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.
The impact of the Internet usage on young children
By Naing Win Aung
Link to the research paper – http://1997nelson.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-impact-of-internet-usage-on-children.html
Week 9: Internet
Not so Addicted
By Anelisse Maciel
There are so many people who rely on the internet for so many things. I did my research project actually on online dating, and wow some of the stats were insane from the amount of people who actually do online dating. There is definitely an addiction to the internet. I know if let’s say you have to go and type a paper on your computer, you are most likely going to go and also go on Facebook, twitter, etc. It is just almost natural to go and go on the internet to look up the answer or to see what is going on.
Internet is quick and easy. Recently it has been way more easier to go on the internet and search up anything a person would want. With quick articles to read it makes actually finding information thoughtfully like nothing. Personally internet has become a part of my life but I know for a fact it does not rule me. For my entire summer last year I had very limited access to the internet and social media. My phone was broken and only allowed for text and call. As well as my old computer has terrible set up to the internet so there would only be a few times I would be able to access the media. I relied on newspaper, tv news, tv in general, or magazines. It honestly helped me not get the addition to internet so many people have and I even today find myself not going on my phone or opening my laptop unless I truly need to.
Week 10: Media Ethics
Ethics in today’s media.
By Anelisse Maciel
I believe media ethics in law has gotten better over the years, but still some things broadcasted that are just not right and should not be posted or should have been posted in a different way. News manipulations or that an example we have in class about photo shop. Which is possibly one of the huge ways of media ethics that even today constantly gets used. Of course it is infuriating that this happens so much.
Do I agree that it has gotten better over the years? Yes of course. But I do think there is a long way to go. In class it was discussed that people actually add things in pictures to make it seem like there is actually more destruction or more missile than there actually is. Even today I still can not wrap my head around this but that is just what “ethics” are going on in America. I do know with every year ethics are becoming more of an under the table issue. For me personally I did not hear about ethics until this year in media when I read the textbook. I think the only thing to do to make sure that today’s ethics keep increasing is to make sure to educate.
The Three Learned Information
By Thomas Lin
The three new information I learned from the class was satellite delivery was much more common at other parts of the world than cable television, knowing the journalist Nellie Bly who went undercover to find out about the truth about a women’s lunatic asylum abusing the inmates, and minorities would get less coverage in the media than a white person.
Nellie Bly was an journalist who went undercover to find out the truth if a women’s lunatic asylum was abusing the inmates by spending ten days in the lunatic asylum. In the media, the minorities gets less coverage and attention because people and the media thinks that if the media reports the story it wouldn’t get as interesting compare to the reported story on the white person. The satellite television delivery is an type of television delivery that uses the satellite to get the picture from other places to the home owner’s television.
By Celeste DiLullo
- Mean World Syndrome. After I read the book “Filter Bubble” by Eli Pariser and “The Culture of Fear” by Barry Glassner, I knew how the media was catering to us and using fear to control what we saw in the media. But after reading the definition of Mean World Syndrome and becoming aware of it, I can explain the pheromone to others in a more efficient way.
- Censorship in other countries. I wasn’t completely aware of how censored and limited journalism is. I knew the censorship was common in the media, but I wasn’t fully aware of its prevalence in other countries.
- The upraise of false news and how to fact-check. I have a high level of media literacy with some healthy skepticism, but it’s clear that others do not. The spread of false/fake news continues to grow, as does our lack of media literacy.
I believe that this Mass Communications class has increased my media literacy. I now have a wider vocabulary to describe the media. If anything, I have more skepticism for the media. But it really has allowed me to really understand freedom of speech and hate speech in general.
by Cristina Melchior
Three “Aha”! moments:
1 – The first Aha moment was the class content. I didn’t know what to expect because I never thought about studying Journalism.
2 – The concept of “long tail” and “short head” helped to understand the difference between the e-commerce and physical stores.
3 – It was a surprise to realize how advertisers control the media.
