Discussion Week 15

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

By: Shelby Schroeder

Over this past semester I’ve learned a lot about communications.  Overall, the most interesting things to me were all the projects we did.  I really liked how at first it was really hard to use a blog, and now it’s pretty much like second nature to me. I really like the media log assignment when we compared our logs with our team members.  I’ll never forget how shocked Marina and I were to find out the guys were spending more time on the internet on multiple sites.  I also really liked learning about how media has transformed and converged.  It’s no longer just TV or radio, but continues to transform every day through phones and computers.  Something I didn’t really find interesting or disliked was a lot of the concepts in the further chapters.  As the concepts got more difficult to explain, I feel like a lot of the students made less than accurate definitions, so I lost interest and felt like I didn’t learn as much.  Overall, as this was my first hybrid course I feel like it was really interesting to me, I really liked the format!

Discussion Week 14


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

By: Shelby Schroeder

This is an issue that has come up many times about the internet.  I remember back when I was in high school and middle school we actually had speakers come discuss how public the internet actually is, and how it makes you susceptible to many criminals whether they be sex offenders or people who are trying to steal your identity.  While this can make our parents pretty antsy about letting us “kids” go on the internet I overall think we are responsible for what we do on the internet.  i think we have to be smart about what we post and make sure that our Facebook is protected by passwords, and I think it’s smart to have strict privacy settings.  It’s really all up to the individual, if you want someone to see everything about you, that’s your decision.  I think it’s also smart to protect everything will good passwords, and make sure that we don’t go tell all our friends our passwords; you never know who they might tell.  Overall, I think websites have the options for us to have protected lives on the internet; it’s just up to the individual as to whether or not we utilize them.

Concept Week 12

Rights of property and ownership: copyright to protect media productions

By: Shelby Schroeder

Firstly, I think it’s important to define what copyright is.  Copyright is recognizing and permitting ownership of a type of expression.  It recognizes that someone who creates something, whether it be art or science with the possibility of earning money, their piece of work can be protected.   For all types of media including media productions, their rights are protected for their entire lives, plus 70 years.  If you want to use the creator’s work for your own profit, you must obtain permission from them, but a lot of time if you are using it for nonprofit reasons, you can use it.  (Such as quoting a few lines of a book). Overall media production is protected to allow creativity to flow, and for new content to be generated.

Example: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/14/business/media/14piracy.html?_r=0

Example Defined:  My example was taken from the New York Times.  Although movies are protected under copyright law, many people still pirate movies.  The article discusses how there has been a decline of being able to purchase these on the streets, as pirated movies can now be found online.  This is a problem because the movie industry is losing a lot of money over this, even more now that HD cameras are cheaper so it’s easier to get good footage to put on the internet.  This really shows that although media is protected, people can still steal things quite easily.

Discussion Question Week 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: Shelby Schroeder

My daily use of media mostly includes spending time on the internet, mostly on Facebook and simply browsing other websites.  Like every student here when I use a website  it is my responsibility to not plagarize material.  In the growing technology today it is very easy to steal someone else’s work or idea and get away with it; however I feel I have a moral and ethical obligation not to do this.  I also use Facebook a lot, this gives me the power to say or do anything to anyone I want in fact it gives everyone the power to.  I think it’s actually quite amazing how instant our communication can be with anyone in the world, and most of the time people use this in a productive or respectful way.  Sometimes people get out of hand though and don’t respect other people on social networking sites.  Overall, I believe all my media use can be summed up in this quote that I heard when watching Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

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: Shelby Schroeder

Generally I try to first read about my concept in the book, and then use online sources to help better explain my opinion of a topic.  I really like using things like Wikipedia because I feel like they can explain things in a more easily understandable way, however I don’t like to steal their definitions.  I think if you are taking your definition straight from Wikipedia then yes, I think it is plagiarism despite the fact that they aren’t protected by copyright law.  I think that you shouldn’t ever steal someone’s work, you should attempt to be as original in your definitions as possible, you will learn better by trying to teach it and coming up with a creative definition.

Concept Week 11

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

By: Shelby Schroeder

The First Amendment of our Constitution protects the freedom of speech.  However, it protects some types of speech more than others. Political speech is the ability for Americans to discuss things about politics.  You can criticize the government and their policies as much as you want, and you won’t get in trouble (as long as you aren’t telling lies or threatening anyone).  This form of speech is the most highly protected by the first amendment, mostly because it is the most expressive and important to our functioning nation. Commercial speech, like advertising is not as highly protected because it is based on PROFIT and is not expressive. It is based on a company or individual trying to persuade someone to buy a product. 

Example: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-11-07/mcgraw-hill-must-face-illinois-suit-over-s-and-p-ratings (From Businessweek)

Example explained: McGraw Hill Company is facing a lawsuit from lawyer accusing them of having a “fraudulent role’” in assigning improperly high ratings to mortgage-backed securities. The judges rejected the company when they said their rating opinions were protected under the first amendment freedom of speech rights.  The lawyer further stated that while commercial speech has some protection under the First Amendment, false, misleading, or deceptive commercial speech is not.  This just shows an example of the problems that can arise when determining how much commercial speech is protected in the First Amendment.

Discussion Week 11

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

By: Shelby Schroeder

I think social media is one of the biggest places where people express their political beliefs.  In some ways, it’s great that people can come together to discuss their opinions and ideas about politics, but in other ways, people take it way too far.   Before social media and the internet, most debates about politics would be in newspapers, or simply just by word of mouth.  Twitter offers a way for people to just make a simple statement, so there isn’t too much fighting going on.  Facebook is where the real “problems” are.  I saw this mostly after the presidential election was over, when Obama won, a lot of people made a lot of happy statuses referring to Obama.  Others however, made really angry statements degrading him and making it seem like our country was doomed.  Fights quickly broke out and these statuses had a large number of likes, but also dozens of comments.  This showed me how truly divided our country can be, and how sometimes the freedom of speech on the internet can get out of hand.  A lot of people who were making statuses and comments had no idea what they were talking about.  Overall I think that expressing yourself about politics in social media can be good, as long as you don’t attack others about what they believe in.