By Melica Sapon
My sophomore year in high school I read To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. The book opened my eyes to become more cognizant of the people around me the same way Jem and Scout grew more aware of the racism around them when their father had to represent a black man for being accused of rape. The way Boo Bradley was depicted in the story as being mysterious, I initially assumed he would do something bad, though he ended up saving Jem and Scout’s lives. The book was thrilling and kept me on my toes, all the while teaching me a valuable lesson in always seeing the good in people, regardless of one’s appearance or how one is portrayed by others.
In middle school I read Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech and I recall feeling so much emotion when reading the book. It was probably one of the first books that had ever made me cry. It was a very touching book, and I empathized with her on her grandmothers death as I had lost my grandfather close to the time that I had read the book.
The Giver, which I also read in middle school was one of the few books that really stuck with me. The ending of the book, which did not really elaborate on whether or not Jonas and the baby survived, left me wanting to know more. I recall being angry with the lack of information given because I was really eager to know if they survived and was eager to know more about what had happened with his community.
By Anelisse Maciel
Name of magazine: Life Faults
Concept – The magazine reaches out to all young women that tell the truth about identity, sexuality, body image struggles, women health. This that young women would need to know. Has actual articles written by women going through issues that they wished someone told them about.
Readers – All ethnicities. Ages 18-25. Females/Gender fluid. All income.
Other magazines serving this demographic (your competition) – Cosmopolitan, Glamour. Those magazine focus on makeup and how to lose weight and what color compliments your skin tone. Life Faults focuses on the nitty gritty no one wants to talk about but someone should.
Five advertisers: Planned Parenthood, YWCA, local counseling, local universities that will be offering women empowerment lectures, Beyoncé, female political figures.
Five articles you might include in your premier issue:
- “Women Belong in the House and the Senate.”
- “10 Lies about Sex”
- “How I knew I was a Girl: A story of Transition”
- “Sexism and Racism with Everything in Between.”
- “Birth Control: The Truth of the Pill”
Describe the cover of your premier issue: Earthy tones, neutrals, simplistic, clean.
by Cristina Melchior
The Golden Age of Radio is over. First, the Television displaced radio as the dominant broadcasting medium. The voices from the radio as family entertainment were replaced by the animated images from TV. Moreover, the radio began to face competition from the radio itself. FM radios have gradually replaced AM as the dominant radio band because of the higher fidelity quality. Every day, the technology has changed and new alternatives of the broadcasting medium have emerged but remained the conception of radio as a social institution used as a popular mass medium.
Since the WalkMan, more and more the act of listening news and listening music has become more and more personalized. Instead of waiting for listening to the favorite news radio program, you can download the APP of the radio station or even the APP of the favorite program itself.
If you want to listen to the news during the rush time there are more than the choice of turning on the radio. The internet allows not only listen but also watch the news through the APP of the favorite radio station, or watch the news at the APP from TV or opt for an alternative channel as Reuters. All alternatives accessible from the cell phone.
If you are interested in national news you can access some of the available public channels such as CNN or BBC. But if you are interested in international news your choice is access some overseas channel. I listen to the news from my home country (Brazil) by accessing my favorite radio app from my iPad.
It doesn’t matter the technology used to deliver, what really keeps the audience is the quality of content. By improving the technology, the radio can remain not only alive but also vibrant.
Everybody and Every Race Deserves to Be Heard
By Thomas Lin
I think the news outlets should identify a source where a female and a minority is included in the story, although, the story won’t be as popular compare to white males; however, I think that everybody and every race deserves to be heard because you will get different perspective and opinions on the topic of the story that the news outlet is covering. At the same time, the journalists could also learn something new like the different perspective and viewpoints, through the opinions of the females and the minorities because if you stick with the same perspective and viewpoints within your circle you wouldn’t know other people’s perspectives and viewpoints on a particular topic because not every people will have the same perspectives and viewpoints as yourself because the news is something is supposed to keep us informed what are the new current events that’s happening around us or happening outside the U.S. and what kind of viewpoints or perspective people has regarding to the new events or issues that’s going on around us or outside the U.S. I think learning new perspective and viewpoints is more important than the story in the news that’s bring more popularity and money for the news outlet.
By Hope Jonsson
It is hard to explain my feelings on the question provided. Should a source be cited as a woman or a minority even if it has no bearing on the subject or story? There is a part of my mind that most definitely wants to say yes! Because being a woman or a minority DOES change the story! It changes the privilege, the opportunity, the motive, etc. of the situation!
On the other hand, I believe in fact-based unbiased media and information – which technically means it should not matter who or where the source is from as long as it is a true account of the situation or real science-based facts.
So I suppose it entirely depends on the story or situation being presented. In terms of the quality of the news being presented, I personally believe that a human interest story is always better quality when told from the perspective of an everyday person.
Quoting a Female or Minority Group
by Celeste DiLullo
I don’t believe news sources should claim if a source is female or a minority, especially if race/sex has no bearing whatsoever on the story. When we do quote a source as female or a minority, I feel that we eliminate relationships to other races and introduce isolation. If we introduce a source as a female or a minority, people could think, “Oh, I’m not part of this conversation. This doesn’t relate to me, so I don’t have to watch/listen.” It is easier to stay and understand subjects that we are comfortable with. However, by adding adjectives or titles to a source can affect the listeners watching.
Additionally, the word “female” can be considered an insult. It really depends on how the person uses the word “female”, but I’ve experienced more negative experiences with being associated by my gender. I’ve heard my fair shares of “You’re just a girl”, along with the implication that I wasn’t welcomed/wanted. So sometimes, it can be offensive to me to be seen as a “female”, and I have gone many years with wondering why I wasn’t born a boy instead, since many of my hobbies are man-oriented (Video games, Magic the Gathering, Sports). But, I digress.
However, having these minority and women sources can improve the quality of news. We may not be able to relate to everyone we see or hear on the news, but having a good representation within the news can change perspectives. I’m hopeful that one day, all minorities and genders, including transgender groups like LGBT, will get some positive light in the media. While I doubt that will ever come to light while I breathe, I can hope that we all have some human decency to not let a simple topic, like gender and minority, to be what stands between universal understanding and mutual respect.
By Khalil Bourgoub
My favorite sound recording of 2015-2016 was my favorite band’s new album Disappointment Island by TTNG, that I listened to on Youtube for the first time earlier this year. This recording was my favorite recording of the this year because this specific band hadn’t released new music since 2013 and I was really looking forward to their newest release. TTNG’s music always has a large impact on me because I look up to each member of the band as a huge musical inspiration personally.
My pick for one of my favorite oldie recordings would have to go to a live recording of one of my other favorite band’s playing their song “Goodbye” with a guest vocalist. The band Toe is an extremely interesting band from Japan that I have always loved and that specific recording is probably my favorite live recording and original rendition of all time.
Disappointment Island : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpnK7IAl65g
“Goodbye”- Toe : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0RWnzd_b_k
Week 4 Newspaper or Audio
By Philong Nguyen
Who am I? Philong Nguyen, what do you think when you hear that name? Well I bet you’ve never heard of it before, what does it mean to you, does it sound asian or part of some other ethnicity? Why does it matter you may ask, but it’s quite simple. We live in a society where each of us human beings see each other as different, think different, and don’t see who we really are.
As growing up, being asian wasn’t really much a minority living in San Jose. Growing up, I always heard about news coming from vietnamese radio channels and newspapers. I got to see a lot more of their thoughts compared to Americans in the english media. I always heard about men a lot more than women when it came to news articles. Most of the viewpoints of the stories I read are based from viewpoints of old vietnamese men whom have “been through a lot” throughout their life.
