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Week 10–Blog 9

Media Ethics Today

By Celeste DiLullo

I believe that there are almost no ethics being used in the media today. Because of the Internet’s growth and accessibility, it is possible for any story to be popular, regardless of the contents. The upraising in false/fake news seems to enforce this idea. While I believe that the ethics should be at the heart of any media involvement, it is easier said than done. People have their own opinions, and will look for anything that supplies and validates their opinion. People no longer have time to check their sources, nor do they have time to think about the  consequences of breaking the ethics code. The majority of the population believe whatever articles say, but can’t recognize the biases behind them. People are assuming that the reporters/sources will be credible and report news accurately. But with the increased popularity of the 24-hour news cycles, there simply isn’t time to dedicate fact-checking for every single story.


Week 11–Blog 10

Memorable Moments

By Celeste DiLullo

Aha! Moments

  1. Mean World Syndrome. After I read the book “Filter Bubble” by Eli Pariser and “The Culture of Fear” by Barry Glassner, I knew how the media was catering to us and using fear to control what we saw in the media. But after reading the definition of Mean World Syndrome and becoming aware of it, I can explain the pheromone to others in a more efficient way.
  2. Censorship in other countries. I wasn’t completely aware of how censored and limited journalism is. I knew the censorship was common in the media, but I wasn’t fully aware of its prevalence in other countries.
  3. The upraise of false news and how to fact-check. I have a high level of media literacy with some healthy skepticism, but it’s clear that others do not. The spread of false/fake news continues to grow, as does our lack of media literacy.

I believe that this Mass Communications class has increased my media literacy. I now have a wider vocabulary to describe the media. If anything, I have more skepticism for the media. But it really has allowed me to really understand freedom of speech and hate speech in general.

Week 9: Internet–Blog 8

The Boundless Internet

By Celeste DiLullo

The Internet is extremely convenient for me. Since I don’t indulge in shopping on a daily basis, I never know if I will like anything in the clothing stores. It’s way easier for me to shop online and find clothes I know I will like in sizes that will fit me. It also makes gaming easier because I don’t have to obtain physical copies of video games; I can have them downloaded after paying for the games. I do not know of anyone who has developed an addiction to play games or clothes shop. I don’t think addiction is a good or bad thing. I think it depends on the intrepration or experiences that come with the addiction association, but I think addiction needs to be changed. It’s neither good or bad: it’s a phase. Whether an addiction is good or bad is up to the audience/listeners/observors/participants of the addictive action.

Where I shop: This is where I get my gamesWhere I get gifts/clothesAnother place I shop for decent clothes

Week 8: Media Law–Blog 7

Libel Case: Simpson vs. Mirror Group Newspaper Limited

by Celeste DiLullo

In January 21st, 2015, a libel action lawsuit was brought against the publishers of the Daily Mirror by Premier League footballer Simpson. Because of the details written by the Daily Mirror, the footballer made the notion that the article written would make anyone believe that he indulged in infidelity. The footballer argued that his family was “secure” and “stable”, which the article shattered his family’s image. However, the Daily Mirror argued that he had a safe and secure relationship, which was changed by the reveal of his sudden and frequent infidelity.

link: Simpson vs. Mirror Group Newspaper Limited

Week 7: Advertising–Blog 6

Propaganda Today

by Celeste DiLullo

The ad I used is: Dove commercial

I think the Dove commercial uses the propaganda techniques of “Ad nauseam” and “Intentional Vagueness”. It uses “Ad nauseam” is which it repeats the pattern of showing women who are skinny, or showing images of models. With the constant exposure and the words that follow the ad, it makes the notion of being beautiful and that these products will work that much more believable. The nature of the ad can also cause “Intentional Vagueness”, which is where generalities are vague so the audience can make its own interpretation. The intention of the ad is to promote positive body image, or at least, get mothers to talk to their daughters about the media and women’s portrayal in the media.

Week 5: Movie–Blog 5

Sharing Favorites

By Celeste DiLullo

My favorite movie of 2015-16 would have to be “Sully” by Clint Eastwood. One of the aspects that makes this movie my favorite is how it not only demonstrates the struggles of surviving a crash, but also creates subtle and real references to PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). The field of aviation has always been a fascination of mine, and I do suffer with a mild case of PTSD, so the film had me invested from the beginning and appealed to me emotionally as well.

My favorite all-time movie, however, is “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by Ben Stiller (2013). Besides being a great modern interpretation of the original short story by James Thurber, the movie appeals to daydreamers/dreamers and the possibilities of what could be a better life if we choose to act, rather than watching on the sidelines.

I saw both “Sully” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” at the movie theater. I saw “Sully” a week after the movie released, while I saw “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” two days after its theatrical release.

Links for “Sully”: Trailer of “Sully”Rotten Tomatoes of “Sully”

Links for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”: Rotten TomatoesTrailer

Week 4: Newspapers-Blog 4

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.

Week 3: Books-Blog 3 Three Engrossing Books

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.

Link: You can also get it on AmazonOr you can watch the movie instead


“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.

Link: You can watch his Final Lecture on TED TalksOr you can buy the book if you prefer reading

Week 2-Business Aspect of the Media Is there really a choice in the Media?

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.

Week 1: Media Autobiography-Blog 1 The Media’s Influence is Bigger than We think By Celeste DiLullo


My experience with the media has been simplistic. Books, for example, used to be my haven. I have always liked the feel of pages running along my fingers, but many books are inconvenient. I was given an Amazon Kindle once I turned 15, but I did not use it. Now, I will read only the required class readings and a fiction book every two months.

My father red the newspapers, but I did not. Now, I only read the comics and an article or two on rare occasions. Similar to books, the paper feels good to hold, but is too easy to tear.

I’ve had little involvement with magazines. I used to read “People”, “Harvard Business Review”, and “Time”. I only read the “Harvard Business Review” and “Time” now, and it’s rare when I get free time to read at all.

Movies were a ritual and done every Friday with my family around the dinner table. After my father left, I stopped watching movies. When I do watch movies, it’s only going to movie theaters to watch the new releases.

I’ve done recordings and listened to recordings, but I hold no opinion of them. I think they are important, but only hold significance in certain situations (such as the police officer shootings).

I used to watch television with my family at. However, I only watch one or two shows on the television. Because television is too time consuming, I spend that time trying to get ready for my classes.

I use the Internet constantly since it’s so readily available to me. My sister was harassed on the Internet when we were younger, so I’ve limited my social media access on the Internet. I have both positive and negative Internet experiences in my life. I use the Internet every day.

I have been to eleven different countries outside of the United States. I have been to France, Singapore, Kenya, Peru, United Kingdom(2), Mexico (4), Bermuda, Ireland, Canada, and Spain. A lot of the media I have witnessed in these countries is minimal, but their media is shaped around their culture and lifestyle.

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