Knowledge & Media
About this class
All of us engage with the media in one way or another. Whether we spend several hours a day on-line, watch movies or television shows, or even limit ourselves to the occasional read of a newspaper or magazine, we easily get overloaded with messages telling us how to look, act, think and feel.
Knowing how to deal with this pervasive information is essential for sane navigation of the media dominated world. So how can we use media so that it makes us empowered and engaged participants rather than complacent and passive receivers? How can we use it to improve rather erode our individual and cultural capacities? To begin answering these questions, we will reflect upon the concept of “knowledge” and explore the ways in which the media affects our ability to “know” our selves, the world, and the relationship between the two. Through lectures, videos, readings, investigations, discussions, networking and blogging, we will learn how to use the media intelligently and mindfully. And, in doing so, we will hopefully contribute to the evolution and enrichment of our personal and collective knowledge.
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here is a link on bad advertisements.http://voices.yahoo.com/three-reasons-why-tv-advertisements-6447116.html
I think that you have a great subject. You have great sub-arguments that look well-structured but maybe that needs a little bit of research. Stereotypes might be hard to recognize because they are everywhere. Also, the post is well construct, easy to read. Your subject is interesting for me because I do love sports and I do stereotype athletes and sports in general, like everyone else I think.
Stereotypes are everywhere and people are tended to accept them as facts. I do stereotype, for instance, my brother played football with a girl couple of years ago, and I did not think she could make the team because she was a girl and she was small, and so on. Actually, she ended up making the team and being an amazing kicker. I did not believe in her chances of one day playing football because I do have a good background in terms of football, and I never seen a girl being part of a football team past the pee-wee level which is 12-13 years old. I was wrong, she made it to the higher level.
There is an article that I found about sports stereotypes or stereotypes in general: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2013/07/27/1019031/stereotypes-and-sports
I completely agree with this. The media is a lie, it’s a plan to try and control us over television. Another method they use it to show how our lives would be without it. Like the commercial with the 2 people using 2 different phones. One has service and the other doesn’t. The commercial keeps going and continues with near the end of the compilation the guy with the bad reception and bad service is a homeless person and sees the other guy with the phone with a bright future.
You have a great subject that can be worked on with a lot of details. An advice I can give you is that in commercials they use subliminal messages witch is things that our subconscious see but we don’t notice. Little things like small details and backgrounds used that we don’t acknowledge at first but then once realised is very obvious.
Another place where they like to get people are with theatres. On streets and newspapers. But most of the media is on TV and internet. What they don’t show are the things that are important around the world. They don’t show the little things that are happening that we would need to know and they hide it. It’s on the internet but not on TV. They hide a lot of information and the internet is the only way to see it. It’s not only commercials that are abused with commercials it’s the internet as well. An example would be YouTube. Before the video there are commercials.
Nowadays with women and how thin they have to be and what they have to eat is because of TV and internet. How to diet and look like a model that weight 87 pounds. TV and internet advertisements are bad for us. The market and big companies are just trying to sell their product that might not even change much in our lives but make it seem like it does.
It is totally true that the television and media became more important in children life. The problem is the content of the media, not the media itself. If television would have math, science and French shows, television would not be seen as a problem. It would be the dream of every parent. The reality is the content of TV nowadays promotes what children should not be exposed at their age. The violence and sexual content is getting more and more “normal “to be seen at TV. This is clearly not how a child is supposed to be raised. The parent can limit the child, but not enough. Media will always find a way to get to the most vulnerable part of the society, and start the brainwash process. Here is a link that shows all the negative effects of television of children.
I like your conclusion saying that if you don't like too much violence in hockey, just don't watch some or do some! Sure it can become really rough and as a girl I wouldn't like to be hit that way and getting myself hurt. But when I think about it, whatever the sport you play you can easily get hurt. For example football and soccer can be hard sometimes and even in local teams there are a lot of injuries. Sure there are less of them that occur from violence and hitting but it can happen. Honestly, I think saying no to hits in hockey would be the same as saying no to hits at box. Hitting is part of that game.
