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Paige G.

Experience

posted Oct 14, 2011, 6:50 AM by Paige Graham

I really liked the timeline on the Holocaust Museum page.  It really shows how much things have changed over time.  I also liked the artifacts page.  I liked how you could pretty much pick what you wanted to see.  There were a lot of pictures and "artifacts" and I really enjoyed seeing all of them because they were from the time of the Holocaust and it allowed you to see some of what was going on.  In the artifacts page, I also liked the different newspaper headlines that it had throughout the artifacts.  Another thing that I thought was interesting was that you could see the website in Arabic, Farsi, Italian, Spanish, or Turkish.  This just shows how much the Holocaust is learned all over the world.  I also really lliked the article on the Incitement to Genocide in International Law.  It was really intesting and I actually learned something from reading it. 
 
Forms of propaganda in today's time would be like all of the commercials on television about all of the military branches and the recruitments.  I am not sure if this is propaganda, but they have recruiters come to schools and talk with the students and try to get them to sign up.  But I do not know if that is actually propaganda, but they try really hard to get people to sign up.  There were also propaganda back in the day, like different posters of women in the army and Uncle Sam saying "The Army Wants You."
 
This website has quite a few different propaganda posters on it.
 
 

Reaction to Pepsi Assembly

posted Oct 7, 2011, 6:53 AM by Paige Graham

I think that the Pepsi assembly really showed the consequences of our actions.  What we say, what we do, and how we react to certain things can affect others around us.  People do not always realize how their actions are going to affect those around them.  Saying mean and hurtful things can really bring a person down.  So you might think you're just joking around, but people take those things to heart.  Also what we do can have an indirect consequence on those around us.  Overall, the presentation should have really opened people's eyes to see results of their actions. 

Reaction to 9/11 Video

posted Sep 18, 2011, 4:44 PM by Paige Graham

From watching the documentaries from 9/11, I have really gained a new perspective on what was truly going on.  I was only in second grade when this terrorist attack happened and I do not really remember much from it.  This video really showed me exactly what was going through people's minds and how the people of New York dealt with it.  Something that stood out to me was that people were thinking it could be a terrorist attack after the very first plane hit the tower.  That is truly sad that the first thing that comes to mind when there is something that could have potentially been an accident happens, is that it is a terrorist attack.  Our country lived in fear and still lives in fear.  Overall, the video just really opened my eyes to how extreme everything was in New York on that day.

Reaction to Survey

posted Aug 31, 2011, 6:24 AM by Paige Graham

Most people in the same age group were very similar in the survey.  A lot of them watched television during the afternoon and evening, and it was on a daily basis.  Most of them also listened to the radio on a daily basis.  Also, the age group of 14-18 generally used the internet for social networking and entertainment.  But the 45-54 age group used the internet for research quite a bit.  The age group of 14-18 rarely read the newspaper.  The ones that said they did, it was only on a weekly or monthly basis.  The 65 and older age group generally read the newspaper everyday.  So people in the same age group generally had the same routine. 

Blogging

posted Aug 29, 2011, 7:57 PM by Paige Graham

From reading the articles about blogging, there are many dangers associated with it.  If you put something on there, it will be on the internet forever.  Another danger is that anyone can see what you put, and that can be a safety concern.  I think most of the concerns were very legitimate because they can all be potentially dangerous.  Another danger not discussed in the articles was the personal harmfulness that can come from a blog.  You might write something that was not intended for a certain person or group of people to see, but they might actually see it and then you are putting yourself in danger.  To practice responsible blogging, just remember that anyone can see what you are doing and it will be in the internet forever.  Rule 1:  Do not write any personal information throughout your blog.  Rule 2:  Blogs should be monitored on a weekly basis.   

Chapter 1: Mass Communication

posted Aug 29, 2011, 6:42 AM by Paige Graham

From reading the first chapter, Mass Communication, I actually learned quite a bit about the amount of things that go into the media.  Media isn't just going to a website and looking something up or watching television.  It ecompasses a lot more.  Over time media has really changed.  Not just what is in the media, but the way the media is spread throughout the world.  I thought the whole section on "Culture and the Evolution of Mass Communications" was pretty interesting.  It really showed how times have changed and how the media has changed with it.  In the early days the only way to receive any type of information was through oral traditions.  Then the writing era began and kind of over-took the whole oral traditions thing.  It was still difficult to really receive any type of information or media though because the only way of spreading it was to send it in the mail on a horse or by foot, so that was a long process.  The next step was the printing revolution.  The printing press made it easier for mass-market innovation.  Now everything that we have is digital and electronic.  We receive information in the blink of an eye just because of all the different types of technologies there are today.  
 
I didn't really understand the different models of communication.  It seemed really confusing to me.  I kind of understood where they were getting the things, but it just did not make sense to me as a whole.  Between the skyscraper model and the map model, I prefer the skyscraper model.  Between the two, it was easier to understand the skyscraper model because it went a long with things that I knew and understood prior to reading this.  The map model was just confusing to me and I really did not like it.  
 
I enjoyed the section where it talked about "The Power of Media in Everyday Life."  It really showed you just how much media impacts everyone on a day-to-day basis.  It talks about how controversial the media really is now because of all of the ways we can receive information and how quickly it can come.  Some people talked about how they were critical of the quality of contemporary culture and the amount of information now available.  I can really see how that makes sense.  Most people spend way to much time watching television and on the internet, and it is generally not for the news.  Most people, including myself, watch television for the entertainment purpose.  Jersey Shore is obviously a hit and The Real Housewives just because of the "reality."  I do not really consider most of those shows reality, because it is nothing what everyday life really is.  Most of the shows are just a bunch of trashy people who want to be on television.  Most people, again including myself, do not use the internet for the news factor either.  I basically use it just for social networking.  Occassionally, like right now, I use it for school and my classwork, but I would rather be on Twitter or Facebook.  Most poeople are very guilty of being sucked into the world of social networking and do not use the internet for learning purposes.  
 
Overall, I liked the whole first chapter just because it kind of enlightened me on all of what goes into the media.  It was really beneficial because I learned a lot, but it also shows how much media is a part of everyday life.  Media is a good thing, but it is also a bad thing when we use it solely for entertainment purposes and not educational purposes. 

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