Self-Reflection on Media Literacy & HSI

Published June 27, 2014 by sarahconrad99

This multimedia class has taught me a lot. I’ve learned how multimedia can affect us and our views on ourselves. I have also learned how media uses us and our interests to figure out what they want to sell and how to capture our attention. I’ve learned how multimedia can become very distracting to other things in our life and control us. I know now how to use certain programs such as Photoshop and use a blog. I also know how to take good and interesting pictures.

My multimedia class isn’t my only class. I’m also taking a class where we learn about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In that class I’ve learned how the diseased is spread, the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, how it has affected our nation and our world, medications and ways to control the disease, and how to prevent it.

My favorite memory from HSI was probably the night we went bowling. Bowling was fun but the car trip back was even better. We had the music on so loud and everyone in the car was dancing and singing. My friends and I had gotten pretty close at that point and we had such a good time together. We passed a wedding and started cheering for them; by the time we got back to the dorms we were laughing so hard we could hardly walk up the stairs.

Through HSI I’ve grown a lot as a person. I’ve become more confident and learned to be more social. I’ve made so many new friends here, some of which I’ll never forget. I wish this camp wasn’t over and I would definitely do it again if I could. When I get back I’m definitely going to recommend people come to this camp, it’s such an amazing experience. It’s something you can’t explain, you just have to live it. I don’t think I could ever have an experience like this one again.

Media Stereotypes

Published June 26, 2014 by sarahconrad99

In the past there have been many tv shows and movies that include a lot of gender and racial stereotypes. Women were portrayed as staying at home and taking care of the house, while the men would go out and work and make the money. African-Americans were portrayed as ignorant and clownish and Native Americans were portrayed as violent savages.

I do still notice racial stereotypes. African-Americans are still profiled as criminals and lower class. Mexicans are still have the stereotype of being lazy and dirty.

With that in mind though I hardly ever notice these things, especially in media. Most of the derogatory comments or portrayals are from older generations. There are a lot of new and poplular television shows that include GLBT, such as Glee, Pretty Little Liars, and Modern Family.

As more more LGBT people are portrayed through media, more stereotypes come up. These include people who are gay being very feminine and people who are lesbian are manly and have short hair.

Digital Media & Multitasking

Published June 24, 2014 by sarahconrad99

I use media during school but not enough that it distracts me from learning. Most of my teachers don’t allow it because using your phones and the internet during class can be very distracting. When I’m outside of school I’m much more attached to social media.

I feel like I’m good at multitasking but at the same time I realize that trying to mix using multimedia and other things such as homework, studying, or interacting with other people can be very inefficient. I don’t use my phone or laptop during school a lot but I do when I try to do homework and it can be very distracting.

Multitasking with digital media can seperate you from reality. I know when I’m on my phone or on the internet I’m not paying complete attention to everything else around me and if I’m trying to do something else it takes me twice as long.


Critical Look at MTV

Published June 20, 2014 by sarahconrad99

A mook is a stereotypical male adolescent who acts like he doesn’t care what people think and acts very silly for attention. A midriff is a female who flaunts her body and uses that to get attention.

I think that these things are still relevant in todays society but not as much as they were 13 years ago when this video was made. I think that midriffs are found in things like music videos and mooks are found in several tv shows such as Ridiculousness, which is shown on MTV.

They don’t reflect today’s society very accurately. Men stereotypically care less and stay in adolescence longer, and women stereotypically want to show off their bodies and grow up faster, but those are just stereotypes. Most people aren’t really like that.

I think that MTV should try to step away from young men acting stupid and young women using their bodies for attention. It puts out a bad image for teens and young adults.

Generation Like and Corporate Marketing

Published June 19, 2014 by sarahconrad99

In the PBS Front line episode about generation like and corporate marketing it talks a lot about integrating advertising and marketing into social media. In our generation, advertising is a commonly used method for famous people in media to “move up”. Companies and corporations pay people to include or talk about their products in their posts online. It’s way for people in the media to make money and a way for companies to get their products out there.

It may seem like a win-win situation but media bloggers are sometimes frowned upon for “selling out”. A term used for the compromising of integrity, morality, authenticity or principles in exchange for personal gain, such as money. Not many people in our generation have heard of this or understand the term.

I don’t think that people advertising a product in exchange for sponsorship is necessarily a bad thing to an extent. I think it’s wrong when it gets to the point where you are lying or faking what you’re really interested in to get more money. If someone is truly interested in a product and they express that then I think that it is still ethical.

Interview- Molly Moyer

Published June 17, 2014 by sarahconrad99

Molly Moyer, a junior at Teton High School, is not just a student. She’s an athlete. And she’s not just an athlete either, she’s a runner. A cross-country runner.

