Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Selena and Emily`s Vids That Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Category: Informative
Theme: Media


Hunger Games: How Reality TV Desensitizes Us
(YouTube DNews- http://youtu.be/wdmOwt77D2g)
 
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Killing Us Softly 4- Trailer
 
 
How has media changed your expectation of reality? Is this change postive? Negative?
 
 
 
 
 

39 comments:

Ashton fogarty said...
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Michelle Zhou said...

I like the second video better because it had a really good point - women are given such a high, impossible standard. There's literally no way for anyone to look like that, even with the high end products they try to sell us. Photoshop "fixes" everything.

Media twists our view on reality by showing us things over and over again to condition us; we start to think violence and sexualising women is okay because we constantly see it. All companies care about are selling their products. Media negatively influences our view of reality in many ways.

Caitlin Graham said...

I like the killing us softly 4 video. I has not seen a lot of those advertisements and a lot of them do have models that are impossibly thin. I don't think that I have ever really realized that the world wants woman to look that way but with the amount of advertisements that have woman that are that impossible beauty. I also think that it wins because it makes females aware that they don't have to look like that and they can look like whatever they want to.
I think that media has changed my expectation of reality by expecting to see people like this all over the place because most ads are targeting a wide audience. But when I go out you hardly see any people with that unattainable beauty. It is positive in a way because i feel like hey I don't have to look like that because there aren't that many people that to.

Jeremy Woods said...

I enjoyed the first video more. I could relate to it better being a fan of reality TV and understand the message. I think that being a fan of reality TV, specifically competition shows, makes you think that the world as a whole is more deceptive than it actually is. A show that revolves around dishonesty makes people think that you can't trust anyone, people think lying is acceptable and can help you get further in life. Overall, I think media affects people's expectations of reality in a negative way.

Bethany Rempel said...

I like the second video the best. I really appreciate the actresses who admit that these air brushed pictures of them are not realistic or real. I think that media negatively changes our expectation of reality. The reality TV shows we watch definitely change our perspective of humiliation and violence towards human beings. I don't watch reality TV a lot but I know that these accusations are accurate and though The Hunger Games is kind of a dramatic representation of our media today, it is kind of concerning. What will our media be like in years from now? Hopefully society won't let it get to that.

Cody Calcutt said...

I think both videos is the winer because it tells you goes on tv and on magazine like the girls you seen. I think that change some one appearance is wrong because it is a lie.

colin said...

I think the first video was better because it was more interesting. The second lady had a very monotone voice and it was hard to pay attention. I found both videos had kind of different messages too. I found the first one was how people find pleasure in other peoples pain and the second one was about women trying to conform to the media. At least that's what I got from it. So that makes it kind of hard to compare the two.


I think it had changed reality for the worst. People expect there lives to be this big dramatic movie all the time with finding your soul mate and creating the perfect family and that's just not realistic. People hate other people for the littlest reasons without giving them a chance and it's hard to keep up with the status quo. Also it makes guy want to be more aggressive so they can be more like there heros on t.v. In my opinion

Colby Kiss said...

I think second video won purely just because I find it neat and can't believe what ads do sometimes. The first video brought up an important and scary point because it talked about how we the viewers of all these different show gain pleasure from watching other peoples pain. Actually to be honest I don't think I could choose a winner both had very important points !
It hasn't really changed my expectations to much I still consider everyone equal and give everyone a chance. But on the other hand I can see how it makes people feel as if they have to be "perfect" when really people should be worried about just being themselves.

Emily Pedreira said...

I liked the second video more because it was on a topic that I can relate to, I think the media affects teenage girls the most in this way. The media presents us with unattainable expectations that I know I'm never going to meet but luckily I never want to meet. I know this is not the case for all women though and so media has become a negative expectation of reality for me. It's hard to have faith in our society when we chose to except and not fight against media when they portray women wrongly and even men and children. The media has given power to lies and evilness to root in people's lives without many people noticing it and I think this is completely wrong.

Ashlyn Erickson said...

I think the second video wins, I think it has really accurate concrete examples of how the media warps our mind. We see adds like this all the time, and don't even think about how it changes our perspective of the human body. We also don't see how we objectify women regularly in the media, because it happens so often.

I think the media has changed my expectation of reality in a negative way. They create false images of what you should look like, when those goals are unattainable because they don't exist. Advertisements can make you feel bad about your body and your appearance. It sucks that the media has created a look that everyone needs to achieve to be 'pretty'.

Danielle Robak said...

I definitely liked the second one more. The lady really described reality and talked about what really runs through our minds. Many of us girls compare ourselves to beautiful women that are out there and don't look into the other details. Media definitely doesn't help the way we think. So many people comment about how the media displayed is a terrible influence but yet everything is still the exact same. To me I believe it is a negative change. No one is doing anything about the way we see each other and helping the fact that we all want to be "picture" perfect.

