For my first story, the character I have been thinking about most is a 20-something male with hazel eyes within a face that never seemed to focus on what was in front of him. He grew up in a somewhat ordinary household with parents that loved and cared for him. He’s been told his whole life he can do whatever he wanted but could never find it. So, he went to college thinking it would be there. He usually tries to wear some sort of graphic tee or button up shirt with his jeans every day. He’s pretty smart, or so he’s been told. His name is Andy and no one will ever see him again.
Some images that haunt me are:
- My dreams (aspirations and literal dreams)
- Embarrassing moments throughout my life
- Wasting time/my life
- Father and son relationships
- Other people’s success and accomplishments
I like to think I would be willing to speak out and criticize my government regardless of the consequences. There is no way for me to know for sure because of the freedoms I was granted. Let’s say I would. This is because of my upbringing and ideals. If the government was truly doing harm and something that is objectively wrong, I think it is imperative for people to speak out. That’s the only way to change things for the better.
However, personally, you never know until you are in those situations. There are a lot of things people would do hypothetically but when it is real there is no telling how one would react. In this case, if it was something that I felt needed to be changed it must be a big problem because I am usually passive when it comes to this stuff. But, if criticizing the government is just a couple of jokes and I could get tortured or imprisoned I would definitely say those jokes. That is just based on who I am as a person. I like to make fun of and criticize everything so if the government is forcing me to change who I am that would not fly with me. This is why free speech is so important. That way the dystopian futures of Sci-Fi don’t become reality.
A media outlet should always apologize to the public when they make a mistake. I think this because if they don’t acknowledge the mistake and apologize for it, what’s stopping them from fabricating stories all the time. We should always hold the media accountable because, especially in news media, we trust them and use them understand the world around us. If they make a mistake, it could lead to people thinking the wrong things about the world and the people. Also, the only real way a mistake is known is when it is a big story or important to someone who reads the story and really cares about it. So, it’s not like they are apologizing for minor mistakes that don’t change that much. These mistakes that need apologies are usually big ones and should definitely be acknowledged and fixed.
I don’t think apologizing can make things worse. It might be hard for the outlet and the people involved, but apologizing will put trust back into the readers. I just think it is better in the long run to apologize. Your readers will trust you more and think that you are able to be held accountable for your actions. Not to mention it just looks like you don’t care, if you don’t apologize, which is not something I think any news outlet wants.
The First Amendment
I do not think the First Amendment goes too far in its protections of the and of individuals. I think this because it is the backbone of our democratic and free society. I think it is always best for everyone to be able to express and say whatever they want to. This is the only way that we can come together and understand each other. If we begin banning words and saying what people can and can’t say that is not freedom. I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be consequences. I’m saying that it can be a slippery slope if we start banning speech that is seen as “offensive.” Who determines what is and isn’t offensive? One thing that is offensive to someone may not be to someone else. I just don’t like the idea of that.
I think the government periodically tries to limit it because it knows that it is this powerful tool and ideal that does not bend to political ideologies. They understand that it can hurt and help them. So, they try to limit it to what benefits them the most. I think they just don’t like how open and over-arching it is. It is something they can’t necessarily control and that is hard for them to handle. But that’s just my opinion. I think it shouldn’t be messed with, period.
Open and Honest PR
I think many PR professionals do deal with the public openly and honestly today. There are obviously ones that don’t, but that may be just from them not being that good at their job and the media world we live in today. However, I think good PR professionals deal with the public this way because of that. In the always online, social media aspect of the world today, many of these PR professionals can’t afford to not be open and honest. If they aren’t, someone is bound to figure out and telegraph it to the world instantly. Having an online and social media presence is basically a major part of PR today, and when something happens they have to be ready and quick with their response. Also, with millions of people that can fact check anything you say online you have to be open and honest because they will immediately prove you wrong and eat you alive.
So, the good PR professionals are open and honest with the public and think many of the modern PR professionals are. However, like with anything else in life, there are some bad apples in the bunch. Overall they are open and honest because they will more than likely lose their job if they aren’t. It may not be the best incentive but at least keeps them open and honest.
I don’t really mind television programs that feature sponsored products. As long as it’s not gratuitous it doesn’t bother me. Like, if a show features products that make sense within the show then it is perfectly fine, but if it is just randomly placed on the show it is annoying. I guess I’m talking about product integration. I understand that TV shows need to make money but if they can find a way to creatively or stealthily integrate their sponsors into the show it makes it better in my eyes. It’s like The Wire using Verizon payphones and talking about the company Verizon when they needed information from cellphones. It doesn’t take you out of the show.
I find it more annoying in reality shows because I find reality shows annoying. They are almost completely fake but passed off as real and their product placement is nowhere near seamless. When the shows blur a certain brand but don’t blur another it is painfully obvious who the sponsors are. Sometimes there are whole “plot points” in these shows that just big product placements. Overall product placements are annoying but if a show can find a creative and seamless way to feature its sponsors then I’m all for it. I just don’t want to watch a 30-60 minute advertisement.