Media Project Reflection

Product Reflection

My final product showed off most to everything that I learned because it included all of the information that I took in for the past six weeks, and all of the information included in my wikis. Our documentary explained that there are altered forms of media which are used by different people for dissimilar purposes. An example of this would be including social media in our video; we explained how it increases social confidence and it is helping to cultivate new friendships. We also talked about its impacts on our daily lives, like how people now spend a solid one-fourth of their day on social media. We even put in a couple minutes of statistics on social media to go as background video while I was narrating. Our product also talked about how mostly print and a little bit of news media are becoming inferior to social. Another thing that my project displayed was how not only people use media, but also how major companies are using media to find customers and buyers.

Our product fell short in ways whereas at the beginning of our assignment, we planned to each focus on a different form of media and we ended up steering into another direction. For example, at first we thought that Austen was going to focus on the news, I would focus on the newspaper, Rayan would look at social media, and Quinton would concentrate on the radio. However, once we started our documentary, we kind of lost focus in that idea, and decided to put most of the attention of the video on social media and how it is becoming superior to the other forms. I feel we fell short at explaining and teaching the class of the other types of media because we didn’t go into as much depth with say, the radio or the newspaper, we kind of just threw them in there to back up how much social media is arising these days.

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Process Reflection

Some things that I did that made learning about my focus easier was taking advantage of the in-class wikis. I put the information that I learned for that day on the wiki, so that I could use it in my blog at the end of every week. If I didn’t put my newly gained knowledge there, I would have nowhere to look back to and would have had much more difficulty in writing each blog, plus remembering all of that information would’ve been quite the struggle. What also helped me accomplish my product more easily was making a new weekly agenda every week with different goals to accomplish each day. In doing the weekly agenda, I knew what I had to do each day and what I had to accomplish in order to have a successful week in learning about media. All of these preparations helped me accomplish my product more easily and assisted me in learning more about my focus.

Looking back at my process of learning, something that made learning about my focus more difficult was having to change my weekly agendas in the middle of the week because my initial goals or plans weren’t worthy enough. For example, in the first week, I had written down for Monday that I would, “Define what media was”. Then for Tuesday, I initially put that I would, “Write down all forms of media”. After meeting with Mrs. Youngblood, she told me that these objectives weren’t worthy enough, and that there needs to be more. So, the next day, I changed my goals to be more detailed and more in depth. For instance, I now had goals like, “Explain what each type of media is? Or “Which age groups are attracted to which type of media, and why?” Therefore, setting the right goals in the beginning of the process would be how I will address these issues in the future.

 

Presentation Reflection

One area of the presentation where I feel like I did well on was making eye contact. I consider this a tough thing to do when speaking in front of an audience for me and a lot of other people. Usually, when I speak publically, I for the most part read directly off some sort of note card or PowerPoint. However, this time all I did was explain part of what our documentary included and a little about how we went along in making it. I didn’t use any type of “cheat-cheat”, I just explained what I knew to the class making complete eye contact.

One area of the presentation where I feel like I struggled the most would probably be not explaining enough when I presented. Before we played our documentary to the class, each of my partners and I said a little about what we researched and how we made the video. For example, I talked about how not only people, but businesses also utilize social media in order to find customers. I talked about some techniques they used in doing so, and I also explained what age groups we got to interview and where we got them from. I feel I didn’t do so well on this part because I had much more time to cover some things that I learned about over the past six weeks of which I didn’t talk about. I didn’t talk about violence in media or even the impacts of it, then again my partners did cover some of the information I didn’t discuss.

