By Jeffrey Windham
By Spencer Avocet-Van Horne
By Natalie Vivian Valencia
By Jacqueline Contreras
In the front (from left): Asuka Yamane, Damian Urias, Shaylah Markowski, Daniel Rosales and Analisa O’Brien. Sitting around the table (from left): Carlos (Benjamin) Cruz, Diandra Monterio, Darla Machado, Sophia Duran, Ryan Sherod, Madison Fox, Jessica Dam, Ashley Aquino and Kristina Neely. Standing (from left): Peter Saminathen, Brian Tang, Vanessa Vazquez, Ben Dinh, Kyle Ewing, Richard Luong and Chase Nelson.
Sitting from left: Melica Sapon, Maneek Rajasansi, Philong Nguyen and Cristina Angelini Melchior; Standing from left: Thomas Lin, Celeste Dilullo, Anelisse Maciel, Karan Abrol, Luca Ferrieri, Khalil Bourgoub, Haley Cardamon, Dmitry Dolgopolov, Hope Weston, Humberto Aleman, Nelson Naing Win Aung, David Bahk, Jarra Gojolo, Jonathan Johnson and Esau Carpenter.
Sitting clockwise from top of the hour: Raquel Macias, Jonathan Dupin, Sara Helwig, Elsabete Kebede, Abigail Lee, Jeffrey Son, Vincente Aguilar and Stephanie Gonzalez. Standing from left: Jack Molmud, Christian Trujano, Jordan Vasquez, Nikhil Jha, Thanh Nguyen, Kunal Mehta, Jasmine Tottoc, Kisha Collins and Claudia Chan.
By Hope Weston
I have greatly enjoyed my time in this mass communications class, and have a few “aha!” moments as well. The first was recognizing that all media is mass media, and that everything from the margins moves to the center. So even if I think “That’s not the media’s real thoughts” it effects our society none the less! Also learning to recognize the manipulative and false information that has become too prevalent in our media world, so that I can be more well-informed to the truth. These were just 3 of the moments I had in this class!
My media literacy has definitely improved, through the information given in the books and lectures, to the discussions with my classmates from all cultures, races, identities, and beliefs. I feel like I have a greater understanding of the world around me, as well as an passion to educate, and improve, the world around me.
Today’s Media Ethics
By: Humberto Aleman
Media can be a hit or miss when it comes to being ethical and in today’s society the main form of media that can be controversial is photo and video journalism. Images and videos are far more powerful at igniting emotions on its viewers and deciding what is deemed ethical to show to the world can be tricky. I believe the world needs to see what is being documented regardless if it’s gruesome or hard to watch. Media has to be informative and sometimes that means showing videos of explicit material to fully capture the audiences’ emotions and get them to form their own opinions. In my opinion no other form of journalism will ever be as controversial or unethical as photo and video journalism but its significance and role it plays in the media is important.
By: Humberto Aleman
Between the ages of 5 to 10 I spent my summer mornings before basketball practice playing Nintendo 64 with one of my cousins who was a year older than I was and lived around the corner. The older I became the more I lost interest in video games and the different consoles that were releasing. My cousin on the other hand became far more involved in the online gaming world and later on started subscribing to websites such as Game Informer. The more gaming consoles and networks advanced the more he seemed to be captivated by the online gaming world and the only aspect of his life that it has affected him is his social life. He has maintained to keep the same friends from high school but unable to make new friends in real life. Many of the new people he associates himself with are mainly those he meets online while gaming. Most of his free time is spent in front of his television and gaming console with little to no time of being out in public socializing face to face. He has done almost nothing to change his way of living but he continues to be happy and not let his addiction negatively affect his life to the point of self destruction. I believe as his relationship continues to grow with his girlfriend he might start to realize what is more important and maybe slowly grow apart from his gaming addiction.
Media Ethics Today
By Celeste DiLullo
I believe that there are almost no ethics being used in the media today. Because of the Internet’s growth and accessibility, it is possible for any story to be popular, regardless of the contents. The upraising in false/fake news seems to enforce this idea. While I believe that the ethics should be at the heart of any media involvement, it is easier said than done. People have their own opinions, and will look for anything that supplies and validates their opinion. People no longer have time to check their sources, nor do they have time to think about the consequences of breaking the ethics code. The majority of the population believe whatever articles say, but can’t recognize the biases behind them. People are assuming that the reporters/sources will be credible and report news accurately. But with the increased popularity of the 24-hour news cycles, there simply isn’t time to dedicate fact-checking for every single story.