Compared to the average American article, the Vietnamese is very biased when it comes to story telling as they prefer a juicier story compared to one that makes sense. Most stories come daily from areas that seem unfit for the average American and are more “ghetto”. The stories that come from here have deemed to become jokes every so often. For example, “Hide yo kids hide yo wife (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzNhaLUT520),” or “Ain’t nobody got time for that (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGxwbhkDjZM)”. These are just a few of the viral captures of minorities and how they react in a specific situation. News definitely gets more interesting having people act differently on camera compared to the traditional news lady.
Some think may think about my opinions to be very conservative saying that not much has really been seen to change throughout time when it has. However there has been change, but most people still choose to not acknowledge it as we as people are just wondering about how to make our everyday lives better. With everyone following the same trends, especially from the news, having different ideas, faces, and actions on the news can bring everyone together.
By Melica Sapon
The song Goodbye by Who Is Fancy, is one of my favorite recordings from this year. Aside from the sad lyrics, the music is very uplifting and puts me in an extremely good mood. The beat of the drum and the clapping takes away from the sad lyrics of the song, which make it an enjoyable tune to listen to.
A favorite oldie of mine is Sugar Sugar by The Archies. I enjoy songs that brighten up my mood and this song does just that. The music–no matter what mood I am in–always makes me want to get up and dance.
I first heard Sugar Sugar on a stuffed animal from Valentine’s Day, and I was hooked ever since. The song goodbye was on one of my friend’s playlist from Spotify, which her and I listened to in the car.
New and Old
By: Humberto Aleman
As a disc jockey Im always looking for the next best song to turn play at a club or house party. This year there was a song in particular that that stuck to me by a producer by the name of DJ 4B and the song name is “POP DAT”. The first reason I like the song is because of the reaction I get from the crowd every time it is played. The second reason I like the song is because of the way the producer blends the the styles of electronic music and hip-hop. The first time I heard ‘POP DAT’ by DJ 4B was through an MP3 at my friends house while he was playing it using a software known as, Serato.
When it comes to oldies my favorite song is by an artist named Ben E. King and the song he made in 1961 called, “Stand by Me”. The main reason I like the song is because it reminds me of the times I used to spend with my grandmother at her old salon in downtown San Jose. She used to play songs from a CD that were all around the times of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The very first time I heard Stand by Me was on a CD, I listened to it on a CD player that was set up in my grandmothers salon.
By Haley Cardamon
My favorite audio track currently is a mix called “LATENIGHTS3” by $lyCarter (https://soundcloud.com/thatkidgambino/latenights3). It is a mix of a couple songs. A lot of SoundCloud artist’s make mix tapes of many songs.
It is so hard to pick one favorite “oldy” song! In my top 10, one of my favorites would be “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)” by Erykah Badu (https://youtu.be/dNk3R23Twgw). Her music is so soulful and more meaningful than a lot of todays top hits.
By Esau Carpenter
I don’t think the gender or race of a source should be revealed unless the writer of the article has some reason to do so. If the information has no bearing on the story, then its simply useless information taking up a piece of the page. I believe having both sources and reporters from every background is key for solid, unbiased news. Differences like race and gender, although socially constructed, are real barriers that separate people day in and day out. In a perfect world a man would be able to see the world through the eyes of a woman and vice versa- but good luck finding some one like that.
Blog 4: NewsThe Minor(ity) FallacyBy Karan Abrol
The way we ask questions is far more important than the answers to those questions. I’m brought back to one of my favorite books, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Douglas Adams’ characters spend several decades and five hilarious novels attempting to find, not the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything, but the question. Because what we ask and the way we ask certain things defines what we get in response.
So to anyone trying to answer the question “Is the quality of news improved by the presence of women and minority reporters”, I ask instead- Do white men enhance the quality of news? Are we asking this question about minorities because we want to inculcate these demographics (who at this point must outnumber white males- we have women too) into our patriarchal society? Or do we see it as a question we can safely reply to with a ‘yes of course’ and move on, our souls at peace, our morals and white guilt no longer in turmoil. We call the news biased and corrupt against us- everyone does. No one I’m aware of would ever make the statement “The media supports my views and discusses the issues I care about”. And no one ever will.
We want minorities in the news. But all we’ve accomplished is the media conglomerates forcing blacks, foreigners and women into their newsrooms once in a blue moon and then returning to their cushy guilt free existences.
This video shows the trouble the black journalists who actually ARE in the media face on a daily basis. Minorities may be in the arena of news- but they can’t speak their minds. Rush Limbaugh and Mike Savage consistently play out their hateful, angry, violent rhetoric on a national broadcast. Do you know of any black, mexican or women figures with that much power when it comes to extremist views? No- they’d be shot down before they made it to the national level for sure. We can put black people in the news- we just cant put black opinions in the spotlight. Bad for viewership, bad for advertisers. Angry minorities are “extremist aggressors”, “terrorists”, “criminals” or “hateful immigrants”. Angry white men? Oh they’re standing up for american values. And they get support.
I digress from my point and the prompt, but I think news organizations are doing the best they can right now. If white men are hiring, then white men will be hired. If minorities are hired, they’ll be censored for saying anything a white man wouldn’t. And it could be better, but it could also be worse. It is somewhat of a lost cause, at least right now. Not because of all the evidence I have in the media today. Not because of the Daily Show video that so clearly opens the issue to a wider problem in the world of journalism. I can tell you we are not going to see much progress because of the question in the prompt- Does having women and minority sources improve the quality of news? No. not right now. Because we have to ask. And because it would make no difference. Should we inform readers when they are reading writings by minorities? It makes no difference. Even if the issue is closer to a minority divide, they wont say anything a white man wouldnt say.
By Maneek Rajasansi
I have too many favorite albums of 2015 and 2016. I will state that my top favorites are Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, and Anderson Paak’s Malibu. I will choose one to write about, and that will be Malibu.
Two things I love about Malibu:
- It is smooth, funky R&B with spits of creative imagery and immense amount of swagger.
Everyone, if you love R&B/rap, please listen to Paak’s Malibu! In my opinion, it is the best album of 2016.
I also had a difficult time thinking of my favorite oldie album. I kept thinking of artist like Queen, Michael Jackson, The Clash, then the artist and album hit me; David Bowie’s Young Americans is my favorite oldie.
My dad loved sharing his favorite music with my siblings and I growing up. He would always have his records playing in the house everyday. David Bowie was my first introduction into the funky, rock world. Young Americans is loaded with irresistible grooves that made me boogie as a baby and still today.
I listened to Malibu first on a cd and I listened to Young Americans on vinyl.
Should Ethnicity/Minority Manner?
What would happen if News Stations mentioned the ethnicity/gender of individuals the cover during news? Is it necessary to let viewers know the racial divisive or discrimination that is quite apparent throughout the country? News Station should depending on the story indeed let viewers know the ethnicity or gender of those who they cover. We should not broadly claim that all stories News Station cover should disclose this information every single time.
The appropriate time for News Station to disclose the ethnicity or gender of those who they cover when the story pertains to discrimination. For example, if a News Station cover a story of a Muslim American leaving the United States of America because he felt threatened by those around him because of his religion. In this case News Station should let the viewers know the individual leaving the country is a Muslim, if they don’t the viewers will not understand why this man felt threatened. And these kind of news coverage also does a service to end discrimination throughout the country, letting people know discrimination is indeed destructive.
