1.) Who is your favorite Disney character? Why?
***My favorite Disney character has always been Mulan. I admired her strength and courage, being able to go against her parents’ wishes in order to protect them. She wasn’t the typical Disney princess who needed to be rescued. Instead, she was the one who did the saving.
2.) Have you ever in your life wanted to be like your character? In what aspects? (physical appearance, personality, magical qualities)
***Of course, all Disney stories ended in a happily ever after, and the characters always seemed to have an easy life. For me, Mulan had many qualities I wished for. She was outgoing, strong both physically and mentally, and could stand up to her parents. And who wouldn’t want a talking dragon like Mushu?
3.) Did you know that there are only 5 media corporations that control our media? How do you feel knowing that only five corporations are controlling all the information that is fed to you through media?
***That is actually pretty amazing. Those 5 corporations have a lot of power because almost everyone is affected by the media. Today, almost every household has at least one TV and most have more than one. Other than that, there are so many more media outlets that we are exposed to, it is a little scary to think there are only 5 corporations who are in command of all that.
4.) Research on psychological effects have found that when television/media shows violence in realistic settings (such as shooting a gun, not fantasy games) it influences the viewer to develop a more violent and aggressive behavior. Do you believe this is true? Have you had a similar experience?
***I do believe this is true. In many films and books, characters are often portrayed as spies, police officers, secret agents, and other similar roles. These characters are almost always holding a gun, shooting criminals, or wielding other weapons, creating an image showing audiences that such professions are “cool”. They are idolized and viewers think less of such violent actions in their hopes of imitating them.
5.) 70-80% of shows viewed by teenagers includes at least one scene with sexual content. From this study an article states that T.V. has created the illusion that engaging in sexual activity is not as risky as it really is and is central to daily life, therefore youth might associate sex without risks. What is your opinion on this? Has the media ever influenced you? Are there any particular shows you watch that support this statistic?
***In most shows, sex isn’t one of the main topics, and thus, I believe, when it does come up, there isn’t much thought put into it. This produces the thought that sex isn’t as risky as it actually is, because the characters in the show address it so casually. After all, nothing bad ever really happens to them. Many shows are a good example of this, including Family Guy, How I Met Your Mother, The Simpsons, etc.
6.) Due to the many advertisements for yummy snacks, like cookies, chips, candy, and sugar drinks, children can easily get sucked into wanting an unhealthy snack. With children/teens spending about 45 hours a week on a computer screen, t.v, or portable game console, and snacking being the main cause of child obesity, what are your thoughts on the media feeding us these unhealthy options? Do you think it is right for companies to be able to promote their fatty snacks to us, especially for those at a very young age who are influenced easily, just so they can gain profit while we gain weight? Have you ever had an incident when you see an advertisement for a burger on t.v or a billboard and then you suddenly crave to eat it?
***Although many people blame the media for its advertising, it is also our responsibility to be more informed and know better that to fall for its persuasive ads. Companies need the advertisements in order to sell their product and pay their employees. The advertisements are not what make us gain weight, it’s our choice to buy the food even when we know it is full of fat. There are many times which I crave food because it appears in an ad in front of me. But although I do fall for the craving sometimes, I also need to retrain myself because I know what the food will do to my body.
7.) Do you think the media shows teenagers realistically (as in Mean Girls, Bring It On and Fired Up)? ***Definitely not. The media is an extreme exaggeration of the way teenagers really act. It is meant to entertain us and lure us in. Thus, because most people consider their lives to be boring, it is necessary for the media to stretch the truth a little to make stories more interesting.