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Journalism's biggest competitors are things that don't even look like journalism

Journalism's biggest competitors are things that don't even look like journalism | Gender Equality in Society and Media | Scoop.it

Ever since the web was invented, newspapers and other media entities have had to continually expand their view of who their competition is: in the good old days it was other newspapers, and then TV, and then after the web it became other news websites, or maybe Yahoo or Google. But even now, their perspective on that competition may still be too narrow — as my friend Om has argued, they are competing with anything that captures a reader’s attention. And I would argue that they are competing with any service that fills an information need.

I started thinking about this again earlier this week, when a link to an old blog post by journalist/programmer Stijn Debrouwere showed up in my Twitter stream, posted and retweeted by multiple people. I couldn’t track down exactly where it came from, but I’m glad it appeared, because it reminded me of how much sense it made in 2012 when it was first published — and how much sense it continues to make.

Debrouwere’s essay is simply called “Fungible.” Fungibility is an economic term that is used to describe products or services that are interchangeable; in other words, if consumers don’t really care whether they get Product A or Product B, then those two things are said to be “fungible.”...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 12, 2014 5:37 PM

Fungible - great word and act description of some of the challenges journalism faces in this excellent post from Mathew Ingram.

Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, October 13, 2014 1:02 AM

Good article. One of the primary conclusions I draw is that "traditional" journalism suffers in comparison to social media because it is not real time.

think2share's curator insight, October 13, 2014 5:26 AM

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Masculinity and Disney’s Gender Problem » Sociology Lens

Masculinity and Disney’s Gender Problem » Sociology Lens | Gender Equality in Society and Media | Scoop.it
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Our generation grew up watching Disney cartoon. Females are conditioned to look for our prince charming. This often lead to unrealistic expection in girl when comes to relationship. Males are expected to live up to the image of being a one dimensional with no flaws. Disney should change their modify their character to fit the reality of our society, becuse children who grew up watching Disney cartoon will grow up having a illusion that is far from reality. The girls grow up to believe all problems could be solved by having a male in their life. While boys are not allowed to be vulnerable and they always have to be the one  to save the demsal in distress.   

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Why Gender Matters On TV

Why Gender Matters On TV | Gender Equality in Society and Media | Scoop.it
Although the media isn't yet representing either gender void of stereotypes, a societal change will bring about a change in the media. Regardless of this, gender roles are just that, roles. It is up to the individual to decide whether or not they are...
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I do agree with the writer's opinion that gender roles are just roles, it is still up to a person to decide for themseleves if they want to fit into that mold. Even so, the gender representation in media could be misleading for some people, especially children where they often associate gender roles seen in media to reality. The world is moving toward gender equality and gender role resversal are very common in today's society. However, this transformation is not truly reflected on screen. To avoid oppression of either gender in the future,  it is important for media to advocate gender roles are fluid and reversible.   

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Empathy for Men in a Post-Feminist World

Empathy for Men in a Post-Feminist World | Gender Equality in Society and Media | Scoop.it

Most people do a decent job of being empathetic. When a friend has a string of bad luck, we offer a listening ear. If a cat is stuck in a tree, someone calls for help. When an old woman has nowhere to sit on the bus, we offer her our seat.

 

Our empathy also extends beyond our individual lives, into the realm of collective efforts. Peacekeeping forces risk their lives protecting people they have never met before. Environmental organizations spend time and money protecting animals and our whole biosphere. Many people volunteer for charities...

 

The day that we start including men’s issues in conversations about gender—in schools, universities, the media and in politics—is the day that our empathetic embrace finally expands to include men and the male gender role.

 

by Pelle Billing

 

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I think this article gives us another perceptive of the other extreme effect of the change of the gender roles. When male role are being potrayed in a less masculine ways, the audience see it as a form of comedy. Abuse and  mistreatment of male are use as comedic relief in media. We are fighting for gender equality where the change of gender role in male should not be seen as being weak or a joke. 

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Olivia Wilde: State of Female Justice - YouTube

Laura Flanders' show streams at www.GRITtv.org. Here, actress Olivia Wilde joins the State of Female Justice panel to discuss the responsibilities of celebri...
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Hollywood actress shares her experience, the fustration she has about working in the male dominated film industry. Even now, there are few female leading roles and when there that happens, male actors are uncomfortable playing the supporting role to the female lead. Hollywood film and television shows are being watched by the entrire world, hence it is important what is put out there. If all the lead roles are played by male, people can easily interapret that the female are only good as a supporting role even outside of screen. 

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Closing The Media's Gender Gap

Closing The Media's Gender Gap | Gender Equality in Society and Media | Scoop.it
The role of women in media and gender inequality in the workplace were the dominant topics of discussion at the National Press Club on Monday night.