The inappropriate times for News Station to disclose the ethnicity or gender of those they cover is a crime scene scenario. If someone does a crime and the news station states it was because of their religion or their gender, which clouds the real reasoning.
By Jarra Gojolo
My favorite sound recording of 2015-16 has to be No More Parties In LA, which is a song that is performed by Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. I like the song because it’s lyrically solid, what i look for in most rap recordings. I also was waiting for new music from Kanye West for a long time before the recording was released. I listened to this through streaming services. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m5Cj7-XCo8
My favorite oldie has to be What You Won’t Do For Love by Bobby Caldwell. I listened to it as a kid without knowing what it was called, and once I was older I found out what the dong was and have kept it on replay since. I also listen to this through the same streaming services. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gru4IfbKlfU
Week 4: Audio
New and old classics
This song is very different than the majority of Lady Gaga’s typical music. This is one is my new and favorite piece to listen to because not only does it not involve heavy pop influence it is very acoustic which is something I very much enjoy. Lastly, the lyrics of the songs are not just wordless they have true meaning behind it and can be interpreted in various ways. Again a huge contrast to some of Lady Gaga’s older songs.
Hopefully this counts as an Oldie song because this is my ultimate favorite song ever. This became my favorite after watching “The Breakfast Club” (also one of my favorite movies). The song also played a huge part in my senior year of high school and I still jam out to this song in my car on full blast. I first heard this song in my Psychology class where were to analyze the characters in the movie and since then it’s been a non stop replay.
by Dmitry Dolgopolov
We all know how strongly media affects us. And newspapers and audio play an important part in this world. But still you can see that they slowly fade out or transform into a different kind of media to adjust to the developing society. Let’s slightly investigate the overall history, the reasons and the consequences of the changing of people’s minds.
We can see newspapers everywhere. Though they don’t feel important as they exist transparently side by side with the other types of the media. In some European countries the newspapers just lie not far from or in the public transport. So some individual can just take it and read. That’s how it works in London, for example. However, as the world comes to the Internet era, most of the newspapers moved partly or completely to online (as Atlantic did, for instance). This is more comfortable for people as they always have the access to the newspaper or the article they want to read. Also, it saves money and time for printing and distributing. So, there are some advantages. But how do you get the revenue? They had to adjust to the new form of the newspapers and started using the visual advertisements.
As for the audio, it has moved, too. Most of people today listen to their music online using Spotify or Itunes or Google Music. Fortunately, it didn’t change the format. They just changed the storage and had been just improving the quality. Most of the radio stations have their websites where you can listen to it.
But if the newspapers became totally transparent, listening to the music of all kinds became the thing that you do while doing something else. That’s the way it has adapted to the modern way of life.
Overall, as we see, all of the kinds of media eventually adapt to the society to survive. They try to improve its quality saving the advantages and removing the disadvantages. As for me, I think it leads to the perfect media.
Although we are given a variety of media outlets I believe we as consumers have fewer choices since the media we are consuming are owned by a few corporations. We are being fed media of similar content, so looking at it in a broader sense, we don’t have as many choices as we think we do.
I believe the government controls the media. They have the power to regulate what content is being broadcasted so that we are provided with content that they want us to consume. An example of their influence would be the media coverage of Donald Trumps campaign; he gets the coverage that he doesn’t necessarily deserve which, I believe, is a big reason why he had gained so much support.
After reading the chapter I now know that many media outlets are controlled by only a few corporations. I had always assumed that the broadcasting network ABC had always been it’s own corporation, but it is actually owned by Disney, and Time Warner Cable is not even owned by Time Warner.
By Celeste DiLullo
“The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things” by Barry Glassner.
This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the media and how it manipulates fear. This book helped me understand why “bad” news is frequently part of news shows and articles. It covers topics that not only enforce stereotypes, but gives us a new perspective in a clear, concise way.
link: You can buy it on Amazon
“Schindler’s List” by Thomas Keneally.
This novel, which takes place during the Holocaust, focuses on a man named Oskar Schindler. His actions to save Jewish people from death comes across as compelling, noble, and honorable. An important lesson that I learned from this book was that, even in the worst conditions, there is a way to survive against all odds and still be able to save/help others.
“The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch
Professor Randy Pausch makes one final lecture called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” at Carnegie Mellon before he passed away from cancer. The lecture and notes show how much love and dedication the former professor had for his work. “The Last Lecture” encouraged my love for teaching, and I strive to be a great professor like he was.
My magazine in The Making
By Haley Cardamon
I am currently making a magazine about bay area art. I want to feature young, unknown photographers, artists, writers, and music producers.
My magazine is based in the bay area, and centered in San Jose. I want my magazine to be made by the help of all the contributing artists, whereas the editor controls most content in magazines.
The receiver of this magazine would be teenagers, and young adults that are interested in photography, art, music, fashion, and bay area culture. Hopefully the magazine will land in the right hands, giving an artist a job opportunity or other exposure.
Five advertisers to be included:
• Breezy Excursion – San Jose made clothing brand
• SoundCloud.com – Allows people to publish their music for free
• Instagram- Social media that shares videos and images
• Academy of Art Institute – A great school choice for students who want t peruse their talent and passions.
• Cookies- Bay area made clothing brand
I’d like to include articles about the bay area history. Mainly focusing on music and fashion; who they are, where they’re from, and how they made it big. In regards to photography I’d like to have articles with tips on how to improve their photography skills. And lastly, have articles featuring artists, discussing who they and describing their art style.
The cover of my magazine will be different every issue. The cover will have art whether it be photography, street art, music, or fashion. Unfortunately, I haven’t come up with a name for my magazine. I’m hoping that my contributors will help me make a memorable name.
The three books that inspired me was Cooked by Jeff Henderson, A Piece of Cake: A Memoir by Cupcake Brown, and Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone is what got me into becoming a Harry Potter fan. At first, when I encountered the Harry Potter series, I was thinking to myself should I try reading it because that book during the time when I encountered it for the first time was very popular so a lot of people is reading it in the schools and plus after the book came out the movie version of the book would be out in the theaters and it would only make sense to watch the movie version of the book after you finish reading the book, so I decided to start reading Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone and later finished it so this book inspired me into becoming a fan of the Harry Potter series, so when the next Harry Potter book comes out i will buy it and finish reading it before I watch the movie version of it. Later on, after I finished reading all 7 books of the harry Potter books and watched all the movie version of it I visited Universal Orlando in Florida because they have built a Harry Potter themed park there, but now since there is also one in the Universal Studio in L.A. I would love to check it out too when I get the chance to. As for the other two books A Piece of Cake: A Memoir and Cooked I had to read it for one of my Language Arts class at De Anza College and through those two books I get to understand what kind of struggles the authors Cupcake Brown and Jeff Henderson had to go through in life to get to where they are today for the author of Cooked he is working as a chef and for the author of A Piece of Cake: A Memoir she is working as a lawyer but both of them had lived through a bad family environment with bad influence and dealing drugs. I’ve also meet the author Cupcake Brown in person along with my classmates for that Language Arts class I’ve taken before and she also signed the book A Piece of Cake: A Memoir.
By Maneek Rajasansi
The thing is I want to say we don’t have that many media options, but in reality, we really do. Even though only a few companies own the media outlets, we have more choices than ever before.
Media has grown in immense ways compared to a hundred years ago. In 2016, consumers have newspapers, magazines, television and, most important, the Internet! I feel as though with the popularization of the Internet, our choices of media outlets have double compared to other forms of mass media. Not only can we get information from our televisions, but we can also watch news video online, like on YouTube, about the same subjects as we would see on news channels. Also, there are lots of different perspectives in media that are useful to help build one’s own opinion.
