Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Media Matters

What we learn about teenagers via the media?  

The show "Pretty Little Liars" is an American mystery-thriller teen drama television series. The series has four girls who's clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee. A year later, they began receiving messages from a mysterious figure using the name "A" who threatens to expose their secrets. Pretty Little Liars teaches us how teens do drugs, have relationships with teachers, commit suicide and have boyfriends. As a teenager, I shared some of the qualities. I felt that I wanted my life to be secret and not really have people in my business besides if it was my parents and sister. I considered my sister as a second mother to me because of the relationship that we had. I was more comfortable telling her things that I couldn't tell my mother. I was in a couple of relationships as a teenager. I felt like it shaped me in a bad way because it took my identity away and I also felt like I lost myself at a point. It wasn't the best idea to be in a relationship after all so I would just keep myself busy with playing multiple of sports growing up and into my teenage years. At the age of 16 was when I tried marijuana for the first time. This influenced my identity because I knew this wasn't the type of person I was and my parents didn't raise me that way. Since it was bought to me it made me feel different about myself so I had to change a few things. However, I can say that in high school my relationship with my teachers was alright. I had more of a relationship with my guidance counselor because I would talk to him about my problems and family concerns.

I believe it was around junior high school when I felt the need to create a Myspace account. This was was one of the first social medias I used. This was popular for me as a teenager. The atmosphere was pretty much laid back. It was a place where you can post "selfies" or just photos of anything you wanted, messaging, adding people and commenting on others profiles/pictures. I felt like a rebel when using this because I kind of kept to myself and didn't want anyone really knowing my business.

Teen magazines, especially J14 was one of the top magazines that I enjoyed. These types of magazines would have teen gossip, fashion, quizzes, celebrity posters and information on them that pertain to the readers. I enjoyed the posters that were in the magazine because I would rip them out and hang them in my room as well.The fashion also inspired me because when I seen certain things I would want to go get it and dress a particular way or even be like a certain celebrity. The Love Quizzes  throughout J14 showed us how romantic relationships were between girls and boys. Magazines were definitely influential  for me as a teen.

Monday, May 22, 2017

About Me

Hey everyone! My name is Mallory.

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Graduation RIC'17 BA in Youth Development & Certificate in Non-Profit Studies
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I work here as a Pharmacy Technician

I also work at Joslin Community Center as a Program Coordinator withSchool Age kids.

When I am not in class I like spending time with my boyfriend & watching movies, hanging out with family and a few friends.

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Baltimore '15

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Media and Ideology


While reading the article on Media and Ideology, written by Croteau I was able to get a better understanding of how media is used in today's society. He describes ideology as a belief systems that helps justify the actions of those in power by distorting and misrepresenting reality. The section that caught my attention most was the ideology as normalization. It began to explain how media texts can be seen as basis social norms are articulated. Where as today alot of people use social media such as Facebook to put out their personal business being shared with the public. In fact that may affect others to because at most times it can be negative and looked at the wrong way. I try to stay away from social media especially because alot of people just use it as a tool to vent and post anything they want whether it is positive or negative. There are times if I am on social media alot, I catch myself right away and try to avoid it. However, in the article it states that the fear of media images normalize specific social relations which can make certain ways of behaving seem unexceptional. For example, young teenage girls may be watching a music video and they see someone that looks "flawless" and so pretty and wanting to be like the individual so they try really hard to be that person.

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