Freedom and Justice for all! Civil Rights Advocacy to protect all Americans.

Why We Still CAIR: 2013 CAIR-FL Annual Banquet Video

An open mind is the connection that can reach the ultimate road to peace on earth!

 

 

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Homophily: Those of a feather flock together.

In the 1950’s, sociologist originated this term “Homophily”. “Those who liked Ike, liked each other”. The concept is now a renaissance because it has been introduced to explain the way Americans polarize with each other. We human beings, have a tendency to cling to the same types of people, interest, religious beliefs, etc. This tendency is described as “Homophily”. If I like classical music, then I might seek another individual who also likes classical music, this similarity breeds connection. Today, we are connected through the social network globally. Then why is it that we still don’t know each other? the obvious answer is of course because we are living in a Homophily environment. An environment that can be changed by only changing our habits. If you think about it, teenagers choose friends according to their liking, who they get along with, it is very rare that you would ever choose friends who you don’t like. It is almost a human instinct to cling to the same type of people. It is our innate pattern of behavior that will be very hard to break unless we find an inner, deep meaning to reach out to the unknown. The unknown can be described as stereotype or ignorance. If we don’t have knowledge of a subject on a social matter then you can say that we are ignorant human beings. Knowledge gives us freedom from ignorance, stereotype, and living in a Homophily society.

Our understanding of other cultures, and attitudes are strictly depended on the media. Unfortunately, media can mold us any way they want, unless we have knowledge to defend the media. In the past 15 to 20 years, it was reported that in 2001, our foreign coverage reduced 70% to 80%. International news coverage of American newspapers shrunk from 15% to 2%. I wonder why we have become a society who ignores the world around us. If Homophily can make us ignorant, then maybe the media can also make us ignorant as well. Reaching out to others who are different then you may be uncomfortable, but it is the first step in breaking Homophily.

If we are to evolve from this Homophily environment that we are in, and enter serendipity, the occurrence of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way, then we have to look beyond ourselves, our religion, our language, our culture, our way of life, and our own interests. When I was in High School, I was one of the very few Muslim students. I wanted to integrate, but at the same time, I wanted to keep my own culture, and religion. To break my own “Homophily”, I joined a Christian club called “Light House Christian Club”. I learned about Christianity which was a wonderful thing because I feel that I gained knowledge to make me a stronger human being and a stronger Muslim. I connected with others who were different then my own religion Islam, and this was a wonderful gift of knowledge and friendship that I will carry with me for a long time. To come out of an isolated citizenry, we need to reach for the unknown, and embrace the world around us without stereotype and ignorance.

Sources:

http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2008/04/25/homophily-serendipity-xenophilia/

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/10/magazine/10Section2a.t-4.html?_r=0

New York on Palestine:

The Israeli government is killing kids in Palestine. My heart is numb, and frozen. No country should treat their people that way. They don’t realize that they are not just hurting the people of Palestine, but they are also hurting the World! Please pray for humanity and justice for all. Pray for people of Palestine. Free Palestine! Pray for Peace on Earth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media’s Moral and Ethical Dilemma

Media’s Moral and Ethical Dilemma

My Reflection on the four assigned hybrid readings are as following: The Society of Professional Journalist Code of Ethics, listening to two different podcasts. They are on KUOW: The Moral Dilemma of Advertising, and To The Best of Our Knowledge: Paul Levinson on Digital McLuhan, and reviewing Project Censored Top Censored Stories. The News That Didn’t Make The News; censored 2012: Stories of 2010-2011. A bit of my own research on Media’s Moral and Ethical Dilemma.

These podcast and the articles touch on many different angles of journalism as they relate to ethics. Quiet often what the journalist report to the public, can be interpreted the wrong way. The community, the society, and the general public can miss understand information they receive. One thing can lead to another very quickly. Journalist work hard to deliver the news to the public. They are faced with different dilemmas every day, and perhaps, it could be that they are faced with many confrontations they have to deal with on a daily basis. For all these reasons, I do have a lot of respect for the profession of journalism, but at the same time I question their integrity when it comes to honesty, and truthfulness. Journalists are known to twist information to benefit their own objective. I feel that journalism as a whole is a difficult subject to understand, only because it is not straight forward. My believes in moral values often clash with the world of Journalism.

When listening to the podcast The Moral Dilemma of Advertising, I felt that people, and the community at large need to know the truth whether it is about human trafficking or something else. The fact that it was advertised in the adult section is justified because it is information people need to know. In the discussion between the Seattle’s former Mayor Mike McGinn and advertising editor Mike Sealy for The Village Voice Media and their local affiliate, The Seattle Weekly, the Mayor Mike McGinn was wrong in accusing The Seattle Weekly for not doing enough to stop human trafficking. The Mayor was letting the Weekly know who has in power. But at the same time, I have mixed feelings about this, because human trafficking is something that does have to be stopped. The question that comes to my mind is did The Weekly show both sides or was the intention to make it look so bad that the people just wanted to read more and more?

To me, there is always the other side that is ignored. The main concern and focus of this podcast is the harm it may have caused the public and perhaps minors. It is definitely the responsibility of the Mayor to stop human trafficking, but the newspapers are what people see first. The Mayor should take the responsibility to communicate with the law enforcements to stop human trafficking from harming the community. I find it interesting when they talk about how media is the watchdog for the government, but not the defendant for the government. Perhaps they are both two different things, pertaining to different aspects of how the media works with the government. To me if you are a watch dog for the government then you are a defendant for the government.