Overall Reflection

I believe that having us, the students design our own learning projects is very beneficial for us. By having us teach ourselves an area of study, we develop good study habits and learn to solve our own solutions to our problems. We need to be able to think for ourselves and also have to be capable of setting goals in which we will try to achieve. That’s what’s so promising about this assignment, we have to set goals each week for ourselves and achieve them, which will then lead us to successfully completing our final project. I feel that I learned a lot about media because before we started the assignment, I only really knew about social media and the news on TV. However, now I know all of the forms of media, the positive/negative impacts, its importance in the world, how it has grown, different ways to communicate with others, the age groups dominating social media right now, and much more. Honestly, I can’t think of anything that I would do differently in regards to the structure of this unit because it helped me prepare and it made me think for myself, rather than hearing a teacher tell me what to do. I feel that I’ve accomplished multiple things this quarter, not just learning about media. I accomplished how to set goals, how to achieve them, and how to be creative in displaying them. I didn’t just write a three page paper on media, I did an entire documentary about it. That’s what I feel that I’ve accomplished this quarter.

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Finalization of Media

This week, in regards to my final project, I have accomplished three things. On Monday, I recorded a few more interviews with students on their views of media and what they like or dislike about it. On Tuesday and Wednesday, I wrote out my part of the script for the documentary using past wikis and blog posts.  On Thursday, I edited any mistakes in my script, read it over in my head, and then recorded it on my phone. I then sent it to Rayan’s email, so he could edit it into the documentary video.

We still need to get some more background video of people using all the forms of media. We can video people at school, work, home, and even on the streets. We also have to interview a few more people in order to get more of a balance between the age groups we already have. For instance, we don’t have as many interviews on media with the elderly then we do with the teens. After that we have to edit it all into the video, which might take some time.

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Based on what I’ve accomplished and completed so far, I think my product/presentation should receive a score of good. However, I believe that by the time the project is done and submitted, it should receive an above and beyond score because in our documentary, we give a meaning of media and all of its forms, we portray opinions and views of media by people of all ages, we provide examples and details about certain kinds of media and their data, and finally we explain the impacts media has had on our generation.

Our next step is to mostly finish up some minor details of the project, like editing the video. We have to remove some parts, and add others. For example, we have to edit each of our scripts into the video and remove the parts that have already been repeated by someone else in the group. Also, the part of the script has to correlate with the interview questions that we’re asking at the time, so some things will need to be moved around.

We will accomplish this by going over all of the interviews and reading over everyone’s scripts in order to put those pieces together. We will also accomplish this by rearranging our documentary and film so that we’re not all over the place and so we can stay organized throughout the film.

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Media Interviewing

Interview/Survey Making

One of the things that I accomplished this week was writing down interview questions, both open ended and closed ended to put on my survey. I came up with these questions based off of what I’ve learned the past few weeks. I thought of questions that are both opinionated and factual. These questions were personal, and others were just formal everyday-life kind of questions. A personal question, for example would be, “How much time do you spend on social media a day?” An example of a formal question was, “What age group do you believe dominates social media?”

This helps me towards my final project because in order for me to do a documentary on the views and realities of social media, I must ask people questions and survey them. Therefore, since I have written down questions for each interview, I can now talk with and ask questions to people about all forms of media.

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Interview Age Bases

Another thing I accomplished this week was I interviewed a Windermere Prep worker and my sixteen year old friend. This way, I’m asking two different age groups, including a teen and someone from the middle age generation. I asked them the same questions and they, as expected, had some different answers. The middle aged worker talked about only having a home phone and reading newspapers an awful lot. She also said that the most common way at that time to communicate with other people was to send letters in the mail. She watched television and listened to radio, but not as much as we do now. My friend on the other hand, says he’s on social media plenty and is always updating his twitter and instagram. He also says that he barely reads the newspaper and really never uses mail to connect with others.

These interviews help me towards my final project because not only can my interviewees be a part of the documentary, but can also give me an idea of how important media is to different people. Now, I have an idea of how crucial media was 40 years ago and how crucial it is now. Thus, I have interviewed someone who has experienced life before and after media has surpassed, and another who was born during the time when media was excelling.

Interviews in Action

The last think I accomplished this week was I interviewed a bunch of teen students individually and asked them what sorts of media they use most often. Most of the answers I received were social media being the most popular, and the most popular social media network out of the bunch happen to be Twitter. They reported that they go on either their computer or phone to check media updates at least once a class period every day. (That’s at least once every 45 minutes).