Everyone in the media business, including the audience, play their parts in controlling some aspect of the media; however, I believe the advertisers have the upper hand. The advertisers have the money; most of what networks make are through advertisements. People follow the money, so the advertisers run the media the most.
by Cristina Melchior
Some of us, book lovers, resist abandoning the romantic idea of the small bookstore in the country town as the meeting point of mothers taking children for a session of reading. The bookstore in which the owner knows most of the customers.
Nevertheless, most part of my life, I have lived in large urban centers and this kind of bookstore vanished, being replaced by Megastores. It doesn’t mean I wasn’t known at the bookstores I used to go. As a regular attendee, sellers knew me by name. I knew from memory the shelves that held the books addressing issues of my interest.
In the last years, I have read some articles predicting the death of books due to the lack of interest of reading itself. The habit of reading books has been challenged by the rise of digital technology represented by shorter articles published by bloggers, television series based on bestsellers and available on subscription channels or you-tubers performers, just to mention some examples. Despite all competition, only the bookshops have actually suffered serious damage. More and more, physical bookstores have been replaced by virtual booksellers, especially Amazon. I myself have preferred to buy books online, even the paper books. It is not only easier to find any title I want, but it is also cheaper.
From the perspective of developed countries as the United States, people have the chance to choose to buy a paper book or a digital one. It is a matter of taste, choosing the better price or being fashionable. Nevertheless, digital books and the respective e-readers allow people from wherever place in the world to have access to the same book at the same time.
Imagine the teenager living in a small developing country in Africa have the same opportunity of reading the last release of Harry Porter at the same time of a teen from Denmark. It was something unthinkable before the development of digital technology.
Maybe the grandchildren of my grandchildren will only know paper books as museum pieces, but I do believe they will still keep reading books. The shell will be different, probably the e-reader and the multipurpose tablet will be obsoleted. Maybe the content and the format will be different. But I believe the book as a medium of mass communication will remain indefinitely.
By Maneek Rajasansi
Three books that have had the most influence on me: I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style; Divergent Series; Animals Out of Paper.
I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style by Amanda Brooks
I read this book my junior year of high school because it was around the time I had started getting into fashion. I always admired how fashion was a simple outlet to expressing one’s personality without saying anything. I was in this weird transfix of not knowing how to further thrive my style without spending tons of money. A cousin of mine recommended this book, so I read it. I adored it. This book gave lots of example of different styles, fashion and clothes which would look best of different body types. I found myself most intrigued with the street style of clothing. I still refer to this book from time to time to help me plan an outfit if I’m going out.
The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
I read this books when I took writing 211 at De Anza; I did not expect I would get addicted. The main character of the book is named Tris. She is a tough cookie. I felt that I related to her a lot. The character is a young adult who is very brave even though she is scared most of the time. Growing up, I grew up with a dysfunctional family; we’re fine now, but growing up it was chaotic. My mom is such a strong woman and always was. I felt like I needed to be tough and brave even though I was scared and cheerless quite a lot. Tris always acted brave throughout the whole series even when she went through events that were heartbreaking. She is also very moody yet kind hearted which is actually like me.
Animals Out of Paper by Rajiv Joseph
Even though this is a play, it is one of my favorite reads. I am a huge theatre geek! I cannot express my love theatre in words. Theatre has really shaped my character. I love it! This play is about a woman who does origami for living. She is creating a model for doctors to use a mesh material to help preserves patients’ hearts. She receives help from a high school teacher and his Indian, hip-hop loving student. The play tackles topics of the fragility of the human heart, and throws in brilliant metaphors that have stuck with me ever since. My favorite lesson is when they are making origami and teach that a single crease can permanently change the state of the relationship–so deep, I love it! I read this in a point in my life when I would act selfish and not be concerned how my actions would effect the end result of a situation or relationship. This piece of art helped bring awareness to my own harm.
By Naing Win Aung
I would say that media can actually impact our daily life. It can influence the way you think and do at the same time. Sometimes, people take what they saw in the media for granted and think that the outcome would be the same as it is the media. However, that’s not true in our society.
Media can be very dangerous for its audience when it could possibly be telling the false facts and making us believe them. For example, News can be biased or even give false information depending on what the majority want to hear so they could be making up a story that can actually affect what people might do in real life. Movies, especially for kids, can sometimes affect his or her personalities making them vulnerable to being disrespectful to their parents or elderly people due to the media influences.
Therefore, I would not be surprised to hear when people blame media for problems that are happening in real life. However, it is not only the media that should take the blame. Even though media basically controls us, the audiences have their own choice whether to believe it or not.
By Khalil Bourgoub
When I think of all of my favorite books, it is really tough for me to pick out all of my favorites because most of the books that I enjoyed reading the most were parts of series. Growing up I read through the entire Series of Unfortunate Events book series by Lemony Snicket. Those books really affected my childhood because they always made me excited to read, and I feel like those books made my connection to literature and books in general a lot stronger. I felt a huge connection to all the characters, which made reading each book fun and exciting. The next series I want to talk about is the Millennium Series by Steig Larsson. These books were probably my favorite books of all time because of how captivating each book was to me. The characters are interesting and each plot is new and extremely intricate. I don’t know if I am completely biased to murder mystery novels, or just mystery novels in general because I always find them the most interesting because they keep my thinking through out the whole book. That facet of mystery books is definitely my favorite trait about almost everything I find fun, if something is thought provoking and makes me think about how everything works within its own system, it will definitely be intriguing to me. That is also a good transition into my last book I want to talk about, Edgar Allan Poe poem compilations. Poetry definitely made me much more analytical of literature which taught me to look deeper than just the surface level text, which is most of the information that we read and digest. Even though this isn’t a book title I can list I do have a huge book of all of his work that I can reference. I think it’s important to mention this book because it introduced me to one of my favorite genres of literature. Poetry has always intrigued me more than most other forms of literature because it reminds me the most of music, which is my favorite art form. Edgar Allan Poe definitely also inspired me to write poetry on my own, which is something that will always be very important to me.
Series of Unfortunate Events: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Wreck-Unfortunate-Events-Books/dp/0061119067 (All 13 books)
The Millennium Series: https://www.amazon.com/Stieg-Larssons-Millennium-Trilogy-Hornets/dp/B00EB215SE (All 3 books)
Edgar Allan Poe’s complete poems and tales: https://www.amazon.com/Edgar-Allan-Poe-Complete-Selected/dp/145150506X
While books are not the mainstay they once were, they are still able to take us on journeys and give our imagination the opportunity to run wild. Growing up I read a lot more than I do now. The journeys these books would take me on trumped anything I could watch on TV. During some difficult times, and times of personal growth, there are several books that I can think of that either came to my rescue or helped me grow as an individual.
The Harry Potter Series – I have to encompass them all together. This story helped me, in some ways, to feel a sense of individuality and helped me develop a stronger sense of self. Harry Potter, the main character, is an orphan put in to difficult circumstances. It details his growth and development in the face of any adversary or obstacle, which I took to heart in high school. It helped me grow in to a more confident person.
This other book I read, “Kill Them All”, isn’t as mean as the title sounds. The book details how to better play Poker. The overall message of the book, and why it’s aptly titled “Kill Them All” refers to a very aggressive strategy when playing Poker. It details how much more effective it is to put another player in a defensive position, rather than allowing your opponent to place you on defense. As with most sports, and poker is no different, being offensive works far better than being passive.
