Week 15 Discussion Question

Over the past semester, what did you find most interesting, and what was least interesting, about the course?

I found the rights of the media as well as the ethical boundries of the media to be incredibly interesting.  There is so much that can be discussed and debated about this topic.  There is never a clear line for where the media should and shouldn’t be or even where it is and isn’t.

I wasn’t so interested in the million different types of communication.  In my opinion there are two types of communication, good and bad.   Some people have skills that make communication easy whereas others have a harder time but can easily find ways to communicate their point.  Whether the communication is good or bad there is always some form of communication going on between everyone at all times.  Even as simple as figuring out who is going which direction in a grocery store aisle.

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Week 14 Discussion Question

What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?

You have the right to put nearly anything on the internet however, you also have the responsibility to protect your privacy to a degree that is comfortable to your own beliefs.  The limits on what you can place on the interent are basically libel.  You can’t post anything that is libelous against another person.  The privacy issue is the biggest one her, or at least I think so.  You have the responsibility to be aware of who has access to your accounts and information that could be used against you or be damage your own reputation.

Week 15 Discussion Question

By: Shelly F.

Over the past semester, what did you find most interesting, and what was least interesting, about the course?

Over the past semester I found Unit 4 to be the most interesting and Unit 1 to be the least interesting.  Unit 4 was the most interesting for two reasons; first I have a potential career bias because I am trying to become a lawyer so anything to do with any section of law interests me and second because I, like most Americans (we have so many shows like CSI and Law and Order it’s ridiculous), have a somewhat morbid fascination with our system of crime and punishment.  Unit 1 was the least interesting to me because it had little to do with my potential field and the inner workings of the media industry are, admittedly, not as interesting to me as a Supreme Court opinion (which is usually multifaceted).  This is not likely to be among the majority opinion of the class, but readers please make of it what you will.

Week 15 Discussion

Over the past semester, what did you find most interesting, and what was least interesting, about the course?

I found the blogs to be quiet interesting.  We are given the chance to see other people’s views on concepts we’ve talked/read about and try to make sense of it.  This can either make it harder or easier to understand though, depending on how the author or blogger worded their definition and what kind of examples they gave.

I found the discussion questions to be quiet interesting too, but I didn’t like them as much since we had to think a little harder, in my opinion.

Week 15 Discussion

Week 15 Discussion Question:  Over the past semester, what did you find most interesting, and what was least interesting, about the course? As a prompt, here is what we have covered in the course in content and learning activities:

Over the past semester what I found most interesting was Unit 2: Mass communication, including journalism and news production, public relations, advertising and visual communication. I learned many beneficial items from this unit that I will be able to apply to my major. I feel as though as a class we covered the topic very completely, which allowed a great understanding of the topics.

What I found least interesting about the course might have been our definitions and examples, for myself personally I feel on some concepts I could not find a true meaning of it online or in out book. This is where I found myself trying to make sense of a concept I had no idea about, which to me feels like I confused others along with myself by defining the concept.

Overall the class was beneficial to learning about forms of journalism and how to work together as a team.

Week 14 Discussion

Heath Nicholson

What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?

As far as rights, we have the legal right to put anything we want that doesn’t breach the slander/libel/intellectual property laws. Our responsibly on the internet however are formed by ethics. We have a responsibility to help police and report material that might “cross the line”, a “line” formed by ethic and values. We need to do so because it is impossible for our government to successfully take this responsibility without violating our constitutional rights.

Individually, we are accountable for everything we put on the internet. Therefore it is in our best interests to consider what future repercussions our present actions might yield.

Week 14 Discussion Question

What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?

To be honest, I think most if not all of this responsibility falls upon yourself, and not the government or anyone else.  If you do not want something seen on the internet, do not post or let other people get a hold of it; it’s as simple as that.  However, if you would want to protect your privacy on the internet, it’s another matter.  I personally don’t think you can do much about it though because I don’t believe there are any laws in place protecting a person’s internet privacy.  The police can basically check your phone logs, and use GPS on your mobile at anytime they want, so I believe it accumulates to the same thing with internet rights and privacy.  The internet is such a big place though, and it would be kind of hard to specifically track one person down on the internet in my opinion.  Such as in our earlier debate one group was talking about the cyber bullying taking place on facebook.  I don’t think it was right for the people to be bullying the girl, and the site should’ve blocked the images and stopped the bullying though, I mean, they own the website… they should’ve been able to at least do something to stop that if they noticed.  It is a different story if the website had not noticed anything though, I mean Facebook is an international site.  I also don’t really know how the whole Facebook thing works either–is there someone monitering the site to stop bad posts and images?  Is there someone who moniters “predators?”… However, I think people put too much responsiblity on the government/companies.  I mean, aside from internet supervision, do you really think the government isn’t doing anything about all the murders, rapes, thefts, and crimes?  The government doesn’t have enough power to stop all the bad things from happening; but we, the people, somehow think the government should be able to stop each and every bad thing that’s happening.  The government is made up of people just like us, what makes us think they are so different that they can stop all the hurt and bad things from happening?  I am sorry that I diverged from the topic at hand by the way.