Top 10: Films on Demand, July 2013


Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following top 10 titles:

10. Public Relations (28 mins)
Since the first written account of public relations–like activities in ancient Greece, PR professionals have been on record as shapers and reshapers of public opinion. This program defines the role of public relations, differentiating it from advertising, and examines the way in which PR operates. In addition, industry professionals discuss the contributions of Ivy Lee and the founder of modern PR, Edward L. Bernays; the role of public relations in America’s two world wars; the shamefully successful Lucky Strike cigarettes campaign to make smoking in public fashionable for women; and the Ad Council and public service announcements. Crisis intervention is examined, as in the well-handled case of the tainted Tylenol scare, and the botched damage control of the Exxon Valdez disaster.

9. Overcoming Harassment (19 mins)
Sexual, racial, and other forms of harassment are steadily on the rise. This practical program looks at the effects on individuals and the organization of continued harassment while providing easy-to-follow techniques for dealing with perpetrators.

8. The Age of Anxiety (1945–1969) (76 mins)
With the end of the Second World War, the cultural period W. H. Auden named the Age of Anxiety had begun—a time characterized by an intensifying fear of nuclear Armageddon as the Iron Curtain fell across Europe and the Cold War spread across the globe. This program examines the evolution of the British novel during the period 1945–69, spotlighting J. R. R. Tolkien, William Golding, Iris Murdoch, Kingsley Amis, John Braine, Alan Sillitoe, George Lamming, Sam Selvon, Colin MacInnes, Ian Fleming, John le Carré, Doris Lessing, John Wyndham, Anthony Burgess, J. G. Ballard, and Margaret Drabble as well as some of their key works.

7. Struggling with Life: Asperger’s Syndrome (14 mins)
In this program, ABC News correspondent Jay Schadler reports on that neurological disorder, which makes normal interactions with peers virtually impossible. Studies conducted by Yale University’s Fred Volkmar shed light on both the compulsive fixations and the difficulties in comprehending facial expressions that characterize Asperger’s patients.

6. AIDS: A Biological Perspective (30 mins)
Why is a cure so elusive? Why has it been so difficult to find a cure or vaccine for AIDS? What makes AIDS so deadly? What is the HIV virus, and how does it devastate the immune system? This eye-opening video explores these questions, providing fascinating insights into the unique qualities of the HIV virus that make AIDS such a relentless killer.

5. Asperger Syndrome (3 mins)
Asperger syndrome is often considered a high functioning form of autism. It can lead to difficulty interacting socially, repeat behaviors, and clumsiness. Hans Asperger labeled this disorder “autistic psychopathy” in 1944. The exact cause is unknown. More than likely, an abnormality in the brain is the cause of Asperger syndrome. Genetic factors may play a role, since the disorder tends to run in families. A specific gene has not been identified.

4. Top Gun: Video Gaming Obsession and Addiction (43 mins)
When the Crisps confiscated their teenage son Brandon’s Xbox, they never expected him to run away from home…or to die from injuries sustained while in hiding. Using Brandon’s story as a case study, this program delves into the growing psychological problems of video game obsession and addiction. Interviews with Brandon’s parents and best friend, a family therapist whose patient list includes video gamers, and a psychologist who pushed the video gaming industry to adopt a ratings system provide insights into the obsessive and addictive aspects of video gaming.

3. Peter Jennings Reporting: Breakdown-America’s Health Insurance Crisis (42 mins)
One of the last documentaries from ABC News journalist Peter Jennings, this program untangles a particularly complex problem: the rapidly growing number of Americans who lack health care coverage. With characteristic thoroughness, Jennings searches out specific reasons for the weakening and potential collapse of employer-subsidized health insurance. America’s rising median age, medical advances that have increased the use of health services, and a broad spectrum of economic factors are all explored. Interviews with doctors, hospital administrators, corporate leaders, scholars, and everyday working people highlight what’s at stake for American businesses and employees.

2. Explaining Globalization (56 mins)
Everyone talks about globalization, but what does it really mean? And what are its implications for the average American? In this compilation of NewsHour segments, experts from the U.S. and abroad speak their minds on a shrinking world and an expanding global economy.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for July is:

1. Inferential Statistics (36 mins)
Who said statistics were boring? Using magic and circus motifs, this program demonstrates the significance of probability theory and the importance of using the correct test to analyze research data.

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