Inquiry Project #3

Using the heuristic I have gotten my question:

I am studying double standards in media

because I want to find out why there is still a dividing line between the genders and what is causing it

in order to help my readers accept gender equality between all genders in today’s society.

Research Question: Why are there still double standards in today’s media perpetuating the stereotypes of women and men?

After researching and trying to find think about topic ideas I have decided on double standards in digital media, whether it is on social media or on television. Everyone gets subjected to stereotypes, especially when it comes to what is meant specifically for girls and meant specifically for guys. There should be no dividing line separating the genders. Having to label your gender is even creating a more noticeable line between the two. Not everyone identifies with a specific boy or girl gender. The world is evolving into a more welcoming place for everyone to be who they are, with some cases of people still believing in everyone being separate depending on what their sex is.

This picture shows double standards aren’t just a thing for women to believe against men or men to believe against women. Women are putting down other women just like men are putting down other men.

One of my favorite articles that I read about double standards talks bout the music video for Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. The article talks about how the video basically promotes sexually objectifying women. The 4 minute video shows practically naked women dancing around Pharrell in Robin Thicke. The article discusses how this can show woman that it is okay for men to treat them this way and it shows men that it is acceptable to treat woman like that. They introduce the parody video appropriately titled “Defined Lines”. Done by students at the University of Aukland, it is three, fully clothes, girls and three men only in briefs. The changed the lyrics to discuss today’s issues with misogyny and problems with inequality. The video was removed because it was considered hate speech while Blurred Lines was not removed from YouTube even though it eluded to rape. You can watch the video here.

The next article I found was about gender roles in media. You can find it here. This article shows that some manufacturers advertise entirely to one gender, while some are now breaking the norms and making their ads gender neutral. Then go on to talk about movies and films and how a movie leans toward one stereotype and makes a lot of money, the industry will continue to make movies like it. The emphasis of this article is that gender roles are only gender roles if we, as people who get to choose how we live, decide to fill those stereotypical roles.

My final article is about Hilary Clinton and the words she had to say at the Woman of the World conference. She is specifically only talk about gender roles that have been placed on women, but she makes some very good points. She advises young women on how to overcome the double standards, but guys can take hints from her as well in how not to let the social norm gender roles affect you and how you run your own life.

By reading these three articles and the other random ones I found, I have realized that you won’t find a lot about double standards for men, even though there are plenty out there. This is a problem  I am going to have to do more research on to find more information. The article about Blurred Lines shows the harm in teaching today’s society that double standards are okay, and it is definitely not. Hilary Clinton’s words on how to over come and change the stereotypes are a great way to deal with people’s views on gender roles.

My questions for you readers are:

  • What are your opinions on double standards in today’s media?
  • When you think of stereotypical women and men’s roles in society, what do you think of?
  • Please watch the original Blurred Lines music video (preferably uncensored) and then watch the parody. They both had separate negative comments on them (Blurred Lines: “rapey” & let people think it as okay to treat women as sexual objects. Defined Lines: Classified all men into one category & was considered hate speech) and I would like your own opinions on the two videos. Compare them, think of them as two different double standards, whatever you want. How did they make you feel as a woman or a man watching these videos that put down your gender?

Concept Experience #3 ~ Augmenting Human Intellect

I love using Diigo and after this course is over I will most definitely continue to use it. You can store so much information on Diigo. Anything you read or see on the internet you can store in your library for you to read in the future and save the article for later. While researching for my Inquiry Project it came in handy for the fact that I don’t want to have to sit there and read an article and then find out that it is no use to me. Instead, I can save it to Diigo and read it when I have time to sit down and read instead of wasting my time on articles. Since I am able to annotate as I read I can extract the authors words that mean something to me and the ones that I really want to remember. I love the highlighter tool. I normally print off articles that I want to read just because it is easier for me to process and I manually highlight things as I go along. I still would rather prefer doing it manually, but Diigo tools are the next best thing. I can comment on the things I have highlighted and write how their writing connects to my thoughts and ideas.

The ideas that Engelbart extracts, what he calls kernels, are kind of like vacation stops on a road trip. He wants to put all of these kernels into his final product, but he has to find a way to string them all together into one continuous thought. The vacation stops are all the specific ideas and the car ride to them is the stringing them together to show your whole idea.

