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.

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Week 14 Discussion Question

By: Shelly F.

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

This question has multiple angles because it does not specify the entity seeking my personal information.  My employer would have a fairly open right to almost anything that I do on the internet while the federal government would have to first obtain a warrant to view anything that I haven’t posted in a chat-room.  However, Facebook and other online organizations can pass on any information that I have given to them (personal information, items bought, sites visited, etc.) to other interested parties.

My example is the article “Does Face Facebook know you’re pregnant?” which demonstrates how information is passed for a profit through the “tagging” of certain keywords in posts such as “pregnancy test” or “morning sickness” (Delo, C. (2012). Advertising Age, 83(32), 18-20.). (http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?sid=c07c933e-3fe6-4f55-821b-35a07c0200b1%40sessionmgr13&vid=1&hid=9&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d%23db=a9h&AN=79809620)  I know that in order for companies to reach a specific audience they need the information that tells them who the audience is and the favorite medium of that audience.  However, I do not agree with their method of obtaining that information.  The sad thing is we pretty much give the information away to something that we don’t really think about even if we know it exists.  I wonder who Word Press gives its information to?

Week 13 Concepts

By: Shelly F.

Exogenous vs. Indigenous Media Productions

According to merriam-webster.com, the definition of exogenous is “growing from or on the outside,” and the definition of indigenous is ”produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment.”  So exogenous media productions are mass produced communications outside of what is normally considered mass media that are about mass media, and indigenous media productions are mass produced communications that are a part of what is normally considered mass media that are about mass media.

My two opposing examples are the website http://www.brayincandy.com/id177.html for exogenous media and http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/26/tech/social-media/facebook-vote/index.html for indigenous media.  The former is not a well-established news source and its author sees him/herself as beyond corruption while stating repeatedly that the media itself is corrupt.  The latter is a very well established news source critiquing the stance of Facebook to vote on the right to vote about changes on the site.

Week 13 discussion question

By: Shelly F.

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

My legal responsibilities in media are as follows: the use of in-text citations (or citations of some kind) for ideas and words that do not belong to me, no publishing of content that could be considered a libel or a slander, no publishing of content that could be considered hate speech, no publishing of content that is obscene in nature, and no publishing of content that could incite harm.

All of these stipulations have been upheld in the Supreme Court and lower courts based on precedent, legality, and morality.  My personal reasons for upholding these responsibilities are that the choice to ignore these responsibilities inevitably harms others and it is against my core beliefs to perpetrate them.

Week 12 Discussion

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

By: Shelly F.

I have not used the copy and paste functions in my posts without an in-text citation or a direct link to the website in my post.  In this way I haven’t plagiarized.

I believe that anytime a piece of information or an idea is taken from another source the original source should get the credit.  Even a wiki has a source.  Just because that source is a group of possibly hundreds of people doesn’t mean that the site itself should not be mentioned.  As Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman stated in the season one episode Deadly Vision of Walker, Texas Ranger “if you don’t own their words, how can you sell them?”

Week 12 Concept

The U.S. Patriot Act and the U.S. Constitution

By: Shelly Fitzke

The U.S. Patriot Act is the subject of extreme debate as to whether or not certain aspects of it are Constitutional with respect to the First and Fourth Amendments.  Since this is a communications class, I focused on possible and proven First Amendment violations.  According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) the Patriot Act is unconstitutional in that “it violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech by prohibiting the recipients of search orders from telling others about those orders, even where there is no real need for secrecy” and also “by effectively authorizing the FBI to launch investigations of American citizens in part for exercising their freedom of speech (http://www.aclu.org/national-security/surveillance-under-usa-patriot-act).”  In the case of the American Academy of Religion v. Napolitano the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the “ideological exclusion” clause of the Patriot Act because it violated the freedom of speech clause of the First Amendment by not allowing certain scholars to share their views.  According to the ACLU the secrecy aspect is still permissible even in the case of leaked documentation although a redacted version may be released at some point (http://www.aclu.org/national-security/aclu-v-department-state).

My example is from the Albany Tribune (http://www.albanytribune.com/13112012-done-in-by-the-patriot-act-oped/#.UKpujGfEwdY) and it covers the CIA scandal surrounding David Petraeus.  Basically, it’s a civil right debate about how much power the Federal government has.

Week 11 discussion question:

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

Political speech can be anything from discussing the application of a specific political issue to the endorsement or insult of a political party.  It’s everywhere.  So it makes sense that it would be on social media too.  YouTube posts about political debates are a good example.  Like the ones that are posted below this foreign policy debate between Obama and Romney (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tecohezcA78).  The posters appear to be getting pretty agitated with opposing points of view.  I don’t normally read the commentary, but the user “lg15flat” typing “maybe if u stop using cold logic & start using morals u will see things differently” seems pretty aggressive to me.