Krystyna Coria's Blog

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The End of MCOM 72

Sad, but true, my favorite class of this semester is over and I have learned so much through out these last five months. Blogging really opened up my eyes to the real journalism world and how to think, write, and research like a journalist; which is why I enjoyed this class and the assignments we did so much. I also discovered a new favorite book of mine The Kite Runner, if it wasn't for this class I probably would have never taken a second look at it, but I read it and loved it.

When I looked back on my first blog we had to write about what type of media consumer we are and I said magazine, however, now I have discovered I am a media consumer of many more. From learning about all the different forms of media in our society and how it affects us, I realized I consume a lot more media then I thought; I am a media consumer of magazine, television and radio. These three types of media take up most of my time throughout my day, I am a subscriber to seventeen, teen people, and cosmopolitan, I watch reality TV almost everyday, and I love the radio. Basically, media is a huge part of my life, which is why mu major is broadcast journalism and advertising. I just love the media and the huge effect it can have on people and society in general. Thanks to this class and Lilly Buchwitz I have learned so much about myself and the media world; which I was so clueless to before. Thanks to the class i discovered the amazing world of blogging, which I intend to keep writing.

Overall, this class has helped me in so many ways and got me more excited to take more mass communication and journalism classes, to have as much fun as I did writing and learning this semester in MCOM 72.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Secret Santa

It is christmas time and you all know what that means: shopping for gifts. One of the hardest person to buy for is your secret santa you picked at work or in class. You don't want to buy a gift that is too cheap, too expensive, innapropiate, or something this person will just throw away or give to someone else as a christmas gift. Secret Santa gift exchanges are one of the most fun parts of christmas, even though it is hard to find that gift, there are people out there to help.

I recently just had a secret santa gift exchange this weekend, and one guy gave a girl a vibrator for his present, while she bought him a nice shirt. This was just awful to witness as the guy thought he was funny, the girl was offended and wanted her gift back because he did not deserve it. So how do you know what to get or what is appropiate if you have no idea what your secret santa likes? Luckily there is a website "" where they make you fill out a questionare and give you ideas on a perfect and appropiate gift for your secret santa. They even have their top ten choices, they are:
1. gift cards
2. wine
3. spa gifts
4. books
5. DVD's
6. cooking items
7. chocolate and candy
8. candles
9. tea or coffee
10. CD's

These are just a few of the suggestions they offer, and I have used this website to find perfect gifts for friends and family as well. So as you take part in the "Secret Santa" at your job, club, or school and you get that one person you have never spoken to in your life or maybe you get someone you have your eye one, just relax and have help you choose the perfect gift, without giving any negative thoughts.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

It's Official Cell Phones Do NOT Cause Cancer

For a few years now scientist and doctors have been saying cell phone use will cause cancer. This did arise some scare across America, but it did not decrease the cell phone use at all since most citizens couldnt imagine a life without one. Thankfully for all the cell phone addicts out there, cell phone use will not increase the chances of cancer for anyone.

A study in Denmark by scientist have proven that cell phone use will not cause cancer, they claines: "They matched phone records to the famed Danish Cancer Registry that records every citizen who gets the disease — and reported Tuesday that cell-phone callers are no more likely than anyone else to suffer a range of cancer types". This is good news for all Americans and even for those who tried to cut down the usage of their cell phone. Even though this has been discovered scientist already know this will not end the debate that cell phones can cause cancer and tumors. Scientist say doctor's believed cell phones were dangerous because "Cell phones beam radiofrequency energy that can penetrate the brain's outer edge, raising questions about cancers of the head and neck, brain tumors or leukemia". This could be true, but scientist say it is very rare and they haven't seen a person affected by it yet.