While I am researching it is like one really long and exhausting road trip, that leads to (a lot) of dead ends, but eventually I know it will get me somewhere that I want to end up at. You will bump it all sorts of problems on the way to your different destinations (new questions, ideas, etc.) and you just have to find out how to solve the problems and keep moving along. With the articles that I researched this week, they are the first five stops on my road trip. They aren’t necessarily the best stops, and some weren’t very informing at all, but they were part of the entire journey. If I drew it on a map, the road I was taking would look like a zig zag, going all over the place.

Through out the week I found some really good articles that I know I will definitely use in my final Inquiry Project. Some issues I have come up with is that I am not sure how to focus my topic on double standards specifically, and I don’t even know if I want to. I might just leave it open to gender roles in society which would include double standards. I found a lot more thought provoking topics that don’t just necessarily involve Instagram so I might broaden that to all sorts of digital media.

As I went through to find articles that other people have posted on the Diigo group page, I couldn’t find any that pertained specifically to my topic. I found a couple about sexism, but none that I was actually interested in reading that would help me at all on my final product. I did find a couple that I just wanted t read for fun and I added them to my library. That is another positive of Diigo, I can just save it for later.

Inquiery Project Week #2/Reflection

This week has been absolutely insane for me. I had rehearsals for one show during the day, and then rehearsals at night for another show on top of homework. I did get behind, which I was not proud of. I was getting very distracted with everything thinking about my other responsibilities and did not produce quality work like I wanted to.

The Collaborative Interest Inventory Project was very enlightening on different possible topics. I liked seeing what everyone else was thinking about and you could see that they a lot of them related to one of the ones in the umbrella topic right before it. A couple that really stood out to me were:

  • Instagram: Young girls posting pictures for self esteem boost and increased need for attention (how many followers you have, and how many likes you get, regardles if you know the people following you or not ) (Trends) posted by Noa Bell (whose blog I could not find)
  • What is the difference between acceptance and tolerance? (Sexual Orientation) posted by Blurpity
  • Why are parents more willing to send their sons out late at night but not their daughters? (Gender) by Nikhil Thomas

I am very interested in the topics of gender and sexual orientation. These topics were some that I never got even close to thinking about because I was trying to keep me ideas centered around Instagram, but I should thought of topics first and then tried to connect them to Instagram. I think I’d like to do a topic that centers on showing the double standards for teenage boys and girls on social media. It is a topic I am very interested in and would love to learn more about.

ally sheady slut

 

Concept Experience #2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_media

Digital Media

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media

Social Media

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_networking_services

Social Networking

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instagram

Instagram

http://mashable.com/2012/12/18/celebrity-outrage-instagram-terms-of-service/

15 celebrities outraged by Instagram’s Privacy Policy

http://mashable.com/2012/12/17/instagram-signs-your-life-away/

Instagram Will Basically Sign Your Life Away

But I got to a dead end and went back to the Instagram Wikipedia page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashtag

Hashtag

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tag_(metadata)

Tag(metadata)

Once I read this page, again I was uninterested and went back to the hashtag page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_meme

Internet Meme

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viral_marketing

Viral Marketing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stealth_marketing

Geurrilla Marketing

I had no idea where to start. All I knew is that I was interested in Instagram. I went to the Digital Media Wikipedia page, and found the link for Social Media, which I knew would lead to me to Instagram. So while the computer was doing all the work for me, I was completely in control and new what I was looking to find.

Once I got to the Instagram Wikipedia page I wanted to start to find links outside of the Wikipedia domain. I found that very hard to do because all the links that were references in the article were boring public statements from the owners over the new terms of agreement and how no one approved of them or they were to tabloid websites. I went to a couple and automatically went back to the Instagram page because they had uninteresting links that was all celebrity gossip.

A major part of Instagram is using hashtags to connect your picture with other users pictures. I clicked on the Hashtag Wikipedia page and it lead to me to Tag (metadata) which was still kind of boring until I got to Viral Media. This page took me to Internet Memes, which have become very popular. A lot of what I was reading about was internet fads like #throwbackthursday and #mancrushmonday. I found the link to Viral Marketing and then after that Guerrilla Marketing. Those were a lot more informative on how companies advertise over the internet and such.

I chose all of these links on what would connect me to Instagram and what is something I used in everyday life (such as hashtags). I ended my search at Guerilla Marketing because there wasn’t that many more links I could go to, and I had already read a lot of information on what I was looking for.

