Reflection By Tori Ward

The main points that I got from this class are that media isn’t just something that bounces off of you, that you can choose to digest, it’s something that sticks with you whether you make the conscious effort or not. And there usually isn’t a filter between good and bad. So because of this class, I’m going to put more conscious effort into what I consume, because if I’m going to be influenced by something, I want it the majority of that something to be a choice of mine. A new question I have is why is there such hesitation or fear surrounding talking about how one person digests media or thinks is good or bad media. In the study group we did, so many people had nervous answers, and I want to look into why more.

Music and Democracy by Tori Ward

I think music plays the role as an outlet for people, whether that be people who are outraged or looking for hope or confirmation, music is the avenue that all parties and people can come together on and feel like they’ve been heard or understood. I still think that today’s music plays a role in social change, but I don’t think it’s to the degree that it used to. I think we’ve hit a rut with music where there are a bunch of artists singing about the same thing because it’s all making the rich(the endless parades of butt songs and songs about sex). But there are still people writing from a genuine place, and still filling that hole that needs to be filled, that only music can fill. This has been really seen in theater music–shows like Hamilton, that can give people pride back in their country, and bolster them up in times of hardship, a kind of encouragement that you would be hard pressed to find so eloquently expressed as it can be in music

Hamilton Riding the Modern Wave


Representation in Movies By Tori Ward

Movies contribute to our socialization because, however imperfect they are, they set up our expectations for the world when we are too young to have them. How to interact with other people, how careers work, what relationships are like, etc. This is exactly why representation matters in mass media. Because if you are exposed to things like POCs, LGBTQ+, people with mental disabilities as constantly as you are exposed to movies or TV, your brain will start to normalize them and hate will not breed out of fear of the unknown. Because of this, I do think filmmakers have a responsibility to not just tell one story, but to tell as many stories as they can. Do I think these stories have to be mirrors to reality? No. But do I think the squeaky clean, whitewashed reality that is too often portrayed in media is the right kind of distortion? Definitely not. A perfect example of diversity being portrayed in media and having it become more normalized is the show Glee. It was a pioneer in having a diverse group of characters and showing them struggle with things that weren’t just what made them different to society, but hosts of other, normal problems. Because of its inclusivity, it became a beacon of hope for people that could see themselves in the characters, and an entrance into a conversation that people who couldn’t see themselves in the characters could find. The show was by no means an accurate depiction of reality, by but expending the effort to reflect not just one narrative, but many, it became a phenomenon.

Why Representation Matters


Frist Amendment Case Tori Ward

To Whom it May Concern,

Net Neutrality is not a violation of First Amendment Rights. Your commercial advertising as a company is protected by the First Amendment, but not when that advertising involves slowing someone’s internet or depriving them access to a site until they switch to Verizon/pay a certain price. Freedom of speech and expression are protected above all else in the First Amendment, so trying to restrict someone’s expression or ability to speak by restricting their internet is unwise.  It could also be seen as a breach of the fifth amendment, as you as a company do not own the entire internet, so by promoting your content over others, or fluctuating the speed of the internet to certain users, you are taking away property, the internet connection a consumer has paid for, without compensation.

Net Neutrality and the First AmendmentNet Neutrality and the First Amendment

PR Post by Tori Ward

  • City of Boise: an environmental group has published a report suggesting the water in Quinn’s Pond may be unsafe for swimming.’

The City of Boise is incredibly sympathetic to the concerns of the public concerning Quinn’s Pond. We want to stress that if anyone experiences any uncomfort while swimming in Quinn’s Pond, to reach out to us at the links provided. We have top authorities in the field of environmental studies ready to address any need that may arise in the public, though we want to assure you that Quinn’s Pond goes under routine testing to keep it safe for the recreation of our community.

In our current climate, implementing green living is so important, for everyone.  We hope you will give us your continuing support as we take steps toward a greener planet together.

Original Ad By Tori Ward

Comm 271 ad

I chose this ad because it’s a ‘beauty secret’ I know personally works, and saves you a lot of money and time in a salon chair, using dry shampoos over washing your hair like you regularly would. I played around with the image by lowering the opacity on the picture and the text under it because I wanted the theme of fading to come across in the ‘before’ picture.  I used shake it up in bright pink font and full opacity in the middle to show that the solution to the fading problem is following, and it’s a lot prettier than the previous image. I used these dry shampoo bottles because they are an array of different, bright colors, which fell in with my motif. With the text underneath, following the bright pink trend, I also used alliteration, shake, spray, say, because that’s easy to remember and will stick with consumers. It’s also the rule of three, shake, spray, and say, which again just improves the chances that your ad will be remembered by the demographic. Which here, the demographic is people who habitually color their hair or want to start habitually coloring their hair.

The values portrayed here I think are really subconscious. Advocating/Advertising for more people to color their hair and have it stay nice shows that we have more a little forward as a society, and colored hair is an acceptable, normal thing, unlike the past. I think this shows that the role of ads in society is to normalize certain behaviors. Just like the inclusion of lgbt+ people in ads, and people of all colors, and people with tattoos. Showing them in a positive light, or just showing them at all exposes the general public to the normality of the behavior or normality that we as a society should try to reach for.

Online Shaming by Tori Ward

I think that social media and News Media differ in their ethics because social media can be very anonymous. Some websites even have anonymous features, where you can tell or write anything to anyone without them finding out your identity. So this anonymity opens a door for people who have frustrations or who are unhappy or whatever to fling random hate into the world and not deal with the consequences. Because social media only exists inside a screen, it isn’t tangible, the consequences feel removed. You don’t have to see someone’s face when you make a nasty comment or shame them in any way. You don’t even have to know the person at all–we might all have screen names and paper trails on the internet, but it doesn’t make us any more corporeal to anyone else. News Media has responsibility and expectation–they’re held accountable because they have a reputation, unlike John Troll who is just participating in social media.

Some guidelines I would have online would be to first, get rid of anonymity features. If you have something to say, you have to attach your screen name/leave the door open for the same to happen to you. Secondly, I think there should be an admin feature when someone tweets or DM/IMs you. If someone has tried to get your attention in any way, there should be a pop-up saying ‘so-and-so has tried to message you. Would you like to see it?’ I think that would protect people who are victims of online shaming and even people who aren’t, to be subjected to the online masses of strangers. Third, Tumblr has a feature that lets you password protect your blog, so that only people with the password can see that blog. I think this should be instrumented all over social media–that way, you can control who can see your corner of the internet and who can’t, so that the risk can become calculated, and not just a risk.

4 arguments for Ethical Online Shaming (And 4 problems with them)