Mass Comm, Winter 2016

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Standing from left: Masayuki Furushima, Peter Ngo, Alejandro Orozco, Maxwell Egbujor, Arbella Yousif, Tony Phan, Whitney Stein, Sara Raheem, Andrew Masek, Gabriela Sanches, Talia Hudgens, William Tolentino, Austin Brady, Madlyn Kelly, Desmond Schurr, Jacqueline Contreras and Pho Le
Sitting behind the table: Mckinley Thompson, Thanh Nguyen and Nikolas Verbin
Sitting in front: Audelynn Felix, Sergio Cano, Michelle Miramon, Jadhalyn Le and David Carbajal

Note: The photo above has been electronically manipulated to add three students to the group.

 

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Week 9: Internet – Blog 8

By Nick Verbin

Myself and most other people I know use the Internet. On the Internet, there’s several different ways someone can get too sucked in and obsessed. I know many people, including myself, who have spent way too much time playing a certain video game or watching too many you tube videos. I also know people who use social media such as Facebook or Twitter far more than they should.

My friend Alec has developed a bit on an online shopping habit. While it is still an ongoing habit, he spends hundreds of dollars on clothes (mostly shoes) that he definitely does not “need” simply because he enjoys them. While I think the habit is a bit excessive, I don’t necessarily see it as a “problem”. If he enjoys the convenience of using the Internet to acquire something (clothes) that he sees as a hobby or collecting, I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing unless it starts to control his life and all of his finances. In fact, I actually think it’s an amazing time to be alive for someone with these interests, because the market for re-selling expensive designer clothing is so large online.

Week 10: Media Ethics

Questionable Ethics

Michelle Miramon

I question the ethics of today’s media because taking this class has opened my eyes to how media can be perceived.  I didn’t know that big networks are all owned by only a few companies which would make the outcome of the news bias.  After watching Outfoxed, it has come to my attention that news anchors and journalists were not able to freely report the news, but to cater to their superiors on what is allowed to be covered and how it may be covered.  I have learned how to find reliable sources to confirm a news article and that all the news that is put onto social media may not accurate.  I recently stopped using Facebook as my news source when I realized that the articles are more than likely to not be accurate or real.

 

Week 11: Class Highlights

My personal “Aha!” moment.

Michelle Miramon

  1.  Realizing that my Intro to CA Law class was useful to present Chapter 13: Media Law.  It was interesting to find that my law class would intertwine with my journalism class.  I was able to use the terminology that was taught in my law class to better explain chapter 13.  I had a huge moment when going over this chapter because I was able to learn about the Watergate Scandal, which is a movie that I plan on watching in the near future.
  2. The Seven Secrets of media was a big moment because I am able to apply it to whatever new media is created.  It was interesting to learn about the seven secrets because it can be applied to everything and anything.
  3. Papyrus, enough said.  I have always been a big fan of a store called Papyrus because they sold different kinds of papers and stationaries and I enjoy being creative when it comes to writing letters.  I never put too much thought into why the store was called Papyrus until I learned what it was.Taking this journalism has greatly affected my level of media literacy.  I definitely view media in a different way because this class has taught me to be more aware of where I receive my news.  The Bill of Rights has impacted my understanding because I was able to learn that the government passed the Sedition and Libel Act only a few years after the Bill of Rights was ratified, which also ties back to the Seven Secrets of media.

Week 9: Internet

Online Phenomenons: How Internet Usage Has Affected Our Lives

William Tolentino

Technology has become an essential part of our lives, we can no longer imagine nor convince ourselves not to use it. Everything from instant messaging, uninterrupted calls, audiovisual streaming and access to the world’s biggest repository of information and data has made the internet an addicting place to stay and while the hours away. Most of us lead more virtual lives than ever before. A friend of mine couldn’t stop buying things and kept searching for more video game titles through shopping sites such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, Fry’s Electronics and Gamestop. It has turned him into a homebody too busy to talk to anyone except to the people chatting with him on a screen hiding their true faces. He didn’t see anything wrong because all he does is buy stuff and work to buy more. He says he’s ‘satisfied’ and ‘happy.’ I hope he’s right.

Week 10: Media Ethics

Freedom and Responsibility: Why Ethics Matters In Journalism

William Tolentino

There’s a consensus reached when facts are too numerous, it becomes undeniable to dispute a conclusion even if it is deemed nigh impossible or, in extreme cases, preposterous. However, people remain confused on what constitutes as a fact and what is considered an opinion, thus making information even more confusing. This is where ethics comes in. It separates evidence from lies, truth from fiction.

However, information nowadays, even from experts, can be biased and riddled with one-sided stances, ignoring different sources which reach different conclusions based on evidence and hard proof. Today, it becomes a lot more important to find reliable and trusted sources everyone can agree upon to establish a point. The practice of ethics is the one thing which distinguishes professionals from amateurs. It’s why people flock to watch news anchors especially those who back up their claims with lots of research like John Oliver or John Stewart. “There is no such thing as mediocre work” says Ayn Rand. “Only lazy people who don’t care doing it.”

Week 11: Class Highlights

Lessons Behind The Screen: What I Learned From Practicing Journalism

William Tolentino

I learned how media is both a positive tool and a negative tool depending on how people use it. Fox News creates fear and paranoia while Al Jazeera gives us another side to the story of people being labeled as enemies.

I learned how new media is always scary. People don’t adopt quickly but ease into new things until they get used to it much like the internet which didn’t explode up until a decade ago despite being decades older.

