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

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.

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 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 Discussion

Heath Nicholson

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

The first responsibility that comes to mind in media responsibility is that we can’t believe everything we hear or see. It’s a good practice to remain aware that there are hidden agendas everywhere and much or the information we receive is driven by money – not intrinsically motivated truth-tellers. After thinking about it more, I realized another responsibility I have: not supporting terrible television. For example, I make it a point to keep the channel away from “Teen Mom” and similar programs at all times. Aired television depends on what the audience wants to watch. And for some unimaginable reason people tune into “Teen Mom” consistently, prolonging its existence.

To summarize my responsibilities I would say that I feel we need to remain aware that media is not all fact and that our behavior determines what networks choose to air – so view responsibly.