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.

Talyn Hutta

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Talyn Hutta is one of the few people who can announce their athletic ability just by walking into a room. Years of hard work, practice, and playing are evident in her posture and figure.

Talyn is currently a member of the Pinedale Lady Wranglers Basketball team.

Talyn began playing basketball at the age of seven. She had watched a video of Michael Jordan’s famous “flu game.” The courage and determination displayed by Jordan when he scored the winning shot inspired Talyn to begin her basketball career. She shared her early memories of basketball with me. She reminisced with me about the front driveway where she first began practicing.

Talyn’s coach, Brian Brisko, is one of the people Talyn says has helped her on the path to greatness. Talyn says that although her coach can sometimes be hard on her on the court, it’s because he truly cares about her growth and improvement as a basketball player.

Another person whose support Talyn said contributed to her athletic success was a high school weights teacher. Although never officially Talyn’s coach, Jennifer Bockman often helped Talyn train, mentally and physically, so that she would have both the attitude and the physique to dominate on the court.

Bizzy Gosar, the freshman coach often worked one on one with Talyn to help her train, and Talyn says that Bizzy helped her most of all.

“She was the biggest inspiration I’ve had.” says Talyn.

When asked what the most fun part of basketball is, Talyn very succinctly replies “Winning.”

Talyn makes sure she is in top physical condition so she can stay on top of her game. During the basketball season she makes sure to train every day, sometimes twice in a day, to keep in shape. During the off season she trains a more leisurely three to four times a week.

Talyn also tells me about training with her team. During the off season, Talyn only trains individually. During basketball season, however, Talyn often has rigorous team practices. Talyn informs me that the most important aspect of basketball is learning how to work with her team, to function as a single unit rather than a collaboration of individuals.

“If one person isn’t prepared, it can throw the whole team off.” Says Talyn

But Talyn’s seamless cooperation with her team was not handed to her on a silver platter. Just like all the other aspects of excelling at athletics, perhaps even more so, it required hard work, practice, determination, and patience.

Talyn describes her earliest basketball team, 5th and 6th grade team of kids mostly the same age. This was a far cry from high school basketball however. Talyn had to work with players of all ages, some familiar but most unfamiliar faces.

“There are some people who thought that freshman never deserved a spot on varsity, so there was that tension to deal with.” Talyn says.

However, this did not deter Talyn. She worked hard, and bonded with her team.

“My team has taught me some valuable lessons about myself.” says Talyn.

Images/artwork in the media

Media images are not a problem, regardless of how far from the normal standard they may be, as long as you always remember that the images displayed are meant to be purely an aesthetic art form, and not an informative image. Essentially, modeling images are pieces of art, and should be viewed that way. Take, for example, Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. The picture depicts a lovely twisting and turning chapel, with swirls and bright spots in the sky meant to represent stars. The picture is beautiful to look at. However, if you were to attempt to use this picture as an information source rather than a source of entertainment, you might run into some problems. There are far more than 11 stars in an expanse of night sky the size of the one portrayed by Van Gogh, and of the stars that are present in the real night sky, none are in the pattern displayed in the picture, and none are the size and swirlyness depicted by the painting. Furthermore, if you were to attempt to design a building based on the one Van Gogh painted, chances are it wouldn’t hold up very well structurally. The magazine pictures and media images should be viewed in the same way. Anybody who does even the slightest amount of surface research into the production of the images knows that they take hours of both makeup work and Photoshop to create. The pictures displayed are not meant to be a realistic portrayal of their subjects, just as Starry Night was not meant to be a realistic portrayal of the night sky. Both are meant to be beautiful(as opposed to informative or realistic) portrayals of the subject matter, and as long as everyone is aware of that, then no problems need to occur.

Interview Review

It felt awesome to be interviewed by my partner, because I got to talk a lot, and talking is one of my favorite things to do. Interviewing was a little more difficult, mostly because I had to focus on keeping my mouth shut so I could listen and take note of what was being said.

The best Part of being interviewed was sitting in the shade talking about myself. The hardest part was writing the interview questions.

I have learned that you should repeatedly check to make sure your equipment is working/turned on.

I would make sure that the audio recorder is always always always on.

Absolutely, if I ever need to gather information from someone, then these are techniques I will use in the future.