Handeling It

We are officially five weeks into the semester at Arkansas State University and I’m sure you have already heard these three questions. When is the last day to drop a class? What’s the homework assignment? and is there free food?  College can be overwhelming and if you’re thinking about dropping a class; don’t. Push through, you can handle this.  As far as the homework assignment goes, everything is ALWAYS on the syllabus (I learned that one the hard way). Free food is hard to come by, the vending machine is your new life source.

Trying to handle school, work, and a personal life is a difficult thing to do. It can feel like a juggling act. The first couple of weeks of the semester I felt like I was juggling while walking a tightrope over a pool full of sharks. It was not good. I was missing assignments and forgetting about quizzes, something I had never done before. I was stressing myself out because I couldn’t remember what I needed to do.  One of my Professors told me to start using a planner. That book you buy and never fill out, use it. It helped me get back on track with school. I was now more aware of what I had to do through the week because I could see what needed to be done.  I haven’t missed an assignment since.

Getting an education is a privilege that shouldn’t be taken for granted.  It is easy to get distracted by life’s problems, maybe a relationship ended, someone in your family passed away or you’re going through a financial problem. Remember, what you are doing now is going to pay off in the future. Every class you pass is one step closer to graduation and that is one step closer to your career. You can handle this.

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Fact or Fiction?

Our ability to communicate around the world is getting more and more advanced every day. It is a lot easier now to get in touch with others from different countries then it was just a few years ago.  With the technology we have with smartphones almost anyone can be a journalist, with one picture, video or tweet we can now post information to the internet with one touch of a button. With the way, our media is evolving even the government uses social media to make some announcements. I feel that we still can not fully rely on social media for cold hard facts but it can give us some incite on what is happening in the moment. I think that with anything put on social media has to be triple checked before proven as real. It is very easy nowadays to make fake news posts and manufacture videos that look real but are not. I do not think that social media feeds are a reliable source for information.

Offensive!

Advertisers love to shock people, they gain attention and publicity the more people talk about their ads. Is it okay to make an offensive ad so people will talk about the product? I don’t think it is right, but sadly the “shock value” works in most cases. The more offensive it is the more publicity it gets nowadays.  If an advertisement  comes out that is majorly offensive then even the news will make a story out of it. This only adds flame to the fire because now more people are getting informed when the whole thing could have been avoided. I think that a lot of the time the media will make a bigger deal out of something than it needs to be.  I think the media should ignore the offensive advertisements in many cases because they are giving them free publicity. All this negativity is contagious and hurts our society in the long run.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

In today’s world media is a big open book. If you share it, someone is going to see it. So why do celebrities get so upset with the “media” when their picture ends up in the news? After all isn’t it their job to be seen?  Many people would say that celebrities are just like you and me. Yes, they are people but they live a very different life than the average person.  For example, I could go to the grocery store and no one would care, but let’s say Kim K (Kim Kardashian) goes then people are interested in whether she bought apples or bananas.  Most celebrities love the attention from the press; if, it is what they want to be seen.  The press can be very invasive at times and can cause a negative commotion in celebrity’s lives.   I am a big believer in if you don’t want it to be seen then don’t do it.  If celebrities want to have more control over the negative media then they need to conceal their bad behavior, better yet give the press positive things to talk about.

One Bad Pizza Pie

Social media as of right now is probably one of the most influential media outlets out there. Everything we do is surrounded by social media, whether it’s going to the movies, watching tv, listing to music, or communicating with others. Social media plays a big part in our lives and companies have taken note in this. Many companies have social media accounts and use them daily to promote varies things for themselves.   Recently DiGiorno Pizza tweeted with the hashtag “#WhyIStayed”  their tweet stated “#WhyIStayed you had pizza” this doesn’t seem controversial by its self, but the hashtag was referring to Janay Palmer Rice’s decision to stay with her partner Ray Rice after domestic violence.  The tweet was soon deleted and an apology was given. The company didn’t know what the hashtag was about before tweeting. This is another example of “think before you post”.  Social media has helped companies public relations interact more closely with their consumers. They can tweet, make videos and share facebook statuses like one of your friends.  I do think that PR has to stay at the top of their game in order to avoid miss steps such as the DiGiorno tweet.

