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    Final Assignment

                Kylie Jenner started fame off as the little sister of Kim Kardashian on a reality television show first aired in 2007, titled “Keeping up with the Kardashian.” Twelve short years later, she has been named the “Youngest Self-Made Billionaire Ever” by Forbes. Due to the power of social media, Kylie Jenner has built an empire as a new type of celebrity- a digital influencer. She is an online superstar, a budding entrepreneur, and a millennial icon due to her online presence.             Kylie Jenner did not gain popularity through the traditional platforms of her prior successors. The Kardashian clan owes its fame to older sister, Kim Kardashian. Consumers of…

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    Timeline

    I did my timeline entries on Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper. I chose these two women because they were a crucial part to the digital age as we know it. I think that women are under-represented in history and science, It is important to acknowledge these women and their accomplishments.

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    Week 11

    Konnikova, Maria, and Maria Konnikova. “How the Internet Has Changed Bullying.” The New Yorker. June 19, 2017. Accessed March 30, 2019. https://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/how-the-internet-has-changed-bullying This week we discussed online bullying. This particular article describes how the internet has changed the concept of bullying. It is no longer limited to physical location and has become almost completely anonymous. The internet allows for bullies to access their victims 24/7. This particular article incited a large discussion during class. Bullying can now affect the workplace as well. This is very different from when bullying only occurred at school. Social media platforms also add to the change of bullying. People put themselves out there on the…

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    Week 10

    Schmitz, Andy. Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction into Mass Communication. Washington, D.C: Saylor Academy, 2012. One of this week’s readings was by Andy Schmitz titled Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction into Mass Communication. This reading was very interesting in that it emphasized the connection between popular culture and mass media. Schmitz argues that mass media modes influence our pop culture by encouraging or discouraging artists, musicians, restaurants and other products. I’ve always understood the connection between mass media today and pop culture. The digital age media is consumed by marketing. Influencers go by the name “Instagram models”. Our websites are crowded with cookie ads. Our biggest celebrities such…

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    Week 9

    This week’s topic revolved around military involvement of technology and digital advancements. Specifically, around encryption systems and the internet. The article on Alan Turing was especially surprising to me. He was a national hero for breaking the enigma code and in turn he was shunned by the public for his sexuality. In this class we have often discussed the role of women in digital history yet it is important that we recognize all minorities such as members of the LGBTQ community. The German Cipher Machines of World War II describes the enigma code in great detail, only adding to the impressive feats of Turing. The enigma code was a complex…

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    Silent Film Project

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/17xZpAenKHyXZf5PXGUTf6gFT2BG4V_hA/view?usp=sharingh This week we did a silent film project. We put Charlie Chapman on the UMW. During his adventure, he meets too UMW students who help him travel back to the roaring twenties.

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    Yellow Journalism Assignment

    My group chose a political cartoon from the magazine, Puck, for our assignment on yellow journalism. This magazine often published satirical criticism of yellow journalism. Our particular cartoon was satirical of the printing press. We discussed the printing press in class and the use of yellow journalism. Our cartoon was titled, “The Evil Spirits of the Modern Day Press” and depicted demon-like creatures emerging from a press as things such as “scandals” and “cheap sensations”. Yellow journalism’s focus was to intrigue and influence readers no matter what was printed. This cartoon highlights these discrepancies in the press quite clearly.

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    2/11

    The reading on Francis Whiting Halsey’s “The Beginnings of Daily Journalism in New York” explores the transformation of the press. I think that it is interesting that newspapers as we know them now, used to be completely different. When one thinks of journalism, we think of daily news and the coverage of events. Newspaper in the 19th century consisted of basic information and advertisements. It wasn’t until the press became a business enterprise that daily reporting became popular. In order to sell more papers, the companies had to entice buyers with exciting news. The more news stories, the more papers were bought. Thus began our modern sense of newspapers. I…

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    2/7

    This week we complete a photography analysis project. My table was assigned the Civil war era. I decided to go with the famous photo “Wounded soldiers under trees, Marye’s Heights, Fredericksburg, after the battle of Spotsylvania, 1864″ by Mathew Brady. I really enjoyed the assignment. It allowed our group to explore print resources during the Civil war and how photography influenced society. I also enjoyed viewing other tables’ timelines. Each table had a specific era and it was interesting to see how those eras were influenced by print resources.