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A look into online profiles and how much they affect employers’ decisions in choosing new hires.

by Lory Martinez

Spring Cleaning your online presence

This week we’ve done a number of stories on online profiles. And now, as graduation and the real world fast approach, it’s time to clean up,( If you haven’t already) that online persona.  Warning: A virtual suit and tie may be required.

According to a recent study, up to 37 percent of employers check social networking sites before even considering an employee for an interview. Up to 90 percent  of employers are hiring through social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and even, Facebook.

In my recent interview with avid social media enthusiast, Jessie Rubin, we both noted that social media is who we are. As the generation that both created and produced the social media boom, we are indeed defined by our presence on the internet.  Ten years ago, email and instant messaging had only just begun to flourish, slowly collecting a kind of cyberhistory that has evolved and expanded into the myriad of platforms we use to communicate and express ourselves today.

Remember AOL instant messenger? Myspace? Remember the days of funny email addresses we made up for those accounts?

Aol Screenames circa 2002: chatingchuck, and any cat variations thereof

Now as kids grow up in this  “living yearbook” world, they have to be careful, because, in the same way an embarrassing photo from high school can come back to haunt our parents once they are found in the attic somewhere, our  “YOLO” moments can come back to bite us. And those are way easier to find.

So here are a few tips I’ve collected throughout my own years of experience with social media. Special thanks to those who have given me this professional advice and much more over the years.

How to clean up the digital you:

  • Check your privacy settings on all social platforms. Make sure you have to approve things before anyone can post them in association with you. We all ignore those emails from Facebook about updated privacy settings, but be sure to at least check your own settings
  • Google + is a useful tool. Even though a lot of people say it will never become popular in terms of social networking, you can at least help employers easily find you via Google search, and with a comprehensive profile, you can even direct them to your work.
  • Get a LinkedIn, if you don’t already have one. Even if all your connections are classmates, they will soon have jobs in the real world, just like you, and can help you later on.
  • Look through your photos you’re tagged in, make sure the photos represent the best version of you, the one that would make an employer think, “Yeah, I would definitely trust him/her with important tasks.”
  • Have a fancy profile photo or two. You should have a photo in a nice outfit  for your  job search profiles including Google + and LinkedIn. Keep it casual and fun for your other profiles, but maybe leave the beer can out, at your discretion.
  • Opinions are opinions are opinions. Yes, your opinion matters. Yes, it’s just as valid as any other. But be weary of ranting in public. The internet is vast like the ocean but it can also be as tiny as a small puritan town. Don’t be Hester Prynne. Gossip travels fast and so do viral posts, so make sure you don’t end up like this guy.
  • Don’t over-do it. Don’t go deleting your entire profile history and consider starting from scratch. Starting over is fine, but if there are no photos, or posts of you from before last week, it will be as if you never existed before last week. Don’t lose yourself, or your “digital” self in the process. It’s about cleaning up what’s there, not replacing it entirely. As the saying goes, “Work with what you’ve got.”

That’s about it folks. Have fun Spring Cleaning!


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A look into accents in media and their role in“neutralizing” speech.

By Lory Martinez

Have you listened to the radio lately?Well, if you have, you may have noticed that hosts all speak a certain way on air.

Listeners hear what is called, “the news accent.” See, journalists the world over are trained in this accent before broadcasting. After years of listening to radio broadcasts and noticing it,I decided to take a look at this universal “news accent.” and its origin.

In my search for an explanation on the beginnings of news accents, I found little research explaining the effects of the particular intonation journalists use on their words. I did, however, find an overwhelmingly large amount of “accent-eliminating” programs.

People seem to want to lose their original accents all together. In the UK, citizens who aren’t even employed by the British Broadcasting Corporation, download and learn BBC English accents “Received Pronunciation,” courses.

In the states, journalists like Linda Ellerbee had to work hard to eliminate their accents. She completely lost her Texan accent when she began her broadcast career. In a special on Midwestern accents, she said, “In television you’re not supposed to sound like you’re from anywhere.” Most American newscasters speak in what is known as “General American,” or “Standard American English.” ESL kids all over the world are taught this version of English because it is the clearest and easiest to understand.

