This class really helped me in so many ways this semester. I did not realize it until the end, but the readings and the books we read really resonated with me. I could go through all of the points that I think go farther than this class, but then I would be writing a paper instead of a short blog post. Carol, you do a fantastic job teaching and the best part is you really care and want us to succeed, in and out of the classroom. I do not have any negatives about this course because it really gives a worldly perspective on media and the direction that media is going. This has been a great semester!
To start off I thought the James Foley movie was fantastic. It did a great job of making the viewer realize that outside of our bubble, there is some pretty crazy stuff happening in our world today. People like Foley made it possible for people like us to be kept up to date in the most powerful way: visually. Now, of course a piece of writing can also have the same effect on you, but seeing these things speaks volumes more than words. I really do believe in a the saying “a picture is worth 1000 words.” Honestly I disagreed in regards to what the first article said about having a pessimistic approach on speaking about the future of photojournalism. The one argument that I did agree with that he made was that newspaper can get pictures for half the price from freelancers than they normally could get, as well as photojournalism being “junk food” for newspapers and publishing companies. I think by “junk food” he means that photos can potentially take away from the quality of writing that is required for draw that reader in. You relay on a picture or photo to take the pressures off the writers. In regards to the other article, I liked how she took on a more optimistic approach upon the future of photojournalism. I liked how she tried to inspire the student that emailed her and set her into the right direction. More of this is needed in our negative and individualistic society that is created by putting people down and not allowing people to dream crazy dreams and be creative. I feel (much like anything) photojournalism is very opinion based. One person could say you are the best in the world and another may not be able to connect with your work at all.It all depends. But, me being a positive person, I love thinking that I can do anything as long as I put in the work, so I must side with the optimistic viewpoint going forward into the future.
Versatility is key. This is a huge part of really any sort of major or job that you get in today’s age. In class we went over a lot of this same material but it was nice to read through it to reiterate the points we have gone over. I really like how in class today we spoke about how in advertising you have to be personal to get products to sell. Like the video from “Mad Men” really showed how to sell products with emotion. “Today, ideas and content must flow furiously at a pulse rate that the digital landscape demands. But that quickening doesn’t obviate some basic truths. We must never lose sight of the importance that quality storytelling and a journalistic mindset have in an ecosystem where there is simply too much content and not enough time.” This was my favorite part of the presentation that we had to read on blueline. I understand it is a bit long but I think it makes total sense and does a terrific job of painting a picture for us on how to sell. Now, what I have spoke about before in this post directly correlates with public relations today. Like we have discussed in class, public relations is basically being able to do a whole bunch of different skills. In today’s age, we are moving towards more of a combination of these different skills and calling them Journalism or Public Relations for example. Being in these types of positions you need to be able to be comfortable with doing everything and anything that a future employer may throw at you. Because at the end of the day, regardless of the circumstances, you have to deliver.
I read this piece and I did not know what to think directly after I read it. I’m kind of shocked because this is the sort of story a lot of people do not want to tell, but when it is told, it is a fantastic piece of journalism. After reading it I had a few questions that I tried to reflect on as much as I could.The first question I had was “Did the way the author write the story make it about getting a message across to people about the realness of children dying, or did she make it more about herself?” This I still can not really find an answer to. She seems like a very sweet lady and seems to have her own personal struggles which I believe she thinks gives her an understanding on how to go about this story. The writing style she used allowed me to think that she was writing to promote herself in a way. It seemed like she kind of used the kid to pump up her own journalistic career. The next question I had was “Did the mother and R.J know really what she was doing?” The only I reason I ask this is because given all the stress that is surrounded for them both could definitely create a lapse in how one could think clearly. I’m not sure if this happened obviously but I could definitely believe it if I found out that it would be true.