I could not have found out all of this information in this short period of time and this easy without a computer. We worked together to find what I wanted, which put me in charge. I knew what I was looking for and had an idea of how to get there. I clicked the links and I chose what to read and what pages to stay on.

Man-Computer Symbiosis ~ Nugget #2


 


After reading J. C. R. Licklider’s “Man-Computer Symbiosis”, the section that stuck out to me the most was Section 2, Aims of Man-Computer Symbiosis. The second paragraph states:

“However, many problems that can be thought through in advance are very difficult to think through in advance. They would be easier to solve, and they could be solved faster, through an intuitively guided trial-and-error procedure in which the computer cooperated, turning up flaws in the reasoning or revealing unexpected turns in the solution. Other problems simply cannot be formulated without computing-machine aid. Poincare anticipated the frustration of an important group of would-be computer users when he said, “The question is not, ‘What is the answer?’ The question is, ‘What is the question?'” One of the main aims of man-computer symbiosis is to bring the computing machine effectively into the formulative parts of technical problems.”

man-computer

One of the main things in life is that we have a choice, and we have to deal with the consequences of our actions. That is something that every living thing has to deal with. How he talks about man-computer symbiotic relationships, he makes it seems like he wants to eliminate consequences entirely. that’s how I see it at least.

By having a computer be able to think through every possible outcome so it can choose the best one defeats the purpose of dealing with your actions. You make a choice, and whether it was a good or bad decision, it is your decision to live with and that you made not knowing what would happen. But having a computer as part of you to make these decisions so that they would benefit you 100% of the time, is not how life should work.

In my mind, computers would base all of their analyzing and decisions off of logic without considering other factors, like feelings and relationships. You choose things because you feel strongly one way or the other and computers would take that step completely out of the process.

computer man

 

I wanted to find some recent articles about advanments in this field and I found DNA Transistors Pave Way For Living Computers. It is sinteresting to see that some sort of man-computer technology has come about. How I interpreted Licklider’s essay was that he wanted a human to have some sort of computer in them, but this essay is about how they made a living computer using living cells. Researchers built the first biological analogue of the transistor.

A transistor is a device that switches signals and convers input signals to output signals. By combining these transistors, in the future they should be able to build living technologies.


Another nugget from the passage that I thought was very interesting was:

“3) Automatic Speech Production and Recognition: How desirable and how feasible is speech communication between human operators and computing machines? That compound question is asked whenever sophisticated data-processing systems are discussed. Engineers who work and live with computers take a conservative attitude toward the desirability. Engineers who have had experience in the field of automatic speech recognition take a conservative attitude toward the feasibility. Yet there is continuing interest in the idea of talking with computing machines. In large part, the interest stems from realization that one can hardly take a military commander or a corporation president away from his work to teach him to type. If computing machines are ever to be used directly by top-level decision makers, it may be worthwhile to provide communication via the most natural means, even at considerable cost.”

This has come about in most computers and all smartphones. Programs, such as Siri, can be used to help us find out answers to questions, and even type for us. I know my mom uses her speech recognition software on her phone to type texts because she can’t see her screen very well.

Siri is very useful in finding out really anything you want. You talk to Siri, and it will either find what you are looking for, or ask you more questions to narrow your search. I use it a lot for finding addresses and setting reminders. This is one man-computer technology I am very happy about.

 

Associative Trails ~ Concept Experience #1

screehshot of history

You can’t read what it says very well, but it mainly consists of me looking up definitions of words I was confused on and trying to find other people’s views of what they thought about the article. I couldn’t process what Bush was saying the first time I read his essay. Maybe I was just distracted or was having and off moment, but I had to read it like three times before I could finally understand what he was saying. Most of my history is me googling and binging trying to find out what he meant by most of what he said. Eventually I got on a roll and could really understand his essay. My history doesn’t show a linear thought process due to my distractions from all over the internet, such as twitter, and fmylife.com. Eventually I stopped procrastinating and got down to really understanding the essay and I formed my own thoughts about it.

Inquiry Project ~ Week #1

I am obsessed with Instagram. Instagram is my absolute favorite social media application. I can sit on it for hours, just looking at my friends pictures, and then somehow getting to a random persons profile, and then another, and this will continue until I am looking through someone’s random pictures. I won’t remember how I got there but I will just starting clicking on random tags or locations or people, and I will stay entertained.

