomy.

"It causes a lot of economic impact when these irregularities flare up and get bigger," he said.

NASA’s Deep Space Network, which tracks and communicates with spacecraft, is affected by the ionosphere. Komjathy and colleagues also work on mitigating and correcting for these distortions for the DSN. They can use GPS to measure the delay in signals caused by the ionosphere and then relay that information to spacecraft navigators who are using the DSN’s tracking data.

"By understanding the magnitude of the interference, spacecraft navigators can subtract the distortion from the ionosphere to get more accurate spacecraft locations," Mannucci said.

Other authors on the study were Richard B. Langley of the Geodetic Research Laboratory, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; and Olga Verkhoglyadova and Mark D. Butala of JPL. Funding for the research came from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Deep Space Network for NASA.

More information about NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program is at: http://www.nasa.gov/scan

Images (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Elizabeth Landau.

Cheers, Orbiter.ch
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A team of researchers has successfully achieved brain-to-brain human communication using non-invasive technologies across a distance of 5,000 miles.

Looks like a Cypulchre might be coming to a town near you sooner than we thought…

At this rate, if I make Cypulchre a trilogy, I can just mentally project it to y’all.

Black Hat

"Our share price has dropped twelve percent in eighteen hours," Alan growled, "All because of these ridiculous online videos." 

Alan’s office was a sunlit space of chrome-tubed furniture and polished glass. With its vast windows, the space seemed to hover among the skyscrapers of the city’s business district. Behind the desk, Alan sat dark as a cloud. 

Richard sat across from him, bobbing his foot, tailored trousers revealing a flash of bright orange socks. “Yes, they’ve proven particularly effective, these activists,” he said. “All those stories they’re spreading about your people’s working practices in Myanmar.”

“They don’t understand,” said Alan. “It’s perfectly normal for kids that age to work, over there!”

“Of course it is. Shame, though, that these videos seem to always work their way to the top of everyone’s feeds.”

“What are you saying?” Alan said, narrowing his eyes.

“It’s almost as if they know exactly how to manipulate the social algorithms,” Richard continued, a thin smile curling his lips.

Alan pounded his desk. “This is illegal!” he said.

Richard lifted one manicured finger. “Actually, it’s not illegal, since everything they’re saying about your company is true,” he said. “They’re just saying it very, very well.”

Alan crossed his arms. His face was reddening. “If your company is behind this …” he said, trailing off in a stony growl. 

“Oh, that would be impossible to prove,” Richard said, smoothing his tie. “But we could make this little crisis go away today, if you’re interested in some consulting services.”

Original image by Psycho Delia on Flickr.

phalanxe asked:

Okay PLEASE ANSWER THIS! What jobs could you apply for with a COMMUNICATIONS DEGREE????

Here is a list of positions you can obtain with a communications degree (keep in mind that some require a masters, but most do not):

  • Personal Recruiter
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Sales Representative
  • Public Information Officer
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Mediator
  • Human Resources
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Copywriter
  • Media Planner
  • Creative Director
  • Public Researcher
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Media Buyer
  • Teacher
  • Broadcast Station Manager
  • News Producer
  • News and Relation Manager
  • Reporter
  • Newscaster
  • News Editor
  • Script Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Media Interviewer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Campaign Director
  • Legislative Assistant

Just to name a few…