Amy Goodman on AJ+: How the Media Ruins Elections – Stephany Acevedo

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/4/26/amy_goodman_on_aj_how_the

Amy Goodman examples how media has influenced the elections this year. I find it interesting because in class we talked about what is broadcast and what is not in the media. I’m constantly hearing about one candidate over the other, but if it wasn’t for my disagreements for the only two candidates that are always getting coverage, I wouldn’t have known who to vote for.

My question is : Is media fair?

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Olivia Chak – “Becky With The Good Hair”

In my opinion, "Becky With The Good Hair" goes beyond cheating speculations and is far more vague to say it only is directed at her husband. That statement is for women worldwide that seem not to be good enough for their significant other and in this article it’s historical significance. It simply means a lacking that is only seen in the eye of the person you need that certain assurance from. No one is perfect and if Beyonce isn’t good enough well….

What is your opinion on this media piece?

http://www.refinery29.com/2016/04/109271/beyonce-lemonade-good-hair

Hadeeqa Saman Blogpost #3

In class we discussed the idea of the publics right to know. While in class I thought I knew what side of the argument I supported. At the time I believed that unless the government had some sort of solution to the problem at hand, it would be best to not let the public know for the time being, to avoid panic at a major scale. But after listening to everyone else point of view, I realized I don’t have a clear side I believed in anymore. On one hand, I still think that mass panic should be avoided because people don’t seem to think right whiled stressed and panicky, especially when the well being of their life or their loved ones lives are at stake. But on the other hand, we should know what is going on in the world and how it may effect us, every single person. Thinking about this reminded me of the movie 2012, where the end of the world was predicted and only those who were able to pay for the pricey ticket on to a boat that could withstand the effects of tsunamis and volcano eruptions etc, were told about it. Even the workers who built the boat, and the scientist who discovered that the world was ending were not given access to the ship. While the government did have solution to the problem, the solution catered only to those who could afford it .This got me thinking, at a time of crisis will those who can afford to buy their ways to safety be the only ones who are aware of the crisis? Now I think that everyone does have the right to know exactly what is going on in the world, every single person should. What do you think?

Media Transparency in the US – Kristia Megan Junglander

With a plethora of channels, print and electronic, social media platforms and growing number of websites, there has also been a wide array of information available to the masses. The audience is more aware today than it was 20 years ago. Not only is it now a recipient of the information, but also a participant in this information creation process.

However, while on one hand information has become easily accessible, on the other, the U.S. Government and other regulatory agencies are cracking down on individuals who strive to make data and information open for scrutiny to the public. With alternate sources such as social media available today, the American confidence in newspapers and television news has dropped down to 24 and 21 percent respectively according to a Gallup poll in June 2015. Media censorship and propaganda have not only exposed the audience to biases but also shaped their opinions regarding important issues. The ongoing elections is one example of how the vested interests of the Republicans and Democrats are being furthered through the divided media with one channel advancing the views of the former and the other of the latter. Just recently, CNN’s Jake Tapper criticized President Barrack Obama for exercising his power to restrict information from the White House while publicly advocating media transparency. According to Tapper, the Obama administration has fostered information censorship and their failure to grant requests to access this information has increased by 55 percent in recent years; a figure that is of great concern.

While governments around the world have become extremely cautious and suspicious of what their journalists, whistle-blowers and even common people are expressing on the media, in the U.S., the Obama administration has already declared Julian Assange and Edward Snowden criminals for leaking highly confidential documents. The limitations and barriers placed on journalists and the threat of being indicted for reporting the truth has not only made them cautious but restricted their ability to convey unbiased and objective information.

The U.S. stands for free speech and democracy and a constant effort to control the media and curb its freedom and access will only weaken the trust people place in such institutions. However, the media itself also has biases and chooses what and what not to report. For example, in 2003 it widely circulated the idea that most people were in favor of the U.S. forces invading Iraq, only considering the views of the pro-war sources and disregarding all those who were against it. With such inaccuracies in the past, one is forced to question whether this institution exists only to further the interests of the U.S. Government or takes its responsibility towards the public seriously? Will the U.S. media be able to withstand the pressure from the establishment? Will it be able to maintain its position as a neutral body amidst drastic polarization? What do you guys think?

