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Update for Group 3 (Scare-paigns)

8 May

Right now, the group has separated into individuals to investigate our specific problems that the scare-paigns are trying to address. The next step is refine our final products and review each others to see if there is anything else we can do to make it stronger/more effective. There are no true obstacles that our group is facing right now. We are also currently working on the proposal due next week by splitting up the questions among us to make it easier to answer.

Kimberly Garcia

Basil Christy

Ileana Cancinos

Parveen Keynejad

Saudia Yunis

Group 3- “scare-paigns”

27 Apr

For our campaign we would like to raise awareness of the scare tactics used in advertisements in every day media and explain why it is ineffective. As a resident of New York City, we are bombarded with ads warning us of the dangers of smoking, texting while driving, and drinking. The advertisers use the same tactics to also warn against soda consumption and having a baby “too early”. We plan to compare ads from other countries or states and expose the overall theme of them. Is negative enforcement effective? Being a subject to these ‘scare-paigns’ is enough to inspire research on it. We plan to use posters to raise awareness.

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Group 3

Kimberly Garcia

Basil Christy

Ileana Cancinos

Parveen Keynejad

Saudia Yunis

Insinuations in Movies (Kimberly Garcia)

17 Apr

The Photoplay: A Psychological Study was written in 1916, after “The Kleptomaniac” (1905) was released and before “Sherlock Jr.” (1924). In 1905, the cinema industry had not been developed as deeply as it was in 1924. The cameras were too big to move, lighting was a hard feat to master and it was just difficult to do. There was also no zoom and no multiple cameras. So the directors of the early film industry had to plainly present facts, because that’s all it really could do. We can barely catch the Kleptomaniac steal the jewelry because of the lack of editing and strategies that filmmakers use today to make certain actions in films obvious.

Meanwhile, in Sherlock Jr., the director knew to zoom in on the fact that the box of chocolates was $4 and later to center the Sheik when he slips the pawn card into Sherlock’s pocket. That is because he now possessed the ability to do such a thing. Or when the butler puts the explosive pool ball onto the table and cuts the Sherlock chalking his cue stick in front of a mirror, it implies that Sherlock saw him rig the table. Thus, as mentioned in the M√ľnsterberg article, films are more a creation of the mind then a creation of reality.

Personality and Character (Kimberly Garcia)

11 Apr

In the Malcolm X piece Saved, Malcolm skates around his past life, not wanting to dwell on the person that he once was. He talks about how he was once a criminal, but never specifies what he did. Since he has distanced himself from that person, that was his personality. Your personality if what you outwardly portray yourself as. Malcolm identified himself as a former “smooth talker” of sorts. Now since he is a religious man, he has parted with his former self

Character is who one really is. ¬† Malcolm could never be who he really was on the streets. He never really knew how. Books allowed him to express what he truly felt in writing and that helped him build confidence in who he actually was, a logical man. Even when he is forced to part from his blood brother, he still has this feeling that something was morally wrong with ostracizing him and petitions to have him brought back into the group. That is an example of Malcolm’s character.

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10 Mar

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Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared

7 Mar

Here’s a link to a video that, once you get over the shock value, has a very poignant message about education and media (and children’s cartoons also)

Kimberly Garcia

4 Mar

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My favorite thing about “Soldiers Without Swords” was learning about Ida B. Wells. While learning about history in High school, you never hear about journalists. Not even did I hear about her in my AP history class. Ida B. Wells is the happy ending of Frankie May that we all hoped for. Ida B. Wells is revolutionary in a time when both people and color and women were disenfranchised, she broke the mold and became a journalist. She was an investigative journalist and investigated lynch mobs, making the issue that had been swept under the carpet for many years, public.

Today’s media could take note from “Soldiers Without Swords”. Media outlets today are primarily owned by big business companies. We have millions of different news outlets yet all of them stem to just three different companies in the US. The journalists know that they must put a certain slant on stories. A conservative, a liberal, a “common sense” story, all to make it seem as if we do live in this free, “we can say whatever we want” world. The journalists featured in the documentary did not write for money, they wrote for their fellow man. People today could learn from that.