Are DVRs making TV networks lose money?

Television is a major mass media in our world today. Many people used to gather around the tv together at a certain time to watch their favorite show. But nowadays with modern technology, we can watch a show at our earliest convenience. Long gone are the days of waiting for your show to come on and sitting through commercials. I personally have a DVR and use it on a regular basis to set timers to record shows and skip through the ads while I’m watching. With DVR’s we can now record, fast forward and rewind through advertisements and shows. To most of us, this technology is the best thing that could have happened to tv viewers everywhere. No more commercials woo hoo! But to the cable companies and advertisers, this could be a nightmare for their profits. To help combat the loss of money through commercials they can put more ads in the show by using product placement. Other networks have put their shows online and charge a small fee to watch through their website. I think DVR’s are great for the viewers, but not so great for the companies trying to make money off commercials.

Media Journal Three

In our mass communications class, we had to go without any kind of media for 24 hours.  This media journal was difficult but not impossible, even though it seemed that way at times. Instead of consuming media I played my piano, cleaned out my closet and went outside and played with my dog. The day seemed much longer since I didn’t have so many distractions to keep me preoccupied.  To say this media journal was easy would be a lie, but it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.  I did miss watching YouTube videos and scrolling through various social medias. The worst part was not being able to talk to my fiancé. I told him ahead of time that I was not going to be able to use my phone or any kind of media that day. He wasn’t happy about the situation, but he is very supportive of school so he was understanding. I still live with my parents so not using media had no effect on our communication. Some of the things I didn’t miss about media was all the political propaganda that is still floating around on Facebook and the redundancy of the news.

Over all, I think this media journal was a learning experience but I don’t know if I would ever do it again.  I do think it is something people should do at least once. It is an eye-opening experience because you don’t realize how much of your life is surrounded by media until you go without it for 24 hours. Through the semester we have had to do three media journals. I feel like they have helped me learn more about my media consumption and how it affects my life. On a scale of one to ten, I’m a six when it comes to me controlling the media or the media controlling me. The reason I say a six is because I do enjoy using the media and I use it a lot. However, I don’t think I am controlled by the media because I can go without it for some time. I plan to approach media in the future the same way I do now. After doing the 24 hours without, I do think I will cut back some because I get more done in a day without the distractions. I would recommend doing these media journals because they help give a new perspective on one’s media use.

Super Bowl Commercials

Most people can’t wait for the big game, the one that most people wait all year for; the Super Bowl! But are we really waiting for the game? If you are like me you watch the “game” for the commercials and the half-time show. One of the most memorable commercials I can think of is the Doritos commercial of “puppy monkey baby”. It had to be one of the weirdest commercials I have ever seen. Even though it had an outrageous concept I thought it was pretty funny. I get more excited to watch the commercials than the game because the next day all of my friends and I are talking about which commercial we liked best instead of who won.

Think Before You Post

Although the internet is a fairly new mass medium my generation are what they like to call “digital natives”.  Being a digital native, we walk around with a computer in our hand on daily basis. With the age of apps and smartphones most people’s lives are online, with the use of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, it is now easy to share our lives with many people around the world. I use many social media apps myself like those listed above. I am a pretty private person, so I try to keep my social media posts lighthearted. A lot of times, people share too much information on their social media and need to refrain from posting intimate details about their lives. We all have that one freind who uses their facebook like a diary and you don’t want to be mean and delete them, but if you see one more post about who cheated on who, you might go crazy.  The rule I like to go by when posting to social media is if you wouldn’t get on a stage and share your bussiness to hundreds of people then don’t share it on social media. Think before you post.

Is Music Isolating Us?

I feel that personal music players distance us from others. There is a meme trending on the internet that says, “If I have my headphones in don’t talk to me.” Personal music players like iPods, mp3’s and smartphones have made people more anti-social.  All you have to do is put on your headphones and you can ignore people in a way that is socially accepted. I am guilty of using my headphones in this way. However, there is a positive side to using headphones at college.  Recently, I was in the math lab and the noise around me was so distracting that I had to put my headphones in playing classical music. It helped me to concentrate on my math quiz. Portable music players and headphones have made it easier for us to have music with us, but with that, it has somewhat isolated us from the people around us.