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“The short-a (as in cat) is raised and diphthongized before nasal consonants. Hence man and can’t are pronounced something like IPA meən and keənt (“meh-uhn” and “keh-uhnt.”)

Rhotic, meaning the r is pronounced at the end of words like car and mother.

Words like lot and rod are pronounced with an unrounded vowel, as lɑt and ɹɑd (“laht” and “rahd”).

The diphthong in words like boat and rode is pronounced relatively back: i.e. IPA boʊt and roʊd”

Not surprisingly, the only studies that have been done on the psychological effect of accents have been on foreign accents and speaker credibility.

This, is in part because of the way the media has portrayed certain accents:

Southerners don’t want their accents to portray them as stupid because pop culture has parodied that accent to a point that people are ashamed of it.

Immigrants have been mocked for their accents for decades in every context.

New ‘yawkers’ and Californians…need I say more?

As “media people,” why do we feel this need to change our speech patterns toward “neutral?” Even, as Ms. Ellerbee seemed to allude, to sound like we aren’t from anywhere? Is it more professional? Or is it a psychologically affecting tone?

What do you guys think?

A look into radio accents in the digital age.


by Lory Martinez

Have you listened to the radio lately? I’m talking “talk radio” not “top 40” here. Well, if you have, you may have noticed that hosts all speak a certain way on air.

From the classic transatlantic accent circa 40:

(Excerpt from “His Girl Friday,” a film about the news business during the 40s)

To  National Pubic Radio’s successful radio programs like This American Life and Radio Lab:

(Talk Radio host Glenn Reynolds at WNOX 100.3 discussing the “NPR voice”)

We hear what is called, “the news accent.” Journalists the world over are trained in this accent before broadcasting. After years of listening to radio broadcasts and noticing this accent,I decided to take a look at this universal “news accent” and how it came to be.

From transatlantic accents to what people call the “NPR voice”, this week’s show highlights the evolution of broadcast accents.

A side note for those of you who listen to our radio broadcasts on Wednesdays at 4 pm on or 90.5 FM Binghamton:

We’ve been off-air for a little over a week now because of technological troubles. The good news is that this coming week we’ll finally be able to do our show on accents. So tune in!

A look into how The Media Review does Spring Break (Part 3)

by Lory Martinez

It has been quite the week for us at The Media Review , after moshing with Kate Nash and asking some of our favorite poets their opinions on online publishing, I took to wandering about New York looking for one more thing to share with you all. So, I went back to Strand Bookstore and looked for one our most popular topics: Nostalgia. And I found this beauty on the ground floor in “Books We Love under $10”

This throwback book includes images of

  • Captain Planet, the beloved blue and eco-friendly super hero. Buzzfeed argues his companions are really just the kids from The Magic School Bus all grown up. I like to think this is true. 
  • Steve Urkel‘s seminal catch phrase, “Did I do that?” along with a picture of the first guy with glasses who could steal America’s heart  after FDR. 

  • Cartoon bright Reeboks, so stylish then.They have been made into these

Don’t call it a comeback, they’ve been here for years guys.

  • Blossom’s hat/Sister Sister stars Tia and Tamar Mowry’s favorite accesories ( I recall them donning this hat with, what else? Oversized denim overalls.

Give it a look see, did I miss anything? Do you recognize the other two 90’s references here?

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by Alex Baer

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Ratings for retro-feel shows like “Regular Show,” “Gravity Falls,” and Nickolodeon’s “Nick at Nite” are soaring- but not all of those viewers are in their intended age group. It seems that the so-called “kids of the 90s”, or the 20-somethings of today- have succumbed to acute nostalgia.

It could be said that the strength of nostalgia now is a result of these “90s kids” growing up. Film critic Bob Chipman points to what every decade before it stood for. “The 1920s were a party, the 30s was a really bad hangover, the 40s was war… the 60s was revolution… the 80s was about materialism and brief, superficial re-embrace of 50’s style conformity. …What was the theme of the 90s?” His recent video for The Escapist Magazine, titled “The 90s Didn’t Suck,” points to the big cultural media touchstones as proof that it didn’t have a theme.

