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Speech 2050 Week of 02/15 - 02/19

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Speech 2050 Week of 02/15 - 02/19 Speech 2050

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Date Created: 02/17/16
Sound and Radio (Chapter 4 & 5) Pop Music  Music first achieved mass popularity through the sale of piano sheet music  Most of this was early jazz or theatrical music... o But people still thought it was going to destroy America  In the 1940's, pop vocalists like Frank Sinatra helped stabilize the record industry The History of Recorded Sound  In 1857, a French inventor (de Martinville) recorded sound mechanically (phonautograph) o He could record it but could not play it back.  In 1877 Thomas Edison learned how to reproduce sound to record it AND play it back.  In 1887, Emile Berliner learned how to mass produce records.  In the early 1990's, American companies produced basic record players. o Record players were like pieces of furniture.  Stereo sound wasn't wildly available until the late 1950's.  Digital recording was invented in 1978.  Compact discs were available in the early 1980's.  The Apple iTunes store debuted in 2001.  Digital sales now account for 64% of the U.S. market. Radio History  The telegraph was invented in the 1840's.  Radio was put to similar uses as the telegraph (like communicating with ships at sea).  Marconi (an Italian) sent the first radio message in 1895. o There is some question whether he invented the first radio device - both Loomis and Tesla have also been credited.  An American (De Forest) helped popularize radio by demonstrating the potential of voice transmissions.  The radio coverage of the sinking of the Titanic helped popularize the medium.  The idea of using radio to generate advertising revenue did not come about until the 1920's.  Not coincidentally, this is when publicly accessible radio stations started to appear.  Radio grew quickly. The number of stations went from 5 to 600 in two years.  This caused a problem: too many stations, and not enough frequencies.  The government stepped in to regulate radio. Records v. Radio  Radio cut record sales in half in the first year of its existence.  The record industry then required radio stations to pay for playing songs  This largely failed, and record sales crashed  The end of prohibition increased record sales, because of bars and jukeboxes.  Radio didn't start cooperating with the recording industry until TV started cutting into its audience and its profits.  Now, record companies sometimes "pay" radio stations to play specific songs. o pay = bribes Radio: The Broadcast Medium  Radio was actually the first medium to use networks: o groups of linked broadcast stations that share programming produced at a central location  Most modern TV networks actually started as radio networks (NBC, ABC, CBS)  Because early radio was dominated by news, it helped create modern news organizations. Advertising (Chapter 11) The History of Advertising  Advertising has existed throughout almost all of recorded history (since at least 3000 B.C.E.)  Historically, the technology  to print very large numbers of ads arrived at about the same time as the technology to transport products and ads large distances.  At the same time, factory technology made it possible to mass-produce things to advertise.  In the early 1840's, space brokers became a new form of business in the U.S.: o Buying space in newspapers and selling it to people who wanted advertisements  In 1869, the first modern full-service advertising agency opened in the U.S. o This meant, in part, that the agency worked for the client and not for the newspaper. Brands  National brands were relatively uncommon in the U.S. before the middle-to-late 1800's. Why? o Brands weren't able to be national. There wasn't any national transportation.  Brand names encourage consumers to believe in the idea of "product differentiation": o The idea that there are significant differences among products even if there are very few.  "Product differentiation associated with name-brand packaged goods represents the single biggest triumph of advertising.' o Most ads aren't effective in the short term, but... o Over time, they create demand through associating some products with quality.  National brands were important for two reasons o They created "brand loyalty" that allowed companies to charge higher prices. o They helped create the high demand for specific products that was necessary for factory production. Persuasive Techniques  Famous-person testimonial  Plain-folks pitch o Associates a product with simplicity  Snob appeal approach o Suggests that using a product will elevate your social status  Bandwagon effect o Plays on the desire to be popular or part of the crowd  Hidden fear appeal o Plays on consumers' insecurities  Irritation advertising o Creating name recognition by being annoying  Association principle o Associating a product with a positive value or image even if it has little to no connection to the product.  Stereotyping o The process of assigning people to abstract groups whose members are assumed to act as a single entity. o Early ads were tended to be negatively stereotypical of women and racial minorities because ad executives were predominantly white, male, and ignorant. o Negative stereotyping is now used in ads to attract people who enjoy seeing other groups being stereotyped.  Viral marketing o The creation of ads or other marketing materials that are so attractive to consumers that they voluntarily distribute them to their own social networks.


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