This accomplishment will help me towards my final assessment because we will, as a group, use these interviews for our documentary. We need a lot of people to interview and talk to about media in each age group, so this will help us out in the “teenage media group”.

The Documentary

My next step for our final project is going to be completing a documentary video about the different views of media between all age groups, and how essential it is to everyday life. I will accomplish this by putting together different interview sessions with my group, and install background video to later form into one big documentary.

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Media and Society

How Media Influences Us

One thing that I learned this week were the influences media has on us, as a people. Media uses several types of techniques in order to shape the way we think and act about a certain thing. Media receives billions of dollars from advertising companies to expose what they’re selling to a wider audience. Media advertisements use three main techniques to persuade us, which are ethos, pathos, and logos. Ethos appeals to credibility, like an athlete doing a commercial on a new running shoe. Pathos appeals to one’s emotional side, like a commercial of a mother cradling her baby boy who just got into an accident, trying to sell a product. The last technique is logos, which appeals to one’s logic, this type of ad could try to be selling an everyday necessity that’s just a logical product to buy.

Learning this information will move me forward to my final project because the people we are going to interview people for our documentary and they will have to answer questions about how media has influenced them. By gaining this information myself, I am able to fully understand all of the ways that media influences us and how they do it. Since I learned about these techniques, I can now ask my interviewees if they’ve ever given in to a commercial ad like any of these, and if they even realize if they have.

My next step will be to actually interview people and ask them questions on camera about their opinions of media. My group and I will accomplish this by getting a camera and pulling people aside to ask them questions. At the beginning of the week, we will first come up with solid questions and follow-up questions to ask our interviewees. The people we will be interviewing will vary in age, some will be teens, some will be middle-aged, and others will consist of the older generation.

I found this information at:

http://www2.uncp.edu/home/acurtis/Courses/ResourcesForCourses/Media&Society

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Has Media Grown?

Another thing that I learned this week how media has grown and changed over the years. There are only three questions you have to ask in order to see if media is “grown up”. The three are basically, “Is it adopted all over the world? HHHas it proven to be effective? Will it still be relevant in the future?” Media is not yet at its highest peak, I believe it still has to reach the older generation for it to be completely “grown up”. Social media has also quickly become a crowded landscape and it is not only a place where you can find old friends, but a place where companies can find customers. Were in a point in time now where Athletes, celebrities, businesses, and more can connect and share with their followers anytime they want to by just a click of a few buttons. So media has grown, it has changed, and it has evolved, however I believe it is not yet done growing, changing, and evolving.

Learning how media has changed will help me with my final project because in our documentary, we will be discussing how media used to be and how much importance it now has on us and society as a whole. We will be talking to the elderly about how technology and media was back when they were kids and compare or contrast it to what it’s like now. We’re at a point in time now where media is not only recommended to use, but almost a necessity to live.

Our next step as a group will be to get a camera, grab a seat, and actually interview people on all sorts of media. We will accomplish this by using all of the material we have learned over the past few weeks and make questions based off of our information. These questions will be both open-ended and close-ended so that we can make it into more of a conversation, rather than a straight-up, boring interview.

I found this information at:

http://www.digitalsherpa.com/blog/how-social-media-has-changed-in-the-last-few-years/

 

Media Violence

The last thing I learned this week was about media violence and whether or not media has a direct correlation with violence. Statistics show that children who watch many hours of violence on television when they were in elementary school tend to show higher levels of aggressive behavior when they get older. People who play violent video games increase their chances of having aggressive behavior and aggressive cognition when they get older. There are three possible effects of watching violence on television which include the fact that children may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others, children may be more fearful of the world around them, and that children may be more likely to behave in aggressive ways around others.

This information moves me forward to my final project because in our documentary video, we will ask our interviewees if they’ve ever played or watched violent games and if they’ve ever felt it having an effect on their behavior. Because more than likely, it has, even if they don’t realize it yet. This is important to our final assessment because media violence is a rising focus growing in the world right now.

