Texting and Driving

I drove to Charlotte on Thursday and came back today, and I can honestly say I was astounded of the number of people on their phones while driving…

It was absolutely terrible. Yes, I have been guilty of it before, but I realized a while ago that I cannot text and drive. So, I rarely use my phone in the car unless it is to send a one word text to my parents or call someone, or to use Pandora. I really barely ever text.

I really started noticing after a man was swerving around in and out of his lane in the lane next to me. He was a little behind me and my lane was ending and I needed to get over or else I was going be run off the road… So, I am trying to get over with my blinker on and this man will not let me. I realize his head is looking down at his phone. I blow my horn as I am about to go off the road, and he looks up and realizes what he is doing. I yelled at him through my window as loud as a could, and usually never get road rage… It was all because he was on his phone.

From there on out, the whole way, I noticed people driving absolutely terrible. And almost every car I went by, there heads were down looking at their phones and they would look up on and off. It was insane. Since when did looking at our phones matter more than our own safety, not to mention other people’s safety?

I was disgusted at the amount of people carelessly driving, swerving in and out of lanes, putting everyone else in danger of a wreck. ALL BECAUSE OF A STUPID PHONE.

As you can tell, I am a little heated. This is the first thing I did when I got home. I had to write about it.

Technology is blurring our lives. And people need to start realizing it, or else careless things will happen and people could get hurt.

Here is a really interesting site with some important stats on texting and driving… people should start caring.



I actually thought about class after Monday!

I got a snap chat last night that made me think back to a dicussion we had in class about using our smartphones at concerts.My friend, who is studying abroad, saw Beyonce in Portugal, and I think I got maybe 10 snaps from her during the concert. At one point, I was thinking… why the heck is she on her phone? I would be dancing.

We all agreed that we do it… we pull out our phones to get the perfect picture of the performer or a video of our favorite song. But, why do we feel the need to do this. Is it because we want to show off our pictures on social media to make people jealous of where we are. Or simply just to have a picture or video to look back to when we are thinking about the concert or telling a friend about it?

Well, there’s a lot of people out there who don’t think smartphones should be used at concerts for many reasons… many of which I agreed with. One being, it’s so darn distracting! It takes away from the feeling and experience of the live performance.

Plus we know that the pictures and videos aren’t going to turn out to the best quality anyway.

From an article I read, I thought it was interesting that certain performers such as, Prince, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and other bands are banning the use mobile phones at their shows…. that is a bit aggressive in my opinion, but at least they are showing their thoughts on the use of smartphones at their shows.

This article is an interesting read about the use of smartphones at concerts. To check it out, find the article here… http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2013/sep/02/10-reasons-use-mobile-phone-gig. It explains why they think it is okay to use them.

While another article, http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/features/opinion/339860/top-10-reasons-its-still-not-ok-to-use-your-smartphone-at-concerts.htm, states their opinion based off The Guardian article on why NOT to use them.

Response to Tara

I was reading Tara’s blog post about Snap Chat, and I think she nailed it when she talked about how snap chat is great because there is no “like” button. I know so many of my friends who would NEVER post a bad picture of themselves with a double chin on Facebook or Instagram, but they send those babies out like 5 times a day on Snapchat… and I think it’s hilarious.

I love Snapchat for the fact I can send out silly pictures to all my friends and not really care, because I know its going to be deleted (and I can even decide how fast it is deleted!)

The one thing that I think has changed this kind of simple, naturally-looking picture that Snapchat allows us to send out without judgement is the filters that have been added to the App.

We all know we look better in black and white picture, or with a little tanner looking skin…So why not just change the filter?

But, why not just have the original picture that is going to be deleted. It just seems like with every App that uses pictures these days, that new things are being added to make the picture look just a little bit better.

Even my ugly selfies have gotten a little prettier when I use the tan filter.

So, I guess my question is why do we always need a filter or enhancement to make out picture look better? Why not just be satisfied with a regular simple picture?

And the Research Begins…

I finally made a decision and chose my topic for our final in JOMC 240 from our prompt… “Where will the mass media be in 10 years from now?”

