The average American spends nearly 2 hours ( approxmenity 116 minutes) on social media every day which translates to 5 years and 4 months spent over a lifetime. Many of of these media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc, have and will continue to have a large impact on how we live, where we eat, where we shop, and how we think, etc. In recent years, we have seen how these steadily growing platforms have affected the way we interpret and consume news about events happening around the world. From articles online, to news broadcasts on well known broadcasting companies such as NBC, Fox ect, the news is an important “accessory” to everyday life. I chose this topic due to that very reason; we have to remember how we use and interpret and receive everyday information.
*For each part of the project I used the aspect of perspective to "tie" the project together. I used a different perspective for each portion I completed , either that be my own or even a real life perspective from people I know:
We may not realize it, but everyday, the way we view an event or preserve a situation can be heavily influenced by “art” we see online. This has been happening for as long as art has been able to express news or events to the American public and has changed from paintings and portraits, to photographs to videos and short films. My topic for my second Apollo project - today’s media and its presentation of news/information- is circulated around this idea of “media art” .How would I be able to incorporate such art into a project that was about today’s media and also be able to incorporate perspective? I decided to use paintings from very political artist Jon McNaughton, and interviewed 4 people to see what their perspective on the paintings were; Charles Smith, Katrina Smith, Zion Smith and Nyla Morsh. I allowed the pratcipites to express any feelings or thoughts they had on each of the photographs without any say if they were right or wrong. I found what each of them said very interesting and their responses were the same, but also different from each other; they actually tied my project together and brought everything I said in full circle. Linked below are the Jon McNaughton's paintings I used and one of the persons I interviewed .
I decided to write two informative pieces, one about today's news and media and the other on gun control. I decided to use the article on today's new and media, titled the New Kind of News, as a big part of my English portion. I explained into depth the impact of news on social platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Just as school taught us how to cite and evaluate websites online, we have to do the same with social platforms due to those be the places where we get the majority of our daily news. I stated the following in the article:
"A 2016 analysis found that fake news articles outperformed real ones on Facebook in the final month leading up to the 2016 presidential election. This not only occurred on Facebook but it was found in a recent investigation that other platforms such as Google, also were involved in this “movement” of fake news during that time. Dr Kirsty Hess, a Senior Lecturer in Communication at Deakin University who researched the relationship between Facebook and news media said the following: ‘Facebook is not held to account the same way that mainstream media is when it comes to upholding and sharing accurate, reliable information.’
I also explained the history of the United States press and media and how what happened then in the press ultimately has effected the "ways" of today's news. I stated the following in the article:
" Journalists used the principle of “anything to sell a paper”, regardless of truth and accuracy. For example, during the first conflicts between Cuba and Spain in the 1890s Randolph and Pulitzer wrote misleading and frankly horrid headlines in favor of the Cubans to speak action to be taken against the Spanish. Here is one statement from an editorial Pulitzer wrote: “ How long shall old [Cuban] man and women and children be murdered by the score, the innocent victims?” ( “The American Spirit”). Statements such as this one would make a heavy impact on the American public’s perspective and America's role in the coming war known as the Spanish-American War. You could consider some things said in editorials written by journalists like Pulitzer, “fake news”, that would took the place and even today, continually takes the place of real news" .
I decided to use the gun control article tiled "Is Change Finally Coming," as my social studies portion. I used the gun debate as the topic due to it recently being all over the media and news. The debate had resurfaced because of the then recent school shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people. I incorporated perspective into this article by writing it from the perspective of a reporter that wants change to come from the gun debate; the reporter wants gun reform to occur so that massacres such as the Parkland Shooting can no longer happen. Here is a statement from the article: "As said in the quote, many have gotten used to this gun debate happening, mass shooting after mass shooting and nothing ever changing. This time though, it feels as if with all the young adults joining together to fight gun violence and the “support” from Washington something might actually change; America will finally take action and hopefully end the long line of lives taken too soon due to gun violence."