By: William Crabtree
I honestly believe that throughout this course I learned a lot of very valuable things, that I also was able to find very entertaining. I learned that I have to be very present when I frequent my social media pages to prevent myself from becoming to engulfed by my online life. I learned that what i see on the internet needs to be backed up by many other sites because native advertising has the power to influence you with extreme bias that is often times hidden, and camoflauged on typically neutral sites. I also learned about the pitfalls of filter bubbles, an how they may seem like a beneficial thing for our entertainment lives, they can be very dentremental to our education lives simply because our searches are limited to wha the are “interested in” rather than what we need to know as informed citizens. After taking this class i will continue to monitor my media usage and try to limit it to under an hour a day. I strive to look up from my phone more and enjoy and appreciate the world around me. I want to surround myself with nature and friends rather than escape on an artificial reality found on my phone. This course has really opened my mind to things I may be interested in for my future. I especially enjoyed our module about public relations, and am now thinking about possible careers I can do to stay in that field. Overall I found this course to be very enlightening, and hope to take many more like this through our communications program.
Music, is defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as “vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony,” but any true member of the Human race can agree that the definition provided barely scratches the surface of what music really is. Music is said to be the glue of society, that helps to define culture. It expresses raw emotion and allows the listener to emphasize and feel connected with the musician. When one looks at music with this lens, it is easier to see why music was created by almost every culture around the globe, and has continued to change and evolve to successfully mirror social values and views of the given location. Music has clearly been proven to be a very integral part of society and the culture that is formed because of it. The beauty of music, is that it has the power to influence not just cultures and societies but individuals as well. People can listen to a particular musical piece, and interpret it in a completely different way than someone else. This gives the individual the ability to find a personal meaning of their own, and then ultimately the capability to form their own perspective on that art piece. As Kim Harrison once said, “music moves society more than most people realize. In [her] opinion It’s a soft manipulator of influence and change.” Music has been seen to not only unite nations together, but give each and every one of the individuals within the society a sense of shared community. As Harrison says, music has the power to change, and this is seen across the world throughout history.
I believe that Movies and the film industry play a huge role in the socialization process. Movies are a key role in the education of social values and behaviors to the worlds youth. They have the ability to teach children the values of friendship, how we interact with one another, the importance of hard work, and even shows the realities of todays society. What we as humans see repeatedly in movies and on television eventually becomes the norm, and this is a very powerful thing. It is with this that the filmmakers have a very large responsibility in what they show and how they show it to the public. I personally believe that it is crucial that these filmmakers normalize the things in our society that we see to be “different” or not part of the “norm.” These things include mental disabilities, interracial relationships, LGBTQ themes, and many more. If we as a society can normalize these topics we can begin to break down the social barriers we see all around us. However, I do not think that it is a filmmakers job to portray reality one hundred percent of the time. When you brake it down, a film is a piece of art, and art comes in many different forms and genres. To ask a film maker or director to always adhere to reality is putting a limit on the art that these individuals are able to create. At the end of the day, movies and television are a very important part of today’s society, and with that comes a great responsibility.
To: Verizon Communications Inc.
From: The Crabtree Law Firm
Date: June 25th 2017
Topic: possible 1st amendment violations, and net neutrality
To whomever this may concern,
Hello, we have received your inquiries on the topic of possible 1st amendment rights violations. We understand that you have concerns about net neutrality rules prohibiting you from slowing internet speeds for other companies and sites until they switch to Verizon. We would like to legally inform you that these actions are in clear violation of net neutrality laws, which state clearly, “Net Neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that ISPs should provide us with open networks — and shouldn’t block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn’t interfere with the content you view or post online.”
Net neutrality, however does not violate your First amendment right to freedom of speech. Because Verizon is only a service provider rather than a media and message transmitter, there is no penalty. I would suggest from not only a legal standpoint but a business standpoint as well that your company does not continue to press this topic in the public light. Net neutrality tends to be favored by the public, and by standing out against it so clearly I believe you will lose both current and future customers.
Thank you for choosing the Crabtree Law firm for your inquiries
Talk has been building up regarding an incident last Friday night in which an underage BSU football player was found to be intoxicated at a bar downtown. The freshman quarterback Joe Smith, who has been with the team for four months now. Smith was using a fake ID, and got into Suds Bar off of Broadway Avenue. Smith understands the seriousness of his actions and takes full responsibility.This incident is a poor representation of our program and the values we strive to maintain. Our program is based off a simple “Bronco Code” Where we talk about our obligation not to lie. By using this Fake ID Smith lied to the community, and disrespected not only himself but the entire team, tarnishing the outstanding representation we fight to uphold within the community. We send our sincere apologies to members of the bronco community and would like to express that we have taken action towards discipling the player. As of now he will be suspended from the team and all activities indefinitely. Beyond this we would like to make it known that as a team and a family, we have zero tolerance for our players participating in any inappropriate or illegal activities such as this one. On another note the player has expressed his apologies towards the coaches and other members of the BSU staff and would like to make a public statement and apology later on in this week. The apology will be posted on our twitter account around Wednesday.
Similar occurrences have happened at schools like Oklahoma, Read here about the Baker Mayfield incident.
According to Doctor Renee Barnes, “Some people comment because of other commenters. They’ll read something someone else has said and either really agree with it or really disagree with it, and it will make them want to comment.” This quotation is from a ABC article that recapped a Study led by Dr. Renee Barnes, which took a deeper look into what encourages an individual to take aggressive and very radical stances on topics when they are behind the safety of their own screens and keyboards.
After Watching Jon Ronson’s TED talk on The extent of online shaming, my initial thoughts on this topic was confirmed. When you give an individual the power to express their deepest darkest thoughts in the safety of a peer pressure driven shame session, they find security in two simple facts. First being that they are completely able to hind behind either an anonymous profile, or simply the fact that there are no immediate repercussions from their words simply because they are typically safe in the security of their own homes. Second, the aspect of peer pressure plays a giant role. When the whole community of online users is attacking one individual, it almost makes it somewhat of the cool thing to do, and allows us to say things we wouldn’t normally say in hopes of fitting in. And deservingly or not, this is exactly what happened to Ms. Justine Sacco, with her distasteful tweet about her trip to Africa, and her hopes of not contracting the AIDs virus.
On the topic of filter bubbles, Bill gates says, “One thing that’s new that is a little concerning is people seeking out things that are really not giving them the facts, and then staying in there, They’re playing to a narrow worldview—that is a concern.”
Filter bubbles have become a serious problem in our society, and what is even more concerning is that the majority of our population is completely unaware of what these filters even are. Without our permission, these websites are eliminating certain results from our google searches to “better suit” our interests. However, by doing this it limits what we are able to see, thus putting a cap on our knowledge of the world around us.
In his TED talk, Eli Pariser discusses and explains what a filter bubble is, and how it negatively affects each of us. He gives an example of his two friends. He asked them both to search Egypt, just days after the famous protests. One of his friends received articles about the protests, the crises there, and different stances from various countries. The other however got nothing on these protests rather he got results like the world fact book, and travel brochures. This is extremely alarming, because if this individual relied solely on his own internet results, he would never hear about such an important thing going on in our world.
In summary, it is very important that we as citizens of the world avoid relying on our own google searches, and make sure we take in media from several different sites.