Final Reflection

3 Dec

I was drawn to this class because the subjects of media and identity seemed to be broad and relevant to my life. The class incorporated components of history, psychology, communication, and sociology. It felt especially relevant since our society is so centered around media these days.

Going into the class, I felt I understood a little bit about how media’s images can really affect us. Maybe part of this is because I remember being a 13-year-old girl and looking to women in the media to figure out who I wanted to be and what I wanted to look like. Of course, over the years I have learned how toxic it can be to think this way. In fact, I feel like there has been a lot of movements against the false projection of women to teach us how women in ads are fake, altered, or starving/harming themselves to be so thin. There has also been feminist chatter about the unequal rights of women and the objectifying of women, so I was aware of these topics and they seemed very relevant when we were talking in class about the media’s representations of women.

It was interesting to go deeper into topics such as these, and learn the psychology behind them. I hadn’t really thought about how men are in control of most of the entertainment out there, nor had I seen so many examples of women being objectified in ads. One of the biggest take-aways from the class for me is that all representations in the media are intentional. And building on that, these representations really do affect the way society thinks. The misrepresentations of class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and religion can really affect our beliefs about these things. It’s crazy to think that the media has such power. While it is scary to think about the negative impacts of media, learning about prosocial media offered some hope into imagining how the media could be used to really shape society for the better.

I really enjoyed this class, especially in-class discussions and the videos we watched. It teaches you valuable information that is relevant to life in and outside of the classroom.

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