I learned that there is no such thing as mainstream media. Popularity is based on popular views, not quality and thus the continued viewing of conveniently biased shows (revealing that most people are ignorant) such as offensive sitcom Two Broke Girls which doesn’t have any redeeming qualities unlike satirical comedy shows such as South Park and The Boondocks.

My media literacy was close to non-existent before I signed up for a class in Journalism. I used to think everything was just make-believe entertainment being fed across the airwaves to distract people. I found it also allows people to express themselves for better or worse and can be the source of important lessons and information which can affect our lives in a lot of ways both physical and mental. I understand now, more than I did before, the importance of being heard and why the only way to stop people from spreading false information is to tell the truth by giving it supporting evidence and showing a better conclusion not founded on hearsay only. Despite information being ambiguous, it is still better to have said something than be silent especially if you have enough evidence to argue your claim. Here is a video about uncertainty.

Week 10: Media Ethics – Blog 9

By Nick Verbin

I think that ethics in today’s media are essentially gone. It seems as if ethics have been abandoned in place of money and generating revenue and ratings instead. Especially when it comes to the television and news stations, media is run like a business because, in all honesty, it is. Private corporations own and profit from the news and how many people watch it, which simply gives them less reason to report facts and more reason to report news that is/will be considered popular by the masses that consume their news.

In particular, stations such as Fox News are responsible for this change of media ethics. Instead of reporting news, facts, and using actual journalism techniques to report the news, they instead use hate speech and entertaining but not credible sources or honest language. Reporting news that is honest may not be popular with the millions of people that watch it, and it does not generate revenue. News station owners are greedy enough to put their own profits and benefits in front of what truly matters: educating the public on what issues are important and will affect the world in which we live.

Week 11: Class Highlights – Blog 10

By Nick Verbin

This course has helped my understanding of the media immensely. I would consider myself a much more media literate person after taking this course; I feel as if the class did a great job of teaching me where media comes from, how it is run from the inside, and what corporations own which forms of media. These all tie into how we as a society consume, dictate, and are educated on news.

I view media in the same way that I did before, but in a more refined and educated way. I’ve always known that the media is not an industry based on trust and honesty, but I think I learned much more about how finances truly dictate the way news is given to the public. Advertising, especially, plays an enormous role in the financial aspect of news and entertainment media. Their large and essential investments make them a vital role in what news is or is not reported to the public.

I also believe that I respect my own first amendment rights more than I did before. Learning about the unethical practices that take place in the media helped me truly understand why its important to exercise your free speech right as an American citizen.

Week 7: Propaganda in Advertising

Week 7: Propaganda in Advertising

by Jadhalyn Le

Bandwagon

Beautiful People

In this image, celebrity Jessica Simpson is shown with clear, glowing skin, advertising a product. An acne treatment solution called “Proactiv” is quite well-known product, quite commonly advertised by attractive women with a few appearances of celebrities such as Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne. A technique in advertising is “Beautiful People”.  It suggests that if people were to use this product, they would also be happy as well as beautiful and appealing. Another technique is “Bandwagon”. This product is so excessively advertised. Many use and has heard of this product, making others want to join in and be on the winning-team of great looking skin.

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Week 9: Internet

Week 9: Internet

by Jadhalyn Le

 

I use the internet for pretty much everything. I use it to shop, communicate with my circles, to update my blog, games, etc. Ever since my little sister has gotten an iPad into her hands, she spends over 4 hours daily on it whether she was playing on her apps, chatting with her classmates and friends or watching shows for long periods. I have tried to get her up and moving a little more so she doesn’t destroy her eyes, staring at that screen. Nowadays, she limits herself to only two or three episodes of various shows a day and takes breaks more frequently. I believe she still has much to improve, but it;s a good start. It is quite easy to get attached to the internet and I, myself, am quite stuck on my phone. I hope I can get it all together soon before I destroy my eyes too.

Week 10: Media Ethics

Week 10: Media Ethics

by Jadhalyn Le

 

Looking at media ethics today, I see many topics regarding appearances and mainstreams. Many times I surf the internet, there are always posts and pictures, mentioning what is okay to like and what isn’t, how to dress and how not to dress, what the definition of attractiveness should be, etc. If I were to compare myself to a “perfect woman” appearance-wise, I am below average. Men at times also follow these laid out rules to what their partner should be like. Not only does it affect women, men have this burden as well. They must be masculine and muscular and tall. These are problems that effect our society as a whole. It heightens standards to unrealistic levels, lowering self-esteem. It doesn’t teach people about what really is important. Media plays such a huge role, it is almost brainwashing. Media nowadays are evolving. Yes, there will still be ads about diet-pills and new make-up products. However, people are becoming more confident in themselves because there are parts of media that expresses this idea that beauty is inside, not out.

Week 11: Class Highlights

Week 11: Class Highlights

by Jadhalyn Le

 

  1. I was glad we learned about outwards appearances, such as an attractive woman, and how it is used in media, whether it was to advertise a product or to simply get people on to one side rather than the next opponents. Also, having the fact that more white people are on media than colored are brought even more into the light.
  2. I was surprised about how far back the internet went. I have always thought that it came to existence in the 90s when it was actually born in the 60s. Just gives me the theory that the things we barely use today can have such great impact a few decades later.
  3. We were shown clips of how violent journalists’ jobs could be. They are always trying to cover things that the public deserve to know about, usually resulting in dangerous conflicts, and at times, journalists’ lives.

I thought I knew a great deal about media. This class expanded my knowledge regarding media and I dived a lot deeper into the aspects of it. The First Amendment is such an incredible privilege in our country. At times, it is taken away from us, yet the law protects us here. I can just appreciate it so much more as time went by, learning about communications in our class.

