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    As we talked to proffesor about our project this week, Naru and I decided to make some modifications about our topic. Now, instead of  making research about the stereotype which is only caused by the Internet, we prefer to put more  forcus on the discussion about the following question. “Camparing to televison or newspaper system, why the Internet has less stereotype or bias in it?”

      First of all, we need to understand where are those stereotypes come from among the media system, and how are they formed in the broadcasting procedure.  For example, in the news agency or the television system, they both has a gatekeeper to censor all the content which is going to be aired. Because of  this process, the presentation could be biased and some facts or stories could be covered due to different reasons and factors, such as the political forces, private interests of the minority elite, ownership of the news souce, loyalty to few sponsors rather than to the public interests and so on. That’s why we always can see one news be reported differently from one newspaper to another, and be varied from one country to another. Each corporation or country has their own perspective and restriction, therefore, the information will be presented in the way  that conformed to their strandards and the way that is most beneficial to their position or to the country.

     Internet, however, is different  to the other media systems. It has no gatekeeper or ownership on it, which can let everyone has the equal freedom to express thier opinions  in the internet platform. We can’t say that therefore there’s no more bias on it, but we can say that there could be less possibility of covering or distorting the truth out of the forceful commands and restrictions.

  The following is some additional explanation about media bias, which is quoted from Wikipedia.

     Media bias refers to the bias of journalists and news producers within the mass media, in the selection of which events and stories are reported and how they are covered. The term “media bias” usually implies a pervasive or widespread bias contravening the standards of journalism, rather than the perspective of an individual journalist or article. The direction and degree of media bias in various countries is widely disputed.

     Practical limitations to media neutrality include the inability of journalists to report all available stories and facts, and the requirement that selected facts be linked into a coherent narrative (Newton 1989). Since it is impossible to report everything, some selectivity is inevitable. Government influence, including overt and covert censorship, biases the media in some countries. Market forces that can result in a biased presentation include the ownership of the news source, concentration of media ownership, the selection of staff, the preferences of an intended audience, pressure from advertisers, or reduced funding due to lower ratings or governmental funding cuts. Political affiliations arise from ideological positions of media owners and journalists. The space or air time available for reports, as well as deadlines needing to be met, can lead to incomplete and apparently biased stories.


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Hello, everyone!Asian and math

For last two weeks, Me and Grace have discussed what the topic of the project would be. In the first meeting, we confirmed that both of us were interested in the kind of ‘cultrual difference’. I think that’s because we came from other countries, specifically Taiwan and South Korea. While living in the another country and talking with the people who we met here, we’ve found that many people have certain stereotypes  about the culture and the people from other country. For example, I might say many western people think ALL the Asian people are good at math. But, it’s not true. For me, I HATE math when I was in high school. Seriously, it was the worst subject ever.

Also, we talked about the origin of those stereotypes. In other words, where those stereotypes come from? Of course, there are a lot of elements that affect making the stereotypes in people’s mind, but maybe media such as TV, newspapers and the Internet can be the most influential sources of them because people get the most of the information they know from the media and those information form the stereotypes. Since the Internet has become the most powerful medium in last two decades, we decided focusing on the Internet among many media as our main subject.

So far, it seemed we didn’t have any problem in preparing our project, but the only problem we had was to find the connection between this item and the theories of McLuhan and Innis. Our Prof, Dr. Starangelove, asked us that we should use their theories in our project.  We really like this topic – the impact of the Internet on making Stereotype, but we are not sure that we can make the project with their theories. I know that McLuhan and Innis were noted media theorist but I’ve never heard that they talked about any ‘stereotype’ by the media.

So, we are going to focus on finding the connection between our subject and their theories. That’s our first task. Even though it’s gonna be tough, I believe me and Grace can make it[fingers crossed!].

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