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Self-reflection on the Analysis of the ad – “Alexa Lost Her Voice”

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2. How can we become more critical consumers of media? 
And why is a critical engagement with media vital to you? 

In the past centuries, it would have been more relevant to study how to critically evaluate books and pieces of literature. But in today’s context, people spend more time in the media of mass communication like television, radio, internet and social media. One important example of the effects of media on us is how the studies conducted to find out the effects of media in identity formation and in the process of meaning making has demonstrated the correlation between media, negative body image and eating disorders. Hence, there is a strong need to turn into more critical consumers of media. Firstly, we need to educate ourselves how to critically and responsibly assess media. Being media literate means asking the right questions about the media contents we are being exposed to. We need to understand that commercial media are businesses, media messages are manufactured, and all media contents reflects or expresses the values of the content producer. When evaluating media messages, we need to focus on exploring the following key points: 

  1. Audience and authorship – Understand the targeted audience, understand the purpose and find out the impacts of the message and how to respond to the impacts 
  1. Messages and Meanings – Be aware of the types of contents being exposed to and excluded from, the delivery of the contents, and the interpretations of the contents by other and ourselves 
  1. Representations and Reality – understand the reliability of the message with respect to time and the source, and finding out the credibility of the author and the sources 

I like to call myself a light consumer of media. I understand that every interaction with the media has the power to generate in me different kind of thoughts which can affect me negatively or positively. That is why I try to stay away from unverified sources when I am scanning for the news which also takes a small chunk of my time on phone. I also create, and at time have to create media and I want focus on creating the media as informative, credible and unbiased as possible. Also, being a media literate person, I also like to help my friends, my parents and relatives, when they are possibly stuck in a wrong information and/or fraud, to be safe and well-informed. So, a critical engagement with media is vital to me. 

3. In your peer review, you are asked to share your experience 
as an audience member, telling the speaker 
what worked and what didn’t in their presentations. 
What are the challenges and advantages of writing a peer review? 
Was writing peer review a learning experience for you? If so, how? 

Being a learner myself, it difficult to judge other people’s presentation skills at first. Though it was easy to write down what the speakers were doing effectively as they would stand out anyway, it was a little difficult to find out what their mistakes. Writing the peer review helps us understand in real time the detailed process of delivering a speech increasing our understanding of what contributed to the effectiveness of the speeches, what didn’t and what negatively affected it. Learning all these features has made me more aware of the process of delivering a speech. For me, being nervous while delivering a speech was a challenge. Looking at others being nervous and understanding how that fact didn’t help them in their delivery has enlightened me with a reason not to be less self-aware during a speech delivery myself. This peer review has definitely been a great learning experience for me.  

4. What were some aspects that you focused on in your presentations? Structure? Content? Delivery? Or, something else? 
Is there something that worked well, 
something that you want to repeat in the future? 
Or, is there something that you wish you want to improve on? 
What is it and how can you change that? 

I focused on giving a detailed explanation of explicit and implicit messages. I spoke about how the use of celebrities was an appeal to the ethos. I focused on giving statistics to explain my presentation. From the peer feedbacks I received, I found out that I used more time on delivering the content, and also the researches than the organization of the presentation. My presentation became content heavy on one hand, and it lacked proper structure on the other. Due to the lack of proper organization, I had to omit a lot of information which I could have fit into the presentation. I also took a lot more time than what was allocated. It was almost double the allocated time. I realized a lot of the problems I created were pertaining to the lack of proper structure. I would like to focus on the structure at first next time. From the feedbacks I learned that I had used too much filler words, I will try to reduce this the next time I am presenting myself. For the type of advertisement, I was presentation and the type of statistics I was using, it would have been engaging and thought provoking to use some questions. So, I will also try to use some questions at first. I will also focus on making my presentation concise. 

Self-reflection of Object-Speech Presentation – Sunil Ale

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  1. Did you notice any commonalities across your classmates’ presentations? What are they? What did other students’ speeches make you feel?I did notice some commonalities. I discovered that many of my classmates also went for the speech in freer style, which made them sound natural and authentic. I think my speech also sounded the same because I only researched and wrote the background information, but didn’t follow the outlines strictly. Almost all of us had prepared well or at least had given a thought about what we wanted to present. The presentation like any way of communication was a chance to open up to the crowd, or classmates in the particular scenario. We all did open up, shared our thoughts, which has now made the classroom atmosphere more familiar and comfortable. Watching my classmates presenting in front of me gave me a little more time to think and familiarize myself to the stage and how to cover the speech better than how I had imagined earlier. All of their speeches were personal and seeing them present something that’s important to them has made me feel a little closer to them, and vice versa.

  2. What did you learn from the peer reviews? What kind of feedback was the most helpful?
    I have learned a lot from the peer reviews. Some pointed out that I needed to relax while presenting. Maybe, I sounded too excited, I learned that it was the way I presented that made me sound in a rush or too excited. Some pointed out that I repeated some words too much. Some pointed out that I was a little off topic and needed to manage time. I will keep these feedbacks in my mind next time I present in class or outside.  Professor Oh’s comments also highlighted the need for me to organize the speech around a good topic. All kinds of feedbacks were helpful. Apart from negative feedbacks, the appraisals and general comments also have helped with boosting my confidence in speech and with identifying my strengths as well as my weaknesses. Overall, the feedbacks have helped me improve my speaking or speech skill.

  3. How was the experience of giving written feedback for your peers? Did it change the way you listened to your classmates’ presentations?
    On the day of my presentation, I was the last speaker. And I didn’t give feedbacks to anyone on that day. However, I gave feedbacks on the class following the class I presented, the experience was rewarding. Given that I had already presented on the last class, I was better able to give critical feedbacks. By analyzing and giving feedback on peers of my own level in presentation, I was also better able to point out their mistakes as well as impressive traits, identify with them and learn and grow with them. Giving feedback for my peers definitely changed the way I listened to my classmate’s presentation. I was more receptive to their verbal as well as non-verbal communication like voice, tone, body language, energy and eye contact which were also the things I needed to focus on. While giving the feedbacks, I could imagine myself in their position and imagine myself making the same mistakes. But I got to sit back and learn from them instead.

Non-Verbal Communication

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Hello friends, today I am posting about non-verbal communication. Nonverbal communication is the process of relaying messages and meanings without the use of words. 93 percent communicated meaning comes from nonverbal communication according to Albert Mehrabian, currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology, UCLA. Like verbal communication, non-verbal communication is guided by rules and influenced by culture. However, nonverbal communication is more honest way of communication. Though not as sophisticated as our vocal language, nonverbal communication is a better way of communicating sometimes. I found this interesting video on Nonverbal communication. The video is titled “A Fun Guide to Nonverbal Communication and Body Language“.

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