I think the media does a really good job at skewing the truth about a certain topic. A lot of the times only part of the truth about a certain topic is being covered instead of providing the full story. When a white male is being convicted of a crime, the media talks about the individual in such a positive light, stating only the positive traits of that individual, whereas when a person of color is being convicted of a similar crime they are portrayed by the media as someone who was expected to such a thing, and that it was common for that individual to commit crimes.
Is The Emoji copyrightable?
By Haley Cardamon
In this article, it was said that the laughing emoji was the most used “word” of the year. But the issue they faced was what typeface was used; the apple emoji or the competitor?
The federal court ruled that typeface in different “fonts” is not copyrightable. Most were pleased with this outcome because I made it easy for those who want to create typeface. They could base their product off of another typeface without consequences.
While it was ruled that typeface is not copyrightable, the case for Emojis is still not decided.
By Jarra Gojolo
I think today’s media is more ethical on purpose because there is more of a need for “political correctness.” As seen by the backlash caused by the Portland Press Herald’s Ramadan story, even though it wasn’t malicious, if you say the wrong things in the eyes of the public there will be people who will take offense to it and make noise. There are definitely outlets, like tabloids who are less ethical than others ones These celebrity news outlets will go to relatively extreme lengths to find a story and will follow celebrities around the point of borderline trespassing/harassment.
Movies Over Televison
My favorite movie of 2016 has to actually be the recent addition to Harry Potter universe “Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them” by J.K. Rowling. The film has just a little bit of everything for just about everyone. It gives off emotions of wonder and playfulness in the snow, and even a tad bit of anxiety and suspense as well. Rowling’s wizardly world of Newt Scamander creativity was simply off the charts insane, from creatures that can go invisible to even a bird that went from the size of King Kong to fit in a tea-pot.
While “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was my film of the year, my favorite film of all time has to go to “Star Wars Revenge Of The Sith”. As a kid growing up I would pretend as many other kids of my time to be a Jedi. I would cut up noodles used for swimming and use them as lightsabers because my parents would not buy me a “real” toy lightsaber. As a child growing up Star Wars was simply perfect, it helped me believe that my imaginations can be endless. The movie offered me an escapism from reality when sometimes school history classes of George Washington was not cutting it for me.
Rotten Tomato: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fantastic_beasts_and_where_to_find_them/
(Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
(Star Wars Revenge Of The Sith)
Week 10 Media Ethics – Blog 9
By Philong Nguyen
As new forms of media take to the internet, there aren’t many regulations that are enforced online in terms of sharing information. Companies that own domains that have control over news, blogs, or any type of social media can take down anything they would want to. Anything from government asking them to anything that ruins the companies, or someone who works with the companies reputation. In a sense, sensitive material posted online that could scar someone is usually restricted by most major social media and news companies.
Most social media users nowadays worry about everything they post and get afraid when they get negative feedback. These people take precautions of posting anything sensitive and only want likes or to be noticed as a good person online. While sharing most people try to impress their friends, or anyone they’ve “become friends” with online. Negative things online are mostly left for the darker sides of the internet. For example, on websites such as 4chan(.)org or reddit, there are some blog post that tread lightly on the subject of negative content. (i.e. Gore, war, animal abuse). But these websites don’t show as much explicit content found on the dark side of the internet as anonymity is more apparent.
The Internet Gaming Addiction
By: Luca Ferrieri
Internet gaming continues to grow at a rapid pace and more people are developing problems of addiction. How can this happen? Well, like any other addiction it happens from continued and prolonged exposure. Any substance taken in overabundance impacts the user more than they realize until too late (usually). I have friends that spend hours and hours on end gaming, and while they insist there is not a problem, personal hygiene and health would beg to differ.
One friend in particular spends 24 hours consecutively gaming when a new anticipated game comes out. It even goes so far as to post it to his live twitch account (twitch is a site that allows the user to stream their activities for free to the world with a url they can access). There are some people online with massive twitch followings. Similarly, I believe, to how certain people get caught up in having as many followers as possible on instagram, the gamer community tries to gather as many followers during a gaming session as possible. An ESPN Video called Conquering a Video Game Addiction shows the account of an all-USA wrestler that ended up losing his scholarship due to his problem with computer games. As media users we must take great caution when it comes to video game exposure, because it clearly has more of an effect on us than we realize.
Okke Ornstein: Libel Suit in Panama
By: Luca Ferrieri
This cause, reported by The Guardian, concentrates on Okke Ornstein, a Dutch reporter held in prison in Panama. The International and European Federations of Journalists are calling for his release, claiming the lack of merit in this libel case against Ornstein. Libel cases can only occur if the person knowingly uses falsified information during with the intent to cause harm to the individual. The case is still currently ongoing as they are working with Panamanian officials on his release.