Every culture and every era has its way to raise a child. Some parents use communication while others, unfortunately, use violence to get the message across or to reprimand their child. I wanted to read furthermore about this article because the author’s title makes the reader reflect whether spanking goes along with raising a child.
According to Child Care, spanking is not only defined as a child bending over the parents’ knees and whose butt is getting struck. In fact, spanking implies all sorts of intentional, brutal, and physical contact with a child as a purpose of a way of raising them. However, as claimed by the child psychologists of the site, the use of spanking can cause long-term emotional and even physical damages to the child. It can also influence the child into becoming violent adults (mostly because of the “brutal” behaviour the parents showed to their child as a model). In fact, according to a 2012 study of Dr. Laura Markham, children who were spanked were more likely to experience anxiety, depression, enhanced rates of aggression and mental and health problems, to try drugs and to exhibit aggression as they were growing up.
As a matter of fact, spanking can highly influence the child’s behaviour throughout time. In fact, spanking has an important connection with violent behaviour in the victim. For example, Tulane University’s major study suggests that the children are more likely to hit others (friends, siblings and spouse/husband) and to lose their temper easily and physically on others.
All in all, I think that spanking should not be a way of reasoning with children because of all its negative outcomes it has on children. In fact, raising a child should be reasoned with communication and firstly love, not with violence. As a citizen, it is our responsibility to assure the wellbeing of kids and therefore to reason and change the parents ‘mentality that involves physical punishment into their child’s education so that the children will not suffer of brutality.
You are bringing out a very important subject, brands marketing strategies. They develop strategies to grow in the market. Indeed, whether in sales, marketing or human resources. It is extremely important and recommended for them to implement a marketing strategy for the long term, they want to keep their customers anyway. They are almost in a battle with the competitors companies. Apple strongly plays on their product price. First of all, they are surely going to keep their costumers for us as humans in the modern world are concerned by money, and saving it. They use propaganda also, as you just read, wrote an article about their lower prices and I as a reader, got the information of their 90$ difference from Microsoft. In some way, they are gaining more popularity than they already have. I think that is why you wrote that Apple is wining in front of Microsoft.
On the other hand, if we think about it, they reward the difference of 90$, later when they sell 1,100$ laptops, in comparison with 700 to 800$ Microsoft laptop.
Personally, I am unsure. I don’t think that this study is the most reliable source to prove that social status affect your health. I do agree that it could have some impact but I would really like to read more deeply this article that you have read. On the other hand, I found that the World Health Organization has a tool to measure the different effects on a population or a person’s health. It is called the Health Impact Assessment and it takes in consideration that a lot of external factors might influence our health. I believe that too much stress due to your social position, for example doctors, has huge effects on our brain, heart and even feelings. But I think there’s way more things that can do this too. For example, the HIA is based on four essential values: democracy, equity, sustainable development, ethical use of evidence. All this four elements can affect one’s life. The democracy, for example, offered people the chance to “participate in the development and implantation of policies or projects” in a certain way that may have some impact on their life. To conclude, this is just few examples of many elements that can affect our health situation. I think that health is kind of a mystery because we can make assumptions but it will always be abstract to people who study biology or anything like that.
As you said one of the servers of Adobe has been hacked. They shared that hackers have access to the encrypted data of 2.9 customers. It means that a lot of people’s data are in hands of those bad persons. Adobe affirms that the hackers don’t want the credit or the card debit card numbers of people. How can they be sure of that? I think that is dangerous for people who shared their credit or debit card numbers. In the article, http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/03/adobe-gets-hacked-product-source-code-a..., the author says that the hackers have also access to at least three Adobe’s products (Acrobat, ColdFusion, and ColdFusion Builder). I think that Adobe should improve their security because of these issues. It is important that private information stay secret because if someone have those information they can do what they want with it.
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