Week 5 – Movie – Blog 5

My Favorite movie from 2014-15 was “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The movie is a classic from Marvel and holds many elements of teamwork, excitement and action that viewers love to see in every Marvel Movie. My all time favorite movie might just be Tarzan. My decision might be based on the fact that the movie taught me how to love others that aren’t like me. I watched Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters and Tarzan on a VCR, time flies.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tarzan/

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/guardians_of_the_galaxy/?search=Guardians of the

Week 7 – Propaganda in Advertising – Blog 6

This Apple Advertisement for the iPhone 5 is an example of Bandwagon advertising. It’s insisting that you “join the crowd and hop on the wagon like everyone else. “That’s why so many people do.” It also uses the common man appeal as in “loving it is easy.” If it’s easy, any0ne basic can do it.

 

Week 9 – Internet – Blog 8

If we put Xbox in this category for gaming on the Internet then yes, I do have a slight addiction. Ever since I moved to Morgan Hill, my schedule consist of School, Homework, Working out, and then Netflix/YouTube/Xbox. All my friends are in the Dublin Area and Berkeley area, so I have a lot of downtime outside of studying and school. My go to ends up being some TV show on Netflix, some videos on YouTube or me dominating in FIFA and Madden.

Week 1: Media Autobiography – Blog 1

I have used a majority of the different types of media, and there are some that I use more than than the others. When I was younger, I used to read a lot of books and fashion magazines. I used to have a lot of those pre-teen magazines in middle school and liked looking at the different fashion articles in them. As for movies and television I also used to watch a lot. Though I don’t watch them as often as I used to, now I watch them to bond with friends and family, even before. I like watching with them and we like talking about the different movies and TV shows. My family and I really like game shows, dramas, and documentaries and we like to watch the episodes together. More now, I would say I enjoy being on the internet and keeping up some social media like an account on Tumblr (a micro-blogging site) or a Youtube. I haven’t really made enough original content for either them to be called an active creator but, I plan on making more content for them soon, since I’ve had these accounts for a while. What I have been doing is learning a little bit of coding for the tumblr and tweaking the layout of the pages I run. Maybe spending way too much time doing that. I’ve also been trying to figure out using video and audio editing software to (hopefully) start uploading videos soon.

Week 10: Media Ethics – Blog 9

Today’s media can be the creation of a star or that individual’s very own downfall. Media Ethics in today’s media world is lacking, very much so. Take the case of Johnny Manziel for example. Johnny Manziel was one of the hottest topics, if not the hottest topic coming out of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was a Heisman Winner and a College football quarterback worth remembering. He play was electric and exciting. Unfortunately, his attitude and personality fell under the category of a Frat boy who loved to party way too much. Now after the media chewed him up after following him relentlessly, mistake after mistake, he is a free agent QB not on a roster, and probably won’t be on one in 2016.

Week 11 – Final Blog – Blog 10

Aha Moments

  1. Left my Notebook at home! – One time, right before I walked in the door to the class, I had realized I left my notebook with my notecards ready to turn in at home. So I instantly turned around and drove home (20miles) for the points, because every point counts.
  2. Got called to do a presentation – One of the biggest Aha moments I had was when you called my name to do the presentation on Advertising voluntarily, and everyone in the world knew I wasn’t feeling it.
  3.  A sad “Aha” moment is I’ve run out of aha moments.😦
Journalism 2 enhanced my Media Literacy ten fold. I understand how the system works and what’s real and what’s fake. One of the biggest things I picked up from this class is how the media impacts our society and how sources mean everything. A source is necessary, Period.
Thank you for a great year.

Blog 10: Memories

By: David Carbajal

This quarter, I had a lot of “Aha” moments but my favorite ones was my first day meeting my table mates they helped me out with assignments and had a lot of interesting discussions. One of our best discussions was about FOX news and how biased they are that for some reason all they seem to talk about is lies and propaganda of how great the republican party is. Another moment I found hilarious was our class discussions especially when it came to the subject of News Media and hearing people say they actually think of FOX News as the lead news source and it’s funny because they really have no credibility I believe shows like the Daily and Nightly show have more credibility then FOX News. One of my last memories is just being in that class in general the people in their and hearing everyone’s opinions it just opened up my eyes about how everyone sees the media and the world we live in. I learned about the tactics different media outlets use to gain their audience and also how they target certain demographics when it comes to television, movies and music. My view on the media has always been that it is bias and impartial to the truth so now to have my thoughts confirmed this has me more cautious on what I watch and what are the media’s hidden agendas.

Week 11: Class Highlights

By: Tony Phan

An ‘aha!’ moment which I have learned through reading was the fact that the majority of media is owned by a very small number of corporations. I have always heard about that through social media and conspiracy theories and I have also had a hunch myself. But seeing it in the book justified it, and knowing just how many do own the majority of media is shocking. Another ‘aha!’ moment came from watching the documentary about the FOX channel. A lot of things on there validated what I felt, but I do feel like they did not give FOX channel a fair representation and they tried to villain-ize them. The last ‘aha!’ moment I had was learning that the father of radio lived in San Jose. It nice to see our city put in the spotlight since we are a pretty boring city even though we’re the 10nth largest city in the nation.

I do not think this class changed the way I view media, but it definitely changed the way I consume media. If anything, this class reinforced my views on media. This class has taught me to be even more critical of the world we live in and never take anything for face value.

Week 11: Class Highlights

1st AHA: How the Internet has become a use and weapon for everyone to cheat, threaten people, and has became apart of the human world.

