My Final Reflection-Digital Communications

Before Digital Communications:

Digital Literacy was something I didn’t think twice about before August.

Usability was how easy for me to work technology compared to when I taught grandparents to text.

Interacting was joking, laughing, and hanging out with my friends.

Team Work was my cheerleading stunt group when we threw a flyer up in the air in sync and then all caught her when she came down.

My voice was what people heard when I answered the phone.

Now that I have experienced Digital Communications:

My views have transformed. It has opened my eyes to the digital world. digital_world_with_laptops_0 To me, digital literacy consists of usability, interaction, voice, visuals, and teamwork, but with different meanings.

Usability and Interaction:

I have learned that the location of information, search tools and navigation, as well as contact information on a site is not random. Everything is strategically placed and studies go behind website design to place the most important information where the eyes look first. Everything online attempts to be accessible to people of all ages and capabilities, and if it isn’t, they aren’t doing it right. There are rules to follow when it comes to making a post online and a lot more goes behind it than one would think. One of the things I did on my website to increase usability was link the same things in multiple places. My resume had options to print at the top and bottom. I also linked to my work in my information paragraphs as well as in my pictures, so that no matter what kind of a viewer is looking through my site, they get to where I want them to go. Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 12.31.21 AM This leads me to interactivity. It’s all about clicking. I used to click mindlessly around the Internet, but now I see that it has a purpose, a bigger picture. On my blog I linked to many credible sources so the reader could learn as much as they wanted to learn. I even linked to books about the topic if they wanted to go more in-depth in the subject. Linking was something I struggled to incorporate at the beginning, but as the course went on I believe it improved and it gave me more credibility.

Teamwork:

Another big part of my fScreen Shot 2014-12-14 at 12.32.47 AMinal project was teamwork. I have worked with many teams, but never a digital one. Who knew how much time and effort goes into making a simple podcast or just a few minute movie? I learned that many different ideas and visions come up while working and you really have to have a clear path and leadership abilities to work through them. One great thing to do is to create a storyboard.

My Voice:

I never thought I would have trouble finding my voice , but attempting to express my personality, self, and skills thorough just words on a page rather than in person was hard for me. Once I found it thScreen Shot 2014-12-14 at 12.33.36 AMough, my favorite expression of it was my website. I got to have fun with color and a logo. When I couldn’t decide what color to make my logo, because I actually like them all, I asked my best friend and she responded, “pink, that color basically sums up your life”. My voice has definitely grown throughout the course and I hope to continue to develop it throughout the years.

In the Future:

I would like to continue to improve my skills in photoshop as well as premiere because I think having the capability to use them really sets you apart. I am very appreciative of this class and will never be able to watch a movie again without thinking about how much time, editing, and thought went into it. Social Media

Furman CLP Podcast

Furman University requires students to attend a total of 32 Cultural Life Programs throughout their four years at Furman. CLP’s are a big campus topic and my group including Sam Kristen and Gar Tate will keep you updated on various opinions of them. To begin we interviewed professors as well as a member of the registrar office. See what they have to say in our podcast and say tuned for our upcoming video on students opinions!

 

TV’s Provocative Nature: Harming Children’s Innocent Minds

Sex Yeah

“Nothing is provocative anymore
Even for kids
No room for imagining
‘Cause everyone’s seen everything”

Cover for the song 'Sex Yeah' by Marina and the Diamonds.

Cover for the song ‘Sex Yeah’ by Marina and the Diamonds.

Sex Yeah is a song by Marina and the Diamonds and portrays EXACTLY what I am getting at in this blog. We no longer see media as provocative because we are becoming accustomed to seeing half dressed women, hearing dirty songs, and watching inappropriate scenes on TV.

“Nothing is provocative anymore” is true. We are beginning to see it as normal because a provocative culture surrounds us. Shows nowadays can also be deceiving, because what may look kid- friendly may actually be inappropriate. Take South Park and Family Guy (which has an ironic theme song for the content on the show) for example. Both are cartoons, which in my mind correlate with children, but neither of the shows are family friendly.

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South Park is rated MA for mature, although it appears to be a decent show with friendly cartoon characters.

