Misperceived Privacy

This is something that I have noticed more often this year. If I spend a certain amount of time on particular websites advertisements from that same website pop up everywhere. At first I thought it was a coincidence, I mean I can’t be the only one who enjoys Alex and Ani bracelets right? After a…

The Weight (or lack thereof) Movie Ratings

I’ll never forget how excited was when my parents began letting me see PG-13 movies. It isn’t as though I couldn’t get into them before …my parents just told me not to. If restrictions are only actually exacted for rated R and NC-17 movies how much censoring do we actually have? Would you want your 3rd…

Freedom of Tweet

“Freedom of speech, of the press, of association, of assembly and petition — this set of guarantees,protected by the First Amendment, comprises what we refer to as freedom of expression” (aclu.org). How free are these rights really? Americans are constantly testing their rights andseeing how far they can go before they are censored or imprisoned.…

“Broadcast Yourself,” more like “Monetize Ourselves”

Since 2005 YouTube has been an online video content website that has allowed anyone to upload personally made videos or to watch any video of their choosing. The site has prided itself on being a place where those passionate about video making could go and interact with others who share the same passions. However, as…

Literacy By Choice

According to Henry Jenkins, literacy in the media sense is more than what we can do with printed matter; one is not automatically presumed literate just because they can read and right. So, is one media literate if they consume media but do not produce? As media continues to grow so does our access to…

You Got Screened

Almost everything we do today somehow involves screens.  It is either through watching tv, going to a movie theatre, reading the newspaper on a tablet, texting through a smartphone, making a transaction through an ATM, calculating our grocery total at the supermarket, looking up directions, and many others; it is inescapable. It is hard to…

I Can Be Who I Wanna Be, Can You?

A lingering concern for many years has been in regards to how various people in our world are presented. Issues stem from gender, sexuality, race, religion, ethnicity, and more. As much as we fight to rid our world of these prejudices they still surround us everyday. They can be seen on magazine covers, in ads,…