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Final Exam Prompts

April 18, 2009

Comm 2010
Final Exam
Please respond to ONE of the following questions. 3-5 pages (3 FUL pages, NOT 2.5) Due on April 29, at 1 PM in CS721. Standard MLA format. Remember, the question you want to answer is WHY. Why are these things important? Keep questioning the answers you are providing, making sure you are giving full and clear explanation.
Remember, if you take your paper to the writing lab, I will not dock you for spelling/grammar issues. If you would like, I will read drafts of papers up until 4/24 @ 5PM (I will be able to meet with you at any time on Monday, 4/27 to discuss changes).
Question 1:
After reading “No Logo” what are your thoughts on the relationship between consumerism and media? In what ways do media contribute to things like “branding” and the “co-opting of cool”? Is your identity shaped by the media? Why do you think so, or why not? What benefits/detriments come from a society whose ideals are shaped by popular media? What is the effect on the democracy?
Question 2:
In what ways can some of the tools of web 2.0 fuel our democracy? Does the appropriation of the media by individuals have an effect on what we see in mainstream media? Why or why not? Can individuals make changes in society at large by utilizing the tools in media made possible by innovations in technology? What are some examples? What are some possible detriments?
Question 3:
Using any group project as a starting point (your own, included) in what ways do gender/race/class relate to our society and representations in the media? Are outcomes positive, negative, or neutral? What changes can be made in media to create more accurate representations?

Final Exam Information

April 18, 2009

So, I am actually interested in the final exam questions. I really liked the last prompt because of the projects that we had. I think there was a lot of useful information that could be used to write a good response. Anyway, i am not even sure if we needed to blog again today, but I thought I would anyway. Oh and for those who didn’t get the final exam information, I am posting that here too. I am sure you can contact Erin and she will get it too you, but it will be available here as well. Good luck everyone.

Media Fast

April 15, 2009

Sorry I missed my blog this Friday. I know one really looks at this, other than our teacher, but I figured I would do a post so that someone might be able to comment by tomorrow night. I missed the blog because my wife was in the hospital this weekend because of a surgery. She is doing fine thankfully and already home. Anyway, I wanted to talk about the media fast. This was a lot more difficult than I thought. I don’t use a lot of media. I don’t have internet access in my home, and I don’t have time to use the internet when I am in school. When I am at work, I am busy as well. I thought it interesting that even though I eliminate a lot of media through not using the internet, I still used the tv and radio and such. I am a big radio fan, not English radio though. I found it interesting how much we depend on the media for information and how much we are forced to use it now. Even if we don’t want to, there are many cases in which we are forced to use a specific medium to communicate. During finals, especially with all the projects that I have due, I can see part of why it was so hard to not use media during the media fast. good luck on finals everyone


April 4, 2009

I think the presentations were pretty intersting this week. I had heard of Title IX, but never new that it was so encompassing. I was one of those who had heard the negative comments from the journalists that didn’t understand it. I thought it was really informative.
I did also enjoy the presenation on media portrayal of women across the world. It was interesting to see how different cultures had such different values and ideas on what is considered beautiful. I noticed that unfortunately women are treated as not enough, and that seemed to be pretty universal. Many of them were told they were not good enough because they had to be an object, or needed makeup and so forth. I thought that sad that it seems to be fairly universal how there are so many degrading and damaging media messages towards women. Many also towards young girls.