“It’s something you can do all the time, anytime, anybody can do it, and you don’t need any equipment.” She explained. Molly has only been running for a year but she immediately fell in love with the sport. She loved the challenge running created in her life, the determination, but most of all the races.

She first started cross-country the fall of her sophomore year. She wasn’t sure going into it, she didn’t really know too much about running. She had run track the spring of the previous year, but it wasn’t like cross-country. She immediately fell in love with the sport.

Molly’s love for cross-country goes beyond the running though. The team is what really makes it such an amazing sport. In the small high school of Alta, Wyoming, the cross-country team is one of the closest teams. Every night before a race the team has what are called pasta dinners. Pasta dinners are where the team gets together at someone’s house and has dinner. It’s not just dinner though, it’s a night where the team gets together and has pasta, breads, or anything with carbs. It’s where they hang out, talk; it’s a fun time where the team really bonds and gets ready for the big race the next day.

Molly’s biggest obstacle has been competing with her team. She says that her team get very close during the season and this makes it difficult to compete against them during races. The competition can become intense and it’s hard when you pass someone on your team who’s on your side.

Despite the obstacles though, Molly continues to run and compete. Molly started off the season running around a 32 minutes 5K. She worked so hard at practice and races she ended up improving her time at every single race, ending the season with a 5K time of 24 flat. She continues to run and is very excited for the next season, wanting to continue to have faster times.

This summer Molly plans to run every day, starting off with two-a-days. Cross-country takes hard work and determination. It’s something you have to do wholeheartedly. “To succeed in cross-country you need to do your best, work your hardest, and if you’re willing to give it all, you’ll be golden.” Molly explained.


Listen to Molly


Media and Body Image

Published June 17, 2014 by sarahconrad99

The media portrays women in ways that are almost unrealistic. Most of the pictures are air brushed or edited to the point where the photo no longer represents what the woman really looks like but represents someone who is perfect and flawless. They manipulate the images in ways that don’t even look like the beginning photo even more.

These types of things may seem harmless, but magazines and other sources depict women in ways that can make other girls feel insecure. They have unrealistic expectations and they feel like they should look like these women and they feel like they’re not good enough. I don’t think people realize the extent to which these photos are edited. The media portrays girls as needing to have perfect skin, be tall, have flat stomachs, have curves, but still have a gap between their thighs.

The way the media portrays the skinniest, prettiest girls as idols and who other girls should look up to and want to be, can be can be very unhealthy. It makes girls look up to something that is fake and it makes girls feel like to be pretty they have to look like these girls in magazines and other media. I have friends that think that they’re fat or ugly because they look up to the people in media, they think that what the images these girls are portraying is beauty and nothing else is.

I think that this is a problem and I think to minimize it, media should try to edit their photos less and they should represent woman who are more normal. People want to see girls that are naturally beautiful and more like the average girl, not someone who starves themselves and edits their photos tho the point where the image they portray is unrealistic.

Self-Reflection on Interview Day

Published June 16, 2014 by sarahconrad99

In my multimedia class we worked with inerviewing and being interviewed.My interview experience went really well. I wasn’t sure at first what it was going to be like and I was a little nervous. Once I started the interview it was very smooth and easy to talk about the subject. I knew that we would be editing the audio so if I messed up or needed to repeat something it would be okay and I wouldn’t ruin the tape. The best part of the experience was probably being able to listen to someone talk about something they’re passionate about. If I were to do an interview again I would definitely organize my questions better and I would ask questions that the interviewee was able to explain more and tell stories about. I think that the things I learned can be helpful in the way that I learned how to ask certain questions that can get a conversation going.

Ethics of Banning Books

Published June 13, 2014 by sarahconrad99

The local public elementary school has banned the children’s book And Tango Makes Three. The book is based on the true story of Roy and Silo, two male Chinstrap Penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo. The book follows the six years of their life where they formed a couple and were given an egg to raise. It has been on the banned book list for seven years. I think that this book has been very commonly challenged because it discusses a very controversial topic. Homosexuality.

I understand parents or teachers not wanting their children to read it, especially at a young age, but I don’t think it should be banned. The ideas discussed are very debatable and can be confusing or misunderstood by children when introduced at such a young age. Some parents  might feel that homosexuality is wrong or a sin. With that in mind though, I think it’s important that kids learn about these things in an unbiased way. Homosexuality is a very big topic and issue going on in the world right now and it’s something that kids should be taught about eventually. I think that this book does a good job of explaining the topic because it’s very positive and neutral. It doesn’t have negative feelings attached to it and at the same time it expresses the ideas in a very innocent and modest way.

I’ve never tried or read a book that was banned but I understand where people come from in the fact that some books contain content that could be inappropriate or offensive. I do believe though that they shouldn’t be banned. I think that they should be labeled differently or put in a different section so people understand what they’re reading and they consciously make the decision to explore these books and ideas.