2nd AHA: How the media especially news media can make us believe their very own bias opinion, and its funny how some of their audience count on these news channels to give out their information on the world.

3rd AHA: I was surprised of how many journalists risk their lives to get a awesome valid story even if it meant they will end up severely injured or even dead. It shows me how passionate they are about their tasks.

This class really changed the way I see the media. It made me criticize before I actually believed in their opinions. The media is bias and often changes stories around to make them more entertaining. They also censor information so that they won’t have to expose it to the public. They are always going to be like this and it is a fact that I will never believe the media until research is done.

Week 10: Media Ethics

Week 10: Media Ethics

Ethics In Today’s Media

By Jacqueline Contreras

It seems as though the ethics in today’s media is becoming less of a priority, as competing news sources have participated in tabloid laundering. Tabloid laundering–the act of respectable media reporting on what the tabloids are reporting as a way of covering sensationalistic stories–has become a breach in media ethics. Respectable news outlets are the public’s way of knowing what important issues/events are currently taking place in the world. However when these news sources report on celebrity scandals, they fail to report on the more pressing stories all for the sake of seeking sensationalistic stories.

 

Blog 10- My “Aha” moments

By Gabriela Sanches

I had many “Aha!” moments in this class, and each of them surprised me in a different way. The first moment was when I realized about the Spiral of Silence theory (on chapter 2) because it explained me a lot about our society. It also helped me to understand in a better way how media works and how we (audience) can be blind by it. The second moment was when learnt about Joseph Pulitzer life story (chapter 6), and how brilliant he was. I presented this chapter ,and I felt honored by it. I felt really proud for telling to my classmates about the story of someone that I like and appreciate so much. The third “Aha!” moment inspired me for my final project. I found out that 16 percent of all American population considers themselves Hispanics (chapter 9), just like me. This in a certain way, made me more conscious about my ethnicity and myself because it explained that I am not the only that came to this country looking for a better life.In summary, this class was very important to me, and I loved each moment of it.

Week 11: Class Highlights

Peter Ngo

One of the “aha” moment was learning about the 7 secret that the media did not want us to know about and it was enlightening to know what they are trying to hide from us. The second one would be that most of the media like radio or magazines are owned by a a few big corporation. I also went “aha” when I learn that Hollywood did not make the most movie in the world but Bollywood in India made the most movie instead. JOUR 2 was a fun class to take and I learn quite a bit about the media from it. I view fox news in a different way now as instead of giving  us news fox gave us their opinion on the subject instead. I also did not know about media law like people can be sued for libel and for false advertisement. My view of the first amendment change only a little bit as the government have clearly in the past have restricted our freedom of speech but I already knew that the government have violated our right without us even knowing it.

Week 11: Class Highlights

Sara Raheem

During the course of this quarter, I have learned more than I could ever imagine. I thought I would learn about how media is corrupt, and things I was already well aware of. Even though I had good expectations for this class, I did not realize that it would educate me the way it did. My highlights throughout this class were definitely some of the discussions and all the knowledge I gained. I learned about how important Media Literacy is, and how Media can be a powerful tool used for good or bad reasons. Not only did we fixate on media, but we also uncovered racial and sexual disparities and also various other issues. A moment that stuck with me was learning about dangerous and tasking Journalism is. Some people in different parts of the world risk their lives, while being in the midst of gun fire. But what truly made this class so pleasant was our professor! The way of teaching is unlike any other professor I’ve had before and made the learning process fun. Helping me internalize more of the information and  zeal to learn more. Overall, this class was an extremely pleasant experience and hope to have a class like this in the near future.

Week 9: Internet – Blog 8

by Masayuki Furushima

I have used on-line games with PS3 and PS4. SONY’s games are able to make a community room in the virtual world. However, I developed an addiction of games because these communities and activities made me forget spending time. While I was playing, I didn’t get public news from media literacy, so I decided to escape these communities. I think we should pay attention to public information and to participate public communities.

(  http://www.ehow.com/way_5681427_group_therapy-games-drug-addiction.html)

10: Media Ethics – Blog 9

I am now writing about the status of the ombudsman in today’s media.The American Home ombudsman is supposed to help borrowers get the loan files, and tell them what trust the loan is in. The FDIC (Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation) ombudsman is the person to contact if the bank was part of an FDIC recievership and therefore it is subject to a loss share agreement which has loss mitigation guidelines.

11: Class Highlights – Blog 10

In this class, I have learned American media tools. I couldn’t complete to do my presentation, but I could feel the introduction of journalism from hearing everyone’s presentation and discussion.

I am more interested in advertising because there are huge money making a profit to media corporations, especially for Super Bowl. I want to pay attention to advertisement in the towns or media tools.

Week 11: Class Highlights – Blog 10

Whitney Stein

The first “Aha!” moment I had was when I found out that there is no such thing as mainstream media. I grew up thinking that there was mainstream media and that it does affect a large number of people. Another “Aha! moment I had was during a presentation. The fact that there is not much diversity in the newsroom. The fact that 93% of reporters are white. This is detrimental to the audience members and to the news room its self. Hopefully in the future there will be diversity in the news room but with diverse news being reported and not necessarily filtered prior to being reported.

The most impactful “Aha!” moment was about who controls the media. Specifically here in America media the conglomerates control much of what is being said/reported or talked about. I always thought it was up to the reporter and researchers to choose what to talk about but instead they are given tasks and assignments. Some are not given a choice on what to report. I also thought that the six aspects of news were important to mention as it is all around society. Timeliness, proximity, prominence, consequence, rarity, and human interests play a role in what is being reported on a local, national, and global level.

