The Academic

Every day, I challenge myself to read something that shifts my perspective, following the patterns that news outlets produce relative to their location. This practice has provided a sense of holistic grounding when it comes to the media industry. I see the power that individual institutions have over the community and, more importantly, the power that specific groups, structures and communities have on the actual production of news. Consequently, I find myself monitoring the demographics that most often go over and underrepresented in media, and the stories that receive the least voice. The people who remain shrouded and whose stories are merely lost to time don’t get the benefit of coverage. Their story, which could help others and improve the world that they live in, is undocumented – I’m reminded of the comment, “If it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen.”

During my time in undergraduate studies, I was given the opportunity to work as a content editor with a few of the institution’s publications, produce my own radio shows and news content for the station, and utilize information gained from internships in the United States Senate and elsewhere. I learned what it meant to be acclimated to the dissemination of information that has a demonstrable factual basis. Likewise, I learned about the inherent ability that humans in any area of life to spin stories or facts in order to better their viewpoint. (I’ve argued in my philosophy classes that this dedication to “spin” isn’t problematic in all situations. White House Communications Directors such as the [prominent conservative] anchor Nicole Wallace cling to this concept as being the “best representation of the facts.” However, the increasing dissection of fact and the dissembling that is necessary for institutions on occasion presents a real challenge to that mentality.) These talents and skills combined well with my philosophy experience and communications work throughout my undergraduate career, allowing for me to challenge spin with factual revelation and solidify a variety of media experiences for myself that were crucial to my development within media.

Now, I’m bathing in a sea of epistemological conversations. Internally, I wonder what we can know, when we can know it, and what academics say about what is and isn’t true. With the same breath that some standard philosophies breathe in the direction of Ayn Rand, I reflect on the reality that the human experience is both individualized and shared. Our facts, our media intake, and our actions continue to bend around rhetoric and strategies that prevail in our daily lives. With a waning belief in objectivity, and a growing practice of healthy media criticism and application, I want to store and provide some of my edited and revised academic writings, as well as research completed and moments of media criticism that are noteworthy.

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