As we live in our technology addicted world, it id good to know one of the main technological consumption; the cell phone; is no longer dangerous to American's health. Now let just see how how much cell phone usage will increase over time.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Holiday Gift Don'ts of 2006

Finally the holidays are here, and that means one thing shopping, shopping, shopping! However, choosing a gift for everyone on your christmas list is not the easiest task. Due to this, columnist and bloggers have created a list of "don't gifts" for this holiday season.

Columnist and bloggers have been around malls and tried different hot technology out to see which ones are actually worth giving to your loved ones as a gift they will love. First on the list was Wi-Fi phones, the gift shoppers say this phone is nothing special of a regular cell phone and not worth all money. Second on the list was anything with digicents, these are electronics with scents, weird dont you think. Third was the USB vacum, these little vacums do not really help at all and apparently are useless. Fourth was Atech toilet paper dispenser ipod deck; shoppers do not really know if it is real and actually works, but the most unappealing part is the germs it will collect while sitting in the bathroom. Fifth on the list disposable technology, disposable video cameras and digital cameras are only adding to the filth of America and we do not need anymore. Lastly on the list was technology for babies or pets, one is the Whycry Baby Analyzer; this device translates baby cries and pet noises. However, consumers have claimed they tested one years ago and their kids have never been the same.

These are just some gift tips on what not to get your loved ones, so while your our hitting up all the busy malls and frusrated because you can't find parking. Just remeber not to buy the people on your Christmas list the ghastly gifts of 2006.

Ways To Get Better Sleep

Every college student and young adults experience it: insomnia. Insomnia which is difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or poor quality sleep affects fourty five percent of the adult population. Most people have insomina due to stress, and insomnia affects your attention span, cognition and memory, poor performance at work or school, increased accidental injuries, a more likely chance or drug or alcohol abuse, and a higher rate for depression. Insomnia is a serious issue, luckily doctors have discovred solutions for curing yourself of insomnia.

Doctors suggest certain ways of "sleep hygiene" will help improve your sleeping habits. Step one is to establish a schedule, and try to go to bed at the same time every night. Step two: create an enviorment in your room that is comfortable to sleep in, for example cold to use more blankets or warm to use less. Step three: relax before going to bed without a televison, radio, and even reading a book. Doctors say people believe these acts relax you, but truthfully these only keep your mind working making it more difficult to relax and fall asleep. Step four: avoid liquids, medicines, depressants, and stimulants before bed, these can make your bladder full and will only disrupt your relaxing process to fall asleep. And finally step five: Do not nap during the day and exercise thirty minutes a day to create the need for sleep.

These are five ways doctors assure will improve your "sleeping hygiene" and soon your insomnia symptoms will dissapear and your body will be able to fall asleep and relax, giving you a better nights rest, which can improve your lifestyle and performance during the day.

The Cons of Eating Fast Food

We all are guilty of it, its late you have just done several hours of homework or being at work and the last thing you want to do is cook a meal or go to a resturant to eat, so you choose fast food. Or your on lunch break your starving and you only have thirty minutes, chances are you will probably choose fast food. So since we all do it we should all be aware that fast food is dangerous, not only because you gain weight since every meal is packed with fat and cholesterol, but you could also catch diseases and illness from unproperly prepared food. Fast food resturants are targeted by health inspectors for unproper preperation of food, for one fast food chain it lead to closing of thier store.

Taco Bell is an American favorite fast food chain besides Mcdonalds, and recently they have been acused of the sickness of nine people who caught E.Coli from one of their fast food stores. The Taco Bell in New Jersey was closed by health authorities because of an E.Coli outbreak that sickened nearly a dozen people. It affected mostly children and six people were hospitalized, this damaged the name of Taco Bell all over the states. It became worse when two patients then devoloped hemolytic uremic syndrom (HUS) which can cause permanent kidney damage. Health authorities say all fast food resturants have poor food preperation skills, which is why fast food is so dangerous to your health.

We can only hope that soon people will learn their lesson that fast food is not healthy for you in several ways, and this evidence should only prove how horrible fast food is prepared and hurtful to your body.