“Fahrenheit 451”, while I didn’t know it at the time, is a book that has stuck with me years after, and makes more sense as I get older. It taught me a lot about questioning information and being more diligent in my research. The book talks about how governments use their authority to control things the people of that society see. Much like today in learning about all the major conglomerates that control the majority of our media, the book taught me to think more critically.
By- ESAU CARPENTER
The first series of books that truly captured my attention were the Captain Underpants books when I was a child. I once stayed up until 5 in the morning, determined and ultimately accomplished in reading one of these books front to back. I hold these books up to no real literary value, but for me they were important.
https://www.amazon.com/New-Captain-Underpants-Collection Books/dp/B011TPBTM2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1476558324&sr=8 2&keywords=captain+underpants
Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books of all time. What’s funny about this book about the burning of books is that I first received it as a gift and let my dog chew it apart before I ever picked it up. Years later, I read through a different copy and couldn’t get over the irony of my pre-teen apathy.
I read Crime & Punishment last summer and this book held plenty of importance to my life at the time. I was homeless and traveling through Oregon and Washington and life got pretty hard from time to time. I never killed anybody like Raskolnikov, but I delved into petty thievery and even flipped some drugs a couple of times. One thing the book didn’t have to teach me is that what goes around comes around.
Week 3 Books or Magazines
Entertainment Through Paper
One of my first books that inspired me was the Killing Sea by Richard D. Lewis, as it opened up a broader spectrum of events going on around me. It was about a tsunami in 2004, a fictional story, but tells two tales, American Teenagers left on their own and a Teenage boy that lives in Sumtra, Indonesia. Two different stories, from two different mindsets had me thinking, what was everyone else around me thinking. The teenager that lived in Sumtra, was on a search for his father, while his hometown was flooded with deceased people everywhere, and everything his family worked for was gone. That feeling of losing everything really opened up my appreciation of how safe, and how privileged I was. On the other hand, the Americans, a family of 4, when the tsunami hit, their Sailboat capsized, and landed in a tree on a deserted island a couple miles off the coast, but the parents were killed in the event. The two teenagers, venture out to find help, and a way to get back home. I imagined myself in their shoes, thinking about trying to survive, if I was gonna live onto tomorrow. It made me more aware of what goes on around me, it helped me understand other points of views to come together a conclusion.
Another book that I really saw influential was 13 Hours : The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff. The story of American Contractors who were former military, and their actions whom were held off by the national government not allowing them to save americans. Reading this story, boiled my blood, as I can relate to those americans with boots on the ground not allowed to move in, when they weren’t that far to the Ambassadors compound. Hearing about Hillary Clinton running for President just hurt me, because there were a lot of instances that she restricted and partially caused the death of 4 americans. It held out a very realistic description as it showed that it was like watching a brother be tortured from inside a cage, and we couldn’t do anything. With the contractors being less than a mile away, the ambassador could have been easily been extracted into a safer area, with less casualties. This story really gave me hard feelings towards the higher ups in any situation, not seeing the full aspect compared to having boots on the ground. In any given situation, people don’t always see everything, there are different stories to it, anything can happen, but only one thing can happen.
These two books really had me thinking, we see a lot of things everyday, but we don’t acknowledge a lot of it as the information is see, processed, then forgotten. Sometimes those things we see, have to be very precise, if anything were to happen, and that information could be used to give more situational awareness to anyone that is responding to an emergency. I wanted to be someone, who solved problems, gather information, and help whoever needed to be helped. Being a leader, means you think about what’s not happening in front of you, but think about what happens in other people’s eyes, their experiences. In my train of thought, books are used to find tips, and tricks to being a leader, not much as entertainment. Anything can be learned from books, and the message from the author could be seen many different ways.
by Naing Win Aung
Recently, I have been reading and studying a few magazines. Most of them are unique and interesting to me as they offer many different things ranging from beauty and fashion to automobile and technology. Among all the magazine, I would love to make and publish a vacation or travel magazine. The reason for that is simple: it’s cost efficient and profitable from many different sources of advertisements.
First of all, the “cover” is by far the most important part of any magazines. Even though there is a quote saying “Never judge a book by its cover”, it’s not always the same for magazines. The cover of a magazine should always attract the readers. As for my case, I would like to have a collage of four different photographs consist of beautiful landscapes such as beaches. The name of the magazine would be as simple as “Never Too Late”. My travel magazine will feature many different geographical locations rather than a few places as it will offer the readers plenty of choices for their adventures or vacations. Besides, It will also be mainly targeted to families and people who are looking for adventures.
In term of financial cost, this will reduce the expenses by giving opportunities and promotions for amateur photographers who can submit the photographs to be featured in the magazine. The magazine will then include many landscape photographs shot by these photographers. Well, the main source of income from the magazine will come from the advertisements. As it is a travel magazine, there will be a lot of tour guides, hotel services, airlines, restaurants, and attractions.
The magazine will also be including local guides for different locations, sightseeing places, and the cultural differences that travelers should be aware of. The most important article that will be featuring in this magazine will be the interview of the photographers, and the difficulties that they face during the process and the adventure.
By Isabel Paulet
When I think about times where media was made to be the culprit for something that happened in real life the example I think of the most is the correlation presented between video games (violent ones in particular) and crime. For as long as I can remember I’ve always heard that violent video games influence the players into being violent and detached which in turn leads to tragic events such as school shootings, homicide, and assaults. Video games are put at the center of such criminal actions taking the blame from the person who did it and making it seem like they were vulnerable and mentally unstable for which they shouldn’t be blamed. This has brought up many ill feelings toward these types of video games some people even going as far as wanting them banned/ stopped from being produced. Despite my own view of how much media can affect a person into thinking or doing something, I believe it is a matter of how you educate people to process any type of media correctly. Many of us know that what we see in a video game, movie, or music video isn’t reality; but a lot of us can base our view of the world and the people around us through what we see on the screen. Media can be good and bad, but you can’t blame black ops for a young man wanting to kill his parents.
Three Books that Changed Everything
By Hope Weston
There have been many books in my life time that I consider influential in my life, in fact I found picking 3 to be harder than I thought it would be!
First I thought of Pride and Prejudice, one of my favorite “classics” and the way it brought the struggles of women to light. The idea of being bought and sold, how to marry for love and be true yourself and your heart all spoke to me. I have read it many times but the first time I remember it truly opening my eyes to the things women have dealt with for centuries and are just starting to overcome.
Next, and I know this is more than one book, the Harry Potter series had a huge impact on me in my childhood and through today! Friendship, loyalty, doing what is right (even if it isn’t easy), the battle between good and evil; each is something prevalent in every day life and in our society, very important. To stick up for what you believe in, even when it’s difficult. It’s very noble, just like the characters.
And lastly, the most recent book I’ve read, called “Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle Melton. It’s a memoir of Melton’s struggles with bulimia and alcoholism, her growth into a mother and wife, and eventually, her journey to become herself. It was so heart-wrenching and promoted such a strong feeling of self-love and togetherness. How to be a friend when the hard times come, how to be a friend to ourselves even more in those times! I recommend this book to everyone, but there are some “trigger” scenes for those with addictions or mental illness.
The link to Love Warrior: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Warrior-Oprahs-Book-Club/dp/1250128544
The others are classics or very popular so I assume most have read them! If not you can find them at the local library!
