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What Does Your Style Communicate?

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    New York City is easily identified as one of the worlds greatest fashion capitals. The fashion industry is a huge business in New York City as some of the top designers and respected fashion moguls reside here. We have some of the best fashion institutes and celebrity stylist. This is why NYC has earned its right as FASHION CAPITAL!

My personal interest in fashion came from being over weight with very limited designers to shop from. Over the years that has changed drastically. Designers from all over are making clothing in all styles and sizes for the Plus Size community. IM SO EXCITED ABOUT THAT! Over time I’ve learned to master the art of style and fashion. As I got older with more time and money to spend on clothing,I’ve become more intrigued with how clothing affects the way we perceive one another. This idea came from growing up in a urban community. Most people would judge you based on your appearance, what designers you wore, how you styled/accessorized it and how consistent you were with all the up to date fashions. if you were fortunate enough to keep up with those trends you were classified “better” than the rest. Your street credibility would sky rocket, and you were Extremely popular!

According to a study at Howard University, studies show 75% of people you meet perceive you based on your appearances; which includes your choice of clothing, body language and footwear. Are you one of those people? Most times we do without even noticing. For example,  have you even seen a guy in suit and tie and automatically classified him as successful? Nonverbal studies has explored the connection between clothing and communication. Clothing has many functions, we’ve spent our entire lives making these connections.  We connect uniforms to school or work and many of our parents made us wear church clothes on Sunday. Gowns to a wedding or ball and the list goes on. Here’s a video that shows us how people perceive us based on what we wear.

https://youtu.be/FTs4tN24Y14

Social Media

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Social media has had a positive impact on our modern day society. It has given us the ability to have a voice on a big platform that millions of people can have access to. Many today have used this platform to make a positive impact on our society, according to page 262 of the text book “Forty-four percent of 18-29 year olds like or promote political material on social media. Thirty-four percent use social media to encourage their friends to vote” (pg 262, chapter 12). This is an example of not only adults, but teenagers as well getting involved in topics that are extremely important for them to open up to and later on be able to use their voices to make a difference in our society. This is one of the many examples of how social media positively affects us today.

Although social media has helped many people, it has as well had a way of negatively impacting others. No one is forced to show their true identity through social media making things as cyber bullying, cat fishing and abduction easy to happen. Many people hide behind a screen for their own wrong reasons which is why it is important to know what to have on your social media. Personal information is never a good idea to have on your social media because it can give millions of strangers access to your personal life. Restrictions can help these dangerous problems have a lower chance of happening in your social media life. Use social media safely and use it to make a positive impact in your community!

What is Media Literacy?

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Media Literacy is a device used to interpret critical assessments and productively utilized media. Teenagers and young adults in this generation used media to its fullest peek. Different media text include internet, television, video games, smart phone, tablets, radio. Throughout the usage of these media related tools many jobs opportunities are implemented in society, as a result of media usage. Children going to school in todays day and age are told that it is important to stay up to date with the worlds current events. By us as whole giving attention to these events we give the worlds media literate.

The article speaks about “parental involvement” in media literate relative issues and this is an important point being that the children of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Media shapes our world and if the younger kids are feeding themselves the wrong message society as we know it can collapse fundamentally. Media is a good thing when used for the right reasons such as to spread knowledge about things like cures for diseases, weather changes, criminal activities and more. Media shapes how us as people identify ourselves in society. Yes, at the moment media does not positively portray good messages because it has our women using surgeries to beauty themselves and has our men overdosing on toxic supplements to keep their bodies in shape.

For certain groups like LGBTQ, the bullied and people who feel low self esteem media can really ruin their lives. t\This is why it would be of there interest to edify themselves using media literacy to understand that they are better than what they see and hear about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIaRw5R6Da4

 

 

Mass Communication

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What is Mass Communication?

The Definition of Mass Communication is “the process whereby media organizations produce and transmit messages to large publics and the process by which those messages are sought, used, understood, and influenced by audience”.

