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Research paper (resubmit)

The impact of the Internet usage on young children

By Naing Win Aung

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Week 10: Media Ethics in Burma

By Naing Win Aung

Different countries showcase media differently; as a result, I think it is tough to explain the way I view the ethics in today’s media in general. In fact, I would love to share my opinion on the media ethics in my country. In Burma, there was the time when our political status was corrupted. The government controlled most of the press. Journalists had gone through a hard time and even jailed for reporting and criticizing the truthfulness of the government. The media did not have any free rights to give the accuracy information that is necessary for the citizens. Since the government controlled the media, they would often time manipulate and convey false information to the public. Some media groups worked outside of the country; they were not biased, and they follow the ethic’s code. The government censored the media group as soon as they found out what they were doing. Besides, they denied the entry of the people who worked in those groups into the country.

Nevertheless, the way media run have changed recently after the political system in Burma changes. There are several major newspapers now has an opposing party as their front page which would get banned or censored. However, the government still partially controls the media. Thus, the press cannot fully criticize the government and follow the media ethically.

Week 2: Media Impact or Business Aspect of Media Blog 2

By Naing Win Aung

I would state that media can impact our daily life. It can influence the way you think and do at the same time. At times, individuals take what they saw in the media for granted and believe that the outcome would be the same as it is the media. However, that’s not true in our general public.

Media can be exceptionally hazardous for its audience when it could be telling the false certainties and making us believe them. For instance, 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 affect what people may do in real life. Movies, particularly for kids, can sometimes change his or her personalities making them vulnerable to being disrespectful to their parents or older adults due to the media influences.

Therefore, I would not be shocked to hear when people are pointing the finger at media for problems that are occurring in real life. In any case, it is not only the media that should take the blame. Despite the fact that media controls us, the audiences have their particular decision whether to believe it or not.

Week 9: The Internet

By Naing Win Aung

The Internet got into my life when I went to high school. I remember going to cyber cafes with a bunch of my friends just to play online games and use social networking sites. Indeed, even since I gain the Internet access at home, I heavily spent a majority of my time in my little virtual world, my room.

It has a considerable measure of impacts throughout my life, especially when I got addicted to gaming one time. I ended up spending more than 3 hours a day, and I rarely went out with friends or communicate with my family. Additionally, there had been issues with my schedule. Since I had school in the day, I usually played late around evening time which made it tough for me to get to school on time the following day.

Regardless, I didn’t attempt to put a stop on my addiction, in fact, it happened because most of my friends went abroad for education. Thus, it has stopped me from being a game addict.

Week 8: Media Law Equals Three vs. Jukin Media

By Naing Win Aung

It is about the recent fair-use case between Equals Three and Jukin Media where Equals Three used multiple viral videos that Jukin controlled in its comedy programs without actually obtaining the licenses. As a result, Jukin warned Equal Three that it is illegal to do so. However, Equal Three argued that they made fair uses of their videos by editing them, and only used the necessary part for entertainment. The court could have favored over Equal Three since they only found one video that was heavily edited and transformed because it needed to match their creativity in the comedy show.  However, Equal Three failed to request the court to have a favor for that matter, so it ended neutral.

In my opinion, the fair uses of viral videos are legal as long as the users do not make it copyright. Also, I think the company should carefully check up the copyright of the videos that they are putting up on their content, so they do not have to deal with the copyright law case.

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Week 7: Propaganda in Advertising

By Naing Win Aung

For this blog, I looked up the propaganda techniques on Wikipedia and some other sites. I saw a few interesting advertisements when I searched online, but I found this Nike advertisement unique.

There are several propaganda techniques used in this advertisement alone. First of all, it’s “Beautiful people” technique which is a type of propaganda that deals with famous people to make people think that they could be successful just like them if they use this product/brand. In this particular advertisement, it uses the famous soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo to promote both Ronaldo and its product which is known as “Testimonial.” It is evident that “Slogan” is also used in this ad as Nike’s slogan phrase is simply “Just Do it.” Besides, it has powerful words to invokes strong emotions effect on the product without actually giving away any information or reasons known as “Glittering Generalities” that is also one of the propaganda techniques. Therefore, there are 4 propaganda techniques used in this advertisement.

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Week 4: Newspaper or Audio News: Women and Minority

By Naing Win Aung

I personally think that news outlets should provide a source about the women and any minority simply because I believe that all news should be fair and unbiased despite any race and sex. I don’t read or watch news very often but according to the class discussions and the textbook, I think there has been many issues about news being bias, and it only features what the majority wants to hear. It’s a sad thing to know but I don’t think it also necessarily improves the quality of news just by having women and minority sources. However, as I mentioned, I think the news should provide every possible news sources despite them being women or minority.

Week 5: Movie or Television

By Naing Win Aung

Recently, when I was visiting Singapore for my sis’s graduation, I happened to watch “Train to Busan” with my friend in a cinema. It was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen in a while. It is about a zombie apocalypse that happened by an accident in Seoul, Korea and a group of people were on a train trying to escape from them. Even though it is very much similar to most of the “zombie” genre’s movie, there are several unique characters that have their own little stories that have full of emotions and struggles that they have. Hence, this makes the movie a lot more interesting. Personally, my all-time favorite movie would be “The Terminal” featuring Tom Hanks, who is also one of my favorite actors. The movie is about a traveler being trapped in the airport due to the war happening in his country, and he was unable to leave the airport since there isn’t any flight that is going to his country. However, he still manages to find a job there and made a bunch of friends he can rely on. I love the movie because it is very remarkable, hilarious and it has an excellent plot. I’ve watched this movie several times with my friends and family with DVDs.

Train to Busan (2016) –

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Week 2: Media Impact or Business Aspect of Media

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.

Week 3: Books or Magazines “Never Too Late”

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.

Mass media’s influence over my childhood


Week 1: Media Autobiography

Mass media’s influence over my childhood

By Naing Win Aung

Hi, my name is Naing Win Aung (Nelson), and I am an international student in De Anza. I grew up in Burma, a country in South East Asia, where technology was not a part of the culture. When I was a kid, my family didn’t even have a television so we used radio to listen to news and music. I used to be really fascinated about radio and how it actually works so I secretly unscrewed the screws on the radio to see what’s inside of it. Unfortunately, I ended up destroying it and got into trouble. I even had my own personal radio that I used for listening to music.

When my family finally got a television with a cassette deck, I was so excited that I could not wait to watch the movie, Godzilla, that came along with it. I think I still remember some part of it. Later, we got more and more movie cassette tapes. However, when the CDs and DVDs were released, they were replaced with the cassette tapes.

I was not really into reading so books, newspapers and magazines did not really get my attention until now. So, it was not really a part of me and my childhood.

The Internet basically changed my life. It was like a stepping stone for me both socially and personally. It all happened when I moved to a new school for my high school education where I am required to have a laptop and an internet connection in order to do my school work. I did not like using it at first because I had a very few knowledge of it and most of the websites were blocked by the government. Fortunately, I was able to access to most of the websites and they really helped me out with my school work and my personal interests. After using the Internet I no longer use television or radio or any kind of media. I can read books, newspapers and magazines online. I can access to all of the mass media with the Internet. Now, I cannot live without the internet, I use it on a daily basis both for education and leisure.

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