Well I can hardly believe this class is almost over. I have learned so much in just 3 weeks!
For this final post, our assignment was to critique three of our fellow students’ blogs. I found this to be quite an enjoyable learning experience.
I learned from other students what I do well when writing for the public, and what I could improve upon.
Most of all, I learned whole new perspectives on classroom concepts just by reading other students’ blogs!
Without further adieu, here they are.
First of all, I really enjoyed your blog! I think you did an excellent job of taking class concepts and applying them to descriptive examples. I found your blog both entertaining and informative.
For your first blog, I really enjoyed how you explained the systematic process of evaluating media through both Modern Family and the Real Housewives of New Jersey. You explained the concepts very clearly to me and I learned a thing or two about both of these shows. I also liked how you linked to the “American Cultural Studies” website (I didn’t know there was such a thing) to better explain American cultural studies. I found your link to “Semiotics for Beginners” very helpful as well.
I also enjoyed your second blog. I like how you chose to focus on print ads. I focused on TV, mainly because I was worried I wouldn’t catch all of the signs in a print ad. After reading your examples from Ralph Lauren and Neiman Marcus, I realized it isn’t so hard if you develop a critical eye.
The “closed text” and “open text” examples you used really helped me. I didn’t really think deeply about them when we learned those terms in class but after seeing your examples, I know I’ll be able to explain the difference between the two on a test!
Your third blog on deregulation really opened my eyes. I remember learning about some of it during the video and in class, but it’s obvious you did more research. You touched on Reagan and the end of deregulation, but it may have been interesting to link to an article about it. I found this one interesting.
In one sentence you said: “Parents are spending 35% or more of their shopping money on children’s toys because deregulation has lead children to get brainwashed by major media corporations that causes the kids and their parents to think that kids can only belong in our society if they have and meet the criteria of what is accepted by media companies unbelievable capabilities to market.” I had to read it a couple times because it’s a little long, but you really understand the idea, and help your readers to do so also.
I like how you linked to the “Girls Gone Wild” article. I must have missed that story, because I was surprised to find out what happened. I also liked how you tied in the social responsibility theory in your conclusion. I think it would have been nice if you linked “Consuming Kids” and “The Mickey Mouse Monopoly” to their websites to give your readers some more information.
Overall, nice work. I think you could maybe improve your discussions by writing shorter paragraphs, but the information, links, appearance, and writing are all great.
First of all, I really enjoyed your blog.
In your first blog, I really enjoyed the video you linked to. I had no idea that white web pages waste 15 more watts of energy that black background web pages. I also found it interesting that billboards interrupt nature. I see them every day but never thought of it in this way. We live in a highly advertised world.
I liked your Jersey Shore example. I, for one, have never been a fan of the show simply because of its trash factor. Like you, I find it crazy that it is one of MTV’s best-selling shows. This says something negative about our society and makes me question the future of our media.
An article like this one may have added some more depth to your discussion, and given your readers another perspective to view.
I was astounded by your second blog post about the Diesel jeans ad. I had never seen it before, and ads these days never cease to amaze me. I like how you took a print ad as an example. I chose TV simply because I was worried I wouldn’t catch all the signs in an ad. But you did so well!
I LOVED the video “Subliminal or Coincidence” that you linked to. Before this class, I never looked twice at an ad. Now that I’ve learned a thing or two about semiotic analysis (and you helped make this more applicable with your examples), I can’t look at an ad the same way again.
I was really fascinated by your analysis of the woman in the Diesel jeans ad. You brought up some excellent points about how the woman is meant to look like a young girl. I wouldn’t have thought that right off the bat. The point you made about the red ladder signifying anger and the barbed wire representing an institution really struck me as insightful.
I would have liked if you linked the article, “Media Analysis Techniques” to the blog so I could read where you were coming from. Having shorter paragraphs may have made your discussions a little better too.
Overall, I really enjoyed your blog. It kept me intrigued the whole time, and you had some excellent insights!
I really enjoyed your blog. On your first post, I like the article you found on media literacy. I also liked how you used Entourage as an example when explaining the systematic critical process. I’ve never seen it before and had no idea it was based on Mark Wahlberg’s life, but your explanation drew me in, as well as your conclusion on why media criticism is important, and why we should question what is being broadcasted to us.
It might have made for a better discussion if you analyzed more of the “signs” in the commercial. In the first one with the grandma, he says, “hold my stones,” which has a sexual connotation. You could also have talked about the way the women were provocatively dressed, implying sexuality, and that drinking keystone will make you sexually attractive.
I did, however, like the website on media criticism you linked to. It may have been helpful if you explained more context of the website, or perhaps used one of the articles you found most applicable to your discussion.
I thought this article might be interesting for you to look at to see how you can dig deeper.
Overall, it appears you have a good grip on the concepts, and you helped me understand some of the terminology better. Nice work.
Throughout this course, we learned that everyone sees a media text in a slightly different way. Some people’s interpretations vary greatly from others’. Sometimes they are close to the same.
Either way, my classmates pointed out things to me and explained things to me in ways I had never considered before, and that is the beauty of networking!
I found this blogging experience to be tremendously useful in helping me apply classroom terms to real life examples. I believe writing things down in your own words and applying them to your own interests really helps you understand an idea – particularly complex ones!
Throughout this class, not only did I learn so much about the ways in which media affects our lives, but I also learned how to be a better communicator, writer, and thinker.
It has been a pleasure.