Now, I am not the most creative thinker of all time, but I decided that I would put my focus and creativity into the future of the world of sports. As I was doing some research, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of other people also thinking about the future of the sports industry.

As I was reading some articles, one especially stood out to me about how much our world could change. The article –  http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/tech/post/_/id/4583/what-is-the-future-of-sports-broadcasts – makes 10 predictions that we will experience, or most likely experience, in our future when it comes to sports.

A few amazed me, and even got me kind of excited for this new and improved sports experience.

1. Holographic viewing – the action would be right in front of you without you even having to go to the arena to watch the game. Although I love going to sporting events (especially for the hot dogs and other junk food), to think I could sit in my bed and feel like I am in the stadium watching a tennis match just amazes me. It also makes me think we are going to get extremely lazy, which is a downside to it.

2. The different live angles and instant replays – the fact I could choose which angle I want to watch the sporting event from is so cool – especially if I wanted to see my favorite player up close 😉

3. Instant access from new technology to show us statistics of what is going on in the game – this could come from a chip in an athlete’s helmet or uniform, or sensors on their actual bodies to give us information about their speed, heart rate and other measurements. But, then again, do the athletes really want everyone watching to know all their body’s information.

4. Last, but not least, the “clickable option” – this one stood out to me solely because I always get hungry when I see a commercial about food when I am watching TV. I can’t help it, I love to eat. But, if I could touch my TV when I saw that hot pizza on the screen and order, then you better believe I am going to be spending a lot of money and gaining some weight. It would be so cool.

All of these ideas have made me excited to look into my topic more and see how this is going to change the mass media of the sports industry as technology grows.

Body Image in the Media and Its Affect on Growing Girls

The ideal body type is glorified in the our country’s media… All we see if tall, toned, fit, and THIN. It is becoming more apparent that these glorified and seemingly “normal” body types are affecting the way our society’s youth perceive themselves. So many young girls are turning to unhealthy eating disorders to change their images to get the “perfect” body type that they see all around them. As many as 24 million people in the United States of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder; 95% are between the ages of 12 and 26.

This problem is especially prominent from magazines. In all magazines, girls are seeing tall, big breasted, extremely thin women who look “beautiful” from the team of makeup and hair artists that have been working on these women. Not to mention, the camera equipment and computers that are used to photo shop these models after being all done-up. A study found that adolescents described the “the ‘ideal’ girl as being 5’7”, 100 pounds, size 5, with long blonde hair and blue eyes. There is no way everyone has these unattainable body sizes and proportions.

The problem lies in the fact that young girls believe that from having these perfect bodies, that social, personal and professional success will come from it. This just increases the motivation to try and attain these impossible body sizes.

Analyses of teen responses indicate that after seeing images of this glorified, thin body type, 47% of adolescent viewers want to lose weight.Girls who frequently read about diets in magazines are seven times more likely to practice unhealthy weight control behaviors and are six times more likely to engage in extreme unhealthy weight control behaviors than girls who don’t read these magazines.

And this exposure to the media is not stopping – its growing. The number and availability of magazine articles aimed at adolescent females have continually been increasing in recent years. It has been that estimated more than $175 billion annually have been spent on these magazines by 33 billion twelve-to-nineteen-year-olds, thus indicating the extensive amount of adolescent media exposure.

And not to mention all the other forms of media that are being brought to these young girls as they grow up today.

All of these norms established by the media, along with the large amounts of exposure, are leading to unhealthy practices in today’s youth. A study revealed that adolescents who “read girls’ magazines had a doubled risk of developing an eating disorder.

SO what is our world going to do about it? We need to start making a change to this perfect body image that is all over, to normal people, in order to help people see that each person is unique for their own qualities and doesn’t have to be 100 pounds to be beautiful.

If we don’t put a stop to some of the media’s uses of these images, our youth is going to grow up with the wrong unhealthy mindset.

