Knowledge and Media 1216

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In this class we investigate how the media "mediate" our perceptions of reality. Our News Activist project consists of students monitoring how a particular issue is represented in the media.

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by kris1995 on October 10, 2013
written by : Kristoffer Charles, Tijani Umar, Anthony Marando Now a day, media is a composition of many means of communication and has become key to the growing of our modern society’s epistemology. However, we need to be aware that authorities sometimes give a bias perspective according to their beliefs and preconceptions, and where they are in the world. Therefore, we can notice that networks all over the world broadcast their information differently. The way   Al Jazeera covers a story versus the way western Media cover the same story is a very good example of this situation.

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by cfab99 on October 6, 2013
By Carlos Fabris and Cynthia Schultz  

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by YonJon on October 6, 2013
  By Yonathan Gebermedhin and Jonathan Grant  When one thinks of a news organization like CNN, their first thought is surely of the country they operate in, the United States of America. But nowadays, citizens of the U.S. are becoming skeptical of their own news agencies, fearing government censorship and bias. Often, this leads to a search for the other side of the story, where a fresh perspective can be found and explored.

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by kelldan on October 5, 2013
     Everyday we are bombarded with advertisements. We see them on TV, the Internet, the radio, in magazines even on the billboards next to highways! Adults understand that the main goal of the market is to sell their product, but children do not. In the past, the best way to sell children’s products was through parents, but not anymore. Most children are innocent and get easily influenced by advertisements. The average American child views about 40, 000 television commercials per year.

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by florencemarcalexis on October 5, 2013
Going back to the first civilizations, no such things as internet or television existed. When an important event occurred people only found out by hearing it from other people. During the medieval ages, people were even paid to yell the story from a street corner as town criers. Starting from these ages we saw the evolution of media and the way that news were told.

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by Amandri2 on October 4, 2013
There are so many different news sources around the world that compile today’s latest news. One would automatically think that the major stories would show up in several news sources internationally. Through a deeper research however, one would find that major stories in other countries that should be known worldwide, are not. Generally, one always hears stories that are from the United States of America whether in North America or other continents. After exploration, we have compiled a few top stories from different new sources around the world.  

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by Hellztruth on October 4, 2013
    There is a bus in ottawa that is crossing at an intersection over a rail track. A train is coming. The driver of the bus thinks that the train is far away when something goes wrong with the bus mechanisms. He thinks he can make it across the tracks in time. He doesn't, and neither did a group of innocent passengers. Due to reckless actions (or a mechanism gone wrong), people were killed in an accident.

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by Sayel23 on October 4, 2013
Advertisers are not stupid; they know exactly when and where to air their ads during T.V shows, in magazines and other social media attractions in order to reach the largest receptive audience. It is no secret that advertisers today will do pretty much anything in their power to ensure that their product or service well recognized and well known throughout the market area especially towards the target audience.  

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by Sayel23 on October 4, 2013
Advertisers are not stupid; they know exactly when and where to air their ads during T.V shows, in magazines and other social media attractions in order to reach the largest receptive audience. It is no secret that advertisers today will do pretty much anything in their power to ensure that their product or service well recognized and well known throughout the market area especially towards the target audience.  

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by jhorothi on October 4, 2013
           On April 15, 2013, a marathon took place in Boston. During this marathon, terrorists planted two bombs in different places to kill and harm these runners. The bombs were specifically timed out so that the good runners would not be in the blast, whereas the slower runners would get hit. This made national news and was written about in every newspaper around the globe. Every newspaper had their view on this event and was written differently.  

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JSG

4 years 1 month ago

I totally agree with the opinion stated, television has become an addiction to many people, and continues to worldwide and generations to come. Further more I agree with how In todays society the vast majority of viewers are targeted in such a way that they end up being swallowed into the television world.

JSG

4 years 1 month ago

There is no doubt in my mind that this isn't true. TV has become a lifestyle for us in modern day society and it is an addiction for a lot of people. This article is very truth revealing and is a great description of television addiction amongst modern day society.
-Jonathan Greco

JSG

4 years 1 month ago

I think tthese chanels are inflenced by their public. In fact, the public target of Al Jazeera is the arab people and the way they present the news is made to represent the perception of the arab people. On the other side, the western broadcast represent the perception of their public.

4 years 1 month ago

I believe the local government of both news stations has a huge impact on what information they both release. Since we live in a democratic society, is it reasonable to think that the government should not be hiding information from us? If our political system is supposed to give us power, why is it that things are being hidden from us?

4 years 2 months ago

I like how you clearly show that CNN and Al Jazeera both have biased opinion on this particular case. CNN described what the US did as heroic, whereas Al Jazeera as terrorism. This article also show how different perspective brings different side and belief to a same story.

4 years 2 months ago

I agree with you that it is better to trust your own judgement instead of trusting the news on TV or the one in newspaper since they both have they're own beliefs, they're view on reality will differ.

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4 years 2 months ago

You have some very interesting points! Indeed, children are the best targets for advertisements seeing as they don’t know any better than to believe whatever they see or hear from the advertisements exposed to them. It’s sad to think that companies have to stoop to that level to try to sell their products, but I guess that’s just business. It’s an advertising technique which earns them money, so I doubt they would want to change how they work. Furthermore, whenever I hear a mention of the show “Toddlers and Tiaras”, I can’t help but wonder, “What has our society come to?” I mean, are you serious? In what universe do little toddlers wear makeup and dress all fancy ready to walk down a runway? Last time I checked, those kinds of things were more for women, not young innocent little girls. There are just so many things wrong with that show, yet some people are addicted to this god-forsaken reality TV show that seem to encourage hypersexualization of girls from a young age.
Jennifer

4 years 2 months ago

Excellent article, I love the comparison between the story featured here in Canada and the one in Russia. The way I see it, both articles are actually on a topic central to each separate culture. In canada, we take pride in our education system, which is supposed to be among the best in the world. Even though there are probably other factors in play here, like a mistake made by the boy who was killed, the article begs the question of how can an education system like ours result in the death of a student at the hand of a bus driver, in charge of the safety of that student. The russian article touches on the biggest social controversy currently going on there, the illegality of homosexuality. For Elton John, an openly gay entertainer, to perform in a country who just banned the practice of being openly gay must be very controversial.

4 years 2 months ago

Samuel:
It is true that broadcast network's owners often filter the information before airing it in order, for the ordinary viewers, to understand it the way they want them to. Even more locally, the Bell and the Vidéotron empires tend to cover the same stories from two diffrent angles. Their politic convictons are often visible through the angle that they chose to employ when covering a story.

Reply to: Boston bombings
4 years 2 months ago

Samuel:
The N.Y Times seems to be doing a pretty good job improving the general mood about this tragedy. Instead of self-pitying, this magazine proved to be willing to support and encourage people through their pain. It is, in my opinion, a much more respectable source of informations than TV news programs

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