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.


Discussion Week 14

Rochelle M

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

What really is protected in today’s new media generation? Recent news articles have been writing about how even the tightest security settings on sites such as Facebook  can still be seen by those you may not what to see. Recently in the news arose a storys of how Insurance Companies have been looking at peoples Facebook to fight off insurance fraud.

Insurance Companies are checking out photos and things posted to Facebook’s to make sure no insurance fraud is happening. One example is a man’s insurance company was looking at his photos of him drinking a beer sitting on the beach. After viewing this the insurance company dropped him and stopped paying him his disability check for an at work injury.

Another case is a women who is now fighting the insurance company after her sick leave benefits were revoked because of photos that were on her Facebook. The women had taken a leave from work after being diagnosed with “major depression” but was cut off after photos were seen of her private Facebook of her having fun at her own birthday party.

How can we believe that anything is “private” any more. There is so much technology available to everyone these days that any one really, truly has access to EVERYTHING if they want. So I do not know if I can discuss this topic this week because I am unsure of what rights I have to protect my privacy on the Internet anymore…


Here is one case reported on ABC 7 Action News – Insurance Companies Look at Social Media Accounts to Fight Fraud

Week 13 Concept

Rochelle M

Exogenous versus indigenous media productions

Something that’s exogenous comes from somewhere else, from outside. For example in our book page 490, it states that “stations transmitting to the regions they hope to influence from the outside those areas”

Indigenous is something that is native or original to a area. For example in out book page 490, it states “operations functioning inside the regions to which they transmit.”

A news example from the New York Times, is about one mans fight against gay marriage. I believe this is a good example of exogenous media productions because it involves a man who himself is outside of the gay community and yet he is trying to place his values on the gay community. He is an outsider to that community yet he is trying to influence from the “outside.”

A news example from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which is a letter to the editor about how not all gay people support same-sex marriage, the article contains his argument on the issue. This i believe is a good example of indigenous media productions because this is some one on the “inside” hoping to translate his messages. He is a Homosexual man who is fighting his case to the public Heterosexual and Homosexual, trying to get out his message that nott all gays support same-sex marriage from the “inside.”

Week 13 Discussion

Rochelle M

Based on your media log, and the kind of media you use on a regular basis, what are your responsibilities in using media?

My top media use was the Internet, namely “Facebook.” Facebook is a rather open media source, with few regulations however my responsibility as a user is to follow guidelines that are implemented by the creators of Facebook. I also follow moral guidelines that I have place upon myself, such as: not posting racy photos, or vulgar comments or post to other or my own wall, posting inappropriate images to others or my own wall, not disclosing any very personal information, and overall keeping my security in mind.  It is everyone’s responsibly with a Facebook to imply that their information is seen by “everyone” so it is best to be smart about what one posts or updates. These are just a few of my “responsibilities” as a Facebook user in the media.

Week 12 Discussion

Rochelle Miller

To what extent have your CJ105 concept definitions relied on copying definitions from Wikipedia and other Internet sources – is that plagiarism?

Plagiarism to me is an exact copy of ones work. For example word by word.

So with this as my definition of Plagiarism, I do not believe it had been something I have had to rely on. I would say online definitions are more of guidelines into helping understanding a concept and helps to shape your “own” definition of such. Because if you think of it in terms of someone must have came up with the original definition of a certain concept. And with out having it to guide the next person there could be a totally different version of a definition,  potentially then meaning two different things for the same concept. So I believe concept definitions online are guidelines to drawing our own conclusions as to what a concept means to us.

Week 12 Concept

Rochelle Miller

Washington Post

First Amendment rights: 2001 U.S. Patriot Act

Background on The USA PATRIOT Act, it was created in response to the attacks of September 11 and became a law in less than two months after those attacks. The Act modified major U.S intelligence, communications, and privacy laws including:

However it is debated that the law violated numerous constitutional requirements. For example the “Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures and First Amendment freedoms of speech and association.”

Yet supporters rebutted that the law simply created a  proper balance between security and liberty in a dangerous world of international terrorism.

The Patriot Act  represents an abuse of government authority and still today the debate continues. The debate over the law and its extensions will continue, as Americans continue to struggle with how to protect both liberty and security.

An example of this concept is how it continues to be a controversial topic. In the previous campaigns (Tommy Thompson’s (R) vs. Tammy Baldwin (D)) Thompson launched an attacking campaign against Baldwin for voting against a 2006 bill commemorating the fifth anniversary of 9/11.


“Baldwin did, in fact, vote against the bill. But as her campaign noted Tuesday, it was because the bill also paid tribute to more controversial and contentious things like the Patriot Act — a piece of legislation that Baldwin and many Democrats opposed.”

For the entire article click here. 

Week 11 Discussion

Rochelle M

How is political speech expressed in social media? Provide some examples that you have seen, or been involved in. 

An example of how political speech is expressed in social media is the growing use of Twitter in Saudi Arabia, used to criticize and express dissatisfaction with the Saudi government.

It has been widely reported that in the Middle Eastern countries such as Tunisia and Egypt are using social media for political purposes. Because of the ease of the communication and the relative anonymity given by social media,  these conversations may reveal valuable insight into the actual public opinion and reactions regarding specific political topics and events or political leaders.

I believe this is a good example of political speech expressed in social media because it is showing an actual event taking place. In countries that are normally not able to express themselves are now utilizing social media to do so.