-The information from this came from a paper I wrote on the dissatisfaction of body type among adolescents. My sources include:

1. “Eating Disorder Statistics.” ANAD. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and       Associated Disorders, Inc., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2013. <http://www.anad.org/ge        information/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/>.

2. Jordi Fauquet, et al. “Influence Of Mass Media On Body Image And Eating Disordered

            Attitudes And Behaviors In Females: A Review Of Effects And Processes.”

            Media Psychology 13.4 (2010): 387-416. PsycINFO. Web. 19 Feb. 2013.

3. Levine, Michael P. “Mass Media And Body Image: A Brief Review Of The Research.”

            Healthy Weight Journal 14.6 (2000): 84. Academic Search Complete. Web. 20

            Feb. 2013.

4. Strasburger, Victor C., Barbara J. Wilson, and Amy J. Jordan. Children, Adolescents,

            and the Media. 2nd ed. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications, 2009. Print.

I was persuaded to get on Instagram…

So, I did it. I was finally talked into getting an Instagram over Spring break by my girlfriends who use it excessively.

And so far, I have mixed feelings about it.

Pros- you get to see a lot of pictures, you get to like pictures if they interest you, it’s fun to share a good picture that you capture

Cons- It takes away your attention from other things, you end up spending too much time either browsing or checking for new pictures, and it makes people cocky.

I’ll focus on the Cons here, since the Pros are mostly self-explanatory.

I can’t tell you how many times I have checked Instagram since I got it, and I JUST GOT IT ON MONDAY. That disgusts me. I am not a huge fan of social media. I use it occasionally with Twitter and Facebook, but the fact I am checking this new app so many times worries me. Is it just a beginners thing? – Sure hope so. 

I also was having a conversation with someone and I all of the sudden was checking my Instagram – how rude. I really never do stuff like that, but where the heck did this urge to just drop my attention from my mom and a friend to pictures on a screen come from??

And for the cocky aspect – my friends were so worried when they didn’t get a lot of likes from their spring break picture. I mean come on now, more likes doesn’t mean your more popular (or does it…?)

Well, I did a little research on others’ use of Instagram and I figured I wasn’t only the addicted one.

There are 150 million active monthly users of Instagram.

At least 70% of users log in once a day, and 35% log in multiple times a day.

More than 75 million are daily Instagram users.

Instagram grew 66% in its mobile app usage last year.

There are an average of 55 million pictures posted daily.

There are around 35 million selfies posted on Instagram.

There are 1.2 billion likes per day on Instagram; 3500 likes per second on Instagram. 

It is amazing to read these statistics. It gives you a feel of how much Instagram is really used. And it is still growing. Like I said, there are pros and cons to the App, but at what point are we going to see more cons than pros with apps like these…

To read more stats, go to http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/important-instagram-stats/#.UyMBkRipo7A

The “No Kids Policy” Campaign

A new social media campaign has begun to stop the paparazzi from stalking and harassing the kids of the famous stars. Started by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, this campaign in gaining momentum among many of the actors and actresses in Hollywood who are signing on to keep the children safe.

While many of the supporters have children of their own, many also do not, but are still making a stand on the problem that is at hand.

It began from a bill that was trying to be passed on California that protected kids from the paparazzi. 

Not only are they trying to gain support from other actors, but they are also targeting the media outlets buying the photos and the consumers buying the magazines. They want the consumers to really think about what went into getting the pictures in the magazines they are buying. If they can stop the consumer demand for these photos and these magazines, then there will be no reason from the paparazzi to take these pictures that harass children.

Large media outlets are not getting on board such as – “Entertainment Tonight”, People Magazine, Buzzfeed, “The Insider” and a few more.

I think this movement is a great things and it could really make a difference. Even though I don’t buy the weekly gossip magazines or the tabloids, I see on the news every now and then about someone getting harassed by the paparazzi. And it is dangerous if there is children around – especially if this is happening in a car, etc.

People have the right to their own space, even if they are the most famous actress or a high profile figure.

And yes, yes, many of you would agree that it comes with the job of being famous. But, does the lack of security for your children come with the job, too?