I was completely illiterate about to media in U.S. I can tell now that, although I am not an expert, I know how and where to look for information next time I need it.
Media impact and messages in our day lives are very well-known, but we never think about it. This class was an opportunity to understand what the First Amendment means and the implications of free speech.
The video attached illustrates the power of Internet as the new mainstream. A teenager from Holland made a video trying to speak Portuguese. Nobody knew her before this video which had 1,146,235 views. She became famous in Brazil only because she tried to speak a language she doesn’t know.
Week 11: Class Highlights – Blog 10
By Philong Nguyen
This class being my first has really help kickstart my thoughts about being here. Good and bad, good in the sense as I saw that people were a lot more blind when it comes to dealing with media myself included. I don’t know much, being as young as I am, and certainly will not be able to know everything.
Some aha moments I had were, that I never really understood what country music was, not have I listened to it a whole bunch, but found out that it was just parents and adults complaining. Another moment was during public relations and Bill Clinton’s advisor advising him to “Tell the Truth, Tell it all, Tell it early, Tell it yourself.” And lastly a moment that really stuck with me was that, most of the new media, content creators, the “Educated” are mostly all liberal in a sense of wanting new change and not seeing the immediate outcome.
Throughout the course the there were many aha moments I had, but the seven secrets, media source of income synergy, and struggles of certain media platforms were the top three highlights of the course. In the seven secret “new media is always scary” made me realize the danger new media platforms cause on old existing media platforms like magazines especially. Media synergy made me realize the bias media has towards its corporate owners or media synergy it has with other businesses. For example, ABC News rarely does bad press about Disneyland , because they are the same company. Struggles of certain media platforms due to the internet was fascinating, how new and free news hurts corporations that charge money for news and information.
Now I know to not believe media blindly, but rather see where their perspective is coming from and what biases they have. For example, now I know that Fox News information as I learned in class actually has mostly a conservative point of view. They have a right wing bias. And CNN has ties to other companies and they are not entirely free of bias either.
I also learned that are constitutional rights also have limitations. When there were wars that went on in our country, there were repeatedly times the country took away free speech both from the public and media as well. Now I know the importance and how precious it is to speak up our minds and thoughts in media, and more views there are the better.
What I Learned
BY: Humberto Aleman
The first “aha” moment I had in class was when I realized there was six major corporations that controlled most of the media. The second “aha” moment I had was during chapter five when we discussed magazine’s and their effects on societies views on beauty. The last “aha” moment I had was learning the different forms of medium’s societies use and the one I use the most.
JOUR 2 taught me more than I could’ve imagined when signing up for the course. I learned how to be media literate and to be investigative when it comes to information that media gives us. I never really paid much attention to the media until taking this course and moving forward I will be aware of what type of media I am consuming. Every media message I receive now whether it be on the radio or television I find myself analyzing it and breaking down the messages it is trying to convey to me.
I thought I would post this video because it is in the top five things I will never forget about the class and I believe it depicts our society in the best way possible.
By Maneek Rajasansi
Three “Aha!” moments I had this year:
- Almost every television channel is owned by six different companies. I never understood why a Disney On Ice commercial would program on ESPN or on ABC until I found out Disney owns both stations.
- Children are easily effected about media, like advertising, because no one teaches them media literacy. The media programs content just to attracts viewers; however, sometimes children are unable to tell that the content is exaggerated or unrealistic.
- High school students’ privileges are limited when they’re in school. They are unable to truly have free speech and post or say what they desire if it goes again school rules. Since they are minors, principals can punish their students if they act out of the school’s standards of behavior.
This class has taught me a lot about the different forms of mass media and how they are relevant in everyone’s life. I do not think I can imagine a world without media, nor can I try and detach myself from all the forms. This class has proven that media literacy needs to be taught. Before this class, I would generalize media as a whole and assume how they negatively impact society; however, media is not the one to blame, it is how humans interact with it and use it. I believe this is a class every college student should take, especially since we are the generation that grew up with the most forms of media available.