Casey Clair said...

The video that won for me would have to be the "killing us softly". I think that video really won itself over to me because of the severity of it. It's more impacting than the other video, not that I don't like the other one. Fact that so many people get eating disorders and that they use photoshop when they don't find models skinny enough is really terrible.

For me media has changed my perception of reality in a bad way. The perception we're handed is that it's normal to look so skinny and it's normal to look flawless and that's why girls often -but not all- feel just not good enough. Media highlights the things that it really shouldn't. You see Hollywood stars being criticized for weight gain, for not dressing fashionably, or for not wearing makeup when in reality that is who they are. I know all of this and when I do see reality I still get shocked sometimes.

Carly Bretecher said...

The winner of this pair is the second one. Although I could relate to the first one, the second one made me think a lot more. It's interesting to see actors stand out against things like this and say that they are ok with the way they are, especially when the entire world is judging them. Jennifer Lawrence is another actress who is very open about this. She has said before, "whoever said 'nothing tastes as good as skinny feels' has never tried potatoes, or breads, or chocolate." She's inspiring to me.

The media has negatively changed my expectations dramatically, starting since I was a little girl. I always expected to grow up, have long hair, big eyes, and a Prince Charming saving the day. (I don't need a Prince Charming to save me at all.) When I hit 13 or 14, I started watching reality TV shows and dramas. Seeing the actress' perfectly placed hair everyday, the way they always look like beautiful when they just woke up made me feel like there was something wrong with me because there is no way I look like that when I wake up. I expected guys to be impulsive and show up at my doorstep with flowers at 3 am (that isn't very realistic, I would be asleep, and like I said, no one is very pretty just waking up), I thought friends who gossiped about me and laughed at my beliefs and looks were normal. The way the media makes me think I need to be is sad, and much too easy to get trapped in.

Jared Courchene said...

The first video wins because I personally like the hunger games and was a little more interesting and was easier to listen too and the second video was boring but also really true. The first video also shed some light on how people are entertained through others pain which is a problem in reality TV. I never watched reality TV myself because I think it's pretty stupid.

Media has changed my reality through the false advertising and showing what the "perfect" life is, what a girl should look like or what the right to wear is. The change is in some ways both negative and positive but mostly negative because it alters the way I think and the way I want to see people in my life.

Madelaine Lapointe said...

I have always loved the Killing Us Softly movies. I would have to say that video wins because I feel very strongly towards the fact that women, teenage girls and young girls are transformed in the media to be this idea of perfection. I think it's disgusting that people support the fact that women's bodies are changed into this unattainable image and used as sex objects.
The media has changed my expectation of reality in a negative way because I feel the need to look and dress a certain way, but deep down inside I know I will never attain this need. I don't think it is right for anyone to feel bad about the way they look because of what the media says. I wish the media would stop expressing women in a way that makes you feel bad about yourself.

Donovan Ross said...

Media has changed my expectation of reality in a bad way because all there trying to do is brainwash us. To this day there is way to much terrible advertisement and media that are giving teenagers and even adults the wrong idea. This change is negative and something has to be done.

Harrison Johnson said...

Idk the first one wins but the only reality show I watch is survivor and that's like staged I think. It doesn't really effect me, I would care less of the drama and other things.

Justice Tait said...

I think the second video won because it showed me how major companies distort the way you see real beauty, they make their models perfect my using photoshop. Then girls go and think that they should look like, and if they don't look like that they don't think they're beautiful. I do not watch reality t.v. So I think it's a positive thing. I do not talk about people or gossip. I think the television I watch doesn't really effect me in anyway.

Amelia Duncan said...
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Jade Whittington said...

I like the second video better because it was really relatable and I never thought about that topic in that perspective. I also learned some things about adverstising that nobody can look like the girls on magazines unless they are anerexic or photoshopped. The media has changed my expectation of reality because I learned that the media changes out expectations of reality. Everyone feels the need to look like the way the media has presented it and I think this change is negative.

Sierra Hill said...
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Alisha Scrimshaw said...

I liked the second video better because it shows you that people wanna be a certain size,weight, no make up. But if you're famous and on a magazine cover they make you wear a lot of make up and if you not the size they want you to be they photo shop you down to a size that they like. You don't need to be super skinny showing your ribs because that's not attractive and healthy for you. Have confidence in your self. Be who you wanna be and look like dont cake the make up on and photo shop your body to look perfect. Because nobody is perfect anytime or anywhere.

Sierra Hill said...

