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Class Reflection

3 Dec

Thinking back to my predispositions of this class, I had no idea how broad but in depth the material we covered would actually be.  From the title alone, I assumed this class would focus predominantly on media portrayals of men and women.  This is most likely because this is the area of the media I feel like I have been affected by the most.  Probably since I was 10 years old, the media portrayals of women and “beauty” have had a clear affect on the way I view myself.  But just as I had these predispositions, I began to realize that every single person in our class has been affected by the media in different ways, and may have held different ideas about what would be discussed.

Throughout the course of the semester, I was surprised, intrigued, appalled, and humored by all of the different things we studied in today’s media.  It was fascinating to hear people respond to the way their race, religion, or gender was depicted and how truthful or untruthful it was.  This class taught me to question and analyze the things I am seeing, rather than just accept them.  I am so glad I took this class my last semester of college because I think it taught me to think critically and with a different perspective all together.


Blog #1

3 Sep

In today’s society, the media is an inescapable, inevitable purveyor of identity. Whether we like to admit it or not, we are all influenced and affected by the media because is it all around us. Through the various elements of media we are exposed to on a daily basis, we learn how to communicate and relate with others, develop morals and values, determine our likes and dislikes, and essentially develop into the people that we want to be. We use the media as somewhat of a judgment system to determine the types of relationships we see as healthy and desirable, the actions we see as moral or justifiable, and the lifestyle that we see as enticing and wish to aim for. The media even goes so far as to change our appearance, influencing the way we dress, eat, and aim to look. Purposeful or accidental, we let the media into almost all aspects of our lives.

That being said, I believe that the majority of Americans view the media through the transmission paradigm. We see a relationship portrayed on television as healthy or unhealthy. We see an actor as attractive or unattractive. An action made by a political figure as either right or wrong. Rockler’s “Message Between the Lions” was almost obnoxious in the over-analytically manor that it observed the children’s story line. The characters are meant to be relateable  to their intended audience, which spans across different genders, races, and age groups. I found it annoying and unwarranted for any other purpose for the story to be suggested.

The media’s unavoidable influence in our daily lives can be positive or negative, and we need to be careful as to what all we let influence our perceived reality. At the same time, I think it is important to use a more transmissional approach when looking at the media, not looking at it too closely and turning into something it is not intended to be.