 

 

 

 

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Family Guy is rated for ages 14 and up, but again the name and appearance do not portray how vulgar the show actually is.

TV Trouble:

Another problem with the increasing difficulty in finding family shows to watch, is finding family music to listen to. Not only are the lyrics far beyond what a child needs to hear now days, but the music videos are also, very inappropriate. A known example is Miley Cyrus’s video Wrecking Ball.

A UK news source called Mirror reported, “Children are copying the provocative dance moves and sexual song lyrics of pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, with some understanding their meanings by the age of just FIVE.” This is a huge problem we need to address, because not only are the kids getting information that is beyond their age, they are also copying it. These girls are who they look up to and that can be very dangerous at such a young age.

“Research by University of South Australia academic Lesley-Anne Ey found direct links between what children watch on television and how they dress and behave.” Kids are surrounded by media, and being a tech savvy generation, they are going far beyond what their parents know they are doing. Many kids copy what they see and allow the hyper sexuality of media to influence their daily decisions. This is resulting in an unnfortunate End of Innocence, which is an article describing the cost of sexualizing kids with a focus in Salt Lake City.

For more information check out The University of Michigan’s article on  on the the effects of Television on Children.

My Input:

To get a better understanding of how much really has changed in the past few decades, I interviewed employees at Georgia Cancer Specialist, one being a Pastor, to see the variety of opinions. What I found in everyone I interviewed was the same. Most had parental blocks on their TV, they were upset at how much media has changed, and also some believed that TV needed to be better regulated to keep children from seeing things they should not see.

Watch for yourself and see if you agree:

 

 

 

 

Provocativeness: Part of Daily Life

Elvis the Pelvis

When you think of Elvis what do you think?

  • The King of Rock and Role
  • Singer
  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • A hunk of burning love?
Elvis and his provocative dance moves in the 1950s.

Elvis and his provocative dance moves in the 1950s

Yes, all of these things come to mind, but do you think provocative? Mostly no, because compared to today he is not at all, but in the the 1950s he shocked America. He aired on a family friendly show called “The Ed Sullivan Show” three times. After his first two appearances parents were uneasy about the way he moved his hips. They were not happy that their children were exposed to this. So, the people in charge of the show decided only to film him from above the waist to, make the “worried adults feel safer and more secure with “Elvis the Pelvis”, while the kids of America could still enjoy watching even “half” of their sworn idol”.

Parents Now

Parents were not only concerened about what their kids then, but they are now as well. In 2008 Diane E. Levin, Ph.D.and Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. appeared on the today show to discuss their book So Sexy So Soon. It is a guide for parents who don’t know what to do in this day and age when kids are exposed to so much provocativeness through media.

Newsweek also wrote about the rising problem of provocative media for children titled: Sex and the Single Tween. They commented, “Over the past two decades, the rise of the Internet and social media initiated a dramatic shift in popular culture: Almost everything that could be sexualized has been sexualized, producing a new generation of girls racing toward womanhood before even finishing puberty. The result terrifies many adults: American women, age tween”.

This is a rising problem and will only get worse if we allow it to continue. Famous icons are a huge influence on children as well. One that stands out to me is Miley Cyrus. She began her career on Disney Channel being Hannah Montana. She was loved by kids and a huge role model. Since leaving Disney, she has become inappropriate for any child and even too vulgar for some teens. Miley would not have a good impact on children if they were to continue to look up to her as a role model as she twerks and dances inappropriately on stage. CNN also reported on Miley’s change and brought parents into the question of if they would allow their children to see her perform.

Miley Cyrus's transformation from the kid friendly Hannah Montana to provocative everything

Miley Cyrus’s transformation from the kid friendly Hannah Montana to provocative everything

My Point of View and Slide Show:

Media is everywhere and it is a shame that children are exposed to so many sexual and vulgar images in their day to day lives. I put together a slideshow of a few things I noticed as going too far from: video games, movies, music videos, and magazines. The content is X rated in my book and should be way less accesible to children.

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Also a relevant YouTube video:

Transformation of Television Content over 60 Years

TV Timeline

Drama, action, suspense, humor… all the elements that interest us and are on our favorite TV shows. Television is a part of our daily lives and advertisements are a part of TV. They both catch our attention and draw us in. How could they not though, they are ALWAYS on. Restaurants, the gym, bars, stores, even at hair and nail salons, it’s on. We have become creatures dependent on TV. But, what has TV become?