Sources:

http://www.wired.com/2013/10/obama-nixon-media-war/

https://www.cpj.org/reports/2013/10/obama-and-the-press-us-leaks-surveillance-post-911.php

http://freebeacon.com/politics/tapper-blasts-obama-hypocrite-lecturing-press-jobs/

http://www.gallup.com/poll/183593/confidence-institutions-below-historical-norms.aspx

https://www.reddit.com/r/changemyview/comments/3yo1hs/cmv_the_american_media_have_a_vested_interest_in/

https://www.propublica.org/about/insisting-on-transparency-even-from-the-media

http://johnpilger.com/articles/war-by-media-and-the-triumph-of-propaganda

Theresa Donis – Queer Theory (Blog Post #1)

Queer Theory

The idea of queer theory is focused around breaking down the norms that have been built up around human sexuality. Traditionally, we see sexuality—or sexual identity, through either one of two lens; relating homosexuality and heterosexuality. Over the years, the spectrum of sexuality has grown, leaving these two categories to be seen as misrepresentations of the varied sexual drives that actually exists. This system of partisanship is what the book refers to as heteronormativity– a world view that promotes heterosexuality as the normal sexual orientation. Especially in today’s media, we can see the bias between how heterosexual and homosexual relationships are portrayed differently.

LGBTQ is shorthand, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer. his term acts as an inclusive umbrella for a diverse set of sexual and gender identities in the community. Something that I’ve recently noticed is that although the media is becoming slightly more comfortable with introducing LGBTQ representation, there is still a great lack in characters. Even in the event that they do introduce these characters, many shows in entertainment have shown them more likely to be killed off than the straight character. Also, their storylines tend to solely revolve around their sexuality and struggles pertaining to that. When we watch television shows today or ads, they only seem to promote heterosexuality in one way; its either gay or lesbian. They also follow many stereotypes that our culture has produced (i.e.: a gay man is to act as feminine—if not more than, a woman). These can be very harmful because it places limits on all people who fall under this umbrella.

In what ways outside of media have you seen heteronormativity reinforced in everyday life?

Theresa Donis – Queer Theory (Blog Post #1)

The idea of queer theory is focused around breaking down the norms that have been built up around human sexuality. Traditionally, we see sexuality—or sexual identity, through either one of two lens; relating homosexuality and heterosexuality. Over the years, the spectrum of sexuality has grown, leaving these two categories to be seen as misrepresentations of the varied sexual drives that actually exists. This system of partisanship is what the book refers to as heteronormativity– a world view that promotes heterosexuality as the normal sexual orientation. Especially in today’s media, we can see the bias between how heterosexual and homosexual relationships are portrayed differently.

LGBTQ is shorthand, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer. his term acts as an inclusive umbrella for a diverse set of sexual and gender identities in the community. Something that I’ve recently noticed is that although the media is becoming slightly more comfortable with introducing LGBTQ representation, there is still a great lack in characters. Even in the event that they do introduce these characters, many shows in entertainment have shown them more likely to be killed off than the straight character. Also, their storylines tend to solely revolve around their sexuality and struggles pertaining to that. When we watch television shows today or ads, they only seem to promote heterosexuality in one way; its either gay or lesbian. They also follow many stereotypes that our culture has produced (i.e.: a gay man is to act as feminine—if not more than, a woman). These can be very harmful because it places limits on all people who fall under this umbrella.

KENYA WILLIAMS POST #1

POST #1 Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture

I decided to do the class discussion on the excerpt from Murray and Ouellette’s Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture. I chose this specific reading because Reality TV plays a huge role in my life- guilty. This reading makes me think of myself and my reasons for watching reality television. I started watching reality TV once I found Jersey Shore, The Real World, and many more. Watching these shows, I always questioned why I watch it basically everyday. The entertainment side of reality television is one of the main reasons why I watch it. This excerpt helped me understand why Reality television is such a norm in today’s generation. Murray and Ouellette explained how audiences get hooked on reality TV-which is what is described as “the real”. This is what makes Reality TV.
Now, is Reality Television real?
The effects of reality TV definitely make this genre of television very real- the camera angles, the different personalities of the individuals on the reality show and many more. Other than that, I do not think it is ALL real. For example, there are some parts in the reality tv shows I watch where I can point out what is slightly scripted and what is not. Although it can be scripted at times, it is still very popular. This excerpt connects to chapter eight of Media Essentials- Television, Cable, and Specialization in Visual Culture. Campbell, Martin, and Fabos explained the reasons why critics were scared about reality television becoming popular. Reality TV being cheap and also very appealing to audiences, creates conflict in the world of television- regular, scripted television (253). Even if reality television is real or not, it is still a popular sub genre of television and people are obsessed with it.

My question is how much further will Reality TV shift in the TV Industry?

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Monique Charles Blog post

Monique Charles
Media studies blog response

I believe that there are limits to the publics right to know. The media tend to manipulate information to the public. The public has the right to know exactly what is going on especially if they can be affected in some way. Complete information should be given to the public, giving them the option as to what they want to do with the information. The media tend to keep secrets from the public, which can cause many conflicts and negatively impact the public. In my opinion by the media manipulating information is what cause the public to panic. The media withhold information until it becomes a severe problem. If the public was to have complete information, certain reactions will be different and certain problems would of been solved. The public have the right to know what can or is affecting them as well as how it is affecting others. Also by the media withholding information, the public is not getting a fair chance in decision making.