Final Thoughts

By: Austin Cottrell

I enjoyed this course throughly as it gave me insights to a lot of topics that I have never thought about before. A few things that I will take away from this course are for one the medias effect on politics and socialization. I thought it was extremely interesting to learn that the majority of people get their political information from social media sites like FaceBook. I will definitely take into account that FaceBook skews what you see from what I learned in this class. It will help me keep an open mind on whatever I see in the future.

I don’t think my media production or consumption will change after this course as I don’t think I am part of the people who use it too much or for the wrong purposes. Moving forward though I definitely plan to look more into the sources of what I am reading controversial information on. It became apparent to me that a lot of websites are biased and have their own agendas. I will also be weary of what I see on Television after learning about media coverage in 2003 Iraq war. It was shocking to me how media was used as propaganda in that war and I don’t want to be one to fall for it because I believe that can create a hatred for a certain people. I believe we see that today with how much people fear and hate anyone who looks like they might be muslim.

Music’s Essential Role

By Austin Cottrell:

Ever since the first creation of it, music has been something that can provoke an influence on humans. It is the one universal thing that is understandable to everyone on earth. Even those who cannot hear are able to enjoy music through it’s vibrations. That being said it has a huge influence on our democracy. While music culture varies from country to country a lot of music in America really is that of free expression. Meaning music in our country is relates to a wides audience and even gives some people a voice. A perfect example of a group expressing themselves is NWA. Here is article that gives you an inside of who NWA is and what they accomplished.

While NWA is not the most contemporary example, that is not the purpose for what I brought them up. The real reason why I don’t think music has stopped having social change is because we can still see it today. Today, we can still see the lasting impacts this group had though other artists. Many saw their music as hate music or gangsta rap when it was really them expressing their own realities. That can still be seen today and that is why freedom of expression is so important today. Artist like Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z continue to rap and not only that, continue to tell their reality through music. Without being able to express themselves through his music, we wouldn’t have the albums that relate to so many today.

A Film’s Impact

By Austin Cottrell:

Films have a major impact on society today especially when it comes to the socialization aspect. Movies contribute to our socialization because sometimes that have themes present that can teach people certain things. Children are the most susceptible audience to this teaching. What a child see’s during a movie can have lasting effects of him/her. If a child watches a movie where a thief steals and faces the justified punishment of the law. That alone can teach a child that stealing is wrong. Movies can go both ways in this aspect, they can contribute to socialization in good ways and bad ways.

Film makers do have some responsibility to make their films accurate. However films do not have to be specifically accurate, not to history or reality. If movies had to be 100% accurate to depict reality then we would not have movies that portray the White House being invaded like we see in “White House Down”. Film makers have the responsibility to keep some things about movies true but even then a truth can be stretched. I chose an article that goes into depth about how movies, especially historical movies are not always accurate. Some movies in fact tell blatant lies and receive public backlash. There are many examples, the most recent one being the Tupac based movie “All Eyes On Me”. After showing in theaters Jada Pinkett Smith, who was very close to Tupac, took to Twitter to express her dissatisfaction with the inaccuracy of the film.

Media Economics

By Austin Cottrell:

I do so happen to believe that media products are economically different from other products and I believe all the evidence is right in front of our faces, especially when you turn on a TV. I feel like to see how media products differ economically, you should just look at advertisements that are on todays television. In todays media economy it is pushed and barely questioned for products of media to appeal to men ages 18-34. In the Miss Representation film it goes over the fact that many media cooperations know that that group of viewers watch TV the least, therefore that is who they try to target with their ads. However, that directly affects what kind of content is produced in media and effects the whole media product culture. It is so commonly seen how todays media products exploit women’s body just to get men to watch or buy a product. That’s a perfect example of how the economics of media change the way media products are produced.

Press Release

By Austin Cottrell:

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Boise PD Officer Shoots Unarmed Man

Boise, ID: Today, Boise’s Police Department has released a report saying a police officer performed a routine traffic stop but things took a turn for the worse. During the routine traffic stop an officer got into an altercation with the unidentified man, drew his firearm and shot the unarmed man. Being in an highly congested area, the altercation was recorded by a bystander and uploaded to YouTube where it sparked public out lash.

The Boise Police Department released a statement saying “At this time we understand the publics concern, however it is in our mission statement to uphold all officers to the fullest extent of the law and continue to serve and protect the public. We will launch an investigation into the incident that has occurred with our officer in search of any misconduct.” While Boise PD has released a statement expressing its concern to protect the public it may not have been enough at this difficult time. With the video of the unarmed man being shot gaining popularity across the globe, public out lash is occurring across all platforms.

However even with the public out lash growing, this might be the perfect opportunity for a true change in the public perception of the police. The investigation, which is in the hands of the best investigators available, will serve true justice whether it be for the police office or the unarmed man. That is what the world wants to see, not a officer crucified or a man simply given a sentence, the world wants to see true justice.



By Austin Cottrell:


I chose this image because it has significance written all over it to me. In seeing this photo I want people to want to root for Boise State and I want people to chose Nike products. In this ad the demographics I’m trying to reach are definitely those who love football. Age is not defined because anyone can be a lover of football and see this ad and want to go get those nike gloves or a Boise State jersey. This ad doesn’t necessarily suggest a need it can fill. The real significance of this image is that it shows all the necessary branding. All over the photo you see big name brands, like Boise State, Nike, the Mountain West Conference and more. Not only is the branding significant but the editing of the photo as well. The dramatic effect makes it look cool and that simply makes others think to look the same or similar, they need to get the same gear.

What this tells me about the roles of ads in society is that images dominate ads. Without images, there is almost nothing else to remember about ads besides a catchy saying. It’s the images that really stick in your mind long after you’ve seen it.

Online Shaming

By Austin Cottrell:

When reflecting on the topic on the ethics of online shaming it is a very touchy subject. ┬áSocial is media is so far different from news outlets in the simple fact that it gives people a voice. Social media has the ability to give someone who is a so called “average citizen” a voice against someone else. Not only does it give someone a voice against someone, it gives you a voice against the biggest names out there. It is so often seen with Donald Trump. He tweets something that offends someone, and they tweet a response that blows up getting more shares, likes, and retweets than our own president. However, this is not always a good thing.

In the case of Justice Sacco, it shows how dangerous one tweet can be. While her presence on social media was almost unrecognized one tweet brought her to being fired and being brutally shamed on social media. That is why ethics on online shaming is such a touchy subject. I chose an article that goes deeper into the ethics of online shaming. It continues the talk on what we really want to get out of it. This article talks about the great privilege we have against traditional news outlets that only give voice to the famous or in power by using social media. However it really raises one question that we all have to think about ourselves. That question is of what kind of society do we really want to be by online shaming. Do we want to use it to get justice and have voices heard or do we want to shame to destroy.