William Polking replied to Taylor Pudenz's discussion Social Media Expressing
"Good question. Social norms can and do change, and perhaps this social media social norm will change. Or, perhaps the social norm will shift toward simply posting less (or maybe not at all)."
Thursday
William Polking replied to Joseph McCartan's discussion Black Mirror
"You could use Black Mirror as a textbook for a media literacy class (though you might need to be a college class to show the very first episode). Each episode points to ways that media/technology can be used for ill."
Thursday
William Polking replied to Sammi Lynn Hutchinson's discussion Body Image isn't just a womanly issue.
"Great point, Sammi. We will discuss this further in our media and gender unit, coming up next after social media."
Thursday
William Polking replied to Mimoza Veliu's discussion Why are Muslims so...
"Our cultural ignorance about Muslims, even though there are about as many Muslim Americans as there are Iowans, is shameful. And the media bears much of the blame for this."
Thursday
William Polking replied to Mimoza Veliu's discussion "White Privilege"
"The concept of "privilege" is something the media helps perpetuate--think about representation and who sees themselves and their lives depicted in popular movies and television shows? The rise of more channels and streaming has helped with this some…"
Thursday
William Polking replied to Mimoza Veliu's discussion "Somewhere in America"
"You have pointed us toward thinking about one of the things social media might be doing: lessening our empathy for others. We seek the positives on social media, and may thus feel less for those who have less."
Thursday
William Polking replied to Mimoza Veliu's discussion Florida Shooting- We call BS!
"Sadly, this student was never mandated for mental health services, thus not entering any mental health database.
Clearly, signs were overlooked, but more troublingly, even noticing the signs would not necessarily have prevented him from obtaining w…"
Thursday
William Polking replied to Kara Lorenzen's discussion Is the iPhone X recording you?
"Fitness trackers are another range of devices that collect more data on you than most users understand."
Thursday
William Polking replied to Juana Galvan's discussion Copycat Threats
"I agree, Juana. But we live in a world where all such threats must be taken seriously, as we saw here at CHS earlier this year."
Thursday
William Polking replied to Lauren Tidgren's discussion Olympic News
"An interesting media angle on the Olympics is how skewed toward American participants NBC's coverage is. Some bias toward American results is understandable, but often it's like no other countries exist."
Thursday
William Polking replied to Lauren Tidgren's discussion Gun Restriction News
"The idea of arming teachers seems ludicrous to me.
Schools don't trust teachers to communicate with students on social media, but we will give guns to teachers in the school?"
Thursday
William Polking replied to Grant Meiners's discussion Good Meme
"I do. Teachers always fear something inappropriate will play if they don't stop the chosen video right away. Or that they will accidentally play the video during class, thus showing them as guilty of a lack of screen discipline as they accuse their…"
Thursday
William Polking replied to Mimoza Veliu's discussion "Rape Joke"
"Too many men are incapable of understanding that women may want to look attractive for reasons that have nothing to do with men. The idea that men have so little self control that a female's attire "causes" them to rape should be laughable, but the…"
Thursday
William Polking replied to Garrett S Swantek's discussion 2nd popular meme of the year so far
"I confess to having no understanding of this meme. And I'm okay with that."
Thursday
William Polking replied to Grant Meiners's discussion Gun Control and Social Media
"Social media used for social change? It is possible. It is, however, nearly impossible to have a nuanced discussion about any issue on social media. So many trolls and bots whose entire purpose is to incite anger and sow disinformation."
Thursday
William Polking replied to Juana Galvan's discussion New Messenger Kids
"Great point, Juana. Facebook may portray themselves as child-friendly here, but their prime motivation is to hook younger kids to their platform."
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