BY JP Michelsen
The tittle of my magazine is “What They Didn’t Teach You” and it is an online compilation of informational articles about the things that we need to function in society, but are never subjects taught in schools. For instance, almost everyone I know had never been taught formally how to file their taxes (probably a useful skill) so there could be articles on how to do this, but also ideas of how best to go about filing your taxes and the ways in which you can try to get the best refund from the government. This is only one example.
Some potential first articles could be:
- How to rent a car
- How to apply for a loan
- How to file your taxes
- The pros and cons of health insurance
- How to create a budget
The five potential advertisers would be:
- Any type of investment firm
- Wells Fargo Bank
- Bic pencils
The cover of the first issue would be a student in his/her graduation attire with a textbook of multivariable calculus in one had and a tax return form in the other. He clearly has no idea what he’s doing in the real world and is just realizing that everything he learned in school was almost completely pointless and useless.
When I was in elementary school there was an online game called “Runescape.” I’m sure the game is still just as huge if not bigger than it was back then. Nearly every boy in my grade played to varying degrees, and there were only a few who didn’t participate at all. Most of us spent anywhere from 3-5 hours playing the game as soon we got home from school. The game allowed us to communicate and continue to be together, even when we were at home. It got to the point that most of us would do our homework while we were sitting at the computer playing this game. It became the most substantial portion of my life for a long time. This went on for about 2 years until we got into middle school. The fact that it was middle school changed nothing, our school was k-8, but people just naturally started to drift away from the game. Until there was no one left playing. No one really did anything except get bored. Also many of us started to find other interests that didn’t have time for that excessive amount of time wasted on video games.
BY JP Michelsen
Jana Winter was involved in a case that had to do with the Aurora movie theater. She had written a piece with an anonymous source about the incident. The prosecution in the case against James Holmes used the argument that in order for the trial against Holmes to be “fair” the identity of the anonymous source had be divulged to the court. To which Winter’s response was “if a reporter cannot protect the anonymity of their sources, people are not going to tell them things.” I absolutely agree with Winter on this matter. There are people who want to help do the right thing and make this world better, but may face repercussions if others knew what actions that individual has taken. Anonymous sources can only help get information to the public form people who cannot be disclosed.
BY JP Michelsen
The old spice commercials with Terry crews, use both “Beautiful People” and “Repetition” tactics to sell old spice. Terry Crews is an icon for being extremely muscular and having a very refined ability to move his pecs individually. They used Terry Crews in quite a few advertisements, some of which are in the video attached. The repetition of this icon doing crazy things with his shirt off was extremely effective as an advertisement, because one it caught and held the audiences attention, but also because it was funny enough for people to go and show their friends and have a conversation about it. The combination of Repetition and Beautiful people as propaganda techniques is fairly common. There is Flo for Progressive, the Geico Gecko, Tony the Tiger for Frosted Flakes, and the list goes on and on. This combination works because it puts a face to the brand name and tries to force people to associate and relate to this person on the other side of the screen, which is much easier than trying to make a person relate and associate themselves with a product such as Old Spice Body Wash.
BY JP Michelsen
There are a select few in the media industry, if any, who are truly ethical. I can speak only of what I know of how the media functions in the United States, but here everything is done with money. When money is involved in any form (i.e. jobs, promotions, bonuses, literal currency) whoever has the money holds power over the paid individual. Everyone has their own agenda, even things like social media, and usually that agenda is to have a successful business. To do this they need to make money. Unfortunately when the only real incentive is money, ethics seem to go right out the window. A phrase that may capture the essence of my point would be, “if you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying.”
BY JP Michelsen
My media literacy has definitely changed over the course of this class. I always bought into the façade that people involved in the news would be absolutely trustworthy, but I now can realize how that is an impossibility. This class has made me much more suspicious of the hidden agendas behind the smile on the screen and showed me just how greedy most of the world is. Money dictates everything and with enough of it you can make enough people say that 2+2=5; someone may just actually begin to believe it. He who controls the media, controls the world.
My favorite movie from 2011-2012 had to be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. It was more because it concluded a series that I had been a fan of for most of my life. I’ve been a Harry Potter fan since before I could read and had to have my dad read the stories to me. The movie itself was cinematically pleasing to be sure. The final battle scene was everything I pictured it to be and that was most of what the last movie was about. I’m sure there are a list of critiques a mile long, but I was entertained by the movie, and that’s why I watch movies. Here is the link for IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1201607/?ref_=nv_sr_2.
My favorite movie of all time has to be dodgeball. It’s a comedy and again the critiques are a mile long, but they always are for comedies. I’ve seen this film so many times that I could recite most of it by heart. However the thing that sticks out the most is the dynamic between Vinve Voughns character, Peter Leflour, and Ben Stillers character, White Goodman; the two of them were absolutely hilarious together. Here is the IMDB link for Dogdeball: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364725/?ref_=nv_sr_1.
Here’s the link to the Dodgeball trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzBCBcLH_Lc
BY JP Michelsen
Probably the most important series of books, not only for me but for my generation of children, would be the Harry Potter series. This fictional tale was a massive movement that most every experienced at least a part of. These books were a way for me to bond with my dad at a young age because we both enjoyed the story line. This series was meant for kids, but was able to transcend between generations.
The second most influential book I’ve read is Lord of the Flies. It gave me a perspective of what a life lived through anarchy would be like, and it was nothing like how I had pictured it at the time. I’ll never forget the scene where Piggy was crushed by the boulder.
The third most influential book I’ve read is A History of the Game it was a basketball book that detailed the lives of both Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. I was a basketball player at the time and it really inspired me to strive for greatness in athletics.
BY JP Michelsen
All 8 forms of media play huge rolls in almost everyone’s lives. The most influential form of media in my life is the internet without question. In the twenty-first century we have truly entered into the information era. Those who have access to the internet have the power of near infinite knowledge at the tip of their fingers. Information can be transmitted across the world within instants. Because of this, I have can research things that normally could only be left to speculation. The next most influential media in my life would have to be television. This form of media is present not only in my own home when I watch to relax, but everywhere in public as well. Everywhere I look, there are television screens prompting me to buy this or do that. Although I believe I resist all temptation, there’s no doubt that I’m constantly being influenced to behave in a certain way. The next most prevalent in my life would be recordings. I listen to music constantly and thus expose myself to whatever messages the artist is trying to convey. Usually I pay more attention to how it sounds rather than what it means however. Next would be movies and film, but I think that falls into the same category or even an extension of television. The only reason I place movies this far down is because I don’t see them as often as I see television. The next would be radio, this is the only time I hear “pop music” and I only listen when I can’t find my own music. The next most influential would be books. Most of the books that really change my views and open my eyes to knew things are given to me in school. When I read on my own I usually read fiction just to escape from reality for a moment or two. I almost never read newspapers or magazines, they seem almost outdated and a poor source of information when the internet can function as every newspaper every magazine and so much more all at the same time. All media has an influence only to different degrees of significance.