September 13, 2016 | Comments Off on COMM 360 BLOG POST #1
“Strategists assume voters have an almost infant-like response to lies, believing that if something isn’t true it won’t be repeated. So the most effective political lies are repeated again and again. Say something often enough and people will begin believing it.”
With the 2016 Presidential Election fast approaching, people have been quick to point fingers and call both candidates liars. This election has brought light to so many controversies and untruths that it feels almost unrealistic; It feels like a joke. “Lie or lose” is a phrase used to show that in order to get ahead in a political race, you need to distort, exaggerate, misrepresent, deceive, tell half truths and overstate. The question of whether or not it is necessary for politicians to do this is difficult to answer. Is it necessary? Yes. Should it be necessary? Absolutely not. According to Cusick (2015), in 1988 George Bush said that he would not create any new taxes. This is a classic example of something a politician would say to win the approval of millions, whether or not it’s true. This “lie to get ahead” culture did not start then, it has been in effect for years. It is a never-ending circle. If Politician A is going to “bull-shit” us all with empty promises, Politician B doesn’t want to be the person to give the cold hard facts and risk losing.
Politicians know that we want to hear certain things. We want to hear that we’re going to get free birth control, free college, and lower taxes. However, all of those things are not possible. That will not prevent a politician from telling us that to grab our attention. It is important that we as american’s do not accept these untruths. If we do not demand to change the political culture, it will never change. It is only necessary for these politicians to lie their way to the top because that is what we accept. Radcliffe’s (2012) words ring true to this day. “As citizens, we have a responsibility here too. We have to impress upon those who would lead us that we do care about truth and honesty and that losing our trust is an unacceptable cost of deceptive politics.”
Comm 200, Comm 375, and Comm 460 helped prepare me for this internship.
In Comm 200 (Intro to Comm studies), we learned about different theories. The theories we learned were theories that I could have incorporated into research projects, as part of my theoretical grounding. I have used many theories over the course of my internship including media framing, self-disclosure, social identity theory, and nonverbal communication. Prior knowledge of these theories helped me when I began to do my research.
Comm 375 (Public Relations Research) gave me a brief overview of different types of research methods. We did three projects, one survey, one content analysis, and one focus group. It was really interesting to have the opportunity to experiment with three different studies. We had a partner for the whole semester that we would write the research papers with. For the content analysis, we looked at student responses to the VP debate on Facebook and twitter, which technically helped me prepare for the content analysis I did for my internship. For the focus group we were interested in determining longwood students opinion of the campuses hook-up culture. It was interesting and I determined I really enjoyed focus groups. For the survey we wanted to find longwood students opinion of the impact of the vice presidential debate. I liked the survey the best.
Comm 460 helped me understand both quantitative and qualitative research a little more, which was helpful. I thought it would be difficult to work on my thesis and my internship research at the same, but they actually coincided nicely.
Two communication theories that I used during my internship were nonverbal communication, and the framing theory. In, my first study, which was an observational study of human-equine interaction, I wanted to determine how human-equine interaction influenced the use of nonverbal communication (specifically haptics, kinesics, and proxemics) among children with disabilities. I am using the theory of framing for my second study which is about the media coverage of violence against women and how it contributes to victim blaming.
December 4, 2016 | Enter your password to view comments.
Since my last entry, I have found a lot of literature for my new study. I have almost completed my introduction, and I have finished a couple parts of the lit review. I had a hard time with getting my words on paper for a little bit, and I just spent a lot of time diving into the literature and thinking, which is difficult because this is such a heavy study. I snapped out of it and once I started writing it just started flowing together. I am eager to see how this all comes together.
I am using Framing as my theory and I am having a difficult time elaborating on it currently. I understand it, and it actually is one of my favorite theories, but I’m running out of things to say. I am going to start looking at other textbooks because I want to go further in depth about it.
The one thing that most people can agree on in the weeks following the recent election is that there was a substantial increase in unnecessary fake news stories. Many people are angry and frustrated that it seemed as though they could not find unbiased and fair sources. Many of these fake, deceitful stories come from Macedonian teens who are trying to make a little extra money. These hoaxes normally have “click-bait” titles that grab your attention and make you want to read to find out more.