I really liked the second one because it showed me even more how much society objectifies women's bodies! All over ads you see it and it is so sickening! I hate how it is especially seen for women which is not fair! I hate even more how they are also making these types of ads for younger girls too! Which is horrible because little girls do not need to feel like crap from society when they are already trying to handle the bitterness of growing up!
I don't think reality t.v has really changed my personal points of view in life just because I try not to let it! I do believe that reality t.v. pulls me into watch shows that have no real purpose! For example I am addicted to "Keeping Up With The Kardashian's" but in my mind I think "why should I care about what they are doing?" Maybe we are so infacuated with the lives of these celebrities because we wish we could live that kind of luxurious life! Which in turn is sad because we should be lovig our lives! But these shows can also act as an escape or can make you feel better on bad days! It really depends on why up watch the shows.

Amelia Duncan said...

The second video wins for me because again it's something I can relate to a bit better. Media controls our world and no matter how many time you hear of women being objectified it's still as controversial as it was when I first understood how wrong it was.
The media used to have a large impact one my life and my sense of reality changed quite negatively. Recently though I started putting myself first and looking past all the flaws that the media points out. Skinny is not everything and attaining the medias version of perfect is impossible. Looking at my self now I am far more confident with myself! For example last night I was watching the Victoria's Secret fashion show and I didn't feel bad about myself once! I actually had fun watching the literally perfect models walking down the runway and joking around with Taylor swift. I know its kind of like supporting the media with this topic but atleast I didn't damage my selfesteem in the process, right? Haha maybe not but oh well the past is the past.

Rebecca Roger said...

I liked the second video better because it better shows how women are enhanced to look "perfect". Media shows how women are supposed to have pore-less skin, no wrinkles, perfect eyebrows, impossibly thin bodies, etc., when in reality no one looks like that, not even the models themselves. It's no wonder that women have such low self esteem. We're told that if we don't look like that, we're not pretty. Since it's impossible to look like that, they're just setting us up for failure. It's not realistic, and now our perspective of realism is lost. Nothing about this change is positive, and we need to start showing how everyone is beautiful on their own, and at the moment we can't try to live up to the media's or society's impossible expectation of beauty.

john chua said...

The second video because it justifies how people tend to say "I want to look like this girl or guy" but don't know the reality of how these people are Photoshopped to changed how people look and it shocks me because that is not who they are. Media changes a lot of people to be what they want to be.It's very sad that people will think that missed out on stuff she you have the latest and the latest things will get old because there will be a new things coming out. Media had changed people.

Sammy Cooper said...

I would have to say that I like the first video more, though I don't agree with either wholeheartedly.
In the first video, the idea that reality TV desensitizes us is discussed. I agree with this to an extent, because if we constantly fill our mind with a certain concept, good or bad, it gains a certain normality of which issues such as violence should not attain. On the contrary, I honestly believe that no matter how many times I see something along the lines of murder on TV, it would not affect the shocking horror of if I were to witness it in real life. Despite how familiar of a theme it might seem, it takes on a whole new form when it happens in reality.
I think that the second video, Killing Us Softly 4 crosses the line of exaggeration a bit. First of all, I think it is blatantly obvious that advertisers will use attractive people in their ads. Of course, why wouldn't they? Having ads with good looking people portrays the idea that perhaps the consumers could look like that if they bought the product, which is really all that matters to advertising: selling products. Also, as harsh as it may sound, I think a lot of people might be less likely to purchase products from companies that advertise ugly people. I think to say that a flawless face in a makeup ad is setting unreasonable standards is a tad ridiculous, as that is the point of the advertisement. Beyond that, I would like to point out that this is not only women in the ads. We see Aeropostale ads of tanned men with chiseled abs, and for some reason in my experience society finds it perfectly acceptable for girls to gawk over these pictures, but yet it becomes a big deal when there are attractive women in ads. Double standards are not cool. Moreover, the video links objectification to violence and abuse, which is a pretty big leap and a bit of logical fallacy (slippery slope).
Anyways, in summary I don't think media really has tainted my view of reality all that much, though I can't speak for everyone around me. I try to see things as they are, in reality, rather than my opinions and standards be set for me by advertisements.

Erin Ross Moore said...
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Erin Ross Moore said...

I really liked the second video. It was very interesting to see just how much they change the look of women when they are being put on magazines. I think this is one of the main reasons why young women have body image issues. They believe that they are supposed to look like that but that's not even the reality. Our society has such a messed up idea of what women are supposed to look like and it's almost as if we're being objectified. You can find pictures of unrealistically perfect women on an ad for just about anything. I try not to let the media change my expectation of reality but sometimes it can. When it does it's in a negative way.

Kellie J said...

