Possibility of a Better Media
Vanessa Baird says that despite the continual havocs, mistrusts, and fake news in the media sector, there is still hope for efficacy. According to her, the roles of media include information speculation, seeking for truth, entertainment, educative functions, and also to grasp and maintain power to account. A broke model is an essential factor in the social media platform; for example, the majority of enterprises use platforms like Google and Facebook to carry on with product marketing and to get immediate consumer feedback. In the recent past, it is inevitably evident that these platforms have raised advertisement pennies leading to a significant loss in the incomes of the print media sector, such as magazines and pulse gazettes.
Most of the available social media platforms, such as Facebook, tend to escalate their technological advancements to meet the need and standards of users. To date, there are even live video presentations and instant virtual consumer response interfaces where immediate and non-bias information is got with ultimate security and secret. Also, though the most crucial aims of media platforms are expansions of social horizons, favoring communities, and ensuring the safety of local news, changes experienced in the dynamic world has initiated a different concept of the anticipated aims. Devoid these merits, YouTube and Facebook, have been facing extremely severe challenges and pressure from the user-serfs. The platforms phish individuals’ data, and they refer to it as oil. Such data are susceptible such that their exposure limits the safety and better-operating conditions of business enterprises as it can initiate massive data loss and even hacking of finance.
Social media has altered the content and nature of the information speculation pattern. It emanates from the rapidly advancing technological changes in the virality of data as a result of stiff competition on who will deliver first devoid the quality of data itself. Such media conducts have significantly reduced the public’s trust in digital platforms since it is hard to notably distinguish an honest journalist from one who does spread misleading information, rumor, or either compelled to do so by a feared media house. From research conducted in the US last year, there is a slight increase in trust in the current trends in the journalism sector with an exponential drop in confidence in other media organizations. This gives a better prediction of how the future will look like in terms of journalism and information delivery. Additionally, hope is intensifying in organizations. Since the majority are aware of fakery in the news, continual mockery and resistance in such cases promote a sense of credibility, keenness, and accountability in modern digital journalism. Ideological and ethical adherence rather than profitability in the new currency journalism has also created a conducive environment for message speculation.
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The narrator talks about the events of racism that they encounter with friends considering he is black, and they are all white. His friends, however, do not seem to recognize these events and tell him not to put much thought into their comments. They do not seem to notice that the representation of dark breasts is a longing for the time when black women were a commodity, and anyone who could pay could have a taste of it. In early North America, society allowed the whites to sexualize the bodies of black bodies. According to Gilman, the black female was to serve as the icon for black sexuality in general. The black female was there to entertain guests with her naked body, and the guests only looked at certain parts such as the butt and genitalia. To them, the black body, its skin, color, and shape, was a mark of shame while the white body was seen as an icon. This stereotype affected black women, and they started sexually viewing themselves. Turner, a singer, was successful in her career because of presenting herself sexually as a black woman and locked away the abuse that she was going through. Turner depicts the use of sexual power to do violence to the male other to achieve economic self-sufficiency. The black female images were used in songs and films to portray the body as a commodity- sexual services for money and power.
Gail Faurshou explains that beauty was seen as the colonization and appropriation of the body as its production machine in late capitalism. This allowed black bodies to be considered ‘beautiful.’ The features of dark-skinned models are usually distorted. Naomi Campbell is portrayed as a black woman who needs to mimic the whites to be beautiful. Mona Lisa, through her struggle to sexual self-definition, opts for lesbianism. For change to occur, blacks must no longer shy away from critical projects and interrogations of how the black body is portrayed.
Baird, V. (2018, June 6). A better media is possible. Retrieved from https://newint.org/features/2018/06/01/a-better-media-is-possible
Hooks, B. (n.d.). Black Looks: Race and Representations. Retrieved from http://www.feministes-radicales.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/bell-hooks-Selling-Hot-Pussy-representation-of-black-womens-sexuality.pdf