By Isabel Paulet
The three books I have read that have influenced me the most are: Tuck Everlasting (Lois Lowry), 13 Reasons Why (Jay Asher), & The Alchemist (Paul Coelho)
Tuck Everlasting: This book had a great impact on me when I was in the 6th grade because it made me think about what living and dying means. Some of us at one point have this wish to live forever, to capture a time in our life and make it last until the end of time. Such as wanting to stay young, living out our lives as if tomorrow is always guaranteed but we never think about what we would do if we had the secret formula to everlasting life, we don’t think about the consequences or the dangers of seeking it.
13 Reasons Why: 13 Reasons why is a book a read recently that made me wonder about my impact on peoples lives in any given situation. It brought on the thought that sometimes as individuals we don’t realize what an effect we can have on someone with one interaction. A smile or rude comment can completely change a person something that many of of us might take for granted. It made me think of how the consequences of our actions are only an after thought, and when it leads to something bad happening we like to put the blame on something or someone else.
The Alchemist:“If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” This is one of the many phrases in The Alchemist that have stayed with me over the years since I read it. In today’s society we all seem to have an idea of how people should lead their lives, from who they should love, what religion they should be, how they should look, etc. But very few of us are so critical about ourselves. We are so concerned about what someone else is doing to make themselves happy we become bitter and angry. We hold others at a high standard when a lot of the time we don’t do the same for ourselves.
by Dmitry Dolgopolov.
The books and magazines were one of the most significant types of the media before the appearance of the television for the wide audience. But are the books or the magazines more important and have bigger influence?
To my opinion, you cannot have the definite answer. Both of these kinds of media played huge but different roles in our life. Though they are pretty similar and you can easily find the similarities (written text, sometimes images, etc.), there are even more differences. So, let’s focus on them.
It can be quite obvious that regardless of the pretty similar way to interpret the information, the targeting audience vary a lot. Books are easier to use if you want to share some ideas that should be thought out properly. It allows the reader to follow his own pace. On contrary, magazines are perfect for short and meaningful quotes, texts. That’s usually the reason why people buy those. Most of the magazines use this strategy. The texts are relatively short and the main words are highlighted so that the reader can just skim through the article. (of course there are some exceptions) Also, magazines use images more frequently than books do. It helps reader to be ready to the article before even a glance at it. Long story short, magazines use all the possible ways to save the time of reading for people.
Hence, can we say that any of these is more important? Of course no. They are just made for different kind of readers. I believe that both books and magazines will survive long after. Obviously they will adapt to the society’s needs. One can only hope they will use the opportunities thoughtfully and improve what they have right now.
Through out the years and many books I have read there are many books that have had a lasting impact on my life. Although its hard to narrow it down to three there are 3 books that come to mind rather quickly. The first book that I will talk about is “The Secret”. The reason I loved this book so much is because through the law of attraction you can achieve what it is you want. Through casting out good energy that is what you’ll receive in return and I’ve been able to apply that to my life. The second book that has meant a lot and probably the most is “The Alchemist”. The reason I love this book is because it teaches you patients and teaches you that it is up to you to build your own legacy. I learned our legacy is us and what we choose to do with our life and since I’ve read the book I’ve not let that concept down. The third and final book that has had an impact is called “The Road To Serfdom”. This books lasting impact on me is very profound. It’s taught me dangers of invisible tyranny through government control on economic decisions and central planning. I think it’s a book everyone should read especially with the political climate we are in today it can help us become aware of the shift in views taking place today.
Books Influence On My Life
When I was young especially during Elementary to Middle School teachers would assign us library time to read and check out books. The genre that I found myself constantly immersing in was Adventure Fiction. The top three books that really impacted me to who I am now are “Harry Potter” by J.K Rowling, “Warriors” by Erin Hunter, and lastly “Island of The Blue Whales” by Scott O Dell.
“Harry Potter” by J.K Rowling taught me the power and importance of friendship. I was amazed at the bond between Harry, Ron, and Hermoine. They cried together, fought together, and even laughed together. I realized you do not have to do everything alone in life, and it is actually more fulfilling when done with others.
Warriors taught me the importance of practice and patience in order to obtain a goal. In the book, the outsider Firepaw raised by humans climbs himself in the ranks with wild forest cats through patience and practice. Firepaw taught me that I need to put in more time into skills if I want to really make it my own. I was inspired by my hero Firepaw, a cat, to believe I too can do anything with steady practice and patience.
“Island of The Blue Whales” by Scott O Dell made me realize the importance of having those around us, and helped me appreciate the people around me more. Island of The Blue Whales tells a story about this female Native Indian all alone in solitude for many many “moons”. She became so lonely she started to befriend non-human entities. Her lonely experience made me realize that I am so cheerful and happy to wake up everyday because of my parents, friends, and teachers. The novel really helped me at a young age learn the importance of not taking those around you for granted.
By Jarra Gojolo
Growing up, I read a lot of books, and those books all had an influence on how I grew up seeing the world.
The first book that was impactful to me was actually a set of Encyclopedias Britannica from 1983. My uncle gave them to my when I was 10 years old and it was full of interesting information so I read them all in my free time. What made them so interesting to read was the fact that encyclopedias are pure information, and I can read them cover to cover. The encyclopedias really expanded my knowledge and made me an overall smarter person. http://www.abebooks.com/9780852294000/New-Encyclopedia-Britannica-15th-Vols-085229400X/plp
The second book that had an impact on me is Shaq’s autobiography that released in 2012. I needed a new book to read, and his autobiography just recently came out, so I figured that’s the best way to get back into reading. I think it’s overall a good book because of how Shaq was not just a good basketball player, but how his life outside of basketball was so interesting and entertaining. I really enjoyed his perspectives of the early 2000s Lakers who won the NBA championship 3 times in a row. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/shaq-uncut-jackie-macmullan/1100823735/2673995897573?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Marketplace+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP2246&k_clickid=3×2246
The third book that had an impact on me was Jose Canseco’s book “Juiced”. I initially picked up the book because the steroid era of baseball was an interesting time in sports, but Canseco’s life story intrigues me to keep reading. The most interesting part was reading about Canseco’s mothers’s dying wish. I enjoyed the trash talk that Canseco directed at multiple players involved with performance-enhancing drugs. https://www.amazon.com/Juiced-Times-Rampant-Roids-Baseball/dp/0060746416
Week 3- Books and Magazines
My life with books
By the age of 12 I had read most books written for my age group under the sun. I couldn’t go more than a week without changing my entire perspective of the world because a book opened my eyes wider to the world.
The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, was and still is my favourite book of all time. It described the city of Venice in a way that captivated me. I spent years dreaming of the city, and was not disappointed when my family took me there four years ago. I want to live there at some point- I’m actually in an Italian class now just because of the book. The characters were alive to me. They spoke about responsibility and being taken seriously. The thrill of risks and feeling safe. Attraction and romance versus everything else in life. Just thinking about the book as I write this makes me wistful. I first read it when I was nine or ten, but it never stopped resonating with me.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a close second, and changed my perspective on everything. Adams uses the analogy of space and aliens to examine our society from an external perspective. His books are filled with short references and criticisms of our society- The idea of religion is given a slight poke as it is suggested that there is a race of people that believe the universe was “sneezed out of the nose of a being called the Great Green Arkleseizure”, and the Universe will end during the “Coming of the Great White Handkerchief”. Brilliant.
The Harry Potter series could not be exempt from my list, the same way it could not be exempt from anyone else’s. The books taught me about courage, good, evil, friendship, morality, love- J.K. Rowling shaped my childhood and what I assumed was the ideal world. It’s message still resonates with me. I’ll never forget finding the first book in a little school library i second grade, and camping outside a bookstore for the release of the seventh years later.
