Discussion Question 15

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

By Jimmy Lavorato

To me, the most interesting part of this class was analyzing my own media usage and comparing that with my peers. It was interesting to see how much of my life is driven by the media and how the internet is such a vital part of not just my education, but also my entertainment. Then we started to discuss rights to speech and privacy, where it became evident of just how much information of others is easily available on the internet. It’s very fascinating to me how connected the world is and how by using the internet properly as a tool for information, you can make many connections about the current world. Another thing I enjoyed was looking outside of the US and learning about how they differ from us. The artifact project was a good way to explore different cultures, which is why I picked a topic that was outside of the US. I didn’t really find any content less interesting because I was able to come up with my own media story analysis, I found that when I was able to search and identify media stories of my own that applied to the topic, I got a better understanding of it then if I was just given an example.

Discussion Week 14

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

By Jimmy Lavorato

I think that the main discussion about internet privacy will always include facebook. Most of us who are well connected to the technological world know how to use most features of social networking sites, including the privacy settings. For those who are not as educated in that field, don’t know just how much information they are revealing about themselves- able to be viewed by virtually anyone. When you post a picture of yourself on a site like facebook, that image stays on the internet forever. If you have ever googled yourself on google images(I get bored sometimes) then you see that your facebook profile picture comes up. It’s a scary idea that your life can basically be viewed by complete strangers. A certain amount of common sense is required to protect yourself, it’s never a good idea to post information that you wouldn’t verbally say to a stranger. Being responsible on the internet is not just limited to protecting yourself, you also can harm others by not respecting their privacy. Gossip, rumors and lying are all dangerous ways of harming someone online. If some person were to write a rumor on facebook, it could spread like wildfire and might have the potential to ruin someones life. When on the internet, people should represent themselves with dignity and integrity.

Concept Week 13

Rights of property and ownership: copyright to protect media productions.

By Jimmy Lavorato

When I think of this, I think of pirating music and illegally downloading movies and other such media. When you think of the time and money that people spend producing their work, it seems both illegal and immoral to receive that work free of charge. They are entitled to their work and by copyright laws that work is protected from being stolen or copied. If your like me and you’ve ever searched google images, you know that thousands of images come up. It doesn’t seem too unlikely that many of those images are copyright and that google does not have the right to display those images. I found an article on CNN talking about how google had illegaly scanned images of books created by visual artists. “We are seeking justice and fair compensation for visual artists whose work appears in the 12 million books and other publications Google has illegally scanned to date,” Says Victor Perlman, a general counsel for the photographers’ organization. The outcome is yet to be determined in whether google is guilty of this lawsuit.


Concepts Week 12

Right to free speech: Difference between protections for political vs. commercial speech

By Jimmy Lavorato

Under the 1st amendment, the right to free speech is protected. However, in politics, speech is taken under way more considerable importance. Commercial speech happens all the time such as in advertisements and civil rights movements. A good example of how free speech is advocated is in the link below. It talks about a group of high school cheerleaders who demonstrated their right to free speech by displaying Christian messages during their performances.


Discussion Question 13

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

By Jimmy Lavorato

My personal media responsibilities are mostly involved with not committing plagiarism. Being enrolled in a college it’s my responsibility to use my resources in a way that credits both the hard work of myself and others that willingly pledge that work to assist me and others. Besides plagiarism, another thing that should be avoided is cyber-bullying. There’s been many occurrences of cyber bullying on the news where someone has been targeted online and treated badly. This is a bad type of bullying because sometimes mental punishment can be more damaging than actual physical punishment. Since the majority of my media usage was based on music-sharing and streaming websites, music pirating is another thing that shouldn’t be done. It’s important to not take the easy route and download free music because the artists that created that music worked hard and earned the money.

Discussion Week 12

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

By Jimmy Lavorato

Personally, in my concepts and definitions, I try to be as original as possible- conveying my own point of view and ideas. If there is a certain term or idea that I am unfamiliar with, I will search it to get a rough description of what it is. I see plagiarism as a word for word duplication of someone else’s work. It’s okay to cite a source, analyze that definition and then interpret the information using your own words and ideas. The information has to come from somewhere, it needs to be credited as to preserve the originality of the statement that follows it.

Concept Week 10

Media literacy from media consumers’ point of view:

By Jimmy Lavorato

In my mind, media literacy is the ability to decipher messages obtained from the many media sources out there. A certain method emerges for how the newspaper, news station, and all other platforms, relay messages to the consumer who then decodes that message. A successful media literate consumer knows how to access the information that is all around them. Sometimes it’s not easy to decipher the message, maybe an ad is playing that requires some knowledge to understand the product or topic that you don’t quite have, or maybe you are visiting a social network site and don’t understand how to use. A fun example of this is my facebook illiterate father, when he first started using it, he had no idea how to view pages or message people. The only thing he really could do is update his status. So when he would want to talk to somebody he would just make a new status with their name at the of it. Sometimes the consumer needs to know how to view information in a different format then just plain text or video, in my example there is a table that shows information on job growth based on President Obama’s entrance into office.