It has been just four months since the 2010 midterm elections, and, just like that, the 2012 presidential season is already creeping its away upon us. Over the coming months, you’ll see President Obama barnstorm one “swing state” after another, holding countless rallies while having to walk that fine line […]

Akron/Family, a rock-psych band based out of New York, is known for its freak-out jam sessions, thumping rhythms and epic live shows, which sometimes brings people from the crowd on stage. Since 2002, Akron/Family has declared itself an eccentric freak-folk group whose lyrics focus on the cosmos, space and existentialism. In […]

On Feb.10, Egyptian President  Hosni Mubarak announced in his speech to the Egyptian people that he would be delegating his authority to Vice President Omar Suleiman, but would not resign. Egyptian protesters were enraged and warned of violence as early as Friday. Mubarak seems to be testing the will of the Egyptian […]

This winter, storms pummeled the SUNY New Paltz campus, blanketing the school grounds with a thick sheet of snow. Everything from benches to bicycles have been covered by the frozen white powder, which caused cancellation of classes on Feb. 1 and 2. [nggallery id=16]

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My problem with The Town isn’t that it’s directed by Ben Affleck. It has nothing to do with Rebecca Hall’s one face for every scene. Even Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively didn’t bother me as much as I expected her to. No, my issue with the Oscar-nominated film is the male lead’s performance. […]

I’ve always been rather fond of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. From her brief tenure as a U.S. Congresswoman through her appointment by Gov. David Paterson to fill Hillary Clinton’s vacant U.S. Senate seat, Gillibrand has struck an impressive and independent chord in the political arena. She has a streak of fiscal […]

I love bands that create atmospheric sound. To listen to an album and become totally transfixed by its sound can bring you to another time and place. Cue Woodsman, an ambient psych-rock band from Denver, CO., who offer a unique blend of guitar-driven drone that create a very warm, relaxing, yet otherworldly quality. […]

Ethical Analysis of Information Tracking on the Internet by Jon Cappetta, Marietta Cerami, Brianna McDonald and Annie Yu. These four students from Howard Good’s fall 2010 Media Ethics class argue that tracking information on the Internet is unethical.  Personal consumer information compiled from weeks or months of one’s personal search data can be monitored by advertisers and hackers. The […]

Online Journalists Burn Out Younger by Emily Atkin, Jackie Northacker, and Jenn Von Willer Students of Howard Good’s fall 2010 Media Ethics class explore the ethics of online journalists’ commitment to immediacy and their financial obligation to page views. They discuss the effects on both journalists and consumers using the […]

Chilean Miner Film Adaptation By Pamela Vivanco, Joe Neggie, Brandon Quinn, Beth Curran Students from Howard Good’s fall 2010 Media Ethics class apply Kant’s categorical imperative, along with other ethical guidelines, to the possible Hollywood adaption of the Chilean Miner story. They examine how the movie adaptation would differ from the true […]

Re-targeting Advertisements by Keith Carroll, Kaitlyn Day, and Kevin Harvey Students from Howard Good’s fall 2010 Media Ethics class explore the ethical issues of re-targeting advertisements, such as invasion of privacy, using the Potter Box model. Retargeting Advertisements Media Ethics Fall 2010 from Kaitlyn Day on Vimeo.

Four students from Howard Good’s fall 2010 Media Ethics course explore the media’s responsibility in covering political terrorism. This video examines various accounts of book-burnings throughout history and how they have affected the world, with a focus on Pastor Terry Jones’ recent “Burn a Quran Day” mission. It suggests the overpowering role underlying agendas […]

Inquiring Minds, a local discount bookstore located off Church Street, hosted a poetry reading on Friday, Feb. 4.  The event featured the works of SUNY New Paltz professors Frank Boyer and Howard Good.  Due to anticipated inclement weather, poet Barbara Blatner postponed her participation in the event. “I didn’t want to […]

On Jan. 25, 2011, the world was thrown aback by the revolts going on in Cairo, Egypt. Now it is 10 days later and there has still been no solution to the ‘anti-government’ revolts that have ignited the people with violent outrage. They’re even attacking journalists. Let’s hope and pray that the […]

A Converse Case Study, created by Amanda Grappone, Bina Fronda, Michelle Pang, and Zan Strumfeld. This is an analysis of a 2010 case from an ethical standpoint, for Howard Good’s Media Ethics fall 2010 course. The case examines the relationship between Converse, a major consumer-driven corporation, and the musical acts signed to […]