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4 Dec

I originally signed up for this course because I needed the credit. I read the description for the class and it sounded interesting, but was still unsure of what to expect from the class. The material was a variety of things, it was interesting, depressing at times, unsettling, and intriguing. While learning the material, it really forced me to think about the true impact media has had on our everyday life for years now. Thinking about what media does to us and the affects it has on us creates an understanding of why we do certain things, for me that is unsettling. The impact media has on people, no matter the age, race, sex, or gender, is so significant. By taking this class it really opened my eyes to this. I really enjoyed the material that was taught, it was kept my interest through out the entire semester. Although, it would have been nice to see some of the things we learned in action. Meaning it would have been nice to see the material through more film, music, pictures, etc. rather than slideshows. I thoroughly enjoyed the prosocial media project, this was a great way for us to come up with ways to “fix” some of the issues we talked about in class. It was a nice change of pace and was a great way to apply what we learned. Thanks for a good semester!


Portrayal of Women vs. Men in Men’s Fitness Magazine

15 Sep

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Men’s Fitness is a magazine designed to be a source for exercise, health and nutrition, information on exercise programs, building muscle, athletic performance and male sexuality. Each month that the magazine is released, an in-shape male, usually a celebrity or an athlete, make the cover. Headlines on the magazine range from “From Fat to Flat!”, or “101 Ways to Look Great!”, and “Seduce Any Women Any Time”. It is very rare that Men’s Fitness has a woman on the cover of the magazine, but as you can see in the pictures, it does happen. Just like the men that are on the cover’s, the women are also in-shape women. This brings me to the video we watched in class, The Code of Gender. I believe the covers of this magazine are perfect examples of what this film was talking about. The film stated that men in advertisements and in media are seen as strong, muscular, and dominant. They are photographed in a way where they appear as a “man should”, their bodies are positioned facing the forward with closed fists and in control. Whereas women, like the video said, are usually seen turned away from the camera, or holding on to a male “for protection”. They are seen wearing more revealing clothing, with very seductive looks on their faces. Is this even necessary for this type of magazine?

Although these characteristics are in fact seen in most advertisements like the film explained, I do not believe with the films reasoning of why males and females are seen certain ways in media. I don’t believe that if a woman in posed standing on one foot, that she is unstable like the film suggested. I truly believe the focus is more on the product or what is being advertised rather than the focus being on the gender role and identity. I believe there are certain ways things and people should be photographed in order for an audience to appreciate the ad and that’s why males and females pose a certain way. I don’t believe the way a male or female poses says anything about their gender identity, it’s solely based on what is going to get a message across to the reader, or what will make a product look its best.

Blog Post #1 by Lauren Henry

3 Sep

It is pretty apparent that the relationship between mass media and perceived reality can be seen in almost everything in our daily lives. I think most of our perceptions of things comes mostly from what we read or see in our daily basis. Taking a quick look around my room I see a variety of things that help with these perceptions such as my laptop, TV, phone, and radio. Media is clearly a major factor in today’s society that we continue to be surrounded by. We use these devices because we have the urge of wanting to be “in the know”. The thing about media is, the information is out there whether we want to hear it or not. Media is all about informing. It is to inform anyone who will listen and watch. So its clear that over time media has an impact on our perceived reality, it’s shaping our perceptions because we emerge ourselves in media daily. 

After talking about the reading during class, Messages Between The Lions, I was surprised that I never really took the time to examine films and realize that there might be hidden messages even in movies such as the Lion King. As we talked about in class the ritual paradigm and the transmission paradigm make complete sense and are very clear. It blows my mind that such messages would be concealed. The different supposed underlying messages that were talked about in the reading, I believe are primarily based on opinions and individuals own interpretations about what the media is trying to portray. 

Overall, it is becoming more of a realization that media has such an impact on our perceived reality in more ways than one. It effects and will continue to effect our daily lives. As we grow up our perceived reality will be from mass media. It’s scary to think that most of our thoughts, actions, and behaviors are constructed because of what was seen or heard through mass media.