Week 1- Media Autobiography
How Media Is Shown Throughout Time
By Philong Nguyen
My name is Philong Nguyen, I a first generation in my family as my parents were immigrants from vietnam. For me, each part of mass communication has it’s own aspects, it’s advantages and disadvantages. In the future, I am planning to transfer to San Diego State University for the Army ROTC program. I plan on commissioning in the army as an 015 or Aviator/Pilot. Finding this information was easy as I use the internet the most out of all these types of communication as it maintains every aspect of the others. I used to read books going through elementary and middle school, but that habit fell through when social media was growing during that time. Newspaper’s however were very interesting to me, for the comics section at least, but the headliners usually always caught attention, but I always saw the font as too small to read, and would go straight to the comics section. From when I was 8 to 14, I subscribed to Boy’s Life Magazine which was about boy scouts, and their adventures in one magazine a month. It had survival skills, and great articles about adventures that the boy scouts took on hiking during snowstorms, desert hot days and humid forest. The magazine had a lot to offer for tips on what to do if you were caught in that situation and being someone who wants to join the military, I found useful. But magazines in of itself, you can find pretty much every article online and with much more information from other sources. Watching movies is a fun pastime as I am a big fan of war/action movies and see all else as entertainment. To me, I see war films as a connection to those who have served during that time and I understand a little bit more of how they felt and it would be easier to connect to many veterans. Recordings or music has really impacted the life now for everyone, as it livens up any given situation and moment. Music has been changing over time and expresses the way the artist feel about something going on, some songs even raise awareness of an ongoing problem. To me, it is a form of expression that no one really knows, and how you interpret the meanings of the lyrics really brings out many different ideas to connect to other people with. Radio’s do just the same, as stations use music to entertain a mass majority of people listening and sometimes have topics for discussion where people could call in and give input. This brings people to share experiences, ideas and stories, good or bad to help everyone understand what is happening. Watching it on television also helps with news media, as it brings footage, and awareness to the people watching a better understanding of what is going on around them, and all over the world. It helps people connect, see the bigger picture, the main problem, and allows people to talk on the internet of their input to create ideas of how to help.
Don’t generalize things without finding out the real cause
By Thomas Lin
On 7/6/16 the mobile app game Pokemon Go was launched in the U.S. and later on after the release of Pokemon Go a lot of bad things started happening, car accidents on the freeway when the drivers encountered Pokemon on the way, armed robbers using the app to lure the players to rob them in O’Fallon, Missouri http://gizmodo.com/armed-robbers-used-pokemon-go-to-find-9-victims-1783416898, and now a study shows that Pokemon Go really distracts the drivers http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/pokemon-go-really-really-distracts-drivers-study-n649556 however, the real cause of all those car accidents and Pokemon Go players getting robbed in secluded areas by getting lured from the armed robbers is not the mobile game app’s fault but the players’ fault due to the lack of common sense. When somebody plays Pokemon Go, they need to answer those questions: why would you play Pokemon Go when you’re driving?, and why would you not be aware of your surroundings? I’ve heard people from the older generation that tells me to be careful when playing Pokemon Go because of all those bad things happened to the players, but I told him or her it’s not the mobile game app Pokemon Go’s fault that those bad things had happened to the players but the players’ fault for not being aware of their surroundings and not having any knowledge of common sense which resulted them negative consequences and at the same time brought the inconvenience to other people.
by Cristina Melchior
Let’s talk about Brazil. The former president Dilma Roussef is member of the left-wing Workers’ Party, in power for the last 13 years. Socialist party was in charge for four terms. Lula da Silva who was president for 8 years (two terms), and Dilma Roussef was president for 5 years. After a year of the beginning of her second term, she was removed from office by the Senate after an impeachment trial.
Dilma Rousseff was charged with fiscal fraud in the execution of her duties, including administrative misconduct and illegal government budget maneuvers.
Fiscal misconduct and poor quality of government administration resulted in 12 million unemployed (11.8% of population) and 8.5% of high inflation in the last 12 months.
Until impeachment, little was known about the real situation of the country. Media circulated a few negative comments about the former government. All news were about 13 years of praise to social work, economic development and advancement of democracy.
As soon as the new president Michel Temer, a center-right politician, took the office, he ended the allocation of state advertising budget for websites and blogs. This measure directly affected sites supporting Workers’ Party.
Blogs and sites related to the left-wing party lost their main advertising funding channel. General public, on the other hand, lost the fear of speaking their mind. Blogs and sites freely expressing opinions on the former and current governments have raised with no fear of being rejected.
Have governments the right to allocate public money to fund blogs and sites in order to use propaganda misleading public opinion? Blogs and sites financed by public funding tend to be biased promoting a particular political cause or point of view. I wouldn’t call it free media.
By Luca Ferrieri
At any moment in time our mobile devices, computers and tablets can access a seemingly infinite number of documents ranging from articles from a newspaper in France to a new, independent video streaming on Hulu. You can watch ABC Disney to see the animated blockbuster Frozen, or turn to ESPN to catch the highlights of the the day’s sporting events. However, upon deeper examination, one thing becomes clear: the majority of what we are seeing on TV, in print or on the web can be traced back to one of six major conglomerates (Fox/News Corp, Comcast/NBCU, Google, Apple, among others). Remember what we know about what the media reports and shows typically will be things they can more easily relate to. An example of this would be the likelihood of a news station showing a story involving a more fair-skinned person over one of a darker complexion.
What controls these media giants? Simply put: Money. Those with the most money can greater control what airs. A perfect example – several journalists approached their stations about airing a story about Monsanto. As the story prepped for hitting the air on the news stations suddenly the station pulled it. Why? Monsanto spends hundreds of millions of dollars marketing and advertising products through these same stations. No network wants a multi-hundred-mullion dollar ad campaign pulled, right? As a result the story did not air. The owners of these large conglomerates also carry a great deal of clout in the ability to control their media. For example, if Disney produces a movie through one of their studios (Let’s go with Touchstone) they have not only the ability to play that movie again on their various stations such as ABC; this means that a company such as Disney, or Fox News, can control the production of the product in addition to the various channels they own and can show their product. Of course, the audience also plays a vital role in what gets played on television, or what scenes make it in to the final editing of movies. Ultimately, as Google co-founder Larry Page says “the user is not replaceable”. That meaning the way Google builds its search engine, and why Fox News focuses primarily on very conservative views, is because their research has shown that is what their viewers want.
Week 2: Business Media Impact
What We See
By Philong Nguyen
Mass media, being a big part of the world today is not as big as we think. There are a lot of channels, a lot of news providers, and sources that we use everyday, but if we were to look into who owns them, it always leads back to one large provider. Many local small businesses are owned by larger businesses who look over all of the media that they distribute.
Today as consumers, we get most of out information from news media sources online and from television. We have more choices to what we want to see from the media as there are hundreds of distributors and options to filter out what we don’t want to see. Some companies such as Google could use information from our searches to find similar articles or news sources to show us on our feeds. Media is controlled by big companies who want to be noticed, seen and become a monopoly.
Businesses who work directly with media, do much more than find news for the average person. They own film companies, service providers, and local news stations to reach out to the average consumer. These companies control what they want to cover, and what they want to expose to the general public. With the freedom of the press, almost everything is allowed to be recorded, unless there are regulations under a private sector, then it shouldn’t be covered. But most else now a days is available to be covered by any news source.
Large companies that own media companies could have bias opinions when it comes to a problem that could cause a danger. It gives input from every perspective and brings together a consensus. From reading this chapter, I still don’t see the big monopolies controlling everything, but expanding to cover more of the world and helping the average person be more aware of everything that is out there. I have always seen media as news source not so much as movies, or books, but information of current events happening around me.
