As I re-read the blog post I wrote about how commercial interest have influenced my media use and experience after completing the readings for this course, I am struck by how I now have a much deeper understanding about why I think and feel the way I do, and the language to explore and explain my feelings and thoughts at a much deeper level.

First of all, I was struck by the realization that I naturally approach my use and analysis of media from the Critical School perspective. I naturally feel like it’s so important to not only consider the…


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Until this exercise the commercial influences of the media I use has never been something that I’ve thought about much, but as I look back on the media that I engage with over this past week and reflect on this exercise, I am struck by how much it has influenced and shaped my media consumption habits.

Documentaries like Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, paint a vivid picture of how the private ownership of the FOX network has influenced its perspective on news, how it covers certain stories and even what stories it covers, and although this documentary was produced…


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I never really thought much about the origin of media affecting my decision to consume or engage with it. I understand the influence of organizations like the CRTC and the Canadian content requirements for popular music and while I appreciate how rules like this have helped foster Canadian talent and support Canadian artists, I always felt that in the end I would just choose to listen to or consume the media that I felt like resonated most with me, no matter what it’s nationality of origin.

Over the course of this past week though, as I’ve been tracking my media…


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As mentioned in my last post, I am surprised at how little I seem to be engaging in traditional media these days. I can’t remember the last time I actually watched a television show, on television. I rarely listen to the radio, except when I’m driving in the car and not listening to a podcast or music streamed through youtube, and I haven’t physically held a newspaper in years. …


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As I’ve continued to track the media I use or interact with over a week, I’ve been struck by how little I engage with traditional media, in its traditional format. In fact I found, I engaged with traditional media so little, that I almost didn’t remember to include the book I’m reading in my journal, because it was so different than the way I experienced most of my media, on a smartphone or laptop computer screen.

It seems like in our internet connected society, traditional media such as newspapers, radio, and even television almost seem foreign or obscure compared to…


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As I started this exercise to track my media usage over the week I was struck over the first couple of days by how little media I found I was consuming. I thought in this media saturated world it was inevitable that an exercise like this would reveal that I consume and engage in media in ways that were far more prevalent than I even realized.
However over the first 2 days I was shocked by how little media I engaged in. So much so that I started questioning whether I was even doing the exercise correctly. …

Chris Vandijk

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