In this class I learned about the media, its function in society, and the way it can sometimes incorrectly negatively stereotype certain demographics. I learned it is important to always report information accurately, and it is doubly important to  analyze everything you see or read.

In my computer/robotics engineering class I learned why computer engineers are paid so freaking much. Their job is really really hard. I didn’t even do the hard part of the job, and it was the hardest thing I have ever done. I also learned that programming is easier than building a circuit. I now know how computers work, and how other, simpler, and less complex pieces of circuitry work.

The Rockies game was absolutely fantastic. I got to watch two of my friends compete for glory and a mountain biking tour on the big screen, watched the team I was rooting for win, have a conversation with some of my good friends.

The funniest thing that ever happened at HSI had to be Austin opening the wrong door at the rendezvous room and setting off the fire alarm. That was pretty funny.

Although I do feel I am more independant then when I first came her, I don’t think I really conquered any fears. Also, it might be difficult to be more outgoing than I already am, so there wasn’t really much growth in that category.

HSI has done a great job of preparing me for college life, and I’ve learned things about college that I never knew before, such as how difficult the classes really are, and how fraternities work.

If I could do something differently, I wouldn’t stay in Parkers room untill 11:00 playing chess. Emily got pretty pissed at me.

I will tell my friends and family back home that that I made friends that will last a lifetime, that I will treasure forever. Goodbye, HSI, its been good.



Stereotypes in the Media

Gender stereotypes in the media have  not been completely eliminated, but they have definitely been mitigated. In many modern movies, it is not uncommon to see women who are independent and single/the breadwinners for their family. Racial stereotypes for African-Americans have changed significantly. Although there are many movies where stereotypes don’t exist, there are many more movies that portray them as rough and tumble “gangstas,” a steryotype radically different from the more clownish stereotypes of the past. However, these stereotypes are somewhat mitigated (in most movies) compared to past generations. Movies today are pretty good about not portraying negative stereotypes about disabled or GLBT.

Multitasking and Media

As a general rule, I do not multitask in class, the teachers do not allow it. Powell is fairly strict. Outside of school, however, multi-tasking is a definite yes for me. I don’t think I am very effective at multi-tasking.  About a year ago I read about the effects of multi tasking, and preformed a home-grown test to see how effective my multitasking habits were. As you can guess, the results were fairly abysmal. In college, it appears that multitasking is going to be a fairly big issue. However, unless we can convince teachers to lessen the work load, then there’s probably no way around the multitasking. This might cause a little to a lot bit of a loss in productivity for myself. However, society as a whole is a fairly resilient structure, so I don’t anticipate any large-scale issues, besides a general annoyance at the increased work load.


Although the advertising used by MTV is some what “iffy,” it would be a bit of a stretch to call it dangerous or wrong. Advertising, like any other product of commercialism, can be avoided if you care to be careful enough to avoid it. If you don’t want to be exposed to MTV adverts, don’t watch MTV.

Mooks are gross, vulgar men who don’t take time to think about their actions and midriffs are women who care only about looks and apearances. I don’t know whether or not mooks and midriffs do represent society, and I don’t caare. Mooks and Midriffs do not represent the society at HSI, and that’s about all that counts.

Advertisement Guru

The advertisement guru was right. If all product purchases were based entirely on logic, than luxury items would not be a consumer reality. Illogical decesions are made all the time in the world of consumerism, and if the decisions are not based on logic then they must be based on something else.

Media Product Placement

Product placement in the media is not an uncommon phenomenon, and its presence is growing. I recall a James Bond movie I watched, whereupon James used a variety of vehicles to chase down a bad guy, and although the vehicles were usually moving to fast to read the logos, there was always the classic “get a good look at the back of the vehicle as it pulls out” scene, which does a good job of prominently displaying the logo, while at the same time disguises this attempt at advertisement with a look at some fancy vanity plates. The new Man of Steel movie a lot of you watched quite recently had more than 100 product placement deals with about 100 different companies, with a total cost of about $160 million. However, both movies were amazing feats of cinematography, with excellent customer reviews. It is not wrong to advertise in movies, as the advertisements are not being forced upon you without your knowledge. The fact that product placement exists is common knowledge, and anybody not wishing to be exposed to these product placement methods can simply refrain from buying movies.