By Celeste DiLullo
I believe we, as media consumers, have more choices on how we consume the media. Because of the expansion of the Internet and social media, we can feel like we have the world at our fingertips. Go into any search engine, type in what you’re looking for, and BOOM! You get hundreds, thousands, maybe even millions of results. With just a few simply keywords, you can be informed in mere seconds. In this way, the world has become more open to us, as we should try to be open to the world around us. While there are the huge companies that control certain aspects of the media, we’re still given the freedom to choose what information we take in and how we can interpret what’s given to us. Since we are given options, we should try and take advantage of what we can do in the media with every chance we get.
I don’t really believe anyone controls the media. While there are companies who can control the messages we receive from the media, there isn’t one person or company who has absolute power. The evidence I have for this is the Harambe outbreak. The killing of the lowland silverback guerrilla was discussed through various forms of media, yet it lacked proper control. People were outrage that the gorilla was shot for posing and/or being a threat to a kid who had fallen into the enclosure. I do not know the full situation at hand, but it was impossible to ignore when it was being referenced everywhere I went. But I doubt anyone could have know that the phenomenon around Harambe’s death would be considered a controversial topic.
This chapter allowed me to see how the media can be controlled by larger companies. However, I’ve always been skeptical of the media and its messages. Unless the media involved something or someone personal to me, I make it a habit to ignore the media or question the media.
BY Esau Carpenter
Wherever one goes, they are faced with dozens- if not hundreds- of possible choices. Even then people seem to bend to a rhythm. Many people simply go through the motions- eating the same breakfast while sitting in the same chair, watching the same TV shows and following the same streams cycling through the internet. Choosing a media source is like picking a type of soda to drink at Safeway. Sure, the flavors are different and so are the names but the product is still soda and about four companies own the mirage of choices screaming at you from the shelf: “buy me, buy me.” When companies become oligopolies the consumer looses variety in producers and therefore- product. I’m not sure who owns these media conglomerates but whoever they are, reporting news is not at the top of their list of priorities. And that is all I need to know.
Case and point:
The Impact of Objectification
By Hope Weston
The very first thing that came to my mind when asked to find an example of the media being blamed for real-life problems, was the issue of body image and self-esteem. As a woman, these issues are personal to myself, my family and my community. Although the prompt asked for a situation that “blamed” media – I do believe that the media is at least partially at fault for the epidemic of low-self esteem and eating disorders in women.
Everywhere I look I seem to be bombarded with skinny, flawlessly beautiful women. They have better clothes, hair, makeup, cars, homes and “lives” that I could imagine having. When I was younger, 11 or 12 years old, it was hard to understand that these women were for the purpose of advertising. Instead, like many pre-teens, I went home and looked at myself in the mirror and compared myself to these women.
Television ads and the characters on TV. Movies and celebrities. News anchors, billboards, magazines – the list goes on and on! All of these media outlets promote, at best, unrealistic standards of beauty – and at it’s worst? Total objectification and even violence towards women. It’s very concerning to see and hear the evidence regarding the issue, and to have felt it myself and seen it affect those around me only makes it more relevant. I encourage everyone to look at the media you are consuming and begin to recognize the dangers of this objectification.
For more information, please see https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/media-body-image-and-eating-disorders
And watch the documentary “Miss Representation” http://therepresentationproject.org/film/miss-representation/
Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2UZZV3xU6Q
By Khalil Bourgoub
In 2016 we have more options when it comes to media than we have ever had in the past. Media is evolving and is a very lucrative field to invest in and businesses definitely caught on to that from the beginning of mass media. Modern media has so many different platforms that six major companies have formed monopolies over these platforms, such as: newspapers, magazines, television broadcasting, cable broadcasting, movie studios, internet services and a couple more. Even though these six major companies own all of these platforms for mass media I still do believe that us as consumers have more choices than we ever have had before in terms of media selection. These private companies have such a huge influence on our lives because of the amount of media intake the average person has on a daily basis but at the same time there is an interesting cross road where the consumer also has some control over what they chose which media to expose themselves to. With the consumers choices the big companies also have to cater to the majority of the population to maximize their profit on the media services they sell. Also another relevant point is also, even though there are monopolies on Internet services, the companies do not have control over what people do on the internet, so with huge social media platforms that can be accessed on the internet or on smartphones, these companies do not have control over the other forms of mass media that we people have access too. So in that sense, we have mass media choices that are also not part of the big six companies which is why we have more options now than we have ever had. My outlook on who controls mass media definitely has changed after reading the last chapter in our textbook because I now know how much of the media that I do not personally expose myself to is ran by such a small selection of people and now I can choose if I want to support such companies and have more of an understanding of what I am supporting by accessing certain forms of media.
Week 2: Media Impact
Donald Trump’s Blame
In the midst of a political showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton it is rather appropriate to see media’s impact on the conservative candidate.
The top thing media plays in is the election. It is also the top thing the candidates blame all of their problems on. Trump on more than one occasion blamed media that news reporters were only focusing on Clinton’s “good” aspects and nothing else. Which most likely led to a decrease of Trump’s polls compared to Clinton’s.
Trump blames journalist, social media, news channels, radio stations, and more. With a political election what the media portrays of each candidate reflects on a voters choice. As well as the portrayal links into real life problems and idea of who is fit to run for president.
For a candidate it is also very important to get max news coverage. Like we have all seen Trump has not been getting the most forgiving spotlight (unless it is on a biased channel like Fox news). With his sexist, racist, and homophobic comments Trump receives negative backlash in real life. As in protestors, loosing endorsers (or Republicans to support his race), as well as loosing supporters.
Of course he does not take back what he said, instead he blames the media for false reports. That journalist misinterpret what Trump said and is doing this on purpose.Basically like Huffington Post said that Donald Trump blames media for his controversies. Anything that happens that puts Trump in a bad light, he simply blames on others than himself.
Media Corruption On Its Viewers
Media in the U.S serves as one of the main ways its citizens obtains facts going around in the world. Sadly, media due to its corporation funding as well as its caster and owners bias tell non-factual information and many times does not even want to let the truth to be known. When the media does not try to point out the truth and let people tell lies, the public viewers then start to actually believe in those lies.
Fox News is the perfect example of s supposed news station that does not tell its audience all of the facts and truth. For example, when the nation currently is going through an economic surplus because of the Obama administration Fox news tells the exact opposite. Fox news blames Obama for Isis, they blame Obama for the government going through recession even though it is not, they highlight their bias on Obama and paint him as a devil. So now all the viewers think our economy is about to head into a recession and think Obama is doing a horrid job running the government.
One person who just might be the most incompetent President we ever had got this far due to the media giving him so much attention. That person is Donald Trump. Most people blame media for the popularity and success of Donald Trump. Even during the primaries Donald Trump got over twenty times more media attention than any of his opponents. Whenever Donald says outrageous comments media all flock to him and give him millions of million of dollars worth of T.V time to all of America. Instead of giving fair press on all those in the Republican primary they gave him so much more attention now the American people barely know about any of the other Republican runner-ups other than Donald Trump. And the worst part is they do not, or rarely call him out when he says non-factual information. The media does not call out Donald on his lies because they are scared if they do he might not come on their network. So now not only is media feeding Americans Donalds lies, they are not even correcting those statements making them sound as if it is actually real! That is why Donald Trump is so successful despite being the phoniest and most unprepared individual to get into the White House better yet become the leader of the free world.