I didn't realize the impact that media had on people's opinions until I went abroad to East Africa. While I was in Tanzania, I immediately realized that people were limited in their option to different media outlets. Batteries for a radio are expensive, power for televisions is scarce and internet is a luxury that the majority of people do not have. I often have heard people saying that our society has too much media in our lives that tell us what to do, but I realize now that as a result of the wide selection of media outlets, we are able to hear opposing sides of a selling point instead of a single narration. At least we have people on television or the internet that are outspoken enough to say whether certain commercials are distasteful or just straight up wrong.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Why I am taking this class...
I have chosen this particular class because I have long have held a certain interest in power relations between human beings, and the central conflict in the power struggle is gender. I have taken a few women studies courses that really sparked my interest about the media's influence. I wish to come away from this class with a deep understanding of what a society would be like where the media treated all the people equally.