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MEDIA AND UNCONSCIOUS BIAS

The definition of unconscious bias is attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. They develop over the course of a lifetime- upbringing, culture, exposure to media all include direct and indirect messaging. We all hold unconscious beliefs about various groups, and its up to each individual to try to be self aware of those biases and move past them.

The media represents African Americans in a negative way which feeds unconscious bias. Even in incidences where the African American is a victim, that person is still represented in a negative light, usually being referred to as a “thug.” Stereotypes of African Americans have been around for too long, and the media is a big part of that reason. Muslims are another example of a group that are always portrayed in a negative way by the media. The only time we are exposed to a Muslim person through the media, is when they are being called a terrorist. Thus, feeding more into people’s unconscious bias.

The media’s negative portrayal of certain groups like African Americans and Muslims has had tremendous influence in all the hate crimes being committed. Here are two links that will explain the real life effects for African Americans and Muslims:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/12/media-misrepresents-black-men-effects-felt-real-world

https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/11/13/16643448/fbi-hate-crimes-2016

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Go Outside and Play!

What happened to children going outside to play. As a parent of two daughters that are nine and seven, my children never want to go outside. When I was their age I would go outside and play for hours. I could not wait to finish my homework, so I could go outside and play with my friends. This is not just a trend with my children, but children across American are going outside less. Kids are missing out on a great way to exercise and increase social skills. Kids staying in the house is one of the causes of declining social skills. Children are being raised with less human interaction. Playing outside with friends develops social skills as well as imagination. So why are they staying in the house? One of the reasons is technology. Most kids these days have access to the internet through a computer, phone, or tablet. Technological advancements have made interactions a lot easier, because you do not have to be face to face.

Cell phones and computers are now the vessel to communication. Most teenagers and even young children are communicating through text and social media. This is ruining our children’s ability to initiate conservation and read social clues. The ability to read social clues can tell you a lot about the mood an individual is in. Are they uncomfortable, stressed, or unhappy. These are clues we need to identify, because someone can need help. So if you have children, get them off the computer for a few hours and take them outside because social skills are only learned through human interaction.

 

Tumblr vs. Pinterest

According to google, a blog is “a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style”. 

I have always been a fan of looking at blogs. Blogs come in different shapes and sizes. When we think of blogs, we just think of words on a page with some pictures every one in a while. At least that’s what we are taught in school. In my experience, blogs are an even mixture of both. There are many different blogging platforms online that let you be creative in your own way.

WordPress, for example, is a site mainly for the type of blogs where you want to read about a specific topic or write original content but there are two other sites that I have known to be very popular blogging sites.

Tumblr and pinterest.

The difference between these two blogging platforms vs wordpress is that you don’t only write or post original content. You can easily follow other blogs and post their stuff on your page (giving them automatic credit, of course).

Tumblr has always been my preferred website to use because you can make your own page, and be as creative as you want to be with it.

 

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The above picture is an example of one of my friends tumblr page. If you click on it you can see that it is mostly pictures, but she does post original content. You can follow a variety of blogs depending on what you are interested in. Her blog, for example, has to do with a lot of fashion and art. But you can also follow pages that are comedic, or pages about particular movies or music. The possibilities are endless!

The point of tumblr is to be able to have a place where you can be inspired by other people and share your passions and interests without having to use  many words. If you wanted to follow blogs that have more writing, you could do that too! There are plenty of pages dedicated to storytelling and poetry, it’s all just in a more relaxed style.

Pinterest on the other hand, is a little more different.

You can have your own page, but it’s mostly about you “pinning” things to your “board”, kind of like a bulletin board!

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Pinterest works very well for specific topics that you want to learn or see more about. You can type in “education” or “halloween costumes” and it’ll come up with a variety of posts about that topic. It’s a very good place to go to if you’re on a mission. It’s a similar idea of tumblr, in the way that you can take things from other people’s pages and post them on your page so that people can see what you are interested in, but it doesn’t give you any room to make original content or create your own “blog”.

Nevertheless, these are both blogging sites that I was introduced to, especially in high school. A lot of people that I went to high school with were big fans of pinterest (mostly girls) because it is an easier way to blog. You don’t really have to put a lot of work into it whereas tumblr is more on the creative side.

There are so many different ways to blog nowadays, making it easier than ever to start to blog in the specific way that you want. So, go! Start a blog, go write about whatever you want, have your voice heard.

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