What’s Resonated With You So Far

23 Mar

We  have explored a variety of issues in lecture and in lab surrounding the media: image, censorship, image, identity, vernacular, control, manipulation, literacy, free thinking, etc… So far what’s resonated with you? Draw from our readings and discussion to explore an issue and briefly discuss in a paragraph or so what’s resonated with you.

This is due Sunday March 25, 2012 at 7:00pm.


14 Responses to “What’s Resonated With You So Far”

  1. lyndsiv March 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    I think the thing that continues to resonate with me is this idea of how the media can ‘paint pictures.’ They have the ability to tell a story or an event in the way they want us to perceive it. Because of our dependency on media and technology, it has really left me with the question of, how free is our thinking when the media has been given the power to shape what we see and how we see it?

  2. halimahaider March 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    All of the terms mentioned in class are widely embedded into our everyday lives. To ask how the terms, “image, censorship, identity, vernacular, control, manipulation, literacy, free thinking, etc” resonate with us as people is a vague inquiry since we are confronted by these issues daily on a consecutive notion. I discussed the issue of image, censorship, identity, manipulation, and somewhat freethinking in my first essay for this class. With the advancement of social media and networking sites we are pressured to manipulate our image into a more censored versions of our actual identity which undermines our ability to think freely. However, for this blog, I will focus on literacy. Literacy is the key component that enables us to fully comprehend and resonate with the other aforementioned issues that we have discussed in class. Literacy has been the centralized issue of this course since we started reading Fahrenheit 451. Throughout this course we have been observing many issues pertaining to Media through an educated lens which wouldn’t be possible without literacy. Pi Sheng’s invention of calligraphy, the usage of scriptoriums, the Guttenberg’s press, the mind boggling history of the black press, and the biography of Frederick Douglass, are all prime examples of literary influence and how it has effected and shaped the world we live in today. Education is sacred to me. What is the point of anything if you don’t learn something new everyday, right? To observe the history and the progress of literacy makes me appreciate it even more. Soldier Without Swords, is an accurate title for the film about the black press. We witnessed the emblem of how “A pen is mightier than a sword” as voices of many African Americans were heard, and Abbot made a fortune for himself with The Chicago Defender. We were presented with more inspirational stories pertaining to literacy as we covered Frederick Douglass. Look at what Frederick Douglass did with literacy as his weapon! Or what could’ve happened to Frankie Mae if she had persisted on continuing her education. Gathering from the material we have covered in class so far, education is imperative. I resonate with the imperativeness of literacy because I want to further my education and orchestrate it as my weapon and make a remarkable impact.

    • makiaharper March 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

      For the post I am looking to see what issues that came out of discussions or labs really struck a cord with you. I merely listed those general ideas to briefly remind you of the ideas that we discussed. You are welcomed to be as specific as you like and it is encouraged.

      • halimahaider March 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

        I enjoyed the discussion about the black press in lab and the class was intrigued about learning of contemporary ethnic publications and this site contains a good list of them: http://www.kidon.com/media-link/us_ethnic.php

  3. taracelis91 March 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Through out the semester we have covered different topics and issues in the world of Media. What I find that really stuck with me was the way African Americans were denied access to literacy and how influential the Black Press was during its time. I love learning new things about history so watching a movie based on how Afircan Americans were able to create newspapers despite the racism and segregation during that time was very inspiring. It showed how powerful print media can be especially to those who want their story to be heard and read. African Americans would stop at nothing to print the stories they wanted heard even if it meant allowing white advertisements into thier papers. When it comes to literacy I think the story “Frankie Mae” shows the passion that African Americans had to want to learn but the time period in which they lived in made learning next to impossible. These stories showed a different side of media and how even those who were not allowed to learn to read or write or were discouraged to speak up still took those risk. These stories helped me to learn more about african american history and how the media is so powerful. Media and literacy are two powerful things that some people take for granted while others are using it to its fullest extent.

  4. Olga Petukhova March 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    I got the perception that throughout the course a lot was said about the media impact in a quite negative context. There were the ideas of media that “putting thoughts in our mind”, media “dictating behaviour patterns” and etc. Well, I have to say that media is in fact a voice of people that cannot always be objective, because none of us are. All opinions are subjective, it is up to the individual to go with the flow or to promote his point of view. Media leaves us choice. Also, a lot of negative things were said about Facebook, Twitter and other social media. I’m sure that all media tools and sources can be used for a good thing.
    A good example is KONY 2012 campaign. The organization “Invisible Children” has already done a lot to help the victims of Kony’s abductions and numerous inhuman actions with the help of ordinary people like us that found out about situation in Uganda and Kony through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and etc. Because of the mass protests and demands the US government sent armed forces to help people of Uganda in their fight with injustice. So, each of us can change the world we leave in to the better with the help of media.

    Please, watch the video and support KONY 2012 campaign:

  5. samcatapano March 25, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    I really enjoyed watching the film “Soldiers Without Swords.” I thought I was well aware of what the African Americans went through after they were freed from slavery, but this film showed me a whole new side of their struggle. I didn’t even know that there were African American news papers at that time. The film did a great job capturing the different hardships that these people went through, and the newspapers did a really amazing thing, exposing all the horrible things that were being done to these people. I was really impressed with the strength of the African American journalists who were standing up for what was right, and not giving into the whites. This movie really taught me a hole new side to the struggle and the fight that African Americans put up after they were freed from slavery!

  6. gabbykliz March 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Throughout lectures, there has been a continuous reference back to religion and its influence on media. It is interesting to see the way religion has sculpted the backbones of media, by the Bible being the first book printed, etc. It has allowed for me to see how greatly one source can impact a society. Religion shaped much of earlier societies’ arts, history, and interactions. One thing that has resonated with me is how far western society has strayed from the previous religious building blocks of media. We have come from a society with strong dictation and censorship over press to one with more exploiting and superficially rooted ideals. It bears the question of what is really important to our generation and where our media is heading towards.