In listening to the podcast, To The Best of Our Knowledge: Paul Levinson on Digital McLuhan, I find that time is of the essence here in two forms, one is the media, and the other is the medium. Within these forms there are many parts. Part one is how media impacts votes, stories, and markets. Part two introduces how one medium takes over another. For example, the radio taking over printed communication. Part three discussed how the media collects information like feedbacks, spoken communication, and payments. This, to me, is violating ones privacy, and is very disturbing. Part four introduces how each type of media replaced the other, for example the television replaced the radio.

I find McLuhan’s predictions and insights were very interesting, it certainly put a question in my mind. Are we living in a digital world of media at war, using information instead of a physical war? It seems that McLuhan was right, because certainly the world of hackers have proven that his predictions were correct. Hacking has become a universal problem that has invaded the lives of every human being here on earth.

In combining all the assigned readings and podcast, I will share my insight with a bit of research of my own on moral ethics and dilemma on the media. Drawing from McLuhan’s perspective the media is continually evolving. The role that media plays in influencing social, economic, and political agenda in our community is a very important concern when it comes to ethical values. If the media cannot uphold to the values of integrity then our society at large will eventually live in the dark. So, maintaining credibility and integrity in the media goes hand in hand. We, the people want to hear the truth but, is it always the truth? Or twisted to make it look like it is real? In my research, I learned that in a democracy, the media is subjected to minimal legal restrain when it comes to freedom of speech. Free speech in media should never produce exploitation of minors. To me, the media has an ethical responsibility towards the public and how it affects the lives of the community at large.

 

On the Media Podcast Response

On the Media Pod Cast

Kuow Conversation Podcast: What is Freedom on the Web?

MY reaction: Principal of openness and the universal access to the web has made us robots of our time. We start believing whatever we hear. It is as if we have no brains left in our selves. The media systematically discards what they don’t want us to know. They are molding our thinking and our vision the way they want. The truth is often hidden from us so much so that if we find out the truth it is almost criminal. Honesty is a lonely word in the world of Media. The Medium is often taken away before we can get a sense of what it really is. We are being feed misinformation, and lies by the media every day. Not only on the T.V. news but on the web. The sad part is most people actually believe in it. I have to interest or desire for such a medium. Journalists, reporters can twist a story any way they want. Usually that’s what they do. But, just because they can, it does not mean they should. They have no code of ethics. It is as if the media is a prostitute for money hungry politicians.

On the Media Post: Sue You

http://www.onthemedia.org/story/132484-sue-you/transcript/

I can see why so many people are so hesitant to blog, Facebook, or even Twitter. Your information for the world to see and you don’t know how your privacy can be invaded by anyone. Invading someone’s privacy is a serious issue. Using defamation, or words such as Shank to defame an individual, a corporation is un-dignifying. So much so, that when the courts get involved it gets even viler. My senses do not want to be a part of such a system in the media. Never the less, it is a part of our world we live in. It seems that everyone is trying to sue each other. To me, using defamation lawsuit to get the court order to reveal Rosemary Ports name is un-ethical. An example of frivolous use of the court system is when Cohen used defamation lawsuit to get the court order to reveal Rosemary Port’s name. Once they got the name then they dropped the law suit. The question that comes to my mind is, should you remain anonymous, or should you reveal your name? It is almost “you are doomed if you do, and you are doomed if you don’t”.

 

On the Media Podcast: You Decide, We Report

My reaction: After listening to “You Decide We Report”

Journalism is the fabric of professional judgment when it comes to mass media. After listening to this pod cast it was evident that the public wants to hear all that messy lies no matter what! The journalist is giving them what they want because the media already programed the audience to be the way they are today. People want to follow the sensationalism, the popular. Search Engine optimizes to generates the greatest possible user traffic on the web page on Google. The media’s job is to keep people interested, and what interest people these days are what are sensationalized by the media itself! Another Ah-ha moment is the fact that even today in our digital world of technology the key to journalism is still what is important to people, and what is not important to people. But who decides that? The people or the media? Or is it the politicians? The fact is that often time’s ethics of journalism is ignored and overlooked.

People In Holes

My reaction: We the people of society, communities, have fallen victim to being stuck in a hole. The focus is not only the amount of people who have fallen, but the people who are involved in the situation. Sensationalizing a tragic event, have become Pulitzer Prize Winning! Musicals are even described as groundbreaking. Before the television became popular, coverage on the radio included announcers that were defaming one another’s reports. Even today we get misinterpretations of the real story. There was always a confidence behind the voice of the radio that made us belief in the truth that was reported. The television and the radio worked hard to bring news to the public twenty four hours a day. This was the bate that brought the public closer to the radio. It also increased the sales of newspapers. In the Pod Cast my big A-HA moment was “The New Way of Covering a Story, wall to wall, was a success.” Ever since I can remember, television, radio, newspapers have all held on to this Devine idea, and today they still do! This kind of reporting is still alive on blogs, and online reporting today.

Media Ethics Online

My reaction: For me ethics defines the human race, a society, a community. I am disappointed that we, who keep the media alive, do not hear stories about the billions of massacred Palestinians. Instead they are portrayed as villains of society. My biggest takeaway from Paul Levinson on Digital McLuhan is that we are constantly influenced by the media with commercials, blogs, songs, and movies. The effect of this entire media has made us puppets for the media. They sing the songs and we dance to the music they play. We, as human beings, slowly realize what we are conditioned to like it, even if it is unethical. But it’s too late to change it now because sadly, we as human beings like the sound of that music.