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Post 9

The definition of media says that media is a generic term for all human-invented technology that extends the range, speed, or channels of communication. I think it is important for this question to focus on the range of communication. For the group article presentation, my group was assigned to read about international students. Something that I thought was interesting while reading our article was how these students that came here from other countries, prepared themselves for social interactions and norms by watching movies and T.V. shows from Hollywood. The media influences our culture by not only deciding what we (people who live here and take part in our culture) talk about, think about, or the definitions of different aspects of our lives for our own selves, but by what other cultures see through our media, too.
A problem with popular media is not only selective exposure reinforcing our opinions, but also how it shapes our conversations with what we perceive and what are conversations are about. However, there are some benefits to that.
An example of popular media influencing our conversations for better is the ‘Me Too’ movement. Actress Alyssa Milano tweeted encouraging others to show support, solidarity, and enlightening others about the topic of sexual harassment and abuse by commenting ‘me too.’ This became a trending hashtag and topic on social media as well as national news.
The media also chooses what stories to tell in order to reinforce an image or idea. This isn’t just with our local news and articles that we see on Facebook, but with what we see with other social media users, too. With the media, we are able to craft an idea and image to be more appealing or reinforce our view. When we look at our social media sites that we are part of, we see that our friends usually share the same ideas as us and we are able to actually ‘like’ people and companies who also share the same ideas. The problem with this is that it only reinforces our beliefs more which causes polarization. A part of our culture is to hold strong to those beliefs without really looking at the other side.
With media we are able to share not only with our friends, but around the world. I thought that it was interesting how media really impacted this mans story in mining. It is interesting to think that not only can we connect by sharing these stories through T.V. (Discovery Channel) but on YouTube other people can comment their thoughts on his experience giving people another way to connect. Because of media, we were able to see his experiences and learn more about the peoples culture. Without media, it would be harder to share his story to others and form an opinion without seeing what happened.

November 21, 2017   No Comments

Post 9

Personally I think violence is the biggest thing that is effecting our society today. Over the years we can see how many movies and video games come out that show a lot of violence in it with out consequence and we see that happening all the time. In the national news and all over the world there have been so many acts of terrorism and shootings that it has made our society a very negative and bad place. With more exposure to this stuff on the news, especially talking about all the negatives in the world and very little of the positives it just makes the perception of the world worse. Than this stuff happens more because its a normal thing.  

The guest speaker was awesome and i’m glad to have been able to see his presentation. I was unaware that mining happened within small African towns and that people pretty much dug up individuals land in order to gain more wealth. The way that they had to go about getting permission to do that was so interesting to me and it took weeks to get a decision. Though that is how their culture is and they took the necessary steps to get that approval. 

November 20, 2017   No Comments

Post 9

Popular media has such a tight grip on our nation it isn’t even funny. The fact that we are all aware of the “fake news” that is out there, but still give it the time of day, is a solid example of this. I know quite a few people that will see a post and immediately believe it to be factual without ever checking its sources. Many of us rely on social media as a primary source of news now days. There seems to be a new viral video, a new hashtag, or some new dance move created on a weekly basis. For the following week everybody on your feed will seem to post something about it. It also seems like our nation clings to every word that our president posts on social media whether they love it or hate it, it could easy be a conversation piece. 

Snapchat is a form of social media that I have seen take hold of people’s lives without them noticing. I have friends that live behind the filters that snapchat has to offer. They can’t go anywhere without documenting it on their snapchat story. I don’t see how it doesn’t take away from their experience in the moment but that is their call not mine. 

The guest speaker was quite interesting to me because I had no clue people still were out searching for buried treasure. But seriously I wasn’t aware that people like me and you could get into the gold mining business as easy as he did. I thought that was done away with years ago. Aside from that it was really cool to hear the differences in culture and how he had to adapt to working with tribal chiefs. His stories of adapting to a different culture were pretty eye opening especially since he was from Utah, it really made me put myself in his shoes and evaluate how well I would be able to adapt. 

November 19, 2017   No Comments

Post 9

I think violence is a major factor when it comes to today’s media, being a potentially dangerous instigator when it comes to young audiences. Kids are influenced easily by what they see on television or the Internet.  This might even lead to mimicking such acts on other people.  I also think advertising can jeopardize one’s idea of what beauty and health is, seeing that products revolve around these two aspects in an outrageous fashion. Kids can become obsessed with the way they look, especially through beauty reality shows and magazines. It can lead to health problems like anorexia and bulimia, or use the antics of questionable celebrities in the industry as influences.

I thought the guest speaker was interesting.  I learned about the overall African culture.  Some things that stood out to me were the rituals and him getting kicked out of Africa.  I also think you learn more about cultures by living in it in different ways than just studying it.

November 19, 2017   No Comments

Media and Culture. Guest Speaker

 

I feel as though media plays a huge role when it comes to culture, I look at how I base my opinions off a lot of cultures, and it’s usually from things I have seen in movies or some television show. For me, I would say that music is the most dominant… a lot of people base their ideas of a certain culture based off of the type of music that “they think” represents that culture. Black people and rap. White people and country. Gothic and screamo… but what if a black man listens to country music? Or a white person becomes a rapper? Another reason why I think music influences culture is because of the lyrics… for example a song that talks about how girls are better when they are half naked, twerking, blah blah blah… girls are going to take that as “guys like it when I dress a certain style and dance a certain way”. Or in music videos… what is going on in the video can influence us either positive or negatively. If everyone is just drinking and partying, and the song is talking about college… everyone who IS NOT in college is going to think that’s how college is. So I personally believe that media influences us more than we realize, but I would say music is the most dominant.