Our next step will be to interview people of different ages, races, genders, and even beliefs on their views on all types of media. We will accomplish this by designing questions based off of the information that we, as a group have gathered over the past four weeks. These questions will be about social media, news media, radio, computers, television, and even the newspaper. We will be making a documentary that will be approximately 40-45 minutes and will include a great number of interviews with various types of questions.

I found this information:

http://www.apa.org/research/action/protect.aspx

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Media in the World

Media Statistics

This week, one of the things I learned were the statistics of media, and how much time is spent on it. On average, according to Market Charts, 18-34 year olds averagely spend 3.8 hours a day on social networks, while 35-49 year olds averagely spend 3 hours a day on social networks. Also, 50-64 year olds averagely spend 2.4 hours a day on social networks. You can conclude from these statistics that on average, one spends one-sixth to one-seventh of their time on social media.

This information will help me towards my final project because in the next couple weeks, I will be questioning people, not only about their opinion of media, but also how much time they spend on it. In order to complete this project successfully, I will need to have a base level for my new information to compare to.

My next step will be to create and administer a survey with all forms of questions which will include both close-ended questions and open-ended questions. I will accomplish this by researching quality survey or interview questions to ask participants about media in their life. My group and I will then administer this survey to a handful of different people and calculate the results after. We will also share with each other what kind of answers we received and compare and contrast them.

I found this information at:

http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/online/social-networking-eats-up-3-hours-per-day-for-the-average-american-user-26049/

 

 

Age to Media Statistics

Another thing I learned this week were stats about the correlation between age and media. Most people would think that the younger generations would be dominant over the older and middle-aged ones in media. However, according to Pingdom, the average social network user is 37 years old, the average Twitter user is 39 years old, and the average Facebook user is 38 years old. This data would surprise most people because most people were led to believe that tech-savvy, younger generations would be leading the media, when in fact, it’s really the lower half of the middle-aged people. Also, the older generations are not using social Medias to a large extent, which was expected.

This information will also help me towards my final assessment because when my group and I do survey people, they will be of different ages, ethnicity, and gender. Like the last thing I learned, this data will help me have a baseline for my information. Now I know that it’s imperative to ask people of all ages, which will include kids, teens, middle-aged, and older generations.

My next step will be conducting a survey to different types of people using various forms of questions. These questions will require short answers and we will also ask the subjects questions like, “How much time do you spend online per day?” Or “does the media ever impact your beliefs or thoughts in any way?” I will accomplish this goal by reading up on select questions to ask to people and weigh the answers at the end.

I found this information at:

http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/02/16/study-ages-of-social-network-users/

Effects of Media

The last things I learned this week were the positive and negative effects of media. The media affects the way we think and act. Some negative impacts media has on its audience are the wrongdoings of celebrities whom young people idolize. So, because they are heroes in the child’s minds, they are still celebrated despite the bad behavior they have been showing to the public. Also, a significant number of youths nowadays are suffering from eating disorders related to unhealthy lifestyles that are emerging in the media.

However, there are positive effects of social media which include increased social confidence, more social support and heightened media literacy due to so many teens being active in social media. So, since people are interacting with different people on social media accounts, they will become better at interacting with these others in real life.

This newly gathered information will help me towards my final goal because during our interviews with people, they will be asked on the impacts that media all together, has affected their everyday lives. In order to ask these questions, we need to be aware of the main impacts of Medias that have been backed up with previous studies.

Our next step as a group is to interview people of different races, genders, ages, and beliefs on their opinions of media. We will accomplish this goal by doing exactly that, pulling people aside for a few minutes to gather their thoughts on the topic. We will ask them a variety of different questions which they will answer on video, which we will then make into a documentary that will display our project.

I gathered this information at:

http://influence.bafree.net/negative-influences-of-media-on-the-society.php

http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/medias-positive-negative-influence-teenagers-10506.html

 

 

 

Mass Media

Mass Media

This week, I learned about mass media. A simple definition for Mass Media would be mass communication. Using media and technology, you can now connect with others from all around the world. To do this, people use social media, news media, mail, and many more. The three main types of mass media are Print, Electronic, and New Age Media.