Knowing and understanding media literacy has impacted how I think about the media today. Prior to having my three “Aha!” moments I thought that media was equal and free much like the First Amendment but it turns out it’s not so much like the First Amendment. I understand that in this country we have free enterprise so the large corporations that own parts of the media can and have a right to influence but I don’t believe they should be as influential to the point that they take away freedom of speech within their reporters or journalists. Not saying all do, but after understanding how media can be reported, much are limited and that doesn’t seem like the American way.

Now I am careful about what I read when it comes to news. I generally go on the Apple News Application where I have it filtered to what I want to read about versus what I do not want to read based off of interest and news company.

 

http://www.apple.com/news/

Week 11: Class Highlights

Week 11: Class Highlights

Journalism 2016

By Jacqueline Contreras

My three “aha”moments throughout this quarter have to do with diversity in the media, books, and newspapers. Prior to researching and reading about diversity in the media, I was unaware that lack of diversity extended into newsrooms, specifically within news anchors on TV. This topic of concern has helped me better understand it’s other underlying issues in our media. When reading the chapter that covered books, I was able to understand the long process that goes into writing and publishing books. As for newspapers, I got a better understanding for what is considered to be moral in today’s current time. There were examples where journalists went undercover to investigate certain places or people in order to write a story on it. I had always wondered if journalist still do that today, what I discovered was that these actions go against morals and honesty policies in this field of work. This class has affected my level of media literacy in that I am more aware of what I see is delivered by the media. I am aware of the dimensions involved in media literacy and have found myself trying to pinpoint which dimensions are being used. Since taking this course, I now view the media in a different way. I was oblivious to the fact that so many big corporations own news outlets, giving them the power to choose what news stories be covered and which stories stay hidden from the public eye. This has also broadened my understanding of media messages as well. I am more aware that that the media–extending through different outlets and sources–have a certain agenda to deliver, and that will ultimately affect what messages they will deliver to their audiences.

Blog 10: Class Highlights

By : Pho Le

There are 3 of the “Aha!” Moments I had this quarter. They are my research project about plus size model, the entertainment damnaged the news and seven secrets. Plus size model helps me understand that social media has lots of the impact on teenagers. It also helps me to be aware of social media. The entertainment damaged the news is when entertainment is rewriting the event that happened in the past. I never noticed it before that all the movies i watched somewhat true to the event. Especially, seven secrets were the most interesting topic which i had learned ever. Each secret is a truth which i didn’t recognize until i take this class.

After the course, i understanded more about media. I realized many realities around me which i had never known before. And the perspective about media also changed. I know the importances of media in nowadays life. It’s a necessary medium to connect with world, bring people closer. However, media also has many negative impact on people, teenagers, society…I used to think that media is a perfect invention of human , but after the course , i need to contemplate about that opinion. Anyway, no one can deny media has a big impact to the development of human society. And in technology time of twenty-first century, media plays an important role in our life.

Week 9: Internet

Week 9: Internet

Online Shopping

By Jacqueline Contreras

My closest friend, Lizbeth is the first person to come to mind when I think of someone who has developed a habit with online shopping. There are some negatives with the relationship she has developed with this habit, along with some positives. The bad side to her habit of online shopping is that Lizbeth is almost always purchasing unnecessary items for herself and her younger sister. This is something I have warned her about, to which she responds by telling me– in an attempt to reassure my concerns–  that she can afford it because she is working. Lizbeth’s online shopping has brought on one positive aspect. My friend has suffered with social anxiety for many years, online shopping has eased her concerns of actually going out to shop, putting a temporary break on her panic attacks.

Blog 9: My Views

By: David Carbajal

I personally have a more broaden view of the media when it comes to all types of subjects such as television, music and movies. When it comes to television I have a good understanding about some of the shows I watch and why it gets the criticism from other news outlets such as the hit FOX Show Empire. Empire a hit drama based on a Hip-Hop family gets criticism for being too outspoken and pushing boundaries when it comes to Gay couples, but it is freedom of speech and expression and they have a right to be a show that pushes that boundary that most shows don’t. My biggest impact of media ethics though came from how the media tries to control music, they try to keep artists like Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco and J. Cole commercialized instead of letting them speak the truth of how they see the world from their eyes. Even though, the media tries to contain these artists and many more like them their views still gets out their by social media and the underground circuit. So either way their is always a way to get your message out their no matter what the media tries to say or do to stop you.

Media Ethics – Blog 9

Sara Raheem

From the knowledge gained from this class and also other sources, I believe the status of today’s media ethnics are extremely questionable. Instead of giving the straight hard facts to an audience, they typically skew an individuals perspective by using certain words and inferences. Due to this, media creates an false and inaccurate depiction of the problem the media is reporting. Throughout the various things I have learned, I find myself constantly questioning every single media source around me. I question there credibility, ethics and overall accuracy. Overall, I believe that media is a powerful source and journalists and broadcasters must take the responsibility of passing information more seriously to make media have a better ethical standing.

Week 10: Media Ethics

Ethics of Media In Today’s Media

By Sergio Cano

I certainly think that there is some broadcast who are very ethical, where they give out accurate and truthful statements. But there is some media who do it all for the entertainment, some do lack ethics as suppose to the others gathering the right information to be able to inform the public. Media is formed to inform the public and to hand out sources that will be helpful to them. In some cases the media is there to spread beliefs and ideas to the viewers who are in question. I do certainly think that more and more of these media sources are becoming more and more ethical with their deliveries.