At “Closing Journalism’s Gender Gap: A Forum on Women and Leadership," an event c...
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I think gender stereotype is more prevelant in media than in the real world as the world of media is still a highly patriarchal industry. High positions in the media are still occupied by male, hence female perceptives are limited. I think women in the industry should not be afraid to fight for what they deserve, so that we can have a more rounded perceptive coming from different gender. Media should hace a strong  female's voice and true portrayal what it is like to be a women and not have female roles being written by men.  

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Gender Roles Portrayed in the Media Throughout American History

Gender Roles Portrayed in the Media Throughout American History | Gender Equality in Society and Media | Scoop.it
We decided to do the project on traditional gender roles in the media. We broke this up into five different historical eras. In each specific era we looked at how advertisements represent gender ro...
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This website shows us the transition of gender roles being portrayed in the media. The depiction of women had changed drastically, from women being seen only as a homework to they start stepping out to the working world. Media often reinforce the gender stereotypes seen in society. 

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Cate Blanchett may want more women in films, but please Hollywood, no more 'nice' girls. The dirtier the better - Telegraph

Cate Blanchett may want more women in films, but please Hollywood, no more 'nice' girls. The dirtier the better - Telegraph | Gender Equality in Society and Media | Scoop.it
Cate Blanchett used her Oscars acceptance speech to chastise Hollywood for not valuing female protagonists, but Francesca Steele says when it comes to women on screen, the bitchier the better
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Oscar winner Cate Blanchett proved that female centered films sell too. Female leads in films and television shows are no longer a one dimensional characters. They often have complexity with problems other than men. In the past female roles are revolve around male leads and often craving their approval. Now, female characters are strong, self suffienct and driven. People are learning to appreciate this new approach in Hollywood, as audiences are more comfortable seeing strong female heroine  on screen, this could be due to the transformation of gender role in the society, women are leaving their home and more management postition are being filled by women.

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A Different Perspective on Gender Roles Within the Media - YouTube

A Different Perspective on Gender Roles Within the Media - YouTube | Gender Equality in Society and Media | Scoop.it
Videos: Fuoco, K. (n.d). Kelly Ripa Electrolux "Juggle" Commercial. Long Island City, NY:DDB. Retrieved from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM-yQLZbatc Prod...

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This video shows us that, despite there is a change in the gender roles in society today, gender stereotypes still persist in media, especailly in commercial. Media still depict women as docile and often seen as homemaker, in reality this is not the case. There is an increase in numbers of stay-at-home Dads, yet when children are asked to identify which doll is likely to do household chores, the female doll is picked. Our society is progressing towards gender equality and the media is still left behind with all these stereotypes. I think the media should be steering away from the old gender stereotypes rather than enforcing it.

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Media and Gender Role Portrayal

This is a video my group and I created for Dr. Joey Pogue's Interpersonal Communication class, Pittsburg State University, for our final project. We took an ...
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In this video, it is evident the images in the media had change over the past decade, women and men are seem with lesser clothing. Emphasis on physical image has become the culture today. The phrase "sex sells" is use as  the strategy for advertisement these day. Old steretypes of women continue to be portrayed, now as a submissive sexual objects and while for men, violence and muscules are seem as attractive traits. With all these images floating around in the media, what kind of message are we really sending to the future of our generation?

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Gender Inequality in Film: In Infographic Form

Gender Inequality in Film: In Infographic Form | Gender Equality in Society and Media | Scoop.it
Following the record-breaking opening of "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" last weekend, the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any advancements women are making in film-- and create an infographic based on their findings.
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In this infographic created by New York Film Academy, it shows that Hollywood and film industries are  male dominated. With few female leads and behind the scene female stuffs, it resulted in the films we see today show a patriachal society. It is not necessary the right representation of the society we have. To change this trend, there should be more female leading role and scripts that pass the Bechdel Test ( film that contain a scene that two women talk to each other about something other than a men). These films should be made and screen to let the world know women today have multiple dimensional personality and they do not revolve around men. 

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Stereotypes in Children's books: Gender, Race and Sexuality

Stereotypes in Children's books: Gender, Race and Sexuality | Gender Equality in Society and Media | Scoop.it
Gender, race and sexuality are prevalent stereotypes in children's fiction, from picture books to young adult fiction.
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I believe that the comtemporary world is far more progressive than media see today. It is hard to find fight gender stereotypes in media as this has been going on for such a long time. Women are play the submissive roles while the men play a dominating role.  However,  the wall of gender roles in society is breaking down over the past decade, but the media still fails to have the same breakthrough. One of the reason might be due to the fact that stereotypical cliches in media are more acceptable to the public, after all our generation grew up being exposed to media with these stereotypes. But now is the time to change that, books should cover a broader perceptive views on different issues and break away from the typical stereotypes so that the new generation of children will grow up being more accpecting and challenge gender roles. 

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