I think this campaign is also important for another factor – could this be another addition that is adding to the decline of magazines? If the traditional paparazzi are taken down for the things they do, then what is going to happen to magazines?

Are they going to change their material that they print? Or are they just going to slowly stop printing?

This great campaign’s success could help to the downfall of a traditional media source… but, they question is, is this good or bad based on everything bad that comes from the paparazzi?

To read more, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/kristen-bell-and-dax-shepard-start-campagin-to-protect-children-from-paparazzi/, or google “No Kids Policy” Campaign.


WOW Could it get any less personal than this…

I was watching the Today Show this morning with my mom, when they started talking about this new website, perfectlynoted.com.

And after listening to what it was, I just couldn’t believe it. It’s a website that writes your wedding vows for you.

Like, come one. Do we really need techology to do that? I thought vows were supposed to come from the heart and your feelings, not to mention, be your own words that you are able to write because you love someone so much. Isn’t that why you are getting married?

They said this website was created because people don’t have time to sit down and write their weddings vows anymore. Come on… like can you not take 30 minutes out of your whole day to just sit down and write these personally.

Just think if you were getting married and you heard vows that your husband or wife didn’t even take the time to write.

Ouch. Yeah, I’d be saying the same thing. (that is when i get married… which is a long ways away)

But, this just ads to the many other times I have posted about technology just making relationships that less personal. And this is big.

We are starting to trust technology to do too many things – things that really should be coming from human feelings and thought.

Had a great conversation… with myself

I am sitting at dinner tonight and it’s just my friend and I having a one on one dinner. And I swear, I am just talking to myself the whole time…

she was texting, taking pictures of her salad (for instagram, i’m sure), more texting….

what has our world come to, people? Can we not have a dinner with a friend and not be on our phones for a whole 30 minutes?

Society has lost their manners with phones, and it’s now because we are all so plugged in through so many different things.. instagram, twitter, and half of the other Apps I don’t use…

Is this just going to get worse? Are we even going to have relationships in the future as the media grow? Face to face conversation will probably be no more. And it is sad… because we would rather be immersed in our media world rather than our real one.

Can the mass media be considered a journalist?

After our class last week and readings of the topic, I got to thinking about today’s media. And one thing popped into my mind… does today’s media have the goal of serving the public?

Or is it just worried about profit and being number one on the list with its competitors…?

We had examples of this the other day with the Sochi tweet that became viral with all news stations. They all played clips of the tweet and didn’t have proof that it was real. So, why did they automatically put it on television? Probably because they wanted to be the first ones to have the footage on their channel, so more people would tune in to watch it or replay it from their website. And what does this bring them?…. Profit.

What’s real and what’s not anymore in the media? We hear stories everyday, but how do we know they are true, and all the facts that we are hearing have been verified? We don’t, but we still all seem to constantly immerse ourselves in today’s media and don’t really care if it is true or not, we are still being entertained, right?

What ever happened to a journalists goals were to loyalty to the truth and the public. Not happening anymore.

I researched this a little and found some good quotes that help me explain what I am thinking… when asked by citizens why journalists and the media aren’t doing something to discover and publish the truth, one journalist answered with this:

“…. As a loyal American, trained as a journalist some 45 years ago, I am convinced that journalists in the U.S. feel increasingly trapped between their professional values and the marketing/profits mentality so evident now everywhere in the news industry. The old professional values urge them to dig, investigate and bring to the light of day the relevant facts and issues, while the market/profit mentality asks, ‘Is it worth it? Do enough people care?’ It seems clear enough that the market/profit mentality has won out, especially in electronic news, and to a considerable extent in the print media. … Meanwhile, the push for corporate profit margins much higher than those of average American businesses goes on — with 40 to 100 percent in the electronic media and 12 to 45 percent in the print media common during 2003.”

He seems to explain the problem perfectly. But, why is this happening? Is it because of cutbacks in media outlets, less investment in the quality of the news and media?

To read more about some arising problems that are seen in the media, go to http://www.dailysource.org/about/problems#.UxOpNRipo7A.