Week 10: Media Ethics – Blog 9

Whitney Stein

The status of ethics in media today is absent. It’s clearly about sex appeal, offensive behavior, obscenity, politics, technology, and celebrities. There’s very little regulation or too much regulation. Let me explain in greater detail. When journalists, news cast anchors, and any other type of form of media want to talk about a certain topic it’s regulated and is usually approved by the channel in which they are broadcasting. If it is not an approved topic or maybe parts of the topic are cut then the journalist must obey and cut the parts of his/her article in order for it to be published. I don’t agree that this is ethical of the media because it is manipulating and holding back certain parts of the story that is being told to the people. There shouldn’t be regulation on the journalists or news anchors- or even web based news, there should be more regulation on the conglomerates.

Week 10: Media Ethics – Blog 9

Peter Ngo

Media ethics has been decreasing over the past year from being well controlled to people doing or saying what ever they want now. We have a presidential candidates saying a lot of disrespect full thing on the media that no really has the gut to say in front of the country expect him. Picture of model women are a little bit too revealing now a day compared to the past where it most of the body is cover up. Movie and video are being copy and download off the internet for free every day. In other word media ethic are getting a lot less strict then it was in the past with all the thigh control government and company had over it.

Week 10: Media Ethics

By: Tony Phan

I believe that as a whole, media continues to blur the lines between what is ethical and what is not. Media corporations depend on increasing viewers to turn into bigger profits, and nothing draws people more in than outlandish stuff. As people, we are constantly seeking things that stimulate us, and media content is no different. However, stimulation becomes stagnant when we are too used to something. This is why the media, whatever form it comes in, continues to push the boundary to draw us back in. My view of media is that people and companies want to make money, and they will put out whatever content that does that for them. I believe that if there are no government regulations on mainstream media, mediums such as television would be like the wild wild west. That is a scary thing for some people and especially children who are a lot more prone to absorbing and internalizing what they see than adults.

Blog 9 : Media Ethics

By: Pho Le

Nowadays , when we are living in a society which technology is the key for every major. Besides, with the improvement of technology, media is also updated. If formerly, media was limited by newspaper , magazines, radio… Today we can easily approach informations by internet. However, ,media ethics is an argued problem. In my point of view, journalist is the person who are responsible for media ethics. There are a lot of journalists provide false informations to reader because of their profit. The wrong informations cause turbulences in society. The consequence is unpredictable. Therefore, in my opinion about media ethics, journalists, reporter need to research specific informations and provide completely correct informations to their readers. They can not allure their readers by wrong news. Another side of media ethics, they shouldn’t public the personal informations of anybody to attract audiences without permission. It can be a serious problem to that person.

Blog 10 Class Highlights

Week:11

Some of the class highlights I enjoyed were the class discussions, it was always fun and nice to hear everyones point of view. I also loved the Presentations in class for each chapter, most of them were pretty interesting. I loved learning more about TV and Radio and the Internet.

I learned a lot of history and the impact media has on todays society, it really taught me how to look at things in a different way and understand it more and how sometimes media doesn’t tell you the whole story and why. I learned a lot about how many laws were created kind of going against the first amendment but also were necessary and a conflict.

I really enjoyed this class more than I expected, I’m really glad I took it and learned so much about Mass media.

Blog 9-The status of ethics in today’s media

By Gabriela Sanches

From my point of view, media ethic’s have never been so respectable. Media ethics are providing professional and personal guidance to all professionals of this area. With these codes of behavior, journalists and public relations professionals are making decisions in a wisely way, which is great for media and for the entire audience.

WEEK 10: media ethics

Blog # 9

Maddy Kelly

Media ethics aim to make what is exposed on media to be fair and just. We have media ethics in the hopes that we will think before we post things online. The means to publish is now in the hands of the citizens, while the internet encourages new forms of journalism that are interactive and immediate. Because we are so free to publish and share things, the concept of what is ethical and unethical to post becomes prominent. I think a lot of things should have filters for children but on the other hand adults need to be able to see what is happening in the world because we deserve to know what is going on. I think it comes down to what you deem ethical and unethical and in the case of children looking at inappropriate things is because parents aren’t keeping a close enough eye on their children. I also think media ethics has to do with promoting untruthful things on media. No one should even think it is okay to put anything but the truth out their, it’s is unethical and unfair.

Research Paper

 

The Effect of TV Stereotyping of Asian Americans and Public Perceptions of Them In Today’s American Society

William Ross Y. Tolentino

De Anza College

 

Abstract

This paper explores the origins, problems and effects of stereotypes with a focus on Asian Americans and their beliefs, culture, history and contemporary psychological and sociological mindset and how negative and positive social constructs affect their mental and physical well-being in a society where racism remains rampant across all forms of media which favors white people over colored. While Pham (2004) believes trends are changing to reflect the true diversity of the United States, American society itself is having problems with institutional racism still present as the country was built on the back of slaves and the oppression of colored people as whitewashing is still a common practice in Hollywood. Asian Americans themselves are only now becoming seen in some media in a positive, realistic, humane portrayal. This paper attempts to shed some light on why Asian American stereotypes should be eradicated and why it is beneficial for the United States to do so.

 

The Effect of TV Stereotyping of Asian Americans and Public Perceptions of Them In Today’s American Society

The media rules our lives. It has become not only ever present in everything but it has become an entity on its own, dictating what constitutes as reality to an all but eager mass of geniuses, crackpots, conmen, arsonists, anarchists, women, soldiers who see videos and images as real as fiction writers see their imagined world in their imagination. The difference being the former is a slave and recipient while the latter creates and enforces the rules of their world. This indifference in rationalizing truth from reality has become so blurred it becomes difficult separating lies from facts, given that there’s always multiple perspectives when it comes to people of a certain race yet stereotypes keep being propagated due to outdated beliefs still being worshipped as if truth is an absolute when it’s relative.