Our guest speaker was chill, I thought it was going to be a “brag” moment because he was on TV, but towards the end as he started mentioning how he learned a lot from being in that culture for his show, I realized how intrigued he was with the African culture. I liked how he showed examples of good communicating among the natives, and bad. And also how he shared the ritual that they had to do to get permission. I really liked towards the end how he owned up on why they got kicked out of that country, and how it tied into getting to know the culture, so that way you can show the respect and appreciation towards those that are different from yourself.  

November 19, 2017   No Comments

Post 9

The media that influences me the most is social media and specifically Instagram. Here in Utah, we have an overwhelming amount of “mommy bloggers” and “lifestyle” instagramers. These people produce a perfectly posed picture of themselves and their families. They paint a picture of a completely perfect life and get paid by sponsors to do so. The more followers the more money they make. It has completely changed the way people decided what is popular or worth doing or buying. It’s created a huge comparison culture with everyone trying to be the first on every new trend. It seems that people are living their lives based on “likes” and Instagram content creation opportunities. This type of media cool because we are able to follow and support those that we agree with based on our own social media usage but negative because of the fore mention comparison culture. I’m interested in seeing the effects this type of media has on our culture in the future and specifically in the future generations.
I was unable to attend class when the speaker was there.

November 19, 2017   No Comments

Jungle Gold

Media has a great impact on everyday life. I think the framing theory is one that I notice all the time. I’m not really looking for specific information everyday when I pick up a newspaper, but it really frames what I think about when I read the headlines. The headlines stay with me throughout the day and I try making connections in my personal life. Recently I was reading an article about the stock markets, and later that day I got into a conversation and finances and brought up issues that were covered in the newspaper article because they were recently on my mind, not if they were really relevant to the us at that time. I do see how the media frames issues and how we view the situation. This leads me to the guest speaker this week, Lomo, I saw examples of framing in what he shared with us. Especially the perceptions of the locals in Ghana when the last episode aired on television. The whole country seemed to be in an up roar because of how discovery channel framed the issue and made the show focus on Scott having a local in a headlock. I want to consume media wiser after this week and understanding the power that media can have to persuade and shape the peoples view of an issue.

November 19, 2017   No Comments

Pop Culture

There are many ways popular media influences society today.  One of which is the diets we partake in.  Most people see people like the Kardashians trying out new diets and most of America has a desire to live that same life style.  Because we as a culture are driven to live as celebrities do American’s will participate in those exact same diets.  This is just one of many examples of how pop culture influences this wonderful country.  It determines what we watch as well, I will further use the Kardashians as an example.  Because Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe dress a certain way people tune into their television series to see what is going on with their life and how to develop more habits like them.

Something that stood out to me from the guest speaker was learning how to understanding another culture.  From listening to him talk about his experience in Africa, the biggest thing that I got out of his talk was to take the time to really know how a culture and society works so that you can get the best possible experience.  When he talked about how he was late to getting to the mining site and someone else bought it and how in an different country, that spot would have still be his.  It is fascinating to me how different cultures work so differently. 

November 19, 2017   No Comments

Popular Media & Guest Speaker

When I think of popular media, I think of social media and how it impacts our self worth.  I’ve seen so many studies and examples as to how social media can either make someone feel really really good about themselves- but I have also seen how it can tear someone down.  Apps like Instagram draw a connection to how well liked and important you/ a person is directly to how many “likes” they’re getting.  It can also be a huge distraction from life and can be there to help us portray a life that may not accurately reflect our real life.

I also think of Twitter and how people use it to express their thoughts; even our own President takes to Twitter to share whatever it is he’s thinking at a certain time.  

Social media can also influence cultures in a way of helping people find their niche cultures.  

I was a little late to class when the guest speaker came so I sat outside the door as to not be a distraction by walking in late.  From this, I got to listen to the speaker and only be able to take what he was saying into account.  It was interesting to hear him say that in order to get by in a foreign country, sometimes all you need to do is learn how to appease them.  I like this because while it seems like a simple statement, the action of figuring that out can lead you to try to understand the culture and the population and that time spent thinking and learning about that will help you to get by in the country even better because you will be more knowledgable about it.

November 19, 2017   No Comments

Post 9

Media is something I believe has took over our culture. Media is where we get most of our information from about everything. Social media is something that is really taking over the world with so many things you can do. Media is getting to the point where it is making people famous over night and now it is being used on the business side to contact and get information on other countries that we are trying to get to know. Media shapes our minds into what we believe about certain people and things for the good and the bad. For example, a lot of people are talking about Colin Kapernick on how he is getting not getting a fair chance in the NFL they talk about it so much on social media that is something I refuse to think it is not happening to him and I don’t know one thing about the situation I am a outside person looking in because I am not involved but media have made me think that way because that is all I see on social media. From the guess speaker this past week what stood out to me is how he went over to Africa to do such a crazy thing to be on the wanted list and having to sneak back into the states. I really want to know how did he not get caught by anyone. It is crazy how he went thru all those things to just dig up stuff to try to find gold he never said if he found anything or not.

November 19, 2017   No Comments