Mass Communication is the public transfer of messages through media or technology driven channels to a large group of people from an entity, involving some type of advertising for the user.  “The sender often is a person in some large media organization, the messages are public, and the audience tends to be large and varied” (Berger 121). ( https://courses.lumenlearning.com/suny-introductiontocommunication/chapter/defining-mass-communication/)

Culture,Communication, and Mass Media

Mass media are significant transmitters of cultural messages and play an influential role in shaping culture, yet the process is complex. There is great variety in what messages are accepted by different consumers, how they are interpreted, and how they ultimately are employed (or not). Further, cultures that include contradictory messages are more likely to inadvertently promote deviant paths to culturally valued goals. ( Julie B, West , The Role of Mass Media in the Transmission of Culture)

Here’s a video of a more detailed example of Mass Communication:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7bVp3xfCkg

 

Mass Communication

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Mass communication is the process in which a person or a group of persons send information through mass media to a large and varied audience at the same time. And in this medium is include newspaper, magazine, book publishing, as well as radio, television, film and internet.  Feedback for mass communication is usually slow and indirect in comparison to interpersonal communication.

The study of mass communication is  the approach on how the information of mass communication, persuade, or affect the behavior, attitude, emotion or opinion of the people that receive the information.  The process of mass communication has four components, Sender, Message, Medium and receiver.  The process is complete when the receiver gets the message.  The way we receive the messages have changed indeed, from pictures on walls of caves, to messages sent to millions of people at the same time.

I found many videos about mass communication but, I attach two. one is short if you don’t have time to watch and one long, if you have time and want more details.

 

 

Should we actively incorporate emojis into everyday use, supplementing the written word?

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Emojis have been a new addition to everyday communication that seems to fit in naturally. Emoji’s are, essentially, little pictographs and as the saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words.” An emoji can communicate emotion, symbols, and direct meaning in one shot. This isn’t something that needs to be taught, it’s just something that people seem to get. It’s different from the word, which means it can’t do everything words can do, but it also can convey meaning where words fail. I don’t think this is fad for children, we should see this as an opportunity to improve upon what we have and make something better. Let’s actively incorporate emojis in everyday use to supplement the written word.

The first response to emojis from many people has been to relate these pictograms to the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt. Egyptian hieroglyphics are proof that a language without characters representative of sounds is possible. Imagine each word is comprise of letters that represent the order in which you make a certain sound with you mouth. A picture however, conveys an entire idea all at once. I think the Egyptians would have benefited from a written language to add details, that are clear and hardly subjective. The Egyptian language has been decoded, but I’m sure there are subtleties that will never be known, just like there are subtleties within each emoji that people just understand as a given.

The Ancient Greeks were another culture that knew the power of communication and interestingly developed visual communication to improve their oral communication. Many ideas came relating to rhetoric came out of Ancient Greece-even the term rhetoric. In public speeches the Ancient Greeks used a mnemonic device we refer to as a memory palace. This was technique of translating speeches into visual cues and placing these visual cues inside a ‘palace’ or place they could mentally explore-the same way you can probably mentally explore each room in your house from memory. The reason this technique works is because visual information can be translated faster and stays in the mind for longer.

If visual memory is such an efficient and memorable way to communicate information we should seriously think about taking the written language to the next level. It’s happening relatively unconsciously, so if consciously approached this opportunity can be properly exploited. The intertwining of nonverbal and verbal can better represent a face to face interaction. In person the face and body language communicate as much, if not more, as the spoken word. Then, tonality and many other factors come into play when communicating meaning on multiple fronts. Notice how much faster you can consume the same information from a movie than from a book. A movie conveys so much information at once that it you couldn’t possibly commit everything to word. In a book there are lines committed to describing body language and scenery-things that are just expressed simultaneously in a movie. To just give an idea of the possible, a system of emojis can be used to express the visual information that takes forever to express verbally.