In my flickr slideshow linked below, you can watch how  TV transforms.

In the 60s until around the 80s TV and advertisements were:

  • Family Friendly
  • Appropriate
  • Characters were modestly dressed
  • Nudity was not an option

From the 2000s to present day, TV and advertisements are:

  • Censored and rated, no longer family friendly
  • Inappropriate
  • Characters are in little to nothing
  • Nudity is allowed

Coexistence of the Two:

Television and Advertisements correlate. TV draws in the viewers and ads pay for the viewing to happen. They  both have the same goal however, to get viewers hooked and wanting more. When one transforms, so will the other.

TV  has strayed from Daisy May in the modest one piece to Naomi Clarke in her show all bikini in a matter of just 50 years. The regulation of TV has changed at a slow pace, but with each decade passing has gotten more and more scandalous and society has become more and more accepting.

On Gilligan’s Island, Mary Ann had to keep her belly button covered, but now we see a lot more than belly buttons on Dating Naked. Times have changed in Television which means they have as well in advertisements.

Lets look at Budweiser Beer:

Just like television the advertisements went from family friendly to vulgar and inappropriate.

Just like television the advertisements went from family friendly to vulgar and inappropriate.

 

My collage here shows the transformation clearly. In the 60s, just like Gilligan’s Island, what is being shown is appropriate for all viewers. As we go to the late 80s, women are in one piece suit, just like Baywatch. Finally, with the last ad, the women resemble Naomi Clarke on 90210, bikinis are the way to go and now accepted.

Advertisements and television will continue to feed off each other in America, but hopefully society will take a stand against these vulgar ones. If nothing is done, we will have a lot more shows like Dating Naked and the Discovery Channel show Naked and Afraid, and a lot less family fun shows like Beverly Hillbillies and Dukes of Hazzard.

 

Pay Attention: Notice How Provocative Media Culture is

An on screen sex scene from the movie No Strings Attached

An on screen sex scene from the movie No Strings Attached

Advertisements are the center of our world. Every day we see them, hear them, and talk about them. A prime example, the Superbowl commercials. Some of us watch it just for the commercials. But, do we take the time to think about what we are seeing? The honest answer is no.  Most of us don’t think twice about 3000 advertising messages we see a day.

After reading my blog, I hope that will change. I want you to be aware of what is surrounding you. I want you to think twice before you leave the room with a child unattended and the TV on. I want you to take a stand against the vulgar, hyper-sexual, American advertisements in this day and age.

The Dick Van Dyke show. Notice how the husband and wife are in separate beds.

The Dick Van Dyke show. Notice how the husband and wife are in separate beds.

 

Have you heard of the The Dick Van Dyke Show? I hadn’t until I began my research. This show aired in the 60’s and when the married couple was shown in their bedroom on television, they were in separate twin beds. Them in bed together was too  inappropriate for Television. Wow… a lot has changed in 50 years.

 

 

Our current television shows  not only reveal sexual references, but also vulgar titles. Dating Naked, 16 and Pregnant, Sex in the City, just to name a few. We have not only changed the content, but also become unfazed by the vulgar show titles. How is it okay to have these titles and advertisements play when young children may be listening and exposed to it?

MTV's 16 and pregnant is a reality show about teenagers having babies and trying to raise them while being kids themselves.

MTV’s 16 and pregnant is a reality show about teenagers having babies and trying to raise them while being kids themselves.

TV is not the only dramatic change. We have a desensitized  our audience so drastically that music, advertisements, movies, video games, etc are all inappropriate. We have parental blocks on the TV and internet, and have created ratings for movies and games. M for mature. “You must be 18 or over to view this site. Are you 18, Yes or No?” That’s a great defense mechanism. Really keeps the kids out. I find it just shocking how much kids are exposed to today and do not feel that it is appropriate for this to be happening. Throughout my blog I will explore all of the areas mentioned above and show how big of a change has been made and how nice it would be if we could reverse it. I want the word conservative brought back into circulation.