I forgot about this assignment and now I am paying the price. Writing in pain from my wisdom tooth operation this afternoon is proving to be a pretty difficult task if I do say so myself. Regardless of my jaw feeling like someone wacked me over the head with an AP stylebook continuously for 8 hours, I enjoyed the first three chapters of our next book; Blur. Two of the main transformations that lead us to this day and age are definitely in the invention of the Television as well as the Radio. These two pieces of technology were frameworks for modern day business and social digital media that we deal with on an every day and almost every minute basis. Radio sort of set the stage for T.V and then T.V did the same for modern day technology. Radio was the first “true” communication tool that allowed people not only a very “personal” means for getting news and entertainment, but also allowed people to express themselves through the radio. To take this even further, next came the T.V. The T.V set the true standard for modern technology. Personal communication just got even more personal because you can physically see who was talking to you. T.V not only created more of a personal communication flow, but more specifically changed the way products were marketed to the American people. Once the T.V came to the market, huge corporations jumped on this as a new way to sell products and make buying things much for convenient for the consumer. These two pieces of technology paved the way for cellphones, desktop computers, laptops, and economic boosts over the years. Here is an article I found that goes more indepth.
I think it’s safe to say that in today’s world, it is heavily influenced by how we are perceived by our, friends, family, and people we don’t even know from atom; online. The number of likes that we get on a status or picture, of how many times someone views a video we share or post, for a lot of people often times will determine their personal self-worth to themselves given that we live in such a digital age. One of the biggest downfalls to this methodology we have created is the lacking of “face-to-face” communication as well as the act of being connected on a personal level, instead of on a cellphone or through a social media account. Through the social media accounts and text messages we send to each other, I believe that we lose out on one of the biggest things that makes us human and that is plain old human interaction and face-to-face contact. This not only I think takes away from the human experience, but also doesn’t allow people to develop the crucial communication skills that is not only necessary for us, but it is also a skill that future employers look at heavily when going through the hiring process. With all this being said, I do think that despite the negatives I have proposed, there are also some positives. Some of the positives being always staying connected as well as always being staying connected to people that you normally would not stay in-touch with. Social media allows us to always be up to date in regards of what people are doing that we are close with, and also, always staying a part of the group. If you decided to stay in one night then and your best friends went out, chances are if you tuned into snapchat you would be able to follow the whole night, which I think in a lot of ways is extremely positive. Here is a link to see the effects of being on our phones too much as social media, just click here.
In another blog I wrote a couple years ago in highschool, I proposed the question, Are we as a people more social today than ever before, or is it the total opposite? In our day in age, people cannot go 5 minutes without having there phone out to check social media, text messages, emails, etc. Technologies like these I think help everyday life move in a much quicker direction, but I think we fail as a people to use our “off” switch. Having the personal people to people moments are what human beings thrive on, human interaction. The overwhelming aspect of our technology can affect everyone at some point in their day. I know for me personally, it is very difficult to have my phone on me every second of every day. At some point for me, it puts my in this crazy mentality that I am constantly behind on something and am always playing some sort of game like “catch-up”. A lot of my friends that I sort of observed during the weekend and people that I would pay attention to in passing, seemed to be glued to their phones. This type of feeling that you cannot live without something gets back to initial question of “Are we as a people more social today than ever before, or is it the total opposite?” I think this is a legitimate question that I think could be very useful over a discussion with the class. On one hand we are so social all the time, but in contrast, we aren’t social at all(as a total population I think) in the matter of face to face connectivity. Immersion into another person instead of an Instagram account. The “JOMO” (Joy of Missing Out) that was on our class blog 2 page, is awesome and is a really cool concept that I’m sure a lot of people and families buy into to try and regain that interconnectivity with people and that person to person interaction that I feel has left us in way now that we are so technology driven. Here is a really cool article I found that kind of backs up what I’m am saying.