I liked the second video better. I found it concerning that basically every photo in media is somewhat altered. I do find that recently there have been more campaigns in media, like Dove's Self Esteem and others, that provide positive messages to viewers. I also tend to think that men are subjected to "perfection" in media as well, not only women are victims. I do believe that media has had a negative effect on people, mainly women. I find it sad that many people, including myself, feel the need to wear makeup at any point when they have to leave their house. It's like people are hiding their natural beauty. Men live their entire lives not wearing an ounce of makeup so why can't women do the same?

Kendra Smith said...

I like the second one because it shows how truly fake all pictures in magazines are. We should not try to be like them, because those people in the magazines don't even look like that. I think that its crazy when people post picture and write that they want to look like them and they dont realize that its almost impossible to look like that. Media is everywhere and it influences so many peoples lives. I think media is negative. Its disgusting how its changed people lives. Theres been such a hike in eating disorders .

Taryn Wichenko said...

This is a difficult decision for me in regards to which video "wins" just because I agree with both of them. I think in the end, i'd probably have to choose the first video (reality tv) just because it is more relatable to myself. I liked the video "Killing Me Softly 4", however I feel that I personally have become comfortable about the way I perceive myself; mentally and physically and have realized that the perfection seen in media is unattainable. The first video I felt opened my eyes to the effects of reality tv that I was unaware of.

I think that the media has changed my perception of reality quite a bit, and for the most part it's negative. Look at reality tv; it's obviously scripted as the people act incredibly foolish and petty, however it's advertised as real life. This is not what real life is like! And for good reason!!! It's easy to lose track of this though and assume that this is how the world functions, which is why this is a negative impact.

maddie swidnicki said...

i like the second video, because i especially hate whatmedia ans technology has done to the image of women. its unreal and very fake because how they look on commercials magazines billboards, they do NOT look like that its physically impossible so why make.them look like that? i hate it. photoshop has literally created the women on that screen or magazine and its fake! cant even be your own person anymore, youre "supposed" to look a certain way appparently and thats garbage everyones beautiful in their own way and photoshop and technology puts false images that arent even the person because of all the editing. media has a negative.impact because everyone is so scripted and the tv shows are stupid and showsyou stupid ways to have fun and media itself has just.gotten worse and itll never go back to normal so theres its a negative impact

Cheyenne Vermette said...

I liked the second video better because it showed examples of things that I see everyday: advertisements. And it's crazy to see how much they change them to look a 'perfect' way and they give us such high standards to live up to.
Media has changed my expectation of reality in a negative way by thinking that I have to look a certain way and act a certain way that usually isnt even possible to get to.

Shelby Yankoski said...

I really likes both videos but I think the second one wins because while I was watching it she said some very true facts about media and the web these days. She made some good points and really caught my attention. I do think both videos had a good point in different ways. I am not a fan of the hunger games and I think it's for that reason when I heard it was about less wealthy people had to fight in a video game and risk their lives I never had the urge to see the movie and I just saw the first hunger game movie the other day and didn't watch it all.
Media has a negative but positive impact I say because when I watch reality shows I do expect much more to go on but a lot of those events aren't the greatest and I wouldn't want happen to me so I am glad they don't happen and stay in shows. I can agree that gossip and aggressive fighting have the worst impact because it's something that goes on daily. Gossip I always notice between girls and it's always going around by who ever about anyone.

Katherine Gursky said...

I thought the second video caught my attention more and got me thinking of how right that lady is about peoples expectations of women. We are not perfect, nor is anyone else for that matter. Most ads, if not every single ad, has had some sort of computer editing done on it, and I think that's sick. Reality scares me actually because our society today makes anyone woman who is not stick thin, with perfectly clear skin, long legs, and perfect hair and makeup feel ugly and unworthy. Every woman is beautiful, it's society that's ugly.

Braxton Anderson said...

The winner out of the two videos for me was the "Killing us softly 4" Video. I think the message in it is a little more important than the one mentioned in the first video. It also tries to offer a solution to that problem also.

Media has changed my perception of reality to a moderate extent. I wouldn't say the change was bad but more along the lines of disappointing. It's nice to work to a goal, but the goals should be realistic not to mention healthy. As human beings everyone isn't going to be the same. What might be slim for me, might be chubby to someone else. You have to happy being you.

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Bailey said...

I think the second video wins because it related to me the most. Media changes your view on the world. It makes you think that the world has to be perfect but when in reality no one is perfect.

Media has made me think that everyone has to be skinny and perfect. It changes your perspective on things. Seeing the "perfect" girls on the magazines makes you jealous. As I get older I realized that those girls aren't perfect. They are just made to look that way with a lot of editing to the pictures.