1.) Who is your favorite Disney character? Why?
***My favorite Disney character has to be Goofy because I always thought he was funny when I was small.
2.) Have you ever in your life wanted to be like your character? In what aspects? (physical appearance, personality, magical qualities)
***Yes, when I was younger I did. Probably just for the magical qualities, like Genie for instance.
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?
***Hmm…no I didn’t know about this but as long as I am getting the information I need, I’m okay with it I guess.
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?
-Yes, I believe this is true because I’ve seen cousins of mine watch violent shows and games and slowly transitioned to be more violent.
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?
-I think it’s similar to how violence is on TV. It makes teenagers more interested in sex. Some shows would be maybe Desperate Housewives, Jersey Shore, that 16 and pregnant show on MTV, etc. Nope I don’t think it has influenced me.
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?
-In my opinion, I think that the media is doing all this unhealthy advertising just for the sake of money. It’s easy money because the products are quite addicting and easy to do. I wish we could prohibit them from doing so but I don’t think there is any law that bans them from doing so. Yes, there were many times when I would get hungry after seeing something delicious on a billboard.
7.) Do you think the media shows teenagers realistically (as in Mean Girls, Bring It On and Fired Up)?
-Kind of but I think that the media is more like a role model for teens as they are growing up and follow these famous people.