This is my second class with Carol and I can not be more thrilled! To start off, I am taking this course because it is a requirement for my Journalism major and the Journalism track. The class I had last semester with Carol was a social media course in which I learned a lot about the use of social media and how to effectively strategize it to benefit you personally, as well as in the workplace. Anyways, my experience with social media and media in general I like to think is more advanced than the average bear. I use Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat which I feel like is pretty standard. I am an athlete so I try to use it sort of as self-promotion and to create my own “personal brand”. I wouldn’t say that I am glued to my screen, but I feel as if I am on my phone as much as anyone else. I do love technology but I’m also into either reading a good book or having good conversations. I’m a sucker for a good story and a good conversation over almost anything. When it comes to news media, fake media outlets online is probably what frustrates me most and honestly I do not see it going away anytime soon. I think media and journalists who tell the truthful story as well as not carry along their own opinions to influence the truth is good reporting and good media to me. I think that social media can cure this “flow” of “bad news” but I could also see it making the big problem that we already have much worse given the raise of social media users everyday. Honestly, I do not have any experience on the programming side of things. Social media and media in general does a fantastic job of keeping our world so connected and so small. Keeping in touch with people across the world is as easy as a click of a button. Being connected is a very beautiful thing. Another huge plus is being kept informed. Knowledge is always power.
When I first decided to take this class I was not sure what to expect. I felt like I personally had a good handle on my social media and how to use it. The basic stuff like what not to post, keep your language clean, be careful about what you post because once you do, its out there forever and so on. Boy did I think I know it all! I was totally mistaken. There were so many things I was able to learn in this class. Such as making a social media strategy. I thought this was great because I felt like this is something that I may be called on to do if I am in this line of work once I am done in school. I thought it was great that you we also linked the assignment to a local Omaha non-profit, which is Abide. Besides all the tricks to the trade that is social media that I took away from this class was HOW TO PRESENT. I felt like that is not stressed enough in classes today. Being able to stand up and talk in front of people I believe to not only be a fantastic skill, but also to be a very important one. I thought the “how to use powerpoint” video was very funny but also very true and very useful. You can watch the entire video here. Trust me, it is worth it. Anyways, I was so happy that I took this class and it made me aware of everything that goes into social to make it successful, both personally and corporately.
PS. Photo credit to Tim Gill, unbelievable photographer and everyone should look at him on instagram! Even better person!
I think this is a very interesting topic to write about with it being Election Day in our country. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more barking back and forth between two ideologies since I have been on social media. When talking about Public Shaming and social media, sadly, they go hand in hand in this day in age. Being able to voice your opinion freely and really post “whatever” your moral compass can allow, is brilliant about social media and for that matter, our country. I believe that this sort of model is so healthy for a society to function and grow as a unit. Sadly, with this freedom of expression comes with a lot of people that can not handle that freedom. That this freedom becomes too much for them and given that you don’t agree with said opinion, you’re automatically, stupid and incapable, for some of the cleaner names that tend to pop up on social media. This is just the harsh reality that we live in, then we have cases such as Justine Sacco’s tweet that really wasn’t the smartest thing to send out, especially when she couldn’t even check Twitter on the plane. Another example of this would be Michelle Ferrier’s article that received countless amounts of ridicule because people did not agree with her opinion. In this day in age we see this so much and to be frank, its more than sad. In regards to Monica Lewinsky, the shaming she got for what happened with her and Bill Clinton is completely awful. I’m not going to speak about the scandal because thats not what I’m here to write about. I just think in situations like this people should drop the subject and move on. The media has a tendency of not letting things go, which in this case, almost destroyed a women’s life. Anyways, I know that you can not please everyone and someone will always have a problem with something, but using your best judgement on social media in my opinion is KEY. In class on Monday we talked about using our best judgement and how people sometimes overstep that. With this sort of Public Shaming/Harassment, this makes for people not wanting to express their opinions, which as I said earlier, is what makes social media great. I’m not sure really how you would be able to make social media a “safer” place because you will always have those sort of people that can not handle the freedom.