I found this information at buzzle.com. Learning this will help me towards my final project because the subject that I am studying is about analyzing media, so I thought it was important to learn what media and mass media are, and also what they include.

My next step is going to be to focus on why we choose different types of social media’s and some comparisons or contrasts between them. I will accomplish this step by focusing on why we, as individuals choose whatever media we choose, and if it has anything to do with our age or gender.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/different-types-of-mass-media.html

Types of Media

This week, I also learned what that the three main types of mass media are Print, Electronic, and New Age Media. Print media is mass communication through printed material. This type of media is very common, we know this because almost every home in the world receives either newspaper or mail. Electronic Media is a type that requires the user to utilize an electric connection to access it. This mainly includes television and radio, which could be arguably the most popular and common types of Medias out there due to its usage in most homes and cars.

The last type of media is called “New Age” Media which includes cell phones, computers, and video games. Almost everyone around the world has some form of New Age Media. All someone has to do is click one button  and you can post anything you want and anywhere you want to a social media network, like Twitter or Facebook (just as long as you have Wi-i).

I found this information at buzzle.com. This information will help me towards my final project because in my assessment, I will be interviewing people about different media’s and their opinions on it. In order to do this, I must know what the main types of media are and be able to describe them.

My next step is going to be to focus on why we choose different types of social media’s and some comparisons or contrasts between them. I will accomplish this by researching statistics on social media’s and which type of people choose which type of media.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/different-types-of-mass-media.html

Purposes of Media

There are multiple purposes for each type of media, but there are four main purposes. Those are to express an opinion or point of view, to educate through factual information, to persuade viewers to think a certain way, and to entertain an audience using visual content.

 I found this information at communityknowledgeguide.com. This information will help me to my final project because when I’m asking the participant about why they enjoy or prefer that type of media, I have to know what each media’s purposes are.

My next step is going to be to focus on why we choose different types of social media’s and some similarities and differences between them. I will accomplish this by researching statistics about time spent on social media and other types of media.

http://ckg.runckc.org/Home/Module-III–MEDIA–TECHNOLOGY/session3/activity-two-four-main-purposes-of-media

This cartoon is saying that they don't have to vote because the media already did. This is explaining how the media is taking over our lives and we are becoming lazy

This cartoon is saying that they don’t have to vote because the media already did. This is explaining how the media is taking over our lives and we are becoming lazy

Impacts of Media

The frame that I am using to examine my work habits and learning is how to analyze media. I am choosing to examine media to get a clearer understanding of what media actually means and how essential it is to everyday life. There are many different types of Medias around the world these days which cover newspapers, television, radios, and social or news media.

It has even grown more popular than ever throughout the years to where it has become a necessity for people to live their daily lives.  I believe analyzing media is an important frame to learn because we need to realize how much it affects and takes over our lives. Without media, it would be much harder to communicate and establish connections with each other, whether were talking about people, cities, or even countries.

The unit focus that I am deciding to cover is how to examine social media and how much of our lives it unnoticeably takes up. I chose to evaluate social media because it is one of the largest Medias around the world and it is used constantly by people everywhere ranging from India all the way to North America. For example, I myself use Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to connect and communicate with my friends and family.

We are now able to contact someone on the opposite side of the world with just a few clicks of a button whereas, less than a hundred years ago, you would have to wait weeks over weeks for the mail to be delivered from the person you want to communicate with. Social Media is an important type of media that we are grateful for, though I believe it should be used in moderation. We shouldn’t let ourselves obsess over it, but have self-control over it.

My learning plan consists of me analyzing a social media network and listing out all of the pros and cons of having one. I will be able to form my own opinion about having a social media account and evaluate how much time a person should be on it for without reaching a level of obsess. I will also interview people ranging in age from teenagers to the elderly on their opinions on social media.

I will know that I am successful in learning about media when I am able to fully comprehend and understand what media is, the impact it has on the world, how it plays a role in our everyday lives, and why we need it so badly. Once I am able to teach others about it, then I will know that I am successful in learning about it.

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