When I first read “The Medium is the Message” by Marshall McLuhan I found it somewhat wordy and difficult to understand. I can absolutely understand why someone might call McLuhan eccentric; but the message of the reading was clear enough, it is not the content but the medium through which that content is transmitted that … Continue reading The Medium is Part of the Message
This week's reading, Marshall McLuhan's The Medium is the Message, was a very interesting way of looking at communications and media as a whole. When McLuhan explains that his message, "the medium is the message", means that it's the medium that "shapes and controls the scale and form of human association and action".  He also talks … Continue reading Medium is the Message
The way in which Marshall McLuhan goes about the explanation of the expression he coined, “the medium is the message”, is beyond complicated. His argument seems to be based within quite a bit of logical reasoning that was interesting to untangle. The beginning of this article discusses how personal and social consequences are a result … Continue reading McLuhan
Throughout the history of Media and Communications there have been those who believe that communication should be regulated in order to protect morality within society. Over time as media has evolved so has the definition of what is morally acceptable in society, so it is important to study the evolution of media alongside this definition … Continue reading Comstock and Morality in the Media
"There's a good deal of monkey in a bad boy." - Comstock, sometime irrelevant to the topic of this post but my favorite quote from this book.
Anthony Comstock and morality in the media.
Henry James Forman's "Our Movie Made Children" was a book that pushed the thoughts that a lot of parents at the time may have had about the movie industry and their children; it was a bad influence.He framed the media as having a large influence on the youth and how they would depict situations in … Continue reading Movie Made Children
Henry Forman wrote Our Movies Made Children to convince people that movies are destroying the minds of young people. He says that while movies are the next step in media, they convey messages that should not be discussed in a public manner. He also notes many movies show certain people in a bad light and that … Continue reading Forman and Morality
Anthony Comstock believed that media was extremely powerful. Based off of his reading, it would seem as if he thought the slightest amount of exposure to mediums such as newspaper articles, advertisements, and novels, would corrupt the minds of young people. Comstock believed in the great power that media had to influence people, for better … Continue reading Morality in the Media
In the book, Our Movie Made Children written by Henry James Foreman, he discusses the detrimental affects that movies have on children’s behavior, attitudes, and their developing mind. Throughout the ten pages that we read, he makes cases of how and why movies affect children the way movies do, with data and studies done by … Continue reading Morality In The Media