  7. swimsindreams March 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    I think each topic that we’ve explored whether through lecture, reading, film or assignment has resonated with me in one way or another this semester. I appreciate the way that this course has been developed in order to encourage independent thinking, by way of understanding ones own self and the influences that mass media has on all of us as individuals. The “social media and me” assignment was effective in encouraging self-reflection and for gaining insight into how I present myself to the world and most importantly, why.
    Because we are so bombarded by so many different types of media every day, it’s important to question what you’re viewing and hearing so that we may each be able to form our own opinions and ideas and choose selectively what media we choose to expose ourselves to in order to frame the way we see the world around us in a way that is true to each of us. The only way to do this is to really explore and question who we are as individuals and where all of the mass culture which shapes us all took root historically.

  8. afetyani March 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    I think that more then just the material we covered, the overall concept of our discussions have greatly impacted how I look at things. Advertisements aren’t just advertisements anymore, they can be interpreted in so many different ways, as with the lectures on religion. Sometimes it takes another person to point out little things to us for us to realize that there is a much bigger picture that we tend to overlook because its not the most obvious. Of all the things we’ve spoken about, its the religious talk that I keep going back to because I feel like there are so many details that could easily shift a persons thoughts but those are the ones most people tend to avoid because they don’t want to have doubts in their faith. I feel like people tend to take advantage or not care about the things they see or hear but if they gave some things enough thought they would begin to trust themselves and their instincts and be happier.

  9. ValerieMotieram March 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    We have learned a lot about Africans Americans throughout history and how the media portrayed them. I really enjoyed the readings “Frankie Mae” and Franklin Douglas’s “Learning to Read and Growing in Knowledge”. These two readings really touched me. It upset me to learn that African Americans were being denied access to literacy like in Franklin Douglas’s case or the right to learn at all like in Frankie Mae’s case. These African Americans were denied access to knowledge because learning would give them power. This has really stuck with me because it motivates me to fight for what I believe is mine. These people went against society and were able to fight for what they believed were their rights and accomplish great things.

  10. danstuckey March 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    A lot of what has created resonance is learning about the emergence of print and Soldiers without Swords. In conjunction with the first assignment where I explored my childhood and my then close vicinity to my father and his workplaces in newspaper and online journalism, I have started to rediscover and think more critically about those spaces of publication and high-energy, the racial makeup of the employees, the topics that people of color are writing about at media giants, etc. I remember a good friend and coworker of my father, Michael Ross, a black man that worked in the editorial department and reviewed TV shows and Films. Just as I attributed superpowers with many of the people in the newsroom, I did so even more with Michael Ross, who was one of the first people to ever see the show ’24.’ He explained the concept to me once when we were hanging out over at his apartment, and I thought it sounded interesting, but I guess I never really got into it when it did come out on TV. Rather, I said to myself, “Oh, that’s the show Mike Ross reviewed.”

    This idea of a super power of seeing unreleased content and big time news has always been a big source of excitement for me, and I think it is why I tend to befriend people in PR, private consulting firms and politics, knowing that they must always have the ‘inside scoop,’ before everyone else. However, when I think of what might be termed a ‘super-power’ of Michael Ross’ when imagining him travelling back in time to the heyday of the American black press in “Soldiers without Swords,” it would clearly produce much different ideas of power. This type of reflection on the material that we have covered up until now in Media 180 has been a valuable one for me in a Foucauldian sense of studying power and the embodiment of power in words and syntax, how people and their issues are less often confronted with critical approaches, and how closely studying the history of print media and other communications can enlighten some fascinating topics of social control and inform the way people produce new medias in the present day.

  11. andreeres March 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

                                          ” A sales floor in every home ”

                  Advertising is what resonates. What do consumers need and want? What colors, sizes, sounds, speeds does that puppy in the window come in? How fast is shipping? Will it be there when I get home? How fast can that new item make it into the closet? That almighty passing feeling of a new possession, ready to be discarded.

                  Seems there are many more storage facilities becoming more available. People are starting to rent spaces outside of their living space due to surplus of personal items. Things are changing. For example: surveyed, adults age 22-35 are just not buying new cars. Internet access is of more importance than what car is being driven. Certain automobile companies are revamping their campaign tactics to impact this age group.



  12. Emma Nutter March 26, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    Throughout this course, something that has continued to resonate with me is the power of language. With language comes knowledge, or at least it is the way in which knowledge is spread. Throughout the course we continue to learn how people’s minds are opened, or broadened due to reading. With the ability to read, one can learn that they can become more than what their society may have set forth for them to be. This idea was presented in Fredrick Douglas’s autobiography where he discussed how with reading he was able to see for the first time that reading and knowledge could bring him freedom to break his chains. The society had told him that it was God’s will for him to be a slave, but after being able to read, he could learn to interpret the texts and see the ways in which the society wanted, or needed to keep him ignorant in order to keep him a slave. At the same time, however, language can also serve as a barrier for knowledge, depending on the types of sources one is reading. Almost every piece of literature that one reads is directed and is presented in order to form an argument in order to manipulate the reader into agreeing with the said perspective. Thus, if a person only reads one type of newspaper, or listens to one type of news, then they may be closed minded to other perspectives on the same topics. So, in order to broaden the mind fully, I believe that in order to be a knowledgeable person, one has to read from many texts and analyze instead of devour, and interpret instead of blindly accept. As James Baldwin once wrote, “they merely bought books and devoured them, but not in order to learn.” People tend to read blindly, understanding it as knowledge, not understanding that what they are reading is, in fact, a subjective take on and event, etc.

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