Quentin Tarantino’s first three films (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown) are flush with a sense of retrospection; remember the diner dance scene from Pulp Fiction? Nor was a sense of chronological stability to be found in the music; much of the pop scene hearkened back to styles of the past, and while there were huge acts in the burgeoning grunge movement, there was never a uniform sound to the movement for long, and it soon became enveloped by the hard rock scene at large and bastardized into “post-grunge” (Chipman).

Not only has it been a major factor in media for the past thirty years, but it has also been a major topic of interest to psychologists, even more so now.

In the 20th century, nostalgia was declared a psychiatric disorder with symptoms that included insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Back then, it was primarily found in boarding school students and immigrants. But its roots can be found even earlier than that. Treated as a condition like melancholia or hypochondria, nostalgia was, as Svetlana Boym calls in her book “The Future of Nostalgia,” a disease of an “afflicted imagination.” Galenic doctors thought it was an overabundance of black bile that overpowered the blood. Treatments ranged from leeches, to opium, and a trip to the Alps. By the 18th century, some doctors suggested treating nostalgia with pain therapy (Boym 4-6)!

Back in 1993, Dr. Morris Holbrook of Columbia University released a study of nostalgia and consumer preferences in the Journal of Consumer Research, and his results “appear to offer clear support for the importance of nostalgia as a phenomenon” (Holbrook, 1993, p. 254).

Nowadays, nostalgia has been shown to be therapeutic and often has positive effects on mood and emotional stability. Some of the most recent breakthroughs have been made by University of Southampton psychologist Constantine Sedikides and his colleagues, who have published their findings in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

A “Nostalgia Workout” which consists of writing down a favorite memory and/recalling a good experience for about 20 minutes per day has been shown to be effective in mood-boosting and wellness studies.Those who practiced this “workout” felt more alive and energetic on average. It essentially behaves as a sort of natural anti-depressant.

According to The University of Cologne’s Dr. Filippo Cordaro , “Recalling these experiences makes us feel a stronger sense of social connectedness with others. We’ve done some research looking at what people usually describe as a ‘typical nostalgic experience’ and find that people typically think about positive experiences in which the self is the protagonist, but they are surrounded by and interacting with others.”

        So if you’re feeling rundown, or just sad, remember to sit back and look back, because nostalgia is good for you. References

by Lory Martinez

A look into how the way we experience nostalgia has been changed and enhanced by the media.



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Once upon a time the internet had a dial up sound. Phones weren’t cordless and Friday nights were the best nights for TV  I’m talking about our childhoods. Us kids of the 90s have got the first memories of the internet and its advent. Remember floppy disks? Yep.

As we’ve gotten older, websites and tv networks have banked on those memories and have come up with a variety of ways to help us properly remember our favorite decade. From the highly popular 90s rewind block on Nickelodeon’s Nick at Nite to’s running of Nostalgia tidbits and news in its subcategory, “Rewind,” there are tons of ways to look back.

Generations before us had old records, films, photographs in scrapbooks and mixtapes. We’ve got the digital version of these things: Now we’ve got Netflix online streaming of old Disney films we grew up with ( though no doubt some of us stand by our VHS tapes as the only way to watch “The Little Mermaid). We’ve got photostreams on recycler sites like buzzfeed with images of long forgotten copies of “Tigerbeat” and “J14”  whose covers were once graced by the likes of a very young Justin Timberlake and pre-breakdown Britney Spears( who by the way is doing really well now*link). We have instagram and facebook profile photos and our lives are on a running internet yearbook of sorts. Mixtapes became burned CDs and then playlists on Spotify or 8tracks. One of the few things that hasn’t changed is our love of vinyl .

The Nostalgia market has steadily grown over the years and shows no signs of disappearing.  Films that take us back have seen a lot of success with the public, including Oscar winning silent feature, The Artist and Woody Allen’s take on the nostalgia bug, Midnight in Paris. Vintage shops are pretty popular among 20 somethings and of course Macklemore’s ode to the Thrift Shop shows that we just can’t let go of the past. And why should we? It makes up a pretty huge part of our culture and our collective identity today and nothing beats a chat with a group of friends over your favorite shows  from yesteryear.

So here’s to the 90s and looking at the past through our current, modern, technologically improved lenses.


In preparation for our show on Nostalgia this week I did some digging up on the internets to compile this list of some favorite 90s kids tv shows in no particular order: