Final Reflection By: Ashley Olson

Where to begin…. This class has honestly taken me by surprise. I was expecting to come in and learn about media but not for it to make a difference in my life on how I think that media is being portrayed and how media affects our everyday lives. I have thoroughly enjoyed this class and would take ones similar to it in the future if offered. I remember not enjoying how much homework we had at the beginning of this class, but once managed, found that it really wasn’t that much work if you stay on top of it. With Communications being my major and as an incoming senior, this has been my favorite communications class that I’ve taken at Boise State thus far, which says a lot.

I’m glad I can take away something from this class and apply it to my everyday life, which is sometimes hard with college classes being applied in life. The media consumption aspect has really made me take a step back and assess my life. Since the 24 hour challenge I have been challenging myself to take at least 3 hours off of my phone/technology daily to enjoy things I have put on the back burner, like going for a run with no music. Here is another article that is talking about the benefits of taking time off from social media.

I’m so glad that I’ve gotten the opportunity to interact with all of you this summer. Good luck in the fall semester.

Ashley Olson

Reflection Post

By Chandler Rogers

This course has actually been one of my favorite classes that I have taken so far, which is surprising to me. I remember going through the first couple modules, and not really enjoying the material, but as we kept moving along,  I started really enjoying what we were learning more and more.

I feel like this class hit on a lot of relevant topics which is cool, because a lot of the general education classes and some elective courses I have taken through out my college career simply don’t involve relevant information, which I always find so annoying. This is probably why I struggled with math so much. I was always like when am I going to actually use this?!

I think because of this class my media consumption has already changed, at least slightly. I did at one point go through and sign off of my social media accounts for a week because I needed a break, after the one day breather we took, I felt like I could use more of that in my life so I did. I also am more observant of the things that I notice throughout media products.

Overall I enjoyed this class, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in any of the topics that we covered.

I thought this was an article that relates to the idea of signing off from social media, which for me is the actual end goal.

The Conclusion by Michael Mepham

Overall I really enjoyed this course. I learned a lot about social media and the use of media. I definitely think portions of this course change my opinion on the way the public views the media and the way the media views the public. I really found it surprising to research what types of censorship there are present even in our own country. One of my favorite exercises we did in this course was, when we would list various companies and tracked them back to a handful of parent companies. This really helped open my eye to who has the power in the media industry. Another eye opening experience was the 24-hour media blackout we did in the being of the class. At the time of the exercise I was unsecure of the effect it had on me, but now that I have had more time to reflect I can see the value that came from it. My media consumption has already changed dramatically with the knowledge I have gained from this class. I’m definitely more aware of privacy on social media as well as what my social bubble is and how I can explore outside of it. I’m excited to see what a future in communications has to offer. I definitely find it more interesting after this class!

Personally this was my first COMM class, so if any of you are in the same boat I attached an article that discuses all the possibilities in Communications!

Media Consumption and It’s Effects

By Kylie Turner

Overall, I thought this class taught me some extremely important things. I enjoyed how we started off the class by looking at journalism and it’s essential role in society. The class showed me the importance of questioning the credibility and objectivity of some of the most popular media sources of the digital age. As our society transitions away from traditional forms of media and moves onto new ways of spreading information and ideas, I hope we can preserve the same ethics and sense of objectivity that were/are found in the most authentic forms of journalism.

I believe my media consumption will change after taking this course. I have learned to look at information more critically. I also want to start consuming more media that goes against my personal beliefs and biases in order to become a more well-rounded and informed citizen. I think following accounts and news sources that are politically neutral or more left-leaning(since I tend to be more in the middle/to the right) would be beneficial for me as a citizen.  I am also hoping to increase my exposure to news in more traditional sources of media, like the newspaper. After taking this class, I have started to question the effects that media has on me and the society that I live in. Media and technology have become such embedded aspects of our society that we often are blind to the effects that they have on everyday life.

Here is an article I found that tries to present readers with a condensed and brief overview of the effects that modern media has on society. Click here if you are interested!

Course Evaluation

By John Cunningham: I found the learning of the different types of media very interesting. It also showed me how much has changed just during my lifetime with the advent of the internet. Because we consume so much media nowadays this class is important in understanding more about our current climate in this new digital age. One point I’d take from this class is the need for our media to be more inclusive of other demographics because these media sources contribute to socialization. This is something that has gotten better but isn’t there yet where women for example are underrepresented in media and we see a lot of times when they are represented it is usually in the shadow of a man which isn’t representative of real life. Another one of the main points I will take away will be the importance of the free press acting almost as another branch of government watching out for corruption or other problems they uncover. I enjoyed the documentary about the New York Times and how they are dealing with the struggles of revenue in the new digital age. I found this important because the free press it is in more of a tenuous situation now then ever. Fake news has been able to gain a bigger audience then ever with the rise of social media. Because of this I will alter my media diet to make sure I’m getting my news from reliable sources and not taking what I see on social media as real news. By getting my news from sources with real “gatekeepers” I know I’ll be getting more reliable and relevant news.

Final Reflection- By Faith Bennett

Wow this class feels like it just started and now we are coming to an end!! The main take away I have learned from this class is my own media consumption. Taking part in the 24-hour media blackout was a huge eye opener for me. I was able to enjoy my family, friends and even myself without the distraction of media. Since then I have tried to use less of media and enjoy the little things in life that often times get blocked out because I am to busy looking at my phone or computer. This class has thought me that not only does media consume me at times but also the whole world. We all rely on media to be informed and stay connected with others. Without media and the high volume of new technology, we would all be lost in today’s society.

I have learned to be aware of what I am reading off the web and to do my own fact checking before I can fully trust the information the media is providing me. One interest that I have in mind is simply where media will put us within the next 20 years. Is the future something we should be worry about when it comes to technology? An article for Tech insider goes into further depth of what to expect with the increase of technology.

Overall, I thought this class was very useful to take. I think I would warn anyone who was wanting to take the online course in the short 5 weeks, to fully prepare to work hard and keep up with the course work. I often struggled with the amount of work that was due each week because of working full time. I feel the grade I have standing in the class as of now does not reflect how hard I have work in the class. One thing that I think that should be changed for the following classes in the future, is extending the time limit you have for the weekly quizzes we have over each chapter.


Music’s Affect on Culture: William Crabtree

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.