Literature Review

The United States has always been a racist society no matter how much it has progressed and relaxed its attitudes on immigrants especially from Asia, the third group in their racial hierarchical classification below Africans. While stereotypes seem insignificant, underneath its surface is a mental health problem few acknowledge and most ignore. Dismissing things may delay it but no amount of effort can eradicate a social epidemic when the population is more than a million, whose capabilities can’t be maximized due to how they are viewed by media and those who receive it without scrutiny.

 

According to Ramasubramanian (2011), stereotypes originated as propaganda during the two World Wars in order to rally American patriots to fight the ‘yellow menace.’ The label became synonymous with people from mainland Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei) and to some extent, the people from the Pacific Islands. Oppression and mistreatment however, go way back during the westward expansion of the United States under the guiding light of Manifest Destiny and God. In the 18th century, Chinese immigrants built with blood, sweat and skill, the railway systems which helped capitalism grow and turn the United States into the richest country before the end of that century. Records show they were treated as harsh as other people of color alongside new white European white immigrants like the Irish and Jews. By the time quarter of the 20th century, the attitude of the United States was that of a paranoid warlord afraid if he doesn’t engage in war. his rule will be disputed and its belief of its own exceptionalism and its ideals will no longer be practiced much less spread throughout the globe. This xenophobic preferential treatment led to Japanese Americans being tortured and abused despite serving the US Military in their wars against people of their own race. Given that this was during wartime, atrocities were inevitable. However, about two decades later, things turned upside down.

 

When the civil rights movement erupted and Martin Luther King Jr. emerged as the leader of the discriminated, counterculture also emerged. People from all social backgrounds are now questioning the American system which has already failed them with the occurrence of the Great Depression. The 1960’s marked the first time people took to the streets and protested the ills and wrongs done to them. But whatever dreams most had turned into ashes in their mouth as both Malcolm X and King died much reform can be made but since then, the United States has ignored the plights of people of color, though attitudes towards them has become more accepting yet self-esteem and image of self is degraded thanks to media depictions on screen full of bias and high standards, praising a particular sort and under or misrepresenting everybody else.

 

Northup (2013) conducts an experiment on how deep the media’s scarring goes. In his research sample which pits black women with white, he notices the colored group as having more problems with their self-esteem as they themselves are not seen much on screen with most believing they are insignificant. It gets worse once body type comes into the picture. Fat women have lower self-esteem and are more likely to engage with criminal activities than their healthier counterparts as images portrayed in television gravitates towards heroines who are sexually promiscuous, long legged, in tip top shape and smart which don’t constitute nor express the differences and celebration of being simply women in point of fact. White women, while having less problems, also experience low self-esteem as images of themselves are almost always blonde and blue-eyed which makes most bleach their hair in order to fit with the media’s preference. The same with black women, some of whom also turn their hair blonde or undergo surgical procedures in order to adhere to media standards which worships and showers love onto to Victoria’s Secret models and Playboy bunnies with no substance or depth to add to their character.

 

The Asian demographic was largely absent in the experiment and while stereotyped, didn’t get affected by body image since as culture, tradition and history in the East has always accepted all body types as acceptable, though these days, this fact is not true anymore. The image of a smiling fat monk comes to mind as well as a female queen still considered powerful despite her obesity are relics of a bygone age. Asian media also does its own fair share of stereotyping. The degree which is alarming is the continued exploitation of Asian women in films where both mainstream and the so called “experimental” media makers all portray Asian women as domesticated housewives with no life outside their homes, who are there as ornaments, properties a man has control over, a machine unable to function without an operator. If portrayed in a positive role, say a warrior or a leader, their emotions crucify them or the setting doesn’t reflect contemporary times, hinting at a repressive regime. There are exceptions but not in Asia such as Rush Hour as Pham (2004) points out but only succeeds in liberating Asian males much like The Walking Dead  and  Lost. From films such as My Sassy Girl and Oldboy, women serve as partners who are inferred to be in need of a muscular figure despite the misogynism it sometimes entails in Asian society though there are exceptions like animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki’s film Spirited Away.

Discussions and Limitations

The experiment proves how much impact the media plays with perceptions of reality and conditions people in certain ways that are detrimental to their health. While the media influence can be ignored, especially for people who notice and reject any assumptions made by society, the problem is, stereotypes spring up due to a common misappropriation fed by biases by people ignorant of reality and while Asians are no longer considered inferior, the new ‘model minority’ stereotype hurts most as the label makes assumptions and dismisses those who don’t conform to a common belief. Parents have a hand in the new stereotype and are affecting their children’s performance, self image and overall happiness due to oversimplification of what constitutes as complex behaviours. A welding of both eastern and western thoughts seems impossible due to the inherent opposition of both with the other.