The thing that I love about Instagram is that you can follow whoever you want. Everyone has an account such as stores, restaurants, celebrities, towns, and any other place or person you could think of. It is a good way to advertise and promote business as well as keeping people in the loop of what is going on in your life.  You can enter a contest, or reconnect with an old friend. There are no limits to what you can do on this mobile app.

The majority of people I know have an Instagram. I follow all of my friends and a bunch of stores and celebrities. As a theatre major I love to follow plays and musicals that are currently running on Broadway. I can get an inside scoop to what is going on behind the scenes.

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With how many different users are on this form of social media, you can look at so many different pictures from all over the world. I love seeing my friends in different places all over the globe. They share their pictures, tag where they are, and I can click on the tag and see pictures from thousands of different people in that same place in the world.  For example, my friend went to the Maldives over summer and they tagged themselves at a certain beach. I could then see everyone else’s pictures that have happened their and it was amazing to see how many people from all over the world have been in that exact same place.

Another thing that attracts me to Instagram more than any other social media network is that you can post what you want and edit it how you want and tag who you want.

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Everything is completely up to you. On Twitter you have to click a bunch of things to get to see a picture or, you have to tweet twelve different times to get your entire thought out. Or you can make the awful choice of spelling like you are completely illiterate to get your thought out in under 140 characters. On Facebook it’s just completely too complicated and there are way to many options and it is just confusing. Too much in one little space. Instagram has what you want when you want on all your mobile app, and with the new online version.

After reading some of my classmates posts, where they also chose Instagram as their media of choice, I saw that we all liked it for different things. Imelda.jurasova  talks about how she uses the app to help promote herself as a makeup artist. It is a great way to advertise and spread the word about a wonderful thing. Living the Dream Univ 200 talks about how they use it to stay connected with friends that they haven’t and won’t see in a long time in their blog post, just like I do. Instagram has tons of uses, and plenty more than I haven’t named here.

PS. Clink on the links to read funny stories and see cool things that come along with being an Instagram user!

As We May Think ~ Nugget #1

The Nugget that I chose from Vannevar Bush’s Essay connects to my first blog post about how we feel when we think.

“The human mind does not work that way. It operates by association. With one item in its grasp, it snaps instantly to the next that is suggested by the association of thoughts, in accordance with some intricate web of trails carried by the cells of the brain. It has other characteristics, of course; trails that are not frequently followed are prone to fade, items are not fully permanent, memory is transitory. Yet the speed of action, the intricacy of trails, the detail of mental pictures, is awe-inspiring beyond all else in nature.”

He basically is stating that one thought leads to another. They quickly go from one to another in a trail of ideas. You don’t always remember where you started or how you got there, but the final outcome is there in your mind. Everything will jumble up together into a ball of paths of paths that lead you to your current thought. Resembling a tangled ball of yarn, you will be able to find the end, but trying to find where it comes from will be impossible.

He goes on to say:

“There is, of course, provision for consultation of the record by the usual scheme of indexing. If the user wishes to consult a certain book, he taps its code on the keyboard, and the title page of the book promptly appears before him, projected onto one of his viewing positions. Frequently-used codes are mnemonic, so that he seldom consults his code book; but when he does, a single tap of a key projects it for his use. Moreover, he has supplemental levers. On deflecting one of these levers to the right he runs through the book before him, each page in turn being projected at a speed which just allows a recognizing glance at each. If he deflects it further to the right, he steps through the book 10 pages at a time; still further at 100 pages at a time. Deflection to the left gives him the same control backwards.”

How he talks about indexing is how I think about memories. You see something or hear something, or even smell something, and it takes you back to a time in place. Those senses that remind you of the past are kind of like the codes he discusses that take you to what you are looking for. You won’t remember where that memory is or where you can find it in your mind to recall it back to you, but once you get some sort of reminder or “code” it all comes rushing back.

My Own Thinking

Trying to think about how you feel when you think, or even just trying to think about your own thinking is very, very confusing to me.

spongebob thinking

That thought in itself just goes around and around again in your mind trying to find the source of where it came from. It’s like a carousel. You just keep spinning and spinning until you can’t find the exit and you are all turned around and dizzy.

I remember when I was younger and I would try and think two, completely separate thoughts at one time, just to see if it was possible. And then eventually I would start thinking of something completely off topic without remembering what my old thought was. It’s like a giant flow chart up there that just keeps branching out infinitely.  One idea or thought leads to another, and then another, and then another, and that will continue to go on forever until your thinking stops.