Some of the fun is the lack of rules. It allows for an ever changing way to express oneself. Like figurative language, there is no one way to imply an idea to someone. A person may vary in degrees of directness to avoid or show disregard for being rude. The lack of direct structure is part of the fun, allowing for a wide range of ideas to be communicated. However there is structure, we know of literary devices like repetition, sarcasm, and metaphor. We study these these ideas and even though there is an unbelievable amount of room for variation, there is still structure. Let’s study communication through emojis and learn to see where they shine, what there uses are, and how we can effectively use them in a more formal sense.

Pictograms, like emojis are an interesting path for human communication that is developing right now in our life times. We should recognize this and take on the responsibility of developing this form of communication in a way that will best serve our needs in a practical and spiritual sense. This is a concept that has been applied in successful societies before us, and it seems to just be falling into our culture somewhat unconsciously. It will be interesting to see how this develops whether it remains a organic or guided.

Blog post #3

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https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2013/04/15/health/brain-music-research/index.html

The story I found on this topic I think can really help people on overcoming public anxiy. This article mainly talks about different music/music festivals that are very social. The author talks about people doing research on why a lot of people that have anxiety resort to music. The results that they came up with are shocking, it states that people when they listen to music it releases pleasure in to the brain and reduces stress. I think this is very important because everyone I believe needs to feel good about them selves. This bring me to the point that we talked about in class which is types of listening. In this case I would like to point out that listing to music would be appreciated listening because you get pleasure from it. Another thing is that these festivals let a lot of people talk with each other and practice how to be social I believe this is a great thing. Also we did talk about the social penetration theory which basically relates to a onion and getting to know a person by uncovering layers and getting more intimate. I personally find this interesting because in the article it states a lot of people socialize and get to know each other on deeper levels by the bonding of music and music festivals and getting to express them selves with out worrying about public anxiety.

How can Astrology help you Communicate

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The Glimpse at the Rise and Fall of Astrology 

Astrology is defined as the search for the meaning of life from the sky. However, the idea to look up for the answers to life began 25,000 years ago, when markings on cave walls and bones were found depicting the lunar cycles. Had our ancestors never done this, the development of astronomy, meteorology and other scientific advancements would have been stunted. Astronomy opened up the view of the stars and gave birth to astrology. Today astrology is deemed pseudoscience, and has resulted in a decline in belief, because of the lack of scientific evidence to back up astrological divination.

Why we Shouldn’t Discount Astrology

I myself won’t pick up a newspaper and skip to the horoscopes, I believe that life has too many variables to consider, that is over looked in the art of fortune telling. Nevertheless, we could be overlooking an important fact, the fact that our ancestors had no scientific base to appreciate what they were recording, until more advance civilizations came about and gave meaning to their artwork. Here lies the problem, scientists and scholars are underestimating the carvings of earth’s heavenly bodies, i.e. the sun, moon and stars, on human beings. While this notion is based on personal experiences rather than scientific ones, we don’t know what type of knowledge, insight and technology’s future civilizations will have. Will they call it Astrology, and use the 12 signs, who knows.

How Astrology Can Help Us Communicate Better

But here’s what we do know, there are 12 signs in the Zodiac, every human on earth has 3 signs, an ascending, a sun sign, and a moon sign. The ascending is your outer mask, the face you show the world, it is a part of your profile but not a significant attribution to your personality. Everybody knows their sun sign, this is your personality, who you aspire to be, it’s found in conscious and unconscious decisions you make. Your moon sign was believed by the Aztecs to be the most important sign; this is your inner self, your shadow side that only those closest to you will be fortunate to witness. By understanding how all 3 signs make up a whole personality, one could navigate their professional and personal relations with less stress of overthinking. To “know thyself” is probably the most formidable tool someone can have. You can better understand how your thought processes work, and help you communicate more efficiently. You can also attempt to understand those around you, either in your personal life, school, or even in the work place. Communication is the key to a successful society, understanding yourself in the grand scheme of life can only bolster your ability to communicate and thus help you become a more productive version of yourself in society.

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