Conclusion and Future Study

The United States has always been a country of immigrants. Its success depends on those who come to its shores for the American Dream. But since culture and values are different in the east, it poses problems for those assimilating and becoming American. Asian identity always tasted different and this continues being so even in the face of American ideals and values. Shen (2015) attempts to show how most Asian immigrants are still affected by the cultures and values of their homes in the east which is incompatible with the American ideals of individuality and freedom. Most asian cultures have a respect for family blood ties and would sometimes, despite its weaknesses still thrive to obey their parents even at the cost of their mental health and physical well-being as the indoctrination to certain values has been so embedded in their system, it becomes difficult breaking. As a rule, this occurrence is not universal but almost always happens due to certain factors. One being economic hardship. Parents believe in money and equate it with power and relegate their children into careers from the STEM group of subjects, ignoring artistic endeavors and stamping out free expression, leaving their children distraught, alienated, suppressed and disillusioned. The high suicide rates are no coincidence. Stereotypes make it even worse. Asians who don’t adhere to the assumption are treated unfairly and ridiculed in most cases. People start asking questions. Why are you doing things which don’t make sense? Why don’t you be like everybody else? Then again, there’s no such thing which makes sense for long and each individual is as unique as the DNA code inside them. The world is a chaotic messed up place with no anchor to hold onto with the only permanent thing being change itself. While a lot of people are looking into solutions, the  most obvious would be to eradicate stereotypes as these incessantly affect perceptions and create self fulfilling prophecies. The problem with media portrayals is that the world it’s constructed serves to increase the divide between different classes, races, genders and ideological beliefs being itself, a product of a hysterical society in need of a better image or no image at all.

 

References:

Northup, T. (2013). The Role of Image Body Size, Race, and Familiarity on Subsequent Evaluations of the Self. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal, 28(1), 1-33.

Pham, M. T. (2004). The Asian Invasion (of Multiculturalism) in Hollywood. Journal of Popular Film & Television, 32(3), 121-131.

Ramasubramian, S. (2011). Television Exposure, Model Minority Portrayals, and        Asian-American Stereotypes: An Exploratory Study. Journal Of Intercultural Communication, (26), 4

. Shah, H. (2003). “Asian culture” and Asian American identities in the television and film industries of the United States. Simile, 3(3), N.PAG

Shen, F. C. (2015). The Role of Internalized Stereotyping, Parental Pressure, and Parental Support on Asian Americans’ Choice of College Major. Journal Of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 43(1), 58-73.

 

Week 7: Propaganda in Advertising

Props to Propaganda

Michelle Miramon

This advertisement is using the beautiful people technique by using happy families and happy people to fake the viewers to want what is shown through this advertisement.  The viewers will want what the happy families have, a happy home and happy family, and also a nice car, which happens to be a Jeep Cherokee as well.  This advertisement is using the bandwagon technique as well because most Americans want their military families to come from war.  This particular commercial uses that want to persuade its viewers to want the Jeep Cherokee.

Week 8: Media Law

An invasion of privacy

Michelle Miramon

http://abcnews.go.com/US/erin-andrews-testimony-means-75-million-lawsuit/story?id=37343101

Erin Andrews, a sports newscaster and co host of Dancing with the Stars, was secretly video taped in her private hotel room at the Marriott in Nashville.  The hotel allegedly made it easy for her stalker to check in the room right next door.  The stalker video taped Erin Andrews getting ready, naked.  The video went viral with more that 17 billion views and Erin Andrews is not suing her stalker and the Marriott for an invasion of privacy.

Week 9: Internet

To coupon or not to coupon

Michelle Miramon

I have always been the type of person to save a dollar or two, so I began heavy habit of using coupons.  I was always online either using Instagram to follow other couponers (others that heavily coupon as well) or Freestufffinder.com to follow the latest deals by a well known couponer.  This was a time consuming hobby, where I was always online checking on deals or up pretty late at night organizing my coupons.  I have to say that I saved a lot of money on food and cleaning supplies, but it began to not be worth my time when I didn’t have anymore space for the items that I was purchasing.   This affected my life by me having to come up with new places to put food or cleaning supplies and I didn’t have time to go out with my friends as often because I was too busy collecting and organizing coupons for my next coupon shopping spree.

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Blog 8: The Real SmackDown

By David Carbajal

I have personally used the internet for all types of things including online shopping, I use it mostly to shop on the WWE Shop online where I can get the latest deals on all wrestling merchandise. I started shopping on this website last year when the WWE had their version of the Super Bowl called WrestleMania at Levis Stadium I had to get all my merchandise for the big show and it hit my wallet hard by spending in total for the long weekend of about $4,500 dollars. It really became an addiction I felt like if I didn’t have the latest gear than I wouldn’t be a true fan of the WWE. It took actually a few months to stop myself from buying their merchandise every two weeks because that’s when I got paid so it made the most sense. It affected my spending habits instead of saving my money to help my family, I always seem to spend it on WWE merchandise and it impacted my accounts and everything. I just stayed away from the website and unsubscribe myself to their e-mails and just went off the grid with them. Online shopping is addicting the best thing to fight it is to having a spending amount for all the bare necessities for your everyday life.

Internet

Week 9

Internet

Andrew Masek

 

I use the  Internet on a daily basis whether I like to believe it or not. There isn’t really a way around in nowadays. I primarily use it for gaming, but I have used it for shopping. I have never used it for gambling or dating. Most people I know today have a problem with it, and what I mean by that is people are constantly on social media, and they can’t seem to put their phones down. I do not know anybody who has ever had a legitimate serious addiction to the Internet, but I do know that the Internet is a serious conversation killer. When you are sitting at a table with your friends, and everyone is on their phones and not talking, it is not a fun time.

Ethics

Week 10

Media Ethics

Andrew Masek

 

Media ethics is an interesting topic to say the least. It is hard for me to say whether or not that today’s media as a whole is ethical. I can however say that certain outlets are. There are still some people out there who are doing good reporting, and following all of the necessary steps to ensure that the story they are going after is both truthful, and accurate. It would be unfair to all media if I were to claim that it’s all ethical, or that it’s all not, so I won’t go there. Being ethical is a quality that some news outlets have, but many still lack, and until this is improved, our media will not be 100% trustworthy.

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