These stories go viral because of the catchy titles and controversial content. For example, the “Hillary Clinton Will Be Indicted in 2017 for Crimes Related to E-mail Scandal” article grabs the attention of Trump supporters who need another reason to hate Clinton, and it also grabs the attention of Clinton supports who may read the article because they are concerned. The creators were smart; they know that this election created bipolar division amongst America. They knew that they could grab our attention and evoke strong emotions from readers.
The role and prevalence of social media has changed drastically since the last Presidential election and we just simply were not prepared for this increase in both real and fake stories. We were far too trusting. However, I think going forward we can and will be more aware and cautious when reading articles.
I started another research project since my last journal entry. I am very excited about this because I feel like there is a lot of potential in this project. I am still in the stages of getting all my thoughts together, but currently I know that I want to get a better understanding of the media’s roll in victim blaming vs victim support in cases of sexual assault/sexual abuse/violence against women. This idea came from certain frustrations I have with the “locker room talk” that was heard on the recording of Trump from the early 2000s, and also the Brock Turner trial. In all of the reading I did yesterday, I found a lot of things that the media can say or do that frames the reporting of those cases in a way that do not support the victim. Going forward I am going to do more reading on attribution and framing. I am excited to see what comes from this. This project makes me feel like I am doing something to help shine light on a serious problem in our society.
I feel like I have learned so much since the start of my internship. Before starting, I had minimal knowledge about the IRB process and it seemed incredibly intimidating. After walking through it I felt more confident and realized that it was not scary and I was capable of completing it from the beginning. Many things have been like that during the internship. At first I will be very confused and frustrated with myself for not knowing something. I need to be less hard on myself because of course I don’t know certain things. It’s like if I were to walk into a 300 level German class and then get frustrated when I couldn’t speak like everyone else. It’s okay to be frustrated and to not know at first, as long as I keep trying. A challenge that I keep facing is that it is difficult for me to find the time to sit down and work only on my research. My classes are difficult and time-consuming. However, at this point in the game, any work I’m doing for COMM 460 is beneficial for my internship. That makes me feel a little bit better. I know I am an extremely resilient and dedicated person, and persevering through this process is helping me learn to be more confident in my abilities. Looking back to august and seeing how far I have come since then makes me really excited to keep moving forward.
October 27, 2016 | Comments Off on Internship Journal #1
For my internship I will be doing research on nonverbal communication under Dr. Farrell’s supervision. I wanted this internship because I wanted to do research to prepare me for grad school. I like how there are answers out there for almost any question you could think of, as long as you put in the work to find them. Some skills that I have that will benefit me in this internship are attention to detail, time management, writing expertise, and interpersonal communication skills. I am always careful with my writing and processes. I like to ask a lot of questions to clarify and ensure that I am on the right track. As far as time management, I am an incredibly busy person and it is easy for me to feel like I’m spread too thin. That is why it is important for me to make detailed to-do lists to outline my day so that I do not forget anything. Because I am doing observations it is crucial that I can communicate efficiently and professionally with anyone I may come in contact with.
As far as skills that I want to develop throughout this internship, I would just like to become more comfortable with quantitative research. I know that I will by the end of the internship!
October 24, 2016 | Comments Off on Blog Post #2
- Could the fallacy of a Bad Person get some people into some trouble? (i.e. emotionally abusive and manipulative relationships?) If I can excuse someone’s lying by convincing myself they did it because they had a bad day, or it was done on accident couldn’t that lead to me being taken advantage of?
- I feel like the appropriateness of deception is so relative. I kept thinking about a time where I had to deceive a friend in order to prevent her to finding out something confidential. In my mind, and in the mind of those who’s information I was protecting, that is acceptable. However, my friend that I deceived most likely would not. An example from the chapter would be the woman who altered the dress her husband got her without telling him. He could be offended by that, but she did it with good intentions. How can anyone ever be held accountable for deception because it all varies depending on the situation?