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PSY 355 Psychology & Media in the Digital Age

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Boulevard du Temple
by Louis Daguerre (1838)

What is remarkable about the photograph below which was taken 183 years ago?

Boulevard du Temple


Paris      First Human Enlarged     First Human Enlarged Child



Selfie with Pope Francis
by Fabio M. Ragona, August 29, 2013, via Twitter
@FabioMRagona
https://twitter.com/FabioMRagona/status/373177674107072512/photo/1/large


Pope Selfie


How did it come to this? LOL!

Should Pope Francis have allowed himself to be included in a "selfie" with a group of young adults in the middle of St. Peter's Basilica?

What about the picture? Is it disrespectful? Does it somehow demean or make the pope less important?

Should the photographer (Fabio Ragona) have sold the photo for profit? If not, why not? If so, why?

What makes a photo like that possible?



1991 February • Presidents' Birthday Sale at Radio Shack
(Original link @ TrendingBuffalo)

2021• Galaxy Smartphone S216 & iPhone 12 (& iPhone 12 PRO)

1991 Radio Shack ad          Galaxy S21 Phone       iPhone 12


1991 Advertisement
  •     All weather personal stereo, $11.88
  •     AM/FM clock radio, $13.88
  •     In-Ear Stereo Phones, $7.88
  •     Microthin calculator, $4.88
  •     Tandy 100 TL/3 computer (games, word-processing), $1599.00
  •     VMS Camcorder (video recording), $799.00
  •     Mobile cellular telephone, $199.00
  •     Mobile CB, $49.95
  •     20-memory speed-dial phone, $29.95
  •     Deluxe portable CD player (80 min. music), $159.95
  •     10-channel desktop scanner, $99.95
  •     Easiest-to-use phone answerer (voice mail), $49.95
  •     Handheld cassette tape recorder, $29.95
  •     Phone Book, no cost.

Total Cost = $,3054.82

Equivalent in 2020 to $5,804.85*

*data from USInflationCalculator.com

All of the features of the equipment in the 1991 advertisement can be found in the 3 "smartphones" below"

Galaxy S21 5G

  • $33.33/mo x 24 mo. (total = $800) + Plan from Verizon
iPhone 12
  • $26.67/mo x 30 mo. (total = $800) + Plan from ATT
  • $799 from Apple

iPhone 12 PRO

  • $36.67/mo x 30 mo. (total = $1,100) + Plan from ATT
  • $999 from Apple


Adjusting for inflation, the cost of smartphones today is roughly only 14% to 17% of what it would have cost in 1991 to purchase the equivalent pieces of equipment.

What does this fact tell you about media?

 







Digital Media <========> Psychology

The questions I am asking this semester include the following...

General Foundations
  • According to psychology, how can we understand what it means to be a "human person" and why are media important for persons like ourselves?
  • According to media studies, what do we actually mean by "media"?
  • What are the central features of media and, most centrally, why do media function as part of an ecological system?
  • What do students actually do online and “in real life” (IRL) using digital media
  • How are media studied by researchers: media effects, media as ecology, etc.?
  • What are behavioral addictions and are they real? Do the users of contemporary digital media experience significant and destructive forms of a behavioral addiction to that media, e.g., cell phones, social media, gaming online?

The Major Topics (student presented topics in red)
  • Celebrities, Fandoms, and Audiences: How We Relate to Media Personalities*
  • Consumer Behavior: How Online Media Influence Buyers and Help Sell Products*
  • Disinhibition Online: Cyberbullying, Trolling, and Self-Revelation*
  • Ethnicity and Difference: How Media Shape Our Perceptions of One Another in a Diverse and Multiracial Society*
  • Fake News? Propaganda, Politics, and Media Manipulation*
  • Neuropsychology of Contemporary Media
  • Privacy, Surveillance, and the Internet of Things (IOT): Is Technology Intruding in Our Lives Too Much?*
  • The Psychology of the Walt Disney Company
  • Sexuality Online
  • Violence in the Media: Traditional vs. Online Media*


What do you need to do before our next class on Wednesday?

Read through the Syllabus

Look over the course schedule of assignments and readings
  • Textbook plus multiple readings available online or distributed by me.
  • You will be responsible for the readings in class discussions as well as on quizzes and the test
  • We will use a lot of the time which has no specific topic listed for discussions.
There are four (4) forms that I have sent you by email. Download them and follow the instructions below or on the form.
  • Informed Consent Form: Because we will be dealing with some materials involving sexuality and violent behaviors, I require that students fill out an "informed consent" form. Follow the instructions about returning this to me. I should receive this form back from you no later than Monday, February 15.
  • Digital Media User Survey. Read instructions on the survey. Due next Monday on February 15.  BUT, I want you to spend 3 days before you fill it out paying attention to your own use of media. Do not return it to me before next week.
  • Digital Media Reflection. Instructions for an essay due in 2 weeks on Monday, March 08. You can only begin this reflection after completing the survey and attending next week's classes.
  • Group Topic Choice Form. The 7 topics in red above will be the responsibility of students to gather research and present. Look over these topics and give me a listing of your preferences from 1st to 7th of what you might like to work on. This is due by Wed., Feb 17, next week. Follow the same general instructions about returning it to me either by email after scanning it into a pdf format or by campus/post mail to me here at Le Moyne.


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